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How to run in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

When you’re first starting out in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the easy island living makes for a refreshing change of pace when compared to most other games. As things develop and your list of jobs begins to pile up, however, you may start to wonder about whether it’s possible to speed things up a little bit. Thankfully, it is! Stick with this guide in order to learn how to run in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to run in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

how to run in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Increasing your movement speed in the debut Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch game is incredibly simple, but it doesn’t teach you how to do so for some reason. In order to run in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, all that you need to do is hold down the “B” button while moving with the left analog stick.

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Knowing how to sprint in New Horizons comes in really handy for getting all of your daily jobs done in time, letting you zip around your island paradise to collect more creatures and resources than otherwise possible. Don’t worry, though, as your increased work rate won’t put other island residents to shame and cause any friction.

It’s worth noting that the sprint button won’t be “B” if you’re playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons with a single Joy-Con, however. In this case, running is still mapped to the bottom face button in order to avoid any potential confusion; that makes sprint the left directional arrow on a left Joy-Con (now pointing downwards) and the “A” button on a right Joy-Con.

For more New Horizons beginner’s tips, check out our dedicated guide. Now that you know how to run, you’ll also find it easier to fully explore your island during different times of the day and encounter various kinds of wildlife.

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