How to change rivers and cliffs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You can change rivers and cliffs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons with one simple tool, here's how.

You can move and change rivers and cliffs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, giving you the ability to completely transform your deserted island into your own personal paradise.

Once you know how to change the landscape in the latest Animal Crossing, there's nothing to stop you building a complicated, multi-level playground for your friends and visiting villagers to explore. So here's how to modify rivers and cliffs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to change rivers and cliffs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to change rivers and cliffs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
You'll need Construction Permits to change rivers and cliffs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. © Nintendo

The ability to change the course of rivers and move cliffs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is only granted to you later in the game. Once you've 'fully decked out your island' you'll have the option to go and get construction permits from our best pal Tom Nook. You can find him in the Resident Services center, and once you've upgraded it from a tent into a proper building you'll be able to access the Construction Consultation Counter.

Talk to Tom Nook at the Construction Consultation Counter, and instead of purchasing bridges or slopes to help you build a path in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you'll want to ask about Construction Permits. Three permits can be added to the Island Designer app, the first allows you to build paths, the second is a Waterscaping Permit which lets you modify the course of rivers, and the third is a Cliff-Construction Permit which lets you build or demolish cliffs.

By opening the Island Designer app on your NookPhone you can choose the Waterscaping Permit to extend the land into rivers, or remove land from the banks of rivers. By extending one bank and removing from the opposite bank you can change the direction a river takes across your island. Maybe it isn't twisty enough for you, or maybe you want to straighten it out to build a bridge across.

The Cliff-Construction Permit lets you build or demolish walls of earth the same height as your villager, which need either a slope or a ladder to climb up. You can combine building cliffs with waterscaping to create waterfalls! Play around with it to get the island of your dreams.

That's everything you need to know about how to change rivers and cliffs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. What sort of island will you make? If you want to make getting around a bit easier, check out how to build a path, too.

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