“I'll be there with Bells on! Ho ho!” March 21, 2020 8:23 AM   Subscribe

I'm playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game was just released and it's available on the Nintendo Switch. It seems like everyone is playing these days. Let's talk about our islands/towns. What fruit did you end up getting? There are five possibilities (not counting coconuts): apples, cherries, peaches, pears, and oranges. If you're up for it, let's share our Nintendo Switch Friend codes so we can visit each other's islands/towns. This is a super chill game and it makes me happy. If you have the opportunity, consider picking it up. As always, be kind to yourself and to others. Happy crafting, farming, shopping, & exploring friendos.
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:23 AM (128 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

I got apples. And this is me & my house. My Nintendo Switch Friend Code: SW-2820-4850-3327.
posted by Fizz at 8:32 AM on March 21 [2 favorites]


I have cherries in my town. Why do I always eat the stems? That can't taste good...
And I managed to do things that triggered Blathers moving to town and I'm hoping he gets here soon.

My friend code is SW-6706-2379-3883 . I'm excited about my island, but hoping for a pole to jump with soon so I can clear all those weeds on the other side of the river. Also a shovel, because the squirting clams and the glowing light peaking out of the ground are both very alluring.
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:37 AM on March 21


My friend code is SW-4553-2129-9315. I haven't started playing yet but I have the game and I just bought a 8bitdo controller so my kids and I can all play together. Starting after lunch today!
posted by selfnoise at 8:58 AM on March 21


I pitched my tent behind a tree and now I really want an axe so I can see my letterbox properly.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 9:12 AM on March 21


I'm already fucking with the Switch internal date/time so that I can just speed up my town/island's progress. It's the only thing this game lacks and maybe it's because I'm so used to just "going to bed" in Stardew Valley and forcing that day/night cycle to reset.

Maybe Nintendo wants this to be a bit more of a meditative experience, and this is why it is synced in real-time. But the early game is very slow with your toolset and what you can and cannot do, so I feel like it's a bit of a misstep.
posted by Fizz at 9:21 AM on March 21 [6 favorites]


I'd like to know who I'm friends with in game. If you didn't comment here, but want to be friends, please memail me. (And I'm Blueberry, for those wondering.)
posted by Margalo Epps at 9:41 AM on March 21


I'm sonicboom on the Switch btw. Hit me up. :-)
posted by Fizz at 9:43 AM on March 21


I am semi-new to this game after spending the last year being a Stardew Valley fanatic, and find this to be a really relaxing, satisfying alternative. I got pears, which are not my favorite, but I did find an amazing Imperial Bed (and matching Imperial Lantern) just by shaking a tree. So I can't be too displeased with my trees.

Shake your trees!!!
posted by nightrecordings at 9:43 AM on March 21 [3 favorites]


I have peach trees and am at 3787-4708-2581. I have pole instructions now and am busily seeking the materials to make them and build a shop!
posted by Stacey at 9:43 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


I have apples and my code is SW-0564-1777-4695
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:54 AM on March 21


My icon is a yelling dinosaur
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:59 AM on March 21 [2 favorites]


Also for anyone just starting out, SAVE ALL YOUR IRON. THEY ARE PRECIOUS!?!?!
posted by Fizz at 10:03 AM on March 21 [3 favorites]


I have oranges and I could use some friends! My friend code is SW-2146-9434-0037.
posted by alyxstarr at 11:01 AM on March 21


I've never played an Animal Crossing game before, but the ad said "escape to a tropical island", and I was like "sold." I've got pairs.

I'm bad at fishing. That's been a constant in my entire gaming life: if there's fishing in a game, I'm bad at it.
posted by Ragged Richard at 11:30 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


I have stupid pears and my code is SW-0905-6246-4311 -my username is KatieBee
posted by cilantro at 11:31 AM on March 21


I really need some storage- this piling-up-everything-outside malarkey is getting old! I need a tidy island please.
posted by cilantro at 11:40 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


Something I just figured out - if you're open to visitors, you gotta go down to the dock and let the dodo know. He'll open the gates for people on your friends list.
posted by cilantro at 11:57 AM on March 21


I'm Jo and I have oranges and my friend code is SW-2675-0293-8026. I just want to be sure about etiquette for visiting! If I visit you, do the things I do on your island affect your game? Like, obviously, I just want to come and take your iron, but I'm not going to do that if that would mean that you would have no iron. But I assume that taking a piece of fruit is ok with most people.
posted by amarynth at 11:58 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


Update: I have peaches.

