Popping up all over Twitter have been some peculiar looking trees you can’t normally find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Thanks to a viral tweet from @peachyisle, along with a slew of details, more eyes are now on what the modding community is doing with the game — and now players have some new DIY recipe suggestions for Nintendo.

 

 
The tweet that caused the ruckus shows that modders have crafted Bell trees to carry more than just the in-game currency. Star fragments of various sizes and astrology types, flowers, K.K. Song notes, fossils (assessed and non-assessed), lost item bags, heart crystals (a crafting item for June’s Wedding event), and more are being used to replace the typical three Bell bag icons that decorate trees. 

 

 
Honestly, some of these hacked trees are beautiful and would be lovely to see in the game officially via a DIY recipe. For now, these are limited to an Animal Crossing black market that thrives on Discord (cousin Redd, take note) and can cost hundreds of Nook Miles Tickets. There’s been speculation as to what will eventually happen to players if/when Nintendo patches out these modified trees. Reverting the trees to their Bell money bag forms is more than likely, but what’s causing a big debate is whether or not bans will be issued, or if the game’s saved data will be corrupted. 

Only time will tell, and Nintendo is probably aware of the modding by now due to the sudden interest by the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fandom.

 

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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