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How to Upgrade Nook’s Cranny in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Wanting to add some pep to your shopping experience? Here's how to upgrade Nook's Cranny in Animal Crossing New Horizons.
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Part of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not just getting to know the villagers, but also trying to figure out where you fit into the grand capitalist scheme of things. Yes, we’re talking about expanding the Nook empire.  In order to do so, you’re going to need to know how to upgrade Nook’s Cranny in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Here’s our guide to the process.

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How to Upgrade Nook’s Cranny in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

So you’re wanting to get Timmy and Tommy to expand their little capitalist empire of knick-knacks while they slave away under their father on a deserted island? Sure. We think it’s super weird that they call Tom Nook the supreme leader, but that’s not the pertinent question at hand here in this guide. No, you’re here because you’re wanting to figure out how to upgrade Nook’s Cranny in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you want to hang out with a less confrontational NPC, why not take a spin with CJ for a change? We’ve relinked our guide on that adorable little scamp here for your convenience. However, if you’re very certain that you want to expand the Nook regime, though, then read on. 

In order to unlock Nook’s Cranny the first time, you just have to be able to help construct the store when Timmy asks for the following materials:

  • 30 Iron Nuggets
  • 30 Hardwood
  • 30 Softwood
  • 30 Wood

To get to the stage above, you’re going to have to have paid off your first Nook debt, settled into a house, and donated 5 unique bugs and fish to Nook to unlock Blathers’ museum tent. Once you’ve got Nook’s Cranny unlocked, you can actually upgrade it once more. To upgrade it this time, you’re going to first have had to spend 70,000 Bells in the store and to have upgrade Resident Services out of its tent status. After this, Isabelle will announce that Nook’s Cranny has to expand and the store will take one working day to expand to its new size. At this size, Nook’s Cranny will sell the following items:

  • 5 furniture pieces
  • 8 tools
  • 2 umbrellas
  • 2 wrapping papers
  • 9 flower seeds
  • 8 wallpapers
  • 8 floorings
  • 9 DIY recipes
  • fruit
  • party poppers
  • Customization kits

Now that you have our guide on how to upgrade Nook’s Cranny in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it should be a little bit easier for you to pick up more niche offerings that you might be interested in. Forget an old fuel tank or a sink – we’re talking bigger leagues, baby, and an expanded catalog. What’s not to like? If you haven’t already got the game yourself and this is all gibberish, though, why not pick up a copy of it yourself from Amazon here and support Prima Games at the same time? Once you have it in your hands, head back to our dedicated guides hub for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and check out the tips and tricks that we’ve prepared for you:

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Ginny Woo
Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.