Snow finally begins sticking to the ground in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) today for the Northern Hemisphere bringing a completely snow covered landscape to our islands, alongside brand new recipes to collect!
Before even exploring the new features, it’s worth taking a moment to just enjoy how absolutely beautiful Animal Crossing: New Horizons looks during the snow-covered period. It’s not just the grass but the buildings, trees, buildings, bushes, and even fences!
During this Winter Snow Season, newer players can look forward to experiencing features like catching Snowflakes and building Snowboys for the first time. Meanwhile, veteran players can enjoy brand new DIY Recipes introduced in November 2021’s Version 2.0 Update! This article will cover everything new for both audiences.
As you explore your island covered in gorgeous snow for the very first time, be on the look out for any Snowflakes flying in the air around you! Similarly to both Cherry Blossom Petals and Maple Leaves, these Snowflakes can be found all winter long until late February when the snow disappears.
Give your Net a swing to catch a Snowflake and keep it for crafting brand new Winter Snowflake DIY crafting recipes, like the Falling-Snow Wall and Snowflake Pochette. See them all in our Snowflake DIY Recipe list here.
If you’re having trouble finding Snowflakes, be on the listen for a little twinkling sound when nearby one. For more on catching Snowflakes, check out our complete guide here.
What’s all of that fresh snow good for if you can’t do anything with it?! Make sure to search your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island every day during the Winter Snow Season looking for any mysterious new Snowballs!
If you spot a Snowball, look nearby to find its twin and start kicking them around in the snow until they can be rolled into even larger sizes. And if you push them together, you can build a full-fledged Snowman!
Spend some time trying to judge the perfect proportions of head and body sizes for your Snowballs and you’ll be rewarded handsomely. Need some help with that? Be sure to check out our How To Build A Perfect Snowman (Snowboy) Every Time guide.
It’s worth your time as building a Perfect Snowman will reward you with a special Large Snowflake crafting material and an exclusive Snowboy DIY Recipe! There’s 16 DIY recipes to collect from Snowmen in total and you can see all of them in our Winter Snowflake guide here.
New Version 2.0 Winter Recipes
For long-time players of Animal Crossing: New Horizons who have already experienced the Winter Snow Season during last year, don’t worry — there’s new fun for you too this winter!
Three brand new DIY recipes were recently introduced in the Version 2.0 Update of the game released during November 2021 and now be enjoyed for the first time without time travelling.
Be sure to spend some time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons during the Winter season this year to get your hands on these new items, even if you collected the rest of the sets last year.
Find The Dung Beetle
There’s one last little detail to enjoy with the new snow in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or should we say little bug — the Dung Beetle!
Notably, players in the Northern Hemisphere who have been catching every single bug since March in real-time can now complete their Bug Critterpedia for the very first time! Congratulations if you’re one of them!
Christmas DIY Recipes Soon
If the excitement of all this new content to enjoy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for winter has you feeling joyful, there’s even more right around the corner!
Beginning in just a few days on December 15th, the pine trees on your island will become decorated with festive lights to celebrate the holiday season.
Expect some lovely new crafting materials and DIY recipes to collect when that happens! Our Festive Christmas Ornament DIY Recipe List guide covers the items available last year if you’d like a head start and will be updated with some brand new items from Version 2.0 shortly.
If you’re lucky, you might learn a new Snowflake Wreath DIY recipe from Isabelle during her morning announcements today as she discusses the new Snowflakes seen on your island.
There’s two different seasonal conversations that Isabelle has to offer during this season though, so if you get the one about Snowballs first today, you won’t receive the Snowflake Wreath yet.
No need to worry though — you can hear about the Snowflakes and get the free DIY recipe from Isabelle at a later date, or even just unlock the recipe yourself through shooting down Balloon Presents instead.
Let us know in the comments below if you’re feeling excited about Winter returning in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and what you’re enjoying most!
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