‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’: 3 Ways to Prepare For Update 2.0

Nov. 5 is a huge deal for Animal Crossing players everywhere. Nintendo will debut the long-awaited Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update 2.0, the final content update with dozens of new features, characters, and more. Additionally, the first New Horizons paid DLC, Happy Home Paradise, launches the same day.

The new content has created a resurgence of interest in the game, and many players are expected to return to their islands after months of not playing. Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update 2.0 might seem overwhelming on day one, but players can start preparing ahead of time. Here’s how.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update 2.0 screenshot featuring a player in Brewster's cafe.
‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Update 2.0 | Nintendo

Clear space on your island for new projects

As seen in Nintendo’s Update 2.0 trailer, New Horizons will receive several new DIY and purchasable furniture items. Additionally, the update introduces the cooking feature, which means players can start growing vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and more.

The update brings a perfect time for an island refresh to make room for any new environments players want to design, such as a farm. Those who haven’t logged into Animal Crossing: New Horizons in a while might want to start clearing out the overgrown weeds and flowers. Additionally, players can put away any leftover holiday decorations (if they so choose) and clean up unfinished projects.

Some players might even find this to be the perfect time to switch things up on the island. Relocate villager homes and buildings, put down new paths, or build cliffs to try out a new design and make room for projects to come. It’s also an excellent time to get reacquainted with villagers that players haven’t spoken to in a while.

Save up Nook Miles and bells

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update 2.0 will likely have a lot of players spending all their Nook Miles. We can expect to see several new items and upgrades available in exchange for Miles at Resident Services, and they won’t be cheap. For example, a park fountain will cost 4,000 miles, while a plaza ferris wheel costs 6,000. There will be some new licenses and reactions for 2,500 to 3,000 each, including a Pro Construction License.

Additionally, new villagers will start popping up on mystery islands. Players will need Nook Miles to buy tickets for villager hunts.

The update also introduces Kapp’n, an NPC and boat captain. Players can speak to Kapp’n at any time to visit special mystery islands with new flower/weed types and unique weather patterns. However, it will cost 1,000 Nook Miles per trip.

Now is the time to save up those miles. The best way to do this is to look at the daily Nook MIles+ challenges. There are also a few big challenges to chip away at, like finding 250 sea creatures.

Stock up on tools and resources like iron, clay, and stone

New DIY recipes mean more crafting, so a good stock of materials is a must. Take some time to collect wood, iron, clay, and stone every day to ensure there’s enough for new recipes. Players can always head out on a resource expedition when they find themselves in need of materials, but it can get frustrating when a material is nowhere to be found when someone needs it.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now on Nintendo Switch. The free update and the Happy Home DLC arrive on Nov. 5.

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