Animal Crossing New Horizons: Character Customization and How to Change Your Appearance

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Character Customization and How to Change Your Appearance

There's a bunch of customization options for your character in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Here's what you can choose from, along with how to change your appearance later on in the game.

Animal Crossing New Horizons continues the series' trend of giving players a ton of options when customizing their character. You can also alter your appearance whenever you like, so you're not locked into choices you make initially. In this guide we'll detail the customization options available, and show you how to change your appearance while playing.

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Character Customization

At the start of Animal Crossing New Horizons you'll be asked to design a character. There are a lot of options, more than ever before, including hair style, nose and mouth shape and more. Let's take a look at what's on offer.

Skin Tone

Skin tone options | Nintendo

The first thing you can choose for your character is skin tone. Thankfully there are a fair few options to pick from, so choose whatever you want and hit the R button to switch to the next section.

Hairstyle and Hair Color

Here are the hair color options | Nintendo

Next up are the hairstyles and colors. You can check out the different hairstyles available in the image above. In terms of colors, here's what we know about so far:

  • Black
  • Dark brown
  • Red
  • Blonde
  • Straw
  • Dark grey
  • Light grey

Eyes and Eye Color

Pick a color and style | Nintendo

There's a lot of options to choose from in terms of eye design and color. You can see some of the eye options in the image above. These are the colors available:

  • Dark brown
  • Light brown
  • Teal
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Grey

Nose and Mouth

Choose a nose and mouth for your character | Nintendo

Animal Crossing has always had some pretty interesting options for your character's nose and mouth, and New Horizons is no exception. Those of you who made Mii characters back in the day will be right at home with what's on offer so just go with whatever you think suits your character so far.

Cheek Color and Style

Blush color | Nintendo

Finally, we have Cheek colors and styles. There aren't all that many to choose from, though you'll be able to purchase new ones using your hard-earned Nook Miles. You can add a blush color to your character and then you're all set.

How to Change Your Appearance

If you're not happy with your character's appearance, or simply want to change things up a bit, you'll need a mirror or vanity. These are items you can add to your tent or house (more info on getting a house here), so once you have one just interact with it. You'll be given the option to change up your look, easy.

You can buy new hairstyles in the Nook Miles store | Nintendo

How to Get New Hair Styles and Customization Options

While you'll start with a fairly limited suite of character customization options, there are opportunities to purchase more. The Nook Miles Store will allow you to trade Nook Miles for new packs of hair styles, colors, and other options. Generally, new character packs will cost around 2,000-3,000 Nook Miles. You'll get around 300 per challenge you complete, so they're not too pricey.

Animal Crossing New Horizons screen 14

There will be more customization options unlocked as you play. We'll be sure to update this page once we see more of what the game has to offer. For now, there's plenty of personalization available, so that you can make the Animal Crossing New Horizons Islander of your dreams.

If you're looking for more on Animal Crossing New Horizons be sure to check out Caty's article on the new terraforming features. You can also read Hirun's write-up on how cloud saves work.

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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