Also, do my kids need to start the game separately to play party co-op? I'm supposed to be able to use the Nookphone to invite them but the menu item doesn't appear.
posted by selfnoise at 12:38 PM on March 21


I’m downloading the game now- my switch code is SW-8431-9335-6614
posted by charmedimsure at 1:13 PM on March 21


Aaahhhh! I'm only getting this game next weekend but I really want to share stuff! PLEASE KEEP PLAYING.

(I mean really, there's no danger of anyone stopping. It just feels SO DIRE and I want it NOW.)
posted by erratic meatsack at 1:43 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]


I have oranges and my code is SW-3461-5826-1802. My icon is the Wind Waker Zelda. I'm adding all the friend codes here so far. Please come take my oranges!
posted by minsies at 1:53 PM on March 21


Update: I've unlocked the museum and Nook's Cranny. So yay! Making slow progress. Though I'm hacking my way through this game with the date/time on my Switch, it currently thinks its next week lol.
posted by Fizz at 2:07 PM on March 21


I started with an island I was unhappy with so made a dark deal with Nook yesterday and erased the whole thing to start fresh. And I'm so glad I did! I got pears, THE MOST ELEGANT OF FRUITS (pear haters to the left), and named my island Moonglow, which is a variety of pear and probably accurate to me since I'm basically nocturnal. My friend code is SW-7578-4349-3973.
posted by Mizu at 2:12 PM on March 21 [2 favorites]


I named my Island "Gin" because it's one of the things that has been getting me through this ordeal. And BOOO to pears. Apples & Oranges are obviously superior.
posted by Fizz at 2:33 PM on March 21 [2 favorites]


Fizz how dare you
posted by Mizu at 2:45 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]


I have oranges and at first I was hyped because Twitter led me to believe that was the best option. I didn't realize I could have had PEACHES. I'll come back and post my friend code here after I sign up for Nintendo online, then I'm going to your islands to borrow peaches.
posted by tofu_crouton at 2:46 PM on March 21


Thank goodness for this game. I'm so stressed and lonely right now. It's good to have something gentle and sweet to occupy my mind with.

I have oranges and some coconuts. If anybody wants to set up a trade, let me know. I'm looking for pears. If you need oranges and can't trade anything, that's ok too. You can come over and visit as well, but please don't run through my flowers. SW-7139-5609-8878

I can also make and give a ladder to anyone in need, which you need to get on top of the cliffs.

The /r/ACTrade subreddit has a really nice Discord going. There aren't a lot of people, but it's well moderated and everyone so far has been very nice.
posted by Stoof at 2:50 PM on March 21 [3 favorites]


Ok I have oranges and my code is 3336-4482-5323 .
posted by tofu_crouton at 2:56 PM on March 21


Also, I've never played animal crossing before and really appreciate any tips about how now to create an untenable situation like the "save iron" and "don't put your tent behind a tree" bits in this thread.
posted by tofu_crouton at 3:02 PM on March 21 [2 favorites]


I want to say thank you to everyone who friended me because now I don't have to type any friend codes in and can be perfectly lazy.

This is a truly lovely game but my kids could not care less about it... back to their tablets. I think my daughter is currently giving a dog a perm or something. But I think I'll probably keep playing, it's wonderful therapy.
posted by selfnoise at 3:13 PM on March 21 [4 favorites]


it's wonderful therapy.

100% THIS!

Even though I'm cheesing the date system, I'm having the most chill time just getting new clothes, new things for my home, gathering fruit, saying hi to my animal friends. It's just totally chill therapy for the soul.
posted by Fizz at 3:20 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]


Also, not sure if this has been shared yet or not but this is worth ALL OF YOUR TIME AND FOCUS: DOOMANIMAL
posted by Fizz at 3:44 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]


My town is named Axlor because I have a theme going.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 4:00 PM on March 21


Okay, so you can only visit an island if you're both playing at the same time and the other person has opened for visitors at the airport. So you can actually ask if it's okay to take things. (And yes, taking things mean they aren't on that island anymore.) It is unfortunately arduous to type messages; I'm slowly picking out things like "cherries 4 u". So sorry if I seem abrupt. Even my phone these days is way easier to write on (I write most of my comments from it with no real difficulty).

I have picked all my cherries, but will put some more out by the airport next time I'm playing. Maybe set up a little thrift store with furniture and clothing I don't want. I'm trying to figure out if there's something else to do on this island exchange.
posted by Margalo Epps at 4:06 PM on March 21 [3 favorites]


Btw Visitors can buy your native fruit from Timmy for 400 bells a piece. I just bought some pears at an island I was visiting
posted by Stoof at 4:19 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]


I have oranges and my friend code is SW-2898-8279-0190 My island is named Streamy because.. uhh.. it has a lot of streams and I have little creativity.
posted by MaritaCov at 4:35 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]


The following is accepted among the AC community as how to behave politely when visiting someone:

When visiting a person you're trading with:
- Wait for them on the grass as soon as you exit the airport. You exchange items there.
- Do not touch walk around or touch anything. Say thanks when the trade is done and leave.
- However, you can always ask if it's OK if you visit the person's store, or walk around, whatever. Always ask before you do something.

