Animal Crossing: New Horizons — What are Nook Miles and the Nook Mileage Program?

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Animal Crossing is one of the few game series out there that doesn't rely on hacking or slashing your way through a 3D space. Instead, players get to do relaxing everyday tasks like going fishing, planting, harvesting, collecting shells on the beach, and selling everything you can fit in your pockets to the local shops. New Horizons helps incentivize you to participate in these activities by providing the Nook Mileage Program.

Much like Initiatives from New Leaf (opens in new tab), Nook Miles are rewarded to you when you catch a certain number of fish or bugs, pull a certain amount of weeds, and so forth. Once you've earned Nook Miles, you can then use them to purchase items for your island or participate in activities. Here's everything you need to know about the Nook Mileage Program and what you can buy with Nook Miles.

Challenges in the Nook Mileage Program

So far, we've only gotten a tiny glimpse at what some of the Nook Mileage Program challenges are. However, by scouring videos and images, we've been able to see some of them. We've listed these initiatives in alphabetical order and will add more information as time goes on.

Angling for Perfection!

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From what little we've seen, it looks as though the first step in this challenge is to catch 10 fish, and the second step in the challenge is to catch 100 fish. We're currently unsure how many Nook Miles you get for completing these tasks, but we'll update when we learn more.

Cast Master

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To complete the first step on this challenge, you'll need to catch 10 fish in a row without letting one get away. There are two additional steps, but we currently don't know what you'll need to do to complete them. Additionally, we're unsure how many Nook Miles you get for completing these tasks, but we'll update when we learn more.

DIY Tools

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This challenge has five goals that revolve around the number of tools your craft. The first goal is to craft five tools. We're currently unsure how many tools you'll need to craft for the remaining goals or how many Nook Miles you'll earn for completing these goals.

Exterior Decorator

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No official description has been given for this set of challenges. However, it seems like you'll be rewarded for placing a certain number of furniture outdoors.

First-Time Buyer

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It seems like this might be a one-goal challenge where you'll be rewarded Nook Miles simply for purchasing something in-game.

First-Time Seller

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It seems like this might be a one-goal challenge where you'll be rewarded Nook Miles simply for selling something in-game.

Have a Nice DIY!

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This challenge is relatively easy. You need to collect several DIY recipes to earn these Nook Miles. However, we don't know how many DIY Recipes you need for each of the goals. Additionally, we're currently unsure how many Nook Miles you get for completing these tasks, but we'll update when we learn more.

Island Togetherness

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This challenge requires you to talk to all of the residents on your island. We're not entirely sure how many times in a row you'll need to do this to reach each of the goals. Additionally, we don't know how many Nook Miles you are rewarded for completing them.

Ninten Miles!

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In the Nintendo Direct, Ninten seemed to be the name of the island shown. That being the case, the title of this challenge will correspond with whatever name you give your island. We currently don't know what goals are contained in this challenge or how many Nook Miles you'll receive for completing them.

NookPhone Life!

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You complete this reward simply for using the NookPhone's features. We aren't sure how many Nook Miles you'll earn from doing this, or if there are specific NookPhone features, you'll need to use to unlock this reward.

Pick of the Bunch

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We currently don't know what this challenge entails. However, we assume it has something to do with picking fruits and vegetables either from trees or gardens. We'll update when we learn more.

Social Islander

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We don't know anything official about this challenge. However, it appears to be connected with the Island Togetherness challenge. We'll update when we learn more.

Treehouse Miles!

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We don't know what this challenge is exactly. Although, it may be related to a Nintendo Treehouse event slated for E3 2020.

Weed Eater

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You'll unlock the various goals on this challenge by pulling weeds on your island. We don't currently know how many Nook Miles you receive for doing this or the number of weeds required for unlocking each goal point. We'll update when we learn more.

You've Got the Bug

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You'll complete these challenges simply by collecting bugs. The first goal in the challenge is to catch 10 bugs. We currently don't know what the other goals are or how many Nook Miles you receive for completing them. We'll update when we learn more.

How do you spend Nook Miles, and what can you buy?

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First and foremost, you can use Nook Miles to pay off your Getaway Package loan to Tom Nook. However, you can also use Nook Miles to purchase items and customizations. There's a green terminal called the Nook Stop in the bottom right corner of Resident Services. Interact with it to view your options.

Just note that you'll need to do a lot of work with the Nook Mileage Program to afford the best Nook Miles rewards. Here are all of the things that we currently know of that you can purchase with Nook Miles:

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ItemsNook MilesCategory
Nook Inc. aloha shirt600Novelties
Nook Inc. tee600Novelties
Nook Inc. blouson800Novelties
Nook Inc. bandanna500Novelties
Nook Inc. cap500Novelties
Nook Inc. eye mask400Novelties
Nook Inc. socks400Novelties
Nook Inc. slippers400Novelties
Nook Inc. knapsack800Novelties
Nook Miles Ticket2,000Special
Custom Design Pro Editor800Special
Pretty Good Tools Recipe3,000Special
Tool Ring: It's Essential!800Special
Pocket Organization Guide5,000Special
Top 8 Pop Hairstyles2,400Special
Top 8 Cool Hairstyles2,400Special
Top 8 Stylish Hair Colors3,000Special