How to Obtain a Vaulting Pole in Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Remember how much of a drag bridges were in previous Animal Crossing games? You know, how you had to run alllll the way along the river just to cross over? Thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ Vaulting Pole, those days are long gone; now, you can simply hop across in style! But how does an aspiring islander acquire one? Believe it or not, you acquire this coveted recipe from a certain entomophobic curator — Blathers the Owl!

To clarify, while you don’t need a museum built on your island just yet, you’ll have to spend at least two days before you can even think of leaping about your tropical grounds. To summon Blathers as a permanent curator, ensure you’re donated five specimens of local fauna to Tom Nook, and he’ll call over his old friend to roost upon your new residence the very next day. Of course, this means you’ll have to dictate where his nesting grounds will be, so ensure your new exhibit has enough space! (And, in my case, that it doesn’t obstruct any prime fishing spots.)

Upon his arrival, Blathers will ramble about the fossil hotspot that is your deserted island, and request you scavenge the uncharted wilderness beyond the river to collect more. Recognizing your avatar’s innate physical limitations, he hands you a handy DIY recipe to craft your very own Vaulting Pole! All you need are five pieces of softwood — that’d be the lighter-hued wood bundles dislodged from trees — so take your flimsy axe and get a-choppin’! (Do note, though, you risk the wrath of angry bees should you knock off a beehive — our advice would be to chop around near your residence or Nook’s Resident Services, so you can quickly dash indoors to safety.)

With your new Vaulting Pole, you won’t just be on your way to forging a new museum, but can now always depend on a convenient new tool to freely spring about your new bachelor pad. In the meantime, check out our Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide hub for more tips and tricks!

Anthony Pelone
Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.

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