4 New Things To Experience In September For Animal Crossing: New Horizons (New Materials, Items, Critters)

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September has arrived in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it’s the perfect time to come back to the game with plenty of new seasonal content to enjoy this month if you’ve taken a recent hiatus from your island!

While the proper Fall Update announced back in late July won’t be arriving until later at an unknown date, there’s a variety of new content already built into Animal Crossing: New Horizons that can be unlocked and experienced when the major seasons change, like this month in September.

For players in the Northern Hemisphere, today marks the end of the Summer season and beginning of the Autumn season in Animal Crossing. And for Southern Hemisphere players, the long dead winter is coming to an end as Spring begins to arrive!

Autumn Acorns & Pine Cones Or Young Spring Bamboo

The most significant chunk of new content to enjoy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons this month is a changeover of seasonal materials and DIY Recipes! After 3 long months of Summer Shells on the beach, players in the Northern Hemisphere can enjoy brand new Acorns and Pine Cones dropping from their island’s trees.

Specifically, you can now shake your traditional hardwood trees for a chance of dropping Acorns and the tall cedar trees for a helping of Pine Cones. By shooting down flying balloon presents across your sky, a fresh batch of autumn seasonal DIY Crafting recipes can be collected for using those new materials.

These new seasonal DIY Crafting recipes using Acorns & Pine Cones include the lovely Acorn Pochette accessory, the decorative Yellow-Leaf Pile, and the Tree’s Bounty Little Tree furniture! Check out our Acorn & Pine Cone DIY Crafting Recipes Guide for everything you need to know.

Acorn & Pine Cone DIY Crafting Recipes

And for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, they can now experience the same Young Spring Bamboo crafting material and recipes that everyone else enjoyed at launch back in March! Chopping bamboo trees with an axe can now randomly drop special Young Spring Bamboo instead of regular Bamboo.

Exclusive DIY Crafting Recipes belonging to the Young Spring variety of Bamboo includes the musical Pan Flute, the comfy Light Bamboo Rug, the bright Bamboo-Shoot Lamp, and the decorative Bamboo Noodle Slide. Check out our Young Spring Bamboo DIY Crafting Recipes & How To Get Them Guide to learn everything there is to know!

So no matter which Hemisphere you play in, there’s new seasonal content to enjoy this month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as we enter either the Autumn or Spring season!

Grape Harvest Basket & Moon Rug In Nook Shopping

We previously covered how the Summer Update Wave Two added a variety of new holiday themed items in the Special Goods section of Nook Shopping, and two more of those items are finally getting unlocked this month in September!

First up, the Grape-Harvest Basket backpack accessory item is available to order beginning today for 800 Bells and throughout the entire month of September. It goes great with the Grape Hat!

Grape-Harvest Basket

  • Event: Grape Harvest Festival
  • Item Description: “Inspired by festivities in Spain, Italy, France, and Germany, this fun festival sees participants don traditional garb for dancing and a large parade to celebrate the grape harvest. Please enjoy your ceremonial basket!”
  • Availability: September 1st to 30th
  • Price: 800 Bells Bells

And while it’s not available quite yet, another item will arrive later in the month on September 7th when the Moon Rug item can be purchased for 2,000 Bells from Nook Shopping. Despite seeming related to Luna and the Dream Suite added last month, it celebrates the Moon Viewing festivals in Japan.

Moon Rug

  • Event: Moon-Viewing Day
  • Item Description: “Admiring the moon is a long-held tradition, but our celestial neighbor is especially beautiful as it hangs in the sky at this time of year. Please accept this commemorative moon rug as an event souvenir.”
  • Availability: September 7th to October 8th
  • Price: 2,000 Bells Bells

Be sure to grab both of these brand new items from Nook Shopping throughout the month. You can find them under the Special Goods section when you access Nook Shopping from either the Nook Stop terminal at Resident Services or the app on your NookPhone.

Plenty Of New Bugs, Fish, and Sea Creatures To Catch

Just like any other new month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the current selection of bugs, fish, and sea creatures available to catch on your island has been rotated around starting today. But since September marks a major season change from Summer to Autumn or Winter to Spring, it’s a more substantial switchover than usual.

Some of these critter changes are simply returning creatures that disappeared for a few months, while others are brand new and haven’t been seen since launch in March. And in particular, the new Sea Creatures this month are notable since there hasn’t been many opportunities for them to show up yet.

New Bugs, Fish, Sea Creatures In September

On the Northern Hemisphere side, keep an eye out for the Pike, Cherry Salmon, King Salmon, Monarch Butterfly, and Red Dragonfly especially. For the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll want to look out for the Tadpole, Loach, Peacock Butterfly, and Honeybee in particular.

For a complete list of New Bugs, Fish, and Sea Creatures to catch in August for both hemispheres, check out our complete guide here!

Nook’s Cranny Decorations, Weed Visuals, Loading Icons

Finally, you’ll begin to encounter quite a few visual changes throughout Animal Crossing: New Horizons as we transition between seasons this month. Some of these are more pronounced for Northern Hemisphere players coming into Autumn, but changes are abound for everyone in September!

Perhaps most interesting, the entire storefront of the Nook’s Cranny building has received an Autumn makeover in the Northern Hemisphere with pumpkins and mushrooms on display by the windows. Plus, even more decorations can be seen on the inside on the walls and shelves! Timmy & Tommy are certainly getting into the season.

You’ll find that the design of weeds have been changed with the season as well, not to mention the small yet cute touch of the game’s loading screen island icon changing to the new season.


We’re certainly waiting in anticipation for the announcement of the next proper Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fall Update sometime this month hopefully, but as you can see, there’s plenty of new content to enjoy in September anyway if you’re playing along in real time!

Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for everything on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including our extensive Guides section here. In particular, don’t miss out on our popular Redd ArtSea CreaturesPascal’s Mermaid Set, and Pirate Gulliver guides.

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