Animal Crossing’s Worst Daily Tasks (& How To Avoid Them)


Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers a multitude of daily tasks for players that are keeping up their island homes, but some are just plain tedious.

For many players, the routine that comes with running an island town is one of the many reasons that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is so much fun. Every day there are a list of chores that must be done to keep the island looking fresh and the flowers blooming so they can propagate new colors. However, not all tasks are considered enjoyable by some fans, and a few can be downright frustrating. Even in island paradise, chores can have a bit of a sting.

The list of daily tasks to accomplish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons includes searching the beaches for bottles and shells, popping into shops, and chasing down the season’s fish, bugs and special event items like November’s Maple Leaves. After peeking into Nook’s Cranny for the hot item of the day, and seeing what new sweater or silly hat is available at Able Sisters, players must take on the day’s less enjoyable tasks. For some, that includes hunting down each villager in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to assure them the player haven’t vanished, a task that can be particularly frustrating as the Villagers are always on the move and have a habit of hiding behind trees.

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Another frustrating chore in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that players must do daily, to find all the fossils for the museum and other hidden items, is look for dig spots. This can be quite an adventure for anyone who hasn’t gotten to a point where they can ask Tom Nook to install bridges and stairways for the more remote parts of their islands. This leaves players relying on a ladder and a pole-vault to get around. After finding a dig spot, pulling out the treasure and potential event items like rare mushrooms, and refilling the hole, the player then moves on to the next craggy spot in the earth with hopes of finding that missing T-Rex bone they need to finish their skeleton display.

Animal Crossing’s Worst Daily Task Will Send Players Running

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The worst daily task in Animal Crossing by far, however, is shaking trees. A chore that comes with a slew of hazards, it is required if players want to find the two daily pieces of furniture that are hidden up in the branches, as well as the acorns and pinecones needed for fall DIY recipes. However, in doing so, the player runs the risk of dislodging a wasp nest and getting stung, or being buried alive in an over-abundant spawn rate of tree branches. While branches are used in a variety of recipes, it doesn’t take long before players’ pockets are overly filled with more stacks than will ever be useful for crafting.

While diving for rare undersea creatures and fishing in Animal Crossing for sharks can take up a majority of a player’s day, the chores that must be done to get certain crafting items or hidden furniture pieces can feel like a real grind. Thankfully, while the list of requirements might feel long, Animal Crossing: New Horizons makes sure to space out the more tedious tasks with a plentiful assortment of other duties that make a few wasp nests and stacks of branches feel like less of a hassle, taking the sting out of the work it takes to maintain a happy island town. And, although it will mean players don’t have access to everything available in the game, they can always just blow all of their daily tasks off and do something else, like visit a friend’s island and play tag.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available for the Nintendo Switch.

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Updated: November 12, 2020 — 3:33 pm

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