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This is a list of unchangeable elements of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which cannot be altered after you begin your save game. If you want to get an idea of what type of things are irreversible after starting Animal Crossing, please read on!

List of Unchangeable Features

Unchangeable Features
  • Your character's name
  • Your character's birthday
  • Your hemisphere
  • Location of Resident Services and Airport
  • Airport color
  • Starting fruit
  • Name of island
  • Shape of estuaries and beaches

Your Name Cannot Be Changed

Your character's name cannot be changed after it is set.

Your Birthday Cannot Be Changed

Your character's birthday cannot be changed after it is set. Birthdays are celebrated in-game, so you may want to set it to your actual birthday.

You Can Only Choose Your Hemisphere Once

Choosing Hemispheres
One of the first choices you have to make is which hemisphere you will live in. You will not be able to change this later on in the game. This affects a variety of factors in the game, such as the appearance of seasons and what times of year Bugs and Fish appear in, so think hard about which hemisphere you want so that you don't regret it later!

Which Hemisphere Should You Choose?

You Cannot Move Resident Services

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The facility where you can sell items and pay back your loan, Resident Services, cannot be changed. Although you are able to move placed Facilities such as the Museum and the Tailor Shop, the location of Resident Services cannot be changed from its initial position.

When you choose an Island at the start of the game, the choices will show the location of Resident Services as well, so make sure to choose an island with a good placement.

How to Choose an Island and List of Islands

The Airport's Location and Color Cannot Be Changed

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The airport's location will be permanently fixed after you start your game. If you have somewhere in particular that you'd like it, make sure to check its location when choosing the island's shape, as it will be visible on the maps of the island you select at the start of the game.

In addition, the Airport's color is randomly determined from the following options.

Possible Airport Colors
Green Orange Blue Yellow

If there's a particular color of airport you'd prefer for your island to fit your ideal color scheme, it might be worth it to restart your game to try to get your favorite Airport color.

Your Starting Fruit

The starting fruit is whatever fruit is growing on your island in the beginning of the game, and it cannot be changed, or chosen by you.

As fruits other than your starting fruit can be sold for a higher price, we recommend getting a different starting fruit from your friends. This will allow you to visit each others' items and collect all the fruits; this won't be possible if you have have the same starting fruit.

How to Get All Fruits

You Cannot Change Your Island's Name

Miss Isle
Once you've chosen your island's name during the introductory part of the game, you won't be able to change it again. Be sure to choose something you'll be happy to see time and time again, like one of our side-splitting puns!

Our Favorite Island Names

Estuary and Beach Shapes Cannot Be Changed

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Though you will eventually be able to change the shapes of rivers and cliffs, you will not be able to change the shape of estuaries and beaches. Make sure you choose your ideal shapes, when you choose your island layout.

List of Changeable Features

Changeable Features
  • Location of house and created facilities
  • Face and hairstyle
  • Island's shape and geography

Houses and Facilities

Choosing tent location
Although it will cost a sizeable chunk of cash, it's possible to change the locations of any building which you previously placed. This includes both yours and other Villagers' houses, as well as all Facilities other than Resident Services and the Airport.

What You Can Do After Upgrading Resident Services

Costs to Move Houses and Facilities

Building Type Cost to Move
Your House 30,000 Bells
Facility or Villager's House 50,000 Bells

Your Face and Hairstyle Can Be Changed with the Right Item

For the first time in any game in the series, New Horizons allows you to use a Dresser Item in order to change your character's face freely, even after the game has started. Since you can customize your character as you go, feel free to mess around with your face and find the one you like best!

How to Change Your Face and Hair

You Can Change Your Island's Shape

Island Designer
Through a new feature called Island Designer, you will be able to make paths as you please, and even build new rivers or cliffs. However, this feature is unlocked very late in the game, meaning that you shouldn't count on being able to reshape your island right away.

How to Use the Island Designer App

List of Unchangeable Features in Past Titles

Unchangeable Features in Past Titles
  • Shape of grass

All Grass is Triangular

In previous games in the series, the grass had a triangular or circular pattern depending on the island, which was set permanently at the start of the game and could not be reversed without restarting the save file. In New Horizons, however, the grass on all islands in triangular. There's no reason to try resetting your game to get a different grass pattern.

Piles of Snow Change Grass Shape to Round

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When enough snow has covered the grass, you will see the grass as patterns of round shapes on the snow.

Related Links


All Tips & Tricks

Beginner Guides
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
Gameplay Basics
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 Wind and Weather
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 Art Guide | 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 List of Roof Colors
Reimagine Your Character
How To Make A Passport | Passport Title List Changing Hair and Face
How to Get / 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 Info
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


38 Anonymousabout 1 month

>>13 When visitors come to the island, your villagers talk about them with "they", if you have the game set to english. You can also choose whatever hairstyles and faces you want for your character. Body shape isn't changed based on the style you pick at the beginning, either. So, in my opinion, it's not a very big problem for this game. If anything, I kind of wish I could tick a box to get feminine pronouns, ahaha...but I also appreciate the inclusivity for people who aren't like me.

37 SRHCabout 2 months

Would like to correct a bit of detail in this article. It says, "New Horizons allows you to use a Dresser Item in order to change your character's face freely..." Technically, the correct item is a mirror. I believe the dresser has a mirror, which is why it also allows you to change your face. But the table mirror, for example--which many people would obtain first--allows the player you change their features.

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