Animal Crossing: New Horizons has millions of players around the world. With your character you flee to your own island to build a true paradise there. Because it is sometimes not that easy, we have collected the best tips and tricks for Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch. In particular, beginners who have not yet known the Life-Sim will benefit from the assistance.


Fans have waited a long time, now the new offshoot of Nintendo's popular life sim is finally available. The game sells brilliantly and will probably remain successful in the long term, thanks to regular updates.
After Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the handheld Nintendo 3DS, island life can be simulated on the Nintendo Switch for the first time. And thanks to the mobility of the hybrid console, gamers can take their own island with them wherever they go - even to the deserted island.
In the course of the game, fans meet many new characters, but also old acquaintances from the predecessors - and some of them still hold important key positions. Particularly successful: You can play New Horizons with your friends in multiplayer mode. To make sure that doesn't get too embarrassing, we've gathered the best tips for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Choosing the right card: This is what you need to consider at the start

Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch can be restarted again and again if a card does not suit you. Each time players can choose from a total of four different cards. They all have one thing in common: there are always two places where rivers flow into the sea. The positions are more or less given and are only located in the south of the map or in the south and west or east. You can use that to your advantage. If possible, choose a map that gives you access to a large area right from the start.

You can cross rivers, but in Animal Crossing: New Horizons you need the new jump pole, which you will receive as the game progresses.

There is no rush to choose the card. You can reset the game as long as the tutorial is active - it will not be saved during this time. If you like the island, then get started. If you don't like the structure, reset the game and start again. Remember: the construction of the island will accompany you for the rest of the game - choose wisely.

Overcome rivers: unlock jump stick

While we are on the subject of rivers. You can pass the waterways or just jump over them. What you need for this is the jump pole, one of the new utensils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The jump pole is so practical because you can cross rivers without having to build bridges.

Rivers can be crossed: over bridges or with a diving pole. Copyright: Nintendo

Rivers can be crossed: over bridges or with a diving pole - the landing net is also an important tool. Copyright: Nintendo

The most important step to get the vaulting pole - and also the shovel, by the way - is for the owl Eugen to set up camp on your island world. You would have to bring five fish or insects to Tom Nook, Nook then sends them from the service center to Eule Eugen, who then visits the island to set up a museum there. But that doesn't happen immediately: Eugen needs a day to settle on the island.

The owl hands you the instructions for the jump pole and shovel. From now on you can not only jump over rivers, you can also go looking for fossils.

Build the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If Eugene is with you, you can access the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after completing a task for the owl. Eugen demands that you bring him 15 exhibits for the new museum, after all there should be something to see there too. The exhibits can be fish, fossils or even insects.

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Insects you catch it with the net, which you swing towards the flying creature. Pisces are pulled out of the water with a fishing rod. It depends on a little skill. The fishing rod has to be cast in such a way that the swimmer lands in the water in front of the fish, then you have to wait until the fish bites - the swimmer then disappears under the surface of the water. Fossils however, you have to dig with a shovel. Keep an eye out for cracks in the ground and dig at this point.

How do you get the store?

Whoever has unlocked the museum should take care of the store next. The museum is the prerequisite for this, so that's exactly what makes sense. To activate the shop, speak to Nepp in the service center. He instructs you to collect 30 each of wood, softwood and hardwood as well as 30 iron ore.

Tip: use the stone ax for tree fitting to only detach the wood and not to fell the trees - this saves you having to replant.

It takes a while until something really happens on the island. Copyright: Nintendo

It takes a while until something really happens on the island. Copyright: Nintendo

Because there is probably not enough iron ore on your island, you should use a miles ticket to make your way to neighboring islands. There you can continue collecting and get the ore resources you need in one day. You should have already received a miles ticket from Tom Nook, otherwise you can buy the ticket for 2.000 Nook miles.

If the shop is up, Tina will also be drawn to the island. The hedgehog lady then opens her clothes shop, where you can choose from a changing range of clothes.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons: What Should You Collect?

Whatever you find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you don't really have to throw anything away. Sometimes insects scurry out from under a rock or you “catch” a boot while fishing. With the predecessor of the Life-Sim, the rule was: get rid of it. At New Horizons there is basically none rubbish. You can use everything somehow - if you only sell it at one dealer.

