Since 2001, the Animal Crossing series has swept through the hearts of many gamers worldwide. The fifth installment, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is no exception. One of the most noteworthy features within the series is the open-world concept and internal calendar and clock, providing players with a real-time feel. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Premise
The central premise of Animal Crossing: New Horizons remains the same as the four previous titles in the series. The main departure of the game is that the characters now live on a deserted island rather than a town. This island is customizable as the player progresses alongside the loved anthropomorphic animals. In this installment, crafting from Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp returned, allowing players expanded customization of furniture and characters.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Main Characters
The list of characters for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is extensive for a video game. This title has 66 unique characters. Of those 66, eight are new to the series. Alongside these characters, there are 416 villagers. Like the other titles in the series, the playable characters are customizable to the player’s wishes. Some newly added characters include:
|A peppy villager
|Host of the Fishing Tourney
|Host of the Bug-Off
|A turnip vendor
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Titles in the Series
Since the inception of Animal Crossing in 2001, the game has grown significantly. There are seven titles within the series, and no signs of stopping. The seven titles include:
- Animal Crossing (2001)
- Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005)
- Animal Crossing: City Folk (2008)
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012)
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (2015)
- Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (2017)
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Cheats
Place an item on a 2×1 flat surface (it may also work with the wooden desk and other specific surfaces). Then, remove the item, twist it, and place it only on the very edge of the object. Pick up the TV/any 2×1 object that can be placed on a surface, then try to move it onto the surface —- aim for the very edge of the spot. It should not actually move the 2×1 item when you attempt to place it. Leave the room and return for the item to be duplicated. This glitch only works offline in Local Co-Op on the same Switch.
Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding location:
Able Sisters: Buy at least 5,000 bells worth of clothing from Mabel at Nook’s Cranny, then talk to her the third time she’s in town.
Museum: Once you have Blathers in your town, donate 15 different specimens of fish, bugs, or fossils to him.
Museum Upgrade: When Redd visits your town, buy the painting he offers for 4,980 bells. Give the painting to Blathers, and he will upgrade the Museum the next day.
Nook’s Cranny: After your first house upgrade, talk to Timmy. Collect and give him 30 pieces each of wood, hardwood, softwood, and iron nuggets.
Nook’s Cranny Upgrade: After 30 days have passed and 200,000+ bells have been spent at Nook’s Cranny, Isabelle will announce that the store is being expanded.
Resident Services Building: After the three villagers build houses for arrival, Tom Nook will announce the upgrade.
Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding golden tool:
Golden Axe: Break 100 of any axe type.
Golden Net: Donate all bugs to the museum.
GoldenRod: Donate all fish to the museum.
Golden Shovel: Rescue Gulliver 30 times.
Golden Slingshot: Shoot down over 300 balloons to enable a gold balloon to spawn. Pop the gold balloon to get the recipe inside.
Golden Watering Can: Get a five star Island Evaluation.
Obtain the indicated number of DAL reward points to unlock the corresponding item. There are 11 DAL exclusive items you can get for flying Dodo airlines. Players get one reward point each time you visit another player’s island — up to three points per day. Players can also get one reward point per day if they go on a Mystery Island or Harvey’s island.
DAL apron: 100 reward points
DAL backpack: 200 reward points
DAL cap: 130 reward points
DAL eye mask: 15 reward points
DAL model plane: 300 reward points
DAL mug: 50 reward points
DAL pilot jacket: 250 reward points
DAL slippers: 30 reward points
DAL sunglasses: 75 reward points
DAL tee: 5 reward points
DAL umbrella: 160 reward points
Happy Home Academy (HHA) rewards
HHA is a service that evaluates the player’s house interior design every Sunday with a letter. HHA assigns a number score and rank (B/A/S), along with a tip on improving the score.
1. Exclusive One Time Rewards: HHA will send an exclusive one-time reward for meeting certain score thresholds. They will send only one gift per week, starting with the lowest requirement reward then working their way up.
2. House Upgrade Rewards: HHA will send a gift each time players upgrade their house, for a total of seven gifts. Tent to house upgrade is usually a DIY, then followed by furniture gifts.
3. Extra Furniture Gifts: HHA can also send furniture gifts if the player follows their advice and resolves their critiques. For example, furniture having a unified color, no cockroaches, no non-furniture items on the floor, etc.
