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Gyroid collecting is back in New Horizons — and they’re super cute

Lloid is no longer alone

a character holding a gyroid
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Gyroids will return to Animal Crossing alongside Brewster and The Roost, Nintendo announced Friday during its Animal Crossing Direct. That’s right, the semi-sentient decoration pieces will be added into the game for players to collect. They’ll be added on Nov. 5, alongside the huge new update.

Gyroids can be planted and grown to create more gyroids — especially after it rains. Gyroids, too, can play music and are, simply, very cute. Plus, they can be customized to match rooms.

Lloid has been the lone gyroid in New Horizons since its launch in March 2020; he’s a non-playable character who collects donations for island projects like bridges and ramps. New Horizons players were surprised at the lack of gyroids when the Nintendo Switch game was released because, strange though they are, they’ve been a series staple. Back in 2008’s Animal Crossing: City Folk, Brewster used to store gyroid collections at The Roost, but it doesn’t look like there’s space for them in The Roost.

Gyroids — at least, more of them than just Lloid — last appeared in 2013’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS. In that game, Brewster didn’t house ’em in his shop, players had to just collect them in their homes. And there were plenty to collect, buried underground like cursed hidden treasure.

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