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How to collect Star Fragments in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 11/Jun/2020 1:18 Updated: 11/Jun/2020 1:30

by Bill Cooney


If you’re struggling to collect Star Fragments in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, don’t worry because you’re definitely not alone, which is why we made a guide on how to collect this elusive material quickly and easily.

Star Fragments are one of the hardest crafting materials to collect in New Horizons. If you aren’t actively looking for them, it’s completely possible that you’ll never collect any at all.

But, if you’re here, that means you haven’t given up entirely. So, to help you in your quest, we have some crucial tips and tricks for gathering all the different types of these sought-after items.

If you don’t know about Star Fragments already, they’re closely related to a character in the game named Celeste, who’s Blathers’ sister, and the main source for recipes using the material. To collect them, you have to wish on shooting stars at night by pressing A while looking at the sky, which is done by zooming all the way in until your camera faces the stars.

Celeste has the chance to spawn on your island any night there’s a clear sky, and anytime there’s an incoming Meteor Shower, which is a great way to farm lots of the rare bits. If you talk to her when she appears, she’ll offer you a new recipe once per night, along with astrological facts about any constellations you might have discovered.

Celeste will appear periodically on your island, so be sure to talk to her!

Even if you’ve met Celeste, that doesn’t make collecting Star Fragments any easier. Before you ask, no, staring at the sky for 20 seconds on the back of your island after talking to her isn’t the most efficient way to go about farming them.

Instead, moving the camera angle so you’re able to see the sky while playing and doing your normal tasks can help you catch exactly when Shooting Stars appear. This might make things like Fishing and island design a little tougher, but it’s worth it if you absolutely need one of those celestial items.

Another thing to keep in mind if you want Fragments are Meteor Showers. These events are completely RNG based and happen on random nights, but your villagers will mention if one is about to happen. Celeste will also show up, so be sure to keep your eyes trained on the skies when you start hearing about it.

If you don’t see a Shooting Star right away, don’t worry, stay patient, and maybe turn on Netflix.

On top of all the furniture you can craft with Star Fragments, you can also make Wands which are used to change your outfit on the fly. Celeste hands out one new celestial DIY each night when she visits, and there’s always chance it could be a wand.

The most important thing to remember when trying to collect the rare items is that Animal Crossing is all about the journey, not the destination. So, if you keep regularly checking back night after night you’ll eventually begin to stockpile them, no matter how bad your luck is.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing


Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.