Hokko Life: Beginner Tips And Tricks (2023)

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  • Mayor Merits
  • How To Build Furniture From Scratch In Hokko Life
  • Housing In Hokko Life
  • Getting New Villagers And Stores In Hokko Life
  • Villager Requests
  • How To Harvest And Maintain Resources In Hokko Life
  • How To Fish And Catch Bugs
  • Making Money In Hokko Life
  • Unlockable Areas In Hokko Life

Community simulation games, like Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing, are all about relaxing and pretending you can escape your busy life by running away to an old and forgotten town. Escaping into the country comes with its own set of challenges, though. Hokko Life is a new community simulation similar to these titles but with a twist. In Hokko Life, you can craft furniture from absolute scratch and build your village from the ground up.

Related: Hokko Life: Guide To Farming

Standing out from the crowd, Hokko Life's crafting and building system require learning so that you can come out the other end with a fascinating piece of furniture. That's not all that players need help figuring out. Below are some tips for getting started with this newly released cozy life simulation, as it can come as a learning curve to some.

Updated on October 7th, 2022, by Sharnelle Earle: Now that Hokko Life has finally been released, everyone is excited to jump back into this cozy simulation. A lot of important mechanics have shifted and changed for better player quality of life, and the game has improved over its early access days. Because of these changes, we have adjusted this guide to accurately portray the gameplay and what you need to know to get a head start in creating a cute village full of animals.

Mayor Merits

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Certain milestones and items are locked until you've completed some Mayor Merits. Mayor Merits is a progression system that rewards you with goodies. You can access it by opening your inventory and sifting through the tabs at the top.

It will be the last tab that looks like a gold medal. Each bubble in this menu will count your progression out for you. This allows you to see how much more of something you have to complete until you get a reward.

Mayor Merit Categories:

  • Character Upgrades
  • Foraging Upgrades
  • Fishing & Bug-Catching Upgrades
  • Mining & Design Upgrades
  • Town Upgrades

The right-hand side of the Mayor Merits menu showcases what each progression icon (underneath each bubble) means to understand what actions you need to take to complete a merit.

Character upgrades will unlock money, sprinting speed increase, and emotes. The second category, shaped like an axe, will increase your ability to gather raw materials, farm, and increase the respawn rate or amount of items gathered from one thing.

The fishing and bug category will unlock fishing tools and upgrades. The most important Mayor Merits to work towards, though, are the mining upgrades and town upgrades. The last two categories will unlock higher-tier pickaxes, allow you to demolish homes, and more.

The latter is important for progressing within the game. If you find yourself stuck, unable to get certain items, you may actually need to unlock them with Mayor Merits.

How To Build Furniture From Scratch In Hokko Life

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Hokko Life's crafting system involves purchasing blueprints and pieces of shapes from Sally. With these, you will manipulate, paint, and turn them into extravagant furniture. It can take seconds to hours, depending on what you try to make.

A blueprint gives you a small set of rules you can't break. By pressing "Info" while crafting, you can see these rules. They'll usually tell you how big or small your item must be and if it needs something, like a light bulb.

By pressing "Guide," you'll be able to see a grid showing you your boundaries. The arrow you'll see on the grid is the side on which your character will be able to interact with the object.

You can craft simple furniture by using raw wooden log material. To make more complex things, you need to purchase more complex shapes from Sally and then craft wooden logs, stone slabs, or others.

Tips For Building Bridges

You have to tell the game that the bridge is stable on all sides. If you're making a simple ramp or plank without a railing, it will say that the design has an error.

To fix this, you need to put any object in a far corner of the grid. If you make the plank as long as the grid will physically allow, the design will be useable without this.

Once complete, you can place it down and see if it works. If it doesn't work as a bridge, you can edit the furniture and change it without having to start over again.

Tips For Crafting Lamps

To make a house suitable for villagers in Hokko Life, you need a lamp, and you'll need a light bulb to craft a lamp from scratch, which involves several steps.

  • To get a light bulb, you first need to buy the light bulb recipe from Sally.
  • Then buy the light bulb pieces set.
  • One light bulb costs one steel bar and two sheets of glass.
  • This requires you to buy the recipe to craft glass out of sand.
  • You'll also need to progress enough through the game to unlock the mines.
  • The mines are the only way to find iron ore, which can be smelted into steel bars.

