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The official update history for New Horizons can be found here.

Past versions


The version of the game on physical cartridges. Contains a complete, playable version of the game, minus any additions, changes, and fixes included in any subsequent versions.


Released on March 19th, 2020, one day before the launch of the game.

  • Added Bunny Day and Zipper T. Bunny
  • Item names now use Title Case instead of all-lowercase.
  • Added NookLink features. The "Save Data settings" on the title screen was replaced with the generic label "Settings".
  • All players who downloaded the update receive a Nintendo Switch furniture item in-game. The player also received an ACNH Nintendo Switch, if they were playing on one.


Released on March 26th, 2020.


After being announced during a Nintendo Direct Mini on March 26th, 2020, the update was unlocked on April 1st, 2020.


Released on April 2nd, 2020.


Released on April 3rd, 2020.


Released on April 6th, 2020.

  • Fixed an issue where Flick would give a different model on the next day when given three Scarab beetles for a commission.
  • Readjusted frequency of Bunny Day eggs prior to April 11th, 2020.[3]

1.2.0 - Earth Day Update

After being teased during the Nintendo Direct Mini on March 26th, 2020, this update was officially announced with a trailer uploaded on April 21st. The update was released on April 23rd, 2020.[4]

  • Added Leif as a traveling merchant.
    • Added bushes, sold by Leif.
    • Leif also sells flower seeds that aren't usually for sale in the local Nook's Cranny.
  • Added Redd
  • Museum expansion
    • Added an art gallery. Requires donating at least one genuine work of art to Blathers before it appears.
  • Upcoming events
  • Interest rates for the ABD were reduced from 0.5% to 0.05%.
  • Nook Inc. shirts based on the ones Isabelle and Timmy and Tommy wear were made redeemable via Nook Miles.
  • Players who downloaded this update received a world map from Nintendo and a bell-bag rug from Nook Bank.
  • The 'switch' item was renamed to 'light switch'.
  • Minor typos in dialogue were fixed.

This update also reworked the bug spawning algorithm in the game. Spawn rates were unified for all insects across all months instead of independent spawn percentages. For example, moths were a spawn rate of 25 during May-Feb, in March they were more common at a rate of 37, and less common in April at a rate of 22. As of 1.2 every month has a spawn rate of 25. In addition, the spawn rate of bugs was modified. Generally, the more valuable bugs were decreased and the less valuable were increased. This affects both the player's island and mystery tours.

Decreased bug appearance rates:
  • Peacock Butterfly down to 5% from 30%
  • Emperor Butterfly & Great Purple Emperor Butterfly both down from 10% to 5%
  • Atlas Moth down from 9%-10% to 5%
  • Banded Dragonfly down from 10% to 7%
  • Scarab Beetle down from 5% to 3%
  • Giant Stag down from 10% to 5%
  • Rainbow Stag down from 10% to 7%
  • Tarantula and Scorpion both down from 3%-6% to 2%
Increased bug appearance rates:
  • Stinkbug up from 20% to 40%
  • Tiger Beetle up from 9%-10% to 15%
  • Horned Dynastid up from 30% to 35%
  • Cherry-Blossom Petals (which use bug spawn rate) up from 135% to 150%

This update removed 2 Mystery Island Tours and readjusted the encounter rates for the remaining islands. The island rates that were changed appear to discourage bell income gains.

Removed mystery tour islands:
  • Big Fish/Hybrid Island
  • Hybrid Flower Island
Increased mystery tour island appearance rates:
  • Short River up from 9% to 9.68%
  • Short River and Pond up from 9% to 9.68%
  • Spiral River up from 9% to 9.68%
  • Fidget Spinner up from 9% to 9.68%
  • Sister Fruit up from 9% to 10%
  • Curly River up from 5% to 8%
  • Falls up from 5% to 10%
Decreased mystery tour island appearance rates:
  • Mountain down from 9% to 8%
  • Scorpion/Money Rock down from 2% to 1%
  • Rugged Tree down from 2% to 1.5%
  • Big Fish (formally Big Fish 2) down from 3% to 2%
  • Trash down from 5% to 1%
  • Finned Fish down from 1% to 0.5%
  • Gold Rock/Scorpion down from 1% to 0.3%


Released on May 21st, 2020.

  • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience (no new features, only bug fixes; fixes item duplication glitch)
Unlocked from June 1st, 2020 onward:
  • Wilbur gains the ability to buy items from the player and send items to the player's house storage while the player is visiting Harv's Island. Items sold to Wilbur will only return 80% of their sell value, like the shipping box outside Nook's Cranny.

