One of the most exciting aspects of the Animal Crossing franchise is playing with friends by having them visit your island or you visiting your friends’ islands. If you’re new to multiplayer in the Animal Crossing franchise you can check out our guide on how to play with friends here.
If you already know how to play with friends but want to know what you can do or are after some inspiration for activities to do, keep on reading.
Why Should You Visit Other Islands?
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons all players have one native fruit that can be found all over their island. Native fruit can include apples, oranges, cherries, pears, and peaches, and they sell for 100 bells each. A big reason you should visit a friend’s island is that they may have foreign fruit that you can pick up and plant in your town. All foreign fruit, minus coconuts, sell for 500 bells each, and planting lots of foreign fruit is a great way of making some extra bells.
A staple feature in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons is what’s known as the Stalk Market. Every Sunday before noon, special visitor Daisy Mae will be wandering around your island and will sell turnips for a select price. You can purchase these turnips and sell them at Nook’s Cranny for a higher price to make a profit. Turnip prices change twice every day and you must sell turnips before a week has passed or they will rot.
If you’re struggling to get good turnip prices at Nook’s Cranny, you can always check with friends to see what their turnip prices are being bought for. If they have a good price, higher than on your island, it’s well worth visiting their island to sell your turnips and make a decent profit.
Another good reason you should visit your friends’ islands is to take advantage of their shops. Check out their Nook’s Cranny and Able Sisters shops and purchase anything that interests you, from clothing, furniture, wallpaper, flooring, DIY tools, DIY recipes, and even the island’s native fruit!
Everyone has ‘dreamies’ in Animal Crossing. Dreamies are essentially favourite villagers and while they may not be on your island, your friends may have them. It’s a great idea to visit them on your friend’s island and begin building a friendship. Then, when that special villager decides to move on from your friend’s island, you may be able to convince them to move to yours and have your dreamy villager.
This may work the other way too as your villagers move to your friend’s island. If this happens, you can always visit your friend’s island to speak to ex-villagers who will still remember you. Isn’t that sweet?
Insects & Fish
A new feature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the introduction of a northern and southern hemisphere, allowing players all over the world to experience the seasons as they occur in their country. Like in real-life, the seasons will differ between the hemisphere and different fish and insects will be available. It can be great to visit a friend’s island in the other hemisphere, giving you a chance to catch fish and insects that are unavailable on your island for several months. It’s also a great way of finding and catching rare specimens and selling them for bells.
Activities To Do With Friends
Hide And Seek
One activity you can play with friends is hide and seek. Before the game, you should agree to a prize such as a bell prize pot or some unique items. After this, all players but the host must hide somewhere on the island. The island host is then giving a short amount of time to find all players. If the host fails to find the players, the prize can be given to their friends but if the host wins by finding all players, the reward should be given to the host. A new player can then take over as the seeker and another game can begin.
Another activity you can do with friends is treasure hunts. These are pretty self-explanatory as you simply need to bury a few items around your island before your friends visit, and then give them a set amount of time to try and find the items. Whoever finds the items can then keep them.
Challenges And Competitions
When friends visit your island, you can set up unique challenges. You can take inspiration from the game’s Fishing Tourney and Bug-Off events and create challenges, giving friends rewards for catching so many fish or insects, catching specific fish or insects, or something else entirely. Other ideas can include building an obstacle course and giving a prize to the first friend you completes it, burying several identical items and giving rewards to friends who find the most, and so many others. You can get creative with these challenges and make them fun for both you and your friends.
Recreating TV Shows
Since the release of New Horizons, many players have taken it upon themselves to recreate television shows. Some have re-created iconic scenes from popular shows such as The Office while others, most-notably streamers, have been hosting reality shows with Animal Crossing such as Survivor and allowing viewers of the stream to vote off contestants. You can do something similar with friends by re-creating some shows or films you all enjoy. Create costumes using the game’s pattern tools and then use Harvey’s Island to create sets!
We hope this little guide has given you a few ideas of activities you can with friends when playing online. Just remember, the options are limitless, you just need a little bit of creativity. Enjoy!
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