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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nook's Cranny Guide - How to Get Nook's Cranny

Great news, villagers! Animal Crossing is back! With Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time, once again, to gather materials, build your house, and learn the ins and outs of the game. At some point, you’ll want to unlock Nook’s Cranny so you can buy more items per day. You see, when Timmy and Tommy get their own building they’ll offer four house items per day in addition to a handful of wallpapers, floors, and more! Our Animal Crossing Nook’s Cranny Guide will help you complete this task.

A warning: once you build Nook’s Cranny, Timmy won’t be in Nook’s tent any longer and you’ll only be able to sell items when they’re open. You can put items you want to sell in their drop box. However, it will only give you 80 percent of the normal value.

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How to Start the Nook’s Cranny Step

Timmy and Tommy won’t ask you to build Nook’s Cranny until you’ve helped Blathers construct the Museum. Once the full building has been established, go speak to Timmy or Tommy.

How to Build Nook’s Cranny

To start with, you need to have taken and paid off your first loan with Tom Nook. Meaning you’ve paid the initial 5,000 Nook Miles.

After you’ve done that, Timmy and Tommy will ask you to construct a general store on the island. They’ll need 30 wood, 30 softwood, and 30 hardwood. On top of that you’ll have to find 30 iron nuggets from them. To get those, you’ll need to use that free Nook Miles Ticket and likely purchase more for 2,000 Nook Miles.

There are obviously lots of ways to get wood. If you don’t want to leave your own island, we recommend crafting a flimsy axe and hitting all of your trees each day until you have enough. The flimsy axe won’t fully chop down the trees so you can keep hitting them day after day. Be careful, a regular axe will fell trees on the third swing.

You can also use those Nook Miles Tickets to visit other islands and steal their resources. And while you don’t really have to do this for the wood, you’ll most certainly need to do it for the iron nuggets. These almost exclusively come from hitting mystery island rocks with your shovel.

As a reminder, dig a line of three holes behind the side of the rock you’re hitting. This way you don’t get knocked back and can get all nine hits in before the rock turns solid and stops giving out resources.

And that’s it! Turn in all of those supplies to Timmy and Tommy so they can have the store ready for you the following day.

Hopefully this helps you get settled into your new Animal Crossing: New Horizons island! Much like the game itself, check back throughout the day to see what’s new here on Fanbyte. We already have guides for how to move your tent and how to get across rivers using either the Pole Vault or constructing bridges. Later today we’ll have more guides up including how to get Nook’s Cranny, how to visit mystery islands, and buy and sell turnips!

About the Author

Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Senior Game Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He's been writing about video games for 15 years and has thousands of hours logged in FFXIV and hundreds of hours in Destiny 2.