Top 5 Animal Crossing ‘New Horizon’ Tips (Novice)

Tips where to find Bunny Day eggs, how to get foreign fruit and when to sell turnips on your island in New Horizons, the latest installation of Animal Crossing.

1. Travel back in time before you move forward

Time travel is a major topic of conversation in the Animal Crossing community, and it’s a controversial one. Since the game takes place in real time, you actually have to wait a realday for buildings to get built and plants to grow. And Animal Crossing: New Horizons starts slow. So if you suspect you’ll want a quicker start, consider setting your Nintendo Switch’s clock back seven to 10 days. That way, as you play, you can bump it up a day every few hours to cover some of the early, slower-developing portions of the game more quickly.

By setting the clock back before you start rather than zooming forward afterward, you also give yourself the chance to get back on real time. That way you can pretend you never cheated (and you don’t have to have a wonky clock forevermore).

2. Don’t put off paying your debts

Tom Nook, the wealthy businessraccoon funding your adventure and constantly pressuring you to spend more money than you have, puts you in what feels like deep debt on your first day. It takes a little time to build up Nook Miles — an achievement-based currency — early in the game, but work to earn them quickly and pay off that first debt ASAP. The faster you pay back your first loan, the faster Tom will build you a home and, most crucially, give you the extra storage you need for everything you’re about to start collecting.

3. Find every type of fruit

The first fruit you find on your island — we found pears — sells for 100 bells a piece. But as you get more “foreign fruit,” you can sell it for as much as 500 bells each. The problem is, finding those pesky fruit trees can be a challenge, even if you spend all your Nook Miles traveling to other islands in pursuit.

Since every player starts with different fruit on their island, though, one of the easiest ways to get all six types of trees growing at home is by sharing. If you have friends playing the game, you can travel to their island. If not, you can always look on Reddit for strangers sharing public codes so you can get a few new fruits to grow. And remember, if you don’t have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you can always get a 7-day free trial to find what you need, then cancel before you get charged.

4. Catch all the fish and bugs

Another early tip: catch every animal you see — which pretty much consists of fish and bugs. Keep an eye on flowers for stinkbugs and mantises, snag butterflies in the groves and shake trees and rocks to find pill bugs and spiders. Here’s how our colleague caught the elusive stringfish.

As soon as you craft your first bug net and fishing pole, start handing over your collected critters to Tom Nook. Sure, you could sell these creatures to Timmy and Tommy, the island’s resident traders, but Tom Nook will send each unique discovery to his friend Blathers the owl, who lives off-island.

Long story short, after enough donations, Blathers the owl will come build a museum on the island and set you on to a much larger collection project, opening up the game considerably. 

5. Collect all six types of eggs

You might have been surprised (or creeped out) by the yellow bunny hopping outside your house in Animal Crossing. He asks players to search out six types of eggs, which are scattered across the island. Those eggs can be a little tough to hunt down, but we’ve got you covered. Here are the six types of eggs and how to find them:

  • Earth Eggs: Dig up cracked patches of ground, like the ones where you find fossils.
  • Leaf Eggs: Shake the pink trees with eggs in their branches.
  • Stone Eggs: Strike rocks around the island as you would when searching for iron or clay.
  • Wood Eggs: Chop trees with your ax.
  • Sky Eggs: Shoot down the rainbow colored balloons with your slingshot.
  • Water Eggs: Go fishing!

Good luck and enjoy!