The weirdest new elements of Animal Crossing in update 2.0



Animal crossing: new horizons Update 2.0 promised a deluge of new stuff – and within weeks of launching, it’s clear the update has absolutely been delivered. Players are busy collecting adorable new gyroids, using moss and glowing vines, and adding partitions and hanging lights to their interiors. There are also many new items useful for designing beautiful islands, from castle towers for building fortresses to pergolas and gazebos for gardens.

But there are also a handful of slightly more peculiar items that players have encountered and started working on in builds. Here are some of Polygon’s favorite off the beaten track items you might find at Nook’s Cranny.

Rescue dummy

This one has been causing a stir since players first discovered it. If you’ve ever taken lifeguard training or just taken CPR classes, this type of mannequin may be familiar to you. But it also looks a lot like a crash dummy, or just a replacement for a body – and players have found tons of fun ways to use it to recreate movie scenes, and generally cause chaos and mayhem.

Titan Arum (Corpse Flower)

This alien-looking plant is none other than the infamous Titan Arum, or amorphophallus titanum – colloquially known as the Corpse Flower, thanks to the pungent smell these real-life plants emit on the rare occasions they flower. If you’re thinking of buying this bad boy, you might want to know that the stench has been compared to that of “rotten meat,” according to The Huntington, a botanical garden, library, and research center in California that owns one of the rare flowers. (They named theirs “Stinky.”)

The corpse flower is one of the tallest flowers in existence – this phallic-looking spadix can stand six to eight feet tall. It rarely flowers and only stays open for a day. But if you buy it from the Nook Brothers, you can enjoy its stupendous stench all year round.

Cold sleep capsule

If you, or any of your villagers anticipate a need to enter the cold, harsh stasis of cryogenic sleep, the Nook Brothers are here to help. This vaguely menacing-looking pod is a dream come true for any sci-fi fan – and space-themed builds have always been a staple of New Horizons, with existing objects like a UFO or starry night objects donated by Celeste. But it’s still shocking to see it sold at Nook’s Cranny.

Scary skeleton

A pile of bones is a dark sight, but at least this item already has “scary” in the name. Are these bones … real? Are they accessories? If the skeleton is real, it’s especially baffling to buy it from the Nook brothers, who casually sell it on the store counter alongside household items like typewriters and chairs.

That said, this one is a perfect item for anyone who is a die-hard Halloween fan, has a spooky island theme, or is making an archeology-themed island.

Vine hanging chair

This one may look cute and seem like a completely normal addition – but I have personally decided it is damn. This hanging vine chair gives me a middle finger Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone vibes, with a tangle that seems apt to consume anyone unfortunate enough to sit in it. Besides, it doesn’t even look comfortable? That said, while I personally wouldn’t be sitting in there, it looks great alongside other new vine items.



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