How to Make Waterfalls | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Learn how to make waterfalls using the Island Designer app in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). If you want cool waterfall ideas to terraform on your island, please read on!

How to Make a Waterfall

How to Make a Waterfall
1 Unlock the necessary permits needed for the Island Designer app.
2 Dig an edge of a cliff above to reveal a waterfall.
* Make a river or a pond below for a natural look.

1. Unlock the Necessary Permits Needed

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Once unlocking the Island Designer app, you can purchase the Waterscaping Permit, and the Cliff Construction Permit at the Nook Stop for 6,000 Nook Miles each.

You need these to create waterfalls!
What Should You Spend Nook Miles on First?

2. Dig an Edge of a Cliff Above to Reveal a Waterfall

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Go up one level using a ladder on an incline, and dig a hole on the edge of the cliff to reveal a waterfall.

Note that you cannot create a waterfall from the base of the cliff, or the lower ground.

Make a River or a Pond Below for a Natural Look

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The waterfall will flow below the ground. If you want to make it look more natural, you can dig up a path to connect it to a river, or you could make a pond at the bottom!

Waterfall Ideas and How to Make Them

Two-Level Waterfall

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These are perfect attractions that go with your island, especially if you are going for a natural look. Create a beautiful scenery by making a 2-tiered waterfall.

How to Make a Two-Level Waterfall
1 Prepare 4x5 spaces or more for the lower cliff.
2 Prepare 2x3 spaces or more for the upper cliff.
3 Climb to the upper cliff to dig up a waterfall.
4 Go down the lower cliff and connect the waterfall.
1 Prepare 4x5 spaces or more for the lower cliff.
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To create a two-level waterfall, you will need a two-level cliff, of course. Use the Cliff Construction Pemit to create the lower cliff, or the second level.

You will need at least 4x5 spaces for the lower cliff so take note of that.
2 Prepare 2x3 spaces or more for the upper cliff.
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Climb up the lower cliff, and dig up the upper cliff, or the third level.

You will need at least 2x3 spaces for the upper cliff to create a single-tile waterfall, so be sure you have enough space.
3 Climb to the upper cliff to dig up a waterfall.
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Climb up to the upper cliff, or the third level to dig up the waterfall. If you want to create a wider waterfall, you will need more space for both cliffs.
4 Go down the lower cliff and connect the waterfall.
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Go down to the lower cliff, and dig up the edge to connect the waterfall.

If you want a natural look, you can create a pond or a river at the bottom!

Waterfall Path

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Create double waterfalls facing each other to create this cool waterfall path. We recommend doing this at the airport entrance to impress your visitors!

How to Make a Waterfall Path
1 Make a river path.
2 Build cliffs on opposing sides. (You can create two levels!)
3 Climb up the cliffs to dig up the waterfalls.
* If you want the river path and waterfalls to have the same length, add 2 extra spaces to the lower cliff's top and bottom edges.
1 Create a river path.
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The first thing you need to do is to create the base which is the river path. You need water of at least 3 spaces wide to put a land tile in the middle.

It's better that you settle the river length and width first, as that is much easier than changing the river and cliffs later on.
2 Build cliffs on opposing sides.
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Now, you need to create cliffs on both sides of the river. You need at least 2 spaces wide for a single-level cliff.

You can even make two-level cliffs to make it grand! The lower cliff would then need to be at least 4 spaces wide.
3 Climb the cliffs to reveal the waterfalls!
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Climb up the cliffs, and using the Waterscaping Permit, dig up the edges of the cliff to reveal the waterfalls.

Add 2 spaces to the lower cliff's top and bottom edges

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If you want the river path and waterfalls to have the same length, add 2 extra spaces to the cliff's top and bottom edges.

Tips and Tricks for Creating Waterfalls

You Need At Least 2x3 Space for the Cliff

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To create at least one tile of waterfall, you need a 2x3 cliff. If it is less than that, you will not be able to dig up the land to create a waterfall since there is no space.

You Cannot Make a Waterfall on a Corner of a Cliff

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You need to be at least 1 space away from a cliff corner to make a waterfall.

You Cannot Make a Diagonal Waterfall

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Sadly you cannot make diagonal waterfalls. Since you can only create waterfalls on the 4 cardinal directions (north, south, east, and west), you can combine these to create the illusion of diagonal waterfalls.

You Cannot Make a Three-Level Waterfall

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Although you can build up to 3 cliffs, you cannot climb up the fourth level to create a waterfall.

Fish Can Appear While Terraforming

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You can also expand your waterfall to include a pond so fish can appear. Excluding the waterfall, you need at least 3x3 spaces of water for fish to appear.
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