When visiting a friend:
- Do not run through flowers. Running ruins flowers.
- If the host has paths on their island, stay on the paths.
- If the person has a lot of fancy flowers and flower beds, stay away from them. People can get very nervous about their flowers, because it can take ages to get special hybrid flower colours.
- Ask before shaking trees.
- Ask before you pick flowers.
- Ask before you pick weeds. Some people like the weeds or are saving them.
- Ask before you buy anything on display on the counters at the store (it disappears for everyone).
- Ask before you take fruit.
- Do not take any items left out on the ground unless you've been told it's OK.
- Ask the host before you dig up or chop or hit anything.
- Sometimes people leave instructions or greetings to visitors on their bulletin board.
- It's OK to leave nice messages on someone's bulletin board.
- It's OK to catch bugs and fish, visit the museum and other buildings, and talk to the villagers.
posted by Stoof at 4:46 PM on March 21 [13 favorites]


My friend code is SW-1157-5216-9516 and I have oranges and my island was named by my kid.
posted by kendrak at 7:52 PM on March 21


Had apples the first time but reset and got pears. I don’t play a lot of non-mobile games and basically bought for switch for Stardew Valley and this :). A coworker showed me how to “cheat” by messing with the Switch’s date as well, hence the reset. But i’m still only on day 3 and can’t find enough god damned iron nuggets as i destroyed my rocks not knowing that was bad.

I’m also so happy to have the distraction to be honest. Now that i realize there’s other Mefites about i might have to play online as well!
posted by cgg at 8:15 PM on March 21


Hello! My island’s a mess already, but hey, that’s cool. The Nook Points + whatever has me stashing things to sell until the request comes up, and I’m stashing things for the museum. I’m dreadful at rockbanging for minerals, so I gotta island hop with points. Come visit! I’m at SW - 8418 - 2915 - 9489 I’m Moonsown there, and hope to have blue hair soon! Moontopia, because I couldn’t remember that the Decameron was set outside Florence and I was too excited to go look it up.
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 8:48 PM on March 21


And oh, yeah...I’ve got peaches. Willing to share.
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 9:03 PM on March 21


My friend code is SW-6492-4722-6804 but I might not be hooked up to the Nintendo online thing.
posted by fleacircus at 10:47 PM on March 21


I have to say that I love that folks are enjoying this game. Honestly, the whole social distancing thing and the uncertainty it brings has been a challenge. Animal Crossing has been a nice oasis and I'd love to visit some other islands.

My code is SW-7832-5279-3791. I have oranges and a cool little island where I eventually plan to move my house.
posted by owls at 11:05 PM on March 21


Shrimps has oranges on Grapefruit island. SW-8372-1110-2354
posted by apex_ at 12:50 AM on March 22


Thank, Stoof, for the guidelines! This is my first Animal Crossing game and I had no idea about flowers!

cgg, I also destroyed some of my rocks! :( I read that rocks that you destroy do regenerate, but only one regenerates per day (so if you destroyed 3, it will take 3 days before they are all back.
posted by amarynth at 4:57 AM on March 22


I think I've added everyone from this thread on my Switch. I'm Fevvers in Lórien, and I have oranges. Switch code is: SW-8328-2508-6983. I have a two week old baby (great timing, right?), so looking forward to hanging out with some people in other time zones!
Also, Pocket Camp friends, there are instructions for how to get bonus content in both games, by linking your Nintendo account here.
posted by featherboa at 6:40 AM on March 22


Hi! There are many apples on Steak Isle, although I am still not sure how visiting friends’ islands works: SW-5240-8288-2131
posted by heurtebise at 6:50 AM on March 22


Oh, and I'm SW-5659-9422-3889. I'm pants and my island is Pantstowne.
posted by Ragged Richard at 8:04 AM on March 22


Fizz, don’t go too far with the time travel. Nintendo is planning to add holiday festivals in future updates, so you’ll miss out on them if you pass the holiday before the patch is available.
posted by mbrubeck at 8:48 AM on March 22


I plan on time-travelling backwards. Not sure how this will impact my town/island, but I guess I'll find out.
posted by Fizz at 8:59 AM on March 22


Just bought my first Switch specifically for ACNH. I'm Joshua, on Valcour, apples, SW-5948-3953-5479. Adding friend codes from this thread today.
posted by jfbeatty at 9:25 AM on March 22


I just started this yesterday so not a lot is developed yet, my island is Figville and I have apples. My Switch code is SW-7489-4985-1382 . I'm Erica on the Switch, and Sparks on Animal Crossing. yay online friendos!
posted by Sparky Buttons at 10:17 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]


Question: is anyone else finding that when they visit islands using their Nook Air Miles, they aren't running into much variety as far as vegetation? I live on an island with Pear Trees, and every island I visit is also a Pear Tree island. I have probably visited 14 or 15 of these islands now. But apparently it's possible to land on islands with different trees (e.g. peaches) and dig them up to replant on your own island.

