A resourceful Animal Crossing: New Horizons player has a clever way to avoid wasp stings without catching them. Even though latest Animal Crossing game has been in players’ possessions for well over a year, the community continues to push the boundaries of what is possible within the game’s engine.

Compared to most other mainstream games, there is very little that can actually harm players in the Animal Crossing series, but there are a few dangerous critters. One of them happens to be wasps and they can be found when a player shakes a nest out of a tree. Unsurprisingly this agitates the swarm inside and they will proceed to sting the player unless they catch them in a net first, run to the safety of indoors, or quit out of the game in time.


Reddit user friedbread234, however, has a different method to keep those pesky swarms at bay and it appears to be unique to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Once the wasps emerge from their nest, a fast-reacting player can use a party popper item to disperse the swarm before they are stung. Friedbread234 posted a short clip demonstrating the method in action.

It is worth noting that this is not necessarily used all the time because the party popper is a one-time use item that will disappear from the player’s hand after use. Players can stock up on them at Animal Crossing‘s store, Nook’s Cranny where they are on sale for 100 bells. There are other rumored methods to dispersing wasp swarms besides this one, though they all seem to have mixed results when it comes to players actually testing them out as many heavily rely on reaction time.

Many savvy Animal Crossing: New Horizons players keep a net on them whenever they may encounter a wasp swarm because not only is this the easiest way to deal with them, but it is also profitable. Wasps are worth 2,500 bells if they are caught and they appear at any time of year making them relatively desirable. In contrast, using a party popper to disperse wasps may not be the most financially sound in-game method to dealing with the swarms, but it certainly is entertaining to witness. There are likely other niche ways to deal with wasp swarms in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but if they do exists they have not received much attention to date.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available for Nintendo Switch.

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Source: friedbread234/Reddit

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