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What to do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in November

Mushrooms, farming, a coffee shop, and more

What to do in Animal Crossing in November Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
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November is here in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (and the real world, I suppose), and there’s plenty of new things to do. And that’s not to mention the huge new 2.0 update that just came out.

This Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide will walk you through everything that’s new to do in November.

New seasonal crafting materials

Fall means new crafting materials, like Acorns, Pine Cones, and various kinds of Mushrooms. You’ll be able to make things like a Mushroom Wreath or a Tree’s Bounty Little Tree.

Maple Leaves

Starting in the middle of the month, we’ll also see Maple Leaves return. Grab these with your net to make even more fall-themed DIY recipes like a Maple-Leaf Pond Stone or a Tree’s Bounty Arch.

Catch November critters

If you need to fill out more of your Animal Crossing: New Horizons Critterpedia, November sees the return (or introduction, if you’re just starting out) of a few species of fish, bugs, and sea creatures.

November fish

In fresh water, look for Bitterlings and Pond Smelt. At the beach, you’ll be able to catch Blowfish, Tuna, Blue Marlin, and Football Fish.

Several fish will be leaving at the end of the month, so make sure you grab them before they disappear until next year. In rivers and ponds, these include Cherry Salmon, Char, Golden Trout, Mitten Crab, Guppy, and Neon Tetra. In saltwater, watch for Seahorse, Zebra Turkeyfish, Barred Knifejaw, and Ray.

November bugs

There are only a few new bugs arriving in November, the Damselfly, Mole Cricket, and Tarantula.

There are quite a few leaving at the end of the month, though. Make sure you’ve caught a Monarch Butterfly, Long Locust, Migratory Locust, Rice Grasshopper, Cricket, Mantis, Orchid Mantis, Tiger Beetle, Violin Beetle, Walking Stick, and Flea.

November sea creatures

There’s a big turnover in sea creatures this month. Sea Cumber, Sea Pig, Dungeoness Crab, Red King Crab, and Snow Crab all become available, while Chambered Nautilus, Umbrella Octopus, and Gazami Crab head out until next year.

Turkey Day

November also means Turkey Day, so expect to see Franklin the turkey who is also a chef on Nov. 25, 2021. With so many new ingredients — more on this below — there’s bound to be a lot of new recipes on sale. Take the time until then to get a farm up and running so you have plenty to cook with. You can start by looking for crops with Kapp’n.

Take Boat Tours with Kapp’n

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update adds Kapp’n. For 1,000 Nook Miles, he’ll take you on a boat trip to a deserted island. For the most part, these islands are a lot like the islands Dodo Airlines let you visit, but there’s a lot more variety. You might find an out-of-season island where you can collect seasonal materials not available on your home island.

More importantly, you might find produce and crops to start your farm. Speaking of …

Start a farm

With 2.0’s DIY Recipes+, there are a lot of new recipes to cook. There’re also some new produce and crops to grow like carrots, potatoes, sugarcane, tomatoes, and wheat.

What to do in Animal Crossing in November

For a farm on your home island, you’ll need to find wild crops on Kapp’n boat tours, or you can buy produce starts from Leif.

Open the museum’s cafe

a character getting coffee to go from brewster Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The update also allows you to expand the museum by adding a cafe — The Roost. You’ll need to visit Kapp’n and then go find Brewster to get it opened, though.

Once The Roost is open for business, you’ll be able to stop in for coffee and even invite other characters with amiibos.

Grow a Gyroid chorus

Gryroids have been added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You’ll find Gyroid fragments on the boat tour islands Kapp’n takes you to visit. Bury those, water them, and a wait a day. When you dig them up, you’ll have your very own singing and dancing Gyroid.

Help Harv expand his plaza

Finally, Harv has big plans to expand his island beyond just a photo studio. Thanks to the November update, he’s building a commune co-op plaza with permanent storefronts for Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ various vendors.

Animal Crossing Harv’s island plaza Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Each spot requires a 100,000 bell donation to open up, and the vendor arrives the next day. There are spots here for:

  • Shampoodle (Harriet’s hair salon)
  • Sahara (rugs and wallpapers)
  • Redd (paintings and sculptures)
  • Leif (bushes and crop starts)
  • Re-tail (Reese and Cyrus’ customization shop)
  • Katrina’s fortune shop
  • Tortimer (storage access from the plaza)

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