I just want some peach trees 🍑😭
posted by nightrecordings at 10:23 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]


Hello! I'm in the process of sending friend requests to people here... my switch name is Allie, my little character's name is Sam, who lives on BreezyIsle (annoying that it's limited to 10 characters). I have apples! My friend code is SW-0124-5853-5229, and you're welcome to take any apples, wood, bugs or fish from my island! (but please not stuff from my rocks, I need my rocks, I accidentally destroyed all my rocks, and now I have to wait for them to respawn before I can get stuff from my rocks...)
posted by Meow Face at 10:25 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]


If you have your airport open to visitors, I might just drop by with a few fruit. (If you're not aware, you can dig a hole and plant a fruit to grow a fruit tree. Non-native fruit are worth more on your island than your native fruit.)

Nightrecordings, I actually just now got my first Nook Miles island visit with non-native fruit. Probably took me 15-20 tries.

On most of the tour islands I've realized that there is usually one furniture and one wasp nest in the trees, and 4 rocks. Sometimes there's a message in a bottle or a fossil, too. So at least I can get that stuff if I land on a regular island.
posted by Stoof at 11:05 AM on March 22 [2 favorites]


For those that need iron, the rocks at Nook Miles islands seem to yield a lot more iron than the rocks on my island. Keep hitting them until they stop giving you stuff!
posted by amarynth at 12:48 PM on March 22 [1 favorite]


I started this yesterday so not a lot is developed yet, my island is Orangeisle and I have oranges. My Switch code is SW-0683-0539-3502. Still figuring things out!
posted by jazon at 1:04 PM on March 22 [1 favorite]


After watching all my friends playing it I bought it too. Should have it by Friday.

My friend code: SW-6911-4764-4404
posted by Automocar at 1:47 PM on March 22


I have cherries on Poangisle, code SW-3613-0236-6715. I look forward to a quiet evening adding friend codes and maybe playing Animal Crossing :)
posted by okayokayigive at 6:13 AM on March 23 [1 favorite]


I'm at SW-6793-9461-9892, with apples as my native tree. Haven't tried any visits yet, but that was always fun in New Leaf.
posted by asperity at 11:40 AM on March 23


I'm Branson at 1320-6817-4517. I just got Animal Crossing so I don't know what my native fruit is yet
posted by Uncle at 3:05 PM on March 23


My children named our island Beach Plz. Which is so On Brand for us. I'd invite you over, but resources are strained between the four of us.
posted by ColdChef at 7:33 AM on March 24 [3 favorites]


My Switch Friend code is SW-4536-8408-2014 and I'm yasmin on switch, yasaman on ANCH, and my fair island of Napricotia has pears. I've never done any multiplayer gaming on the Switch before, so I have no idea how it works, but feel free to stop by for a visit!
posted by yasaman at 9:41 AM on March 24


My switch friend code is SW-6223-9179-9022, my account is Emily, my AC character is Duien, and my island is called Ix (guessing I'm not the only Glitch player overlap here in the the AC thread). I've been doing some time traveling, so my island is pretty developed. Peaches are the native fruit.

I'm not sure how often I'll have my gate open, but feel free to stop by any time that it is! I'm planning to set up a little flea market area near the airport of items that are free for folks to pick up, and will make sure to put up a sign so it's obvious. I'd love it if you talk to my villagers when you visit — they remember visitors, and will chat about them later, which is delightful. If there're at home, it's a great idea to pop in to visit, as they might give you a free blueprint!

If you see stuff you like in my house or around the island, let me know and I might be able to send a copy to you! Most unlocked items can be ordered again and sent as gifts, so I'm happy to share. If it's something particularly expensive, I might as for a few bells or fruits in exchange, but most things I'm happy to send along for free.

