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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Ordinances - How to enact, how they work, and more

Coming with the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update, ordinances tailor your experience even further.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Ordinances - How to enact, how they work, and more

Animal Crossing: New Horizons fans are chewing into the brand-new content the 2.0 update brought, with both free and paid DLC freshening up the experience. 

Even if you don't want to pay for the premium content, the free 2.0 update has enough to keep you entertained while discovering all the quality of life changes and new locales you can find, including The Roost, finding Gyroids, and more.

Ordinances are part of the sleuth of content making it to Animal Crossing: New Horizons with the 2.0 update, a unique way to customise your gameplay experience by you letting switch up how things function within your island.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about them.

What are Ordinances in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

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Ordinances are far from the only thing added with the 2.0 update. (Picture: Nintendo)

Ordinances are special orders you can enact to change things up around your island, these include times at which stores open or close, and even raise the cost of certain items. This, in turn, will make them more valuable when reselling goods on your own.

How many Ordinances are there in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

The 2.0 update brought a total of four ordinances, these are: 

  • Beautiful Island ordinance: Villagers will help you with weeding, watering flowers, and clearing trash from our waters.
  • Early Bird ordinance: Villagers will be performing activities and stores will open up earlier than usual.
  • Night Owl ordinance: Similar to the early bird ordinance, except this works for nighttime and stores closing hours
  • Bell Boom ordinance: Cause the cost of goods on the islands to go up, but so would the amount folks get from selling

How to enact ordinances and cost

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Ordinances can help you maximise your time. (Picture: Nintendo)

To enact ordinances, you need to talk to Isabelle at the Resident Services building. When prompted select "Review island features," and then "Discuss ordinances."

Each ordinance will set you back a total of 20,000 Bells and will be enacted a day after your pay the required amount.


And that's it, for more on all things Animal Crossing, check out our dedicated section filled with news, guides, and more.

Featured image courtesy of Nintendo.