Secrets to getting a high ‘Animal Crossing’ island rating

Getting a 5-star rating in Animal Crossing is one of the biggest achievements in the game. However, it will be a tedious task to complete it.

Having island evaluations will help players achieve the perfect island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Each evaluation includes a star rating which will reflect the popularity of an island.

Players who want to unlock more features for their island will need to work their way up to 3-star to 5-star ratings. Star ratings will be determined by how many of the following factors are inside an island:

    • Fencing
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Trees
    • Weeds
    • Bridges
    • Flowers
    • Inclines
    • Villagers

It will not be a quick process and players will need all the help they can get to reach the perfect score.

Get villagers

One of the best ways to achieving a 3-star island is to cater to more than six villagers. For a perfect 5-star score, players are required to have the maximum allowable villagers. The exact figure is ten villagers.

Catering to 10 villagers means filling out all the vacant spots with houses on the island and addressing each of their demands to prevent them from leaving.

Variety is important

While it may be amazing to have uniformity across the whole island, remember Isabelle’s top tip – variety is the flavor of life on the island. When doing the exterior of an island, players will have to place as many unique items as possible.

Put fencing everywhere

This might sound a bit excessive, but most players who got a 5-star rating recommend putting up fences around houses, parks, buildings, and recreational areas. Players who received a “lacks appealing scenery” comment after an evaluation from Isabelle had to place fencing in every area that needs an enclosure.

Plant trees and flowers

Placing fences on the island is not enough to get a 5-star rating. Players will need to plant trees and flowers to give the island a pleasant look. Players can grow trees and flowers by planting seeds that can be bought inside Nook Cranny.

Also, watering them and putting assorted colored flowers side by side will create crossbreeds with unique color varieties. Players should also remove weed in their backyard as it lowers star ratings.

Decorate the outdoors

Aside from fencing and flowers, reaching the elusive 5-star rank will require players to install outside decors and furniture. While quantity does matter in the game, where and how you put them outdoors is just as essential.

Purchasing all furniture and décor is essential in Animal Crossing, especially the ones available at Nook’s Cranny and Nook Miles.

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