I also wanted to note a new differences with New Horizons from previous titles that make a lot of the AC visiting etiquette much easier:
  • In this version, walking/running on grass doesn't cause it to degrade into mud, so staying on paths is much less important.
  • Flowers are much heartier than they've been previously. If you run over a flower, its petals might pop off, but it doesn't kill the flower, so you can't accidentally destroy someone's hard-won hybrids.
  • There's a lot more shopping that can be done safely in someone else's town. The only things that sell out after purchase are the two items on the back wall of Nook's Cranny. The items in the cabinet or on the front stands there can be bought multiple times, as well as anything from Able Sisters or visiting merchants.
  • There's also some differences between "friend" and "best friend" in terms of what the game will allow you to do when you visit. Only someone you've marked as a best friend in game will be able to do any sort of long-term harm to trees or flowers. I'm not sure about all the details on those restrictions, as I haven't done much experimentation yet, but I know that a regular friend I invited over was not able to dig up flowers, and can't chop down trees.
Look forward to seeing you all on this delightful, silly, island full of animals!
posted by duien at 10:43 AM on March 24 [7 favorites]


Another handy tip to note: if you install the Switch Online app on your real-world smartphone, you can use that to type in-game chat messages instead of the painful on-screen keyboard. It works for regular local chat and for best-friend messages. That's also where you can do voice chat, if that's a thing you're into.
posted by duien at 10:52 AM on March 24 [5 favorites]


I'm normally pretty antisocial when it comes to video games (multiplayer? idk her), but enough of my irl friends have been stoked about visiting each other's islands that I finally ponied up for the Switch Online membership and started adding people as Switch friends. And it's been great! I've caught up with a bunch of friends over visiting each other's islands and chatting on our phones while we run around checking out each other's customizations. It's been a nice way to socialize while remaining physically distant. :D

My favorite tiny design choice is putting a little campfire in front of each house - adds a cozy kind of atmosphere during nighttime play. 🏕

Currently impatient for more clothing options, though. Just got the Custom Designs upgrade thing last night, so I'm thinking about making this custom flan hat after work!
posted by rather be jorting at 11:16 AM on March 24 [1 favorite]


My game arrived a few days late so I'll join everyone soon! Send me a message me for my friend code. This is the first time the town will be open to friends and the first time I'll have my own town. (I previously moved into an existing town.) I can't wait to meet all of you and my old animal buddies!
posted by mayurasana at 12:10 PM on March 24


Can I just say how much I love the museum? It's just so peaceful and quiet and all the creatures you've donated are so beautifully drawn and animated in their perfect little museum habitats. I also love how the educational evolutionary timelines that go through the fossil section end in outlines of all the different kinds of animals in animal crossing. It's just a nice little piece of world building.
posted by cilantro at 1:18 PM on March 24 [6 favorites]


cilantro I agree completely. The museum was always my favorite part in New Leaf and the biggest thing missing for me in Pocket Camp. This new museum is just breathtaking! The evolutionary fossils are maybe my favorite touch in the whole game so far, but my favorite room is the freshwater fish room. So beautifully calming. The music is just perfectly peaceful and the textures are lovely. I generally really dislike fishing in all videogames but the loveliness of the aquarium actively motivates me to fill it with fish.
posted by Mizu at 10:22 PM on March 25 [2 favorites]


I went to a Nook Miles Island and found bamboo! I forgot that I could dig up entire trees after eating fruit, so I didn't bring any trees home, but I did bring back and plant 4 bamboo shoots.
posted by amarynth at 7:41 AM on March 26 [1 favorite]


Apparently this thread exists! Come on down to Found, where we have cherries, and 9 peaches currently, and one day, some oranges. Act now, and you can take home the CHAMPION. Friend code 4422 9181 8433.
posted by jinjo at 4:37 PM on March 27


Can't believe everyone else got this game 3 2020years ago (1 week) I feel so behind!
posted by bleep at 9:58 PM on March 27


Oh shit, I missed this thread. I’m Lisa and I’m at 6673-4882-9203 with cherries, bamboo and coconuts so far!
posted by carbide at 11:10 AM on March 28


I've had a few visitors and y'all are so generous and delightful ! <3
posted by Sparky Buttons at 12:37 PM on March 28 [1 favorite]


I'm sending a request to everyone right now, if you got a request from a redhead today that's me.
My code is 2155-4604-3426
posted by bleep at 2:49 PM on March 28


Neat! I'll add some of y'all, kindly do the same! 5090-4194-5538.
posted by spbb at 3:17 PM on March 28


Oh, and I'm spinach living on Mangotopia...even though there are oranges, not mangoes.
posted by spbb at 3:28 PM on March 28


Oh yeah and my island is called El Cerrito. I have no idea why I didn't name it Long Island after my homeland. Kicking myself now.
posted by bleep at 3:40 PM on March 28


Finally decided i need to be online with this game. Added everyone here, so if you see a random friend request that’s me. My code is 3184-7002-3640. I’ve got pears and some peaches.
posted by cgg at 10:05 AM on March 29


