5-star Island Guide

For the last week or so, with the Splatoon 2 ultimate splatfest closing out (Mushroom vs Star), there hasn’t been much going on around here. But that is soon to be changed!

Everyone wants to have a 5-star island. It’s awesome, you can brag to your friends, you get the DIY for a gold watering can (so you can breed gold roses)… and it really feels as if you conquered the entire game. Why? Because it’s that hard to do. Just kidding, with this guide, you should be fine 😉

How does Isabelle rate your island?

(Thank you to Nintendo Life for some parts of this section) The rating is based on a point system, with certain changes. This paragraph is all numbers, so skip to the next section if you want to skip the techy notes. The two point categories are DEVELOPMENT and SCENERY. To get a 5-star island, you need 665 points in the development category, and 450 points in the scenery category. Let’s start with the scenery category:

  • 1 pt for every tree or bamboo tree (up to 190 pts)
  • 0.5 pts for every flower sprout
  • 0.7 pts for every flower stem/bud
  • 1 pt for every full-grown flower
  • 0.25 points x the number of DIY furniture items and 0.75x the number of different types of DIY furniture placed within each 8×8 grid (if 10+ different types of furniture are placed)
  • OR
  • 0.25 points x the number of DIY furniture items placed within each 8×8 grid (if between 1-9 different types of furniture are placed)
  • NOTE: Those last few bullet points are complex formulas and don’t mean much to your point system, but I left them there for reference.

Now for the development category:

  • 0.5 pts for every piece of outdoor furniture
  • 1 pt for every piece of outdoor furniture that costs between 200-20,000 bells
  • 2 pts for every piece of outdoor furniture that costs at least 20,000 bells
  • 0.2 pts for every fence placed
  • (And now for the boring formulas:)
  • 1 point for every piece of non-DIY furniture pieces placed within each 8×8 grid (if less than 5 different types of furniture are placed)
  • OR
  • 0.5 points x the number of non-DIY furniture pieces and 0.5 points x the number of different types of furniture placed within each 8×8 grid (if between 5-10 different types of furniture are placed)
  • OR
  • 0.25 points x the number of non-DIY furniture pieces and 0.75 points x the number of different types of furniture placed within each 8×8 grid (if 10+ different types of furniture are placed)
  • Plus this screenshot from Nintendo Soup:

And this is what brings your rating down:

  • If 45/64 spaces in any 8×8 grid on your island is covered with something, Isabelle will consider that as ‘cluttered’. Don’t go too overboard on your decoration!
  • If more than 15 items are dropped (tree branches, fruit, wasp nests, etc… are excluded because they are naturally spawning)
  • You should have the maximum villagers living on your island (10). When you reach your 3-star rating, you probably won’t have all 10 villagers, but that is fine.
  • For those tree-lovers out there… be warned. Not only does tree points cap at 190 pts, but having more than 220 will prevent you from a 5-star rating.
  • Remember to listen to Isabelle’s tips! She is the most helpful for what needs to be done in the present.

A 3-star island:

The first step to a 5-star island is a 3-star island. You unlock plenty of stuff at the 3-star milestone, and it’s fairly easy to achieve. An easy tip for 3-star islands is basic decor. Make huge flower gardens! Make a social area for villagers (and friends)! Have a lot of stuff from the diner set? Make a diner! Easy and fun stuff that will all count towards your score.

A 5-star island:

It may seem impossible at 4 stars to get that final star. But it’s worth your trouble! Start out by creating advanced builds that net you the most points for the amount of space you use. A hedge maze with items placed inside of it helps greatly (while giving your friends something to do!) A mini-museum? Sure! (but it’s probably going to take a LOT of visits for Flick/C.J.) Expand those flower gardens! (seriously, flowers need to be everywhere) (One last big note: Have some bridges/inclines! You will need these eventually… eventually is now) Then one day, you talk to Isabelle and… you did it.

Image credit: https://www.polygon.com/animal-crossing-new-horizons-switch-acnh-guide/2020/4/15/21219556/how-to-get-a-five-star-island-rating-rank-requirements-flowers-scenery-count

That’s all for this post, let me know what you think in the comments below, and let me know if this guide helped you achieve that 5-star island!

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