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Mystery tours are a feature introduced in New Horizons , which allows the player to visit random uncharted islands from the airport on their island . Mystery tours provide the player with a way to gather more crafting materials , such as iron nuggets if they run out of them on their home island, as well as opportunities to collect rare fish and bugs , non-native fruit trees , and hybrid flowers .
- 2.1 May Day Island
- 2.2 Kapp'n's Tours
- 3 List of Mystery Islands
- 4 List of Kapp'n Mystery Islands
- 5 Previously available Mystery Islands
Accessing the island requires a Nook Miles Ticket , which can be purchased from the Nook Stop in Resident Services for 2,000 Nook Miles . The player must then visit the airport and talk to Orville , selecting the option to "visit other places." If the player has the Nook Miles Ticket in their inventory, Orville will notice and ask if the player would like to visit a mystery island. Visiting a mystery island uses up the Nook Miles Ticket.
Composition [ ]
Wilbur greeting the player to the mystery island
All mystery tour islands are guaranteed to feature a dock where the player arrives and can return to their own island , a non-removable simple DIY workbench , and beaches with at least four palm trees. A non-removable campfire will be present if a villager is camping on the island. If the island has hardwood and/or pine trees a random tree will drop a wasp nest while another will drop a random furniture item upon being shaken. There is a 50% chance of a single fossil spawning, as well as a 50% chance of a message in a bottle spawning on the shore. Wilbur is also always present on the dock and will sell flimsy tools in exchange for Nook Miles. The makeup of the island's interior is randomly chosen from a pool of layouts.
If the player has one or more empty house plots available on their island, each mystery tour island will have one random villager camping there. They can be invited to move to the player's island. When all house plots are occupied, no villagers will be present on the mystery islands. They will also not be there if you have reached the limit of villagers living on your island (10 NPC villagers) and can't reserve any more plots. Villagers are selected the moment the player initiated a mystery tour, and the villager is rolled first on species, then a villager of that species. The game will not factor in personality types at all, and will not consider duplicates or villagers that you have encountered before.
Villagers in your move in queue (obtained from other player's voids and there can only be 4) are excluded from appearing in mystery island tours. They are different from the villagers that Tom Nook invites, as Tom Nook tends to invite villagers of personality types you don't have, and villagers from the move in queue will always claim they moved from a different player island.
If the player has already invited a villager to move to their island that day, even if they have more open plots, no villagers will be present on the mystery island tours. Note that there is an exception to this when filling the initial 3 plots, players can invite more than one villager per day at that time, consisting of one lazy , one peppy , and one normal villager.
Some mystery islands spawn large numbers of rare critters: there exists an island where only tarantulas and scorpions spawn, providing the player with a way to grind large amounts of Bells relatively quickly, similar to palm tree bugs on the island in New Leaf . Passing out due to a tarantula or scorpion bite on a mystery island will not return the player to their home island; they will wake up by the seaplane at the beginning of the island.
Some mystery islands can only be visited at a certain time of day, such as the island infested with hostile insects at 7 PM to 4 AM. However, whatever time you arrived at your island is your locked encounter table for bugs and fish. So you can arrive at an island at 3:59 pm and catch bugs that stop spawning at 4 pm after that time. Likewise, you can visit a nocturnal island, put your system to sleep, and resume your game during the day and get nocturnal spawns during the day.
May Day Island [ ]
There is also one special type of mystery island, the May Day island. This island is only accessible once per year during the month of May , by using an unseen one-use item, the May Day Ticket, and is different each year. The player can acknowledge this island and the ticket used to get there by talking to Tom Nook during any time during May, which will inform them that a May Day ticket has been sent to the airport and is ready to be used, however the ticket itself is never present in the player's inventory and is only mentioned by Tom Nook and Orville . The May Day island is a maze where the player has all tools and items removed from their inventory and must work their way out with very limited materials to craft new ones. If a player gets stuck and cannot complete the maze, they can use the Rescue Service app of their NookPhone in order to start over. At the end of the maze, the player gets to meet Rover . Rover will give you his briefcase as a reward for the first year doing the May Day event, and a photo of him for the second time doing the May Day event.
Kapp'n's Tours [ ]
With the 2.0.0 update , Kapp'n is also able to take the player on Mystery Tours once per day by paying 1,000 Nook Miles . He is unlocked after the player has gotten K.K. Slider to visit their island, and after 10 total villagers have moved in. The mystery islands here differ in the fact that they are not limited to the season or time that you are currently in, allowing players to catch off-season bugs and fish. These islands also feature buried gyroid fragments , which you can bring back to your island.
List of Mystery Islands [ ]
The same island cannot be visited more than once; even though visiting an island with the same layout and theme is possible, if items were left on the ground on a similar one, they will not be present when the player "returns." Wilbur explains that he burns the flight plans to these islands after each trip for "security reasons".
There are exactly 18 unique island layouts. They have been given conjectural names because mystery tour islands are unnamed. Island layouts marked "(rare)" can only be encountered once per day. Some islands will only begin appearing after the Resident Services tent on the player's island has been upgraded to a building.
With the 1.2.0. update , 2 islands containing hybrid flowers were removed and encounter rates were adjusted.
List of Kapp'n Mystery Islands [ ]
With the 2.0.0. update , A new list of islands are available, but players can only visit them with Kapp'n. They are separated into two lists of "normal" and "rare" island types. The game first rolls for the island type, and then chooses the island. Common islands have a 78% chance of being chosen, and rare islands have a 22%. However, if the player's island hasn't passed certain dates, some rare islands might be unavailable. For example, islands that never experienced winter will never allow Kapp'n to take the player to the Snow Island . When an unavailable rare island is rolled, the game instead rerolls a normal island.
Additionally, all common islands (except the Full Gyroid Island) has a 5% chance of having 1000 bell money trees instead of fruit trees, a 2% chance of all rocks becoming money rocks, and a 29.4% chance that only one rock will become a money rock.
(note, each island has a small number of different maps to choose from, because of this I decided to remove the map section.)
Previously available Mystery Islands [ ]
These two islands were removed with the Earth Day update .
- Each island is numbered within the game's data. Islands 3, 5, 9, 15, and 22 aren't available, suggesting that they were removed during development or may be added in a future update.
- Prior to update 1.2.0 , there were two additional islands, both containing hybrid flowers. Encounter rates for the remaining 18 islands were also adjusted.
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Mystery Island Tour
The Mystery Island Tour is a leisure activity in Animal Crossing: New Horizons operated by Dodo Airlines. The tour can be embarked on in exchange for a Nook Miles Ticket by speaking to Orville at the airport . Each tour brings the participant to a random deserted island, known as a Mystery Island , where they can harvest materials for crafting and catch rare bugs and fish . They also may find fossils , DIY recipes inside Message Bottles , and villagers if there is an empty plot on the player's island.
- 1.1 Tourists
- 2.1 Short river and pond
- 2.2 Short river
- 2.4 Fidget spinner
- 2.5 Mountain
- 2.6 Money rocks
- 2.8 Fruit orchard
- 2.9 Scorpion island
- 2.10 Tarantula island
- 2.11 Rugged woodland
- 2.12 Flat woodland
- 2.13 Curly river
- 2.14 Big fish
- 2.16 Dorsal-fin
- 2.17 Waterfalls
- 2.18 Gold Nuggets
- 3.1 Rare Flowers
- 3.2 Rare Flowers and Big Fish
Characteristics [ edit ]
After paying a Nook Miles Ticket to Orville, the player will be transported to the island in a seaplane piloted by Wilbur , who will remain stationed on the dock for the duration of the tour. Once the player leaves to go home the island can never be revisited as, according to Wilbur, the map with the island's coordinates is destroyed for security reasons. In actuality, the islands are randomly generated from templates each time they are visited and deleted once the player leaves, so care must be taken to ensure no wanted items are left behind as they will be permanently lost. The player is free to do as they wish on the island as any changes will not affect future island visits.
Various tools are necessary in order to fully explore the islands and harvest their resources, though each island contains a Simple DIY Workbench in case the player needs to make their own while on tour. If the player cannot obtain the resources needed to make tools, they can purchase tools from Wilbur in exchange for Nook Miles . A vaulting pole and a ladder are the most crucial tools to have, as much of the islands are entirely inaccessible without these tools.
There are 20 archetypes in all for the Mystery Islands (with five missing in the game's data), some of which are much rarer to experience than others. Every island always contains a dock, a Simple DIY Workbench for crafting , rocks and beaches on the left and right sides containing palm trees and shells . Many of the islands will contain flowers , which is either the native flower or the sister flower of the player's island. There's a 30% chance that a message bottle may be found washed ashore in the sand, in addition to a 30% chance for a fossil to be buried. Each island that features regular non- fruit -bearing trees will have a least one that contains a Wasp 's Nest and one with a furniture leaf. The fruit-bearing trees bear the same fruit as the player's island, with the exception of one island that bears the sister fruit.
Tourists [ edit ]
Potential villagers can appear when visiting the tour islands, and they can be asked to move to the player's own island as a resident. Initially these villagers will always be either lazy , normal or peppy ; once a villager of a given type has been invited, only villagers of the remaining type(s) will appear. Should a tourist be invited to become a resident, they will not move to the island until 3 new housing plots are prepared for Tom Nook .
Tourists will stop appearing on the islands from this point until Resident Services is upgraded into a building and the campsite is built. The player will then be able to purchase housing plots to place around town. From this point, villagers of every personality will begin appearing on the islands, if and only if an open plot is available (including if a plot is opened up by a villager moving away).
The villager that appears on a mystery island is determined randomly by choosing which species it will generate, then randomly choosing one of the villagers from that species. This makes octopus villagers, with only four in New Horizons , more common than a multitudinous species, such as cats , with 23 representatives. Once invited, the villager will occupy the oldest-placed housing plot the next day.
Types of Mystery Islands [ edit ]
Short river and pond [ edit ].
A fairly ordinary island with a pond in the south-west corner and a river flowing from a pond on top of a cliff in the north to a mouth in the east. Three rocks can be found on the lowest level, and one on the raised section.
