Leif is a new vendor in Animal Crossing New Horizons. He appears during Nature Day celebrations, and runs a garden shop. He sells some new plants, like azalea and tea-olive shrubs. He’s a sloth with heavy makeup and a green cap, and he appears in the plaza. Some people are experiencing an issue where Leif is missing. It might be bug, but it also might be down to weird update practices at Nintendo. If you’re one of them, this guide is going to show you how to get Leif in ACNH, when does Leif appear.
How to get Leif in New Horizons?
Leif is supposed to appear at the Plaza on April 23rd and stay there until May 4th. But in order for him to spawn, you have to download the update before running the game. If you’ve already ran the game today before the update is deployed, you won’t get the Nature Day talk from Isabelle in her morning briefing. Since all the changes are applied once a new day starts, this means you’ll have missed your chance to see Leif today.
However, as you’ve probably learned by now, time is relative in Animal Crossing. If Leif is missing despite it being April 23rd, just shut the game off, download the new update, and use time travel to push the clock to April 24th.
Leif is missing
Sometimes, Leif won’t appear even if you’ve done everything right. It’s almost certainly a bug and there’s not much you can do about it. It seems like he definitely won’t appear if your birthday is on April 23rd – the birthday event takes precedence over the Nature Day celebration.
Time travel might help here as well. The only surefire solution is visiting the island of a player who already has Leif and using his services there. It’s not ideal, but it works. Feel free to share your dodo codes in the comments if you want to help out Leifless players.