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Find out the best starting/beginning island layout in Animal Crossing New Horizons Switch (ACNH)! This guide includes recommend island layouts/size, list of layouts, & how to reset!!!

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Check Out The Other Beginner Guide Here!

Choose Your Island Layout

There Will Be Several Island Layouts

Choose From 4 Islands Before Starting!

At the start of a new game, you will be given a choice of 4 possible layouts to choose from. If none of these appeal to you, you still have the option of restarting the game to generate 4 new layouts!

Island Size Is The Same

No matter which layout you choose, the size of the island will always be the same. Just be sure to pick the right layout.

How To Select Best Island Layout

Can You Have More than One Island?

Players Only Have One Base Island

Players Only Have One Base Island

Players will only have one base island where they can build their home & access the different facilities, including the Resident Services & the Airport.

Free to Visit Other Islands

Free to Visit Other Islands

Even if you cannot build on other islands, you can still have access to them. You're free to visit your friends' islands or go to a random one using the Nook Miles Ticket to travel.

Check Out the Nook Miles Ticket Guide

Island Layout Reset Guide

Do You Need To Reset For Layouts?


If you have a particular preference for an island layout, or even a native fruit, we recommend that you reset to get your desired, ideal start!

Terrain Can Be Changed Later On

In New Horizons, you'll be able to modify the terrain on your island later on in the game when you unlock the Island Designer tool. This will allow you to fill in rivers & remove cliffs. If you don't mind waiting/doing the extra work, you don't need to go through the resetting process.

Learn How To Change Terrain Of Your Island From Here

How To Reset For The Best Island Start

1Start the game
2Choose your name / hemisphere / appearance
3Choose from the 4 layouts (*random)
4If there isn't one you like, shut the game down and start back at 1
5After choosing the layout, start your life on the island
6If you want to get particular villagers / fruits, repeat steps 1-5 over and over

Name, Birthday, & Hemisphere Cannot Be Changed

Be careful, as you will not be able to change your name, birthday, or hemisphere once you've completed this process. Take your time in deciding these!

Check Out The Other Points of No Return Here!

Appearance (Gender) Can Be Changed


You will be able to change your character's appearance later on as you progress in the game. Once you get access to a dresser/mirror in your room, you'll be able to alter your appearance, so there's no reason to focus too much on it at the start!

Check Out Our Character Creation Guide & Face List

Guide to Choosing the Island Layout

How To Choose Best Island

What To Look ForPriority
Location Of The Resident Services★★★★
Island Geography★★★
Shape Of The River★★・・
Number Of Ponds★★・・
Type Of Fruit・・・

Because you can jump across the river with Vaulting Pole or fill out river with Island Designer, the shape of the river is less important. Look for a layout which has Resident Services in the center of the island since you will be using that facility quite often.

Check the Location of the Resident Service

Check the Location of the Information Center

The Resident Services houses a lot of features that will help you on the island, including the DIY Workshop & the ATMs. Since you'll need to visit it often, consider its location before selecting a layout.

You Can't Choose Villagers & Fruit

Berry & Bugs Could be Randomized

The fruit & villagers are randomly determined. If you want to have specific fruit or villager, reset the data until you get your favorite one.

Varieties of Fruit

  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Oranges

↑ These are the types of fruit we've been able to confirm so far - there may be more!

There Will Be 2 Starting Villagers


There will be 2 villagers in your island to start with. You can reset your data to change your starting villagers if you want to. Read the guide below to learn more.

Read More About Starting Villagers From Here

Fewer Ponds Are Recommended

Ponds often get in the way when you want to build new facilities. Although you can fill out the water with Island Designer, it is recommended to choose the island with less pond to make it easier.

Best Island Layout & List

Island LayoutRatingFeatures
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★★★★- Has a wide area where the Resident Service is
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★★★★- Share of the river is ideal
- Resident Service is near the center of the island
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★★★★- Eastern area has lots of space
- River doesn't take up too much space
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★★★★- Wide area + Resident Services in the center
- Few river branches
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★★★★- Rivers don't get in the way, ponds are off to the side, nice and wide
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★★★・- Two wide areas
- Two small ponds are in slightly inconvenient positions
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★★★・- Land is divided into 3 fairly equal part
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★★★- The left side area is wide
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★★・・- The shape of the river is too complicated
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★★・・- Too many ponds
- River branches too many times

Best Island Name?!

island name

Island name is something other players see when they visit you. It's time to get creative and name something unique for fun! Share us your island name and we will feature some funny island name on our article!

Tell Us How Will You Name Your Island From Here

List of Other Possible Layouts

The following layouts have all been confirmed by players on our team.

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Anonymous 2

You can get pears too

Anonymous 1

There are also pears for the fruits you can have.

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