Animal Crossing Tips – Facts And Other Ideas To Explore

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New Horizons is a pleasant, free-form game for the Nintendo Switch that doesn’t place any pressure on you to get anything “done” at any speed. The game’s early stages might be frustrating, but there’s enough to discover if you take your time. To get your new island up and running, you’ll need to do some jobs faster than others. Here are some pointers to help you make the most of your time in the game.

Quickly Pay Off Your Tent

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Instead of a traditional dwelling, New Horizons provides you with a camping tent, to begin with. It is included as part of Nook Inc.’s Deserted Island Getaway Package and does not need payment in the series’ standard currency (bells). Instead, Tom Nook allows you to pay for your vacation with Nook Miles, which are achievement-like objectives that slowly reward you for things like fishing, capturing bugs, removing weeds, and other standard Animal Crossing tasks. Get those miles in as quickly as Tom Nook teaches you how, and you’ll be able to pay off the package.

Paying off your tent allows you to buy a house and unlock various additional improvements, such as converting the Resident Services tent into a full-fledged shop.

Get Inventory and Tool Upgrades

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As you live your virtual life on your You’llisland, you’ll want to interact with new people. However, there is more to do than you may think beyond the initial niceties. Assist a beached sailor in getting back on his feet. Persuade people who live on distant islands to relocate to your residence. You may even unlock more stores by simply conversing with (and purchasing from) merchants that pass through town.

Get Inventory and Tool Upgrades

After you pay off your tent, you may obtain two important improvements by spending more Nook Miles. After you’ve paid off your package, go to the kiosk in the Resident Services tent and purchase the Better Tools DIY book and the Pocket Organization Guide as soon as they’re available.

Invite Blathers and Open the Museum

Blathers, the owl that manages the museum, is well-known to Animal Crossing aficionados. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you begin on a deserted island, therefore Blathers and his museum aren’t present. This means that fresh fish, bugs, and fossils cannot be contributed to it, therefore eliminating one of the game’s weirdly rewarding aspects. Thankfully, Tom Nook can accept your donations until Blathers arrives. 

You’ll have to offer him a few bugs and fish before he can get Blathers to show up. You’ll acquire the vaulting pole recipe once you’ve collected enough samples and Blathers arrive on the island. It allows you to jump across rivers, allowing you to explore more of the island. Blathers will still need a lot more samples before he can build a museum instead of operating out of a tent, but it’ll be worth it. When the museum opens, you’ll finally have somewhere to display all of the fish and bugs you’ve collected, as well as the fossils you’ve discovered!

Spend Those Nook Miles and Visit Other Islands

This is important in the early game when you need to acquire iron nuggets to improve the Resident Services tent and have more than two people on your island. 


When Dodo Airlines launches, you can purchase a Nook Miles Ticket for 2,000 Nook Miles. This ticket will transport you to a new, smaller desolate island that will be chosen at random during the game. Fresh rocks on the island may be struck with your shovel to gather iron nuggets.

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