Welcome to our Beginner's Guide to Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. In addition to tips on starting off the game, we will cover what you should do daily to make the most of your time when playing Animal Crossing.
List of Contents
|Before Getting to the Island|
|1||Put in your name and birthday,|
|2||Set up your look.|
|3||Select a hemisphere.|
|4||Select an island layout.|
|5||Choose what you want to bring to the island.|
The first thing you'll do when starting a new save game is typing in your name and birthday. These things cannot be changed later on, so pick something good!
Next, choose how your character will look by selecting your skin color, facial features, hairstyle, and more!
These can be changed later on, so no need to think too hard about it in the beginning. The hairstyles available to you in the beginning are scarce, but you'll get more later on.
After choosing your name, birthday, and features, you will be able to select the hemisphere you want to live.
The main difference is that the seasons experienced will be polar opposites, meaning that the bugs and fish you can get in each month will differ.
If you don't have a preference, you can just go with the hemisphere you live in (northern hemisphere for U.S.A.).
You'll be given four island layouts to choose from. If you're lucky, you might get one with a pond that has some kind of special shape! Your lifestyle will be slightly affected by the shape of island that you choose.
If you're particular about the layout you have, you could always reroll. To learn more about island layouts and rerolling, see the article below.
The Nooklings will ask you what thing you would bring to a deserted island. Though it may seem like an important choice, it actually has no effect on the game, so answer with whatever first comes to mind!
|Before Getting Your NookPhone|
|1||Greet your starting villagers.|
|2||Choose your tent location.|
|3||Get 10 branches and 6 fruits.|
|4||Decide on your island name.|
|5||Get your NookPhone after going to bed.|
The first thing you will need to do is greet the first villagers. There are a few rules for determining which starting villagers will appear, so be sure and check with the page below.
Next, decide the location of your tent. After getting ahead a bit, you'll be able to spend 50,000 Bells and move your house. If you want to avoid having to pay this later, we suggest picking a good spot.
You can also set up your neighbors' tents!
After choosing your tent's location, Tom Nook will ask you for 10 Branches and 6 Fruits.
There's a limit to the number of fallen branches that you can pick up, so you'll need to shake the trees to get more. Each tree has three fruit on it, so shaking two trees and picking up the fallen fruit should be enough.
|How to Get Tree Branches Fast||How to Get All Fruits|
Next, Nook will ask you to come up with an island name. This can't be changed later on, so pick something that you won't regret later.
Take note that you also can't change the location of your town hall.
After going to bed in your tent and waking up, Tom Nook will stop by to deliver your NookPhone. This will allow you to participate in various activities throughout the island, so be sure to check your apps!
|Before Unlocking the Museum|
|1||Make a Fishing Rod and Net at Resident Services.|
|2||Hand 5 critters over to Tom Nook.|
|3||Decide where the museum will be built.|
Both of these recipes are obtained by inspecting the DIY workbench at Resident Services and taking part in the DIY tutorial. Get the recipes for free and make the tools right away.
|2nd Critter||Flimsy Axe and Wooden Furniture Recipes|
|3rd Critter||Flower Seeds (Random Type)|
|4th Critter||Flimsy Watering Can Recipe|
After choosing a location, the museum will be open from the next day.
You'll get an item or recipe each time you show Tom Nook a creature, so go out and get the five critters he needs!
You will need to give five creatures (bugs and fish) to Tom Nook, at which point you will be able to choose the location of the museum.
After you do this, Blathers will come to your island on the next day, so start saving up things to donate!
|Repaying the first loan|
|Save 5,000 Nook Miles and pay back the first loan.|
After you pay back your first loan, you will be able to do a lot more on your island. After building your first fishing rod, shoot for 5000 miles to pay back your initial loan.
After paying of the 5,000 Nook Miles, go ahead and ask Nook for a home renovation. This will allow you to pick up even more Nook Miles, giving you access to Nook Mile-exclusive items from the Nook Stop.
|Unlocking Nook's Cranny|
|1||Gather 30 of each required material.|
|2||Decide on the shop's location.|
In order to unlock Nook's Cranny, gather up 30 of each required material from the list above. Resources will drop from trees and rocks once per day. Collect lots of materials to craft items!
|Trees (Including Fruit Trees)||3 of the following:
|Rocks||8 of the following:
Occasionally Bells will appear from a Money Rock
After you've finally gotten all of the materials above, feel free to choose the shop's location.
Anywhere open should be fine, but since you'll be going there a lot, try and pick a spot near your own house! Talk to Timmy again after to complete the preparations.
To see more details on how to build Nook's Cranny, see the article below.
|Building a House|
|1||Get a lot of Miles to collect even more items.|
|2||Make lots of money.|
The Nook Stop terminal will be accessible after asking Tom Nook for a home upgrade. This terminal lets you exchange miles for items, such as more durable tools.
After paying off your initial loan, you'll be able to upgrade to Nook Miles+.
Read our guide below for what you should be spending your Nook Miles on first!
You have to repay a new loan of 98,000 Bells after upgrading your home. This time, you have to pay in Bells instead of Miles, so sell fish and bugs and start saving!
One of the main goals in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is to become an Island Designer. To do this, complete Tom Nook's tasks to earn as many items, bells (money), and Nook Miles as possible.
Though you can easily obtain the Flimsy Axe and the Stone Axe, early in the game, you won't be able to chop down trees until you have the Axe.
Once you've paid the initial loan of 5,000 Miles to Tom Nook, you can purchase the Pretty Good Tools Recipes for 3,000 Miles from Nook Stop on the “Redeem Your Miles” screen. This will give you access to a variety of non-Flimsy tools, including the Axe.
Cross the river after obtaining the Vaulting Pole. To obtain it, give Tom Nook 5 distinct creatures, obtain the DIY recipe from Blathers, then craft it in the DIY workbench.
Check out the link below for detailed instructions and for other methods of crossing the river.
futureby changing the date and time on your Switch.
If you can't wait for the actual day to pass, manually change the date and time of your Switch. However, there are pros and cons to time travelling, so do it wisely.
Check the button below to learn how to time travel.
After crossing the river, you will still be limited by cliffs. The ladder won't be obtained until later in the game, but don't worry! You'll be able to progress through the game without obtaining it right away.
Check out the button below for detailed instructions on how to get the Ladder and climb cliffs.
It's possible to break rocks by eating food to gain stamina, then breaking rocks with an Axe or a Shovel. You can break one rock per one fruit eaten.
Rocks return after a day, so don't worry about running out of rocks to break!
Click the button below for detailed instructions of how to break rocks.
The Airport is open for business from the second day of play. When you start playing, Tom Nook will announce that the Airport has been opened.
How to Unlock the Airport
Increase the island's star rating by decorating it with lots of furniture and add more flowers and trees. Placing DIY furniture will significantly increase your ratings, so rack up those materials and recipes!
The second and subsequent players cannot affect the story directly. Instead, they have to help the Island Representative to gather materials and furniture necessary to advance the story.
To create a second island, you need to have a second Switch. The way save files work in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is that each save file contains one island for one Switch. Every user on a Switch will have to share that island.
|Beginner's Guide to Animal Crossing New Horizons||Unchangeable Features|
|Which Hemisphere Should You Choose?||Best Island Layouts|
|What Should You Choose to Bring to the Island?||Island Names|
|Best House and Tent Location||How to Cross Rivers and Waters|
|How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits||How to Climb Cliffs|
|What is the Bulletin Board?||How to Get Pocket Camp Items|
|How to Get Nook Points|
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