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8 tasks to do every day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch

Do your “dailies” and keep things rolling on your island

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch changes as time passes in the real world, with each day bringing new things for you to do. A few things change daily, and you should make sure to interact with certain objects to get Bells or special furniture.

In this guide, we’ll show you some of the most important things to do every day in New Horizons on Switch.

1. Check in at the Nook Stop to earn Nook Miles

You get bonus Nook Miles every day just for checking in at the Nook Stop on consecutive days. The bonus increase caps at seven days, giving 300 Nook Miles for each day you log in after that. You can also take a peek at what’s new for sale at the Nook Stop.

2. Find the money rock

A gif of an Animal Crossing character hitting a rock and having bells pop out Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Every day, one rock in town has the potential to drop around 16,000 Bells, if you hit it with your shovel fast enough.

We recommend digging two holes behind you as you’re standing next to a rock. When you hit the rock, the holes behind you will stop you from bouncing away — and that means you can keep swinging instead of wasting time scooting back to the rock.

3. Check your shops

The shops in Animal Crossing: New Horizons change their stock every day, so stop by and see what they’re offering. You don’t want to miss out on furniture you wanted or a sweet hat.

4. Dig up fossils

A star on the ground indicates that something is buried there, while a character holds a shovel behind the star Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Each player will have around four dig marks (pictured above) appear randomly on the island each day, signifying where fossils are buried in the ground. You’ll have to find them in a new spot every day, dig up the fossils, and show them to Blathers to identify them. From there, you can donate them to the museum if they’re missing from the collection, or you can sell them for a pretty penny.

5. Look for messages in bottles

A bottled message sits on the shore while a villager stares at it Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Every day, a new bottle will wash ashore. Inside, you’ll find a letter from an animal who doesn’t live in your town and a DIY Recipe, an object you need to craft specific items. Finding bottles is the best way to fill out your DIY Recipe list (though you can find duplicate recipes, too).

6. Talk to visitors

Your island will eventually host random NPCs, like Gulliver or Saharah, who stop by for one reason or another.

You’ll have to roam around to find whoever might be stopping in your town. Some of them always appear in similar spots. Gulliver, for example, will be washed up by the beach, and a merchant like Label will be in the town square.

Wherever you find them, talk to them and see what they need — or what they’re selling, which can be exclusive items.

7. Complete your first five Nook Miles+ goals

Your first set of five Nook Miles+ missions will give you bonus Miles, so prioritize those each day. Goals that appear after you complete the initial five do not have the bonus.

8. Farm out your resources from rocks and trees

Grab as much wood and Iron Nuggets as you can from trees and rocks, as you’ll need them to create DIY Recipes. Each tree and rock produces a finite amount of materials per day, and you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you’re short on materials to make a new item that you have a recipe for.

Make sure you’re hitting the trees with the Stone Axe so that you don’t chop down the tree. Also make sure you’re hitting the rocks on an empty stomach (not after eating a fruit), or the rock will break and disappear until the next day, without giving you the resources.

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