How to Cross Rivers and Waters | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Crossing Water Header.png
This guide explains how to cross rivers in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn how to get the Vaulting Pole to cross rivers and water.

How to Cross the River

Three Methods Exist

CrossRiver1.jpeg

1 Use a Vaulting Pole.
2 Build a bridge.
3 Fill in the river (after unlocking the Island Designer app).

All of these methods are revealed during the course of the game. That said, the most basic way in the early part of the game is to use the Vaulting Pole.

1. Use a Vaulting Pole

Using vaulting pole.jpg
Equip the Vaulting Pole in your hand and press A next to a river to vault over it. This is essential especially for Mystery Island Tours where there are areas that require a pole to get there.

Mystery Island Tours and Nook Miles Ticket Guide

2. Build a Bridge

Built a log bridge.jpg
You will be required to build a log bridge to progress the story. It will easily allow you and the villagers to cross rivers. Additionally, you will be able to build up to 8 bridges in the Resident Services.

How to Build and Destroy Bridges

3. Fill in the River with Land

Fill in river with land.jpg
Once unlocking the Island Designer, you will be able to terraform land and water. With this feature, you can easily fill in the river with land for easy access. It also has no cost compared to bridges, and you can get it in an instant instead of waiting for a day.

Terraforming Guide | How to Use the Island Designer App

How to Get the Vaulting Pole

Steps to Get the Vaulting Pole

CrossRiver3.png

1 Find five fish or bugs and give them to Tom Nook.
2 Receive Blathers' tent from Tom Nook.
3 Place the tent somewhere on the island.
4 Wait until the next day, and Blathers' tent will be set up.
5 Talk to Blathers inside and receive the DIY Recipe for the Vaulting Pole.

Tom Nook won't accept the same Bug or Fish more than once

When giving critters to Tom Nook, be sure to give him bugs and fish of different kinds. It will not be counted if you give a critter of the same species that you have already submitted.

Be Sure to Have Softwood

CrossRiver2.jpg
5 pieces of Softwood are needed to craft the Vaulting Pole. If you don't have Softwood ready, you can either craft or buy an Axe to get more.
How to Craft the Vaulting Pole

Succeeding Players Can Unlock the Recipe Through the DIY Workshop

DIY Workshop.png
The second player (or next succeeding players) can unlock the Vaulting Pole recipe by completing the DIY Workshop held by Tom Nook. However, they will not be able to get this until the first player has the recipe.

The Vaulting Pole Does Not Break

Unlock most tools, no matter how much you use the Vaulting Pole, it will not break.

List of Tools

Related Guides

Beginner

All Tips & Tricks

Beginner Guides
BeginnerBeginner's Guide to Animal Crossing New Horizons Unchangeable FeaturesUnchangeable Features
Which Hemisphere Should You Choose.pngChoosing a Hemisphere Choosing the Best IslandBest Island Layouts
What Should You Choose to Bring to the Island - Partial.pngWhat Should You Choose to Bring to the Island? Picking an IslandPicking an Island Name
Choosing the Best Tent LocationBest Tent Location How to Cross the River and Water Banner.pngHow to Cross Rivers and Waters
How to Get Furniture and Materails For House Kits.pngHow to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits How to Climb Cliffs.pngHow to Climb Cliffs

Comment

3 Anonymous7 months

So that means I need to get cracking with that axe, huh? Simple enough. I should have this. Makes for selling those softwood after too

2 Anonymous7 months

i need to get that vaulting pole unlocked asap, i'm stuck on 1/3 of my island :(

    The Like Feature

    You can save a comment for later by giving it a Like.
    As a member:Get access to several features!

    Opinions about an article or post go here.
    Opinions about an article or post
    We at Game8 thank you for your support.
    In order for us to make the best articles possible, share your corrections, opinions, and thoughts about "How to Cross Rivers and Waters" with us!
    When reporting a problem, please be as specific as possible in providing details such as what conditions the problem occurred under and what kind of effects it had.

    Walkthrough Menu

    New Comment

    • want friends cause i'm lonely TT. SW-2279-4908-1587
      i don't play super often tho

    • Kelly: you won’t believe it. My daughter just talked to Chief. He said he came from white orca. Hahaha it’s the same Chief!!!

    All rights reserved

    Back to the Top
    Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more