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Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Everything Comes in the Final Free Update

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Twenty minutes of a Nintendo Direct is usually about four to ten big things, but this Animal Crossing Direct was more jam-packed than a sticky kid’s lunch box. So much so that we had to split 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, of course
  • The update will be available for download on November 5th
  • The version number is 2.0
  • It’s the final “big free content update” – we could get more minor updates or bigger ones paid Update

The big stuff

We’ve broken all the new additions into “Big Stuff” and “Quality of Life Updates”, but you can’t agree with us on what counts as “Big”! Still, here are the things that we consider massive changes to Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

Returning and improved special characters

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You can read the full list here, but some popular NPCs are coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with Brewster taking over The Roost and many more (Tortimer, Harriet, Reese, and Cyrus) available on Harv’s Island.

New special characters and villagers

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Niko and Wardell both have something to do with the Happy Home Paradise expansion, and we’d guess Wardell is somehow related to Wendell the Walrus from previous games.

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

Harv’s island extension

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Harv’s Island just got more useful, with a shopping-themed extension on the back. It seems to work a bit like a campsite, and vendors who typically come to town like Kicks, Saharah, and Leif can set up small businesses with a trailer, while recurring favorites like Tortimer, Katrina, and Harriet offer new services.

You’ll need to raise enough money to invite each one out individually through a sturdy, handsome version of Lloid with a mustache.

Froggy chair

Froggy Chair is back, baby. And it’s customizable too.

Cook

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Who could have known Animal Crossing would get a chef mechanic? US, THAT’S WHO. But with our foresight aside, the new chef-crafting menu – which appears to be accessible via an oven – gives you the opportunity to turn a variety of fruits, vegetables, and more into delicious and decorative plates. But where do we get all the vegetables from?

Agriculture

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… by growing them, of course! Agriculture was in the past somehow in the game, with the addition of pumpkins, but now this has been expanded to include tomatoes, wheat, sugar cane and many more crops that you can grow from scratch.

Kapp’n’s Islands

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After his role in New Leaf as a ferryman, Kapp’n returns to Tortimer’s Island and this time brings you to a new place that only he knows. Take a ride on his boat (and listen to his shanties) for access to new islands that can have different weather, time of day, and even seasons than your main island, making beetle and fish catching year round over is much more accessible. There will also be new types of flora such as grapevines that will let you climb cliffs like a ladder.

The sleeping place

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Thanks to Nintendo Direct in September, we all knew it was coming, but it’s nice to see the new and improved Roost opening at the museum.

Run exclusively by Brewster, the Vogel barista, The Roost is a dimly lit and very cozy little café where guests can have coffee at any time of the day. You can see characters and villagers visiting here and have the option to invite friends over and sit on a cup of joe – just hold the pigeon milk please.

New furniture

We took a look at some new furniture (like the aforementioned Froggy Chair) as well as the ability to customize items that were previously non-customizable through the services of Reese and Cyrus on Harv’s Island. We’ll also get new Nook Miles items, a very cute old fashioned music box and ceiling decorations, and 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, block wall fences, corrugated iron fences, and more. There is also the option of customizing fences.

More hairstyles

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There are 11 new hairstyles available, including some you need to learn from Harriet, the stylist poodle on Harv’s Island. There’s a side braid, a flabby boyband look with a center parting, and waves, dreads, and cornrows too.

More reactions

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11 new reactions are coming, including:

  • Double wave
  • stretch
  • Bounce to music
  • Hearing ears
  • Say cheese

New KK Slider songs

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KK has worked hard in the studio and it will give us 12 new songs including:

  • Chillwave
  • KK bashment
  • KK break
  • KK Chorinho
  • KK Dub
  • KK joint
  • KK hip-hop
  • KK lovers
  • KK polka

First person camera & tripod

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With the camera app on the Nook phone, you can now switch to a first-person mode or tripod mode that allows you to take photos that you are actually in.

Spinning top

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Not only are gyroids back, but they’re EXTRA cool and EXTRA weird now. Dig up gyroid fragments and replant them to grow. Once they soak up water, they’ll turn into large gyroids that you can dig up again to find out what kind of gyroid it is!

Each one has a different design and sound, and they look a lot cooler and more varied than the old, similar ones. You can even customize them to match the aesthetics of your home, and like in previous games, they sing to the beat and to beat any music that is being played.

Previously, the number of gyroids you can have in a room was limited – there were 4 in New Leaf and 8 in City Folk. It looks like the limit is at least 7 this time and you can view the fragments too.

strain

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We doubt anyone could have predicted this, but now you can join your villagers and special NPCs like Brewster for stretching sessions in the square. Uh, do birds have to stretch?

You can even join your friends online and do the real life stretches with your Joy-Con. It’s basically a much quieter ring fit that no one yells at you.

Quality of life updates

Villager House Visits

We wondered if the villagers hated us and / or our home decor, but now we can finally visit each other’s homes properly instead of just popping in while doing DIY. You can invite them, and they can invite you – and if New Horizons is something like previous games, maybe they can just invite you too themselves Above.

Slide between furniture

Honestly, we thought that was already in the game because it was in New Leaf, but no – we couldn’t scoot all the time! If the gaps between the furniture are too small, the only way your character can go nuts is to turn to the side and walk a little off the beaten track. It’s finally that time again, and now we can all smash our furniture together again.

Storage shed

Outdoor storage is HERE. The storage shed is a great way to store things without having to wander all the way back to your house.

Permanent ladders

Head to the Nook shop to grab a ladder kit and set up permanent ladders wherever you want. If you’re tired of having to step on your ladder every time, this is a great solution – it’s space efficient, much smaller than a slope, and comes in a variety of designs too!

Your own ABD

The auto bell dispenser is usually located in the Resident Services building, which means you have to go inside, wait for the loading screen, then access the machine itself, and then go back outside … it’s very tedious. Now you can place the ABD wherever you want so you can access your cash without having to rely on the town hall. Hooray!

Island life 101 app

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

Island ordinances

Island Ordinances, a feature that is often requested, allows you to create a rule to make your game fit your play style. There are four, and based on 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 will stay beautiful if you don’t every day can visit; Early Bird and Night Owl will change villager opening hours and shops; Bell Boom will likely sell things for more, or make it easier to make money somehow, such as increasing the bells you find in rocks.

More house facades

Match your home with the aesthetics of your island with the new options for the exterior of your home!

Three new memory expansions

The home warehouse can now hold up to 5,000 items.

Ceiling furniture

Just like in Happy Home Designer, you can put certain furniture – lamps, security cameras, dangling things – on the ceiling. That frees up space on your walls for more stuff!

Accent walls

If you only want to wallpaper one (or two or three) of your walls, now you can do just that – just select “Set as Accent Wall”.

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Patterns for furniture can be worn or used as wallpaper

This will make it a lot easier to design cute houses!

Bridges and slopes increased to 10 each

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


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

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

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