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How To Terraform Your Island – Animal Crossing: New Horizons



Since the game has been out for a while now, we imagine a few of you are beginning to acquire the tools necessary for redesigning and reshaping your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. New Horizons’ Island Designer app can be a bit tricky to use, though, so we’ve compiled a bunch of tips to…

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  1. I completely ruined everything. I made it flat. I thought it would be a good idea but hours passed… and I am stuck in a barren wasteland. I dont know where to go from here. I am considering completely deleting my save. I'm so distraught. I've put hours, days, weeks, even, but now I may have to delete everything. Just… I think I should go back and stab past me.

  2. fossils do appear on dirt paths and sand, this has happened to me so if you want paths everywhere dont worry, fossils will still appear! 🙂

  3. Someone plz answer ASAP because I want to start designing my island. Do you have to fully complete project K?;How do I get my island able to be rated?;how to I get the amibo card option so I can invite someone?

  4. If you still don't have an idea on how your island should look and you don't want to do anything too fancy because terraforming will change everything, then just place a couple of mannequins somewhere. They will boost your rating because the system rates by the number of items placed on your island. Also if you want to quickly remove all mannequins just change the design and save it. They will disappear.

  5. Does anyone know if you can undo certain things when making your island? I feel like I'm super picky and will want to move everything around

  6. Ok, I saw this hoping it would help me with my beach rivers since I didn’t know how to get rid of them… but still learned about how to use the tools to make cool features!

  7. You forgot to mention that you can’t terraform on the beach, you can’t waterscape the river mouths, that you can can lay paths at the doorsteps of most buildings and houses but not all the way around the house, and that you can’t terraform in any way in on a spot that has anything on top of the square you’re trying to terraform. (i.e. anything planted, any places or dropped items, building, etc. Also squares that are rounded or “diagonally shaped”.)

    I do wish that they made a way to terraform the island in a more broad way instead of manually, square by square. I’d like to be able to get an aerial view, pin point what I want to pick up temporarily, edit the area underneath it, then set those things back down either right where they were or move them wherever I want like how we can in our houses. I also wish I could hang things on the cliff walls, why we can’t place a wall hanging item outside and it be displayed like it would be if we bought it at Nook’s Cranny, and I wish I could put rugs on the ground outside, it doesn’t make sense to me why I can’t, why we all can’t do these things. Just common sense to me but I know there’s a whole team of people working on this game and they can’t possibly think of everything in the world you know? Maybe one day it’ll happen I hope. 😁

    I hope this helps anyone who might not know this or is confused. Have fun guys!

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