When you arrive for the first time on the island that makes up the play area of Animal Crossing : New Horizons, you'll notice areas that you simply can't access. Some of them are too high, so you'll need various objects, including a ladder, to explore everything, a bit Death Stranding if you like.
The ladder, compared to other types of equipment, will not be unlocked from the first bars, but you will have to wait a while. In addition, you will not be able to build it out of the blue, you will need the project.
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The project that allows us to make a ladder is in the possession of Tom Nook. As we have mentioned, other projects will be unlocked naturally after a few minutes of play, while for the ladder the process is a bit longer.
The goal of the game is to make your island grow before you can devote yourself to total exploration. In short, you'll have to improve many aspects of the island and the quality of life of its inhabitants. For example, you'll have to build brick houses and replace them with camping tents. After that, you will have to invite new villagers to live on your island. The island must be populated with a good number of new animals. There are two ways to do this.
- Simply wait until the campsite has been improved so that the new arrivals snack on their own randomly.
- Summon new inhabitants using compatible asbestos.
There is an even more immediate way, that is to buy a ticket to fly to a random island at the Nook ATM. This little excursion is usually used to collect resources. The more resources you get, the faster the improvement of the island and its population.
In any case, once these things are done, Nook will give you the blueprint of the ladder with which you can reach high places.