Animal Crossing: New Horizons/Update History

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This article or section contains information about game updates.
The last updates to this article may not reflect the most current or accurate information about the game.
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This article or section contains information about game updates.
The last updates to this article may not reflect the most current or accurate information about the game.
Current Version:
Ver. 1.6.0 (Released November 19, 2020)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is regularly updated with new content and special events. Unlike previous games, most events do not exist in the game's data until they are added through an update. These events are not available to experience in the game until the first real-world date on which it occurs, therefore time traveling cannot be exploited until the update has been installed. An online date verification is required to experience the event for the first time, at which point they will reoccur offline indefinitely.

Online multiplayer can only be participated in if the most recent update is installed. The version number is displayed on the title screen and when talking to Orville about multiplayer functions.

Version Changelog
November 19, 2020[1]
Franklin NH Character Icon.png Jingle NH Character Icon.png Free Winter Update
  • Two seasonal events, Turkey Day and Toy Day, have been added, as well as their hosts, Franklin and Jingle, respectively.
  • Players can visit Resident Services to put in a request to increase the capacity of their home storage from 1,600 to 2,400 items.
  • Luna can now offer random dream destinations by selecting the "Surprise me" option.
  • The Save Data Transfer feature, which allows island save data or a single player's save data to be transferred to another Nintendo Switch, has been added.
  • The following content has also been added:
    • Additional Nook Miles redemption items.
    • An additional thirteen seasonal items from Nook Shopping—eleven for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, and one each for the Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice.
    • Additional DIY recipes that use seasonal materials.
    • Additional Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp collaboration item.
  • Other adjustments and corrections were made to improve the gameplay experience.
  • Nine new Reactions—Sit Down, Wave Goodbye, Take a Picture, Sniff Sniff, Work Out, Yoga, Here You Go, Excited, and Ta-da—are added.[2]
  • Six new hairstyles are added.[2]
  • The NookLink mobile app now allows players to view their catalog.[3]
  • The following items have been added:
  • Names of the following items have been changed:
Press images:
October 9, 2020[1]
  • Fixed an issue where some title keywords obtained via Nook Miles would not appear within the Passport.
  • Fixed an issue where certain messages would display in English for users playing in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, or Russian.
  • Fixed an issue where animal residents would talk about pumpkins when given a bamboo shoot.
  • Fixed an issue where it was no longer possible to jump over a river based on the location of certain furniture.
September 30, 2020[1]
Jack NH Character Icon.png Fall Update
  • A new seasonal event, Halloween, has been added.
  • Pumpkins (produce item) and DIY projects that use pumpkins have been added.
  • Added new features for visiting dream islands with Luna: the ability to choose player's destination from a list of previously visited dream islands and the ability to favorite previously visited dream islands.
  • It is now possible to hide items that are not for sale by pressing the Y Button when viewing the catalog via Nook Shopping.
  • Six new eye and four skin colors are added.[5]
  • Two Reactions, Haunt and Scare, are added.[5]
  • Other adjustments and corrections were made to improve the game play experience.
  • Posters are no longer added to the Nook Shopping selection after picking them up; they are now exclusively unlocked via Harv's Island.
  • The following items have been added:
Press images:
August 21, 2020[1]

The following issues have been addressed:

