Animal Crossing New Horizons Beginner's Guide and Walkthrough

Animal Crossing New Horizons Beginner's Guide and Walkthrough

Your one-stop shop for all of our guides on Animal Crossing New Horizons. Here's a beginner's guide, and walkthrough.

Animal Crossing New Horizons makes smart changes to the series' tried and tested formula. As a result, there's a lot to learn, for new players and returning ones. We've been busy playing Animal Crossing New Horizons for a while now, and have written a ton of guides on everything from getting started to making tools and customizing them. On this page you'll find all of our guides on the game, forming a walkthrough for beginner's and series veterans alike.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons Walkthrough

We've put together a lot of guides for Animal Crossing New Horizons, so many in fact that we've split them into a number of different categories. Read on for more info on Bells, Nook Miles, and everything else you'll need to know.

Beginner's Guides

There's a lot to learn when starting up in Animal Crossing New Horizons, so we've collected some beginner's guides below. These cover everything from choosing your island to changing the camera angle.


Animal Crossing is set to add a number of events throughout the year. We'll collect info on all of them here:

Building Guides

There are a handful of shops and buildings to unlock while playing Animal Crossing New Horizons. Here's all our guides on the museum, Nook's Cranny, and more.

You'll want to unlock the Able Sisters shop | Jake Green/USG


Your house will become near and dear to your heart as you play Animal Crossing New Horizons. Here's everything you need to know.


You'll need to collect a constant supply of resources and materials to stay ahead. Here are our guides on resources like Iron Nuggets and Gold.

Get a fishing rod to catch fish | Jake Green/USG


You won't get very far in New Horizons without tools. Here's our guides on Tools.

Miles and Bells

Your island economy runs on Bells and Miles. Here's how to make sure you have enough to expand buildings, and grow your island.

Changing Personal Info, and Save Data

You're given a lot of choice in how you present yourself in New Horizons. If you want to change anything, like your name for example, use these guides.

You'll want to build some bridges to get around | Jake Green/USG

Getting Around Your Island

When you start out in Animal Crossing New Horizons, most of your island will be inaccessible. Here's how to remedy that.

There's plenty of other islands to visit | Jake Green/USG


You have the freedom to customize a lot of different elements of your island here. These are all of our guides on customization.


The people you live with and the friends you'll make while playing the game will be a major part of the experience. Here are our guides on bringing new neighbours in, and getting special visitors.

Fish and Bugs

In this list we'll include guides related to catching fish and bugs.

For more on Animal Crossing New Horizons, be sure to head over to our official review. Elsewhere there's our look at cloud saving.

Jake Green

Guides Editor

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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