Best answer: No, you can't die in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but you can get hurt. You can get stung by wasps, spiders, or scorpions on the island. Players who get stung by wasps will have a welt on their eye. If a spider or scorpion bites them, they will simply pass out and wake up at home.
A touch of dark in a lighthearted game
The Animal Crossing series has always been low-key and happy-go-lucky. Players typically just go about their day doing chores for their neighbors, hunting for insects, or fishing off the shores, trying to forget the amount of Bells they owe. While there have been a few spooky elements over the years, like the Wisp character, perma-death has never been a worry. The same is true for Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch, which is pretty much one of the best games on the system.
While the late-night stroll may mean encountering a wisp in the night, the real danger lies with bugs. On this underdeveloped island, it's possible to encounter the likes of wasps, scorpions, and tarantulas. As dangerous as these creatures sound, the likelihood that you'll experience perma-death is pretty slim.
Just like in past Animal Crossing games, if a player is stung or bitten, two things happen: your avatar has a bump and needs medicine, or you may pass out and wake up in your home. Neither situation has you pushing up daisies, so you don't have to worry.
But what about that gravestone?
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is all about customizing your island, and that also includes the macabre. The gravestone is just another island decoration for players to use as they wish, whether for a memorial or to make a spooky scene for Halloween. So, if you are a fan of the macabre, you're in luck!
Now, get decorating and have a little fun.
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