Short river [ edit ]
Very similar to the previous island, but without the pond and a somewhat wider upper level. Three rocks can be found on the lowest level, and one on the raised section.
Spiral [ edit ]
The river on this island follows a spiral pattern, with rocks arranged around different points of the spiral. Despite the unusual layout, there is nothing special about the island. The flowers and fruit-bearing trees on this island are the same as the ones native to the player's home.
Fidget spinner [ edit ]
A small island with a large fidget spinner-shaped pond on the right half of the island, and a small raised cliff area in the upper left corner. Four rocks can be found in each corner.
Mountain [ edit ]
An island containing three levels of elevation. A ring of fruit trees surrounds the top-most cliffs, atop which many flowers and five rocks can be found. These rocks have a higher than normal chance to generate ore when hit, and may also spawn a Pill Bug or Centipede .
Money rocks [ edit ]
A island containing a large ring-shaped pond, forming an islet in the center. Fruit trees and flowers surround the pond. The islet contains 5 rocks, all of which will dispense Bells when struck with a shovel or axe . The only way to pole vault across is on a tiny strip of land at the back of the island that juts out towards it. A money rock blocks the way and must be destroyed (by eating fruit) to cross.
Bamboo [ edit ]
A small square island covered entirely in Bamboo . Bamboo Shoot s can be found buried next to the stalks.
The island is available all year round, and is statistically the island with the highest chance of appearing.
Fruit orchard [ edit ]
A somewhat wide island with a small raised section to the north, and a river that flows down and exits to the west. The island is covered with 19 fruit trees bearing non-native fruit, all of which can be harvested and sold for a large profit on the player's island. The fruit will always be the player's "secondary" fruit, which will always be the same when coming to this island. Three rocks can be found on the lowest level, and one on the raised section.
Scorpion island [ edit ]
A island with four triangular cliffs in each corner. The clearing in the center contains 7 rocks, all of which will dispense Bells when struck with a shovel or axe. Scorpions will generate en-masse within the clearing, making for a difficult but potentially very lucrative bug catching opportunity. If the player is bitten they will respawn back on the dock.
This island can only be visited a maximum of once per day and is only available during times the scorpion is available to catch.
Tarantula island [ edit ]
A small square island with a ring of water in the center. Tarantulas will generate en masse in the center, making for a difficult but potentially very lucrative bug catching opportunity. If the player is bitten they will respawn back on the dock. The ring of water in the center is narrow enough for the player to jump across without the need for a vaulting pole.
This island can only be visited a maximum of once per day, and only at times the tarantula is available to catch.
Rugged woodland [ edit ]
An island with several isolated raised sections and no rivers or ponds. Hardwood Tree s can be found all over the island. Only insects associated with trees will appear here.
The following insects can be found on this island:
- Walking Stick
- Earth-Boring Dung Beetle
- Scarab Beetle
- Miyama Stag
- Rainbow Stag
- Cyclommatus Stag
- Golden Stag
- Horned Dynastid
- Horned Atlas
- Horned Elephant
- Horned Hercules
- Goliath Beetle
- Drone Beetle
- Giraffe Stag
- Blue Weevil Beetle
This island can only be visited a maximum of once per day.
Flat woodland [ edit ]
This island is almost identical to the Bamboo island, but with Cedar Tree s instead of Bamboo Tree s. Only insects associated with trees will appear here. Four rocks can be found in each corner of the island.
Curly river [ edit ]
The island features a tiny raised section in the north-east corner, with a winding river that doubles back on itself and exists to the east, resembling a horseshoe. Three rocks can be found on the lowest level, and one on the raised section.
- Red Dragonfly
- Darner Dragonfly
- Banded Dragonfly
- Diving Beetle
- Giant Water Bug
Big fish [ edit ]
The island features a raised section in the north-east corner, with two waterfalls that empty into a ring-shaped river that exits to the west. The waters of this island contain only large fish. It has a slightly lower chance of appearing than the other island with big fish, and contains only regular flowers and insects.
Only large fish (i.e. fish of size 4, 5 or 6) appear on this island.
- Saddled Bichir
- Snapping Turtle
- Soft-Shelled Turtle
- Giant Snakehead
- Red Snapper
- Football Fish
- King Salmon
- Olive Flounder
- Giant Trevally
- Blue Marlin
Trash [ edit ]
The island features a large curved raised section in the north to north-east, with smaller raised sections in the south-east and south-west corners. A hook-shaped river on the lowest level flows from the center of the island and exits to the west.
The waters on this island contain no fish, only trash and there is little else of value on this island. The only insects that spawn are water-related ones.
The following insects appear on this island:
- Giant water bug
Dorsal-fin [ edit ]
An island where all dorsal-finned fish can be found in abundance in the island's waters. These fish include Saw Shark , Whale Shark , Great White Shark , Hammerhead Shark , Ocean Sunfish , and Suckerfish . The island contains a squared ring of water creating a small islet in the center, which features a formation of cliffs that resemble a dorsal-fin. No fish will spawn in the surrounding water of the islet, not even when using Fish Bait .
Notably, this is the only location in the game that naturally features a fourth-tier of elevation. Towns cannot naturally generate with this, as they can only be created with the Island Designer Construction Permit .
Waterfalls [ edit ]
A three-tier island with a river and multiple waterfalls, which empties into the sea on the eastern side, and a holding pond on the western side. Flowers cover the entire island.
Gold Nuggets [ edit ]
An island containing a small rectangular raised section, with very large squared pond behind it. A tiny square island lies in the center containing a single rock that dispenses up to 8 gold nuggets . The only way to get to the center is to climb up the cliff, and down the back, then vault over the pond. Scorpions are the only insect to spawn on this island.
Previously available Mystery Islands [ edit ]
The following islands could previously be visited on the tour, but are no longer accessible in the most up-to-date version of the game.
Rare Flowers [ edit ]
An island containing a large pond surrounded entirely by rare hybrid flowers. Valuable butterflies spawn in abundance amongst the flowers, and Koi and Goldfish can be fished from the pond. This island was accessible prior to version 1.2.0 .
The following insects will appear on this island:
- Common Butterfly
- Yellow Butterfly
- Tiger Butterfly
- Peacock Butterfly
- Monarch Butterfly
- Emperor Butterfly
- Agrias Butterfly
- Rajah Brooke's Birdwing
- Queen Alexandra's Birdwing
- Common Bluebottle
- Paper Kite Butterfly
- Great Purple Emperor
- Madagascan Sunset Moth
This island could only be visited a maximum of once per day.
Rare Flowers and Big Fish [ edit ]
The island features a very large raised section in the center, with several ponds and a waterfall that are shaped like a fish with a raised caudal fin. Rare hybrid flowers can be found on the upper levels of the island, with only flower-related insects appearing. The waters of this island contain only large fish. This island was accessible prior to version 1.2.0.
- Orchid Mantis
- Man-Faced Stink Bug
The following fish can be found on this island:
Music [ edit ]
Mystery Island Tour audio tracks
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Ninji's Mystery Tour Islands Guide
A helpful overview of the 20 different islands you can visit with Nook Miles Tickets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Click an island's image for an interactive map showing every object. (Sorry, this probably won't work well on mobile devices)
Built by Ash Wolf / @_Ninji , April 2020. Source code and documentation on GitHub: Treeki/CylindricalEarth
This project is not affiliated with or sponsored by Nook Inc or Dodo Airlines.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Mystery Island Tours Guide
While most of your time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is spent on your very own (previously) deserted island or the islands of your friends, you can also explore other deserted islands. These islands might seem random, but there are actually 20 different setups, each with its own vegetation, fish, bugs, and more. Here at iMore, we have everything you need to know about Mystery Island Tours.
- What is a Mystery Island Tour and how do I book one?
What are the different types of Mystery Islands?
What is a mystery island tour, and how do i book one.
A Mystery Island Tour is a service offered by the Dodo Airlines. For just 2,000 Nook Miles , you can purchase a ticket to a Mystery Island, where you can find new flowers and fruits , fish and catch bugs , even meet new potential villagers and find extra fossils . To book a Mystery Island Tour, just follow these easy steps:
- Earn 2,000+ Nook Miles. Hint: We have a whole guide on How to earn Nook Miles fast !
- Go to Resident Services.
- Press A on the Nook Stop terminal.
- Press A to select "Redeem Nook Miles."
- Press A to select "Nook Miles Ticket."
- Press A to confirm "Redeem." The terminal will print out a ticket.
- Press A to select "No."
- Go to the Dodo Airlines office at the port. Hint: Make sure you have the tools you will need, materials to make tools, and/or fruit, as well as enough room in your pocket for anything you'll want to bring home.
- Press A to speak to Orville the Dodo.
- Press A to select "I wanna fly!"
- Press A to select "Use Nook Miles Ticket."
- Press A to select "Time for Takeoff!"
- Wilbur will arrive to pilot the flight to a Mystery Island.
Then, explore the Mystery Island, fill your pockets with valuable resources, and return home. Just make sure you have everything before you go back. Once you leave a Mystery Island, you cannot go back!
In addition to all the resources offered by Mystery Tour Islands, you can also recruit new villagers for your island on these tours. While you start with two villagers , to fill up your island, you need to convince others to move there. You can do this using Amiibo at your campsite, or if you don't happen to have a stack of Amiibo at your disposal, you can find them on Mystery Islands. So long as you have an open spot for a new villager, there is a chance that one will be on the island when you arrive for your tour. If you talk to them enough, they will be convinced to move to your island.
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There are twenty different setups for Mystery Islands. While islands with the same layout will have relatively similar contents and spawns, they are all unique in that once you leave an island, you can never return. If you leave things behind, they are gone forever. There are some tools you will want to have on every island, as well as materials and fruit you might want on certain islands. Because of the random nature of the islands, it's best to bring everything you might need. If you find yourself on an island with especially valuable spawns, you can always leave behind tools or materials for the extra space.
Normal islands, islands that require an upgraded resident services.
