How to Get the Ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Ladders are an incredibly useful item in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. They allow you to access the elevated areas of your island. It’s there that you’ll find more resources including trees, rocks and flowers. You’ll also get more building space in general. Unfortunately, you won’t get ladders until you’ve completed a few early game quests.

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How to Get Ladders

Ladders are crafted, and act as a tool instead of a furniture item. You won’t be able to obtain them until you’ve built the shop for Timmy and Tommy (and it’s finished its construction phase).

After the shop is built, Tom Nook will ask you to set up some homes for some new arrivals, and give you the DIY recipe for new items including the Ladders and Bridge. So if you aren’t up to that point yet, sadly you’ll just have to wait.

Recipe for the Ladder

To get a Ladder, head to the crafting station and open it. Look for the Ladder, you’ll need to have 4 Wood, 4 Hardwood and 4 Softwood in your inventory, all of which can be obtained from trees on your island by using an axe.

Using the Ladder

Once you’ve crafted the ladder, it will go into your inventory as a tool items. Head to an elevated area that you want to climb, and choose the ‘Hold’ item on the ladders. Don’t try and place or drop them, as that’s not how they work. 

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With the ladders in your hand, approach the wall and press A. Your character will place the ladder, and you can climb up or down, picking them up as you please.

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!