With Nintendo’s latest casual life simulation finally available today, players around the world will take Animal Crossing: New Horizons and escape to an idyllic paradise island. The game is excellent (read our review), but it’s also a slow burn that takes a while to introduce all of its systems. If you want a quick guide to help point you in the right direction – especially if this is your first Animal Crossing – these spoiler-free tips will give you a boost without spoiling any wonder.
Rocks are ridiculously important
If you’ve never played Animal Crossing before (which I didn’t), you may not know that large boulders on the ground are much more than decorative decors. They are part of your usual routine; every day you can hit each rock several times with a shovel or an ax to shake some goodies. This process is your main source of clay, stone and iron (and sometimes gold), which are important ingredients in crafts. In addition, one rock a day hides a few thousand bells, so you must prioritize this task very early.
No major penalty for clock skipping
One of the few things I knew about Animal Crossing was that the horrible Mr. Resetti was supposed to yell at me after using my system clock to manipulate the passage of time. Well, that doesn’t happen in New Horizons. No one makes you feel bad about jumping. Want a bridge today that should be finished tomorrow? Is a major structure closed for a day of renovation? Just quit the game and change the date on your Switch. You can jump everywhere – back and forth – with virtually no consequences apart from potentially spoiling the turnips you carry.
The resident representative has special options
Several users on the same system can share the same island, but only one of them is the designated resident representative. If this is how you play with your friends and family, be aware that the resident representative (the first person to settle on the island) has special privileges, such as placing bridges and designating plots of land to d ‘other structures. As such, you must ensure that the resident representative is someone in your household who will be regularly involved in the game and will not leave anyone out.
Rearrange your pockets
It’s a small thing, but it’s also not clearly communicated when you’re learning the ropes: you can manually rearrange your articles. When you collect, buy, sell and break various things on the island, your pockets can get a bit random. Just hold the A button on an item to move it to a new location. This allows you to fill in the gaps and keep certain types of items together.
The store has another additional inventory page
Tommy and Timmy Nook run a store that meets a range of basic needs. However, it’s easy to miss the fact that their inventory has a second page; scroll right to see additional products and expand your selection of essential items.
You can catch wasps
Trees are an important part of the economy in New Horizons. They produce fruit, branches, wood, insects, silver and even furniture. Unfortunately, some of them also house wasps that fall and bite you when you disturb the tree. At first, it may seem like you are doomed to get stung (and have a swollen eye) when this happens. However, if you time it carefully, you can swing your insect net and intercept the wasps, saving you some pain.
Pay attention to the gifts you offer
New Horizons is pleasantly positive, and all the villagers generally like the gifts you give them. Because you don’t have to worry about optimizing with “ideal” gifts, you might be tempted to dump all kinds of garbage on your residents. This would be a mistake, as your neighbors will carry / use / display almost everything they receive from you. So if you don’t want to see your friends wearing garish clothes, don’t give them out in the first place.
Keep wood, clay, stone and metal
You can usually sell the things you collect for a profit, but it would be wise to keep a healthy stock of crafting components in storage. That doesn’t mean you have to jealously hoard every bit of wood, clay, stone and metal you see – but keep at least a pile or two of each to help you tackle craft and construction projects. unexpected. After that, sell.
Fruit trees are the priority
When you arrive on your island, you will have a mixture of three types of trees: fruit, cedar and normal. From an economic point of view, fruit trees are the only useful trees. Cedars are evergreen trees, so they can help establish an aesthetic flair (and can also drop pieces when shaken), but normal trees look like fruit trees without the fruit. Consider making a cutting round to cut down the trees that lose space and plant fruit trees in their place.
Plant new types of fruit as soon as possible
Your island has native fruit, which means that all of your fruit trees will initially be only oranges, apples, cherries, pears or peaches. Your native fruit sells to Tommy and Timmy Nook for 100 bells each … but non-native fruit sells for 500 each. This means that as soon as you get your hands on another type of fruit (either as a gift or visiting other islands), you have to plant it before you can start producing more. Soon, you may even want to start cutting down your native fruit trees to make room for the more lucrative.
To learn more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, check out our guide to making money or find out how remarkably enjoyable and inviting the game is.