How to get your Island to a Two-Star Rating in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Aim for the stars.

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In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you don’t just try to make your island look good because it’s fun. Well, it is fun, but you can also improve your island’s Star Rating if you improve it in the correct ways.

To get to a Two-Star Rating, you will need to have at least eight residents come and live on your island. This can take quite a while, and involves a lot of resource gathering, building new things on the island, and making items.

To get more residents to come and live on your island, you will need to work your way through a couple of the game’s milestones. The good news is that you start the game with two other residents, and can build up from there.

To get from the original two residents to five, you will need to have the Museum and Nook’s Cranny unlocked first and foremost. As soon as Nook’s Cranny is built, Nook will start his morning address, answering his phone with new residents seemingly wanting to join your island.

When you go to see Nook in Resident Services, he will tell you about how more people want to come to the island and will send you out on a task. First, you’ll need to create a bridge. As soon as you place the bridge, you can revisit Tom Nook, and he will give you three new plots of land.

You can place the three plots, which will allow three new residents to join you in the future. You’ll need to complete some tasks and get some resources first to get the residents to join, so finish those as soon as you can. These will all be different for each player, and specific to your island. The new DIY recipes that you will need will be automatically learned.

After you get up to five residents, you can upgrade Resident Services by playing the game naturally, speaking regularly with Tom Nook, and then you will be able to buy new land plots from Nook for 10,000 Bells each. This will then allow you to get the extra residents you need for a Two-Star Rating.