Animal Crossing: New Horizons
This post has been updated on 5/2
There are really two versions of May Day—the one, an ancient spring tradition probably best exemplified by the Maypole, the other an international day of worker’s solidarity, today best exemplified by a mass strike among Amazon, Whole Foods and Instacart workers demanding hazard pay, sick leave, paid gear and other basic necessities for their role in keeping society moving even as others stay home to avoid coronoavirus. Tom Nook in Animal Crossing: New Horizons says that we’re celebrating the worker solidarity version of the holiday when you ask him, though it’s a little unclear what we’re actually doing on that front.
To see all the new bugs and fish you can catch in May, click here.
The actual festivities don’t seem to have much to do with with worker solidarity, however. May Day in Animal Crossing: New Horizons revolves around a neat tour to a unique mystery island featuring a puzzling hedge maze with a slight hint of the Zelda series. It’s not quite so simple as choosing one direction over another. You start the maze by grabbing a shovel at the entrance, and you’ll need to know a few things if you hope to navigate all the obstacles thrown up in your way.
- The shovel digs up the shrubs. Fill in the holes, clean up after yourself.
- Scattered throughout the maze is fruit: if you eat the fruit, you can use the shovel to destroy a rock or remove a tree in one hit. Ration your fruit wisely.
- There is also a worn axe somewhere: it can be used to chop down exactly one tree before breaking.
- There are little gaps in the maze: you can only jump straight across these, so you need to finagle yourself to be facing in the direction you want to go.
- You don’t need to dig up a stump to get around it: you can sit on it, shift around and then get off in the opposite direction.
- Scattered throughout the maze are the materials to make one axe, as well as the DIY recipes and workbench. There are three trees at the end of the maze, so you’ll need the axe to cut them down.
Those are the general guidelines, and I’d encourage you to complete the maze on your own with those in mind. It’s really not all that hard, you just need to think about what obstacles have been placed in your way and what tools you have at your disposal to solve those. You might get stuck once or twice, but all in all it’s fun to get to the end on your own.
It is important to note, however, that the maze is not randomly generated. The island in the other videos I’ve seen around are identical to the one that I completed, just with different native fruit. so if you’re truly feeling stuck, there are some good Youtube walkthroughs that can give you a step-by-step. Here’s one:
At the end of the maze you’ll encounter Rover, a charming little cat from previous games whose presence on the island is as unclear as ours. He’ll talk to you a little bit and give you Rover’s Briefcase, which seems to be the main reward for the island. You can also snag a few bell vouchers, and I was able to get some White Cosmos, which aren’t native to my island.
That’s it! A fun little diversion, and fairly different from standard Animal Crossing gameplay. Not a long thing, but still worth it. These run from now until May 7, but it seems you can only go once.