Animal Crossing Has Its Own Version of Hunting for Shiny Pokémon

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has introduced many exciting new mechanics into the franchise. From terraforming to being able to place furniture outside their homes, players are given endless possibilities when it comes to customizing their islands. In the past, villagers assigned to a town were determined at random, or obtained from a friend’s town when they planned to move out. However, a new mechanic allows players to search for their favorite villagers and invite them to their island.

Over the course of the game, players will have the opportunity to obtain new villagers to live alongside and enjoy day-to-day life on their island. Villagers who come to a player’s campsite can be invited to move in even if there isn’t space, as they can ask Resident Services to replace a random resident. However, once there is an open plot of land to move into, players can also hunt for their favorite villagers by visiting mystery islands.

While the campsite is a great way to save Miles and enjoy leisurely inviting villagers, using Nook Miles Tickets allows players to not only speed up the process, but also control which villagers will move in next.

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When players have an open plot of land on their island and they use a Nook Miles Ticket, they will travel to a mystery island where a random villager is camping. With over 400 known villagers in New Horizons, there are an incredible amount of possibilities as to who this villager will be.

For those seeking a specific villager, however, this is where their hard work begins. Some players have been using this method to find their favorites. If the villager on the island is not the one they desire, then it’s time to try again. Players have spent many hours and even more Miles chasing after their favorite villagers. Some equate this method to hunting down Shiny Pokémon, due to the very low chances of their desired outcome.

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While the process may be time consuming, the outcomes could not be more heartwarming. Streamers on Twitch have been showcasing their island trips, sharing their joy with others and celebrating alongside their viewers. These streamers have inspired other players to seek out their Animal Crossing favorites, creating another fun activity to accomplish on their island getaways.

Whether players are going for a themed island, collecting a certain species of villagers, or are just looking for an old friend from a previous game, this method is the surefire way to get what and who, they need.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have been able to search for their favorite villagers. However, it can be a bit time consuming.

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