If you are experienced in using the terraforming feature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, then you probably know that the third tier of land is the highest you can take your little avatar. Despite the fact that you can still create a fourth level, the game will not let players climb it — at least, not officially. Animal Crossing fans, being the creative and resourceful community that they are, have found a number of exploits to gain access to a fourth tier since the game released, and despite Nintendo’s efforts to delete previous methods via software patches, another new way of climbing to this forbidden land has now been discovered.
Originally discovered by Reddit user Glarglaflarg, the new exploit involves you digging a small alcove into a cliff, consisting of three tiles and one corner tile. By placing a small 1×1 item in front of your character, such as a Glass Holder With Candle, you’ll wedge in your character when attempting to dig in the south-eastern corner of the alcove, forcing them to rise up with the new piece of land you create. It may take some practice to pull off, but thankfully, Animal Crossing World has a comprehensive guide for the technique, and have provided a short clip (below) to give you a visual reference.
Previous popular methods of glitching to the fourth tier were patched out with the recent Version 1.3 update, the first of two “summer updates.” Along with the fix, this update allows players to finally explore the ocean surrounding their islands and dive into its depths to capture and collect sea creatures. The next update is expected to arrive in early August, though Nintendo has not shared any details yet. However, it is likely that this latest glitch will also be patched out by this upcoming update, so enjoy it while you can.
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