There are only four islands that show up for a player's first Mystery Island Tour. While each of these islands can show up after the first tour, none of the other islands can show up for the first tour. Fans have named these four islands (as well as all the other islands) as they have no official names:
- Spiral River Island : This island is flat with no hills and has a river that forms a spiral. It has a 9% chance of showing up outside of the starter island.
- Short River Island (#1) : This island has a second level with the start of its river. The river forms a waterfall and then flows out to sea. It has a 9% chance of showing up outside of the starter island.
- Short River Island (#2) : This island is almost identical to the first short river island, but it also has a pond. It has a 9% chance of showing up outside of the starter island.
- "Fidget Spinner" Island : Dubbed "Fidget Spinner" by fans because of the resemblance of its lake to the popular toy, this island has no river. It has a small, second level, but not much else of interest. This island has a 9% chance of appearing outside of the starter island.
The next set of islands can all show up at any point after the first tour:
- Bamboo Island : The most common island you can find, this island has a 10% chance of showing up. It is entirely flat with no hills whatsoever. It has a few palm trees on the beach, but no other trees. Instead, it has bamboo, and it's the only place where you can get it. In addition to several fully grown bamboo plants, there will also be digging spots where you can dig up bamboo sprouts. Bamboo sprouts can be eaten like fruit, as well as planted to grow new bamboo plants. If you planned ahead and brought some fruit along with you, you can also uproot several of the grown plants to take home to your island.
- Mountain Island : This island shows up 9% of the time and has three tiers, no rivers or ponds, and many fruit trees. It also has five rocks where pill bugs and centipedes spawn.
- Sister Fruit Island : This island shows up 9% of the time and has 19 fruit trees. The fruit here, known as your sister fruit, will be the same type of fruit that the player's mother sent early on in the game.
- Waterfall Island : This island has a 5% chance of showing up and is covered with hills and waterfalls. It is good for farming fish that show up at high elevations, and at river mouths.
- Trash Island : This island has a 5% chance of showing up and spawns no fish. Instead, only trash can be caught here. Lots of water-related bugs also spawn here, like dragonflies.
- Curly River Island : This island shows up 5 % of the time and only spawns water-related bugs. It has an elevated area with a waterfall and a river that curls around the island before feeding out into the ocean.
- Scorpion/Tarantula Island : This rare island shows up just 2% of the time, and can only appear once per day. It is entirely flat, with no hills whatsoever. There is a narrow stream that you can cross without a vaulting pole, and the only bug that spawns on this island are either tarantulas or scorpions, depending on the time of year. This island will only appear between 7 PM and 4 AM, as that's the only time when these bugs spawn.
- Hybrid Flower Island : This rare island only shows up 2% of the time and can only show up once a day. The flowers here are all hybrid flowers, and the bugs are only the ones attracted to those flowers.
- Big Fish Island (#2) : This rare island only shows up 2% of the time and can only show up once a day. The only fish that show up here are size four or larger. It has a single raised area which has a pair of waterfalls. The waterfalls form a river that circles a smaller island, before leading back out to the sea.
- Hardwood Tree Island (#2) : This rare island only shows up 1% of the time and can only show up once per day. The layout is like Bamboo Island, but instead of bamboo, it only has hardwood trees. the only bugs that spawn here are those associated with hardwood trees, such as stags, beetles, and walking sticks.
The last set of islands will only show up after you've upgraded Resident Services :
- Money Rock Island (standard) : This island shows up 5% of the time, and has a huge river which can only be vaulted in a single spot blocked off by a rock. Breaking that rock in a single blow will yield 8,000 Bells. After vaulting to the center island, there are five more money rocks. In total, this island can yield 88,500 Bells.
- Money Rock Island (rare) : This island only shows up 2% of the time and can only show up once per day. It has no river or ponds, but there are four small cliffs, one in each corner. The ground is covered with money rocks and flowers.
- Finned Fish Island : This is an exceptionally rare island with only a 1% chance of showing up, and even then, it can only show up between June and September. The only fish that spawn around this island are finned fish (Ocean Sunfish, Suckerfish, and sharks.) As such, no fish will spawn in the river, even with bait.
- Big Fish Island (#1) : This rare island only shows up 3% of the time and can only appear once per day. Like Big Fish Island #2, only fish size four or larger will spawn here. It also has hybrid flowers and the bugs that those flowers attract.
- Hardwood Tree Island (#1) : This rare island only shows up 2% of the time and only once per day. It has no rivers or ponds, but three cliff areas. The only trees that grow here are hardwood trees, and the only bugs that spawn here are those associated with hardwood trees, such as stags, beetles, and walking sticks.
- Gold Rock Island : This is one of the rarest islands, only showing up 1% of the time, and only once per day. This island has a smaller island at the center, surrounded by a river too wide to vault save for a single spot. The center island has a single rock that will produce up to nine gold nuggets when struck. The only bugs that spawn here are tarantulas or scorpions, depending on the time of year.
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In Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) Mystery Island Tours are tours that you can redeem with a Nook Miles Ticket , taking you to different mystery island types. Read on to learn what kind of islands there are in Mystery Island Tours and more!
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Types of Mystery Islands
What to do on a mystery island tour, what to bring on a mystery island tour, tips and tricks for mystery island tours, how to use a nook miles ticket, related guides.
This is a list of all islands currently confirmed to exist on Mystery Island Tours. Take note that the apperance rate of islands and critters depend on the date and time.
Normal Mystery Island 1
Normal Mystery Island 2
Rare Flower Island
Island with Many Waterfalls
Island with Dorsal-Finned Fish
Island with Hybrid Flowers and Emperor Butterflies
Money Rock Island
Scorpion Island with Gold Nuggets
Scorpion Island with Money Rocks
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Big Fish Island
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Spiral Pond Island
Fruit Tree Island
Island with Tall Cliffs
Island with a Waterfall at the Back
May Day Tour Island
May Day Event Info and Rewards
Have You Been to a Different Mystery Island?
Mystery Tours lead to various islands with many different features and fruits. It's likely that many more rare Mystery Island Tour islands exist that have yet to be discovered.
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Accessible Mystery Islands May Depend on Date and Time
For example, Tarantulas only appear from January to April or from November to December in the Northern Hemisphere, and spawn at night, it's likely that these conditions are required to visit the Tarantula Island.
If you're planning on hunting for a certain rare island, it might be worth it to try changing the Date and Time Setting on your Nintendo Switch first. How to Change the Date and Time
Coelacanths Can Be Caught Even When It's Not Raining
If you're aiming for the big catch, your best bet is to fish on a remote island.
Collect Materials Easily
Event Materials Can Be Collected
Invite Villagers to your Island
Max Villagers and How to Get New Villagers to Move In
Take Fruit Home With You
Be sure to grab these when you find these and take them back to your own island to plant and sell for a higher price.
Consider trading your found items online to other players, to get every different kinds of fruit tree on your island! Recipe and Fruit Trading Board
Take Rare Flowers
If you manage to find one of the island where flowers with rare colors bloom, be sure to take some back with you. These can usually only be gotten through Cross Pollination, which requires both time and luck, so it's a great find!
You'll have to use a shovel to dig up the entire flower to bring it home.
How to Make Hybrid Flowers
Take Home Furniture
Make sure you shake all the trees for a free piece of furniture before you leave. Be careful, though, as each island also has a chance to drop a Wasp Nest!
Take Home Critters
Find fish and bugs different from those found on your island on a Mystery Island Tour, so catch as many of these as possible.
It's much easier to catch insects on a Mystery Island since the area of the island is narrow.
Forgot a Fishing Rod or a Net ? You can craft these using the DIY Crafting Table (located near the airport on every Mystery Island Tour island) or by talking to Wilbur, the Dodo Airlines pilot, who will sell you Flimsy tools for 100 Miles each.
Rare bugs are easier to catch in the rain!
If it happens to rain while you're out on a mystery island, bring out your net and keep an eye on bugs.
Common insects like fireflies don't appear in the rain, so rare bugs like the tarantula are more likely to appear. Siince the area of the island is much smaller than your home island, it will be easier to spot one and sneak up on them!
Best Tools to Bring
It's best to have all your most important tools on hand when going on a Mystery Island Tour.
Craft or Buy Tools on the Island
If you'd prefer to have your inventory completely empty before you leave, head to the island first and craft the items you need there.
A DIY Workbench will always be available on the Mystery Island Tour island to craft the tools you need there from the Materials available on the island.
Otherwise, a Flimsy version of the Net, Axe, Shovel, or Fishing Rod can be bought from Wilbur for a fee of 100 Miles apiece.
This is especially important if you get sent to a bamboo island, where you cannot acquire any tree branch. Keep this in mind when going out on tours!
Don't Forget a Vaulting Pole
When going on a Mystery Island Tour, a variety of rivers will surround you, limiting your movement.
If you go on a Mystery Island Tour before unlocking the Vaulting Pole, it might end up being a waste of your Ticket, so be sure to get the Vaulting Pole first before embarking on one. How to Get the Vaulting Pole
The Island You Visit is Random
These are examples of possible islands.
There are a variety of Mystery Island Tour islands available, and it's random which of the islands you will visit, so you'll need to be prepared for anything!
Empty Your Pockets
Without leaving behind any of the tools you'll need, bring a mostly empty bag to the island.
Also consider purchasing the Pocket Organization Guide first to get an extra 10 slots in your inventory before going!
- How to Increase Inventory Space
Why Are There No Villagers on Mystery Islands?
If you're looking to recruit a villager during one of your tours, make sure that your island has enough available space. How to Get Villagers to Move In
Some Islands Have No Villagers
On a Mystery Island Tour, sometimes you'll encounter an island with no Villagers at all.
If you're going on a Mystery Island Tour to try to recruit new Villagers, consider using an amiibo+ card instead to add new Villagers without the risk of wasting your Miles on a Nook Miles Ticket. List of amiibos and Compatibility
You Will Leave the Island When You Quit the Game
Be sure to go on a Mystery Island Tour at a point when you won't need to turn off your Switch soon, and try to get everything done before you do so!
