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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


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

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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

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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

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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


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

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

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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.

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3 Anonymousabout 2 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 Anonymous2 months

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

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