If you've been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you may well have found yourself gazing up at the night sky and seeing the occasional shooting star. Wishing upon these stars can reward you with Star Fragments - a material used to craft several sought-after recipes - but getting your hands on them isn't always as simple as you might think.
You see, wishing upon each star doesn't necessarily earn you a Star Fragment each time; we haven't discovered any exact science behind the numbers, but you only seem to receive a proportion of stars for the number of wishes you make. For example, if you make 50 wishes, you may end up receiving just 15-or-so Star Fragments for your trouble.
A Twitter user detailed their recent haul to ex-Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aimé, explaining that after making 137 wishes, they received 12 Star Fragments, 2 Large Star Fragments, and 1 Aries Fragment (which are particularly rare). Reggie replied after experiencing his own meteor shower in-game, saying that he believes players should be rewarded with more Fragments than is currently the case.
It's interesting enough to hear Reggie's opinion on the matter - especially when that opinion isn't full of blind praise for Nintendo's work - but we thought we'd hand it over to you. Do you think you should receive more Star Fragments in-game, or do you like the fact that they're intentionally hard to get?
Feel free to expand upon your answer in the comments below. Reggie also recently had his say on the controversial act of time-travelling, saying he'd "never" do it himself.
Generally, yeah. There's an in-game achievement for doing 200 wishes, which is possible in a single night with a meteor shower.
More star fragments do "wash up" on the shore if you keep checking, similar to sea shells, but for the amount of wishing you can do it doesn't seem proportionate.
He did better than me. I didn't even get an aries fragment. :/ And I've only had one meteor shower so far.
I've not had one shooting star in the game.
I haven't seen a single star yet and I've been playing late every day since launch. Celeste has showed up twice and I've still never seen any, I guess I'm just unlucky.
I think the star drop rate is probably fine though, these are supposed to be super rare items, that's what makes them special and I personally like it that way.
I'm 4 for 4 so is that just lucky or is it more likely down to having a max daily limit? Would be a bit broken if you could farm a hundred in a single night.
Just getting a meteor shower alone is difficult enough.
Are we gonna get an article for every tweet that Reggie makes?
I did over 200 in one night and got... 5.
Got more than 200 wishes in one night, I collected only 20 fragments. If I knew there was a limit I wouldn't be sitting for a few hours.
I had a shower last night, and found three small, one large and two ares fragments, which I think pretty much matches my wishes. Too early to form an opinion though for me really. But my gut feels a little like it’s a game, shouldn’t there be a little bit of chance at play? If we just get loads then it takes the fun out of it for me.
I think they're easy enough to get. I've had a few meteor showers since launch and I go and visit someone else if I see they have one. I've had more than enough star fragments to make all my recipes so far (lunar lander, lunar rover, starry wall, etc.).
"Animal Crossing: New Horizons" is a rather unexpected way of spelling "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild".😆
Do the meteor showers only occur when Celeste shows up? I think I got 3 star fragments last time. But I only made about 10 wishes.
On a random note, I really, really wish the mystery isles werent so damn boring. C'mon Nintendo: toss us a bone occassionally with an island that isnt just a miniature of the one we live on. Or bamboo. Give us the chance to get something we don't have.
I experienced a meteor shower last night, and I probably wished on well over 50 stars. The initial sweep of the island yielded 10 fragments (including one Aries), but as I played, more were washing up on the beach. I expect to find more today unless there's a hard cap.
I think the most sensible thing to do is just deal with it and not make 100+ wishes expecting there to be 100+ fragments on the beach the next morning. They're supposed to be uncommon after all.
@CairiB If you make lots of wishes you should get lots of star fragments. It doesn't have to be the exact number of wishes you've made (it can be slightly less or even slightly more), but if, like me and several other commenters here, you get about 15 fragments for making several hundred wishes, and you would've also received 15 fragments for making a mere 15 wishes, it's a bit ridiculous.
I want the world! I want the whole world! I want to lock it up in my pocket! It’s my bar of chocolate! Give it to me!
I've wished 31 times and currently have around 25 fragments - out of those, I've only got 1 x Aries fragment. I thought it might be simply beacuse there wasn't enough room on the beach due to shells etc.
Ok so if you have that many fragments, you can make every DIY that would be available to you at this point then, I believe. There's just a few wands and the Aries rocker I think. You would need other constellation fragments that you can't get at this point anyways. Is there something else that would require a staggering amount of fragments that I'm unaware of?
I play since release every day and had not one single meteor shower on my island yet
Celeste was on my island twice, but no meteors.
Just saw them once on a friends island and got some fragments the next day...
I did 200 in one night got less than 20 and an aries yoke
I got one meteor shower and that gave me enough fragments to craft the Aries chair and three different wands. We can't even get the other zodiac fragments yet, I'm sure we'll eventually collect more than enough for everything.
