Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Duplicating items

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. If done correctly, you can make a copy of the item you are trying to place on the surface. This works with the Shark Statue and Flatscreen TV. You need to enter the grid/planning mode for this to work. 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.

Note: This glitch only works offline in Local Co-Op on the same Switch. This glitch was performed on an unpatched version of the game. It may eventually get patched. To avoid not being able to use it, do not update the game online or delete any patches installed for the game on your Switch. This glitch require two players (two controllers). You must have two accounts, each with a character. Then, use the Resident Call app on your Nookphone to invite the other account/character. This glitch only works with placed items, and not items like bells or materials. Have player one place a desired item on the cardboard box or table. Have player two rotate the cardboard box/table, and then have player one grab the item while it is rotating (as the rotating player's arms are coming back towards the box/table). Player one will get the item and the item will still remain on the cardboard box/table. Repeat this process as many times as desired. Two good items to duplicate are the ACNH Switch and Tarantula, both of which sells for over 8,000 bells. You get the ACNH Switch and cardboard box in the mail on Day 1.

Bonus locations

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 you build houses for arrive, Tom Nook will announce the upgrade.

Golden tools

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.
    Golden Rod: 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.

DAL rewards

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. You get one reward point each time you visit another player's island -- up to three points per day. You can also get one reward point per day if you 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 your house interior design every Sunday with a letter. HHA assigns a number score and rank (B/A/S), along with a tip on improving your score.

    1. Exclusive One Time Rewards: HHA will send you exclusive one-time rewards for meeting certain score thresholds (see list below). They will send you only one gift per week, starting with the lowest requirement reward then working their way up.

    2. House Upgrade Rewards: HHA will send you a gift each time you upgrade your 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 you furniture gifts if you follow their advice and resolve 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 are 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

Secret hairstyle

Do not play the game for at least 30 days for your character to wake up with messy hair the next time you play. It will also now become one of the selectable hairstyles at your mirror.

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 that you talk to her. After 7-10 days, Sable will greet you with a pack of special patterns that you can use in customizations. You 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 your Custom Designs app; you can only see them by opening the customization screen on an item that accepts custom designs, then choosing the new "Pattern" option to the left of "Custom Design."

Easy money

Each day, one randomly chosen rock in your town will produce bells if you hit it with your shovel. You can hit it up to eight times, resulting in successively larger payouts per hit. Make sure to dig holes behind your character beforehand so they do not get knocked backward upon impact.

When you see a glowing gold crack in the ground, you will dig up a bag of bells. If you bury a bag of bells of any amount in the glowing hole, you will grow a money tree with three bags of bells on it when it fully grows that are each equal to the amount planted. Note: If you plant a bag with more than 10,000 bells in it, there is a chance the bags on the tree will only have 10,000 bells in them.

Faster crafting

Once you 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 your 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 your 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 your town square.

Furniture trees

Each day there are two trees on your island that will give you a piece of furniture if you shake them. There is at least one tree at each mystery island that will drop furniture as well. Note: The furniture only falls if you shake the tree rather than hitting it with an axe, and the fruit trees do not drop furniture.

Star fragments

If you see 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. You get one star fragment per wish your villager makes for a maximum of 20 fragments. However, you can get extra star fragments if you have visitors on your island that also make wishes -- for every five wishes your visitor makes, you will get one extra star fragment. You 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.

Getting five star islands

The main thing required to get an island from four to five stars is the decoration coverage. Every white checkered square on your mini-map and main map designates an area. To be eligible for five stars, you need to have at least one decoration in every square on that map, including the rocky areas in the top corners of the map and all the beaches. After that, it is just a matter of having enough total decorations, villagers, and facilities to get your island's hidden point score above a certain threshold to reach five stars.

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 your 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, your character will briefly turn toward it in shock before the bugs start chasing you. However, with your net already equipped and your character automatically facing the swarm, you can simply press A repeatedly. As soon as you regain control, you will drop the net on top of the wasps.

Increasing chances of flowers cloning/breeding

Having players who do not live on your island water your flowers increases their chance of cloning (making a duplicate of the flower) or cross-breeding (having two touching flowers create a new flower). The more people who water the flowers, the better the odds increase. Having five different people water your flowers gives the maximum effect, and will give them a gold sparkle.

Growing coconut trees anywhere

Coconut trees will not grow and mature on grass unless you place down a square of the sand path using the Island Designer app and plant the coconut tree on the sand path tile.

Villager DIY recipes

You may come across an animal villager crafting in their home. Talking to them will provide you with a DIY recipe. The villager will continue crafting for approximately 3-4 hours before a different villager begins crafting in their own home. You can get a maximum of three recipes per day from your own island villagers. A villager will usually be crafting when you first open your file on a new day, except when they are sleeping, in which they will be crafting upon waking up. This cycle is consistent except when a second island resident logs in, which can alter the villagers' crafting schedules such as extending the duration a certain villager is crafting or restarting the crafting schedule if one player already received all three recipes for the day.

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