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.
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. 1.3.1 (Released July 10, 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 Release Date Changelog
1.3.1 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.
1.3.0 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.png Pearl, themed DIY recipes, or 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 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]
  • Names of several items have been changed:
Press images:
1.2.1 May 21, 2020[1]
  • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.
1.2.0 April 23, 2020[1][2]
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:
  • Adds Coral Nook Inc. Aloha Shirt, Green Nook Inc. Aloha Shirt, and Bell-Bag Rug as available redemption items from the Nook Stop.
  • 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.
  • Names of several items have been changed:
Press images:
1.1.4 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).
1.1.3 April 3, 2020[1]
  • Addressed an issue where balloons would no longer fly over the island under certain circumstances.
1.1.2 April 2, 2020[1]
  • Fixed an issue where an 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.
1.1.1 March 26, 2020[1]
1.1.0 March 20, 2020[1][3]
Zipper NH Character Icon.png Release Day Update
  • Adds Zipper T. Bunny and the Easter event, which runs from April 1 — April 12.
    • Version 1.1.1a is required to be downloaded and installed for the event to be enabled in-game.
  • Adds the Bunny Day furniture set, 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.
  • Adds a Nintendo Switch furniture item which will be delivered to each player's mailbox.
    • Players who use the special edition Joy-Con controllers with the game also receive a ACNH Nintendo Switch.
  • Adds a Nook Inc. Silk Rug which Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can purchase with Nook Miles.
  • 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.
  • Names of several items have been changed:
Press images:
1.0.0 February 7, 2020
Tom Nook NH Character Icon.png Initial release
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