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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!

How to Choose the Best Island Layout What Will You Name Your Island?

Should you reroll your island?

Are you going to reroll for the best island?

For the most part, there's no need to!

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.

Things you can change after starting

  • Positions of facilities you created
  • Locations of slopes on cliffs
  • Positions of rivers (the river's path)

If you are worried about efficiency, go for it

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?

If you are picky about locations, you might consider it

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.

How to Choose the Best Islands

Element Recommendation Level (Importance)
Position of Resident Services ★★★★★
Location of Rocks ★★★★☆
Location of Airport ★★★★☆
Location of Cliff Slopes ★★★☆☆
Location of Rivers ★★☆☆☆
Number of Ponds ★★☆☆☆
Starting Fruit ★☆☆☆☆
Starting Villagers ★☆☆☆☆

The best island has Resident Services at the center

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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.

Make sure the town's rocks are not surrounded by a river or cliff

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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.

You most likely cannot change the airport's location

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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.

Convenient placements for cliff slopes

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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.

Consider the path that the river flows

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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.

Check the amount of ponds

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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.

Deciding by fruit types

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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.

Rerolling for villagers

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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.

Check with the list of confirmed villagers

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List of Islands and Island Layouts

Best Island Layouts to Choose

An Island which is easy to live on from the start

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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.

Live on a cute island!

Islands with heart and star-shaped lakes

Star shape Heart shape #1 Heart shape #2 Heart shape #3
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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.

List of other Island patterns

Islands with Resident Services on the left

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Islands with Resident Services on the right

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Islands with Resident Services in the middle

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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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You can only have one island per Switch

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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.

How to Delete Save Data and Start Over

You will most likely be unable to change the island's name after deciding on it

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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!

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45 Anonymous9 days

>>35 I have that same Island!

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44 Anonymous17 days

which is the best island layout?

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