Inclines, also known as ramps, are a type of geography that appear in all Animal Crossing series games, with the exception in Animal Crossing: Wild World, where the town has only one level. As its name implies, it connects the higher and lower parts of town. It is a vertical piece of land, usually covered in grass. Due to a ramp's steep slope, however, sport balls and snowballs are difficult to transport uphill since both easily roll down the ramp.
In Animal Crossing
In City Folk
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, inclines serve the same purpose as in Animal Crossing.
In New Leaf
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, ramps connect the town and the beach, and can be on the same side of town. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, a new sideways-facing type of ramp is added. It appears on either the eastern or western side of town (the cliff side), and leads to the campground, which is a major new addition run by Harvey.
In New Horizons
As the island is initially uninhabited, there are no inclines and the player must use a Ladder to climb up cliffs.
After Resident Services is upgraded from a tent to a building, the player can talk to Tom Nook to set up a project and choose a site to construct an incline. Lloid will appear at the construction site to collect donations, and once the donation goal has been met, construction will be complete by the next morning.
Villagers will only venture onto areas of the island that are connected with bridges and inclines. If an area is accessible only by use of a Vaulting Pole or Ladder, they will never wander there under any circumstances. Villagers with houses that are inaccessible will still be able to wander the main island, although they will never be seen crossing a river or climbing a cliff on-screen.
A maximum of eight inclines may be built initially on one island. Beginning in version 2.0, the player can purchase the Pro Construction License to increase the number of inclines that can be built to ten.
Additionally, inclines can be demolished for a fee of 10,000 Bells. The Inclines are 2x4 spaces.
Inclines can be built on the second or third cliff tier, but not the fourth cliff tier similar when players attempt to climb up that tier with a Ladder.
|Blue plank ramp
|Blue steel staircase
|Red steel staircase