How to Build Slopes, Stairs, and Inclines | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

ACNH - How to Build Slopes

To make and destroy slopes, staircases, and inclines in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH), talk to Tom Nook in Resident Services.

For more information about inclines such as how many you can have and how to place them, be sure to read this guide!

List of Slopes, Stairs, and Inclines

Here is the complete list of inclines you can build in New Horizons. There are 8 types of inclines in total, composed of ramps and staircases.

List of Inclines and Prices
ACNH - Natural Ramp
Natural Ramp
Price: 98,000 Bells
ACNH - Blue-Plank Ramp
Blue-Plank Ramp
Price: 128,000 Bells
ACNH - White-Plank Ramp
White-Plank Ramp
Price: 128,000 Bells
ACNH - Log Staircase
Log Staircase
Price: 168,000 Bells
ACNH - Stone Staircase
Stone Staircase
Price: 168,000 Bells
ACNH - Brick Staircase
Brick Staircase
Price: 198,000 Bells
ACNH - Blue Steel Staircase
Blue Steel Staircase
Price: 228,000 Bells
ACNH - Red Steel Staircase
Red Steel Staircase
Price: 228,000 Bells

Maximum Number of Inclines

There can only be a maximum of 8 inclines on your island. If you want to move an incline, you will need to destroy it first and build another one.

How to Build an Incline

1 Talk to Tom Nook about infrastructure, then select about bridges/inclines.
2 Choose the type of incline you want to build.
3 Use the incline marker kit next to a cliff.
4 The incline will be built the next day after reaching goal.

You can cancel incline construction anytime.

1. Talk to Tom Nook About Slopes and Bridges

ACNH - A resident talks to Tom Nook to build a bridge

After upgrading Resident Services, you'll gain access to infrastructural changes to the island by saying "Let's talk about infrastructure". After that, select "About bridges/inlines". Note that you can only have one construction project at a time.

2. Choose Type of Incline You Want to Build

Choose to build an incline, and select the type of incline you want to build; each type differs in price. See the complete list of inclines in the section above.

3. Use the Incline Marker Kit Next to a Cliff

ACNH - A resident is about to put down an Incline Marker next to a cliff
Use the Incline Marker Kit next to a cliff to set up the construction.

If you have been using the Island Designer app to terraform the cliffs, you should remember that you need 2x1 spaces of a cliff above and 2x3 spaces on the ground before an incline can be built in that space.

See more notes on cliff construction in the next section.

4. Reach the Goal and the Incline Will be Built the Next Day

ACNH - A Gyroid asks a resident for a donation

After putting down the Incline Marker, a Gyroid will be set in front of the planned location to accept donations. Give Bells to progress construction!

Once the full amount has been paid, the incline will be constructed and will be ready to use the next day.

Gather Donations from Visitors

If you have other users living on the island, or players from other islands come to visit you, be sure to ask for donations. A donation can even be a great condition for an online trade!

Recipe and Fruit Trading Board

You Can Cancel Incline Construction

ACNH - A resident talks to Tom Nook to cancel construction
After receiving the Incline Marker Kit, you can cancel the construction anytime by talking to Tom Nook at the Resident Services. However, take note that Bells that have been donated will be gone.

Incline Size and Where to Place It

All Incline Types Have the Same Size

ACNH - All Incline Types
No matter which incline type you choose, they are all 2x4 spaces in size.

Incline Width and Length Cannot Be Changed

The size of the incline is fixed so be careful when placing them near buildings that have a different width, like a player's house that is 6 spaces in width.

Incline Rules and Requirements

Here are important things to take note of when choosing a place to build your incline.

  • You need 2x1 spaces on the cliff, and 2x3 spaces on the land below; a total of 8 spaces.
  • Inclines cannot be built diagonally.
  • Inclines cannot be built directly next to each other.
  • Inclines cannot be built when facing water.

You Need 8 Spaces of Land in Total

ACNH - Measurement of incline size
You need to have 2x1 spaces on the cliff, and 2x3 spaces on the land below. If you have the Island Designer app unlocked, you can easily manipulate the land to your liking.

You Cannot Build Inclines Diagonally

ACNH - Horizontal and vertical inclines
It is not possible to build inclines diagonally, unlike bridges. You can only build inclines horizontally and vertically.

You Cannot Build Inclines Directly Next to Each Other

ACNH - A system message saying that inclines cannot be built close to each other
You also cannot build slopes next to each other, if you wanted to make a wider ramp. Each incline should be at least 1 space apart.

You Cannot Build Inclines Facing Water

ACNH - A system message saying that an incline is too close to the water
Even if you have adequate spacing, you cannot build an incline when the entry or exit is facing the water. There should be at least 1 space free around the incline.

How to Move and Destroy an Incline

You Cannot Move an Incline

Bridges and inclines cannot be moved after setting up their construction kits, so choose their location carefully.

How to Destroy an Incline

ACNH - A screen asking which incline the player wants to demolish
You can demolish an existing incline by talking to Tom Nook about infrastructure. Destroying an incline will cost you 10,000 Bells. After paying up, the incline will be gone the next day.

Are Inclines Worth It?

ACNH - A ceremony celebrating the construction of an incline

Inclines, Stairs, and Slopes provide an easy way to climb cliffs without having to pull out the Ladder every time, making them a big time-saver.

As makeshift bridges can be made with the Island Designer tool, they're a better long-term investment than Bridges.

That said, each type of incline is a sizeable investment of 98,000 Bells or more. If you want to make this kind of change to your island, be sure to start saving up early.

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