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Full Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide for island life

Animal Crossing New Horizons Happy Home Paradise fang visiting dancing on beach
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Our Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide has everything you need when it comes to setting up the perfect island life. No matter whether it's your first time to the series are whether you're used to the sharkish business practices of a certain industrial raccoon, there's plenty to be learned in the newest entry to the Animal Crossing franchise. Finding fossils and bagging bugs is the least of it, and there's plenty more hiding beneath the simple surface of this game. So regardless of if you want to make your own custom kingdom, fill your in-game glossary, or just spend time tinkering with your island paradise, we've got everything you need in our full Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide.

Top Tips

Animal Crossing: New Horizons tips (opens in new tab)
Our 22 top tips to get you started in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, what to expect, what to do next and more.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nook Miles Rewards (opens in new tab) 
Every Nook Miles Rewards we've unlocked to date, and what you get for ticking it off your list.

How to get Nook Mile Tickets (opens in new tab) in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Jump on a jet and fly away, to a land just over the sea, for new fruit, more resources and even a fresh face.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons amiibo (opens in new tab) support explained 
How to use amiibo and amiibo cards best with Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Tools

Animal Crossing: New Horizons vaulting pole (opens in new tab) 
How to get your little paws on the vaulting pole and fling yourself across rivers in order to access your entire island.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons shovel (opens in new tab) 
How to get the shovel for all your fossil digging, tree planting and flower unearthing requirements in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ladder (opens in new tab) 
Scamper up cliffs by getting yourself this handy little extendable ladder. Here's how you get it.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons magic wand (opens in new tab) 
Here's how to get the magic wand recipe, and how to get the star fragments you'll need to make it.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons golden tools (opens in new tab)
An in-progress guide to unlocking all the golden tool recipes available in game.

Resources

Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish (opens in new tab) guide 
How and when to catch all the fish, broken down by hemisphere, month, and time of day.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs (opens in new tab) guide 
Every creepy crawly you can catch, broken down by north / south hemisphere, month, and time of day.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons art (opens in new tab)
Figure out how to outfox the art fox with our guide to all the fake art and building out your art gallery.

Best Animal Crossing: New Horizons design codes (opens in new tab)
Get cool clothing, paths, and more created by the wonderful community straight into your game.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons DIY recipes (opens in new tab) 
Every DIY recipe we've discovered and crafted so far, all here for your reading pleasure.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons fencing (opens in new tab) 
How to unlock the option to place fencing, and where to buy more styles to adorn your island with.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons flowers (opens in new tab) guide
How to get all the different types and how to create hybrids for all the colours possible on your island.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons shrubs (opens in new tab)
Get familiar with the latest flora on your island and get decorating.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons turnips (opens in new tab)
How they work, when to buy, when to sell and how to find Daisy Mae. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons iron nuggets (opens in new tab) 
How and where to find iron nuggets, which you'll need for the better, longer-lasting tools. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons rusted part (opens in new tab)
Gather these unusual resources to ensure you can craft everything you want. Yes, I'm talking giant robots.

Facilities

Animal Crossing: New Horizons museum (opens in new tab) 
How to unlock the museum properly, and reunite with our old owl pal Blathers.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons tailor (opens in new tab) 
How to get Mabel and Sabel back in your life and build the Able Sisters Tailor on your island.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons shop (opens in new tab) 
How to upgrade the shop from a corner of Tom Nook's tent to the fully-fledged Nook's Cranny we all deserve.

Characters

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Isabelle (opens in new tab) 
How to get Isabelle back in your life and pulling some strings for you over at Resident Services. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Resetti (opens in new tab) 
Is Resetti actually in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Our island clues say yes, and here's why.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons KK Slider (opens in new tab) 
How to get KK Slider onto your island and playing regular gigs, as should be the way. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Kicks (opens in new tab)
How to find - and keep - the little cute shoe-selling skunk on your island. 

Your Home

Animal Crossing: New Horizons house move (opens in new tab)
How to move - and upgrade - your home once you've opened up your island.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons roof colors (opens in new tab)
How to unlock the option to change your roof colour, and further home customisation. 

Your Island

How to evict a resident in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab) 
Top tips for trying to get rid of a problem resident and get them to hop skip it on somewhere else.

How to improve your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island rating (opens in new tab) 
Top tips that should help you get your island rating to five stars quicker.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Island Designer app (opens in new tab)
How to unlock the app, in order to start terraforming on your island - cliff editing, adding/removing water, and placing paths.

All the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fruit (opens in new tab) available
Every type of fruit explained, along with how and where to get the full basket on your own island.

How to grow an Animal Crossing: New Horizons money tree (opens in new tab)
Literally start making money by planting it in the ground and plucking the rewards. Here's how to do it.

Your character

Animal Crossing: New Horizons character customisation (opens in new tab)
How to unlock it, where to buy new hairstyles, facial hair and more to really customise your character.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons reactions (opens in new tab)
How to get them, and use them to really express how you're feeling right now. It's joy, right?

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