Oh yeah and I'm leaving a bunch of stuff around the gate so you can just drop in, pick up some stuff and go if you want!
posted by bleep at 12:21 PM on March 29


I know that visitors can't use shovels or axes, but can they pick up anything they want? Can they go into our homes and take all of our turnips? Not that any mefites would do that, of course, but I was wondering.
posted by amarynth at 12:45 PM on March 29


I have endless peaches and my code is 1425 4589 9980.
posted by headspace at 7:50 PM on March 29


amarynth, visitors can take things that you leave lying around outside, but anything inside your house is safe. I couldn't pick things up even inside even when marked as a best friend.
posted by duien at 3:25 PM on March 31 [1 favorite]


Thanks, duien! I wanted to test it, but didn't want to just show up on someone's island and tell them that I was going to try to take their stuff, but wasn't really!
posted by amarynth at 6:15 AM on April 1


I waited all through 2 weeks of quarantine hell, wishing that some mysterious benefactor would gift me with a Switch just for this game. I was so SO lonely and I wasn't legally allowed to even get out of my house and everyone I knew was playing this game and I just wanted friends!!

Quarantine ended and I became my own mysterious benefactor (I got a Switch Lite and am doing it on a payment plan, though I've also already spent hundreds on games and a second hand 3DS so y'know I'm not the most fiscally sensible person). I'm on my second day, it's pretty cute, took me a while to figure out how travel worked, but FRIIIIEEEENNNDDDSSSS

Tiara! (exclamation mark included) has pears at the Magic Room. SW-4956-8326-1593

(Also MY KINGDOM FOR IRON)
posted by divabat at 6:12 AM on April 3 [1 favorite]


(oh also I am a Southern Hemisphere island, which I gather makes a significant difference)
posted by divabat at 6:15 AM on April 3


Hey, divabat, just in case you don't know, you can maximize your rock-bashing yield to collect iron (and other stuff like stupid eggs) faster.

You need all eight spaces around your rock clear, as follows (O is rock, Xs are spaces):
XXX
XOX
XXX

Then you need to dig a hole to the top and to the side of one corner (postion 1 and 2, so in this bad diagram the space immediately above and the space immediately to the right of S):
__1
XXS2
XOX
XXX

Then you can stand at position S, face the rock diagonally and repeatedly and quickly press A to extract 8 things from the rock. It prevents you from being knocked away from the rock and slowing down your rock-beating progress.
posted by minsies at 8:23 AM on April 3 [1 favorite]


Who ever figured that out and how did they do it? Humans are amazing.
posted by bleep at 9:54 AM on April 3


A further optimization of that rock strategy: for the rocks on your home island, you can build fences at points 1 and 2 instead of digging holes. Then you can leave them there to have your rocks pre-optimized for your daily visit, without leaving ugly holes in the ground.

And divabat (or any other southern hemisphere folks), if you ever see Ix open to visitors or send me a MeMail when I'm online playing, I will happily trade you a big pile of iron for some of your precious flowers. As far as I can tell, available flower seeds are seasonal, so there's no way right now for northern hemisphere folks to get roses, lilies, or cosmos other than trading.
posted by duien at 12:02 PM on April 3 [1 favorite]


Oh, cool. Thanks for the fence idea, duien!
posted by minsies at 12:07 PM on April 3


(Although I have been digging my holes every day, so I could keep track of the rocks I'd bashed, and then filling them in when I was done.)
posted by minsies at 12:16 PM on April 3


Ooooh, I've been wondering about the flowers! I'm in the northern hemisphere and have cosmos as my native flower on Crone Isle, but I haven't found any lily or rose seeds. I'll try to travel with cosmos seeds on me, and we've already met, just drop me a line and I'll send you some in the mail.
posted by amarynth at 12:22 PM on April 3


I have rose seeds regularly on my island. I'd happily trade anyone for lilies or cosmos though. (ME/Blueberry/Dragonfly Island)
posted by Margalo Epps at 1:30 PM on April 3


I have all the flowers so far except lilies- if anyone want's to mail lily seeds to Axlor I'll make them weird bamboo jesus or gongs or a nice iron shelf!
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 1:37 PM on April 3


Can you send mail to other islands? I didn't see that option in the mail section (and jfc 200 bells per letter is EXPENSIVE, in New Leaf it worked out to 40 bells).

Also when I went island hopping, I was only presented with one island. Do you have to keep asking Orville to search for friends' islands or can you get a list?
posted by divabat at 1:52 PM on April 3


You can only see friends’ islands if they’re open at the time you search, but if multiple islands are open he’ll give you a complete list to choose from, you don’t have to search multiple times in a row unless you’re hoping a new island has opened since you last looked.

