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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Cheats and Tips

Last Updated: by Dennis

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a real-time social simulation game where you control a customizable character who moves to a deserted island after purchasing a package from Tom Nook, a tanuki character who has appeared in every entry in the Animal Crossing series. The objective of the game is to explore the island, gathering and crafting items, catching insects and fish, and developing the island into a community of anthropomorphic animals. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available on the Nintendo Switch. Take a look at our tips to get help in the game.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Trailer

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Walkthrough

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Got a cheat or hot tip for this game? Found a secret, or a strategy for success?

Optimize Your Inventory

The first thing you should use your Nook Miles on at the Nook Stop is to unlock the maximum inventory capacity of 40 item slots so you get more room in your pockets. With the extra inventory space you will be able to keep plenty of crafting items with you at all times which will enaable you to craft something you need immediately without having to look for the materials. Several items stack, but once you get 30 pieces of something like wood, it will automatically start using a new inventory slot.

Use Fruit to Move Trees Around

Eating a piece of fruit in Animal Crossing: New Horizon will not only give you the super power to hit a rock with your shovel or stone axe and break it but also enable you to move trees around without having to chop them up and replant them like in previous Animal Crossing games. Once you have activated your fruit-eating powers in Animal Crossing: New Horizon you will be able to use your shovel to dig up a tree which will then get stashed inside your pocket for easy planting.

How to Craft Faster

You can speed up the process of having to wait through the animations every time you craft something new by pressing the A button on your controller several times in quick succession. Don't forget to do this as it will save you a lot of time.

Shake Every Tree on Mystery Island Tours

Make sure when you do a Mystery Island Tour you shake all the trees there. The reasons you should do this is because there is always a piece of furniture hiding in one of them. You must be careful though as there is also always one wasp nest that will also fall so you need to have your net ready in order to catch the wasps before they attack. To do this you need to quickly tap the A button on your controller as you face them.

Time Cheat

By adjusting the time and date settings of your console you can cheat time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Manipulating time will help you to do things like quickly finish building upgrades, give you more fossils to find, and reset your daily tasks. The downside to tampering with the time is that it can cause your relationships with your villagers to deteriorate and you might mess up your ability to participate in special events since they won't begin unless you are synced up to the internet.

The following steps will advance your game by one day.

1) Save your game by pressing the minus button on your left Joy-Con.
2) Close Animal Crossing: New Horizon by pressing the Home button and then pressing X.
3) Go to the system settings menu and scroll down to 'System', then scroll to 'Date & Time'.
4) Uncheck the box that syncs your Switch's internal clock to the internet. Then move the date forward exactly one day.
5) Reopen Animal Crossing: New Horizon and start the game, then save again.
6) Repeat steps 1 to 3, but this time check the box that syncs your in-game clock to the internet.

Note: Keep in mind when you advance your game that it will rot turnips.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons FAQ's

Our Latest Questions

When will the animals I invited arrive?
If you have an open plot, the villager will arrive the next day. If a villager is in boxes (In their house and packing up to move), you can only invite another villager to move in the day after they’ve moved out and the plot becomes open.
Zucker came to my campsite when I first started playing the game. I kept telling him to move in bu..
Yes, you can. Just because he left that day doesn’t mean he will never come back. All you need to do is be patient. Also, if you don’t know this already, if you have all 10 villagers, you can still invite a new one. The only thing is that you will have to choose a villager already on your island to move out and so your new villager can move in.
Can all DIY recipes be found in a message in a bottle?
There are 47 recipes that can only be obtained from Celeste and a ton of seasonal recipes that can only be obtained from balloons during certain times of the year. Everything else can be obtained from bottles and crafting villagers.
How many times can I use amiibo cards?
As many times as you want, they are infinite use.
Can you trade a villager if the villager is moving in, or do they have to be moving out?
Even though the villager is in boxes, you can only trade villagers if your villager is moving out not in.

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