How Do Dreams Work In Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Dream travel returns to Animal Crossing

The next big update is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in just a few days! On July 30, the second half of the game’s summer update will go live. The big seasonal event that comes with the update is a weekly fireworks show, which includes several festive activities and unique items you can collect. But aside from that, a new, permanent feature is also set to arrive. Like in previous entries, the dream feature is coming to allow friends to visit each others’ islands in a new way.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dreaming Guide

In the past, Animal Crossing players would have to visit the Dream Suite, originally introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. There, they’d talk to Luna, who runs the whole deal, and they’d go to sleep and be able to travel via their dreams. This time, there isn’t a unique building on the island. Instead, all you have to do is upgrade your home enough for it to be a home, then get a bed. Dreaming is all metaphysical this time, although it is yet unclear if Luna actually physically exists in this world or not.

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Once you upgrade your tent to a home and add a bed inside, you’ll get the option to go to sleep once you hop on. If you allow your character to drift off into slumber land, a pink mist will cover their thoughts, and they’ll find themselves waking up with Luna watching them. Luna will then allow you to travel to other “dream islands,” which lets you visit your friends’ islands without the real time connection element you need from the Dodo Airlines method. You will need a new type of code, called a “Dream Address,” in order to find your friends. And if you opt to share your own island, Luna will give you a Dream Address of your own. 

What’s the difference between dream islands and the real ones? The key difference here is that nothing you do on a dream island is permanent. So when you arrive on your friend’s dream island, you can more or less do what you want without risking a premature end to your friendship over a trampled flower or downed tree. Nintendo’s press release states that “nothing is permanent because nothing you do is saved, so explore to your heart’s content.”

In previous Animal Crossing titles, players would not be able to bring back items or other goodies they stuff in their pockets while exploring a dream. However, players could set their custom designs as shareable, in which case Luna would allow you to bring those back to your space. Nintendo hasn’t released those sorts of details just yet.

Are you excited to see the return of dream travel in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Did you have friends you simply couldn’t trust to respect your highly curated flower garden, who you can finally show your town to without making up excuses? Let us know what you think over on the Prima Games Facebook and Twitter pages!


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