How to build permanent ladder in ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Ver. 2.0 Free Update - Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons just got its latest major patch, with version 2.0. The update brings in a slew of new features, including the ability to build a permanent ladder.

Prior to the version 2.0 update, navigating islands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons would oftentimes necessitate to bring a ladder. The game’s landmass being an uneven terrain, ladder lets players bridge across vertical gaps, whether going to a higher or lower elevation. While the notion certainly encourages the virtue of preparedness, not all players have a ladder in their backpack. This means, at times, hitting a somewhat dead-end when the area in question requires either ascent or descent.

Permanent fixture

The developers certainly took a while to realize it, but the idea of having to carry a ladder can be an inconvenience. Which is especially true for newcomers who may not even be aware of the ladder’s importance. In addressing this issue, New Horizons finally gets a permanent ladder, which serves as a functional fixture in any island.

As the name implies, a permanent ladder is one that stays permanently where it is placed. Think of it as an islander’s primary choice of tool to climbing and descending places, especially in the absence of an expensive incline. And like traditional wooden ladder, a permanent ladder requires something to lean on, like a cliff, to hold.


Similar to other stuff that can be crafted in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, getting a permanent ladder requires a recipe. More specifically, a Ladder Set-up Kit Recipe, which can be bought at the Nook’s Cranny for 2000 Bells. Acquiring the recipe, the player can now make a Wooden ladder setup kit, which requires 5 woods and a ladder as materials.

With a wooden ladder in hand, setting it up is as simple as heading to a cliff and choosing the option Set Next to Cliff. Conversely, the player can opt to remove the ladder, which entails pressing the Y button near one and opting to put it back on the pocket.

Ladder or incline?

Although a wooden ladder has its own charm, apart from its use, it’s not the only means. There is also the fancier, albeit costlier, inclines which come in multiple styles. The main disadvantage to employing an incline, however, is that they indeed costs more, in addition to requiring a certain skill and time to build. The latter speaks to a full day of building needed to fully establish an incline.

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