You Cannot Use the Item Delivery and Liquidation Services
Dodo Airlines added a new feature to lighten the load off your pockets; the Item Delivery and Liquidation services.
As of now, this feature is only available when you are on Harv's Island . Sadly, you cannot use this on Mystery Island Tours .
Go On a Mystery Island Tour
When visiting another island on a Mystery Island Tour, you can use a Nook Miles Ticket. After playing your initial loan of 5,000 Miles, Tom Nook will give you one of these tickets for free.
In addition, you can buy another any time from the Nook Stop in Resident Services for 2,000 Miles.
- How to Get Nook Miles Fast
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Every Mystery Island Tour, Ranked
In Animal Crossing: New Horizon, you can tour mystery islands to collect new items and villagers. Here are the tours, ranked.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduced a brand new, unique exploration tool. To go along with the new island theme, you can take a plane from your own home island to a "mystery" island using a special ticket purchased via the Nook Stop. Orville will send you to one of several special islands, where you can harvest materials and fruit, go fishing, and hunt for bugs. In some instances, there will even be villagers that can be invited to move to your island.
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While there are a few basic and more common mystery islands, some are rare and filled with ways to make extra cash. Here are all the mystery islands you might come across in your travels.
11 Starter Islands
There are four basic starter islands available, all of which contain your home island's native fruit and some bodies of water. One of these islands has a unique spiral shape that requires no tools to get around, but other than that, it's best to use as a place to harvest materials.
Another starter island has only a large pond and the ocean, which is useful for getting pond-specific fish. One island contains several cliffs so that one requires the ladder to explore. Similarly, there are waterfall islands, which can spawn some decent waterfall fish.
10 Tree Islands
Starter islands will have a decent amount of trees in three types (fruit, hardwood, and cedar), but there are also islands containing only hardwood trees. While these islands are primarily just basic islands, they are useful for farming the three different wood types (hardwood, softwood, and wood).
The best part is that on these islands, you can farm materials by cutting down all the trees with an ax without fear of Isabelle telling you ten minutes later that you need more trees.
9 Trash Island
This looks like a normal island, with a curving river falling from cliffs and flowing to the left into the ocean. Instead of fish, though, only trash can be found in the waters here. You might fish up some stones, empty cans, old boots, and tires.
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The items may seem useless, but after a few catches, your villager should declare some new DIY recipe ideas. Plus, you can take the items back to your island and try to catch some flies. Of course, the usual materials can be farmed on this island, as well.
8 Bamboo Island
The final tree type, bamboo trees, can be found only on their own special mystery island. Hitting these trees will give you both bamboo pieces and young spring bamboo pieces, which can be used in a variety of DIY recipes. There are also bamboo shoots buried in the ground next to the trees. These can be taken back to your island and planted to start your own collection.
It is important to note that while the bamboo island and bamboo trees can be found year-round, young spring bamboo is a seasonal material, so harvest that while you can.
7 Rare Flower Islands
Cross-breeding flowers to create hybrids can take a ton of time and is not always guaranteed to work. If you happen to come across rare flowers island, your chances of spawning more hybrids are better.
Rare flowers island will contain your native flower types in their rare colors. Tulips, for example, will display black, orange, and pink on this island. They will be planted around a large, round pond. In addition to collecting these rare flowers using a shovel, you can also catch some bugs that only spawn near hybrid flower colors.
6 Foreign Fruit Island
Rather than your native fruit, this island will be filled with trees containing your "sister fruit," according to popular data miner Ash Wolf (@_Ninji)'s mystery island guide . Nineteen fruit trees can be found on this island filled with three fruits per tree.
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Harvesting and selling foreign fruits is a very popular way to make some quick cash, as these fruits sell for a higher price at your local Nook's Cranny.
5 Tarantula/Scorpion Island
Tarantula island and scorpion island are straight out of a nightmare, but the visits are worth all the cash. Between the hours of 7 p.m. and 4 a.m., you can try your luck at catching an inventory full of these dangerous critters. There seem to be a few different variations of the official tarantula/scorpion island, but as long as the critter is in season, they will be the only bugs to spawn here.
You can also attempt to make your own tarantula or scorpion island by removing everything on a regular mystery island. These bugs sell for a pretty penny at Nook's Cranny, and for even more if you sell to Flick.
4 Big Fish Islands
There are two "big fish islands" to find, but both spawn only large fish, some of which are rare and difficult to catch on the homeland. One island features a four-legged body of water in the center and rare flowers all over. The other island contains normal flowers but features a river running from the mouth into a roundabout on the island itself.
3 Fin Island
Fins island is a very rare find, with only a one percent chance of visiting, according to Wolf. The island contains a rectangular pond with cliffs in the center. It is mostly normal, though the only fish that spawn her are large, finned fish.
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This includes the infamous great white and hammerhead sharks, which are available from June to September in the Northern Hemisphere and December to March in the southern hemisphere. Visiting this island is a great way to knock out some museum donations or make quick cash.
2 Money Rock Islands
Every day on your own island, you can find one rock that you can hit to receive 16,100 bells. What if we told you there are islands filled with multiple money rocks? The first and more common money rock island contains a very large pond with an island in the center. On the north side, you can break a rock to access the center island and hit six money rocks for up to a whopping 96,000 bell return.
The second island, though a bit rarer, has a ground-level filled with seven money rocks and flowers. There are four cliffs in the corners.
1 Gold Island
This island is as rare of a find as fins island, but it's got a great reward. On this island, you will find some flowers, scorpions (hello extra money), and a large, rectangular pond. Climb onto the cliff and down the back to vault to a tiny center island. There, you will find one rock containing eight golden nuggets, a very rare crafting material.
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Kapp'n Boat Tours
Welcome to IGN's Animal Crossing: New Horizon's 2.0 Update guide! This section will tell you everything you need to know about the new Kapp'n Boat Tours, including where to find him, how to go on a boat tour and what kinds of islands you can travel to!
Who Is Kapp'n and What Are Boat Tours?
Kapp'n, a charming green turtle who loves to sing sea shanties, is a new addition found in the Animal Crossing: New Horizon's 2.0 update.
Much like the Dodo Airlines Mystery Island Tours , you can hop aboard Kapp'n's boat and have him take you to a random mystery island where you can find fruits , vegetable crops , flowers , fish and special items like star fragments ! Mystery Tours are a great way to farm for items that you might not be able to find on your own island or that of your friends, and an even better way to recruit new villagers for your island.
You can find Kapp'n lounging on his boat by your island's pier. For a fee of 1,000 Nook Miles , he'll take you aboard his ship and serenade you as you both sail into the sea. Just be sure to make the most of your trip as Kapp'n Boat Tours are limited to one trip per day.
Boat Tour Mystery Islands
Much like the mystery islands that are accessed via Dodo Airlines, the Boat Tour mystery islands can each offer different types of fruits, flowers, fish, bugs that may not be native to your own island, making these trips a great opportunity to farm as many items as you can carry back home. You can even travel to mystery islands that are experiencing completely different weather than that of your home island - imagine being able to catch snowflakes in July!
As part of the 2.0 update, Boat Tour Islands offer a variety of crafting materials like vegetables , bamboo, and even season specific materials like cherry blossom petals and snowflakes on certain islands.
More importantly, when visting an island through Kapp'n's Boat Tour, you'll be able to find and dig up a Gyroid fragment. Each island includes only one Gyroid fragment so you'll need to make multiple trips if you're trying to grow your collection.
Be sure to check out our extensive Gyroid List and Guide for everything you need to know from how to find them to how to use them in your home!
List of Islands
Below you'll find a list of the different items and types of islands you can discover by braving the ocean with Kapp'n. Be sure to come back and check this page often as we continue to discover more about these new islands and update the list!
Vine & Glowing Moss Island
On this island, you'll be able to find coconunt trees, vines, glowing moss and two types of plumeria bushes: white and pink. While you can find coconut trees on other mystery islands , vines and glowing moss can currently only be found through Kapp'n's Boat Tour or by visiting the Happy Home Paradise resort .
The pink and white plumeria bushes, however, are exclusive to the boat tour mystery islands so be sure to pack a few for the ride home!
Vegetable Crop Island
If you find yourself eager to begin growing vegetable crops but haven't had Lief stop by your island with starters or have a pal who can gift you some crops, you can hop on board Kapp'n's boat and hopefully arrive on one of these islands. Vegetable crop islands can feature any of the following crops:
- Pumpkins - orange, white, yellow and green
Be sure to check out our vegetable guide to find out more information on these new items!
Star Fragment Island
You'll find yourself transported to a nighttime island in the middle of a meteor shower. While walking the across the beach, you can find star fragments scattered across the shore and even a message bottle containing a DIY Recipe. Be sure to bring a shovel and pummel the rocks on the island to find even more star fragments!
Our Shooting Star Wishes, Star Pieces and Star Fragments guide is a great place to learn more about these special materials!
Cherry Blossom Island
Taking a trip on board Kapp'n's boat can also mean landing on a special seasonal island like the Cherry Blossom Island. Cherry Blossoms normally only bloom in the Nothern Hemisphere from April 1-10 and in the Southern Hemisphere from October 1-10.
But no matter what season your island is in, you can find yourself arriving on mystery island that is currently experiencing cherry blossom season. Landing on this island means you'll be able to find materials like cherry blossom petals needed to craft specific cherry blossom themed DIY recipes .
Even if your island is in the middle of summer, you can find yourself sailing up to the shore of an island covered in snow. Like the Cherry Blossoms Island, arriving at the Snow Island means you'll be able to collect winter specific materials like snowflakes to be able to craft some DIY recipes .
Just like the bamboo island found through Dodo Airlines, this island will feature fully grown bamboo and plenty of bamboo shoots you can dig up and bring home to create your own bamboo forest right in your backyard.
If you're lucky enough to land on this island, you'll find Money Trees containing multiple bags of 1,000 bells on each one.
