Animal Crossing Snowboys: How to make a perfect Snowboy and find the frozen DIY recipes in New Horizons explained

Don't mention the song. Please.

It's winter on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and that means it's time to build a Snowboy!

If you can build a perfect Snowboy, you'll be rewarded with a frozen set DIY recipe, which will help you transform your house into a winter palace. To craft these items, however, you're going to need both regular and large snowflakes.

Below you'll discover how to build a perfect Snowboy in New Horizons, along with a complete list of all the items in the frozen DIY recipe set.

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Snowboys in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Snowboys and their rewards in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Snowboys are New Horizons' version of snowmen and can be built throughout the snowflake season. They're also sentient creatures which you construct from snow and then watch slowly die over a number of days, but let's not dwell on that.

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To build a Snowboy, you must first find two balls of snow, which will be somewhere on your island, and then roll them about the ground till each one is big enough (more on this in the next section) to construct a Snowboy. If you get the sizes exactly right, you'll create a perfect Snowboy.

Perfect Snowboys are the only type of Snowboy that will reward you with a DIY recipe from the frozen set and a large snowflake. You'll receive one frozen DIY recipe upon creating the perfect Snowboy and one large snowflake for every day the Snowboy exists.

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If your Snowboy is imperfect, however, it will have a little moan about your building skills and give you nothing, expect if it's the very first Snowboy you've ever built. In this case, you'll receive a large snowflake and a frozen set DIY recipe no matter how perfect it is.

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The lifespan of any Snowboy is four days and, by remembering to talk to your perfect Snowboys every day, you'll be able to build up a collection of large snowflakes.

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The Snowboy will slowly melt over four days.

Snowboys even have their own Nook Miles achievement set and Nook Miles Plus task.

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How to make a perfect Snowboy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you want to earn any of the Snowboy rewards in New Horizons, you need to make a perfect Snowboy. To achieve this, you need to ensure that the snowballs you use to construct your Snowboy are exactly the right size.

To make a perfect Snowboy, you first need to find the two snowballs, which are usually close to each other, and take them to an open area on your island. Make sure this location isn't too cluttered, as you need room to talk to the Snowboy.

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You might even be able to catch a Dung Beetle while doing this, as they like to roll the snowballs around the island for you.

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Now you need to make the bottom half of the Snowboy, which is the easiest snowball to create. All you have to do is roll the snowball back and forth until you can barely move it any more.

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When this occurs, make sure you place this snowball where you want the Snowboy to stand.

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With the body made, it's time to make the head, which is a harder task than the body.

For a perfect Snowboy head, you need to ensure that the snowball for said head comes to roughly the same height as half way up your avatar's ears. You can easily check this by setting the camera to its lowest setting and carefully standing next to the snowball.

We recommend regularly checking the size of this snowball, so that you don't make one too large.

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For a perfect Snowboy head, make sure it's the same height as half-way up your avatar's ears.

When it's ready, simply roll the second snowball up to the first and it will magically turn into a Snowboy.

If you've built the Snowboy perfectly, it will sparkle and congratulate you; it will also give you a DIY recipe from the frozen set and a large snowflake. You can return to this perfect Snowboy everyday till it melts to earn an additional large snowflake.

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Animal Crossing frozen DIY recipe list: How many are there?

There are 15 frozen set DIY recipes in New Horizons, including new clothing items, wallpaper, furniture and even flooring.

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To craft these items, you'll need both large and regular snowflakes, so remember to take the time to stock up on both. Thankfully, they don't melt!

It's also important to remember that you'll only receive one frozen set DIY recipe for every perfect Snowboy you create, so, if you want to complete the set, you need to build at least 15 perfect Snowboys.

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Below you can find all 15 items including in the frozen set in New Horizons:

  • Frozen Arch
  • Frozen Bed
  • Frozen Chair
  • Frozen Counter
  • Frozen Partition
  • Frozen Pillar
  • Frozen Sculpture
  • Frozen Table
  • Frozen Tree
  • Frozen-Treat Set
  • Ice Flooring
  • Ice Wand
  • Ice Wall
  • Snowperson Head
  • Three-tiered Snowperson

New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect. Once you have settled in, you'll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd, use the Dream Suite and island backup.


Snowboy dates in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

You can only make a Snowboy during snowflake season in New Horizons; the exact timing for this season is dependent on which hemisphere your island is located in.

In the northern hemisphere, snowflake season will run from December 11th to February 24th.

Meanwhile, over in the southern hemisphere, you can enjoy the snowflake season from June 11th to August 24th.

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Snowflake season also allows you to collect snowflakes, one of the many seasonal materials in New Horizons, and DIY recipe from the snowflake set. You're going to need snowflakes if you want to make anything from the frozen set.

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Good luck collecting all the frozen set DIY recipes and remember to collect some snowflakes along the way!

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