Ladders: they're like stairs, but you have to use your whole body. Everyone knows stairs are easier, but not everyone can afford stairs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, whether that's financially or spatially, and ladders are a cheap, renewable resource for ascending cliffs without forking out a ton of Bells for a staircase.
They are a pain, though. Having to get an entire ladder out of your pocket isn't most people's idea of a good time. With the addition of new, permanent (and customisable) ladders, the poor old regular ladder might just be obsolete forever!
Here are the steps (pun intended) to getting your own perma-ladder.
Animal Crossing Permanent Ladder Guide
Head to the Nook Shop
The Nooklings sell a "Ladder Set-up Kit" in their cabinet. It costs 2,000 Bells. You can then learn the recipe from your inventory!
Each perma-ladder requires 5 wood and, perhaps unsurprisingly, a ladder. Try not to think too hard about how exactly 5 extra wood makes it "permanent".
If you don't have a ladder, you can either buy one from the cabinet for 500 Bells, or make one with 4 Wood, 4 Softwood, and 4 Hardwood.
You can change the colour of your ladders with just 1 customisation kit. The options are natural, blue, red, yellow, green, and white.
Place the ladder
Walk up to your desired location, select the kit in your inventory, and "set up next to cliff". That's it!
Why use ladders, and not inclines?
Well, inclines are limited to 10 per island, and cost anywhere from 98,000 Bells for a natural ramp all the way up to 228,000 Bells for a steel ramp. Inclines also take up a lot of space on the island, and removing or moving them is a process that takes days.
Ladders are cheap, fast to make, and there's no limit on them. They may not be as pretty, but they get the job done!
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