Check out our most essential tips and tricks in a video above, or scroll down for even more hints and useful information for beginners and veterans alike!
DIY Recipe Wrangling
A major component of New Horizons is gathering up new recipes to craft out of materials you can collect all over the island. Some you can get from recipe books sold by Timmy or the Nook Miles Store, and some are situational – like fishing up trash or talking to a villager after getting stung by wasps.
- Each day, you’ll find at least one message bottle along the beach containing a random recipe. *You can also visit your villager’s homes once they upgrade to houses, and if you see them crafting at their own workshop – talk to them and they’ll give you the recipe for whatever you’re working on.
- Tired of taking too long to craft items? Mash the A button to make the process go faster!
- Always make time to shoot down balloons with your slingshot (listen for the gusting wind), as the presents they hold can contain almost anything – including more recipes!
- Recipes need all sorts of resources and materials – some of which you may not realize can be used, like weeds, wasps nests, and sea shells.
- Not all recipes can be customized, but once you unlock the customization workshop, you can alter the color of many DIY items, and even add patterns to some of them.
- Check in on your neighbors once they’ve upgraded to houses. They’ll sometimes be working on a recipe you don’t own.
- Once you unlock the campsite, Amiibo visitors will request an item. They’ll give you the DIY recipe if you don’t have it.
From Deserted Island to Bustling Community
- You may notice your island lacking many features during your first few days. Things like hourly music, town tunes and town flags won’t be available until Resident Services can upgrade from a tent – so help Tom Nook out with everything you can!
- Don’t worry if you don’t like where you’ve placed a tent or building – you’ll eventually be able to move everything except Resident Services and the Airport – but be prepared to pay a price.
- More Villagers will express interest in coming to your island the better it looks, so start decorating your island with outdoor furniture to build up your rating!
- Be prepared to spend a lot of Bells if you want Timmy and Tommy to upgrade their shop – but the rewards of a bigger inventory and custom tools are well worth it. Learn more in the How to Unlock Everything in Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide.
- Once you’re able to reserve plots for prospective villagers – be aware a random villager may claim it, even if you’re in the middle of enticing another person you’ve to move to your town!
- The more you chat with Villagers, the better friends you’ll be – and the less likely they’ll be to think about leaving the island.
- If you want a specific villager to join your island, look for them on Mystery Islands or at your Campground when you build it, and invite them to stay.
- After around 6 days of chatting, you’ll be able to give them gifts – and they can return the favor!
- Send Villagers letters or help them with tasks, and they’ll reward you in kind!
Don’t Waste Resources
Your Deserted Island is practically bursting at the seams with trees, rocks, and weeds that can be used as crafting ingredients and sold to Timmy and Tommy.
- The simple act of crafting an item can double its value over the price of the resources it was made from
- Once you help Timmy and Tommy build Nook’s Cranny, they’ll offer to buy one “hot item” per day at double its normal value, which will always be a random crafted item. This means you can stand to make four times as much money than selling weeds of branches for their base value!
- Use the Nook Miles Ticket to travel to a Mystery Island if you find yourself running short on supplies, as there will be plenty more trees and rocks to mine for resources.
- If you’re running low on island resources, consider purchasing a Nook Miles Ticket to visit a deserted island.
Getting the Most Out of Rocks
Longtime Animal Crossing fans will know all about the rocks that dot your island. When you equip a shovel (or even an axe in a pinch), you can strike the rock several times to collect resources – and a random rock each day will drop bells instead.
- The more you strike it quickly – the more you’ll get out of it, and there’s a trick to making sure you don’t get knock backed too far to continue hitting the rock:
- Make sure there’s nothing on all sides of the rock you plan to mine. If weeds are growing, they’ll take up valuable space and block the space of the resources you chip away.
- Stand at one of the corners of the rock, and dig two holes on either side of you so that they are stopping you from moving away from the rock.
- If you are having trouble angling your character to strike the rock dead on, you can move into the spot where the holes converge and your character will jump diagonally over them, and jumping back will face you right at the rock.
- Mash the A button to rapidly strike the rock up to 8 times. That’s the most amount of times you can get resources from a rock per day – which can equal up to 16,400 bells if you’ve found the random money rock for the day!
