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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Crafting | Setting up your Deserted Island

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct gave Animal Crossing fans a closer look at the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons game, with a detailed look at crafting mechanics. In the game, players will be heading to a Deserted Island after purchasing a getaway package from Nook Inc. As it is a deserted island, it will be up to you to set up your dream living situation by crafting all kinds of items. Our Animal Crossing: New Horizons crafting guide will tell you everything you need to know.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons crafting guide

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Crafting

Upon arriving on the Deserted Island, players will be given two items courtesy of Nook Inc., a tent and a NookPhone. Your tent will serve as your home, while your NookPhone will act as your crafting hub. The cellphone will have a variety of apps downloaded on it that will help you with crafting, as well as other features like taking pictures.

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One app that will be extremely useful in Animal Crossing: New Horizons crafting is the recipes app. As you can imagine, you’ll need a lot of tools and materials to make the Deserted Island feel like home. From the recipes app, you’ll see a mega list of all sorts of craftable items like tools, furniture, living materials, and a whole lot more. The recipes app will also tell you everything that you’ll need to make specific items, so you won’t have to flip around different apps to figure out what you’re looking for.

You can find the items you need for the various recipes by exploring around the island, hunting down things like tree branches, stone, clay, and much more. Once you’ve gathered up everything you need, you can head to the Resident Services tent to use the workbench and craft your desired items. As with most games, you’ll be able to use the new tools that you’re crafting to get better materials, which will lead to more advanced tools. Resident Services will also sell players items, as well as buy things that that you have collected and don’t want. They’ll even buy weeds as a thank you for keeping the island clean.

If you choose to make some decorative items, you’ll be able to shift, rotate, and rearrange all you want. No item you place will be locked into one specific location, allowing you to change you the scenery whenever you feel like it. Additionally, as you progress through the game, you’ll be able to craft even nicer items to make your tent and camp feel even more like home.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Crafting | What are Nook Miles

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Crafting

Players will be able to build out their Animal Crossing: New Horizons crafting recipes by earning Miles through the Nook Miles app on their NookPhone. Miles can be earned by completing a variety of milestones and objectives throughout the game. For example, players can earn Miles by picking weeds, collecting recipes, attending island events, fishing, using your NookPhone, and a whole lot more.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons crafting unique items

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Crafting

There are a couple of unique items that were shown off in the New Horizons footage during the Direct that are worth noting. One special item is an umbrella made from weeds, which will keep you dry during the rain. Another unique Animal Crossing: New Horizons craftable item that will be essential is the vaulting pole, which will help you quickly cross a river. These are only a few of the many unique items that can be crafted in New Horizons. You’ll be able to see all of the craftable items when Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases on the Nintendo Switch on March 20, 2020.