Animal Crossing: New Horizons update 1.2.0 out now – adds Leif’s Garden Shop, Redd, Nature Day and more

The latest update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out, and it’s a big one, adding support for all the new characters and seasonal events announced earlier this week. The first of those events starts today, as Earth Day adjacent Nature Day event is now live and running until 4th May.

Leif is now one of the potential visitors to your island’s plaza, bringing a garden shop that will sell a variety of plants, including shrubs (for returning bushes) and flower seeds. Meanwhile Jolly Redd might turn up with his Treasure Trawler of art (some of which might be forged) and unique furniture colours that aren’t available in Nook’s Cranny. Those artworks can be donated to the island museum to open an art gallery for paintings and sculptures.


There’s also four new limited-time events over the next few months:

  • Nature Day (23rd April – 4th May) – During the Nature Day period, special Nook Miles challenges will be available that focus on nature-inspired goals, such as planting trees and watering flowers.
  • May Day Tour (1st – 7th May) – In the first week of May, players can use a one-time May Day Ticket at the island airport to head out on a limited-time tour to an island that looks different than the usual mystery island tours. A special visitor who looks familiar might also be there…
  • International Museum Day (18th – 31st May) – To celebrate International Museum Day, players can take part in a Stamp Rally. After receiving a special stamp card, players can enjoy viewing fish, insects and fossils while collecting stamps at the various museum exhibits to earn an in-game reward.
  • Wedding Season (1st – 30th June) – During a nuptial-themed June, players can visit Harvey’s island to meet the married couple Reese and Cyrus, as well as help arrange and take anniversary photos with them in the wedding-picture studio. Players will get wedding-themed items as a token of the couple’s gratitude.

The scope of the update means that once it’s installed the game will also need to update your save file. When you log in, you’ll then receive a World Map on a thank you note from Nintendo, and (disappointingly) a notice from Tom Nook that they’re reducing the interest rates on your island.

Here’s the patch notes for version 1.2.0:

The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.2.0” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.

  • General updates
    • The following visiting merchants can now visit the island.
      • Leif (gardening shop)
      • Redd (Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler)
    • Added seasonal events.
    • Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.

Source: Nintendo

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