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How to unlock reactions in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The best way to communicate in-game is using emotes!

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch allows players to express themselves using cute reactions.

Randomly, one of your villagers may shout your name and run up to you as you walk by. After doing this, they’ll teach you reactions. The first time they teach you reactions, you’ll learn Joy, Delight, Greetings, and Surprise. After that, they’ll start teaching you a random assortment when they approach you.

To perform an emote, press ZR to open up a wheel menu. You can reassign what reactions appear on the wheel using the X button, and you can open a full menu of all your reactions with the Y button.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has 44 reactions to collect, and there’s even a Nook Mileage task that rewards you with Miles and titles for collecting them.

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