Tips For Selling Furniture To Earn Money

One of the easiest ways to earn money is by selling things you craft. They don't even have to look good or be usable.

  • The more you add to a piece, like paint and more squares, the more it will sell for and the more a villager will be pleased.
  • Always make sure none of your shapes are clipping through the ground or grid boundary; otherwise, it will say there's an issue.
  • Once you make your own house, you'll be able to unlock a location to download other players' furniture designs instead.

Housing In Hokko Life

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You will have been given a house for free and introduced to Rosa in the game's tutorial. By now, you know you can go to Rosa to purchase and build more houses. There are some abilities for housing that you do not have access to until you have completed Mayor Merits.

The purple house icon, the last category in your Mayor Merits, is what you need to focus on to unlock certain town upgrades. By progressing through this merit, you will be able to unlock the ability to move houses, demolish them, and access a town donation box.

Most of the actions needed to progress through this section involve completing many villager requests, decorating, and uploading creator designs.

Getting New Villagers And Stores In Hokko Life

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The only way to recruit new villagers into your town is by checking the Inn every evening. New villagers and shop owners spawn inside the Inn during lunchtime and the evening.

All you have to do is talk to them, and they will become available to fill a house. Once you have a house built, you need only interact with the white sign outside the house to choose who lives inside.

Every Recruitable NPC

  • Lasrus (clothing)
  • Aubrey (farm)
  • Hurley (desert)

Every Recruitable Villager

  • Benny
  • Sherf
  • Niko
  • Lily
  • Ruby
  • Oleander
  • Hector
  • Mei
  • Ren
  • Pip
  • Owyn
  • Poa
  • Yoyo
  • Nami
  • Tola
  • Kiko
  • Ramesh
  • Fiore
  • Patches
  • Quill
  • Cookie
  • Zea
  • Danzo
  • Finley
  • Swift
  • Timothy

Villager Requests

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Villagers will give you quests every now and again. Sometimes it will be to dig up flowers, other times, you will have to craft the perfect piece of furniture for them.

Requests usually give you a week to complete, but if you don't complete it within that time frame, there are no consequences.

You can go into the quest tab in your inventory and discard old requests. Speak to more villagers to find another one. As a reward for completing a quest, villagers will give you money or clothing.

Related: Hokko Life: Everything You Need To Know About Merits

How To Harvest And Maintain Resources In Hokko Life

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At the start of the game, you only have a limited amount of resources, and it's important not to deplete them until you've gained access to other areas on the map. Trees and flowers can be replanted by buying seeds. Rocks, however, don't come back unless they are within the mines.

Until you unlock the mines, it's best to save rocks for when you really need them. The rocks on the beach respawn daily, but the ones in the meadow don't.

By progressing through town upgrades in Mayor Merits, you will be able to get villagers to gather resources for you.

How To Fish And Catch Bugs

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Catching bugs is pretty straightforward, and it's always the fishing that gets to people. In Hokko Life, it takes a little getting used to, just like other games of this genre.

To catch a fish successfully, you must place the bobber in front of it and wait for it to bite. You'll know when it bites because it will prompt you to press the interact button.

There are two challenges or mini-games you'll get while fishing.

First, you must hold down the interact button until the bar starts flashing yellow and red. When that happens, release the button. To stop the bar from going down all the way, it's safe to lightly tap while in the yellow.

Never tap or hold down the button while it's red, or you'll break the line.

After that happens, you'll be prompted to pull left or right. This means pressing down left and right or using the thumb grip on your controller. Once that's over, continue holding down the interact button. Rinse and repeat until you fill up the bar.

Bugs and fish are seasonal in Hokko Life. To satisfy the collector in you, you can find and catch all the butterflies and fish that change every season and time of day. When you find a new specimen, you can speak to Derris on the beach for some quick cash. He will also pay you if you find the same fish in a new size.

Making Money In Hokko Life

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The best way to make money is by selling bugs, crops, and crafted furniture.

Catching 30 butterflies is way easier than catching 30 fish. Butterflies are everywhere and require no challenge; that's why it's worth purchasing the bug net sooner rather than later. A couple of petals don't mean much, but if you have a meadow's worth of blooming flowers, you'll get a lot out of selling each one.

As for furniture, the more you add to a creation, the higher the price. You can throw a bunch of random pieces together and make a lot of money.

But the best course of action is to work towards unlocking a farm and profiting from your hard labour.

