Read this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide to learn how to play the game! This beginner's tips and guide features useful gameplay tips, what to do, and more.
Best Way To Progress Early Game
Getting Started on the Island
Daily Island Life - What To Do
- Things To Do Every Day
- Gathering Materials
- Catch Bugs & Fish For Bells
- Repaying Your Debt
- Interacting With Villagers
- Increase Inventory Space
- Plant Flowers
- Customize Your Furnitures
Other Tips & Tricks
Things You Should Do In November
Check out this article to find out what to do in November, including which fish, bugs, and sea creatures you won't be able to catch next month!Check Out The November To-Do List Here
The Best Way To Progress Through The Early Game
Early Game Story Walkthrough
|1||Register at the Check-in Counter, create your character, and finish orientation|
|2||After orientation, go to sleep in your tent. When you wake up, talk to Tom Nook to get access to the DIY Workshop. You'll now be able to get a Fishing Rod|
|3||Collect branches and build yourself a Bug-Catching Net|
|4||Once you've got those two items, start catching Bugs and Fish. Bring whatever you catch back to Tom Nook. You'll get: |
・Ax Recipe (unlocked after bringing 2 bugs/fish)
・A Red-Windflower Bag (after bringing 3)
・ Watering Can Recipe (after 4)
|5||After bringing 5 bugs or fish to Tom Nook, you'll be able to invite Blathers (the Museum operator) to the island. He will arrive the following day.|
|6||Save up 5000 Nook Miles and speak to Tom Nook to repay your moving fee loan. |
After you've paid your first loan off, you'll be able to build a house! A new "Nook Miles+" mission will also be added
|7||After, you can:|
① Save up Miles and spend them at the Mile Redemption Service to buy various goods
② Farm Bells and expand your house
③ Build Nook's Cranny (Shop)
The airport is available after the 2nd day. For step 5 and onward, we recommend saving up Miles and buying the Pretty Good Tools Recipe, as it will improve the durability of your items, letting you gather materials more efficiently.
Early Game Walkthrough Video
Getting Started on the Island
Creating Your Character
Once you arrive at the airport, you will need to check-in at the counter. Here, you will be able to customize how your character will look in the game! Unlike previous titles, you do not need to answer any questions for the game to determine how you look!Check Out the Character Customization Guide Here!
You Can Change Your Look Anytime
Keep in mind that what you initially look is not permanent! You can use a mirror or vanity item to change the way you look, if you feel like you need a makeover!Check Out Points of No Return Here!
Choosing Your Island
You will also be tasked to choose which island you plan to live in! Keep in mind that these islands have different layouts, so take some time to learn the different features of each island before choosing!Check Out the Best Island Layout Here!
Customize the Terrain
If you feel like your island's layout could be better, you can opt to mold the terrain of your island! Change the layout of your island to just how you like it! However, you will need a permit to start terraforming!Check Out the Island Designer Feature Here!
Choose Which Hemisphere to Play In
You will also be able to choose which hemisphere your island is located in! Depending on the hemisphere, the current in-game season will change! These could determine in-game events, the look of the island, & more!Check Out the Hemisphere Difference Here!
Placing Your Tent
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you'll be able to choose the location of your home base, or your tent! Choose the spot that you like the most, whether on beach or near some trees!Check Out Best Locations To Place Your Tent!
Can Also Place Villager's Tents
You also have the option of choosing where to place the tents of villagers on the island. This makes for great island planning and layout!
2 Starting Villagers
When you first arrived at the deserted island, you will meet two villagers to live in the same island. Learn more about how the starting villagers are determined from the guide below.Check Out Starting Villagers Guide From Here
Daily Island Life - What To Do
Things To Do Every Day
Some events in Animal Crossing reset every day when the date changes. These include bonus free Miles, merchandise for sale, and more. If you try to boot up the game for a short time every day, you'll reap the rewards quickly.Check Out What Things To Do Every Day!
Now that you're settled in, you can start gathering materials! You can shake trees to gather fruits, gather weeds, and more! These can be used later on when you start crafting!
Learn DIY Recipes to Craft Items
Once you have the materials, you can learn DIY recipes to help you create and customize furniture and tools! Once you have the recipe, head to a workbench to start crafting!
