How to Craft Log Stakes and Build Your First Bridge in Animal Crossing New Horizons

When you first unlock the pole to be able to jump across rivers in Animal Crossing New Horizons, you’ll probably be ecstatic with the option to explore the full width and breadth of your island. Finally, you can reach those flowers and stones that were tempting you from an unreachable part of your land. It won’t take long for your inventory to fill up, and it will be a pain to keep carrying around that extra pole tool for jumping across islands.

When you’re on a roll chopping trees for wood, you don’t want to break the momentum and stop, switch to your pole, and have to jump islands to continue chopping. What’s the solution then? Build a bridge, or several, to connect your island. Then you can remove that pole tool from your inventory and have another precious, free slot. How do you build that bridge? Read on.

Bridge Construction Kit: Animal Crossing New Horizons

The first bridge recipe will be given to you by Tom Nook after Nook’s Cranny has been built. Tom will let you know a total of three new villagers will be moving to your island and ask you to craft a Log Bridge. This recipe is the Bridge Construction Kit and it will require:

  • 4 x Clay
  • 4 x Log Stakes
  • 4 x Stone
Log Bridge Recipe
Log Bridge Recipe

You’ll find clay by hitting stones with a hammer or an axe. You can find plenty of clay on your island, and clay also has a high probability of dropping from stones you hit on the Mystery Island tours. If you’re in a pinch and need a handful of clay quickly, that may be your best bet. Clay can also drop from balloons but that isn’t the most efficient way of collecting it when you’re in a crunch.

The log stakes are an item you’ll need to craft, which take three pieces of wood. Take your axe and hit some trees, and then return to your DIY Workbench and select the Log Stakes recipe under the Housewares tab to make them.

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And finally, the stones you can get from hammering rocks or hitting them with your axe. A few whaps should do it and you’ll be all set for ingredients.

Logs can be crafted out of wood
Logs can be crafted out of wood

That will complete the bridge construction kit and you’ll be able to place this bridge where you like along the rivers.

Place the bridge construction kit where you wish to build the bridge
Once you choose the construction site, the bridge will be built the following day

Future Bridge Goals in Animal Crossing New Horizons

For building fancier bridges in the future, you’ll need to have upgraded your Resident Services from a tent to a building. At that point, you can speak to Tom Nook and choose “Let’s talk infrastructure” to choose from a list of bridges, and then be tasked with finding the perfect location to build it.

Each bridge will cost a pretty penny, with the least expensive bridge coming in at 98,000 bells, while the most expensive bridge can run up to 228,000. If you’ve made a mistake and want to demolish a bridge, that will cost you 10,000 bells. You’ll need to donate these funds to pay off the cost of the bridge before it will be built. Once you’ve paid off the construction costs, it will take a day to build the bridge itself. So plan ahead and you’ll be speeding across your interconnected islands in no time. Below, you can find the building cost of all the bridges in the game:

  • Stone bridge – 168,000 Bells
  • Suspension bridge – 129,800 Bells
  • Wooden bridge – 168,000 Bells
  • Brick bridge – 198,000 Bells
  • Zen bridge – 228,000 Bells
  • Log bridge – 98,000 Bells
  • Red zen bridge – 228,000 Bells
  • Iron bridge – 228,000 Bells
Different types of bridges in Animal Crossing New Horizons
Different types of bridges in Animal Crossing New Horizons, Source: Polygon
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