Farming is the bestseller. You must unlock the ability to spawn Aubrey at the Inn, who will then unlock the farming section of the mountains. With the farm available, you can grow and nurture high-quality crops that can sell for 110+ coins.

To unlock Aubrey, you will have to have planted ten flowers and trees. Ten days have to have passed in-game, and you need to already have the ability to fish and buy houses from Rosa.

Unlockable Areas In Hokko Life

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Throughout your game, you'll be able to unlock new areas to explore. These areas will also have new resources to acquire. The unlockable areas are all hidden behind the village, up some stairs, and throughout the mountains.

The only exceptions come to the City Centre and Tropical Island. To get to the mountains, you must first build stairs to the second level of the meadow (starting area of the village), then make your way to the back center to reach the mountains.


How To unlock


First left as you enter the mountains. Go to the edge of the waterfall to unlock the flat bridge blueprint. Craft it and gain easy access.


Find Aubrey at the Inn ( they only spawn after certain progression). After speaking to them, wait a day, and the second left up the mountains will be unblocked.


You need to unlock the bomb recipe to then blow up the rocks in the way at the very end of the mountain path, to the right.


Find the broken pickaxe in front of the mines (above the stairs at the left end of the mountains) to start Sally's quest. Repair the pickaxe and enter.

City Centre

After a certain amount of game progression, you will be able to go back to the train station you started the game in and travel to the City Centre.

Tropical Island

Hurley must spawn at the Inn, speak with them to begin unlocking the island. It is currently unknown what gets him to spawn at the Inn.

Next: Hokko Life: How To Move Villagers Houses


How do I get started in Hokko Life? ›

First thing you have to make is a flower planter and a fence for which you need 10 logs and 2 yellow petals. After you have made those show them to Moss, and he will ask you to place both in town (either the Meadow Area, Town Centre or Beach areas).

Is Hokko Life better than Animal Crossing? ›

Hokko Life is easier to obtain and costs less money, while Animal Crossing is exclusive to Nintendo consoles and is more expensive. If anything, you may want to start with Hokko Life while you save up to indulge in Animal Crossing.

How do you make money in Hokko Life? ›

Making Money In Hokko Life

The best way to make money is by selling bugs, crops, and crafted furniture. Catching 30 butterflies is way easier than catching 30 fish. Butterflies are everywhere and require no challenge; that's why it's worth purchasing the bug net sooner rather than later.

Where is Sally in Hokko Life? ›

Sally is a special NPC that owns the Workshop in the Meadow area.

How many hours of gameplay is Hokko Life? ›

Low 4% Retirement
Nintendo Switch18h
PC46h 35m

How much money do you get in life to start the game? ›

Choose one player to be the banker. This player is in charge of all money paid to and from the bank. The banker separates the money into piles by denomination, then gives each player $10,000.

Is Hokko Life a knock off of Animal Crossing? ›

Having said that, Hokko Life borrows extremely heavily from Animal Crossing down to details like collecting and presenting ancient items found in the ground, a similar system of rewards, and a bug and fish encyclopedia. The biggest difference between Animal Crossing and Hokko Life is how time works.

Is there romance in Hokko Life? ›

Hokko Life is more of a crafting / building sim than anything else, and because it doesn't have a story, nor a system of building up relationships with the other characters (nor romance for that matter), the end game goals turn into unlocking as many of the crafting designs possible, amassing as many resources as ...

Can you cook in Hokko Life? ›

In Hokko Life, however, the players can not only farm vegetables, but they can also cook.

What is the highest paying DIY Animal Crossing? ›

The Trophy Case and Street Piano are the most valuable crafted items in the game. The Trophy Case DIY recipe can only be obtained from villagers with the "jock" personality like Billy and Sterling, and it requires hardwood, six iron nuggets, and three gold nuggets.

Who married Sally? ›

Romance. In the unaltered timeline, Sally at long last married Sonic, the love of her life.

How old is Aunt Sally? ›

History. The game dates back to the 17th century, although the name "Aunt Sally" may have been a later addition. It was traditionally played in central English pubs and fairgrounds.

How many villagers are in Hokko life? ›

There are up to 24 available villagers that you can recruit into your town.

What is the longest story game to complete? ›

The first Xenoblade Chronicles reserves that title by being a whopping 68.5 hours long.

