Animal Crossing's Nature Day Event Now Live With Leif And New Shrubs

Animal Crossing: New Horizons celebrates Earth Day with Nature Day, which arrived as part of the game's 1.2.0 update alongside new merchants and a museum expansion.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons' 1.2.0 update is now live. The patch introduces a lot of new content to the game, including an expansion for the museum and two more returning characters: Leif the flower seller and Redd the art dealer. The update also marks the start of the game's newest event, Nature Day, which is now underway until May 4.

Throughout the Nature Day event, Nook Inc. will offer special Nook Miles+ objectives that involve planting trees, watering flowers, and taking advantage of a new feature--the ability to plant shrubs, which can be purchased from Leif. Overlapping with the Nature Day festivities is another event called May Day, which runs from May 1-7. During that event, you'll be able to take a special limited-time May Day tour that ships you off to a different island from the usual mystery tours.

As previously mentioned, arriving alongside Nature Day are two new merchant characters: the flower-lover Leif and the shady art vendor Redd. Leif will set up shop in front of the Resident Services building and sell flower seeds and shrubs, while Redd will dock his Treasure Trawler at the private beach in the back of your island and sell artwork that you can then donate to the museum, which is being expanded with a new wing.

Some new fish and bugs are available to catch in the game (although that also means tarantula farming is harder than it used to be). If you need help making the most of your deserted island life, you can find guides on how to terraform, how to make custom designs, and more in our Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide roundup. You can also get some special items in the game by playing the series' mobile spin-off, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

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