[Guide] Animal Crossing: New Horizons Best Ways To Get Nook Miles (Top 5 Ways)

Animal Crossing New Horizons Best Ways To Get Nook Miles (Top 5 Ways)
You'll be swimming in Nook Miles soon!

The Nook Miles currency is one of the newest features of the Animal Crossing franchise. They’re useful for airplane travel and purchasing unique items, like exclusive Nook Inc. merchandise. If you’re running out of ways to collect Nook Miles, look no further. I’ve assembled a list of the best methods to get this currency. Each method has detailed steps and valuable information to simplify your hunt for Nook Miles!


5. Check the Nook Miles+ App (Best for Early Game)

Hmm, what tasks should I do today?

Using the Nook Miles+ app is the most efficient way to get Miles, hands down. It’s the most straightforward and accessible method compared to the others; therefore, it’s best for beginners. 

Once you open the app, you’ll find stamp cards with daily challenges that provide Nook Miles. Most of the tasks are simple too. For example, talking to your villagers and selling weeds gives you a hefty amount of the currency. Pay special attention to the tasks at the top of your app. Completing these will earn you two or five times the Miles. There’s also no limit to how many tasks you complete daily, so do as many as you can!

How It Works:

  • Complete as many tasks as possible in your Nook Miles+ app.
  • Check the app daily.
  • Be sure to do the ones at the top to get more miles per activity.
  • Concentrate on completing one task at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.


1. Press ZL to open your phone.

2. Scroll to the Nook Miles+ app.

3. Press A to open it.

4. If you want to view tasks on stamp cards, scroll over a stamp card and press A to view its details.

5. If you want to view the tasks at the top of the screen, press +.


4. Check the Nook Stop

I'll be back tomorrow!

The Nook Stop is another painless method to collect Miles! It’s an ABD (Automatic Bell Dispenser) where you can store and withdraw Bells, but the machine will also distribute Miles.

The key is to interact with the Nook Stop daily. The device gives you 50 Nook Miles the first time you use it and gradually dispenses more if you’re consistent with your visits. If you miss a day, you’ll start back at 50 Nook Miles and have to work your way up again. You can earn up to 300 Miles a day if you regularly interact with the Nook Stop.

How It Works:

  • Visit the Nook Stop machine in the Resident Services building.
  • Do this for a week to earn an increasing amount of Nook Miles.
  • Afterwards, you’ll earn the same amount of Nook Miles per day.
  • Don’t miss any days.
  • Here’s a table showing how many Nook Miles you’ll earn per interaction with the Nook Stop:

Day Number

Nook Miles Earned

Day 1 50
Day 2 80
Day 3 100
Day 4 150
Day 5 200
Day 6 250
Day 7+ 300



1. Go to the Resident Services building.

2. Walk to the Nook Stop.

3. Press A to interact with it.


3. Join Contests

I'm ready to go fishing!

Flick and C.J. will occasionally visit your island to hold competitions. They’ll be under a tent on the plaza when these events occur. You’ll earn Nook Miles depending on how many times you’ve taken part in them!


C.J. hosts one Fishing Tournament in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Meanwhile, Flick hosts a Bug Off on the 3rd Saturday of all summer months. Both appear from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on the competition days, so don’t miss out if you want those extra Nook Miles!

How It Works:

  • Participate in every Bug Off and Fishing Tournament.
  • Here’s a chart showing how many Nook Miles you’ll earn after each Bug Off and Fishing Tournament:
Contest Number (Per Bug Off and Fish Tournament)

Nook Miles Earned

Contest 1 300
Contest 2 500
Contest 3 1,000
Contest 4 2,000



1. Visit C.J. or Flick under the tent at the plaza.

2. Press A to talk to them.

3. Bring up the Bug Off or Fishing Tournament.

4. Get ready to start!


2. Participate in Events

There's nothing like a birthday party with some friends.

New Horizons has several events throughout the year, many of which result in Nook Miles. These events range from birthdays to seasonal celebrations! If you participate in all of them, you’ll soon be in Nook Mile paradise!

How It Works:

  • Take part in events to earn Nook Miles.
  • You’ll know when these events happen when Isabelle makes an announcement, or you see an NPC walking around.


There’s nothing like celebrating your residents’ birthdays, especially when you get Nook Miles out of them. Unsure of your villagers’ birthdates? Don’t worry! Isabelle always makes an announcement when those happen. You’ll have to visit your villagers’ houses to earn Nook Miles, so remember to bring a gift!


1. Pay attention to birthdays in Isabelle’s announcements. If you want a complete list of your villagers’ birthdays, visit Nookipedia.com.

2. Pack a gift for their birthday.

3. Go to the villager’s house when it’s their birthday.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Celebrations aren’t only for birthdays! There’s more time to party on New Year's Eve! On December 31st, the Resident Services building will be closed, and you’ll see Toom Nook and Isabelle standing on the plaza. The countdown celebration doesn’t start until 11:30 p.m., but you can get party poppers and light sticks beforehand.


1. Go to the plaza close to midnight (you could time travel if that’s inconvenient). 

2. Angle your camera toward the sky at around 11:59 p.m. so the countdown will start.

3. Wait for the countdown to be complete.

Shooting Stars

Shooting stars soar across the sky every few weeks too! They’ll come the night you see Celeste walking around and Isabelle making the announcement. The shooting stars are only visible at night, so make sure you’re free for this event.


1. While out at night, angle your camera upward towards the sky.

2. Press A while unequipped when you see a shooting star.


1. Visit a Friend’s Island

I'm only here for the Nook Miles.

You’re lucky if you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription and friends who like New Horizons because visiting pals is another great way to earn Nook Miles.

You can earn 800 Nook Miles just by visiting another person’s island. Remember that you’ll only earn Miles from doing this once a day. As a result, visiting two different islands in one day will still net you 800 Miles in total.

How It Works:

  • Visit a friend's island
  • Collect the Miles from the Nook Miles+ app.
  • Do this daily.


1. Go to Dodo Airlines.

2. Talk to Orville.

3. Select “I want to fly!”

4. Select “I want to visit someone.”

5. Select “online play” or “local play” (“local play” requires that you’re on the same Wi-Fi as the other person.)

6. If you select “online play,” choose “Search for a friend” once your friend has their gate open on their island. Otherwise, your friend will have to give you a personal Dode Code, and you’ll have to select “Search via Dodo Code” to type it in.

7. If you select “local play,” you should be able to connect with the user immediately.


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