Selling trash to make money is basically one of the great tips for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. for Fruits However, this is not the case. Instead of selling fruits in their entirety, you should at least keep some of them and plant them. As a result, more and more fruit trees are growing in your island kingdom and you can harvest more in the future; at the same time you increase the number of different fruits. In the end, the equation is simple: a bigger harvest leads to more income. So a little patience pays off in the end.

You can shake the trees, you should too - but watch out for wasps. Copyright: Nintendo

You can shake the trees, you should too - but watch out for wasps. Copyright: Nintendo

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, trees grow not only fruit, but also furniture, at least in a figurative sense. Shaking trees can be worthwhile: You will then receive branches, but also pieces of furniture - with a little luck, sternis too. However, that harbors Shaking trees also dangers. Occasionally a wasp's nest falls down and the angry animals put a lot of strain on you. In order not to be stung, you can take your legs in your hands and run, at best escape into a tent or house or daringly catch the wasps with the net.

If you fail to escape, the wasps will sting you in the face. The consequences: a bump and a fainting spell. You then wake up in your house, but nothing more happens. If you are stabbed twice in a row, you will even receive nook miles. Still, constant tricks bring you something out of the flow of the game, so keep your balance.

By the way, the right remedy helps against the bumps on the face, which you can buy from Nepp or, better still, make yourself. The recipe is given by a resident in a conversation - but only after you've been stung.

Build a house in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Before you live in solid walls, you will find shelter in a tent. Tom, Schlepp and Nepp give you a tent at the beginning of the game that you can freely place on the island. The temporary accommodation can be set up anywhere, just keep enough distance from the tents of other residents.

Moving from the tent into your own house is easy -. and goes quickly. Copyright: Nintendo

Moving from the tent into your own house is easy -. and goes quickly. Copyright: Nintendo

The reason for this is simple: once it has been expanded, the building will be many times larger. After all, you wanted to spread out on the island and expand your house with garden without the other building blocking your view of your island palace. So try to always predict how big a building will be when it is finished.

You wouldn't have to do very much to get to your house. Tom Nook is your husband again: after playing through the first section of the tutorial, he tells you that you owe him. You have to pay off these in turn with nook miles because you don't have any sternis yet. Once that's done, you can get a new loan from Nook and buy your hut. However, it takes a whole day again until the home is built. Incidentally, the construction of the house costs 98.000 sternis, the first extension 198.000 sternis.

Later in the game there is also the option of moving, more precisely: when the service center is expanded. Tom Nook charges 30.000 sternis for the relocation service, but the investment will pay off later.

How do you get Sternis in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Nook miles and sternis are New Horizons' two currencies. It goes without saying that you both want to farm resources en masse and that a corresponding note under the tips for Animal Crossing: New Horizons should not be missing. You can quickly get to Sternis through a Sterni-Sack, the value of which you tripled. The trick: create a 10.000 sack in your inventory, bury it and then be patient. A tree grows out of it, with three sterni sacks hanging from it. So you make 20.000 Sterni profit per Sterni tree.

As always with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it takes time for a tree to grow - several days in fact. Nevertheless, the effort is worthwhile, because there is no easier way to get large amounts of sternis.

Alternatively, you can look for a buried Sterni sack. Every day there is a special spot on the island where a bag of 1.000 is buried. This can be recognized by a glowing area on the floor. In addition, there is the money rock, which grants sternis instead of ores.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons tips to new islanders

In the course of the game, new islanders will also come to your island. Again, that doesn't happen overnight; it takes some progress. You can really get active after the construction of the land. Then Tom Nook approaches you and asks you to attract new residents to the island. You would have to build three new houses for it, as well as a bridge. Once the built homes have been set up, a new one comes to the island every day.

But you cannot influence who it will be - at least not directly. With the help of the miles ticket, you can travel to other islands and speak to potential residents of your choice there. Convince them by addressing them several times and they will move to your island when prompted.

Over time, more and more residents will find a new home on your island. Copyright: Nintendo

Over time, more and more residents will find a new home on your island. Copyright: Nintendo

If the first new islanders live with you, you can attract more with the help of the camping site. To do this, the service center is first expanded into the town hall and then Tom Nook performs a task: collects resources and sets up a camping site kit. After a day, the new attraction will be ready and will bring you numerous holidaymakers who will pitch their tent. You can then invite them to the island.

In the course of the game you build up a lively island empire. That doesn't happen within a few days, but progress is always noticeable. The most important resource in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is definitely your patience.

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