What Hemisphere Should You Pick in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Hemispheres tend to play a pretty important role in Animal Crossing. It dictates the time that you get the seasons- meaning the DIY items, critters, bugs, plants and much more are different. One important thing to note is that you can’t change your hemisphere after starting the game, so you might wonder which one you should choose.



The seasons in the two hemispheres never line up. When it’s Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s Fall in the South. When you’re about to start game, you might want to play a certain season first. If that’s the case, knowing the order of seasons and when they change can be very helpful.

March to May:

Northern Hemisphere: In the North, April means the start of spring.

South Hemisphere: It’s fall here instead.

June to August:

Northern Hemisphere: It becomes Summer in June.

Southern Hemisphere: It is Winter.

September to November:

Northern Hemisphere: It is Fall.

Southern Hemisphere: It becomes Spring in September.

December to February:

Northern Hemisphere: It is Winter.

Southern Hemisphere: It is Summer.

If you’d like the seasons to match up with real life, this might help you figure out which hemisphere to choose. As someone in the Northern Hemisphere, January just cannot be Summer time. It’s absolutely freezing here!

Alternatively, if you have friends or family that play, you can change up the seasons. This way different activities are available for all of you. Off-season items can be found in your friend’s islands, making the game much easier. You can have your cake and eat it too, essentially.



What Happens in Each Season?

Each season has differences, apart from just new DIY items. Some seasons have increased chances of finding things, some have special events. Other games didn’t do this, but ACNH rotate their bugs and fish. Here’s what you should look out for.


This is essentially the best bug-hunting season. The chances of finding bugs tend to be much higher. Fruit, plants, flowers, fish and the wildlife all tend to be in abundance. Everything is vibrant, flowery and well… Summery.  Many events happen during this time, although there are no major festivals.

Summer in Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Trees blossom, giving you colorful petals. Certain bugs are only available in Spring, which you can find in this season. You can celebrate Easter, called Bunny Day, and collect furniture. Cherry blossom leaves and spring bamboo are collectable.


Maple leaves, pinecones, acorns all hit the ground in this season. Leaves turn a warm brown and orange and you can collect bugs and fish that are unique to their season at this time. Festivals like Harvest Festival or Halloween give you the chance to collect some rare things while having fun.

Fall in Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Pillowy snow covers the ground, with green popping out from place to place. ACNH clearly knows how beautiful Winter can be, giving you lights that give you a bauble upon shaking. Bugs are extremely rare to occur, but that’s fine. You can do winter-only activities like catching snowflakes or building snowmen.


Hemispheres aren't too much of an issue. All seasons of Animal Crossing are fun. And besides, if you miss one season, it'll come back next year! 

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