Overall I'm beginning to get the impression that some people forget AC is supposed to be a long-term game and anything that can't be easily accessed through time traveling feels like it's not enough. The game has been out for ONE MONTH, it's not designed to let you collect all you need in one evening.
It can cost a TON of wasted time watching out for falling stars even on a crystal clear night as things stand. The way the mechanics are set up you really can't afford to do other things (go into menus or buildings, even hold conversations) around the island because by the time you recover to get your view angle upward and press A, the shooting star (and maybe the second or even third) are already gone. Few things I've experienced in the game are as frustrating as having waited for 30-plus minutes only to have one come down right as I'm in a menu screen or caught in the middle of dialogue I can't skip.
In short, if you're after shooting stars/wishes at night, it's best to avoid diverting your attention to anything else and focus only on that. Just be ready to WAIT with no idea of if or when you may see even one.
@Manah Exactly this. Every criticism I have seen levelled against Animal Crossing can be explained by your argument. The game is meant to be played over an entire year, but people seem to think they should be able to 'complete it' in the space of a few days if they just put enough hours in and grind. It doesn't work like that. Slow down, play AC for an hour or two each day and play other games in between.
I’m just waiting on a meteor shower!! Absolutely nothing so far. The impatient side of me begrudges this, but then - isn’t Animal Crossing about patience? Just play and have fun, and what happens happens!
In order to keep things a bit more ‘realistic’ (just like the in-game lunar phases corresponding to the real time lunations) I think the rate of meteor showers is more than reasonable and one should not realistically expect that after making 200 wishes, all 200 star fragments will find their way to the shores of one’s island.
Last night was the first time I saw a meteor shower. 3 Rd time I've had one, but first time I got to pay attention for it. I wished on at least 50 stars in a half hour, so we'll see what I end up with
It should for every wish you make give a star fragment. Why make this so hard to do since no everyone always look up.
I've checked every night since launch for Celeste. The two times she showed up were for recipes. I lucked out one night and scored 2 star fragments, but I fear I won't get the Aries fragment before the zodiac change :/
I want to agree but I had to be honest and say I wasn't sure because it has never happened. I mostly play the game after 7pm in the evening up to and including after 10 when the shops close. I've yet to see a shooting star let alone have something fall. The game in many ways is just extremely random and I've been coming up with snake eyes on the rolls so far.
I can't even get a freaking meteor shower. I had like 1 during the first week after launch, and got 2 fragments.
Let star fragments fall like the egg balloons and egg fish did during Bunny Day (Week)
"especially when that opinion isn't full of blind praise for Nintendo's work"
No fornicating fecal matter, Sherlock. Blind praise is for people who work within the company. Reggie has left. Then again, he could have more of a say on the matter if he worked on the games - meaning that while now he can criticize an aspect of New Horizons, that's as far as his opinion's weight goes.
I've literally never seen a shooting star =(
Meteor showers should happen more often. I've had 1 since launch and only got 5 fragments.
Animal Crossing has always been a game about the slow burn. If anything, this one seems extremely more generous than any previous outing. I have a wardrobe full of outfits. Sable has given me a new set of custom patterns for the past three days. Balloons are dropping tens of thousands of bells daily. I have more crafting materials than I want, really.
If anything, I wonder what Nintendo has planned for down the line. Now that they have embraced the idea of games as a service, I would hate to see them turn Animal Crossing into a DLC cash grab.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying the game is perfect. Crafting multiple items, crafting from storage, overly long and repetitious dialogue during events. Those are just some of the issues off the top of my head. How many star fragments you get per night isn't one of them.
If you spent hours wishing on stars and only got a few the next day, guess what? Don't do it again. You live, you learn. You don't get gold nuggets for every rock you hit either.
I think it varies, i believe is kinda like a meter were the x amount of wish made will fill said meter and each time it caps you get a fragment and the level of achievement goes higher meaning you gotta make more wishes than the previous reached level to cap it again, which eventually reaches a large fragment milestone and Aries milestone hence why they are more rare. Is a way to balance out the amount of star fragments one can get in one night. I made like 300+ wishes in my first meteor shower and got like 30 star fragments, 6 large fragments and 4 aries fragments the next day.
You're supposed to check the beach periodically throughout the day. Only about 10 to 15 will show up at first, but if you check the beach again later there will be more. There is a limit to this too though, so even if you wish on 100 stars you'll most likely only get a maximum of about 40 to 50 star fragments the next day.
65 hours in and I haven't seen a single shooting star.
@Ooccoo_Jr Agreed. Trying to rush the game would sap all the fun out of it.
I've gotten 1. If Celeste is in your town the stars should be going crazy
I've yet to even see a falling star and I've been playing since day 1 😂
I only got ten wishes off so far, and I got ten fragments. I guess the earn rate slows way the heck down right AFTER that mark? Really I'm having a hard time finding shooting stars to be able to make wishes in the first place. Feels like I need more of those before I worry about wish/fragment ratios.
