Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Play Multiplayer

Animal Crossing New Horizons features an online mode that allows you to play multiplayer with friends and strangers alike. This multiplayer mode is a bit confusing to start so I’m here to help alleviate some of the confusion. Continue reading below to learn how to play multiplayer in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

How to Turn on Multiplayer?

To start make your way through the opening tutorial section of the game. This means collecting Tree Branches and Apples then sleeping in your cot. Once you’ve advanced the day you will sync up with the present time (whatever time is set on your Nintendo Switch). Now an important note is that you need to advance one IRL day before you can use the Airport. This means either changing your clock forward or waiting.

Once a day is passed you should hear an announcement from Tom Nook regarding the Airport being open. The Airport can be found on your island. When you enter the Airport for the first time speak with the Dodo called Orville to begin learning about how multiplayer works. The main options for multiplayer are:

  • I wanna Fly (Visit): Head to a friends island that is hosting.
  • I want visitors (Host): Open your island up to your friends.
  • Local or Online: You can select whether to play local or co-op here as well.

During your first interaction Orville will install an app on your Nook phone called Best Friends List. On this app you can manage your relationships with other players. Best Friends are able to impact your island (like cutting down all your trees, or terraforming). Think long and hard on who you give this power to.

That’s all you need to know about how to play multiplayer in Animal Crossing New Horizons. The multiplayer mode is fun, but lacking as much of your progressions is tied to the main player. This is fine if playing with others that do not care.

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