1.3.0 - Summer Update (Wave 1)

Released on July 3rd, 2020.

  • Added diving and deep-sea creatures
  • Added Pascal, from whom DIY recipes for the Mermaid series or pearls can be received once per day in exchange for a scallop through diving.
  • Added Gullivarrr, from whom Pirate-themed items can be obtained. He will ask that the player find his communicator by diving.
  • Includes a free snorkel mask accessory for downloading the update
  • The special characters Leif, Saharah, and Kicks are no longer guaranteed to visit each week, ensuring a more even spread of all special character visits[5]
  • K.K. Slider now performs on Sundays when the plaza hosts an event on Saturday, allowing special visitors to appear on all weekdays.
  • Saharah has received changes to her shopping dialog, allowing the player to continue the conversation after buying an item.
    • Names of several items have been changed:
    • Cake Dress → Wedding Dress
    • Writing Chair → Study Chair
    • Writing Desk → Study Desk
    • Writing Poster → Study Poster
Bug fixes:
  • Waterfall hop, multiplayer out of bounds & camera UI glitches were fixed.


Released on July 10th, 2020.[6]

Bug fixes:
  • Zen bridge obstruction glitch
  • Wet suit not being available for sale in Nook's Cranny
  • Hermit crabs appearing in odd places
  • Dialogue bubbles appearing for a split second after speaking to villagers

1.4.0 - Summer Update (Wave 2)

Released on July 30th, 2020.

General updates:
  • A new seasonal event, Fireworks Shows, has been added.
  • New limited-time seasonal items have been added to Nook Shopping.
  • A new feature was added to the NookPhone Camera app, allowing the player to turn off the guide information by pressing in the R Stick.
  • The "funny glasses" item now matches up with player skin color variations.
  • Players are given the "fireworks-show wall" wallpaper as a gift for downloading the update.
Online connectivity features:
  • A new feature allows the player to sleep in a bed and meet Luna via dreaming. They can upload a dream of their island via the internet or visit other uploaded dream islands. Once Luna is available, she will mail the player the "Luna's bed" item.
  • New features have been added to the Custom Designs Portal. The player can now search by design name or type. The player 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. The player can use backed up save data with the island backup restoration service if their Nintendo Switch system is lost or broken.
    • The player must be a member of Nintendo Switch Online and enable backups within Animal Crossing: New Horizons to use this new feature.
    • Save data can't be restored at a customer’s discretionary timing. If the player's system is broken, they must contact Nintendo Support to start a repair request. If they have lost their system, they must contact Nintendo Support.
    • This feature doesn't allow save data (island data) to be transferred to a different system. A save data transfer feature within 2020 is planned. Information on the feature and timing will be announced at a future time.
Fixed issues:
  • Other adjustments were made to improve the game play experience.


Released on August 6, 2020.

  • Fixed an issue where trees could mature and contain things other than the normal fruit, etc.
  • Fixed an issue where shining soil disappears after returning 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.

1.5.0 - Fall Update

Released on September 30, 2020.

  • A new event, Halloween, was added with Jack being introduced as the host. The event takes place on October 31 from 5 PM to 12 AM.
  • Candy, which can be purchased from Nook's Cranny in October and given to villagers on Halloween, was added.
  • Pumpkins can now be grown, which can be used for DIY recipes. There are four different types and pumpkin starts can be purchased from Nook's Cranny or Leif.
  • Four new eye and skin colors were added.
  • Two Reactions, Haunt and Scare, were also added.
  • A Ring Con furniture item was given to the player upon downloading the update.
  • Players are now able to view a list of dreams they have previously visited.
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Current version


Released on October 8, 2020

  • 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.

Future versions

These versions have been announced officially, but they are yet to arrive in the future.

November Update

Releases in late November of 2020.

Super Mario 35th Anniversary Event

In March of 2021, Super Mario themed furniture will be added to the game.


Versions can have an appended letter to their version number. These will only be applied if the player has an active internet connection while the player's date is synced with Nintendo Servers. They will display alongside the version installed on the title screen.

  • They won't be installed by the Nintendo Switch System Software. They will be auto applied when the game is started via the conditions explained above. This also means that it will show the version of the game in the software info menu without the number on the right.
  • These are event triggers that apply for a limited time.
  • These seem to stay on the screen after an event finishes and only go away once a new update gets released while there is no event active.


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