1.2.0 April Free Update
The April Free Update (version 1.2.0), known in PAL regions as the Free Update, was an update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons released on April 23, 2020. This update added several new holidays—Nature Day, May Day, International Museum Day, and Wedding Season—and included two vendor NPCs, Leif and Redd, selling bushes and art respectively. It was announced on April 21, 2020.
- Bushes have been reintroduced in 1.2.0, with all but Sweet-Olive bushes returning from New Leaf. These are the following bushes and their bloom dates:
- Camellia bushes, in red or white, bloom January 1 - March 31 (Northern Hemisphere) and June 16 - September 30 (Southern Hemisphere)
- Azalea bushes, in pink or white, bloom April 11 - May 31 (Northern Hemisphere) and October 11 - November 30 (Southern Hemisphere)
- Hydrangea bushes, in blue or pink, bloom June 1 - July 20 (Northern Hemisphere) and December 1 - January 20 (Southern Hemisphere)
- Hibiscus bushes, in red or yellow, bloom July 21 - September 20 (Northern Hemisphere) and January 21 - March 20 (Southern Hemisphere)
- Tea-Olive bushes, in orange or yellow, bloom September 21 - October 31 (Northern Hemisphere) and March 21 - April 30 (Southern Hemisphere)
- Holly bushes bloom November 1 - December 31 (Northern Hemisphere) and May 1 - June 15 (Southern Hemisphere)
- Leif makes his return selling bushes, alongside non-native flowers. He also offers to buy any weed that the player may have in their inventory. Outside of Nature Day, he is the source of the DIY recipe for a Hedge.
- The art mechanic returns in 1.2.0, and just like New Leaf, has forgeries that the player must look very closely to check its authentication.
- The Fine Painting and Neutral Painting do not return from New Leaf.
- New paintings include Detailed Painting, Glowing Painting, Mysterious Painting, Sinking Painting, and Twinkling Painting.
- All the statues from New Leaf return, with new statues being Familiar Statue, Informative Statue, Rock-Head Statue, Tremendous Statue, and Warrior Statue. Unlike New Leaf, there is no forgery for the Great Statue.
- Redd returns to sell art as well as non-native furniture, now operating a ship called Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler. His ship is docked at the small beach at the top of the island.
- Players can now ask Redd for closer examination of the artwork.
- Other returning NPCs include Rover, Reese, and Cyrus.
- Four new holidays were introduced in 1.2.0:
- Nature Day makes its return as a method to obtain additional Nook Miles. Tom Nook will offer bonus Nook Miles+ objectives for the player to achieve, and after completing the first Nature Day-related task a DIY recipe for a Hedge.
- May Day runs from May 1 to May 7, acting as a maze that the player must traverse through utilizing much of the game mechanics of New Horizons. At the end of the maze, Rover will greet the player, and offer Rover's Briefcase as an award. Bell Vouchers are also dispersed throughout the maze. This event is time-locked, and only unlocks on 1.2.xa.
- International Museum Day runs from May 18 to May 31, with the player running around the Museum across the bug, fish, and fossil exhibits for stamp rallies. Once the player obtains all the stamps in one exhibit, Blathers will offer the respective plaque as an award to the player: Bug Plaque for the bug exhibit, Fish Plaque for the fish exhibit, and Fossil Plaque for the fossil exhibit. This event is time-locked, and only unlocks on 1.2.xb.
- Wedding Season runs through the entirety of June, and primarily takes place on Harv's Island. Reese and Cyrus asks the player to take a photoshoot using related wedding furniture, in exchange for Heart Crystals to be sold for Wedding Series. After a few days, the player can invite their own villagers or special characters to participate in a makeshift party, and the player is rewarded from Harvey a recipe for a Wedding Fence and from Cyrus a recipe for a Wedding Wand. This event is time-locked, and only unlocks on 1.2.xc.
- Wilbur now allows the player to send any items they have to their storage or be sold directly to Nook's Cranny. These options are only available past May 31st.
- New to this version are the introduction of seasonal items in Nook Shopping. These events are all time-locked and only unlock at their specified time-range. The following are events celebrated through this new service:
- Mother's Day, a day dedicated to mothers, is celebrated throughout May with a Thank-You Mom Mug.
- International Children's Day, a dedication to every children, is celebrated throughout June with Handmade Cape and Handmade Crown.
- Father's Day, a day dedicated to fathers, is celebrated throughout June with a Thank-You Dad Mug.
- The Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice are both celebrated between June 7 and July 6 with Sunflower Crown for summer and Midwinter Sweater for winter. Until 1.6.0, they were available for both hemispheres
Items added in 1.2.0
- The savings interest rate has been lowered 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.
- Various bugs had some of their spawn rates adjusted:
- 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:
- Peacock Butterfly was decreased to 5% (-22% — 40%)
- Emperor Butterfly was decreased to 5% (-5%)
- Atlas Moth was decreased to 5% (-4% — 5%)
- Madagascan Sunset Moth was increased to 5% (+1%)
- Banded Dragonfly was decreased to 7% (-3%)
- Stinkbug was increased to 40% (+10% — 22%)
- Man-Faced Stink Bug was decreased to 20% (-16% — 40%)
- Tiger Beetle was increased to 15% (+5% — 6%)
- Dung Beetle was decreased to 10% (-10%)
- Scarab Beetle was decreased to 3% (-2%)
- Miyama Stag was increased to 35% (+5%)
- Giant Stag was decreased to 5% (-5%)
- Rainbow Stag was decreased to 7% (-3%)
- Horned Dynastid was increased to 35% (+5%)
- Tarantula was decreased to 2% (-2%)
- Scorpion was decreased to 2% (-2%)
- Cherry-Blossom Petal was increased to 150% (+15%)
- Several islands that could be encountered on Mystery Island Tour were adjusted:
- Rare Flowers Island was removed
- Rare Flowers and Big Fish Island was removed
- Short River and Pond Island was increased to 9.68% (+0.68%)
- Short River Island was increased to 9.68% (+0.68%)
- Spiral Island was increased to 9.68% (+0.68%)
- Fidget Spinner Island was increased to 9.68% (+0.68%)
- Mountain Island was decreased to 8% (-1%)
- Fruit Orchard Island was increased to 10% (+1%)
- Scorpion Island was decreased to 1% (-1%)
- Rugged Woodland Island was decreased to 1.5% (-0.5%)
- Curly River Island was increased to 8% (+3%)
- Big Fish Island was decreased to 2% (-1%)
- Trash Island was decreased to 1% (-4%)
- Dorsal-Fin Island was decreased to 0.5% (-0.5%)
- Waterfalls Island was increased to 10% (+5%)
- Gold Nuggets Island was decreased to 0.3% (-0.7%)
- The Brown/Gold Simple Panel variant's furniture icon was fixed; previously the Gold texture appears to have been broken.
- An issue involving villager move-in was fixed, where originally 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 Gulliver's Travails Nook Miles achievement description had a spelling error fixed. Previously, the word "kindness" was spelled without an "n".
- Two item duplication glitches, one involving a bugged table and the other involving the mailbox, were patched.
- Existing bugged tables would still be able to duplicate items until 1.6.0.
- Nintendo (April 21, 2020). "Animal Crossing: New Horizons - April Free Update - Nintendo Switch". YouTube. Retrieved January 30, 2021.