Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Everything Coming in the Latest Free Update


Twenty minutes of a Nintendo Direct is usually four to ten important things, but this Animal Crossing Direct was more crowded than a clingy kid’s lunchbox. So much so, in fact, that we’ve had to divide our usual “everything” summary into two parts: the free stuff and the paid stuff.

Here’s everything you can find in Update 2.0 for Animal Crossing: New Horizons without paying for it:

The basics

  • It’s all free, obviously
  • The update will be available for download starting on November 5.
  • The version number is 2.0
  • It is the latest “major rate content update”; we could still get more minor or major updates paid out updates

The great things

We’ve broken down all the new additions into “big stuff” and “quality of life updates”, but you may not agree with us on what’s considered “big”! Anyway, these are the things we consider massive changes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

Returning and Improved Special Characters


You can read the full list here, but some beloved NPCs will be making their way to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with Brewster taking over from The Roost, and many more (Tortimer, Harriet, Reese, and Cyrus) will be available on Harv’s Island.

New special characters and villagers

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Niko and Wardell have something to do with the Happy Home Paradise expansion, and we would assume that Wardell is related in some way to Wendell the Walrus from previous games.

But take a closer look at the amiibo cards and you’ll see a staggering number of new villagers, including Cephalobot, the robot octopus, Ione, the galactic squirrel, and Frett, the creepy daddy-dog. It’s not entirely clear how many of these new villagers will be just Happy Home Paradise just yet.

Harv Island Expansion

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Harv’s Island will now be even more useful, with a shopping-themed expansion to the rear. It seems to function a bit like a campground, and vendors who generally come to town on occasion, such as Kicks, Saharah, and Leif, may set up small tents with a caravan, while returning favorites such as Tortimer, Katrina, and Harriet will offer new services. .

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You will have to raise enough money to invite each one individually, through a beautiful and tough version of Lloid who has a mustache.

Froggy chair

The Froggy chair is back, honey. And it is also customizable.


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Who could have predicted that Animal Crossing would get a kitchen mechanic? WE, THAT’S WHO. But, foreknowledge aside, the new cooking crafting menu, which appears to be accessible through an oven, will give you the opportunity to turn various fruits, vegetables, and more into delicious, decorative dishes. But where will we get all the vegetables from?


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… Growing them, of course! Agriculture was previously something like in the game, with the addition of pumpkins, but now it has expanded to tomatoes, wheat, sugar cane, and many more crops that you can grow from scratch.

Kapp’n Islands

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Kapp’n returns after his role in New Leaf as a boatman to Tortimer’s Island, and this time, he will take you to a new place that only he knows. Take a ride on your boat (and listen to their huts in the sea) for access to new islands, which can have different climates, times of day, and even seasons on your main island, making catching insects and fish a breeze. much more accessible throughout the year. . There will also be new types of flora, such as vines that allow you to climb cliffs, like a ladder.

The chicken coop

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We all knew it was coming, thanks to the Nintendo Direct in September, but it’s lovely to see the new and improved Roost opening at the Museum.

Staffed exclusively by Brewster, the bird barista, The Roost is a very cozy little dimly lit café where customers can have coffee at any time of the day. You will be able to see visiting characters and villagers here, as well as having the option to invite friends and sit down for a cup of coffee; Just hold the pigeon milk, please.

New furniture

We took a look at some new furniture (like the Froggy chair we already mentioned), as well as the ability to customize things that previously couldn’t be customized through the services of Reese and Cyrus at Harv’s Island. We will also get new items from Nook Miles, a nice old music box and ceiling decoration, as well as something called “Amazing Machine” which … is a mystery. For now.

New fences

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It’s exactly what it sounds like – nine new fences, including block fences, lattice fences, log wall fences, corrugated iron fences, and more. There is also the possibility of customizing fences.

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More hairstyles

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There are 11 new hairstyles available, including some you’ll have to learn from Harriet, the poodle stylist at Harv’s Island. There’s a side braid, a loose-parted hair boy band look in the middle, and waves, dreadlocks, and braids as well.

