Animal Crossing: New Horizons emphasizes the importance of community and friendship. Through having different colors of a furniture series to every player having different fruits on their island, the game forces you to interact with other players to gather all the collectible items possible. It also gives you a chance to show off your hard work and how your island has changed since the start of the game without risking other players destroying your island.
Although showing off your island is fun, it’s also profitable for players. Inviting friends to visit your island or visiting a friend’s island will give you a chance to earn additional Nook Miles daily. So, players who are on the hunt for their dreamie will have no trouble gaining Nook Miles if they have enough friends. Adding friends to your list will alert you as to when friends are online, who you can visit, and other fun bonuses that are worth exploring.
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When to add friends
In order to start visiting with friends, players have to wait at least one day after creating an island. After you arrive on the island on the first day, the airport will be closed and inaccessible. Once the airport is open for business, you will be able to visit other islands as well as host visitors. However, before going further, it is important to note that, in order to have visitors or visit other islands, players will need a Nintendo Online subscription.
Visitors can be either people from the player’s Switch friends list or can be provided via Dodo Code. Although the Dodo Codes do provide players with more control over who comes to visit the island, it does run the risk of players meeting unsavory people. There has been an issue within the Animal Crossing community where players that open their island to strangers for cataloging parties or trading events have had their items stole, their flowers trampled, and their island otherwise disrupted. But there are also a lot of good people out there who will go out of their way to help provide the lost items back to players. The community is full of all types of people. Just be careful about who is invited to the island and who is allowed Best Friend status on your island.
How to invite players to an island
Once the airport is up and running, you’ll be able to invite other people to their island as well as visit friends. When speaking with Orville in the Airport, you’ll be given the choice of either inviting visitors or flying to other islands. From there, you’ll be asked if you will be traveling/getting visitors either locally or online. Playing locally indicates that everyone that will be visiting the island is in the same room, whereas online players can be anywhere in the world so long as all players are connected to the internet and have a Nintendo Online subscription.
If visiting another island, Orville will let players know what gates are open and which islands players are able to visit. Be sure to know the name of the island you want to visit as Orville will only tell you the name of an island that is welcoming visitors.
If you’re inviting other people over, Orville will ask if you want to use a Dodo Code, invite people from your friend list, or only allow best friends to visit. You’ll have the option of selecting whichever suits your visiting needs.
Once a visitor has arrived or you have visited another island, the other person will be added to your friend list on the NookPhone.
Best friends or friends?
There is a distinctive difference between friends and Best Friends in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While friends can come visit the island, only Best Friends will be able to use tools that can destroy the island, items such as the shovel or the axe. You can access the Best Friend app from your NookPhone. It should appear automatically after you play online for the first time.
Once you’ve found a “best friend” in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, that player can travel back and forth to your island. They can borrow tools and also destroy your community with their ax or shovel. You aren’t limited to one best friend; You can classify anyone who has visited your space before as a best friend on the Bestfriend app in the NookPhone.
If you’d like to add a friend, the method is even easier. All you have to do is meet with that player while playing the game. If you choose to upgrade them to a best friend, you can check out whenever they’re online, send them messages in the game, or give them fun gifts.
To keep track and manage your Best Friend list, check out your NookPhone. To connect with a friend, you just need to be in the same place at the same time within the game. After landing on the same island, their name should appear on your phone. Then you can choose to add them to your Best Friend list.
Every time you visit another island, you earn Nook Mile rewards. These specific rewards are a great way to score additional points in the game. Or you can choose to trade in your Nook Miles for more popular items, like Nook Miles Tickets.
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