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Advanced Tips to Play Animal Crossing in 2023

General Advanced Tips

  • To get the most out of the now-very-low interest bonus, deposit all of your Bells in the ABD bank on the last day of the month. Free Bells will always be free Bells.
  • Talk to your villagers if you notice anything unusual or unusual on your island, such as a double rainbow. They could be knowledgeable about it.
  • Villagers can use the custom tools you give them, so give Ellie a cute elephant watering can if you want to see her using one.
  • Isabelle and the other villagers rarely mention visiting characters on your island on any given day, but you can always check on your map for Redd’s Treasure Trawler by looking for his icon on the north beach.
  • In Resident Services, you can practice reactions with Tom Nook and Isabelle. They have interesting and varied reactions to certain emotes.
  • If you’re constantly growing or harvesting trees and losing track of which trees bear which fruits (or bells), mark them by planting a custom design in front of them, such as a cherry symbol for cherry trees or a bag of bells for a growing money tree. Consider creating an orchard.
  • Keep a wardrobe near the Able Sisters shop so you can quickly check what clothes you have before buying new ones – or have a place to swap out clothes that were automatically transferred to your storage. Remember that lockers and even refrigerators can be used as wardrobes.
  • Because your island can only have 8 bridges, you can cheat by terraforming them with the waterscaping tool in your Island Designer App. Place a piece of land in between squares of water to hop between if you don’t want to completely cut off the flow of a river.
  • The same thing can be done with cliffs: make a long land bridge connecting two high elevations by making smaller 1 tile plateaus to jump between.
  • If you’re concerned about friends or strangers stealing your turnips, build fencing around them to keep them safe.
  • Wasps can be exterminated with party poppers!

Resources and Crafting Tips

  • A villager can give you a DIY recipe three times a day! One crafts in the morning, another in the afternoon, and another at night. Other ways to get additional recipes can be found on the DIY page.
  • You’ll get different DIY recipes depending on your villager’s personality, so make sure your island has at least one of each personality type, or visit a friend’s island with the personalities you’re missing.
  • Wishing on stars on other islands will grant you star fragments. Try to pay a visit to a friend during a meteor shower. The next day, star fragments wash up on your beach.
  • Sable should be contacted on a daily basis. She will eventually reveal her family history to you. When she considers you a friend, she will begin to give you patterns for customizing items.
  • Because you can’t craft with materials stored in your home, consider leaving stacks of wood, iron, and stone around your island near a DIY workbench to quickly craft what you need and drop the excess materials for the next time. You could even turn it into a small workshop.
  • Instead of wasting time shoveling holes around a rock you want to strike, install fencing in a corner that you can use every day.
  • You can use your net to pop balloons. This is useful if you’re high up and a balloon is floating south of you.

Villager Tips

  • The only guaranteed way to swap a new villager for a specific resident is to use Amiibo Cards. If someone shows up at your campsite, you can talk to them until they consider leaving, at which point they’ll choose a random villager to swap with. If it’s not a villager you want to trade with, quickly exit the conversation and reload the game to see if you can make them choose another villager instead – otherwise, they’ll only swap with a specific resident.
  • Using Amiibo Cards is also a great way to get more recipes, as you can invite a camper once per day, and they’ll ask you to craft them something from your town – and will give you the recipe if you can’t already make it.
  • Villagers have a hidden friendship rating that you can increase by talking to them, giving them expensive gifts, and completing tasks for them. If you do this enough, they’ll start offering to sell or buy items with you, and they’ll even give you a framed portrait of themselves to hang in your home.
  • Inviting Villagers to Harvey’s Photopia island (current residents or scanned Amiibo Cards) will allow them to purchase their poster through Nook Shopping.
  • Place musical instruments and a music player in a group to entice them to form a small band. Place them near the resident services plaza, where most villagers congregate throughout the day.