Get Those Miles
Once Tom Nook teaches you about the wonders of Nook Miles, you’ll find they can be used for everything from paying off your first loan, to unlocking more inventory space and hairstyles, and a whole lot more.
- Remember to check in at the Resident Services terminal every day, even if you only play for a few minutes. The more days in a row you check-in, the more miles you’ll get – all the way to 300 miles a day after checking in for a week straight.
- Get upgrades like the Better Tool Recipes, Tool Ring, and Expanded Inventory as soon as you can by stockpiling Nook Miles.
- Most all Nook Miles Rewards are tied to tasks you’ll be undertaking regardless, so look forward to getting rewarded for what you do best.
- Keep an eye on your Nook Mileage card, as new challenges will appear as you unlock more tools and facilities, and some of them won’t even show up until you complete them on accident – like catching 5 wasps in a row, or losing a balloon present in the water.
Who’s That Visitor
While you’ll get an announcement each new day you play – starting at 5am – one thing they don’t tell you about are any special visiting characters on the island that day. In fact, you can easily miss out on these characters entirely if you aren’t giving your island a thorough sweep, so make sure you look around for these colorful characters.
- Many of them have tasks they need help with, or exclusive items to sell, so always be sure to check in with them to get valuable rewards.
- The friendly Ghost Wisp only appears at night, and you’ll need to help catch his spirit fragments with a Net.
- Gulliver can wash up on a random part of your beach, and to get him home, you’ll need to dig for communicator parts in the sand that are disguised as clams (look for the water spitting out).
- Mabel only comes to sell her wares after you build Nook’s Cranny, but if you spend enough bells on her clothing, she may ask to open up shop permanently!
- Blathers’ sister Celeste can show up on the night of a meteor shower (listen to your villagers if they mention a clear night), and she’ll show you how to create a magic wand from shooting star fragments you can wish on when looking up into the sky and pressing A on a shooting star. Look around the shore the next day for your prize!
Fishing and Bug-Catching Galore
- Different Fish and Bugs are found on your island depending on everything from the time of day, the weather, and the month.
- Some bugs won’t show themselves unless certain conditions are met. Try chopping trees to create stumps, leave out fruit or rotten turnips, shake trees, and dig where you hear strange noises.
- Fish are harder to determine than bugs, as you can only see how big the shadow is, but rare fish are often worth much more than a rare bug.
- On the flipside, you can familiarize yourself with the rare bugs that should appear on your island during each month to know when to stop what you’re doing to capture them.
- If you stockpile fish and bugs, be on the lookout for Flick and CJ, who can appear on random days asking to buy critters for increased prices.
There’s a ton more you can and should be doing in ACNH, and a lot of interesting things you may not have noticed. If you’ve got a general tip, feel free suggest one in the comments!
- Clear out any weeds that surround trees and rocks – items that fall from them need a place to land, and if weeds are in the way they bounce another space away – or disappear entirely if there’s no room.
- Running through flowers won’t destroy them anymore, but they will destroy the bulbs, requiring you to wait for them to bloom again.
- Consider keeping a DIY workbench in your inventory if you’re exploring the farther ends of your island. This way you can craft whatever tools you need should they break while you’re exploring or gathering resources.
- Check the recycle bin inside Nook Services (even if you’re playing by yourself!) Items will appear from time to time.
- You’ll see various symbols in the crafting menu on the lower right side of a card. A box means the item is in your storage and the bag means it’s in your inventory. If there’s no symbol, you don’t have that item in your possession. It does not account for furniture you’ve placed around the island.
- Hold B to make dialogue go by faster.
- You can toss items into trash cans you place around the island!
- Don’t sell big ticket items in the drop-off box unless you don’t care about loosing Bells! They only sell for 80% of what they’re worth due to fees.
- You can bury holes in the ground with your foot by hitting “Y” when you’re facing one.
- If you have a stack of flowers you want to keep on you but out of your inventory, you can wear all 10 in a stack at once! (more of a neat thing) It won’t look like you’re wearing 10 flowers, though.
- Lacking storage space in the first few days? You can place items outside while you wait for Blathers to show up, your house to be constructed, or Nook’s Cranny to open. Don’t worry, they won’t go anywhere.
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