How to Jump in Animal Crossing

Avoid obstacles in the game

It's not technically possible to jump in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game has no 'jump' button or jumping facility. However, there are some ways to climb, hurdle, or even pretend you are jumping. Here's a look at all the methods. 

Can You Jump in Animal Crossing New Horizons?

It's not possible to jump in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In its first year of launch, a trend started that had players take screenshots of their Animal Crossing character floating in the air, making it look like they were jumping. It's fun to do but ultimately pointless. Here's how to do it.

  1. Buy or make a bench chair or beach towel in the game.

  2. As you choose to sit or lie on it, take a screenshot using the Switch's screenshot button.

  3. If you time it correctly, you will take a photo of the animation that plays out as you sit down. It makes it look like the character is floating in the air. However, it's not technically jumping.

Can Animal Crossing Character Jump?

Early on in Animal Crossing, you may notice areas of water you might want to hop across. While there is no jump button, players can construct a vaulting pole to hop across the gap. Here's how to do so.

  1. Collect five pieces of softwood.

    Animal Crossing item menu with Softwood highlighted.

    This can be done by crafting an axe in Animal Crossing and chopping down trees.

  2. Go to a workbench.

  3. Find the vaulting pole recipe and tap Craft It!

    Animal Crossing New Horizon recipe list with Vaulting pole highlighted.
  4. Once crafted, equip the vaulting pole.

    Animal Crossing New Horizons with a character holding a vaulting pole.
  5. Head to a water-based gap.

  6. Press A to jump across the gap.

    Animal Crossing New Horizons character vaulting across water with a vaulting pole.

How Do You Jump on the Nintendo Switch in Animal Crossing? 

Another way to "jump" in Animal Crossing is to use a ladder. High-up cliffs can seem inaccessible because you can't jump. The solution to this is to get a ladder. Here's what to do. 

Unlike other tools, ladders never break so you only need to make a ladder once.

  1. Craft a ladder in Animal Crossing by using three types of wood and getting to a particular stage early in the game.

    Animal Crossing New Horizons ladder recipe.
  2. Equip it like any other tool through the menu.

  3. Approach a cliff base.

  4. Press A to use the ladder and automatically climb up the cliff. 

How to Jump in the Water in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Another way of jumping in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is diving into the sea. To do so, you need to get a wetsuit, but then you can jump into the sea. Here's what to do.

  1. Buy a wetsuit in Animal Crossing from Nook's Cranny or via the terminal in Resident Services.

    Wetsuits typically cost 3,000 Bells or 800 Nook Miles. 

  2. Equip the wetsuit.

  3. Approach the shore and stand near the water. 

    Animal Crossing New Horizons character wearing a wetsuit near the water.
  4. Press A to enter the water.

    Animal Crossing New Horizons character in the water with a wetsuit on.
  5. Controlling your character in the water is the same as on land with the A button allowing you to paddle. It's possible to dive into the water by pressing Y.

  • How do I get iron nuggets in Animal Crossing?

    To get iron in Animal Crossing, try hitting rocks found on your island with your shovel or axe to yield iron nuggets. Swing your shovel or axe at the rock; it will bounce off, and a resource will appear. The resource that appears is random, but it will sometimes be an iron nugget.

  • How do I get a shovel in Animal Crossing?

    To get a shovel in Animal Crossing, you need five pieces of Hardwood. You can obtain Hardwood by hitting trees with an axe. Once you have the Hardwood, you can craft the Flimsy Shovel at any crafting station.

  • How do I get log stakes in Animal Crossing?

    To craft log stakes in Animal Crossing, you'll need three pieces of normal wood. Once you have it, head to a workbench crafting menu, select the Housewares tab, and choose Log stakes. Press Craft it! as many times as you need to craft as many log stakes as necessary.

  • How do I get a ladder in Animal Crossing?

    To get a ladder in Animal Crossing, you have to progress through tasks like attracting villagers to your island, crafting your first bridge, and setting up housing plots. At some point, Tom Nook will give you a ladder DIY recipe. Then, craft your ladder at a workbench with four Wood, four Hardwood, and four Softwood.

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