Animal Crossing New Horizons MedicineSource: Nintendo

Best answer: No, you cannot die in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo has confirmed that you can get stung by wasps, spiders, or scorpions on the island. Players 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. However, the Nintendo Direct indicated that things might be a little more dangerous in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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.

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 though the "or worse" part of the Nintendo Direct presentation sounds ominous, you don't have to worry.

But what about that gravestone?

Animal Crossing New Horizons GravestoneSource: Nintendo

If you have eagle eyes, you may have spotted something... unusual for the typically cheerful landscape Animal Crossing is known for during the Nintendo Direct. Players spotted an undeniable gravestone surrounded by flowers. However, it turns out they are just for decoration. So, if you are a fan of the macabre, you're in luck! Now, get decorating and have a little fun.

Your island awaits

Animal Crossing New Horizons Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Almost 100% safe

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect low-key adventure you can play solo or with some friends. Build your island by your vision down to the very road you walk...or don't! It's entirely up to you.

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