It’s time for another seasonal event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! This time it’s May Day, which runs from today until May 7. If you didn’t experience it last year, May Day is an event that gives players an entire week to take a single visit to May Day Island at their leisure. Like last year, this tour will take you to a special island, unlike the usual Mystery Tour islands you normally go to. It includes a special maze that you can solve for an exclusive prize. If you already made the May Day tour last year, we still recommend that you not only experience a brand new maze, but also because it offers a brand new reward for returning players. The latest 1.10 update brings new wrinkles to May Day and other returning events this year, so be sure to experience them again.
How to get your May Day ticket
To kick off on May Day, go to Dodo Airline to get your May Day ticket, which will be ready at the counter for you. You must use the May Day Ticket before the end of the day on May 7 and can only be used once. The May Day tour lasts approximately 15 minutes, so make sure you have plenty of time.
When you’re ready to do the May Day Tour, talk to Orville and select “I want to fly!” then “Use the May 1st ticket”. Don’t worry about what’s in your pockets – everything you carry will be held for you at the airport, so you don’t have to empty your inventory before leaving like you would before leaving for a Mystery Tour.
How the May Day tour works
The goal of the May Day Tour is to make your way through a maze using only the items you find on the island. These items include tools, your native fruits, and crafting materials; you’ll also find DIY recipes for the flimsy ax and the regular ax in case you don’t already have them. Within the maze there are 9 Bell Vouchers to collect, which can be sold to Nook’s Cranny for 3,000 Bells each, although your main objective is to reach the special NPC at the end of the maze: Rover.
The puzzle relies on fruit power, which is the stamina you get from eating a fruit. When powered up by eating fruit, you can dig up entire trees and destroy rocks, which are your main obstacles in the maze. You will need to eat a fruit to dig up a tree or break a rock, which will then allow you to access an area with more fruit or crafting materials. If you want to get all the bell vouchers, the challenge is to use your fruit sparingly, craft an ax and chop down trees instead of using fruit power to pick them up; you will need the fruit power to destroy the rocks instead, as you cannot move them or otherwise get rid of them like you can just chop down trees.
If you get stuck, you can use the Rescue Service app on your NookPhone or ask Wilbur for a hint. Using the Rescue Service will completely reset the maze and your inventory, which is useful if you’ve used an item you shouldn’t have and can’t reach certain areas of the maze.
You will, however, be able to get to the end of the maze without doing everything perfectly, so if you don’t care about the bells, you can easily reach Rover. This blue cat, who is a returning NPC from previous Animal Crossing games, will give you a special piece of furniture to complete the maze (and even tease his return to the future).
What do you get for May 1?
While you can’t bring any items back with you, the Dodos will mail you both the Rover Prize and the Bell Vouchers you’ve collected; they should arrive a day later. The prize, Rover’s Briefcase, is a displayable item that contains cute stickers of Rover’s travels; As we said above, Bell Vouchers can be sold for 3,000 Bells each at Nook’s Cranny. If this is your second time completing the maze, you will be rewarded with a souvenir Rover photo.
The May Day celebration lasts until May 7, but other events take place soon after, such as International Museum Day (May 18-31) and wedding season (June 1-30). Check out our schedule of upcoming Animal Crossing events for what’s on the horizon.
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