Animal Crossing: New Horizons: What Does the Server Do?

More effective than Nintendo's servers, at least.

New Horizons Nook Loan
New Horizons

Even after playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons for hundreds of hours, there may be some items that you haven’t yet found, or even some stuff that you don’t really understand its purpose. One such item is the server.

Basically just a replication of a real-life server (clearly not Nintendo’s, though, as this one actually seems to work), the server in New Horizons is a gigantic item filled with flashing lights on its front and USB ports and the like on its back.

If you’re flush with cash, you can buy it for a very steep 100,000 Bells from Nook’s Cranny, though its appearance is random. If you don’t want to rely on luck, be sure to check out community sites like Nookazon or ask around your friends.

Server New Horizons
Server New Horizons

Once you have one, you can then buy another via the Nook Shopping terminal or app, and even send it as a gift to a friend. It will arrive the next day in the mail.

As for what the server does in New Horizons, just like a lot of the other high-value items in the game, it is almost purely ornamental and serves no purpose. It takes up two vertical and two horizontal squares, so it is certainly a big item as well.

We’ve tried to do a lot with the server we bought, whether that’s customising it and seeing if we can use anything electrical near it for anything to happen, but nope, it’s just a giant block of lights and noise that you cannot turn off.

Server New Horizons 1
Server New Horizons

If you’re looking for something to suit a certain aesthetic, such as sci-fi or modern life, the server is one of the best options — some smart players even use them to make it look like they have skyscrapers.

However, if you have loans to pay and more important stuff to buy, we say just save your money before you dump so many Bells on the server in New Horizons. Plus, it makes unending noise, so that might just get annoying after a while.

If you need to find out what more of the weird items in the game do, be sure to check out all our New Horizons guides.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is out now exclusively for Switch, is a great way to waste away your spare time. From our review:

“New Horizons is a great continuation of an already fantastic series of games, and paying back Tom Nook’s loan has never been so fun.”

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