You can mail to a friend once you’ve visited their island once. (I *think* if they visit you that also activates the mail thing, but I’m not 100% sure.)
posted by Stacey at 2:18 PM on April 3


You have to open your gates to accept visitors and only folks you're switch friends with can visit- then once you've visited you are an in game friend that you can send mail to- and if you toggle best friend on the in game friend list you can chat when you're both online even if you're not on the same island. So if you search for an island to visit (for example) and you see "Axlor" that means I'm online and my gates are open. Yes this is kinda silly- it's Nintendo so...
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 2:24 PM on April 3 [1 favorite]


Got inspired by a friend's orderly island (so many neatly planted groves!) and Griffin McElroy's recent ACNH livestream (feat. his brother, his brother, and he, all interacting in the virtual space) to spruce up my island's tree placements and other infrastructure planning. It can be a grind, but it's also an incredibly cute and weirdly soothing grind. :D
posted by rather be jorting at 9:19 PM on April 3 [3 favorites]


I have reset my game so many times and I still haven't gotten the right combo that I really want.

I just want apples, a blue airport, and not weird starting villagers. Is this really so much to ask? 😩

(I know it is. I just wanna put it out there into the universe in case the Animal Crossing gods hear my pleas... Please???)
posted by Kitchen Witch at 10:18 AM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Awww...

Apples!

An orange airport...

Phoebe!

And Mac. :(
posted by Kitchen Witch at 10:33 AM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Can't handle having Mac. My map is also too weird. Gonna start over again. 😩

How long does it take to be able to buy new clothes?
posted by Kitchen Witch at 10:55 AM on April 4 [1 favorite]


I just want apples, a blue airport, and not weird starting villagers.

Of these, I'd prioritize the airport color. As far as I know, that can't be changed later. And is apples really the fruit you dislike the most or could you be flexible? (Your starting fruit is worth the least, so you will quickly pick up fruit from other islands and replant better trees.) I'm not quite sure when you get the tailor shop or the ability to make villagers you dislike move away, but I think by two weeks in, as long as you're somewhat willing to be swayed by suggestions of what to do from townsfolk.
posted by Margalo Epps at 4:00 PM on April 4


Ok, I finally got a blue airport and a good map. So happy!! Resident Representative of Fablebrook reporting for duty. (SW-7749-4163-6110)
posted by Kitchen Witch at 11:06 AM on April 5 [1 favorite]


My latest drama is that there is no place that it will let me put a bridge to connect two parts of my island that I'm tired of hopping between.
posted by tofu_crouton at 6:15 AM on April 6 [2 favorites]


Got the recipe for a pear rug and an orange clock (a previously gifted item) so am hopeful for more fruit furniture sowing up in mysterious ways. (Also straightforward ways, like Homo neanderthalensis bringing me a cherry rug and divabat a coconut drink, thanks.) My house is getting so yummy. (The chocolate floor helps, though I chose the apple wall over white chocolate. I do like that wall, but I'm not sure most people would find it worth the 20 apples needed to construct it.)
posted by Margalo Epps at 7:49 PM on April 6


the coconut drink didn't come from me! Though now I want one!

(Is there a way to craft food or do you have to buy them?)
posted by divabat at 8:39 PM on April 6


Oh dear. Guess that's what happens with four visitors and a mushy brain. (I just got sick and it's harder to think.) Food you can eat is harvested, like fruit. Food furniture, like a coconut drink (not actually drinkable, just looks fancy) are either made or bought. I'm guessing made, but the mefite who made it can chime in if they want
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:47 AM on April 7


It was me! I got the recipe from a message bottle a few day's after I planted a bunch of coconuts on my beaches. I'm not sure if I have the ability to send recipes but I'm happy to if possible!
posted by bleep at 2:04 PM on April 7 [1 favorite]


My wife has been playing and is looking to make some friends, visit some islands for fishing, and to trade/donate stuff if people need anything. We share a switch, our account is SW-7563-2554-7507. She’s got pears if anyone needs them.
posted by Riki tiki at 2:27 PM on April 10 [2 favorites]


I made a wishlist/trade list! If any of these strike your fancy, let me know.

I've been working on turning my house into a live performance venue, inspired by the myriad of fashion shows/weddings/parties/office meetings already hosted in game as well as all the conversations around live venues being shut down due to COVID19. In theory this should be possible via voice chat, though of course you're kinda limited to stuff you can hear (music, theatre, spoken word, comedy) - but you can get creative with the emotes & text if you want! I'm sure in practice it'll be a little more complicated, but I'm still super keen to try!

