Animal Crossing May Day maze: how to complete the May Day tour, restart the maze, and Rover's briefcase reward explained

It's a-maze-ing. (I hate myself for writing that.)

May Day, like Nature Day, is another limited-time event that takes place during spring in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

To celebrate May Day, Tom Nook has built a special May Day maze out on one of the deserted islands.

If you complete the May Day maze, then you'll get to meet Rover who give you Rover's briefcase. If you get stuck, however, then you'll need to restart the maze and try again.

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May Day dates in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

May Day in New Horizons runs from Friday, May 1st to Thursday, May 7th. Time-wise it starts and ends at 5am on these days, which is the shared reset time for every island.

Presumably these dates will remain the same when May Day returns in future years.

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If you want to celebrate May Day, however, you must first ensure that you've downloaded the latest patch for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which you should be prompted to do when you start the game.

This update contains a variety of new features, including Redd, the art gallery for the Museum and the ability to grow bushes on your island.

May 1st may be the official start for the May Day celebration, but that doesn't mean you have to partake in the event on that day. Just make sure you do before the event ends or you'll have to wait a year until it returns.

How to start the May Day tour in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

To take part in the May Day celebrations in New Horizons you must first visit Residential Services and talk to Tom Nook.

He'll explain that he's got a special May Day special for you and tell you to head down to Dodo Airlines.

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Once you get to the airport, talk to Orville and he'll say that there's a special May Day Ticket waiting for you.

If you want to take part in the May Day event, tell Orville that you want to fly and then select 'Use May Day Ticket.'

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It's important to note that you can only partake in the May Day event once a year, so make sure you have the time to properly complete this activity. Orville will also take away your inventory as part of the event, but, don't worry, you'll get everything back once you return home.

How to complete the May Day maze in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Arriving on the special May Day island in New Horizons, you'll discover that it's less of a relaxing celebration and more of maze.

To solve this maze, you not only have to discover the correct route through its twisting hedges, but also correct materials hidden around the island to create the tools you need to progress. We recommend picking up every time you see on your journey through the maze, so that you don't have to backtrack.

Be warned - below you'll find directions on how to solve the May Day maze, which does contain spoilers, so, if you want to solve it unassisted, then don't read on.

Your quest to solve the May Day maze begins by picking up the shovel and using it to dig up the bush to your left, which will allow you to pick up the fruit kept behind it. This fruit will also be the native fruit of your island.

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Eat the fruit and use the shovel to scoop up the nearby tree into your inventory.

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How to jump over holes in the May Day maze in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The May Day maze is full of holes that you need to jump over. To do this you simply need to walk up to them and then continue walking - your avatar will simply automatically jump over the hole for you.

The first hole you need to jump over is directly north of you and, following this one, you need to jump across the three holes in a row to your right. This will bring you to three pieces of wood that you need to pick up.

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Continue following the path along, jumping over the holes as you come across. Eventually you'll find yourself back in the centre of the maze, but this time you'll be above the three hole in a row.

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Flow the path along, until you're standing above the three holes in a row.

Jump across the third and furthest hole first to collect some materials, before jumping back across.

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Next, jump across the middle hole to find a second tree branch and a Worn Axe.

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After gaining these items, you need to jump back across the hole and retrace your steps to the west, until you reach a tree in the top north-western corner.

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Chop down this tree.

Here you need to chop down this tree using your Worn Axe, which will break it, and use the shovel to remove the tree stump. Grab the tree branch and the two pieces of fruit that you gain access to, before heading back to the centre of the maze.

Finally, you can jump across the first hole out of the three-in-a-row and take the westerly path it puts you on.

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How to break rocks in the May Day maze in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You'll reach a rock that you need to break. To do this eat one of your pieces of fruit by selecting it in your inventory and then choosing the option eat. Now all you have to do is hit the rock with your shovel and it will shatter into pieces, allowing you to collect the iron nugget on the other side.

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It's time to retrace your steps again! Head back to where you collect the three pieces of wood and you'll find another rock for you to smash.

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SMASH!

Once the rock is destroyed, pick up the fruit and, if you don't already know them, the DIY recipes for the Flimsy Axe and Axe.

Continue down the pathway, until your way is blocked by another tree, which you can shovel up after eating your new piece of fruit.

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This will grant you access to the DIY workbench, where you can use the materials you've gathered to make a Flimsy Axe, which can then be upgraded to an Axe.

We recommend that you now head back to the three-holes-in-a-row and jump across them, until you reach a tree. Chop this tree with your new axe and collect the fruit on the other side - you'll be wanting this fruit later.

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Make sure you grab this fruit.

After doing this, jump over the hole directly to the north of you and follow the path around until you are standing in front of the three-holes-in-a-row for the last time.

Jump across the first hole and follow the path till you reach another tree that you can chop down with your axe.

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Make your way to this tree.

Doing this will grant you access to a new hole for you to jump across, which leads to the final piece of fruit that you need to collect and another hole to jump across.

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This brings you to your final task within the maze - chopping down three trees in a row. Neither your axe or shovel will break, so feel free to destroy away. Don't consume any of your fruit - you're going to want it for later.

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Congratulations! You've reached the end of the maze!

How to restart the May Day maze in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you ever find yourself lost in the May Day maze or unable to progress, then you can use the ! Rescue Service app on your Nook Phone to bring you back to the entrance.

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Once you've completed the May Day maze, you can also use the ! Rescue Service to restart the maze. This is especially usual if you want to collect all the Bell Vouchers, but used up all the fruit available on the island.


New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect. Once you have settled in, you'll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd. Recently added were swimming, sea creatures and Pascal.


Rover's briefcase and other May Day maze rewards in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Reaching the end of the May Day maze in New Horizons will bring you to Rover the cat. You may recognise Rover from past Animal Crossing games, especially if you played the GameCube version where he's the first character you talk to.

Take the time to have a chat with Rover and he'll give you Rover's briefcase as a reward for solving the maze.

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You can earn further rewards by digging up the bush near Rover's campfire to access four Bell Vouchers. After doing this, dig up the bushes behind the tree that is also near the campfire, so that you can run around the left-hand side of the maze.

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Run around the outside of the left-hand size of the maze.

Once you reach the beginning of the maze, you'll find three rocks. Finally you can eat the three fruits you've been saving and destroy each of these rocks in turn to reach the additional five Bell Vouchers.

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Smash these rocks to earn some more Bell Vouchers.

This brings you to a total of nine Bell Vouchers, which can be exchanged for 27,000 Bells.

With these last Bell Vouchers collected, you've also earned all the May Day events, meaning that it's time to leave this little island.

Dig up the two bushes located to your right, jump across the hole and shovel up the final bush, so that you can make your way back to Wilbur. He'll explain that you won't be able to return to this island, so definitely make sure that you've collected everything before you leave.

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Dig up these bushes so you can leave.

Your first stop upon returning to your island should be your post box. Inside you'll find that Dodo Airlines has mailed you both Rover's briefcase and the Bell Vouchers you've earned.

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If you like you can head to Residential Services and provide Tom Nook with some feedback about his maze, but, other than that, May Day is over until next year.

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Lottie Lynn is Eurogamer's guides writer. She likes exploring new games and still has nightmares about the moon from Majora's Mask.

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