An early decision could accompany you throughout your time with Animal Crossing New Horizonsso you’ll want to make sure it’s the right one for you.
Before flying to your desert island, you will be faced with a choice: which island should you choose? Tom Nook has many options for you.
Nook Travel Agency will present you with four different island options, although there are actually more options than the four you will see, as you can see in the screenshot below. The islands you are given to choose from are based on the questions you answered above and are apparently a random item, but you can ‘re-roll’ your island choice by restarting the process if you wish. Here are all the possible island types that we know of, as released by the Animal Crossing community pre-release.
As you can see, the island designs vary in a number of ways. It’s important to put attention on all islands will have the same basic resources – Trees, stones, natural flowers and basic basic buildings such as Resident Services and the Airport are always present. What differs is the location – these buildings and resources will appear in different places.
Resident services and the area that will eventually become your town square is marked on the map with the Animal Crossing sheet symbol, and the airport will be in the rocky gray area directly below or close enough to it. However, the rivers will follow different routes and the raised areas of land will be in different places. For what it’s worth, we chose the island layout in the lower right of the image above. However, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best for you.
What is the best island design?
Okay, here’s the kicker, what deep in your heart you probably know is coming: in Animal Crossing New Horizons. there is no ‘best’ island design that you absolutely must choose. In fact, practically all islands are the same. This is not an excuse; let us explain.
As we said earlier, each island layout has the same basic setup. That means you’ll initially have access to a part of the island that features the town square and the resident services tent, the airport, a fair amount of beach, lots of trees, and some rocks. This means that you will have everything you need to gather resources for crafting. Quite quickly it will create a means of crossing the rivers to unlock another slice of the island giving you access to more of the same. Then later you will unlock the means to create a ladder to climb the slopes.
This is a new kind of ‘closed’ progression to the early stages of Animal Crossing New Horizons, but every island layout has access to the same basics at every stage, which means, we reiterate, there is no such thing as ‘best’. island style. Don’t worry about things like the location of the rocks, as every few days the rocks will break under your shovel or ax, at which point a new one will appear in a new location the next day.
Each type of island has everything you need at each stage of the game. We recommend that you choose a layout that you like and don’t worry too much about the min / max of your island choice.
Things to consider when choosing an island shape
Well then, understand the above disclaimers. But you’re still not sure what to make of your first island choice. It’s okay! Here’s what to think about first.
The main thing to worry about is the location of Resident Services and the airport.; make sure the layout has them in a position where you are comfortable with their location relative to where you could put your tent, which will later become your home plot. That’s different for everyone – some may want resident services as close to the center of the island as possible. Others may want it out of the way. Just keep in mind that it will become the central hub of your island life once it gets busier and more crowded.
Next, consider the location of the river in comparison to your long-term plans. If you want the vast majority of the buildings on your island to be on one land mass rather than several, you probably want an island layout where the rivers are less intrusive. Others may welcome the possibility of dividing their island, especially since you can eventually build bridges and remodel rivers, so, again, it is a personal choice.
The good news is that almost anything you place manually (houses, shops, items, etc.) can be moved later, albeit at a cost. So if you make a mistake or your priorities change, you can modify it. Simple. Similarly, you can also change ledges and rivers when you unlock terraforming tools later. The bad news is you cannot change the name of your island And it is strictly an island for Nintendo Switcheven if more than one player is playing. You will share that island, so choose carefully.
Things that won’t be affected by your island choice, but will differ anyway
There are some items on your island that are random. If you care about them, you can reroll, which we mean, you can start over and delete your save to have another shot at what you want. However, this will take time.
The type of fruit that appears on your island is random, for example, and there will only be one type at the beginning. That can be remedied by spending Nook Miles to get a plane ticket to visit a randomly generated island. Get foreign fruit from there, then plant it locally to plant another type of fruit. It’s worth doing this, as selling foreign fruit is an easy way to make a lot of money quickly at New Horizons, so invest in increasing your inventory space early. You can also coordinate with friends and visit their islands to get some fruit samples to transplant and exchange that way.
Similarly, your island adventure will start with two animals joining you with their own tents. Who this is will be random and exclusive to you, but later in the game, you will have the opportunity to recruit other new animals to the island through items like the camp and playing amiibo.