Here are some questions about Animal Crossing: New Leaf that I hear asked a lot.
I’ve tried to organise them into sections, but the best way to find answers is to use Ctrl+F, and search for your topic.
N.B. This page is still a work in progress – things may be added, moved around or mistakes might be found and corrected.
Is there voice chat?
Are there any cross-platform features?
❧ It is also not compatible with the Nintendo Wireless Keyboard.
How many people can share a game?
❧ 1-4 players can share a game card, which holds one town.
Can players 2-4 be the mayor?
❧ No, only the first player you create will be the mayor. Players 2-4 will be normal residents and not be able to start public works.
❧ If you delete the mayor, you will also delete the town.
Can you choose where to put your house?
❧ Yes. You are not limited to predetermined locations. The only place you can’t put it is on the beach.
Can you choose to put your house on the beach?
Does each player get their own house?
❧ Yes, and they each get to choose the location.
How many rooms are there?
❧ The starting house has 1 room, 4×4 squares.
❧ The final house has 6 rooms (main, left, right, back, upstairs, basement), 8×8 squares each.
How many upgrades are there?
❧ After the starter house, there are 17 upgrades.
❧ In total, there are 19 loans to pay Tom Nook.
❧ The total cost of all 19 loans is 7,595,800 Bells. Happy upgrading.
How many items can you store in your cupboard/dresser/storage?
❧ 180 items. You can also store fish and bugs.
What is the item limit per room?
❧ 48 items.
What can I customize on the outside?
❧ You can customise your roof, wall, door, fence, letterbox and pavement.
❧ You can customise your house at Nook’s new shop in the main street, Nook’s Homes.
What are the town ordinances/regulations?
❧ Beautiful Town:
Less weeds, more flowers (some planted by your villagers), no wilting
❧ Early Bird Town:
Shops open and villagers are awake an extra 3 hours at the start of the day
❧ Night Owl Town:
Shops open and villagers are awake an extra 3 hours at the end of the day
❧ Rich Town:
Buying and selling prices increase 20%
Can you change your town ordinance?
❧ Yes. It costs 20,000 Bells each time to set it.
❧ You do not start with any ordinance.
❧ Yes. However it is somewhat toned down from what it was in ACCF.
❧ Fertiliser does NOT grow your grass back. Fertiliser encourages flowers to breed and perfect fruit to grow.
What is perfect (delicious) fruit?
❧ A special, ‘upgraded’ version of your town fruit which will appear randomly by replacing a regular fruit. If you plant one, it will grow into a whole perfect fruit tree. Perfect fruits sell for 6x the price of regular fruit: 600 Bells in your own town and 3000 Bells (apiece!) if you sell it in a town with a different native fruit.
❧ Be careful! Plant too many perfect fruit trees and one of the trees might be bug-infested, and die after the first harvest! All perfect fruit trees may die after a certain number of shakes.
Can I plant the perfect fruit of another town?
❧ If you plant a perfect fruit that is not the native fruit of your town, it will grow into a regular fruit tree, not perfect.
What are public works (community projects)?
❧ As mayor, you are able to build or install objects outdoors around your town, from things like signposts to bridges to windmills.
❧ After you choose to build something, Lloid the gyroid will appear at the chosen location to accept donations until the cost of the project is raised.
❧ When you start the game, a small list of public works is already available to build.
How do I unlock more public works to build?
❧ All towns start with a default list of available public works. To unlock the remainder (apart from a few exceptions), your villagers need to request them of you. They do this when they see you around town and run up to talk to you.
❧ The exceptions are various buildings and public building upgrades, which each have their own unique requirements to unlock.
❧ The villager requests are based on the villager’s personality and gender.
Do I have to build what a villager requested me?
❧ No. When a villager requests you to build something, they are simply unlocking it for you. Whether you build it is up to you; the villager won’t feel bad or chase you up on it.
How many public works can you build?
❧ There is an overall limit of 30.
❧ Some public works have their own limit of how many can be built.
Can I demolish a public work I have built?
❧ Yes. It costs 10% of construction price to demolish. You cannot delete the public works that are major buildings/upgrades.
Can I build public works on the beach?
How many bridges can you build?
❧ There is a limit of 3.
How do I unlock the town hall redesigns?
❧ Town hall redesigns are unlocked after you gain perfect town status.
How to I unlock the station redesigns?
❧ Station redesigns are unlocked after people visit your town 100 times.
Where are the shops?
❧ Re-Tail (R. Parkers) and the café are the only shops that will be in your town.
❧ Tom Nook’s original shop (now run by Timmy & Tommy), the Ables’, Shampoodle and others are now located in the main street.
What is Re-Tail?
❧ Re-Tail is the new main shop in your town. While Timmy & Tommy will still buy your stuff, Re-Tail is closer and offer better prices.
❧ Re-Tail is a recycling shop. You and villagers can put your items up for sale there, and set your own prices.
❧ Cyrus the blue alpaca can customise your furniture, to other colour combinations or using your pattern designs.
How do QR codes work?
❧ After you befriend Sable at the Able Sisters’ shop, the QR code machine will become available for you to create and scan QR codes to share patterns. QR codes you create are saved to your SD card.
❧ You can only make QR codes from patterns you have made.
How many patterns can you save?
❧ In addition to the 10 patterns you can keep in your pocket, the Able sisters will store up to 72 extra patterns for you. The difference is that only the 10 in your pocket can be actively used (for clothes, decorating etc). If you replace a pattern in your pocket currently in use, all instances of that pattern displayed around your town will change into the new pattern.
How do I get the Dream Suite?
❧ It is unlocked seven days after you build your first public work.
❧ You need to have a working internet connection.
❧ It costs 234,000 Bells to build.
How do I get Katrina’s shop?
❧ It is unlocked after you visit Katrina 20 times when she comes to your town.
❧ It costs 340,000 Bells to build.
How do I get the 2nd floor of the Museum?
❧ It is unlocked after you donate 20 things to the museum.
❧ You need to have donated at least 1 thing to each exhibit.
❧ It costs 198,000 Bells to build.
How do I get the Cafe?
❧ You need to have donated 50 things to the museum.
❧ Seven days need to have passed since you built the museum’s 2nd floor.
❧ It costs 298,000 Bells to build. It goes in your town.
What is the island?
❧ There is an island accessible by taking Kapp’n’s boat that is always in the summer and has some fruit, bugs and fish not found in your town.
❧ This is where you can play minigames, called Tours.
❧ It costs 1000 Bells to visit each time.
❧ The currency used on the island are medals won in the minigames playable there.
Is there a secret cave?