Design Unique Custom Paths in Animal Crossing: New Horizons With This Trendy Technique

Published 03/16/2021, 11:21 AM EDT


Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers players multiple gameplay avenues to channel their creativity. The title from Nintendo gives players the freedom to design and develop their getaway islands as they please. Being able to build and customize the entire island is an intriguing aspect of the game.

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With so many customizations tools and frequent content updates, Animal Crossing: New Horizons architects often come up with interesting new ideas to decorate their islands. In a YouTube video, content creator consolecaito showcased a new custom path technique that is becoming a trend within the player base.

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An innovative technique for setting up custom paths on Animal Crossing: New Horizons islands

The normal process for setting up a pathway in the game involves laying down a path and then placing down whatever custom design the player deems fit. Usually, that design is meant for the player and visitors to walk on, especially if it’s a dirt path. Whereas the new technique has a unique approach and can be considered as laying down an inverted path.

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This method involves placing down the dirt path and then carving out the walking space using custom patterns. Basically, the idea is to make the dirt appear as the actual path, with the patterns blending in as an extension of the surrounding grass.

While this process might seem a bit complicated, consolecaito has demonstrated all the steps for those interested in recreating it on their islands. The custom design used for this path consists of nine pieces, and the YouTuber has also provided its code, MA-0173-9195-8808.

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Steps for setting up a trendy custom path

The first step is to access the Island Designer app and create a section of dirt on an empty area of the island. Since you cannot plant trees or flowers over custom patterns, it is convenient to plan which directions you want the path to lead to before applying the pattern.

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After mapping out the directions you want the pathway to extend to, plant some trees and flowers at their designated spots within the section of dirt. Once you have planted them, you can begin working on shaping the paths through the dirt.

(Image Credit: consolecaito – YouTube)

Start by laying down the different pieces of the custom design path to fill up the section. Instead of the custom pattern, the dirt is what you want your character to walk on. Another thing to keep in mind is that when next to a tree, use the edge pieces of the pattern.

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The idea is to put the edge pieces near trees and then use them as a guide for placing down the other pieces after. Doing this useful for shaping the path around trees. Finally, you can also arrange some items around the tracks to enhance the visual appeal of this area.

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(Image Credit: consolecaito – YouTube)

Those wanting to implement this new custom path on their Animal Crossing islands can watch consolecaito’s demonstration of the same in the video above. Spring is around the corner, and this novel technique will help players decorate their islands with the appropriate theme.

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Souhardya Biswas is an eSports writer for EssentiallySports. He joined the organisation in 2020, wanting to explore the sphere of professional eSports journalism. His passion for gaming started with titles like GTA San Andreas, Far Cry 2, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 09, eventually developing an interest in Battle Royale games like PUBG and Apex Legends.

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