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Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Get a Mirror

Want to change your character's appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? This guide explains what you need to know about the mirror.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you live a relaxing life on your very own island. But what if you want to change your appearance in this cozy little small-town island sim? You’ll need to get your hands on a mirror first. In this guide, we’ll show you how to get a mirror in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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How to Get a Mirror and Change Your Appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There are four major ways that you can obtain a mirror in Animal Crossing: New Horizons early on.

  • Receive a mirror as a gift from a villager
  • Find the DIY recipe as a gift, in an abandoned bottle, or by any other means, then craft it at the workstation
  • Hit a balloon present with a slingshot, which may drop a mirror
  • If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to find a mirror at Nooks Cranny for 3,600 Bells.

The most straightforward way to get your first mirror in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is through crafting. Here is the crafting recipe for a full-length wooden mirror:

A wooden full-length mirror in Animal Crossing: New Horizon's build menu.
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  • 5 wood
  • 1 iron nugget

How to Change Your Appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Once you actually have the mirror in your possession, place it down wherever you’d like to use it, then tap the “A” button to begin changing up your look with your new mirror.

You can change just about anything with your appearance. Any option for customization that you were shown during the first character customization screen of Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be shown in the mirror menu.

If you want to completely redesign your New Horizons villager, go right on ahead!

The character customization menu in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

That’s how to get a mirror in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Check out some of our other Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides if you’re looking to make the most out of your new homes, including how to change roof and mailbox colors.


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Antonio is a Writer at GameSkinny. He obtained his Bachelor's in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He's been a lifelong gamer and doesn't remember a time when his life didn't revolve around video games. As a lifelong Nintendo fan, he's spent countless hours playing all of their franchises, mostly Zelda and Xenoblade Chronicles. However, his love for RPGs stands above the rest.