Animal Crossing: New Horizons is going to see many changes coming in February. The new month will celebrate both real life and in-game events like Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, and Lunar New Year.
Here are eight changes coming to the game that you may want to keep an eye out for.
February will host the final few weeks of the in-game winter. This means the end of snowfall and any snow on the ground will melt away. Winter usually ends around February 24, after which the green grass and rain showers should make a return. Finally, the end of winter means no more snowflake craft materials.
Players are geared up to see the second coming of Spring in New Horizons. Spring will bring along the seasonal crafting item ‘young spring bamboo’. These can be obtained alongside standard bamboo by hitting bamboo trees with an ax. Additionally, DIY crafting recipes requiring these items will spawn through balloon presents.
Regional events like Setsubun, Groundhog Day, and ‘The Big Game’ will be celebrated in-game this month. A bean-tossing kit (to celebrate Setsubun), Resetti Model, and other football-themed items can be purchased from the Nook Stop and Able Sisters shop. Furthermore, we should see event-exclusive items for Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year.
With the transition from winter to spring in the Northern Hemisphere and summer to autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, the in-game island will see some visual changes. Players in the Northern Hemisphere will see the color of grass and trees change back to normal. Players in the Southern Hemisphere will see the blue and pink hydrangeas replaced by red and yellow hibiscus.
The new “Festivale” event will take place on February 15, 2021. On this day Pave, the dancing peacock, will arrive on the island “to usher in some confetti and carnival spirit.” During the event, players will be able to catch colorful feathers using their nets and trade them with Pave for a “passionate dance number”.
Players can take part in the fourth and final bug-off this February. Flick will arrive at the plaza on the 20th of February to host the event and award prizes. Players in the Northern Hemisphere won’t see a bug off until June.
From the 1st of February, four new reactions will be available in-game. They can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny as part of the ‘Viva Festivale’ set. The Viva, Confetti, and Feeling It are some of the reactions included.
The coming of spring will bring new bugs such as the Migratory Locust, Rice Grasshopper, and Walker Cicada coming to the Southern Hemisphere. Furthermore, new fish such as the Moray Eel and Soft-shelled Turtle will be arriving in the Southern Hemisphere.