This is a guide to rerolling your island (village) in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH), as well as a list of island shapes. If you are starting out Animal Crossing and want to know about things to look for when rolling for the best island, read on!
List of Contents
|How to Choose the Best Island Layout||What Will You Name Your Island?|
For the most part, you do not need to reroll in hopes of finding a “perfect” island. Unless you are extremely particular about having things be as efficient as possible, or there is a particular thing that you want in your island, you can just stick with your gut feeling when choosing.
On top of this, a lot of island elements which could not be altered in previous titles of the series can actually be changed mid-game in New Horizons, so there will probably be even less people who try to roll the best island for this game.
If having the most efficient living area imagineable is a big deal to you, then maybe rerolling is for you. Things like the positions of Resident Services, locations of slopes, direction of rivers, and several other features can rerolled at the very start, so if it is a cause of concern to you, why not roll until you get an island you are happy with?
We recommend rerolling to people who want their island to have a particular fruit, or people who really want to have a specific villager living on their island. If you are unable to make compromises when it comes to your island, you don't have to.
|Element||Recommendation Level (Importance)|
|Position of Resident Services||★★★★★|
|Location of Rocks||★★★★☆|
|Location of Airport||★★★★☆|
|Location of Cliff Slopes||★★★☆☆|
|Location of Rivers||★★☆☆☆|
|Number of Ponds||★★☆☆☆|
When deciding on which island shape to go with, we highly recommend picking the one where Resident Services is located toward the center. Resident Services is where you will go to repay loans, sell items, as well as build DIY items, and more. You will probably be going there a lot, so your overall experience will be better if you don't feel like it is far away every time you need to go.
There is a pretty big likelihood that you cannot change this facility's location, so you should put this at the front in your decision for picking an island.
Checking to make sure the island's rocks are not positioned too close to a cliff or alongside a river is also important. Hitting the rocks with a shovel or other tool is one of the easiest money-making methods, so you don't want to have the rock's surroundings be partially inaccessible. If the rocks do not have all of their surrounding spaces available, you will be able to make less money through this method, so it is something to look into in the beginning.
Since you probably cannot change the airport's location after the beginning, this is another important factor in deciding the best island. If there is somewhere in particular you want it to be, be sure and check the initial map and pick an island with a location you like.
To get from the upper part of your village to the lower part (and vice versa), you will have to make use of slopes in the island's cliffs. Therefore, it is vital that the slopes are in an easy to access area. Eventually you will be able to use a ladder and even build new slopes, but in the beginning, you might want to choose an island that has slope placements that work well for you.
You should also check out the river's path when deciding on an island. Much like slopes, this can present an inconvenience to you in the very beginning of the game.
Once you have obtained a Vaulting Pole, you should be able to jump over the river in areas separated by just one space, so this is not a huge deal. On top of this, once you have unlocked Island Designer, you will become able to freely change the island's features, such as rivers, etc.
When deciding on your island, check the amount of ponds that are in it. There are a few types of fish and bugs that you can only get from ponds, so having more of them makes them all easier to obtain.
You may also want to use your starting fruit as a determiner for choosing an island. While it has not been confirmed in this game yet, previous games allowed you to make a lot of money by selling non-native fruit. Therefore, if you will be playing together with a friend a lot, you should both choose an island with different fruits.
If there is a particular villager who you just have to have on your island, you can reroll to try and get them. However, with the huge roster of villagers in this game, it is pretty tough to reroll until getting the one you want. If you feel that it is just too tedious of a task, you can use an amiibo card to get the villager you want.
|List of Villagers||Special Characters||New Villagers and Characters|
|Ranking No. 1||Ranking No. 2||Ranking No. 3|
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These recommendations prioritize having Resident Services in the center of the map, with a lake available for fishing from the first day of play. This is because the river can't be crossed until the second day of play, so without an island of this layout, if you want to fish in a lake, you'll have to wait until the second day.
|Star shape||Heart shape #1||Heart shape #2||Heart shape #3|
|Ribbon shape||Dogbone shape #1||Dogbone shape #2|
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The lake found on the island has a randomized pattern, allowing for islands with a lake in the shape of a heart, islands with a ribbon pattern, and more. When choosing your island, it's up to you if you want to try resetting to find a lake with one of these cute patterns.
