How to Catch a Shooting Star in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to Catch a Shooting Star in Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn't strictly possible
How to Catch a Shooting Star in Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn't strictly possible / Nintendo

How to catch shooting stars in Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn't exactly possible.

Nintendo pulled all the stops when choosing content to put in its newest installment in the Animal Crossing franchise. This isn't the first time they have allowed players to reach and interact with the stars. Previous games like Wild World allowed players to create their own constellations to view in the night sky during its seasonal rotation. This was a fan favorite mechanic, alongside the astrologer owl, Celeste, so it follows that the developers would be eager to let players enjoy something similar.

How to Catch a Shooting Star in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

While you might not be able to catch a shooting star, you can pick up star fragments.

Meteor showers tend to have a random chance to occur on your island. Typically, Isabelle will let you know beforehand or you'll see it on your bulletin board. From there, its a matter of listening and looking up.

Shooting stars have an audio cue that draws attention to their journey across the sky. Upon hearing this, players should tilt their camera up and press "A" to wish. You'll know it was successful because the star will glow.

The next morning, gold star fragments will begin to wash up on the beach. You'll typically get as many as you wished on alongside some specific silver zodiac star fragments. This is about as close as you can get to catching a shooting star.

Star fragments are a crafting material used in star and zodiac recipes. These recipes can be given to you by Celeste. Additionally, if you end up giving her a zodiac fragment, she'll tell you the story of that specific constellation—much like her brother, Blathers, will tell you fish, bug, and fossil facts.