Snowballs are objects in the Animal Crossing series that appear in town during winter. Each day, two snowballs appear throughout the town, and they can be kicked the player, growing in size if rolled over grass and shrinking if rolled over dirt. Once it is large enough, a snowball can be pushed by the player. Two snowballs can be rolled together to create Snowfolk.
Snowballs can be destroyed or lost if they are rolled into objects, hit with a shovel or axe, or rolled into a body of water or a hole. Snowballs that have been destroyed or lost can reappear if the player enters and exits a building.
Beginning in Animal Crossing: Wild World, dung beetles can roll snowballs.
In the first-generation games
In every first-generation Animal Crossing game, snowballs appear from December 25 to February 17. They cannot spawn in acres that contain the player houses, Tom Nook's store, the train station, the lake, or the museum.
In Wild World
In Animal Crossing: Wild World, snowballs appear from December 11 to February 24.
In City Folk
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, snowballs appear from December 11 to February 24.
If a snowball is rolled in front of the bus stop, attempting to ride the bus to the city causes a message to appear saying, "The bus has been delayed due to a massive snowball on the road."
In New Leaf
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, snowballs appear from December 11 to February 24. The size of the snowballs rolled together determines which Snowfolk is built: either a Snowtyke, Snowboy, Snowmam, or Snowman.
In New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, snowballs appear from December 11 to February 24 in the northern hemisphere, and from June 11 to August 24 in the southern hemisphere. Rolling two snowballs of any size together creates a Snowboy.
Snowballs do not appear while the island's gates are open.