Is Hokko Life worth buying? ›

The customizable crafting elements of the game are strong, and players can even share their designs with other players online in the game's city center. However, if players are looking for a new life simulation experience, Hokko Life will likely not provide the depth or addicting fun they're looking for.

How long is 12 minutes gameplay? ›

An interactive thriller about a man trapped in a time loop. How long is Twelve Minutes? When focusing on the main objectives, Twelve Minutes is about 4 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 7½ Hours to obtain 100% completion.

Do you have to get married in The Game of Life? ›

Marriage is no longer required. If a player lands on a space that offers the marriage option, choosing that option does not guarantee a particular outcome. Moreover, if a player chooses that option, all other players have $1,000 automatically drained from their bank account for a wedding gift.

Do you get money for having a baby in The Game of Life? ›

Having children – you earn 350 LIFE points per child each year (turn), but your salary is reduced by 10% per child, per year (turn) up to 40%. You need to consider if you can afford to have the number of children you would like.

What happens when you get married in The Game of Life? ›

Get Married

Add one "people" peg to your car and take a LIFE tile. Then spin for your wedding gifts. If you spin a 10, 9 or 8, the other players must each give you $10,000. If you spin a 7, 6 or 5, the other players must each give you $5,000.

What is the rarest Animal Crossing game? ›

1) Octopus

Octopi are the rarest villager species in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

What is the most sold Animal Crossing game in Japan? ›

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become Japan's best-selling game ever, having sold 10.45 million copies since its release two years ago.

What is the best-selling game of all time in Japan? ›

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 'is now Japan's best-selling game of all-time'

Is there dating in Animal Crossing? ›

Nintendo prohibits you from dating in the game and you can't pursue your love life in ACNH.

Will Lottie be in New Horizons? ›

Lottie was added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons as part of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise paid DLC expansion.

Does potion permit have romance? ›

In Potion Permit, there are a total of six romance-able characters, with an even split between genders. The game lets you romance any or all of them, regardless of gender. You can't marry any of them, but you can go on dates at various places in town.

Can you romance Fie in Trails of Cold Steel? ›

Fie is a fellow Class VII member who has always had a playful relationship with Rean. Though quieter than the rest, Rean is one of those responsible for helping Fie come out of her shell. Unlike Alisa, Emma, and Laura, Fie was not a confirmed romance option for the third game, but gained this status in the fourth.

Does Night in the Woods have romance? ›

In fact, it doesn't always have to be something said to the other interested party. In Night in the Woods, which came out a couple of months ago, there is a couple—Gregg and Angus—whose romance makes my heart melt into a big puddle of weepy goo.

Is Cooking Companions a dating sim? ›

Featuring Eastern European folklore in an unexpected package, Cooking Companions is a “dating sim” psychological horror title you won't soon forget. Players will be able to unlock 80 Steam achievements, 55+ pieces of artwork, four vegan recipes and 11 endings.

How do you unlock Legion cooking? ›

To learn Cooking in Legion, talk to Katherine Lee or Awilo Lon'gomba at your faction's kitchen in Legion Dalaran.

What are the requests in Hokko Life? ›

There are a variety of requests, from changing interiors and exteriors of a house, to crafting items like paint, to catching certain amount of a certain fish and insect. There will be a limited amount of time to fulfil these requests and the best way to keep track of them is using the Task List.

Who is the richest man in Animal Crossing? ›

4 Tom Nook (Animal Crossing) - $645 Billion

Since bells don't convert easily to dollars, yen, pounds, or any other real-world currency, it takes some extrapolation to figure out just how much wealth Tom Nook controls.

What does King Tut mask do in Animal Crossing? ›

The King Tut mask is a headwear item in Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduced in the 1.4. 0 Summer Update (Wave 2). When it is put on, a unique variation of the clothing change jingle plays, and while wearing it, the player has a chance of tripping while running.

What is the secret carp bait? ›

Corn is an all-season wonder bait, it can be used to great success in both winter and summer and can be fished in a variety of ways, try using it completely on its own, with 4 grains of corn on the hair. Or use some plastic corn as a bait topper, over a bed of boilie and corn.

Where is Cod in Hokko life? ›

There are 3 different locations in the town where the player can catch fish.
  • River: In the meadow, where the starting villagers live.
  • Sea/Ocean: At the beach, to the right of the meadow.

How do you unlock the fishing rod in Hokko life? ›

The player can get a Fishing Rod by talking to Derris the Bear. Derris can be found at the beach, but he isn't in town for the first few days, so the player will need to wait a little while before they can start fishing.

