Like everyone else in the world, I’ve been playing so much Animal Crossing New Horizons. I’ve always had “daily chores” I liked to do in the previous Animal Crossing games, but New Horizons takes it to a brand new level.
What do I mean by “daily chores?” I mean some things that you can do on a daily basis that should get done, things that only happen once a day. I tend to have a fairly organized routine in real life (I’m a sucker for a schedule) and I’m no different when I play Animal Crossing.
Animal Crossing New Horizons has so many more things you can do during the game rather than make money to pay off your debt. You can gather materials and craft your own decor, you can visit mystery islands and sort of have a say in which villagers you want to join your island, there are Nook Miles which act as “quests” or “achievements,” if you will. There’s so much to strive for and if you were to attempt to 100% complete this game, it’s going to take you a few years.
Things have been busy so I haven’t been able to play as much New Horizons as I would like. I’ve had to skip a day here and there and sometimes when I do get to play, it’s only for an hour or so. I get my daily chores done and that’s it. But I have a good time anyway.
Talk to every villager
One chore I do every single day is to talk to every villager on my island at least once a day. There are sometimes I see certain villagers wandering around and I run into them all the time. Others, I need to track down. Sometimes they’re hiding somewhere in the museum or they’re inside crafting something waiting for me to enter so they can share the recipe with me. (I honestly think they’re stuck like that until you go in, so yeah. Go visit them inside their houses on occasion just in case.)
Side note: my island is filled with birds and cats, I realized. I started with Leonardo (a leopard) and Plucky (a chicken). I visited three mystery islands and got Ava (a chicken), Anchovy (a bird), and Bangle (a tiger). I’m still searching for Fang but I also feel obligated to keep this cat-and-bird-theme going.
Give your trees some love
And by love, I mean shaking them vigorously until something falls out. This can be tree branches, money, furniture, fruit (if it’s grown, of course), or bugs – watch out for those bees. Have your net out and handy when shaking trees. That’s an official rule of Animal Crossing, I’m sure.
To show how much you care about your trees further, take out your ax and chop it to bits. Your stone ax, not your heavy-duty ax unless you want to knock the whole tree down. Using your stone ax allows you to get three pieces of wood per tree.
Shower your flowers
While we’re taking care of nature, make sure you water your flowers. Sometimes you villagers will do it for you, but they don’t typically go around the entire island watering all the flowers. If you want them to keep growing and cross-breed flowers beside each other, then watering them every day helps. Plus, they sparkle afterward and it’s really pretty at night.
Hit all your rocks
But don’t break them. Don’t eat fruit and then hit your rocks. They will break and rocks cannot grow back. Hitting your rocks once a day allows you to get materials such as iron or gold nuggets, stones, or clay. One of your rocks will also be a money rock. The best way to hit rocks is to dig two or three holes behind you so when you hit it with your shovel (you can use your stone ax but the shovel is faster) and you recoil backward, you won’t recoil too far to not be able to reach the rock anymore. Then you get all eight items from the rock in one go.
Keep your shovel out and keep an eye out for the Xs in the ground. Four fossils are hidden somewhere as is a small light which, when dug up, is bells.
If you have the shop open or Mabel is visiting before the tailer is open, be sure to buy everything that’s available each day. The more bells you spend, the faster their build their shop and upgrade.
Claim your Nook Miles
There are a ton of achievements you can get and claim Nook Miles. However, the Nook Miles Plus feature adds quests to your day. The first five of every day are worth double. If you can do it, be sure to claim them and make the most of it.
There’s a lot more to do
Of course, you need to keep fishing and catch bugs. Donate any new creatures to Blathers, sell all that you can so you can create a bigger and better house. However, if you’re only able to play the game for a little bit, your best bet is to do you daily chores. You’re making progress and you’re keeping your island nice.