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How to make unbreakable tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 31/Mar/2020 1:15 Updated: 31/Mar/2020 1:59

by Brent Koepp

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A Twitter user discovered how to make unbreakable tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Their ingenious workaround went viral as players rejoiced his solution to a common problem.  

The latest edition of Nintendo’s long-running franchise Animal Crossing dropped on March 20. New Horizons introduced players to their own tropical island getaway. However despite its laid-back vibes, the games tool mechanic’s can be quite tiresome for some.

Instead of players enjoying their vacation completely, they will have to find time to craft and re-build their items which break after a certain amount of uses. However a clever AC fan has discovered a way around it. Here is everything you need to know to pull off the method.

How to make unbreakable tools in New Horizons

In previous releases of Animal Crossing, tools wouldn’t break. Unfortunately in New Horizons this is the case, even when you unlock the stronger versions. They only have a certain number of uses before they disappear from your inventory.

However Twitter user ‘robotobody’ discovered a neat trick that gets rid of all that, so to speak. “If you customize your good tools it resets their durability! It only takes one kit to do so. You can effectively repair your tools with customization kits,” he explained.

The AC fan also pointed out the method saves you Bells and inventory space. “Kits are cheaper than flimsy tools sold by the nooklings! You can easily repair your good tools for 600 bells, what’s more is the kits stack 50 in your inventory!”

The reason this is so useful is that crafting tools can be a bit of a pain, as you have to make the weaker version of the item before you can build the stronger iteration of it.

Players looking to take advantage of this trick have to unlock customization kits first, of course. In order to do this, you have to first unlock the Museum and then recruit three new characters to your island.

After completing those tasks, seek out Tom Nook. He will then ask you to attend a customization workshop and the feature will then be unlocked.

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Players need to use customization kits to make their weapons unbreakable.

Animal Crossing players never cease to amaze with their creativity. Despite only a week since its release, we’ve seen some mind-blowing uses of the terraforming tool.

However now it seems fans of the lovable franchise are finding unique ways to make the title work better for everyone. This unique method will make your island experience a breeze.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
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Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.