The Vaulting Pole is one of the best new items added in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which makes crossing rivers a breeze.
The Vaulting Pole allows you to vault over large bodies of water essentially. With it, you can cross rivers or make devilish obstacle courses for you and other players to take on. Anything is possible with this item!
It isn’t available at the start, though, and you will need to unlock it over the first few days of your island life adventure to leave the small starting area finally. But how exactly do you get it?
First things first, you will need to have unlocked the first stage of the Museum, which requires you to give 5 different species of Fish or Bugs combined to Tom Nook to make Blathers come to your town.
After giving him five species and setting up a tent to find a place for your Museum, Blathers will appear in your town the next day. Head to the newly opened Museum and talk to Blathers. He will then offer you two new DIY Recipes, which include the Shovel and the Vaulting Pole.
Once you have the Vaulting Pole recipe, you need to craft it to have one of your own. It requires five Softwood, which can be chopped off of trees using a Flimsy Axe. The Wood you get from each tree is random, though, so depending on your luck, you could get the item within a minute or two.