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Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide – Shooting stars, Star Fragments, and the Magic Wand

Yes, there’s some real magic in this game

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A shooting star in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
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Occasionally on clear nights in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch, there will be a Meteor Shower in the skies above your town. If you happen to see Celeste the Owl wandering around your town, it’s a good idea to start looking up for shooting stars. But what’s the upside of a Meteor Shower and what are the potential rewards for the event? We’ll explain in this New Horizons guide.

How to wish on a shooting star

Wishing on a shooting star in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

If a Meteor Shower is happening above your town, you can wish on the shooting stars as they fly across the sky. Make sure that you’re not holding any tools, and use the right analog stick to look up into the sky. Ideally, you should be positioned so that the sky isn’t blocked by buildings or trees.

Stand still and keep looking up. It shouldn’t be long before a shooting star makes its way across the sky. When this happens, hit the A button to make a wish. You’ll know it worked because the star will grow bright and get a bit larger.

Shooting stars tend to happen in batches, so feel free to stick around for a while and wish on a number of stars. For our first Meteor Shower, we did it at least a dozen times.

Note that just because Celeste is in your town, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’ll be a lot of shooting stars. Isabelle and your villagers will talk about a Meteor Shower if there will be an abundant amount of stars. If Celeste appears on your island but nobody said anything else about a Meteor Shower, that means the stars will appear much less frequently.

For time travelers: Meteor Showers always occur on the same days for your island, meaning if a Meteor Shower happened on May 5, you can time travel back to that date to wish on more stars if you need to farm more fragments.

What do you get for wishing on a star?

Finding a Star Fragment in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

When Celeste the Owl first arrives in your town, speak to her and she’ll give you the DIY recipe for a Magic Wand. (In subsequent visits, she’ll give you DIY recipes for space and astrology-themed furniture.) The wand requires three Star Fragments and one Large Star Fragment. But where you do you get these Star Fragments?

On the day after you’ve wished on shooting stars, walk along the beaches of your island. You’ll find various kinds of Star Fragments all along the beach, likely tied to the number of times that you wished on stars. So it’s definitely worth making a lot of wishes.

Any wishes you make on a friends island will yield zodiac fragments for your island’s current date. Making a wish on a July 6 island while your island is set to May 6 will still give you Taurus Fragments, rather than Cancer Fragments.

What does the Magic Wand do?

One Meteor Shower should give you plenty of Star Fragments to make a Magic Wand. But what does it do? Well … it’s bizarre.

The Magic Wand is a tool that lets you change clothes in an instant. Standing in front of a closet, you’re able to assign eight preselected outfits that you can then swap between with a quick flick of the Magic Wand (so long as you’re holding it). Finally you won’t have to run home to get your rain gear!

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