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Animal Crossing New Horizons: 14 Pro Tips For Your Mystery Island Trip
Gearing up for a Mystery Island trip in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? These pro tips and tricks will help you make the most of it!
One of the neatest aspects of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ability to take trips to remote "Mystery" islands. These Mystery Tours are a subtle, but enjoyable feature that gives players something extra to partake in while mixing up the gameplay. On top of this, it allows them to extend their means of resource gathering and even lure new villagers who reside on these desolate islands .
It's a fun endeavor that provides some great benefits, to be sure. Yet, given its randomness and the costs involved in doing this, it's important to go in with a plan of attack, as it were.
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This list will outline ten key tips, techniques, and means of preparation to help maximize each Mystery Island trip.
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14 Be Sure To Clear Up Inventory Space
Inventory management tends to be an ongoing task in New Horizons . Yet, this is particularly the case when embarking on a Mystery Tour, as these are one-and-done trips that remove access to home storage and item pawning .
Even those who have maxed out their inventory space will likely find it filled up rather quickly, given all of the unique and often valuable goods to gather at these locales. There will likely be ample fruit, wood, rocks, and even hybrid flowers. Before setting out, be sure to sell and/or store anything that isn't essential to bring on the trip. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least half of the inventory space clear for newly-obtained items.
13 Bring A Ladder And Vaulting Pole To Travel With
While these Mystery Islands will be small, they're also typically loaded with terrain that can be tricky to traverse without the right tools. Of course, gathering resources and goods are key - but so too is the equipment to get around obstacles to get these goods in the first place.
It's certainly possible to stumble upon a simpler, more traversable island. Still, the fairly-common "Spiral Island," "Falls Island," and the elevated "Mountain Island" pretty much demand Ladders and Vaulting Poles to cover all the ground needed. Be sure to bring these items, or at least the resources necessary to craft them while there.
12 Bring Materials For Building
Speaking of building materials - these can be a key element for optimal island plundering. Basic building blocks such as wood, stone, and Iron Nuggets can come in handy in crafting or replacing various tools often needed to gather key items. Even something as simple as weeds can be useful, as they can help one prepare for an unexpected hornet onslaught by way of medicine-crafting.
As each Mystery Island will come with a Simple DIY Workbench, it makes sense to take advantage of this.
11 * Collect Everything Possible In One Trip
As the pilot Wilbur wisely mentions, the same island (in its exact state) cannot be returned to once a player leaves. Everything resets during the next Mystery Tour. This means that it's usually a good idea to stock up on anything and everything that can be carried, within reason. Gather things like foreign fruits , clay and Gold Nuggets from rocks, as well as other items of value.
As there are several different Mystery Islands, there's a good chance that the specific island visited will not be seen again after many more visits.
10 Stock Up On Nook Miles Ahead Of Time
Each Mystery Tour trip will require 2,000 Nook Miles, which is triggered by buying a Nook Miles Ticket at the Nook Stop Terminal in Resident Services. Given its fairly steep price, it's usually a good idea to load up on several thousand Nook Miles before making this investment.
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It's certainly tempting to impatiently take the plunge and burn through any Nook Miles remaining. But doing so risks the potential of wasting precious Miles and being unable to return to a rarer, more bountiful island.
9 Prioritize Mining Stones
Resource-gathering is an important task to partake in when exploring a Mystery Island, but this is especially true when it comes to mining rocks. It's a good idea to "leave no stone unturned" as it were and gather all the precious stone, clay, and nuggets possible. For one, the odds of unearthing a valuable Gold Nugget are significantly increased by doing so.
And it's important to keep in mind that home islands only have four or five stones, which only yield resources once per day. So assuming tools and/or time is limited, this handful of rock formations should definitely be a focal point when exploring a Mystery Island.
8 * Shake Or Chop Down Trees
Like one's own island, there will usually be quite a few trees to harvest for resources on a Mystery Island. These should be thoroughly searched by chopping them with axes, or at least shaken if the axe isn't a feasible option.
Not only will these trees often drop foreign fruit, but they'll also have a chance of yielding a new furniture item, as well as the ever-valuable Wasp Net. Just be sure to bring some medicine to remove the swelling that comes from those pesky wasp stings.
This can be useful as only a handful of furniture items and nests can be shaken free from trees on one's own island daily.
7 * Search For A Lone Fossil
Another relatively rare item that can be had on Mystery Islands is a fossil. Since just four or five fossils can be found each day on one's home island, it's definitely productive to seek out these buried goodies when venturing to these locales.
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Unfortunately, there's a 50% chance that an island will not hold a fossil. But the good news is that one can catch on quickly as to whether or not one is there, given how small these islands are - keeping the time investment at a minimum.
6 * Make Frequent Trips
There are several potential Mystery Islands that can show up, especially when upgrading one's own island at Resident Services. With close to two dozen that are randomly sifted through, players should make a point to embark on these Mystery Tours somewhat regularly. Save up on Nook Miles and build up a savings of them for a rainy day.
Visiting often enough will maximize one's odds at stumbling upon one of the rarer, more lucrative islands such as Finned Fish Island or Gold Rock Island. Both of these have just a 1% chance of showing up when embarking on the tour.
5 Travel By Night To Reach Potential Scorpion Or Tarantula Islands
Highlighting a technique that's a bit more nuanced - one potentially lucrative move in venturing to these islands is to wait until nightfall. Doing so will increase the chances of stumbling upon an island that's home to Tarantulas or Scorpions (depending on the season).
Why should these pesky bugs be sought after? Well, it so happens that they're among the most valuable assets to obtain in the wild, selling for a whopping 8,000 Bells apiece! Just be ready to put up a fight - as they will pounce!
4 Ample Tools To Get Resources
As it's briefly been mentioned, tools are an important element to maximizing a Mystery Island trip. A number of tools should be brought - or at least crafted on-site - in order to gather fruit, wood, fish, bugs, and resources from stone.
This means having fishing rods, axes, nets, and shovels ready to go. Easily-breakable "Flimsy" tools should be avoided here unless used as a last resort. Rather, sturdier, newly-made objects like the Stone Axe should be used in this scenario.
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Consider even bringing a backup of the tools that'll likely be used more often when exploring. As Wilbur mentions - once a player leaves, there's no coming back, so plan accordingly!
3 Gather Foreign Fruit
One of the biggest draws and sources of value for these Islands is their potential to yield foreign fruit. The universally-foreign coconut can usually be found on their beaches, but players will often be lucky enough to find a variety of trees with fruit that doesn't grow on their island.
To compare - native fruit will sell at Nook's shop for 100 Bells each. Meanwhile, coconuts yield 250 apiece, and non-native fruit goes for a whopping 500 each. Basically - get ready to do plenty of tree-shaking and chopping. It'll quickly bring in quite a few Bells .
Fruit-gathering can be further exploited by planting some of them on a player's own island to grow trees. This will multiply one's earnings - and the fruit will still sell for non-native prices even after being grown on one's home island.
2 Look Out For Large Fish In Oceans
Fishing can be a source of both fun and ample cash in New Horizons . Yet, this activity can be particularly fruitful when doing the Mystery Tour. Focus on scanning the coastline for some larger shadows in particular, as this increases the odds that rarer, more valuable fish will be caught.
Though rarer fish can, of course, be obtained on one's home island, the chances of these encounters increase with some Mystery Islands. This includes the uncommon "Big Fish Island," and the rare "Finned Fish Island."
1 Tarantula/Scorpion Farming
Going back to Tarantulas and Scorpions - there's another trick that can potentially yield more of these rare critters. This technique is a bit ambitious compared to most on this list, though it's also one that can be quite lucrative if pulled off successfully.
Basically, the goal is to coax the spawning of them by clearing out the island of growth - and thus, other bugs that get in the way.
Do this by chopping down all trees and removing their stumps, picking flowers, clearing out rocks, and removing other insects. Excess resources can be dropped on the corner of the beach. After some time, there's a chance a number of these critters will spawn. This is because the flat, bare grounds provide the conditions for these bugs. Again - this will have to be done at night (7pm to 4am).
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All of the Rare Kapp'n's Mystery Island Tours in 'New Horizons'
With the 2.0 update, Kapp'n in back in the game, bringing players to new Mystery Islands with rare resources. Here are all of the tours in the game.
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Nintendo answered many of New Horizons players' requests with its massive 2.0 November update , bringing with it new items, the ability to cook, and some old favorite figures.
While fans had long been asking for Brewster to re-open his coffee shop on our islands, the new update also brought back other figures from the franchise's previous installments who didn't previously have a permanent place in New Horizons.
Kapp'n, our serenading, traveling frog, is now a steady member of your island — and he gives Mystery Island Tours every day. For the price of 1,000 Nook Miles, he'll take you to a mystery island that may feature rare and exclusive resources.
While many of these islands are pretty boring and feature items you would typically find on a regular island tour, there are a few mystery islands that are rarer and worth the Nook Miles. Here's a look at the rare islands you might find on Kapp'n's tours.
While Leif may sell you some of the crops you need to grow all of the produce necessary to test out the new recipes that came with the update, if you're looking to collect them all, you'll want to be sure to stumble upon a crop island. Here you can harvest wheat, sugarcane, pumpkins, tomatoes, and carrots (and steal the plants to grow on your own island).
Star fragment island
Today is a good day because I travelled to a star fragment island with shooting stars #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/2PFyXxAFSq — Kremepai (@krisenpaii) November 15, 2021
No matter what time of the day it is when you leave, if you stumble upon this island, it'll be nighttime and the sky will be filled with shooting stars to wish on. You can also mine for star fragments by hitting the rocks with your shovel.
Cherry blossom island
One of the appeals of these Mystery Island Tours is that you can collect out-of-season resources on some of them — like the cherry blossom island. Here, all of the trees will be pink and you'll be able to catch the petals in abundance.
Money tree island
Money tree island on a boat tour?! #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/YVt3tCRpU3 — anne (@sunsetsntears) November 7, 2021
This island is pretty self-explanatory and a counterpart to the money rock island you can find on regular Nook Miles tours. All of the trees will have bags of Bells on them that you can shake and harvest. In total, you can easily walk away with 35,000 Bells.
