Animal Crossing New Horizons Dreaming
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Since Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched back in March 2020, we've seen some really incredible islands appear online and looked on enviously at idyllic rural escapes, urban metropolises using intricate custom designs, themed villages and much more besides. They certainly put our cluttered collections and meagre landscaping efforts to shame.

It was initially tough to visit those impressive islands, even if the architects were willing to entertain guests. However, the return of Luna and her Dream Addresses in the July 2020 1.4.0 update means you can visit and explore the island of anyone who publishes their Dream Address code.

We've scoured the web for the very best Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dream Addresses — incredible islands for you to visit and marvel at. Several of them, naturally, can also be found in our article on the best islands we've seen so far, but you'll find plenty of new gems below, too.

If you're not sure how to input the Dream Address code (a 12-digit number with the prefix 'DA'), we also go through the basics of inputting and sharing your Dream Addresses in the game. Enjoy!

The best Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dream Islands - Dream Address Codes

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How do you visit other islands using Dream Codes?

Dream codes — officially known as Dream Addresses — are 12-digit numbers with the prefix 'DA'. They permit you to visit other players' islands in your dreams and explore without the need for that player to 'host' you in any way, or worry that you'll damage or steal anything. Everything you see here is just a dream, remember!

To visit another island in your dreams you'll need a connection to the internet, a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, and you'll also need to go to sleep (obviously). To do so, find any bed and lie down (upon downloading the update, you'll receive Luna's Bed in the mail).

Simply choose "Yeah, I want to sleep..." and follow the instructions from ethereal aide Luna. Choose "I want to dream" and you'll connect to the internet to visit another island - you just have to input a Dream Address code. Alternatively, you can upload your island for others to visit by choosing "I'd like to share a dream".

Once you have input the Dream Address, you'll awaken in the main plaza of your dreamy destination. On the plaza you'll find a Custom Design portal where you can immediately download and take home and custom designs used by your dream island's architect, and you're free to wander and explore. You may even find the architect of your dream island hanging out somewhere!

Should you find something unsavoury and the dream turns into a nightmare, you can report any nastiness by hitting the '-' button. To leave the dream, lie down on the bed again and choose to wake up. Easy!

It should be noted, though, that you can't take tools or anything else with you into the dream, and you can't leave with items you pick up while slumbering either. It's just a dream, remember!

How do I search for an island by name?

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Follow the instructions above, and after you select "I want to dream" you'll be offered the chance to Search by name. This will give you a list of islands by that name, as well as the date they were uploaded, the hemisphere they're in, their Dream Address code, the name of the owner, the number of player-characters on that island, and a list of their villagers. That should help you choose the right one!

Can you choose to visit a random island?

Yes. Version 1.6 added the ability to visit a random Dream Island — simply choose the Surprise me option when talking to Luna and you'll be playing Animal Crossing Dream Island roulette in no time.

You can add your own island to the Surprise sharing database by talking to Luna, too, which will enable other people to randomly visit your island when they dream.

You can also choose to quickly return to one of the 50 last Dream Addresses you've visited via a the Revisit a dream option that comes up while talking to Luna.

We'll be refining and adding to this list over the coming days, weeks and--yes--months. Let us know if you've visited an amazing island in a dream--or if you think yours deserves being highlighted above--and we may well add it to this ever-growing list of the very best islands to visit. We're off to bed, to sleep, perchance to dream...

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This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which includes a Complete Fish List, Complete Bug List and Complete Sea Creatures List. If you're looking for specific fish or bugs, we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish, Golden Trout and all the Sharks and Beetles, along with a full list of critters leaving at the end of the month (unless you visit Kapp'n's Boat Tour islands, of course!).

We can also help with How to Spot Redd's Fake Paintings and Statues, How to Make Bells Fast, How to Breed Flowers, How to Get more DIY Recipes, How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny, where and when to find special characters like Gulliver, Sable, Label, Wisp, Celeste, Pirate Gulliver and Jack, plus tips on using the Star Wand, Tool Ring, Rock Trick, Cutting Down and Moving Trees, using amiibo on Harv's Island, How to Back Up Your Island Data, How to Time Travel, How to Get a 5-Star Island Rating and a whole lot more.

If it's new content you're looking for help with, we can help you find gyroids, unlock Brewster's café, use the new Pro Camera App for selfies, enact new ordinances, get the beloved Froggy Chair, and even learn How to Cook.

And finally, Where to Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch, if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game, and How To Buy The Happy Home Paradise DLC, too!