Create Tools to Interact With the Environment
Remember to create tools since these will help you interact with different items on the island, making your life easier! Don't forget to get the Tool Ring to easily access your tools!Check Out the Tools List Here!
Catch Bugs & Fish For Bells
You can also catch Bugs and Fish, then sell them for Bells! Bells are the in-game currency which allow you to purchase better tools, more furniture, and even more DIY recipes!Check Out How to Get the Fishing Rod
Use Fish Bait to Spawn a Fish
Scatter Fish Bait in any body of water and a fish will appear immediately. This will work at any time and anywhere, even at Piers and other locations.Check Out How to Make Fish Bait Here
Related ArticlesCheck Out How to Farm Bells Fast!
Repaying Your Debt
Your purchase of the Getaway Package will cause you to take out a loan from Tom Nook. In New Horizons, you will need to pay back Tom Nook using Miles instead of Bells. Thankfully, there is no time limit or interest, so there is no pressure for you to pay back the debt immediately!Check Out the Loans Guide Here!
Pay Off A Loan Before Taking Out Another
However, if you want to take out another loan, you will need to completely pay off any outstanding debts you have! Keep this in mind if you are planning on taking out another loan!
Paying Off 3rd Loan Unlocks Mailbox Movement
After paying off your 3rd Loan to Tom Nook, you'll gain the ability to move your mailbox around freely!>> How To Move Your Mailbox
Interacting With Villagers
Daily island life will not be what it is without the island's residents. Make sure to talk to all the villagers every day as they may have some quests for you, with very nice rewards!Check Out How To Invite Villagers To Island!
Can Make Villagers Leave
You also have the power to make villagers you don't like leave the island. There are several ways such as ignoring them or complaining to Isabelle about them!Check Out Ways To Make Villagers Leave!
Increase Inventory Space
By spending bells, it's possible to get 2 additional upgrades to your inventory space. You can go from 20 -> 30 -> 40 maximum slots, so consider prioritizing this!Check Out Our Inventory Space Guide Here!
Make your island more beautiful by planting flower. You can raise island evaluation by planting flowers and make good scenery.Learn How To Plant Flowers From Here
Customize Your Furnitures
Custom your furnitures and Nook Phone to make it your own style. Coloring your furnitures is also great way to bring good luck with Feng Shui.Learn More On Furniture & Phone Customization From Here
Thanks to the airport, players will be able to visit their friend's island, or invite others to visit your own island! Each island can support up to 8 players, so you can bring several friends over to explore! You can exchange friend codes in the link below!Check Out the Friend Code Exchange Forum Here!
Do Various Activities Together
With online multiplayer, you will be able to buy and sell items in your friend's island's shops, catch exotic bugs and fish, gather fruits that aren't native to your island, and much more!Check Out Online Multiplayer Here!
Local / Couch Co-op
Party Play is Animal Crossing's Local or Couch Co-op feature. Here, you will be able to invite players who have accounts on the same Nintendo Switch to come visit your island!Check Out the Party Play Feature Here!
Secrets And Cheats
Things You Might Not Know About The Game
There are many aspects to New Horizons that might be somewhat less known to most players. Some of these include 'cheats' such as traveling through time, while others are simply fun easter eggs (like the fact that you can change your clothes at refrigerators!) Either way, check out our full article to find out tons of neat facts about New Horizons!Check Out Our Secrets & Cheats Guide Here
Learn About Villager's Personality
There Are 8 Different Personalities
There are 8 types of villager personality in ACNH and the DIY recipes he/she gives differs depending on their personality. Learn more about the villager's personality from the guide below.Check Out Our Personalities Guide From Here
Increase Friendship Levels
Talk To Villagers And Give Them Gifts
By talking to villagers on your island and giving them presents, you'll be able to improve your friendship! Doing so will give you possible rewards and unlock the ability to have the villager say custom greetings! You can also get a picture of a villager if you're close friends!Check Out The Friendship Level Guide In Detail Here
Reset To Get Villagers You Want
How To Choose What Villagers You Get
It is possible to repeat certain processes in game in order to get multiple chances of getting a villager that you like. This is different depending on what part of the game you're in, so make sure to check out our very detailed guide below:How To Get Villagers You Want