Vines and glowing moss island
While they may not seem like much, the vines and glowing moss found on this island are crucial to a slew of new DIY recipes, so while you're here, you'll want to harvest them all. You can also find these resources on your Happy Home Paradise island if you don't seem to be coming across this one.
Like the cherry blossom island, you'll be transported to a different season on this island, giving you an opportunity to collect snowflakes for your DIYs.
mushroom island, ty kapp'n :p #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/qGcq8EHvHK — fern🌿 (@tropiccrybaby) November 13, 2021
Fall is arguably one of the most fruitful seasons for New Horizons players since there are so many resources to collect for DIYs in the fall. Here, you'll be able to gather pinecones, acorns, maple leaves, and mushrooms.
First island of the day: bamboo, baybee!! #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/GXUzRnFaAh — LaTia Jacquise - #Planebreaker on Kickstarter now! (@LaTiaJacquise) March 21, 2020
Yes, we know there's already an island of bamboo on the regular island tours. But this is another good way to collect bamboo if you're running low or can't find one otherwise.
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The Different Mystery Tour Islands In Animal Crossing: New Horizons
One of the features of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ability to go on mystery tours to other ‘deserted’ islands. More often than not, you’ll end up on an island with the same native fruit and flowers you have on your island. However, you may be lucky enough to visit some of the rarer mystery tour islands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
How To Visit A Mystery Tour Island?
In order to visit you’ll need to have purchased a Nook Miles Ticket for 2,000 Nook Miles from the NookStop terminal at Residents Services.
You then need to speak to Orville, (the Dodo behind the counter at the airport ). Next, select the ‘I wanna fly!’ option. The you select ‘Use Nook Miles Ticket’. After this, you will be flown to a random deserted island. Most of these islands will offer the same insects, fauna and fruit that is native to your own island. However, here are some of the more interesting ones.
Hybrid Lake Island
This is a small island with a lake that is surrounded by lots of hybrids of the same type of flower. The bugs that can be caught here are mostly the ones you’d find near flowers back on your own island. The fish in the small lake that is surrounded by hybrids, are mostly koi or goldfish.
Hybrid Waterfall Island
This island is similar to ‘hybrid lake island’, however, this version of the hybrid island has waterfalls and a small pond that will spawn fish at a regular rate.
Money Rock Island(s)
There are two types of money rock islands. Again, you must have upgraded Residents Services in order to visit these islands. The first version requires you to eat some fruit, smash through a rock, and then pole vault to a small little island which has a circle of money rocks. The second version of the island has the money rocks dotted around the island. Either way, ensure to bring your pole vault and ladder with you on excursions.
‘Bamboo Island’ is an island that has no palm trees on the beach, and no trees on the island. The island has just one level and is full of bamboo, young bamboo, and bamboo sprouts (can be dug up). Players can then take bamboo sprouts back and grow them on their own island.
Finned Fish/Shark Island
To be able to visit this island as one of the mystery tour islands, you will need to have upgraded Residents Services from a tent into a building. You will only be able to catch finned fish on this island (you’ll see their fins sticking out of the water). This means any fish you catch will be either an ocean sunfish or sharks.
‘Trash Island’ is an island where players can only ‘fish’ trash. Whilst this may seem junk, Nook Miles and DIY recipe inspirations can be garnered from catching trash.
Gold Rock Island
To visit this island, again, you will need to have the Resident Services building. This island is one of the rarer ones, and contains a single rock which will only drop gold nuggets. You will need your ladder and vaulting pole in order to access the rock.
This was an island which infinitely spawned tarantulas in the colder months and scorpions in warmer months. It has seemingly now been patched. However, there are tutorials on how to strip deserted islands and make your very own ‘tarantula island’.
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ACNH Mystery Island Tour Guide & Tips | Rare Mystery Islands Probability and Items
On a Mystery Island tour in Animal Crossing New Horizons, players are allowed to collect crafting materials, invite villagers, take fruit, rare flowers, fish and bugs home, different rare mystery islands have different resources, but also appears randomly. Here is an ACNH Mystery Island tour guide covering all the island types, probability, items and features, as well as some tips for visiting a mystery island.
How to Get to Animal Crossing New Horizons Mystery Tour?
Animal Crossing Mystery Tour provides a chance for players to visit random uncharted islands using a Nook Mile Ticket and collect more crafting materials from there. Mystery islands often have rare critters, fish and bugs, non-native fruit trees, hybrid flowers and more ACNH items you can’t obtain on your own island. To visit other islands, you must buy a Nook Miles Ticket from the Nook Stop in Resident Services first for 2000 Nook Miles and depart from the airport.
Different Types of ACNH Mystery Islands & Probability
What’s the chance you can visit rare Mystery Island? Here we list the different types of Mystery Island in Animal Crossing New Horizons, with the encounter probability and obtainable items. Ninji has discovered the rarest Mystery Island with 1% appearance chance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Tips and Tricks for Visiting a Mystery Island
Take the required tools
If you want to bring rare fish, bugs, and Animal Crossing bells from the mystery island, some tools are necessary, including net, fishing rod and shovel. The ladder and vaulting pole are also required to climb cliffs and cross river. The DIY workbench will be available on mystery islands, so you can also craft the tools there with the available materials. Ensure you have unlocked or purchased the vaulting pole before the travel.
Make more preparation
The chance to visit which island is random, so you’d better prepare anything may be required. While the probability of each island is different, check out above different types of mystery island and learn about their features.
Have your inventory empty
When you arrive a mystery island, especially a rare island with numerous resources, you’ll want to take as many items as possible home, so try to leave a maximum storage space or expand your inventory before the tour.
Use amiibo card
In some cases, you will go to an island without villagers, if you want to recruit new Villagers, consider using an amiibo+ card instead to add new villagers.
Don’t quit the game during the travel
If you turn off your Switch during the Mystery Island tour, the trip will be over. Start travel when you have enough time and complete everything you should do before exiting.
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Animal Crossing | ACNH Mystery Island Villagers - How To Get
Check out this Animal Crossing New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide on how to get Mystery Tour Villagers that you want. Learn about the chances to get villagers, when to farm & more!!
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We've compiled a lot of the information from this article into a concise video for your perusal above, so check it out!
This method is ultimately entirely random, you could end up using a lot of Miles for nothing - use this at your own discretion.
① Prepare an empty plot of land
② Collect Nook Miles
③ Meet villagers on islands
④ Repeat steps 2-3 until you get the villager you want
※3 You don't need a new plot of land if you haven't invited the 3 villagers to your island yet.
An Empty Plot Is Necessary
In order for a villager to spawn when you go on a Mystery Island Tour, you'll need to have an empty lot for a house available and placed on your island. However, if you haven't progressed the game until the part where you build 3 houses and get 3 villagers (as a part of a Tom Nook quest), you actually won't need to have an empty plot placed. Empty lots can be placed only after you build a Campsite on your island!
When Maxed Out, Have Villagers Move Out To Make An Empty Lot
The maximum number of villagers you can have living on your island at once is 10. At this point, villagers will not spawn on Mystery Island Tours! However, by having a villager move out, you can open up an empty lot on your island and villagers will start appearing on Tours again.
Important Notes About The Mystery Island Villager Roulette
Invite before the land is sold.
↑ Trying to recruit Audie on a Mystery Island
After The 7th Villager, Plot Sale Timing Varies
Once Tom Nook sells a plot of land to a new villager, it's locked in and you won't be able to invite a Mystery Island villager to live there. For your 7th villager, the land will be sold the day after it is placed! This means, you'll only have one day to do your villager hunting. However, for the 8th villager an oward, the timing of when land is sold appears to be entirely random.
When Moving Out, Plot Sale Is Random
When a villager moves out of your island and leaves an empty house in its place, the timing at which that lot will be sold and find a new owner is totally random. It's possible that a new inhabitant could be found the very next day, so we recommend acting as fast as possible!
Different Time According To In-Game Progress
The personalities of villagers you encounter on Mystery Island Tours will differ depending on if you go before or after completing the resident services event. After setting up a campsite on your island, all personality types will start to appear, which might make it more difficult for you get the character you want (if they're not Peppy, Lazy, or Normal).
Our Mystery Tour Villager Stats
Test conditions & number of attempts, personality types of villagers encountered.
As a result of visiting Mystery Islands over and over, we determined that generally speaking all personality types have a roughly similar chance of appearing. It's possible that the personality types that appear are somewhat influenced by the animals which currently live on your island, but effectively you can expect to have all types appear.
The Same Characters May Appear
Over the course of our tests we noticed that the same character may appear multiple times. Given that there are almost 400 characters in the game, you can expect the process to be rather grueling.
Miles Are Your Bottleneck
One Nook Miles Ticket will run you 2000 miles. For the purposes of our tests we spent 200,000 miles in total, but if you're really serious about getting one specific villager, you'll probably need to spend 2-3 times that amount, depending on your luck. Whatever the case may be, make sure you're always saving up miles!
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In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can not only explore your own island but also a variety of mystery islands whenever you purchase a Nook Miles Ticket. To help give you a better idea as to what you can expect, we’ve put together a guide explaining all of the mystery island types in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The island you call home is not the only island you can explore in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Whenever you rack up 2,000 Nook Miles you can purchase a Nook Miles Ticket and use it to explore mystery islands. To purchase a Nook Miles Ticket, you’ll first need to head to the NookStop in the Resident Services Center.
Once you’ve redeemed your Nook Miles, take your Nook Miles Ticket down to the Airport and ask to use it. In using it, you’ll be taken to a random island. You never know what island you’re going to land on, but there are a few specific island types that can crop up. Below, we’ve listed all of the mystery island types in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
UPDATE: If you want to see maps for each mystery island type, Redditor u/trollmz posted a comprehensive image with info from dataminer @_Ninji that features the layout, percentage, and resources for each mystery island as seen below. You can also view it in the original Reddit thread and in details posted by @_Ninji .
