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Animal Crossing: New Leaf
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Author(s): James Bowden
First Published: 29-07-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 01-11-2019 / 16:06 GMT
Version: 1.1 (????) 07-04-2020 / 14:43 GMT

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Guide

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Welcome To Your Town

Day 1: Moving In

To do list

  • Pick a plot for your house
  • Earn 10000 bells
  • Pay Tom Nook 10000 bells

Once you arrive in your town you’ll be greeted by a few villagers and Isabelle, you secretary. Isabelle will give you a town map after greeting you in your position as mayor of the town.

You’ll then need to take Isabelle to the Town Hall to start your work as mayor. Isabelle will tell you that you need a home and send you on your way to Nook’s Homes.

You'll be appointed the mayor whether you like it or not.

Nook’s Homes is run by Tom Nook the estate agent on Main Street. You can get there by walking to the north part of your town and crossing the railroad tracks. Once you speak to Tom you’ll be able to pick a plot for your new house.

Take Tom out into the town and when you’ve found a spot you like, speak to Tom to start construction. Tom will give you a tent to sleep in until your house is built.

Upon entering your tent for the first time, Isabelle will visit you to give you a lantern as a welcoming present. For now head back to Isabelle in the Town Hall.

When you speak to Isabelle she will ask you for your birthday and give you your Town Pass Card. After this Isabelle will take you to the plaza to plant a tree and commemorate your arrival as mayor.

After this you can speak to Tom Nook to confirm the cost of your house. You’ll need to pay off 10000 bells before your house will be built.

You can earn money in a number of ways around the town so it shouldn’t take you too long to reach 10000 bells. You can find detailed information for earning money elsewhere in this section but for starters try the following:

  • Catch fish from the sea or river and sell them at Re-Tail. Keep an eye out for bigger shadows and shadows with fins as these will be worth a lot of money
  • Catch bugs around your town to sell at Re-Tail. Generally speaking, big butterflies and beetles are worth a lot of money
  • Pick up shells from the beach and sell them at Re-Tail. You can pick these up while you're fishing to maximise your earning potential
  • Sell fruit from your trees. These won't be worth as much as fruit you get from other towns so there's no need to keep them to replant and grow into new trees. Remember that you'll earn more money if you sell your own fruit in a town where that fruit doesn't grow natively.

Once you’ve got 10000 bells, speak to Tom Nook to pay him and he’ll let you choose the colour of your roof (blue, green, red or yellow).

When your new house has been built Isabelle will visit you after you enter it. She will give you a piece of wallpaper and a carpet so you can get started with decorating your new house.

Now that your house has been built you can return to Tom Nook to pay off the remainder of the house. That’s right, the initial 10000 bells was a mere down payment; Nook is a rascal of a racoon!

After you pay off this loan you can upgrade your house further. Check the "Nook’s Homes" chapter in the "Main Street" section for more details.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
  • Genre
    Social simulation
  • Guide Release
    29 July 2013
  • Last Updated
    1 November 2019
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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