Animal Crossing: New Horizons Shooting Stars guide

With our shooting stars guide for Animal Crossing: New Horizons you can learn how to wish upon a star, get star fragments and create the Magic Wand.

On certain special nights, you’ll be able to witness shooting stars in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Far from just pretty spectacles, these events give you a chance to get star fragments and craft the Magic Wand in Animal Crossing. Interested to know more? Read on for our shooting stars guide for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to wish on Shooting Stars in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to wish on shooting stars in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
You can even wish on stars during meteor storms on your friends' islands.
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ shooting stars are visible in the night sky when a meteor shower passes over your village. Tom Nook and Isabelle will let you know when they’ll occur after you upgrade Residents Services. If one is occurring, you can have your villager wish upon a star by looking up to the sky. To do this, make sure you’re not holding any tools, then use the right analogue stick to angle the camera so that you’re looking up at the sky. Try to keep the view clear of any trees and buildings so you can see the sky.

If you stand still and keep the camera looking up, you’ll soon see a shooting star fly overhead. Press the A button as this happens and your resident will make a wish upon the shooting star. You can tell if the command worked because the shooting star will get bigger and glow brighter. You should have plenty of opportunities during a meteor shower, so feel free to stick with it out below the night sky to make many different wishes. As a reward for your efforts, you’ll be able to claim star fragments the next day.

How to get star fragments in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to get star fragments animal crossing new horizons
Not right now, Gulliver, I'm looking for star fragments!
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If you took the time to wish upon a star during a meteor shower, you’ll be able to get star fragments in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. All you need to do is check the beaches of your island the following day. Star fragments will have fallen in various places across the beaches, so make sure you scour them all. We’re not sure, but we think it’s tied to the number of wishes you make, so wish as often as possible during that shower! 

Remember, the star fragments only appear the day after you make the wishes, so don’t go racing around your island wondering why they haven’t arrived immediately.

How to get the Magic Wand in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to get the magic wand in animal crossing: New horizons
Isabelle and Tom Nook can help you plan ahead for meteor showers.
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So what are all those star fragments for? Adding a little bit of magic to your life of course! In order to make use of them, you’ll need to speak to Celeste — an owl resident and the sister of Blathers — who’ll arrive on your island one evening. Speak to her and she’ll give you the recipe for the Magic Wand. To craft it, you’ll need to collect three star fragments and one large star fragment, so get to wishing!

The Magic Wand will let you swap between eight different outfit presets, so you can always keep up with the latest fashion.

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That’s all there is to know about star fragments in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as how to get the Magic Wand. Be sure to visit our Animal Crossing: New Horizons game hub by clicking here, as it contains all kinds of other useful tips and tricks.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video games stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at, or catch him on Twitter.


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