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    Why Am I Missing this Visitor, Event or Activity on My Island? (Animal Crossing: New Horizons)

    The information in this article can help when you are having trouble finding certain characters or events in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

    If you feel you are missing out on certain experiences in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, here are some things to keep in mind.

    Every player’s island experience will be different

    In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you explore and experience your own personal island getaway. Some events and activities may only be available on certain days on your island while they are available on different days on other players’ islands. How you interact with other characters and the activities you engage in will also affect the experiences available in the game. Each day will bring different surprises to each player.

    Visiting a mystery island through Dodo Airlines will also be a surprise each time. You will never visit the same island twice and items left behind cannot be recovered, but you may find mystery islands that have similar features. If you're searching for unique islands, keep taking mystery tours to see where you end up next!

    Some system and game settings can have an impact on your game

    Some features are only available at specific times or after completing certain tasks

    Important: If multiple users are playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the same Nintendo Switch console, only the Resident Representative can achieve some milestones. The Resident Representative is the first player to start the game and arrive on the island.

    • If you are the Resident Representative, speak to Tom Nook in Resident Services to ask what you should do. Some animals may only visit your island after completing certain tasks.
    • After Isabelle joins Resident Services, ask her for your island’s rating. Some events are dependent on your rating.
    • Holidays and special events are available on set calendar days. Make sure the date and time are set accurately on your Nintendo Switch console and that you have installed the most recent software update in order to participate in these events.
    • Many events and visitors are not tied to a set schedule. For example, you never know when Gulliver might wash ashore or when you might encounter a meteor shower. Play the game each day to see what surprises await on your island—some visitors and events may not be encountered for weeks or longer.
    • Some events, insects and fish are limited to certain times of the day, certain times of the year and under specific conditions. For example, you can only see a shooting star on a clear night. Be sure to explore your island at different times to see how it changes throughout the day.

    The Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC is required to travel to an archipelago of islands where you can design vacation homes and island facilities

    With the Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC, you'll get to:

    • Design room interiors
    • Cultivate gardens and exteriors
    • Earn and redeem Poki on new furniture
    • Make remodeling and other suggestions, including sharing a vacation home
    • Bring your techniques and redeemed items back to the main island.

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise can be purchased from Nintendo eShop or downloaded at no additional cost with an active Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership. For more information, see How to Access Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise.