Egg Drop Rate Decreased in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Zipper T. Bunny, the cheerful mascot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ seasonal Bunny Day event, seems to have taken the meme “can I offer you a nice egg in this trying time” and run – er, hopped – with it. Since the event began in early April, players have reported eggs showing up absolutely everywhere: in the water, dropping from trees, and even drifting through the sky attached to balloons.

While the eggs do have an in-game use – they serve as crafting materials and are used to make adorable pastel furniture and decorations – players have experienced frustration with how many eggs have been showing up during the event. They have found themselves inundated with eggs when attempting to fish, dig up buried treasure, harvest fruit from trees, or complete any of the game’s more standard daily tasks.

It seems that developer Nintendo has listened to fans’ complaints. The official Japanese patch notes for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 1.1.4 update, which released on April 6, include the following line of text:

“The appearance rate of some eggs adjusted”.

Exactly how much the spawn rate has decreased is unclear. Some players feel that they are still discovering the same number of eggs, while others feel that some types, such as the balloon-born “sky eggs,” appear less frequently.

The patch notes also indicate that the high drop rate of eggs will return on Sunday, April 12 – aka Easter – which is the final day of the event. This is presumably because Zipper will reward players who complete all of his egg-collecting and item-crafting tasks by the end of that day. What sort of special item he might have to give to players has not yet been revealed – but it seems a safe bet that it’s going to be egg-themed.

Fans and critics alike have praised the speed with which Nintendo fixes bugs and responds to fan concerns. In the few weeks since its release, Nintendo has released no fewer than four patches for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. These patches addressed a number of irritating issues such as the inability to properly invite residents moving away from your friends’ island to relocate to yours.

What are your thoughts on the Bunny Day event? Do you enjoy finding eggs everywhere, or are they getting a little annoying? Have you noticed a decrease in egg appearance rate since this patch was released? Let us know!

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