Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Build Inclines

In Animal Crossing New Horizons you spend a good chunk of your time unlocking new things that will help you collect materials faster, carry more stuff, and get around your island quicker. One of things you can unlock allows you to permanently ascend your cliffs without the need of a Ladder. These inclines are an unlockable infrastructure project. To help you get this recipe use our how to build inclines in Animal Crossing New Horizons guide.

Build the Shop for Timmy and Tommy

Image showing Nook's Cranny in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

To start the sequence of events that leads to incline building you want to advance the story-line so you are at the point of building a shop for Timmy and Tommy. To do this you need to have Blathers move to the island. After Blathers moves to the island you can enter the Nook tent to trigger the shop building quest. To build the shop you need the following materials:

  • 30x Hardwood.
  • 30x Softwood.
  • 30x Wood.
  • 30 Iron Nuggets.

Once you’ve gathered and donated the materials above you can place the shop on your island. With the shop built you trigger a new sequence with Tom Nook that involves building three houses for NPCs wanting to come to the island. Complete the bridge portion of this project sequence to unlock infrastructure builds that include inclines.

Building an Incline Through the Resident Services

Note: If you wish to remove a placed piece of infrastructure simply talk to Tom Nook > Infrastructure > Bridges/Inclines > Demolish something.

Once you’ve unlocked infrastructure projects you will gain access to the ability to build inclines. To build inclines make your way to the Resident Services building. Inside this building you can talk to Tom Nook about building infrastructure around the island. One form of infrastructure is inclines. The inclines you can buy from Tom are:

  • Natural Ramp – 98,000.
  • Blue-plank Ramp – 128.000.
  • White-plank Ramp – 128,000.
  • Log Staircase – 168,000.
  • Stone Staircase – 168,000.
  • Brick Staircase – 198,000.
  • Blue Steel Staircase – 228,000.
  • Red Steel Staircase – 228,000.

Once the incline you’ve placed is fully funded it takes about 1 IRL day to complete. After the incline is complete you can use it to climb up the cliff you’ve built it on. This means you don’t need to lug a ladder around in your inventory when out and about.

That’s all you need to know to complete an incline in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Building inclines is a good way to increase your movement speed around the island. This means you can access the cliffs more simply than with a ladder.

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