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!
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|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.
|Things you can change after starting|
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.
You cannot change this facility's location, so you should put this at the front in your decision for picking an island.
What You Can Do at Resident Services and How to Upgrade
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 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.
How to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines
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.
Note that you can add or remove ponds later in the game by using the Island Designer app.
You may also want to use your starting fruit as a determiner for choosing an island. You can make a lot of Bells 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 system. 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 Rivers and Waters|
|How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits||How to Climb Cliffs|
>>42 ... I think they mean by the rocks that is surrounding your beaches.
didn't see this
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I would like to visit your island & do let me know if you need any fruits :)
Hi ! If someone has a ironwood table recipe, I’m willing to pay bells for it!
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