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Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Advanced Tips

May 19, 2020    


Even if you've logged hundreds of hours in Animal Crossing: New Horizons like us, there might still be a few things here and there for you to learn.

General Advanced Tips



  • Throw all your Bells in the ABD bank on the last day of the month to get the most out of the now very low interest bonus. Free Bells are still free Bells.
  • If you see something weird or new on your island, like a double rainbow, talk to your villagers. They may know something about it.
  • Villagers can use the custom tools you give them, so if you want to see Ellie using a cute elephant watering can, give one to her.
  • Isabelle and the other villagers rarely talk about visiting characters on your island on a given day - but you can always check if Redd’s Treasure Trawler is in town by looking on your map for his icon on the north beach.
  • You can practice reactions with Tom Nook and Isabelle in Resident Services. They have interesting and differing responses to certain emotes.
  • If you’re constantly growing or harvesting trees and forgetting which trees bear which fruit (or bells), mark them by planting a custom design on the ground in front of them, like a cherry symbol for cherry trees or bag of bells for a growing money tree. Consider making an orchard area.
  • Keep a wardrobe furniture near the Able Sisters shop so you can quickly check what clothes you already have before buying new ones - or have a place to swap out clothes that were automatically transferred to your storage. Remember, items such as lockers and even refrigerators can function as wardrobes.
  • Since you can only build 8 bridges on your island, you can cheat by terraforming ones using the waterscaping tool in your Island Designer App. If you don’t want to completely cut off the flow of a river, place a piece of land in between squares of water to hop between.
  • The same can be done with cliffs - create an extended land bridge between two high elevations by making smaller 1 tile plateaus to jump between.
  • If you’re worried about friends or strangers taking your turnips, build fencing around them to ensure they cannot be reached.
  • You can get rid of wasps with party poppers!

Resources and Crafting Tips



  • You can get a DIY recipe from a villager three times a day! One is crafting in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one at night. Visit the DIY page for other ways to get additional recipes.
  • You’ll get different DIY recipes depending on your villager’s personality - so be sure to have at least one of each personality type on your island, or visit a friends island with the personalities you're missing.
  • You can get star fragments by wishing on stars on other islands. Try to visit a friend when they're having a meteor shower. Star fragments wash up on your beach the next day.
  • Talk to Sable daily. She'll eventually open up and tell you about her family history. Once she considers you a friend, she'll start giving you patterns that you can use for customizing items.
  • Since you can’t craft using materials stored in your home, consider leaving stacks of wood, iron, and stone near a DIY workbench around your island to quickly craft what you need and drop the excess materials for the next time. You can even turn it into a nice little workshop.
  • Instead of wasting time shoveling holes around a rock you want to strike, place fencing to put your back against in a corner that you can make use of every day.
  • You can pop balloons with your net. This comes in handy when you’re high up and a balloon is floating south of you.

Villager Tips



  • Using Amiibo Cards are the only guaranteed way to swap a new villager for a specific resident. However, if someone shows up at your campsite, you can talk to them until they consider moving, and they’ll pick a random villager to try and swap with. If it’s not a villager you’re willing to trade, quickly exit out before the conversation is finished and reload the game to see if you can make them pick another villager instead - otherwise they’ll only fixate on swapping with a specific resident.
  • Using Amiibo Cards are also a great way to get more recipes - as you can invite a camper once per day, and they’ll ask you to craft them something from your town - and give you the recipe for the item if you can’t already make it.
  • Villagers have a hidden friendship rating that you can raise by talking to them, giving them gifts (the more expensive the better), and completing tasks for them. Do this enough, and they’ll start offering to sell or buy items with you, and even give you a framed portrait of themselves to display in your home.
  • Inviting Villagers to Harvey’s Photopia island (current residents or scanned Amiibo Cards) will make their poster available for purchase via Nook Shopping.
  • Place musical instruments in a group along with a music player to entice them to start a little band. Try placing them near the resident services plaza where most villagers tend to congregate over the course of the day.

Decorating Tips



  • After unlocking the Island Designer app you can place sand pathing anywhere on the island. Putting down a square of sand path allows you to plant Coconut trees anywhere on your island!
  • Villagers will prefer walking along paths and avoiding walking through flowers whenever possible - use this to your advantage to give them scenic routes and keep track of where they are likely to be.