If you find any Island which is not shown in the above list, be sure to make a comment on this page with a picture of the island you found!
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Only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch. Therefore, if you are going to be playing together with your family or friends on the same Switch, you may want to discuss which island to choose together.
You get to pick the island's name whenever you decide on the shape. Like villages in past games, you probably won't get a chance to change it later on, so be sure and pick something you like!
|Beginner's Guide to Animal Crossing New Horizons||Unchangeable Features|
|Choosing a Hemisphere||Best Island Layouts|
|What Should You Choose to Bring to the Island?||Picking an Island Name|
|Best Tent Location||How to Cross the River and Water|
|How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits||How to Climb Cliffs|
|What Happens When You Eat Fruit?||How to Get Rid of a Bee Sting|
|What Happens When You Faint?||When Does a New Day Start?|
|How to Use the Camera||How to Use the Rescue Service|
|How to Add Best Friends||-|
|Tips and Tricks|
|Things to Do Every Day||All Island Shops and Facilities Upgrades|
|New Horizons 100% Checklist||Time Traveling Guide|
|How to Increase Inventory Space||How to Get Presents from Balloons|
|Max Villagers and How to Get New Villagers to Move In||How to Kick Out Villagers|
|How to Get Specific Villagers You Want||How to Raise Your Island's Star Rating|
|Infinite Tarantula Island - How to Get or Create It||Art Guide | Complete List of Artworks and Fakes|
|Money, Miles and Shopping|
|Nook Mileage Program Activities & Rewards List||Nook Miles+ Challenges and Rewards|
|Nook Stop Explained||Spending Nook Miles|
|How to Get Nook Miles Fast||How to Make Money Bags (Bell Bags)|
|How to Get Bells (Money) Fast||Money Rock and How to Hit the Rock 8 Times|
|How to Grow Money Trees from Glowing Spots||How to Get Bank Interest|
|Should You Use the Drop-Off Box?||How to Get the Royal Crown|
|House and Storage|
|How to Pay Off Your Loan and Upgrade Your Tent and House||How to Move Your House|
|How to Store Furniture and Other Items||Designing Your House - How to Use Storage and Decorating Mode|
|How to Raise Your Happy Home Academy (HHA) Rank||Feng Shui Color and Effect Guide|
|How to Get Rid of Cockroaches | Catching Cockroaches||How to Get Moving Wallpaper|
|How to Get Moving Flooring||-|
|Reimagine Your Character|
|How To Make A Passport | Passport Title List||Changing Hair and Face|
|How to Get Bedhead / Fix Bedhead||-|
|Reshape Your Island|
|How Close Can You Plant Trees?||How to Chop Wood and Pull Up Trees|
|How to Get Palm Trees on Your Island||How to Build a Bridge|
|How to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines||How to Break Rocks|
|How to Change the Island Tune||How to Use Island Designer|
|List of NookPhone Apps||Mystery Island Tour and Nook Miles Ticket Guide|
|How to Unlock Reactions||How to Send Letters and Postcards|
|Wish on a Shooting Star to Get Star Fragments||Lost Item Guide|
|Party Play | Playing on One Switch||Online Play|
|What Can You Do Online?||-|
|System Requirements||List of Controls|
|Maintenance | How to Fix an Error||How to Delete Save Data|
|How to Add or Delete Players||Can You Transfer Data From Pocket Camp?|
|amiibo Compatibility||NookLink Features|
|The Language Setting||How to Pre-Load|
>>35 I have that same Island!
which is the best island layout?
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