How limited are secondary accounts (same Switch so same island but not the Residents Rep)? Because in theory you could set up a second account just so you can build and maintain a whole other house (and make it whatever kinda building you want) but I don't know if that's also more complicated than it seems. I'd be willing to finish paying off the last 2.5mill bell mortgage for the last house upgrade (paying it off just lets you change your exterior for free which doesn't seem worth it) if it meant being able to open another building!
posted by divabat at 4:53 PM on April 11 [2 favorites]


I also set up a performance area haha! I used the big flat rock on the beach and set up a mic and some campfires and a fossil is performing for an audience of teddy bears.
posted by bleep at 6:18 PM on April 11


I finally have a game and added some of you as friends! I'm at sw-3348-4076-7218. Hope you'll leave your airport open!
posted by Tandem Affinity at 5:56 PM on April 12 [1 favorite]


I posted an event!
posted by bleep at 9:55 PM on April 12


I'm finally adding everyone today. I'm Plum.
posted by mayurasana at 3:38 PM on April 13 [2 favorites]


Would any of you be interested in a Slack/Discord/similar group chat medium where we can share things like turnip prices, items for sale/trade/catalogue, special NPCs, or any other kind of island shenanigans? Trying to work out trades even via specific Facebook groups can be overwhelming but a Mefite-specific chat would be fun!
posted by divabat at 6:09 AM on April 16 [5 favorites]


I'd join!
posted by bleep at 7:17 AM on April 16


I am late to this party but we are LOVING Animal Crossing at our house. My three oldest kids and I live on IsleBrendo, where the design aesthetic is wholly lacking but the oranges are plentiful. Come visit! Take whatever looks good! My name is Ervi and friend code is 8034-4011-2164
posted by AgentRocket at 11:16 AM on April 16 [2 favorites]


I am also late to this party but would be interested in a Mefite-AC discord. my code is 6138 4716 9011 if you want to add me just send me a MeMail so I know who you are.
posted by robotdevil at 11:31 AM on April 16 [1 favorite]


Divabat I am super into a mefite-AC discord or slack! Also I sent you a spotlight via nook and the message they attached to it was mega sappy for some reason so enjoy? Also I can now craft a boomerang if you want one!
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 11:35 AM on April 16 [2 favorites]


A slack or discord is a great idea!

Flower enthusiasts might be interested in this very detailed guide about flower genetics -- it sounds like getting certain hybrids might be more complicated than the earlier guides suggested. Also, I have all the orange tulips in the world. If you'd like some, lmk and I will visit and plop them all over your island -- no special permissions needed because digging is not required to plant plants!
posted by amarynth at 11:37 AM on April 16 [5 favorites]


After a visit to bleep's island just now that turned into an impromptu Mefi meetup I went back home and designed a MF tshirt. You can download it via the kiosk or if you come to my island you can take it directly off the back wall where it's hanging up. I tried for a while to get the MF in italics but that's pretty impossible with the restrictions of the designer with its wonky smoothing. I'm concerned now that all my villagers are gonna pick up the tshirt and wander around looking like they're mefites. Can they even type???

I would prefer a discord over a slack - it just works a lot better for me across my devices. I've tried to get in on some other groups and swaps and such but they're always huge with preexisting norms and I'm grumpy about it. I'd love a place to just chill with other AC mefites, since you're nearly all the folks that come visit my island anyway.
posted by Mizu at 6:12 PM on April 16 [4 favorites]


Mefite Crossing Discord is up!

I just added some channels based on ones I've seen in other AC Discords but feel free to suggest others! Doesn't have to be AC-related either.
posted by divabat at 6:46 PM on April 16 [10 favorites]


Hi everyone, I just joined the Discord. My friend code is SW-4050-3998-1318.
posted by meemzi at 8:22 PM on April 18


The Discord sounds very appealing to my sleep-deprived brain. I'm posting here before I do anything so my joining it doesn't seem so sudden. Except... I don't have Nintendo Switch Online, so I would be mostly just hanging out to talk about AC in a more general sense. Would that be alright?
posted by redrawturtle at 10:16 AM on April 19 [1 favorite]


Yeah of course! Folks are talking about different ideas for themes and techniques for flower breeding and stuff so there is plenty to talk about if you aren't doing the online stuff. Probably people will start posting pictures of their sweet fashion soon and that could be fun to do too.
posted by Mizu at 6:03 PM on April 19


All are welcome on the Discord!

I'm trying to convince people to sign up for Stalks.io which allows turnip price tracking between friends. As you can see from my profile, mine have been abysmal so far. Whyyyyy
posted by divabat at 7:30 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]


I’ve just joined the discord. Will look at Stalks.io when I’m online later.
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 6:13 AM on April 21


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