Learn how to terraform to unlock new designs for your island! To terraform, you need to unlock the Island Designer App by raising your island's rating to 3 stars in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Find more ideas on how to modify your island with our guide!
List of Contents
|Path Construction||Build roads and pathways
▶︎ How to Create Paths
▶︎ Top Custom Design Patterns for Paths, Floors and Ground
|Waterscaping||Create and modify rivers, ponds, and waterfalls
▶︎ How to Make Shaped Ponds
▶︎ How to Make Waterfalls
|Cliff Construction||Create and destroy cliffs
▶︎ How to Make Good Looking Cliffs
You'll be able to freely create roads anywhere on the ground.
Bring in a sense of order and civilization to your island with roads that will make it easier to reach essential facilities and services.
To add a sense of variety to your town, use different kinds of roads for different purposes to make an island that best fits your style.
|List of Path Permits and Cost|
Arched Tile Path Permit
Brick Path Permit
Dark Dirt Path Permit
Sand Path Permit
Stone Path Permit
Terra-Cotta Tile Permit
Wooden Path Permit
Custom Design Path Permit
Celestial Path designs by @julesjellyfish (Twitter)
The Custom Design Path Permit allows you to easily place custom design patterns on the ground.
Check out our top custom designs for paths and ground from users all over the world!
Top Custom Design Patterns for Paths, Floors and Ground
After you've unlocked the Waterscaping Permit, use your shovel to create and change the shape of rivers.
Make a river narrower or wider, or change it to any shape you can dream of to make your island easier to live on!
|List of All River Fish||List of All Pond Fish|
Combine the uses of the Cliff-Construction App and the Waterscaping App to get the best possible results.
When you have a river facing a cliff, create a waterfall at the top of the cliff to allow the river to pass through.
Mess around with the Waterscaping Permit to create ponds of different shapes. If you're looking for some inspiration, check out our guide!
When you've unlocked the Cliff-Construction Permit, you can change the cliffs on your island to any shape that you like.
If there's a cliff that's often in your way, push it back a bit or eliminate it altogether to better suit your island.
You can't modify the beach by terraforming using the Island Designer.
It's also not possible to change the shape of estuaries and beaches, so be careful when choosing your island layout at the start of the game!
How to Choose the Best Island Layout
Additionally, you can't modify the rocks on the beach with the Island Designer, so take note of that when selecting your island layout!
Buildings can't be moved using the Island Designer, since it requires talking to Tom Nook at the construction consultation counter inside Resident Services.
Note that you need to have an upgraded Resident Services to use this feature.
What You Can Do at Resident Services and How to Upgrade
All facilities' locations can be moved except for the Airport and Resident Services. Select your island layout carefully when starting the game.
With the Cliff Construction Permit, you can build cliffs up to the 4th level. Normally, the 4th level can't be accessed.
However, through the help of a glitch we've discovered, you'd be able to access and place items on the 4th level. For more information, check out our guide below!
Cliff Glitch - How to Climb the 4th Level
Inclines and slopes can only be constructed at the construction consultation counter inside Resident Services.
|How to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines||How to Build and Destroy Bridges|
After you've unlocked the Island Designer App, all the relevant permits will become available at Nook Stop.
Only the basic Construction Permit is available initially. Buy each of the permits in exchange for Miles.
What Should You Spend Nook Miles on First?
|Permit||How to Get and Usage|
|Island Designer Construction Permit||Unlock Island Designer
Building roads and pathways
|Waterscaping Permit||Purchase for 6000 Miles at Nook Stop
Creating and changing ponds, rivers, and waterfalls
|Cliff-Construction Permit||Purchase for 6000 Miles at Nook Stop
Creating and destroying cliffs
Purchasing the Waterscaping Permit and the Cliff-Construction Permit allows you to perform different kinds of construction across the island.
As the Waterscaping Permit allows you to build land bridges across rivers, it's recommended to buy this right away after unlocking the Island Designer app.
On the other hand, the Cliff-Construction Permit does not allow the creation of slopes, so obtaining it has a somewhat lower priority.
|1||Unlock the Museum.|
|2||Repay your first loan of 5,000 Miles.|
|3||Unlock Nook's Cranny.|
|4||Set up the 3 house plots.|
|5||Make the Campsite.|
|6||Get your island rating to 3-stars.|
|7||Have K.K. Slider perform on your island.|
To unlock the Island Designer app, you will need to raise your Island Star Rating to 3 Stars. This is essentially the last mission of the main story.
Complete all the requirements up to this point in order for Island Designer to become available.
Once K.K. Slider finishes his first performance, Tom Nook will call you to give you the Island Designer app.
To learn all that you'll need to do, check out our full story guide below!
How to Unlock Terraforming Guide
Once the first player or the resident representative, has unlocked Island Designer, other players on the island will automatically receive the app as well via phone call from Tom Nook.
The Island Designer App allows you to create roads and reshape the rivers and cliffs surrounding you.
Transform your island from a deserted wasteland ruled by nature's grip to a curated paradise with every detail tuned to your unique taste.
List of NookPhone Apps and How to Unlock Them
Both Terraforming and Landscaping are words used for changing the cliff, river and pond layouts of your island.
Unlike previous games, you can re-shape most of your island as you wish in New Horizons.
You can make it entirely flat, surround everything with rivers or even recreate landscapes from other games... the possibilities are endless!
To do all of this, however, you first need to get the Island Designer App from Tom Nook.
|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 Get a Cherry Blossom Tree|
|Rock Guide||How to Plant Flowers|
|How to Build and Destroy Bridges||How to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines|
|How to Get More Housing Kits | Selling Plots of Land||How to Change the Island Tune|
|Terraforming Guide and Ideas||How to Create Paths|
|How to Make Shaped Ponds||How to Make Waterfalls|
|How to Keep Trees Small and Stop Tree Growth||All Building and Plot Sizes|
|Cliff Ideas | How to Make Good Looking Cliffs||How to Make Natural Rivers|
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