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Ordinances in AC New Horizons: How to change the behavior of neighbors and NPCs

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Ordinances in AC New Horizons: How to change the behavior of neighbors and NPCs

The ordinances are a system that is now available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons thanks to the 2.0 update of the game for all players for free. This mechanic, which has been rescued from AC: New Leaf, is very useful because it allows us to change the behavior of our neighbors on the island and the NPCs so that they do certain things as we want.

So, in case you don’t know how it works, next in this entry of our complete guide we explain what the ordinances are, which ones are available and what each of them does, and how to activate them.

What are ordinances and how to activate them?

As we have already told you, the ordinances are like guidelines that we can choose in AC: New Horizons to “force” our neighbors and NPCs on the island to behave in specific ways. For example, everyone to wake up very early so that the tents are available sooner, or to keep the island clean of weeds even if we are not present.

Requirements for issuing ordinances

The first step to be able to issue ordinances is to update the game to its latest version (at least to version 2.0 that adds this mechanic). The update is free and you simply have to connect your console to the Internet to download it. Keep in mind that it occupies about 7 GB, so make sure you have enough space to install it.

With the game updated, when you enter your game, Isabelle will comment in the daily news release that from now on a new system of island directives has been opened in the neighborhood management office by which we can issue ordinances. To do this, you just have to follow these steps:

  • Go to the town hall building and sit at the Cinnamon counter.
  • Among the available options select “Island Directives”.
  • Now choose the dialog option that says “Ordinances”.
  • Cinnamon will inform you that issuing a new ordinance has a cost of 20,000 bells.
  • Accept and you can choose one of the available ordinances. To activate it you will have to pay the mentioned price.

Be careful, it is important to note that in order to issue ordinances you must be the island’s neighborhood spokesperson. That is the main player who originally created the island (in case there is more than one player on the island). Remember that every time you want to change the ordinance you will have to pay the 20,000 bells, so choose well before doing so so as not to spend money foolishly.

All the ordinances and how each one works

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons a total of 4 different ordinances are available to change the behavior of neighbors and NPCs. Here’s how each of them works:

  • Like a whistle: the neighbors will clean the weeds, water the flowers, and take care of keeping the island clean and free of garbage.
  • To get up early: the schedules in the routines of the neighbors are advanced 3 hours so that everyone will be awake earlier in the morning and the stores will open earlier.
  • Nightlife: Neighbors’ routine hours are delayed 3 hours, so everyone gets up later but will stay up longer at night and stores close later.
  • Bells in abundance: all prices on the island increase by 10%, but in the meantime the amount of money you get for selling items increases.

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