Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Use and Place Permanent Ladders

A player stood next to a permanent wooden ladder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 2.0 update is here. It introduces a wealth of new features and old, familiar faces that players have been asking for ever since the game's initial launch in 2020. One of the newer features that players have been hoping for is Permanent Ladders.

In this guide, we've explained how to get, set up, and use permanent ladders.

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How to Get Permanent Ladders

The recipe for crafting a permanent wooden ladder set-up in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Being able to set up permanent ladders around your island has been a long-awaited component in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. With bridges and inclines capped at 10 each per island, these ladders will prove very useful for being able to access your island from various areas where inclines can't be built.

To get permanent ladders, you will first need to go to the cupboard at Nook's Cranny and purchase the 'Wooden Ladder Set-Up Kit' DIY Recipe. You will learn the recipe immediately, and then be able to build the permanent wooden ladder from any workbench! The recipe for the permanent ladder (shown above) requires one ladder and five wood to craft, so be sure to gather materials in advance.

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How to Set Up and Use Permanent Ladders

A player setting a wooden ladder next to a cliff, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Once you've crafted however many wooden ladders you wish to place around your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, you can go about setting them up and using them. To do this, simply face the cliff you wish to be able to climb and select the 'Wooden Ladder Set-Up Kit' in your inventory. Then, select 'Set Next to Cliff'. Once placed, you will then be able to interact with the ladder as you would with any item and climb up to the cliffs above.

That's all you need to know about accessing permanent ladders on your New Horizons island. Now, not only will your island be a paradise, but a super accessible one too! For more useful tips on how to improve your island, check out our guide on how to get a five-star island. Alternatively, to see more new features added in Version 2.0, you can check out our guides on Gyroids and cooking.