In the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise DLC, your pay, your uniform, and even your abilities are all tied to your "Grade" — the title Lottie gives you after you've done a certain number of houses.
However, later Grades also rely on a secret number — your Rank. Thanks to an in-depth datamine, Isomorphic Box has figured out how Ranks and Grades work — here's a guide to help you out!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise Ranks and Grades Explained
According to a datamine catalogued by Isomorphic Box, players have a Grade and a Rank, which both combine to determine how much you get paid for Happy Home designs.
How to increase your Happy Home rank
The Grade is what Lottie will give you, and it comes with a title, like "Breakout Designer", as well as new clothing options to add to your uniform.
The Rank is invisible, and goes up depending on a few different things — how many clients you've helped, how many roommates you've put together, how many facilities you've built, and so on.
Your rank comes into play in the later stages of the Happy Home Designer "story", as you'll only get a higher grade if you also have a high rank. Here's Isomorphic Box's tables to explain:
|1||9,000 Poki||Promising Designer||0%||Complete 6 requests|
|2||12,000 Poki||Breakout Designer||0%||Complete 11 requests|
|3||15,000 Poki||Famous Designer||0%||Complete 19 requests|
|4||20,000 Poki||Superstar Designer||1%||Complete 19 requests, have a Rank of 84|
|5||30,000 Poki||Legendary Designer||1%||Complete 19 requests, have a Rank of 119|
|6||40,000 Poki||GOAT Designer||10%||Complete 19 requests, have a Rank of 146|
*likelihood for client approaches, which result in a 10% increase in reward
|Factor||Increase in Rank|
|Number of Days accessing HHP||+1 for every 5 days, up to a maximum of +35 (175 days)|
|Number of NPCs Serviced||+5 if at least 10|
|Number of NPCs Serviced||+5 if at least 20|
|Number of NPCs Serviced||+5 if at least 30|
|Number of NPCs Serviced||+5 if at least 50|
|Number of NPCs Serviced||+10 if at least 100|
|Number of NPCs Serviced||+10 if at least 200|
|Number of NPCs Serviced||+10 if at least 300|
|Number of NPCs Serviced||+10 if at least 400|
|Number of Roommate Pairs Completed||+2 for every 5 pairs, up to a maximum of +20 (50 pairs)|
|Number of Plots Filled||+10 if at least 16|
|Number of Plots Filled||+10 if at least 32|
|Number of Plots Filled||+10 if at least 48|
|Number of Facilities||+5 for each facility|
|Used a Partition Wall in HHP||+5|
|Number of Villagers whose wallpaper/flooring is received*||+1 for every 3, up to a maximum of +15 (45 villagers)|
|Unlock Apparel Shop (after Home 30)||+10|
* when over 20 minutes are taken for their request
Hopefully you now know how to get a promotion!
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