Who is Sally pregnant by? ›

Sally Rocks Adam's World With Totally Unexpected News — and Victoria Digs for Info on the Competition. Wednesday, February 22, 2023: Today on The Young and the Restless Chelsea hatches a new idea, Victoria works to discover who bought Tucker's debt, and Adam learns Sally is pregnant with his child.

What gender is Sally face? ›

The game follows the titular main character Sal Fisher (otherwise known as Sally Face), a boy with a prosthetic face, who investigates local murders with his friends. The game consists of 5 episodes that were released between 2016 and 2019.

Who is Sally's crush? ›

Sally has a crush on Linus, and calls him her "Sweet Babboo" (inspired by Schulz's wife Jeanie, who used to call him that) However, Linus does not really like Sally's love for him.

How old is Una Stubbs? ›

Does Sally have a sister? ›

Coco is the teen sister of Sally Spectra (Hope), the grand-niece of Sally Spectra (Conley) and the granddaughter of Sally's sister, Shirley Spectra (Darbo).
Coco Spectra.
In-universe information
SistersSally Spectra
GrandparentsShirley Spectra
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Was Una Stubbs a smoker? ›

“I was completely flat-chested, starving myself and smoking masses of cigarettes,” she said. Nevertheless, her determination to attract attention led to the nickname Basher Stubbs.

Can I have 2 of the same villagers? ›

Yes, you are allowed to recruit multiple villagers of the same name.

How to get all 10 villagers? ›

After three days, your resident total will reach 6 (that includes you!), and you'll be able to invite even more folks to your island for a maximum of 10 villagers. For every villager that joins, you'll have to pay Tom Nook 10,000 Bells for a plot of land for them to reside in.

Can I have 11 villagers? ›

Animal Crossing's Island Villager Limits Explained

By allowing players to obtain 10 different villagers, each of the personality types can be acquired with room for two duplicates.

Where do you start in the game of life? ›

The youngest player goes first, then play continues left (clockwise) around the table. Each turn starts with one spin to see how many squares you move. Read your Career card for special "bonus number" instructions. Other players have to pay you a certain amount of money if their spin lands on your bonus number.

How do I start a game from the beginning on steam? ›

  1. Open your Steam Library.
  2. Right click the game's title and select. Properties. .
  3. On the. General. tab you'll find. Launch Options. section.
  4. Enter the launch options you wish to apply (be sure to separate each code with a space).
  5. Close the game's. Properties. window and launch the game.

Do you have to get married in the game of life? ›

Marriage is no longer required. If a player lands on a space that offers the marriage option, choosing that option does not guarantee a particular outcome. Moreover, if a player chooses that option, all other players have $1,000 automatically drained from their bank account for a wedding gift.

How do you make your first game? ›

Whether you're a designer with a major game studio or using Unity to create your first game, every game maker follows these stages of development:
  1. Pick a concept. ...
  2. Gather information. ...
  3. Start building. ...
  4. Refine your concept. ...
  5. Test your game. ...
  6. Market the finished product.
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How do I restart a game from the beginning? ›

Reinstalling or restarting a game can often solve most of the problems you may encounter :) To restart a game, simply force quit the application and launch it again. Reinstalling a game may be trickier.

How do I prioritize a game on Steam? ›

Giving priority to Steam downloads

Right-clicking on the Steam Client entry. Right-click SteamService.exe in the Detail panel. Select Set priority, then High.

Is Hokko Life a rip off of Animal Crossing? ›

Having said that, Hokko Life borrows extremely heavily from Animal Crossing down to details like collecting and presenting ancient items found in the ground, a similar system of rewards, and a bug and fish encyclopedia. The biggest difference between Animal Crossing and Hokko Life is how time works.

Is Hokko Life a copy of Animal Crossing? ›

Robert Tatnell, who honed his design chops at Sony and Lionhead, is working on an Animal Crossing clone called Hokko Life.

How many villagers are in Hokko Life? ›

There are up to 24 available villagers that you can recruit into your town.

Where is Rosa in Hokko Life? ›

Finding Rosa the Realtor in Hokko Life

Note it will take 3 in-game days for her shop to be built, so you will need to be patient for a bit. However, once her shop is open, you will find Rosa there, willing to sell new houses to be placed across the meadow map north of the town square.


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