Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny

You can upgrade your Nook's Cranny shop in Animal Crossing New Horizons, allowing for more new items to be displayed each day. Here's how.

Now that Animal Crossing New Horizons has been out for a while, players have discovered that Nook's Cranny will upgrade to a better version while playing. The conditions under which it upgrades have been a little murky for a while, though it looks like there are three main criteria you'll need to satisfy. To help clear things up and to make sure you upgrade Nook's Cranny as quickly as possible we've put together this guide. Read on for more info.

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How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny in Animal Crossing New Horizons

To upgrade Nook's Cranny in Animal Crossing New Horizons you will need to satisfy three criteria. These are as follows:

  1. Spend 30 active days on the island, since the shop was built
  2. At least 200,000 Bells in buy + sell transactions combined (bells spent and earned at Nook's Cranny)
  3. Mabel must have visited your island at least once

These conditions must be met before your Nook's Cranny shop upgrades. These specific requirements were data-mined by a Twitter user called Ninji. You can read the source tweet here. This is consistent with when our shop upgraded too, though be sure to let us know in the comments if you experience anything different.

What's Different in the Upgraded Nook's Cranny

The upgraded version of Nook's Cranny is well worth going after. This is because it expands the shop's item catalogue, adding an expensive item every day to purchase. Instead of there being four items for purchase each day, you'll have 5, displayed in a larger space as in the image below.

Much more space, and more items to boot! | Jake Green/USG

Another thing added to the Nook's Cranny upon upgrade is tool variants. These are versions of tools like rods and shovels which have custom designs. They don't really do anything extra, but look really good and help you set yourself apart from your friends. There are also two hot items each day instead of one. The facade of the store will be different too, you can check it out in the image below:

It even looks different from the outside | Jake Green/USG

Does Time Travel Stop Nook's Cranny from Upgrading?

If you feel like you've hit all three of the criteria listed in this article, but haven't seen your Nook's Cranny upgrade yet, there may be a reason for that. Time travelling messes up your active days spent on the island log. This means you may actually have spent far fewer days on the island as you may have thought. You can check your progress in the 'Active Island Resident' Nook Milestone in the Nook Miles App on your Nook Phone. For a full list of Nook Milestones, head here.

How Long Does Nook's Cranny Take to Upgrade

Something to keep in mind when upgrading Nook's Cranny is that the store will be closed while it is upgrading. It will be closed for one full day, so be sure to sell anything you need to sell, and factor it into your Turnip selling plans if you need (more on Turnips here).

There's loads of Animal Crossing content to be found right here on USG. First up, check out this awesome fan-recreation of Hyrule. Next up there's Eric's write-up of how swap-shops have become great ways for players to meet.

Jake Green

Guides Editor

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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