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Obtaining and Using Summer Shells in Animal Crossing

  • During the summer months of June, July, and August in the Northern Hemisphere, and December, January, and February in the Southern Hemisphere, summer shells can only be found on beaches. In addition to being used as a crafting material for 8 seasonal DIY recipes, they can only be obtained during the summer months. In the summertime, you can also use custom ACNH summer paths to decorate your island. In order to find and obtain Summer Shell crafting materials in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on your island, you must be playing during the ACNH Summer season, which occurs in June, July, and August in the Northern Hemisphere and December, January, and February in the Southern Hemisphere. They take the place of the seasonal Young Spring Bamboo that was available in the Spring months prior. During this limited time period in the Summer months, you can find Summer Shells randomly spawned on your island's beaches along the shoreline. Unlike the regular shells found year-round, they have a distinct blue color appearance that should make them easy to distinguish from the others.

    How to Acquire Summer Shells in an Efficient Way
    We recommend that you check your island beaches throughout the day, approximately once every hour, to maximize your chances of finding the most Summer Shells. According to our observations, it takes approximately one hour for your beach to completely respawn with new shells. You can also time travel throughout the day to expedite the process.

    It's important to remember to pick up regular non-summer shells as well while you're at it to make room for new potential Summer Shells to appear. You'll also need the regular non-summer shells to craft some of the Summer items. Not to mention that there are a slew of other Shell Set items that can be created with them.

    Prices for Summer Shells are Negotiable at Nook's Cranny.
    Summer Shells can be sold to Timmy and Tommy at Nook's Cranny for 600 Bells each if you do not wish to use them in crafting items. You only need about 30 Summer Shells to complete the entire set, and you have the entire three months of Summer to do so, so don't be afraid to sell them.

    There are nine different Summer Shell-themed items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that can only be made with Summer Shell seasonal materials, including furniture, tools, accessories, and more. If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you can unlock these DIY Crafting Recipes by shooting down flying Balloon Presents during the Summer Season, which runs from June to August in the Northern Hemisphere and December to February in the Southern Hemisphere. It is possible that you will not have the Summer-Shell Rug recipe in 2021 because it was added in the November 2020 Version 1.6 Update.

    DIY Recipes for Summer Shells: How to Get Them
    There are two ways to find and obtain new Summer Shell DIY Crafting Recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but unfortunately, they are both reliant on chance and require patience and time.

    1. Around the beginning of the Summer season, in June for the Northern Hemisphere and December for the Southern Hemisphere, you should hear from Isabelle in the morning announcements about the new seasonal crafting materials and recipes. While the announcements are going on, if you haven't already learned how to make the Shell Wreath DIY Crafting recipe, she will send it to your NookPhone. In the community, there has been much debate about when and how this morning announcement from Isabelle takes place, but based on what we have learned so far, it can only occur when there are no other notable announcements.
    2. During the Summer season, all Balloon Presents that fly over your island have a chance to drop one of nine different Summer Shell DIY Crafting recipes! When you see one, simply take out your Slingshot and shoot it. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict exactly what you will receive as a balloon gift, so you will have to just keep shooting them down until you are lucky. Duplicate crafting recipes are also easily possible and should be expected, so we recommend attempting to trade with friends to complete the collection as quickly as possible. You might be able to recoup a significant amount of money by selling any duplicates online.