Formerly referred to as “Earth Day”, Nature Day is an event introduced in the 1.2.0 patch update from last week. Running from April 23 – May 4, Nature Day brought with it a new plant and two new visiting characters to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
One of the visiting characters you may have already encountered is Leif. He’s a friendly sloth that will occasionally show up near Resident Services selling shrubs and flower seeds.The flowers he sells won’t be native to your island so if you’re looking to expand your garden and crossbreed some new blooms, you’ll want to keep an eye out for him.
Shrubs are new to Animal Crossing: New Horizons and have traits of both trees and flowers. For example, shrubs don’t need to be watered to grow (like trees) but they can be dug up at any time without needing to ingest fruit (like flowers).
Be sure to check out our Animal Crossing shrub guide for even more information on how to take care of shrubs and their blooming schedule.
Another visiting character added in the 1.2.0. update is Redd, a mischievous fox who has gone by Jolly Redd, Cousin Redd, and plenty of other titles. He sells antique paintings and statues. While some of Redd’s inventory includes genuine art pieces, not all of his merchandise is authentic, so always examine it closely.
Learn how to spot and get rid of fake paintings and sculptures with our Redd art guide.
Once you’ve made at least 40 donations to the museum and Blathers mentions the museum art upgrade, Redd will first appear on the beach the next day. Talk to him and he’ll sell you a piece of genuine art after a bit of haggling. You can give this to Blathers who will take it and use it as an opportunity to upgrade the museum. You’ll encounter Redd again later, this time wandering around the island. Speak to him and he’ll tell you about his Treasure Trawler docked by the northernmost beach on the island (also known as “secret beach”). The next time he visits you’ll be able to board the Treasure Trawler and buy art and furniture from him.
Leif and Redd aren’t limited to the Nature Day event so expect to see them pop up on your island randomly from time to time from here on out. If you haven’t seen either of these new characters, we encourage you to check out our guide on why Leif or Redd may not be appearing.
To take full advantage of Nature Day, we suggest you try the activities Tom Nook is giving to players in exchange for Nook Miles. Each day, a new activity related to Nature Day will appear in your Nook Miles app. These activities include planting shrubs, decorating with flowers, and more.
Check out our Nature Day guide for a list of Nature Day activities and rewards.
May Bugs and Fish
Later this week, Animal Crossing: New Horizons transitions into a new month: May. Just like April, players will see a change in the wildlife occupying their islands. Not only will new fish and bugs appear, but some will no longer show up (at least until they’re in season again).
Listed below are all the bug and fish coming in May for both the Northern and Southern hemispheres:
Bugs Coming to the Northern Hemisphere in May
- Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing
- Banded Dragonfly
- Great Purple Emperor
- Diving Beetle
- Violin Beetle
- Rosalia Batesi Beetle
Fish Coming to the Northern Hemisphere in May
- Giant Trevally
- Nibble Fish
- Rainbow Fish
- Angel Fish
Bugs coming to the Southern Hemisphere in May
- Mole Cricket
Fish coming to the Southern Hemisphere in May
- Blue Martin
- Football Fish
Find out just where and when you can find these critters and keep track of the bugs and fish you catch in ACNH by using the checklists in our wiki guide. We have one for bugs and fish coming in May and another (coming soon!) for bugs and fish leaving in May. Check back next week for our next Animal Crossing weekly update where we cover the upcoming event, May Day.
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