How to Get a Ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a lot of useful tools, but a ladder is one of the best. In your Animal Crossings game, here’s how to get a ladder.

Without a ladder, you can’t get to the higher places in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This makes this tool both very useful and very important to make. But making one can be tricky and take a long time.

So, here’s how to get a ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons so you can keep making your island bigger and better.

How to Get a Ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll need to make the ladder on your shop, just like most other things. There are some things you need to do first before you can do this.

So, without further ado, let’s talk about each step in more depth.

Invite Villagers

How to Get a Ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Before you can get the recipe for the ladder, you have to gather a total of 2,000 Nook Miles. When you have this much money, go straight to the green Resident Services tent in Tom Nook and go to the green booth on the right.

Go to the Nook Miles Rewards page and pay the above amount for a Nook Miles Ticket. Then go to the airport to visit the island on the map that says “Mystery Island.”

If you’re a new player, keep in mind that you won’t be able to get to the airport right away. Before you can deal with the airport and its staff, you have to move forward in the game.

When you get to your goal, you’ll have to walk around for a while until you find a wandering animal NPC. Talk to them until you can give them an invitation to your island.

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Remember that you need to go to two more places and do the same thing to invite two more NPCs.

Open Nook’s Cranny

The next step is to help Timmy Nook set up his shop by getting him some things he needs. You need to find these things for Timmy:

30 Wood
30 Softwood
30 Hardwood
30 Iron Nuggets

In the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, collecting wood is one of the most simple things to do.

In New Horizons, all you have to do to collect wood is hit trees with your axe. There are three kinds of wood on the list above, and all of them can be found on different trees on your island.

Iron is harder to find than wood because there are fewer rocks on your island that can give you iron, stone, or clay when you break them. It may take you a few tries to get all the Iron Nuggets you need.

Build a Bridge

After you’ve helped Nook set up his own shop, you’ll need to make plans for the three NPCs you asked to visit your island. Since a river falls in the middle, you’ll have to build a bridge for them to cross.

Nook will ask you to build the bridge in the right place and give you a plan for doing so. For the method, you’ll need to gather the following:

Four log stakes
Four clay
Four stones

You must also remember that once you’ve built the bridge, the recipe will no longer be in your collection. So, make sure you put it somewhere where it will be easy to get to.

Pick a plot of land for your Neighbors

Once the bridge is built, you’ll need to go back to Nook’s Cranny, where you’ll be asked to choose a spot for each of the three NCPs who have been invited to live on your island.

Nook will finally send you a recipe for making the ladder after you have claimed some land for their future houses.

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Craft the Ladder

Now that you have the recipe, you can make the ladder right away at your making bench.

To make the tool that will let you go to places on your island you couldn’t before, you’ll need a total of four wood, four hard wood, and four soft wood.

How to Get Permanent Ladders

Before the 2.0 update, the best way to get around higher hills in the early game of Animal Crossing: New Horizons was to get a ladder.

You can make and use the ladder to climb up and down hills. This makes it easy for you to get around your island, but if you haven’t made any slopes yet, visitors will need to bring their own ladders to get up and down your island.

Now that the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update is out, you can finally build fixed ladders for your island.

If you put permanent ladders on hills on your island, you won’t have to pull your ladder out every time you want to go up or down.

It also means that people who come to your island don’t have to bring their own ladder to get around.

Should I Build Permanent Ladders Or Inclines?

You might be thinking about whether or not you should build fixed ladders or slopes to get around your island. When choosing between the two, there are a few things to think about.

Building slopes is not only expensive, but it also takes a lot of time. Before you can build an incline, you have to get the ability to do so. Each incline also costs a lot of money and takes a day to set up.

Here’s how much each slope will cost to build:

Stone staircase – 168,000 Bells
Red steel staircase – 228,000 Bells
White-plank ramp – 128,000 Bells
Natural ramp – 98,000 Bells
Log staircase – 168,000 Bells
Blue-plank ramp – 128,000 Bells
Blue steel staircase – 228,000 Bells
Brick staircase – 198,000 Bells

Even though inclines look nice and are very useful, not all players will want to spend the money or wait to build them all.

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Even worse, you can only build one slope per day. So, if you want to get around your island in a certain way, it can turn into a long and expensive job.

On the other hand, it’s not too expensive to make fixed ladders. After you make a fixed ladder, you can put it down and move it right away.

Even though they may not look as nice as inclines, they are much easier to make and you can put a lot more of them on your island in a short time.


How can I obtain a ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

To obtain a ladder in ACNH, you need to progress through the game’s early stages and follow Tom Nook’s instructions. After upgrading your Resident Services building and having at least three residents living on your island, Tom Nook will provide you with a recipe for the ladder.

What materials do I need to craft a ladder?

To craft a ladder, you will need four pieces of wood, which can be obtained by hitting trees with an axe. Once you have the required materials, open your crafting menu and select the ladder recipe to craft it.

Can I buy a ladder or obtain it from other sources?

No, ladders cannot be purchased from in-game stores or obtained from other characters. Crafting is the only way to acquire a ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How do I use the ladder in the game?

Once you have crafted the ladder, it will be added to your inventory. To use the ladder, simply equip it by selecting it from your inventory. Approach a cliff or incline on your island and press the “A” button to place the ladder and climb up or down.

Can I place multiple ladders on my island?

Yes, you can place multiple ladders on your island. Once you have obtained the ladder recipe and crafted one, you can craft additional ladders by using the same recipe and materials. This allows you to have multiple ladders in different areas of your island for convenient access to higher or lower levels.