4. Tips For Improving Your HHA Score: Display rare furniture, multiple items from the same set or theme, essentials (bed, table, chair, dresser), Feng Shui (red items on east side, yellow on west side, green on south side), furniture having a unified color theme, and in season furniture. Make sure furniture is not inappropriately facing the wall, that there are no cockroaches, no trash and non-furniture items littering the floor.
Get the indicated number of points to receive the corresponding reward:
Bronze HHA Plaque: 20,000 points
Bronze HHA Trophy: 70,000 points
Gold HHA Plaque: 50,000 points
Gold HHA Trophy: 150,000 points
HHA Pennant: 10,000 points
Silver HHA Plaque: 30,000 points
Silver HHA Trophy: 100,000 points
Sable’s pattern designs
After opening the Able Sisters tailor shop, talk to Sable (brown hedgehog in the back) at least once every day. She will be quiet and reserved at first, but will slowly become friendlier with each day. After 7-10 days, Sable will greet players with a pack of special patterns that can be used in customizations. Players can get one new pack per day; there are 10 packs in total, and each comes with 20 patterns. Sable’s patterns do not appear in the Custom Designs app. They are accessible through the customization screen on an item that accepts custom designs. Choose the new “Pattern” option to the left of “Custom Design.”
Each day, one randomly chosen rock in the town will produce bells if it is hit with a shovel. Players can hit it up to eight times, resulting in successively larger payouts per hit. Make sure to dig holes behind the character beforehand so they do not get knocked backward upon impact.
When players see a glowing gold crack in the ground, they will dig up a bag of bells. If players bury a bag of bells of any amount in the glowing hole a money will grow with three bags of bells on it when it fully grows.
Once players begin crafting a recipe and the materials are being tossed around, repeatedly press A to speed up the process.
Resetting tool durability
To completely reset a tool’s durability, customize it at any workbench. Note: This does not work on axes or flimsy tools.
Secret K.K. Slider tracks
When K.K. Slider holds concerts in the town square on Saturdays, he will take requests for songs after 6 p.m. Players can enter in the title of any track they wish to hear and obtain a copy of the first track they request each week. There are three tracks (“Animal City”, “Drivin’”, and “Farewell”) that do not appear in the “Special Goods” section of Nook Shopping and must be obtained by requesting the title from K.K. Slider when he is giving a concert in the town square.
Each day there are two trees on the island that will provide a piece of furniture if they are shaken. There is at least one tree at each mystery island that will drop furniture as well. Note: The furniture only falls if players shake the tree rather than hitting it with an axe, and the fruit trees do not drop furniture.
If there is a shooting star, tilt the camera up while not holding anything, and quickly press A to wish on it. The fragments will then wash upon the shore the next day. Players get one star fragment per wish your villager makes for a maximum of 20 fragments. Players can get a max of 20 extra fragments from visitors for a total maximum of 40 fragments per day. Note: Only 10 fragments can appear on the beach at a time. Collect the fragments and check back later to find more.
Creating a one squared tree on a cliff
To do this, players need the island designer tool. Create a 3×3 cliff by any corner, and make a little river (the river near the 3×3 cliff must be curved). Then, go to the cliff and place a tree in the middle — the game will think it is a 3×3 area. Remove the river and demolish the cliff by the corners. At the end, create a curved cliff and another one at the other end, then demolish the middle cliff.
Preventing wasp stings
To prevent getting stung by wasps when shaking a tree, use the following trick to safely catch them every time. First, equip a net. Before shaking the tree, make sure the squares of land down-left and down-right of the tree are clear of items, plants, or any other obstacles. Shake the tree while standing south (with the tree directly “above” you from your perspective). If a wasp nest falls out, the player’s character will briefly turn toward it in shock before the bugs start chasing them. However, with the net already equipped and the player’s character automatically facing the swarm, they can simply press A repeatedly. As soon as they regain control, they will drop the net on top of the wasps.
Villager DIY recipes
Players may come across an animal villager crafting in their home. Talking to them will provide them with a DIY recipe. The villager will continue crafting for approximately 3-4 hours before a different villager begins crafting in their own home. Players can get a maximum of three recipes per day from their own island villagers.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons FAQ
How do I change the time on Animal Crossing?
Save and exit the game then close the software completely. Go to the system settings on the Switch. Select “system” then select “Date and Time”.
Can you sell turnips in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
Yes, turnips are sellable in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Turnip Market (Stalk Market) is a feature within the game that will allow players to sell turnips for bells in a short amount of time.