How to move trees and break rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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It's pretty similar to real life, we swear.

You don’t have to chop down trees to get them out of the way. Instead, Animal Crossing: New Horizons gives you alternative options for redecoration.

It’s easier than ever to make your Animal Crossing island the perfectly-designed, idyllic abode you want it to be. You don’t have to wait weeks for your trees to grow, or deal with an inopportune rock in your way. Here’s how to move trees and smash rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to move trees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

This is one you’ll want to get to grips with once you start wanting to work harder on interior decoration. Moving trees is surprisingly simple – just follow these steps:

Step 1: Get some fruit. Seriously, go around your island and shake whatever fruit trees you can find. It’s usually best to use your own native fruit since you probably have more of it, and you won’t be losing out on that sweet Nook profit.

Step 2: Eat that fruit. Press the X button to go into your inventory and chow down on the fruit. It’ll increase your little fruit meter in the top left of your screen by 1 – each fruit you eat lets you move one tree.

Step 3: Get your shovel out. Once you’ve had a nice hearty munch on an oversized fruit, take out your shovel and dig up the base of the tree. Don’t chop it down with an axe or anything – just dig and the huge strength granted to you by your fruit will do the rest.

Step 4: Replant it. All you need to do now is dig another hole wherever you want your tree and it’ll plop in there, fully-formed! You can even do this while there’s fruit on the tree, so don’t be afraid of losing out on that lovely exotic munch – it’ll be there when you replant.

That’s all there is to it! Check out how easy it is below:

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How to move and destroy rocks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Rocks can be destroyed by eating fruit and hitting them with either a shovel or any kind of axe. It’s the same as moving trees, but you can’t replace them wherever you want. The following day, rocks you’ve destroyed will respawn in another random location, so if there’s a specific place you want your rocks, you’ll be in for a rough ride.

Something worth keeping in mind: harvest the materials available in the rock before using this method – check out our guide on harvesting iron nuggets for more tips on that.

That’s all for our guide on moving trees to make your perfect island paradise! We’ve got all sorts of other Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides for you to sink your teeth into though – check out our page on how to get tarantula island in New Horizons, a surefire moneymaking method, as well as our advice on doing the Wisp’s tasks.

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