‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’: How Can Players Get Acorns and Pine Cones?

Summer is coming to a close, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is celebrating by bringing back its autumn offerings. The popular Nintendo Switch game is known for its seasonal features, and those in the Northern Hemisphere can ring in the fall starting on Sept. 1. That means a number of fish, bugs, and items are making a return — including acorns and pine cones. How can players get their hands on acorns and pine cones in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ kicks off fall in September

'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' characters sit together in the fall
‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ | Nintendo

Sept. 22 marks the official first day of fall this year, but that fact won’t stop Animal Crossing: New Horizons from celebrating a little early. Just like those of us who rush to Starbucks as pumpkin spice lattes return, the Nintendo game is eager to embrace autumn. That means islands will soon take on seasonal hues, and players will be able to participate in various fall-themed events in the coming months.

In fact, there are several already lined up for September 2021. The game’s Grape Harvest Festival will run for the entirety of the month, allowing players to get their hands on a Grape Harvest Basket. Additionally, three more events are planned for September — and each of them gives players an opportunity to get new items:

  • Moon Viewing Day: Sept. 12 – Sept. 21
  • Chuseok: Sept. 12 – Sept. 21
  • Bug Off 2021: Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Outside of events, those in the Northern Hemisphere have access to seasonal items like acorns and pine cones. They’ll certainly come in handy when building Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ DIY projects.

How to get acorns and pine cones in ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

Those hoping to collect all of September 2021’s DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons will need acorns and pine cones to get the job done. Fortunately, both items are fairly easy to find.

Snatching these seasonal additions to the game is as simple as shaking the trees around your island. Just as fruit and sticks fall from the trees with ease, so will acorns and pine cones. It’s worth noting that pine cones are exclusive to cedar trees and may be harder to find.

Both items will be around from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1, offering plenty of time to collect enough materials for all the DIY projects available this fall.

What can Nintendo Switch players make with acorns and pine cones?


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Once players have collected enough acorns and pine cones in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, they can bring the game’s fall-themed DIY recipes to life. There are currently 11, and those who haven’t located them all can find do so by checking bottles on the beach, popping balloons flying overhead, and chatting with other islanders.

According to Animal Crossing World, these are the 11 DIY projects players should look out for:

  • Acorn Pochette
  • Leaf Campfire
  • Pile of Leaves
  • Pine Bonsai Tree
  • Traditional Balancing Toy
  • Tree’s Bounty Arch
  • Tree’s Bounty Big Tree
  • Tree’s Bounty Lamp
  • Tree’s Bounty Little Tree
  • Tree’s Bounty Mobile
  • Yellow-Leaf Pile

That leaves plenty to do before the Nintendo game kicks off its Halloween celebrations in October, which hopefully, will bring new events and items along with them. It’s a great season to be an Animal Crossing fan — but then, that’s every season!