  • From Ver. 1.4.1:
    • Fixed issue where the Sumo Ring would not display properly.
  • From Ver. 1.4.0:
    • Fixed issue where the game would shut down under certain conditions when dreaming.
    • Fixed issue where shining soil would improperly appear behind buildings and other places.
    • Fixed issue where specific message cards sent from villagers the player is close friends with would not arrive in the player's mailbox as intended.
  • From Ver. 1.3.0:
    • Changed the MTU when playing with others from 1364 to 1240 in order to investigate an issue where players cannot play with others in certain network environments.
August 6, 2020[1]
  • Fixed an issue where trees could grow fast and contain things other than the normal fruit, etc.
  • Fixed an issue where shining soil disappears after a player returns to their own island after a dream and buried Bells appear in that location instead.
  • Fixed an issue where the player swings their shovel through the air when attempting to hit a rock placed at a certain location.
  • Texture and icon for the Sumo Ring have been removed, making the flooring appear glitched when placed in a house and invisible in the player's storage.
July 30, 2020[1]
Luna NH Character Icon.png Summer Update (Wave 2)
  • A new seasonal event, Fireworks Shows, has been added.
  • A new feature was added to the NookPhone Camera app, allowing to turn off the guide information by pressing in the R Stick.
  • The Funny Glasses item now matches up with player skin color variations.
  • A new feature allows players to sleep in a bed and meet Luna to upload a dream of their island via the internet or visit other uploaded dream islands.
  • A new feature has been added to the Custom Designs Portal which allows searching by design name or type. Additionally, players can now create a list of favorite creators.
  • A new feature has been added for backing up save data to Nintendo's servers via the internet. Players can use backed up save data with the island backup restoration service if their Nintendo Switch system is lost or broken.
  • Other adjustments were made to improve the game play experience.
  • The following items have been added:
  • Name of the following item has been changed:
Press images:
July 10, 2020[1]
  • Addressed issue where players could not properly use a Zen Bridge or Red Zen Bridge placed on top of a cliff (third tier).
  • Addressed issue where a Wet Suit would not be available for sale within Nook's Cranny.
  • Addressed issue where Hermit Crabs would appear in places other than the beach.
  • Addressed issue where a dialogue bubble would improperly appear after speaking with a villager.
July 3, 2020[1]
Pascal NH Character Icon.png Free Summer Update (Wave 1)
  • Adds swimming and diving and along with them, Wet Suits and sea creatures.
  • Adds Pascal, who appears while diving and gives the player a Pearl NH Inv Icon cropped.png Pearl, Mermaid Series DIY recipes, or Mermaid-themed clothing if given a Scallop.
  • Gullivarrr can now be encountered, and he will ask that the player find his communicator by diving. If it is brought back to him, he will send the player an item from the Pirate Series or a pirate-themed clothing item in the mail the next day.
  • Leif, Saharah, and Kicks are no longer guaranteed to show up every week. Instead, any special visitor can appear on any weekday.
  • Saharah has received changes to her shopping dialog, allowing the player to continue the conversation after buying an item.
  • Corrected the names of several fish in Korean and Simplified Chinese.[1]
  • The following items have been added:
  • Names of the following items have been changed:
Press images:
May 21, 2020[1]
  • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.
April 23, 2020[1][6]
Leif NH Character Icon.png April Free Update
  • Adds Leif, who runs a pop-up gardening shop that sells bushes and flowers.
  • Adds Redd who operates Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler, a ship which sells furniture and art.
    • Redd's ship docks at the small beach at the rear of the island and an icon will appear on the map when he is present.
  • Adds a second-stage upgrade for the museum, introducing an art gallery exhibit.
    • The player must donate one work of art to Blathers in order to trigger the construction process.
  • Adds multiple new seasonal events:
  • Lowers the savings interest rate from 0.5% to 0.05%.
    • All players will receive a letter informing them of the change, with a present containing a Bell-Bag Rug as an apology.
  • Outdoor stereos can now work independently of each other, instead of all sharing the same power state and playing the same music.
    • As a result of this change, all outdoor stereos will be switched off when the update is installed.
  • Widespread adjustment of bug spawn rates:
    • All bugs now have the same chance to spawn in each month in which they are set to appear. Prior to this update, certain bugs would have a higher or lower chance of spawning during particular months compared to the other months in which they appear. Specific bugs have had their individual spawn rates adjusted for gameplay balance:
  • Rare Flowers Island Removed
  • Rare Flowers/Big Fish Island Removed
  • Short River/Pond Island increased to 9.68% (+0.68%)
  • Short River Island increased to 9.68% (+0.68%)
  • Spiral Island increased to 9.68% (+0.68%)
  • Fidget Spinner Island increased to 9.68% (+0.68%)
  • Mountain Island decreased to 8% (-1%)
  • Fruit Orchard Island increased to 10% (+1%)
  • Scorpion/Money Rock Island decreased to 1% (-1%)
  • Rugged Woodland Island decreased to 1.5% (-0.5%)
  • Curly River Island increased to 8% (+3%)
  • Big Fish Island decreased to 2% (-1%)
  • Trash Island decreased to 1% (-4%)
  • Dorsal-fin Island decreased to 0.5% (-0.5%)
  • Waterfalls Island increased to 10% (+5%)
  • Gold Nuggets Island decreased to 0.3% (-0.7%)
  • Fixes an issue where a villager could move in from a friend's island but not appear, and attempting to enter their house informs the player that they have moved out.
    • The affected villager will be completely removed from the island after the update is installed, and their plot will become vacant again.
  • The following items have been added:
  • Names of the following items have been changed:
Press images:
April 6, 2020[1]
  • Fixed an issue where Flick send the incorrect bug model when given three Scarab Beetles.
  • Adjusted the appearance rate of some Bunny Day eggs through April 11, with eggs being easier to find on Bunny Day itself (April 12).
April 3, 2020[1]
  • Addressed an issue where balloons would no longer fly over the island under certain circumstances.
April 2, 2020[1]
  • Fixed an issue where a villager that is invited to move from another island doesn't actually move, leaving the plot of land allocated for them to move to sold and unoccupied.
    • After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.2, the sold plot of land will revert to being available, and a new animal will become able to move there again.
Note: The villager that was originally invited to move to the player's island when the issue occurred will not return to their original island, nor will their plan to move to the player's island be carried out.
  • Fixed an issue where a request from Tom Nook for the Resident Representative to find a plot of land for new residents disappears.
    • After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.2, if the island is developed to a certain point (Nook's Cranny is either under construction or completed), the next time the Resident Representative plays the game, a special event will trigger during the island-wide broadcast and the story will move forward.
  • Fixed an issue where, after deleting a resident, it becomes impossible to move their house and/or other structures.
    • After the software is updated to Ver. 1.1.2, it will once more become possible to request that these structures be moved.
  • Fixed an issue where both Nook Miles and Bells are subtracted when an item is purchased from Wilbur on a Mystery Island Tour.
  • Other issues are now resolved.
March 26, 2020[1]
March 20, 2020[1][7]
Zipper NH Character Icon.png Release Day Update
  • Adds Zipper T. Bunny and the Bunny Day event.
    • Version 1.1.1a is required to be downloaded and installed for the event to be enabled in-game.
  • Adds the Bunny Day furniture series and matching clothing items.
  • Adds multiple new furniture items as part of an Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp-crossover promotion.
    • The items can be obtained by linking Pocket Camp to a My Nintendo account, redeeming the reward and downloading the content from the Nintendo e-Shop.
  • Enables visiting other islands via multiplayer.
  • Added functionality for Best Friends.
  • Message cards can now be sent to friends or received from friends.
  • Enables connectivity to NookLink with Nintendo Switch Online phone app.
  • Introduces anti-cheat server verification when playing online.
  • The following items have been added:
  • Names of the following items have been changed:
Press images:
February 7, 2020
Tom Nook NH Character Icon.png Initial release
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