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Animal Crossing: New Horizons May Day event guide

Head to a special island to see a familiar friend

An Animal Crossing character talks to a very excited cat named Rover Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players can celebrate May Day from April 29 until May 7.

To participate, head over to Resident Services and talk to Tom Nook. He’ll give you a May Day Ticket to go out on a limited-time May Day Island Tour. Take the ticket to the airport and you’ll fly to an island with a hedge maze.

How does the May Day maze tour work?

There wil be tools, crafting material, and fruit hidden around the maze. To get through the maze, you’ll have to craft more tools and eat the fruit at the right times to get rid of obstacles like rocks and trees. To make the challenge a little trickier, you can’t bring anything with you. You can only use the stuff you find in the maze to complete it.

The maze is pretty easy, but it’s worth keeping these important tips in mind:

  • You can break rocks and lift trees with your shovel once you’ve eaten a piece of fruit.
  • There’s a crafting station mid-way through the maze. You’ll need enough materials to make tools like Ladders (which you can find in the maze).
  • The small pits only allow you to jump directly across them, but there’s always a way to get to the other side of them.
  • If you mess up or get stuck, use your NookPhone and use the Rescue Service app to get escorted back to the beginning and reset the island. (If you leave the island, you will not be able to come back!)

With some persistence, you should be able to make it through in just a few minutes. If you want to earn some extra money, make sure you grab the Bell Vouchers scattered around the maze. They’re worth 3,000 Bells each. (But if 3,000 Bells isn’t that appealing to you, feel free to skip them and head straight for the end.)

What rewards do I get for finishing the May Day maze?

At the very end of the maze, Rover — a cat character who has made appearances in previous Animal Crossing games — will be waiting for you. He’ll give you Rover’s Briefcase, a furnishing item covered in travel stickers. If you’ve completed the event in previous years, you’ll get Rover’s Photo instead. The reward gets mailed to you once you head back to your island.

Rover’s Briefcase sits on a path in front of a house Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The ticket and tour is only redeemable once your get your loot, and that’s all there is to do. Even if there’s only one thing to do for this event, it’s nice to see a familiar face. We don’t know what this means for Rover, or if he’ll return in a future event.

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