Many activities in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are time-limited. For instance, scorpions only come out at night, Daisy Mae sells turnips in the morning, and K.K. Slider plays songs in the early evening. There’s another nighttime event that’s easy to miss if you’re not looking up.
Meteor showers in the game are not only visually stunning but also have gameplay significance. Wishing on shooting stars during these meteor showers is the only way to obtain star fragments in New Horizons. Star fragments are rare materials that hold immense value and can be used to craft magical objects. This article will guide you on how to find star fragments in New Horizons and the enchanting items you can create with them.
Look Up at the Sky during a Meteor Shower
To start collecting star fragments, you’ll need to wait for a meteor shower. These showers usually occur between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m., and Isabelle will give you a heads-up when you log in for the day. Alternatively, you can check the in-game weather forecast on your television to see if a meteor shower is on the horizon.
Once you know when a meteor shower is happening, head outside with your hands free of any items, and gaze up at the night sky. At intervals, you’ll see shooting stars streaking across your screen. They’re easy to spot thanks to their visible movement and the sound they make when approaching.
When you spot a shooting star, make sure your camera is angled towards the clear sky and press the A button with empty hands to make a wish. If successful, the star will appear larger and glow brighter. You can make as many wishes as you want, so keep your focus on the meteor shower and keep making wishes until you’ve had your fill. Shooting stars usually appear in groups, allowing you to make several dozen wishes before the night ends.
Collect Your Star Fragments the Next Morning
On the morning after the meteor shower, head to the coastline. Along the beach, you’ll find the star fragments you wished upon the previous night. Typically, there will be one star fragment for each wish you made. Search anywhere along the coastline, as that’s the only place you’ll find them. Star fragments come in a few different types:
- Star fragments: The most common type of fragment.
- Large star fragments: Less common but required for crafting valuable items.
- Zodiac star fragments: Very rare and only available during certain times of the year.
While star fragments and large star fragments can appear throughout the year, Zodiac star fragments are associated with specific seasons. For example, Taurus star fragments may appear between April 20 and May 20, while Gemini star fragments are available from May 21 to June 20. Zodiac star fragments are among the rarest items and provide the opportunity to craft unique furniture in the game.
Crafting with Star Fragments
Star fragments can be used to craft various items, including the coveted Magic Wand. You can learn this recipe from Celeste, a wandering villager who often visits your island during meteor showers. Make sure to talk to her whenever she’s around, as she tends to share exclusive DIY recipes that involve star fragments.
The Magic Wand is a favorite among players as it allows for quick outfit changes. Just like the tool ring, you can save outfits and easily switch between them. To assign outfits, stand near a dresser or closet with the Magic Wand in your inventory. It’s a fun and convenient feature to experiment with different styles.
Additionally, there are other magnificent Zodiac furniture pieces you can craft, such as the Leo sculpture, Aries rocking chair, and Scorpio lamp. Each of these requires a corresponding Zodiac star fragment, giving you even more reason to stargaze throughout the year.