Animal Crossing New Horizons: Choosing the Best Island Layout

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Choosing the Best Island Layout

When starting up in AC New Horizons you'll get to choose your island layout. Here's what you need to know.

Animal Crossing New Horizons gives players a lot of choice in how they design their island, even offering four options for overall layout. You're not given all that much info on each layout, so you may be stuck wondering which to pick. We'll walk you through it in this guide, so that you can get started building up your dream island village.

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What is the Best Island Layout?

You'll be offered four choices of island layout at the outset of the game. These may be different for each player, and don't really change much. Be sure to consider the following:

  1. You'll want to look carefully at where the water intersects the land, as you will not be able to cross rivers at first (more on how to do so here).
  2. You'll want access to beaches to collect shells, and plenty of green space to pitch your tent. All of the layouts have roughly the same distribution of these elements, so just go with the one you like the look of.

Can You Change Island Layout Later in the Game?

Once you've picked your island layout, you cannot change it. You can alter elements and even move water and land once you get the Island Designer permit however, so you will be able to further customize later down the line. Because of this, don't worry too much about what layout you pick initially.

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There's plenty more Animal Crossing New Horizon content right here on USG. Head here for Caty's review. If you'd like to check out a cute AC-themed birthday calendar then head here.

Jake Green

Senior Guides Writer

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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