The most frequent mystery island to appear is a “normal” island that boasts all of the same assets and features as your island back home. For example, you’ll find all of the same fish, bugs, native fruit trees, and flowers, nothing new. If you’ve yet to invite new Villagers to your island , you’ll find one random Villager here.
You can also dig up a Fossil and earn an item by shaking the trees. Be sure to pick all the weeds before you shake the trees to ensure nothing gets lost. With the rocks, you can mine for useful resources like iron. If needed, you’ll find a crafting station near the airplane which you can use if your tools break. You can also purchase tools from Wilbur in exchange for Nook Miles.
Any normal island can be turned into a “tarantula island” by following a few basic steps which we’ve outlined in a previous guide .
Only trees on this island are hardwood trees but is otherwise a standard island type. Great for farming softwood, hardwood, and wood for crafting.
As the name suggests, the bamboo island type is full of bamboo trees. It’s strongly recommended that you dig these trees up, take them back to your island, and plant them in order to have bamboo as an accessible resource. You’ll also find similar resources to the normal island type here including rocks to mine for iron, flowers, bugs, and so on.
As noted by dataminers, there are two variants of scorpion island. One has a wealth of bamboo trees, while the other has an "A" shape water pattern at the center along with rocks that can be mined for resources like iron and gold. Keep in mind that, like tarantulas, scorpions can be sold for 8,000 Bells a piece so be sure to take your time and catch as many as you can.
Similar to the “normal island” type, you’ll sometimes land on a fruit island. It’s referred to as a fruit island by Animal Crossing players because unlike the normal island type, fruit islands contain fruit that you don’t have. For example, if cherries are your native fruit, you may be able to find peaches or pears on this island.
It’s strongly recommended that you dig up these trees and take them back with you to plant on your island as they’ll continue to produce non-native fruit. Like the normal island type, you can find native bugs and fish and flowers, along with a Fossil, random item, and resources like iron should you need them.
This island type is infamous as a way to farm Bells. The reason for this is because tarantulas spawn constantly on this island as long as you travel at night (their normal spawn time). On the island, there’s a smaller island in the center and it’s here that you’ll want to be in order to catch tarantulas.
We’ve got a few pointers in our tarantula island guide when it comes to making the process as easy as possible.
Tarantulas sell for 8,000 Bells each so you’ll want to take the time to catch as many as possible before returning to your island. If the Nook’s Cranny shop is closed, you can store the tarantulas in containers by your house by selecting them in your inventory and picking the “place item” option. In the morning, collect the containers, sell the spiders, and profit!
Fish Island Types
Similar to the tarantula island, there are fish island types. For example, one is a "fin" island that spawns rare fish like sharks more frequently. It also boasts a center island shaped like a dorsal fin. Additionally, there are two other "fish island" types that focus on big fish like the Olive Flounder or the Oarfish.
Given that Oarfish sell for 9,000 Bells each, this can be a very profitable island for you to land on. Not to mention the shark spawn island with the Hammerhead Shark selling for 8,000 Bells, the Whale Shark selling for 13,000 Bells, and the Great White Shark selling for 15,000 Bells.
If you're hunting for a fish island, be sure to bring enough fishing rods and fish bait with you just in case you get lucky enough to land on one. You aren't going to want to miss the opportunity to bring home an inventory full of Oarfish, or your very own Great White Shark if you land on "fin" island!
Bell Rock Island
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are two mystery islands where you can farm Bells. What this means is that the rocks on these island types can be mined for Bells rather than rocks, clay, and iron.
You’ll know you’ve landed on bell rock island when you see no center island and a bunch of hardwood trees (plus rocks to mine) or a smaller island in the center with rocks laid out in a circle.
To reach these rocks on this island, you’ll need to smash the rock that blocks the path then vault your way over. Once on the mini island, you’ll want to use the hole trick to get the max eight hits per rock as outlined in our previous guide .
Again, this island is like your normal island type with the exception of the flowers and butterflies that linger among them. On this island, you’ll find unique, hybrid flowers that you can’t get on your own island. The same goes for butterflies, with rarer butterflies fluttering by (all those Animal Crossing puns).
We strongly recommend digging up these flowers and taking them back with you to plant on your own island. If you see any valuable butterflies like the blue Emperor Butterfly, be sure to grab them as they’re worth 4,000 Bells each.
This island is similar to the normal island type with all of your native resources on it from bugs to fruit. However, fishing on trash island is an interesting experience as you won’t get fish so much as you’ll get trash. Lots and lots of trash. For crafting, it can be useful to farm a bunch of tires and boots, but overall, this one has to be our least favorite mystery island.
In addition to the mystery islands listed above, there are a few other noteworthy islands that are pretty much your standard island but with some unique layouts.
- Normal island set in an elaborate spiral design.
- Normal island set in a "fidget spinner" design.
- Normal island with a mountain layout.
- Normal island with several waterfalls.
- Normal island with a curled center water pattern and increased dragonfly spawns.
- Normal island with zero bug spawns.
The most common mystery island spawn is the normal island, or normal island variants like spiral island. As previously stated, you can turn normal islands into tarantula islands if you want to farm them for additional profit as long as you visit them at night, which we recommend in order to make the most out of your Nook Miles Ticket (priced at 2,000 Nook Miles per ticket).
Now that you know all of the mystery island types in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, be sure to read through some of our other helpful guides including our comprehensive turnip guide for Animal Crossing: New Horizons , where to find all of Gulliver’s Communicator Parts in Animal Crossing: New Horizons , and how to catch Surgeonfish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons .
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Deserted Island Guide -- Rare Island Types, Tips, And More
Grab a Nook Miles ticket and hit up some deserted islands--scorpions, bamboo, and other rare resources await in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!
By Kallie Plagge and Olivia Harris on November 4, 2021 at 11:46AM PDT
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you could travel to a tropical island and find a variety of different fish, bugs, and fruit, and it could get old pretty quickly. This island was always the same, permanently in summer year-round, but things have changed for New Horizons. The Mystery Tour in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an extension of this feature, with a variety of deserted islands to visit (but within your own hemisphere and season).
Mystery Tour islands are much smaller than your main island, but they're great for meeting new villagers, gathering extra resources, and even making tons of money if you're lucky. We've rounded up our best tips for deserted-island hopping as well as all the types of Mystery Tour islands we've found so far.
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Once your airport is open (starting the second day you play the game), you'll be able to use a Nook Miles Ticket to go to a deserted island. You can purchase Nook Miles Tickets for 2,000 Nook Miles each at the Nook Stop machine in Resident Services.
Once you have a ticket, talk to Orville at the airport, select the "I wanna fly!" option, and then select "Use Nook Miles Ticket." You'll then be whisked away to a random island on your Mystery Tour!
These islands come in a variety of styles ranging from pretty basic to rare and lucrative; we've detailed all the types we've encountered so far below. Keep in mind that an island is generated each time you buy a Nook Miles Ticket, which means you can’t keep resetting the game to try and get a different island with the same ticket.
You may have heard that you can use Reactions or other methods at the airport to increase your chances of getting a rare or desirable Mystery Tour island. We tested this, and sadly, it simply isn't true . You have to rely on a little luck or a lot of Nook Miles if you're determined to get an especially good island.
What To Do On A Deserted Island
Depending on the type of island you get, there are a few different approaches you can take to make the most of your Mystery Tour. No matter what, we recommend emptying your pockets of everything except for your tools, as there is no way to send or otherwise keep any resources beyond your pocket capacity once you've left the deserted island.
Deserted islands are great for gathering resources. Each island can be completely emptied of resources with no repercussions; you'll never return to an island you've already visited.
Like on your own island, on Mystery Tour islands, you can gather weeds, tree branches, wood, fruit, clay, stone, and iron, as well as catch bugs and fish. You may also find a fossil buried in the ground or a DIY recipe in a bottle on the beach. You can even eat fruit on the island to gain super strength and dig up trees to take home--including coconut trees you can plant on your own beach.
Mystery Tours are a great way to get all the resources you need to build Nook's Cranny --which requires 30 iron and 30 of all three types of wood--in a short amount of time. Mining for these resources on a deserted island is a great option once you've depleted your own island's resources for the day.
If your tools wear out, you can either craft some more with the resources on the deserted island or buy flimsy tools for 100 Nook Miles each from Wilbur, the Dodo Airlines pilot. The tools purchased can still be upgraded with an iron nugget to the higher-tier tool.
A great way to control who moves into your island home is by inviting specific villagers yourself. You can find potential new island villagers on deserted islands who will gladly move into your town if asked, and if you don't ask, you can simply use more Nook Miles Tickets to travel to islands until you find one you like.
Villagers will only spawn on deserted islands if you have room for them to move onto your main island and a plot picked out for a new house. If you have 10 villagers living on your island or no open plots, you won't find anyone on these islands.
While it's not guaranteed, the weather on any given Mystery Tour island can be different from that of your own island. This can be useful for finding different fish or bugs that spawn in different weather--say, if it's raining on your island and you want to catch rain-shy bugs.
Some Mystery Tour islands are rife with money-making opportunities , so you should be on the lookout for some of the more lucrative types of islands. Below, we've outlined the kinds of islands we've found so far and what different opportunities you can find on each.
Deserted Island Types
There are different kinds of Mystery Tour islands you can encounter, with some being rarer than others. No matter which island you get, we recommend at least hitting all the rocks--as iron and gold nuggets are a relatively scarce resource--and scanning the shore for DIY recipes before you leave.
Sometimes, you'll just get a pretty normal island. These islands will have your native fruit, your native flower, a normal assortment of trees, and a basic river with no apparent difference in the type or frequency of bug and fish spawns. There will be a few rocks, all of which contain resources (no money rocks, in other words), and one tree will have furniture in it. Many of these islands will also have one fossil, while the rarer islands usually don't.
A kind of standard island, there's a layout in which the river runs in a spiral with a rock at the center of the island. We haven't noticed a big difference in what you can get on these islands, but maybe they'll inspire some of your island designs down the road.