More reactions

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11 new reactions are coming, including:

  • Double wave
  • Stretch
  • Bounce to music
  • Listening ears
  • Say cheese

New songs from KK Slider

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KK has been hard at work in the studio and as a result we will get 12 new songs, including:

  • Chillwave
  • KK Bashment
  • KK Break
  • KK cries
  • KK Dub
  • KK Fuge
  • KK hip hop
  • KK Lovers
  • KK Polka

First person camera and tripod

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The camera app on the Nook phone now allows you to switch to first person mode or tripod mode, allowing you to take photos where you really are.


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Not only are gyros back, they are now EXTRA cool and EXTRA weird. Dig up Gyroid Shards and replant them to grow. Once they have absorbed water, they will turn into large gyros, which you can later dig up. again to find out what kind of Gyroid it is!

Each one has a different design and a different noise, and they look much cooler and more varied than the older, more similar ones. You can even customize them to match the aesthetics of your home and, as in previous games, they sing in tune and to the beat of the music being played.

Previously, there was a limit to the number of Gyroids you can have in a room – there were 4 in New Leaf and 8 in City Folk. It looks like the limit will be at least 7 this time, and it will be able to show the Shards as well.


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We doubt anyone could have predicted this, but now you can have stretching sessions in the plaza, along with your villagers and special NPCs like Brewster. Er, do birds need to stretch?

You can even join your friends online and can stretch in real life using your Joy-Con. It’s basically a much quieter Ring Fit where no one yells at you.

Quality of life updates

Visits to villagers’ houses

We’ve been wondering if the villagers hated us and / or our home decor, but now we can finally visit each other’s homes properly instead of just breaking in while DIYing. You can invite them, and they can invite you, and, if New Horizons is anything like previous games, maybe they can just invite you too. themselves upon.

Move between furniture

We honestly thought this was already in the game, because it was in New Leaf, but no, we haven’t been able to swipe all this time! When the gaps between furniture are too small, the only way your character can get through is to turn onto his side and do a little slide. Finally, it’s back and now we can put all our furniture back together.

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Storage shed

Outdoor storage is HERE. The storage shed will allow you to store things without having to travel back home.

Permanent stairs

Visit the Nook Store to get a ladder kit and place permanent ladders wherever you want. If you’re tired of having to switch to your ladder every time you want to go up, this is a great solution – it saves space, it’s much smaller than a slope, and it also comes in different designs.

Your own ABD

The Automatic Bell Dispenser is usually located inside the Resident Services building, which means having to go inside, wait for the loading screen, then access the machine itself, then go back outside … it’s very tedious. Now, you can put the ABD wherever you want, so you can access your cash without having to depend on the City Council. Hurrah!

Island Life 101 App

This is a lifesaver for anyone who feels like they have missed the ACNH pandemic craze, or are joining an island where everything is already set up. The Island Life 101 app on the game’s NookPhone will tell you how everything in the game works, so it won’t take long to get up to speed. It’s basically a tutorial, without going through the “We just landed on a desert island” tutorial.

Island ordinances

A frequently requested feature, Island Ordinances can allow you to set a rule for your game to suit your play style. There are four, and according to New Leaf we can guess what they do: Beautiful Island will likely stop weed growth and plant death, so you can be sure your island stays pretty if you can’t visit every day; Early Bird and Night Owl will change the hours that villagers and shops stay open; Bell Boom will likely make things sell for more, or make it easier to make money in some way, like increasing the bells found on the rocks.

More house exteriors

Make your home match your island aesthetic with new home exterior options!

Three new storage expansions

Home storage will now be able to store up to 5,000 items.

Ceiling furniture

Similar to Happy Home Designer (and later New Leaf), you will be able to place certain pieces of furniture (lights, security cameras, hanging things) on the ceiling. That will free up some space on your walls for more!

Decorative walls

If you want wallpaper on just one (or two, or three) of your walls, now you can do exactly that – just select “set as accent wall.”

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Furniture patterns can be used or used as wallpaper

This will make it so much easier to design pretty houses!

Bridges and slopes increased to 10 each

Previously, there were 8 each, which was an irritating artificial limit. With this and the permanent ladder, there will now be many more ways to navigate the island!

If you’d like to learn more about the Happy Home Paradise features, we’ll have a separate article for that too, including Series 5 amiibo cards.

What’s your new favorite feature? Let us know in the comments below!