Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has loads of lovely rivers in it, but there's one big problem – because there are no bridges, you can't cross them without the proper gear.

That gear is the Vaulting Pole, which is an item you'll want to get your grubby hands on as soon as possible.

As with the main tools including the axe, shovel and ladder, the Vaulting Pole is an item you have to create yourself using the game's crafting system, and here's how you do it.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons How To Get The Vaulting Pole

Like other craftable items in New Horizons, you'll need the recipe before you can actually make a Vaulting Pole. To get this, you'll need to speak to Blathers, who won't appear until you kick off the process of building the island's Museum.

Once the museum is constructed, speak to Blathers and he will give you the Vaulting Pole recipe – the reason being that he wants you to collect fossils for his collection.

With the Vaulting Pole recipe in hand, you can now go about actually making one. To do this, you need to collect 5 pieces of softwood from around the island.

Once you've collected all of that, visit a crafting bench and you'll have the option of making a Vaulting Pole of your very own. Congratulations! You can now cross rivers with ease, and in style!

Don't forget to check out our exhaustive Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide for more tips and tricks!