How to get the Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Put on a show for your friends by getting the Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are a lot of cool items for you to get your hands on, including an Ocarina. The Ocarina is unique in that it’s not a tool like a shovel or axe, and it’s not strictly a decoration for your house either. Instead, it's a fun item you can use to play a little music, or use to signal to your friends.

Struggling to get this instrument? We’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve put together a quick guide explaining how to get and use the Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

How to get the Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to get the Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The Ocarina can be played using your A button in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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  • Visit Timmy in the Resident Services Center.
  • Buy the DIY for Beginners recipe book.
  • Harvest 5 Clay from rocks.
  • Use that 5 Clay to craft an Ocarina.
  • You can play the Ocarina by Holding the item, then using A to play notes.

If you’re wondering how to get the Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’re not alone. You might’ve seen a friend sporting one of these cute little instruments, or spotted them in clips posted online. Unlike things like a Ladder that require a bit of in-game progress before you have access to them, the Ocarina is available fairly early on.

Buy the DIY for Beginners book to unlock the Ocarina recipe in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Buy the DIY for Beginners book to unlock the Ocarina recipe in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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To get the Ocarina, you’ll need to pay a visit to Timmy in the Resident Services Center. Speak with Timmy and browse the items he has available for purchase. In this list of items, you’ll spot a recipe book called DIY for Beginners. You can purchase this for 480 Bells and gain access to a number of new crafting options, including the Ocarina.

Viewing the materials need to craft an Ocarina, you’ll see that 5 Clay is required. To get Clay, you’ll need an Axe to smack against rocks. Rocks can yield different resources from Rocks and Iron, to Clay. Once you have 5 Clay, craft yourself an Ocarina and view the item in your inventory. By selecting the Ocarina, you’ll be given the option to Hold it.

You need 5 Clay to craft an Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
You need 5 Clay to craft an Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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While holding the Ocarina, press “A” to play notes. The notes are randomized, though you do have control over whether they’re short with a quick tap of “A” or longer by holding down the “A” button. As you might’ve guessed, there’s no dire reason to have an Ocarina, though it can be useful for a number of things.

For example, you can use it to signal your location to your friends. You can also use it for impromptu jam sessions, or to entertain yourself as you explore your island. The way you use the Ocarina is entirely up to you!

Now that you know how to get the Ocarina in Animal Crossing: New Horizons be sure to read through some of our other helpful guides including how to get Bells quickly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, what to do with Rusted Parts in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and how to get a Ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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