Today is May Day in Animal Crossing New Horizons and marks the start of a 7-day celebration of the event. Every day for the next week we can travel to an all-new Mystery Island tour. Courtesy of our getaway package CEO Tom Nook with the goal of meeting a classic character and finding some bonus prizes along the way.
To get started we simply head over to the Residence Services Center where Tom Nook will, of course, tell us a little about the event before rewarding us with a May Day ticket.
The May Day ticket is essentially a special edition Nook Miles ticket that we can redeem at the dodo Airlines to visit a special mystery island tour that’s only available during the event.
Of course, once redeemed at the dodo Airlines they will fly us out to this new island where we are faced with a maze puzzle which we need to solve in order to earn our prizes.
The puzzle will reward us with a meet-and-greet with Rover as well as some prizes so before we go any further let’s go over the steps needed to solve this puzzle
Step 1: Shovel
The maze is fairly straightforward the first thing you need to do is head forwards and pick up the shovel then use the shovel to dig up the bush to the left which allows you to collect a peach.
It’s as simple as eating the peach or whichever fruit you may have collected to get some extra strength this now allows us to dig up the tree blocking the path ahead.
Step 2: Worn Axe
Next, you’re faced with some paths leading to a small number of crafting materials and a worn Axe the easiest way to ensure you don’t miss anything is to take the first right and collect three pieces of wood.
From here continue forwards making your way around the maze until you collect a tree branch.
Again moving forwards you’ll come across three more tree branches that you’ll need to collect these will involve jumping over holes and then jumping back again.
Once over the second hole, head down and pick up the Axe. You can wrap up this step by collecting the final tree branch and stone.
Step 3: Chop A Tree
Now it’s time to make use of your tools, head back the way you came heading north until you come to the tree in the top left. You need to cut down the tree and dig up the stump. This allows you to collect another tree branch and some more fruit.
Step 4: Rock
Now it’s time to head to a rock you may have already seen at the beginning. Head back the way he came again towards where the Axe was. Jumping over 2 holes before taking a right allowing to jump over another hole to the south.
Following the path and jumping over another hole will bring you to rock. Simply eat a piece of fruit and smash the rock. This allows you to collect an iron nugget, pick it up but ignore the tree we’ll come back to this later. Don’t waste your second piece of fruit.
Step 5: Crafting
This is where it gets a little confusing because you’ve got to make your way back through the maze.
This time jumping back over the holes heading towards the first tree chopped down in the top left jumping over another hole and heading down to another rock.
You should have one piece of fruit left which you can eat and use to smash the rock providing you didn’t use it to dig up the tree in the previous step.
Once clear you can collect another piece of fruit and some DIY recipes for axes. These are just here in case you haven’t learned them yet in the game.
Dig up the tree to reveal the crafty stump and craft both axes.
Step 6: Extra Fruit
This step is all about collecting the remaining fruits you need in order to collect all the prizes on the island.
Head back away from the crafting stump and take the first left jumping across the holes to the only tree left in the center of the island.
Chop it down with the Axe you just crafted and collect the fruit. Save these fruit for later.
Step 7: Chop A Tree
Now it’s time to head to the main prize, head back north taking a left at the top of the map, and work your way around the maze until you come to the three jumps in a horizontal line.
You need to jump over the first hole and head for the tree we left standing earlier when we collected the iron nugget. Jump over the remaining holes and head to the tree.
Chop down the tree and follow the path ahead collecting the final piece of fruit along the way. Again save the fruit.
Step 8: Three Trees
We’re almost at the finish line now and we just have to make it through the final trees. It’s important at this point to chop down the trees with the Axe you’re carrying instead of using the fruit and digging up the trees.
So continue along the path, chop down each tree, and dig up each stump.
Once through you’ll be able to meet Rover the classic Animal Crossing character who will of course reward you with a prize for completing the maze.
Step 9: Collect Bonuses
Once you’ve received the main prize from Rover it’s time to collect some bonus bell vouchers.
The first batch is right next to Rover, all you need to do is dig up a bush and collect four vouchers. 2 are hidden behind the hedge but they are there.
Next, do you remember all the fruit you saved? well, this is why.
The second batch of Bell vouchers can be found in a lower part of the island.
Head around the top of the map around the hedge and down along the west beach until you see three rocks.
Eat the remaining three pieces of fruit you saved earlier and smashed the three rocks to collect five bonus bell vouchers.
If you did this correctly you should have met Rover, collected his prize, and picked up a total of 9 bonus bell vouchers and you’re done.
How To Reset Maze Puzzle
If at any point you mess up or wasted your fruit on digging up trees instead of using the Axe, simply call the Rescue Center who will help you restart the maze and reset all the crafting materials. Just remember it does cost 100 Nook Miles to do this.
May Day Bonuses
Another bonus this event is having Rover added to the game. Although he’s currently on the mystery island tour, Rover can now be invited to Harvey’s cabin to using his Amiibo which is pretty neat.
Of course, after inviting Rover into photopia it is now possible to order his poster from the Nook stop. Again another nice little benefit from having Rover stop by for the May Day event if you have is Amiibo.
And the final little prize from May Day is a bonus Thank You Mom Mug which can also be ordered from the Nook stop.
Wrapping It Up!
Just remember everything you’ve collected stays on the island apart from the prizes that will get mailed to you so don’t waste your time digging up bushes trees or flowers to take home because they just get left behind.
Once home you can sell the bail vouchers for up to 27,000 Bells which is a nice little profit.
And that’s pretty much it for the mystery island tour side of things. Unfortunately, it is the same island every time you visit but I’m guessing you can revisit the game tomorrow if you fancy clicked in some more bell vouchers and meeting Rover again.
If not, just visit using the second character if you’re looking to spend more time on the island.
And that pretty much wraps up things for the May Day event. It’s relatively small in comparison to other events and can be completed in about 10 minutes but it’s super fun and must if you want to earn Rovers prize.
The prize is of course rover’s briefcase and is a limited time prize that can’t be reordered from the catalog and may not even return to the game so it’s definitely worth taking part.
What do you think? are you a fan of Rover and how long did it take you to figure out this maze? let us know your thoughts in the comments!