To unlock Terraforming, you'll need the Island Designer app in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). The Island Designer app allows the player to terraform the island as they wish. Check out our guide to see what upgrades you can get and how to use them!
This guide will cover the steps you should take after getting your Nook Phone on the first day. Each section will list the required steps, leading up to unlocking the Island Designer.
|Click to Jump Ahead!|
|1||Build the Museum|
|2||Pay back the first loan (5,000 Miles)|
|3||Build Nook's Cranny|
|4||Upgrade Resident Services|
|5||Make the Campsite|
|6||Raise the Island's Star Rating|
|7||K.K. Slider's Show and Unlocking Island Designer|
Tom Nook will ask for five creature donations. Fulfill his request with the newly acquired Flimsy Fishing Rod DIY Recipe and Flimsy Net DIY Recipe to unlock the Museum ASAP.
Expanding the museum requires 15 more donations. Fulfill this to get the expanded Museum two days after.
In return for setting you up on the island, Tom Nook asks for 5,000 Miles as payment. Picking weeds, fishing, and catching bugs will help set you on the right path.
Ask Tom Nook to upgrade your house right away after paying off this loan. This will give you access to Nook Miles exclusive items!
Read the guide below for more efficient methods to gain Miles!
Digging two holes behind you is a way to prevent knockback when hitting the rocks. This will allow you to get all 8 materials from rocks.
We highly recommend first picking up a shovel, allowing you to dig the holes before mining precious materials.
It's time to choose the shop's location! Anywhere is fine, but since you'll be going there a lot, try and pick a convenient spot! Talk to Timmy again after to complete the preparations.
To see more details on how to build Nook's Cranny, see the article below.
Talk to Tom Nook after the shop has been built to get the Bridge Construction Kit. After you get the DIY recipe, you need to gather these materials:
Find a place to build the Bridge. After deciding, use the kit from your inventory to place it.
Afterward, get 3 Housing Kits and the DIY recipes needed to make their Interior and Exterior Furniture.
Check which items you need by reading the sign in front of the housing marker, which you can do by pressing A.
In the days following the setup of the Housing Kits, new Villagers will come to the island each day. By the fourth day, construction of the new Resident Services will begin. On the fifth day, it will be open for business.
You have to wait for the completion of this process to continue with upgrading the island. Try paying off your house loans and upgrading your house.
It's also possible to skip this process by changing the in-game Date and Time.
Yyou'll be unable to enter Resident Services while it's under construction, but it'll be open for business the day after that!
See our guide below for what services become available after you uprade the Resident Services.
Raise the island's star rating in order to bring in K.K. Slider, a famous musician, for a live performance. First, however, you'll need to gather the required materials to build a campsite.
|Wood (15)||Softwood (15)||Hardwood (15)||Iron Nugget (15)|
A day after building the Campsite, a visitor will come by to check it out. Talk to them and invite them to live on the island, then speak with Tom Nook about building their house.
The following day, that visitor will come to live on your island, so at least a day will need to pass before moving onto the next step.
Raise the island's star rating even further by reaching 8 villagers, increading the number of facilities, cleaning up weeds and garbage, improving the scenery and more! For more information, click on our guide below!
Raise the reputation of the island to host K.K. Slider's show. He'll send you a message and will do a live performance sometime after the next day. After hosting the first show, K.K. Slider shows will be held every Saturday.
While listening to K.K. Slider's performance, the credits will roll. After the credits end, you will be able to get the Island Designer app, allowing you to make big changes to the island's landscape.
|Tips and Tricks|
|ACNH 100% Checklist||Daily & Weekly To-Do List|
|Island Designer Unlock Walkthrough||How to Raise Your Island's Star Rating|
|How to Kick Out Villagers||How to Get New Villagers|
|How to Get Specific Villagers You Want||Time Traveling Guide|
|How to Get Villager Photos and Posters||How Often Does a Message in a Bottle Spawn?|
|How to Increase Inventory Space||How to Get Presents from Balloons|
|Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler||List of Haunted Art|
|How to Get Infinite Tarantula Island||How to Get Infinite Scorpion Island|
|How to Get All Fruits||Secrets and Hidden Content|
|What is Luck?||How to Use the Warp Pipe|
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