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How to get fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 26/May/2020 11:19

by Connor Bennett


There are plenty of ways to get development of your island underway and thriving with activity in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with one of the biggest being the ability to uncover different fossils. 

The discovery of fossils in Animal Crossing is one of the best, and most entertaining, ways to give your island a shot in the arm. Even the most experienced players haven’t found every single fossil known to New Horizons – there are more than 70 after all.

For new players, though, they’re great ways to get Blathers and the Museum unlocked while also building up a reserve of bells from any spares. However, if you’re seriously new to the game and feeling a little lost, here’s where you can find fossils and how best to dig them up.

Fossils can be found all around Animal Crossing and these star shapes mark the spot.

Where to find fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Fossils can be found pretty much anywhere around your island, you just have to keep a lookout for the cut-up star shape that appears on the floor! Your best is to search around trees as that’s where they are most commonly found.

You’ll be able to find four fossils per day on your own island, but these won’t always be new fossils – they can easily be duplicates of ones that you have already found. Though, these can be sold at Nook’s Cranny for a few thousand bells depending on the rarity.

  1. Use a workbench to construct a shovel
  2. Walk around your island and look for star shapes on the ground
  3. Point your shovel at the shape and hit A to start digging 
  4. Wait for the digging animation to finish
  5. You will now have a fossil in your pocket!

Managing your fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you don’t want to go around your museum to figure out what fossils you have and don’t have, there is an easy way to check and keep a list.

Use the Nook Stop machine inside Residential Services – or use the phone app if you have it – and head to Nook Shopping. By clicking the wallpaper and flooring icon, a list of the fossils you’ve already found will appear here too. 

A full list of fossils you’ve already found can be seen on the Nook Shopping app.

While you are limited to four fossils per day on your own island, like everything else in Animal Crossing, you can get a little help from your friends.

You can trade with pals to get the fossils that you need, and you can even use Nook Miles Tickets to head to other islands where there may be fossils for you to collect. You just have to keep an eye out because, as always, X marks the spot!


Animal Crossing player creates perfect Pokemon Center in New Horizons

Published: 6/Jan/2021 1:02

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player made waves on social media after faithfully recreating a Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing’s latest outing, New Horizons, was the breakout hit of 2020. Since its debut in March, the lovable Nintendo title has taken over social media as players around the world share their unique creations.

One Pokemon fan used the the game’s new editing tools to accurately build a Pokecenter in the social simulation title. Their stunning recreation of the iconic RPG location is one of the best things you will see all week.

Nintendo (via Twitter: @triforcemeg)
New Horizons’ features let players create their wildest dreams.

Pokemon fan creates Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing

Originally releasing on the GameCube in 2001, Animal Crossing has become a juggernaut for Nintendo. Its latest release, New Horizons, has given players an unprecedented amount of freedom to shape their island to their wildest imaginations.

Using the new game mechanics, a Pokemon fan set out to recreate what is perhaps the most iconic location in the Game Freak RPG – a Pokecenter. Artist ‘acnh.pokeland‘ shared their incredible project on the r/AnimalCrossing and r/Pokemon subreddits on January 5. “Pokéland is now opened!! 1st section: The Pokémon Center!!” they wrote.

The image shows the user’s Animal Crossing avatar adorably posing in Nurse Joy’s signature medical uniform. The artist creatively used various New Horizons items to bring the location to life, such as a pink shirt behind the counter featuring a Blissey design, and round hats patterned to look like Pokeballs.

animal crossing pokemon center
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ACQueen48 created the Pokemon Center in New Horizons.

Pokemon fans praised the creator’s work, such as one user who exclaimed, “This is so cool!!! You did an amazing job on these.” Another player agreed and wrote, “Wow! I heard the music in my head as soon as I saw the pic! Great Job!”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans reacting to Animal Crossing Pokemon Center.

Incredibly this isn’t the only location the talented fan has created in New Horizons. Over on their Instagram account, they showed off images of their Poke-Mart as well. Longtime players of the RPG will remember the in-game store used to be a separate building up until Gen IV.

This isn’t the first time Pokemon fans have gotten creative in the Switch title. In May, one Animal Crossing user recreated battle Stadiums from the RPG. Players in July also used the custom Fireworks feature to light up the sky with popular ‘mon.

Despite releasing only at the beginning of 2020, New Horizons is already the second highest-selling game in Japan of all time. The social simulation title has sparked the imaginations of millions – including many creative Pokefans.