Also apparently a subset of the standard island, we've found islands that are primarily cliffs, with most of the river up on the cliffs as well. While everything else about the island is pretty normal, you'll have an easier time grinding for clifftop fish with this layout.
We've also encountered an island that just has a bunch of rocks at the center atop a cliff. All the rocks contain crafting materials, so again, no money rocks.
This one is slightly rarer. It is otherwise a normal island, except all the trees are fruit trees--and it's a different fruit than the one native to your island! You can pick the fruit and take it home to sell or plant (we recommend planting it first). The type of foreign fruit you can find depends on what your native fruit is and could be considered your island's "sister" fruit--for example, if your native fruit is apples, your sister fruit is oranges, and you'll only find oranges on these islands.
There are five possible fruits--apples, oranges, peaches, cherries, and pears--and the four fruits that aren't native to your island sell for 500 bells each. Bringing back and planting these foreign fruit trees can be a great way to make some real cash. If you want to dig up the whole tree and bring it back with you, we recommend eating coconuts to gain the strength to do so; coconuts are less valuable than foreign fruits.
Somewhat common, the bamboo island only has bamboo on it--no rivers or ponds, though it does have rocks, coconut trees, and sometimes fossils. You can dig up bamboo shoots and plant them on your island, or you can eat some coconuts and dig up the bamboo trees whole.
Bamboo is an important resource in crafting, so it's also a good idea to take a flimsy or stone axe to the bamboo trees and harvest as much bamboo as you can while you're there. The lack of freshwater here might be inconvenient if you were planning on fishing, but it's actually the ideal island for creating your own tarantula farm right now.
Even more rare is an island covered in hybrid flowers --pink, black, orange, purple, or blue flowers whose seeds you can't buy from Timmy and Tommy. They'll usually be accompanied by butterflies, many of which only spawn around these rare hybrid flowers. In addition to catching these butterflies, which should fetch a good price, you should dig up and take home a few of each color so you can keep catching rare butterflies at home. These Mystery island hybrid flowers can be used to breed even rarer hybrid flowers, so be sure to keep track of any flowers you take from a Mystery Tour.
You can only find two different species of flowers on Mystery Tour islands: your native flower (the kind that you'd find on your cliffs at the beginning of the game) and your "sister" flower, which is generated when you start the game. That means you can only find hybrid flower islands of these two flower species as well. For more details about native and sister flowers as well as hybrids, check out our full guide to hybrid flowers and flower breeding .
If you ever find an island where there's a group of rocks in the center, surrounded by a river, then you have hit the jackpot. Those rocks are all money rocks, just like the one rock that spawns every day on the main island.
To reach the middle, you'll need to smash the one rock blocking the path; you can do this by eating a piece of fruit and hitting the rock with a shovel. Once you've smashed the rock you can use your vaulting pole to reach the middle. Make sure to dig some holes directly behind you before you start hitting each rock--this will ensure you can hit them in quick succession and get the whole 16,100 bells from each rock.
An island to fuel your nightmares, the tarantula island is inhabited by a seemingly infinite number of tarantulas. They sell for 8,000 bells each, so catch as many as you can carry. This is absolutely one of the jackpot islands, even if it's a little creepy. If you don't land on this one by sheer chance, there are actually ways to create your own tarantula island , though a new critter introduced in April has broken tarantula farming spawn rates for Northern Hemisphere players.
Similar to the tarantula island, the scorpion island is covered in, well, scorpions. They also sell for 8,000 bells each (or 12,000 to Flick ), so you should catch as many as you can carry if you're lucky enough to get this rare island. Note that scorpion season lasts half the year, either May to October (Northern Hemisphere) or November to April (Southern Hemisphere); the other half of the year is tarantula season. Because of that, you always have a chance of getting one of these jackpot bug islands year-round.
This island appears normal and consists of regular trees and flowers like every other island; the catch is that the river, lake, and ocean are full of trash. Fishing on this island will only yield trash items (cans, tires, and boots). The upside is that, by catching a bunch of trash, you'll at least unlock some DIY recipes.
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch has a new currency called Nook Miles, which you earn from completing achievements.
With 2,000 Nook Miles, you can buy a Nook Miles Ticket from the Nook Stop at Resident Services . Take the ticket to the airport, and you can fly off to a deserted island to harvest resources like wood, stone, or Iron Nuggets. You can also recruit villagers from these islands to come and live on yours.
The islands that you find may look similar in layout, but the fruit and the villager you can find on your island are always random.
What should you look for on Nook Miles islands? With the help of a guide made by Ash Wolf , we’ve put together a list of what you should look out for when going on Mystery Island Tours. Note that if you’re not getting any of the profitable islands, like the Money Rock or tarantula island, it’s because they have a low chance of appearing.
A Note on Villagers
If you have any open housing lots on your island, you can invite any of the villagers you find on Nook Miles island to come stay with you. Each island will have one villager, unless your town is full. If you’re unable to host any new villagers, there won’t be an animal on the island.
Non-native Fruit Island
This island will be filled with fruit that isn’t native to your island. This is your “sister fruit” and it will be the only other fruit you’ll be able to find through Mystery Island Tours, aside from Coconuts.
You can sell this foreign fruit for 500 Bells (as opposed to 100 Bells), and it’s also worth bringing some back to plant and become trees on your own island.
Eating any fruit will also let you dig up entire trees to bring back with you. This is a good way to re-plant foreign fruit trees on your island without having to wait for them to grow.
Money Rock island
There’s a chance you may run into an island with a large river surrounding a small piece of land covered in rocks. All of the rocks on this piece of land will be Money Rocks . That means you can make up to 16,000 Bells from hitting each with a shovel. To get to the rock-covered land, you’ll have to eat a fruit, break a rock on the outside of the river, and use the newly opened spot to pole vault on to the center island.
There is another Money Rock island that has the rocks scattered among flowers. You’ll be able to tell you’re on this island as it has four triangular cliffs in each corner.
As the name says, it’s an island filled with bamboo. Eat fruit and dig up the bamboo thickets to bring it home. You can also find Bamboo Shoots here, which are useful for some DIY crafting. Bamboo thickets provide bamboo when you hit them with a Stone Axe, and the bamboo is a requirement for craft, well, bamboo furniture.
Finned Fish Island
This island has layered cliffs in the center, resembling a fish fin. Here you can catch sharks and ocean sunfish from the water. This island can bring in a ton of money if you farm the sharks. As of right now, we’re unsure if this island only pops up during the months these fish spawn , or if these islands can pop up at any time.
Hybrid Flower/Butterfly Island
This island will be filled with hybrid flower colors. Rare butterflies will spawn around these flowers. You can catch the butterflies for a profit, or use your pocket space to bring these rare hybrid flowers back to your island. Just use a shovel on the flower to dig it up and bring it home.
Tarantula and Scorpion Islands
Depending on the season , tarantulas or scorpions will spawn on this island. This island will start showing up at 7 p.m., when the two critters start spawning normally. Being bitten will just make you wake up on the island, so you can keep trying over and over. Both of these bugs sell for 8,000 Bells each, making this one of the most lucrative islands.
Trash items like boots, cans, and tires are the only things you catch from the water surrounding this type of island. It can be useful for finishing the “Trash Fishin’” Nook Mileage achievement and farm the items you need for DIY recipes.
Big Fish Island
This island has a large, fish-shaped pond in the center and hybrid flowers. Only large-sized fish will spawn on this island.
There’s also another Big Fish island layout where there’s a circular river with a smaller island in the center.
This island has a huge lake surrounding a tiny island in the center (similar to the Money Rock island). The rock in the center will give eight Gold Nuggets upon hitting it.
Update (April 3) : We’ve added information about more islands that players have found.
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Kapp'n's Island Boat Tour
Coming Soon on 1 March 2024
Inspire girls and boys aged 6+ with the customisable LEGO® Animal Crossing™ Kapp’n’s Island Boat Tour (77048). Kids build a deserted island they’ll recognise from their favourite video game series, then enjoy hours of fun rebuilding it to keep the role play fresh.
Kids’ imaginations set sail as they head off with Kapp’n the turtle on his boat to the Animal Crossing-inspired deserted island to meet Marshal the squirrel. As they explore the activity-packed island, they collect the video game’s iconic bamboo, go digging for Bells and use the fishing rod to catch some fish to sell. After the fun role play, kids get creative rearranging the baseplates to change this building toy’s layout. Every element is movable, which leads to limitless customisable fun!
Put all the crafting fun of the Animal Crossing video game series into kids’ hands. A top birthday gift idea, add this buildable toy to other LEGO Animal Crossing sets to create unlimited play possibilities.
- Video game-inspired toy – LEGO® Animal Crossing™ Kapp’n’s Island Boat Tour toy transports girls and boys aged 6+ to a scene from the video game series to role-play exploring an island with Marshal
- Familiar settings and toy characters – Includes a customisable buildable scene, lots of recognisable features and 2 beloved characters: a Marshal squirrel minifigure and Kapp’n turtle minifigure
- Activity-packed deserted island toy – Just like in the video game series, kids can dig for Bells, pick coconuts, collect bamboo, ride in Kapp’n’s boat, fish with a fishing rod or catch a hermit crab
- Buildable scenes, limitless customisation – Kids use their best creative skills to arrange the modular baseplates and toy accessories to create all-new stories for their Animal Crossing™ characters
- Animal Crossing™ birthday gift idea – This LEGO® building set makes a fun birthday or Christmas gift for creative kids who love the video game series as well as imaginative play
- Creative building toys – LEGO® Animal Crossing™ sets put creative freedom into the hands of kids as they build iconic scenes then develop the story in any direction they want
- Build the fun – Add to other LEGO® Animal Crossing™ sets (sold separately) to expand a child’s brick-built island community
- Dimensions – This 233-piece Animal Crossing™ deserted island set measures over 9 cm (3.5 in.) high, 28 cm (11 in.) wide and 17 cm (6.5 in.) deep when arranged in standard configuration