I got 100 wishes ina single night, some showers are much more intense than others
I'm Jesus Christ on my island.
HE HAS RISEN!
for me, 15 to 20 shooting stars is at least 30+ star fragments. in the morning, i only find 6 or 7 fragments on the beach. (sometime more)
unfortunately, i have to wait hours to collect them all since only one or two of them wash up on the beach every 15 to 20 minutes. (assuming that i am playing the game.)
the worst part of collecting star fragments is that they only will generate and spawn on the beach if i am playing the game.
if i decide to take a break from the game and wait until the afternoon or the evening after the meteor shower occurs to collect the fragments; only a total of 15 fragments will wash up on the beach.
I haven't received a single drop since launch, so I'm on board with getting more than my current amount.
I made almost 200 wishes in one night and I got 19 regular star fragments and 2 Aries fragments. No large star fragments.
Nope, they all do the same, they just have different designs.
Yeah, it would be NICE to receive more fragments, but not every item should be common either.
Nah I haven't even gotten meteor showers and I already have 50 star fragments of both kinds and a few aries fragments, if anything I think they should be made rarer.
@BranJ0 Why not? He's one of the very, very few people in the gaming industry who you can look up to, respect, and always depend on to say it straight even if it's something you don't want to hear but since it's coming from him, you won't be mad about. When we have people like Phil Spencer constantly wanting you to sign up for his numerous anti-consumer subscription services, who lies to your face, who blatantly false advertises his product, Reggie is a godsend.
I haven't even seen one before, and I've been playing this game every day.
Just some general Wishing Star tips for people who may be struggling. I've managed to collect a ton so far, and here is how I did it. Note that this is all just from my experience with the game, so some stuff may just be down to coincidence or luck.
1. Celeste DOES NOT have to appear for Shooting Stars to appear, however it does seem to be the case that if Celeste is on your island, you will see Shooting Stars.
2. Shooting Stars only appear in clear skies. If it's cloudy out, you won't find them.
3. Listen for the "twinkle" sound. If you've already caught one you likely know what this sounds like, but this is definitely the biggest giveaway that there are Shooting Stars about. Sometimes you may see them depending on how much of the sky you are viewing, but otherwise the sound effect is your best bet. The sound effect is actually quite subtle, if your volume is down low you may not hear it. I usually hear it best when played on my TV. It can also be very easily masked by other sound effects such as chopping wood, fishing etc.
4. Shooting Stars come in clusters, so if you see one, expect a few more to follow within the next few minutes.
5. Star Fragments don't necessarily all turn up on the beach at the same time. Keep checking throughout the day. If you only have a few when you start up, make sure to check again a few hours later.
6. You can make wishes on other people's islands, and the Star Fragments will wash up on your shore. So if you have friends who play New Horizons, make sure you keep each other informed. Likewise, recipes can be obtained from Celeste if she is on your friends island. Can confirm Celeste gave me the magic wand recipe on my friends island, not sure if she will give further recipes after that however as this was my first meeting with her.
7. There are more recipes to collect than just the magic wand and the star sign furniture. Last night Celeste gave me the recipe for "Starry-sky wall" (3 Normal Fragments, 1 large).
8. Sometimes the frequency of shooting stars seems to heavily vary and I'm not sure what exactly triggers this. I've managed to wish on 12 in the space of 10 minutes before, whereas last night I had a batch of 6 and then didn't see any more for over an hour. Can confirm as didn't do ANYTHING else other than look up at the sky in game waiting for stars. Maybe frequency depends on time of day as I started at around 9pm. When I checked back in on the game later I had a larger cluster of 7 almost immediately (around 11pm).
9. As pointed out elsewhere in the comments, there appears to be a cap of about 20 Fragments collectable throughout the day.
Isabelle told me there would be a meteor shower in her daily news round. Just wait for that... no use randomly watching the sky.
And that's why he left Nintendo
@Hordak As far as I know you can only get four types of fruit with regular gameplay.
The fruit that is native to your island.
A second type of fruit with Nook Mile Tickets
Bamboo shoots from Bamboo Islands with Nook Mile Tickets
To get any other fruit you have to trade with other players. Also sometimes your mom sends you fruit in the mail.
Huh, my first star shower I got like 30 odd pieces, large, small and Aries. When I opened up that morning I thought it had just given me 2 and was disappointed but they kept washing up as the day went and I ended up with the many more. I thought the full 30 odd but others are saying the cap is 20, so I don't know. All my friends have had a similar experience, getting the amount of pieces for the amount of wishes throughout the day.
Not sure if the person who wished on 137 hadn't waited the whole day or maybe had friends over who pinched them? Seems odd.
Been playing sinch launch. Never seen a shooting star, never had a meteor show, don't have any star fragments.. at this stage beginning to think I may never get any at all.. but have had Celeste in my game plenty of times. No point her giving me the D.I.Y. recipes if I can not do anything with them though.. I do play a lot at night and keep on checking the night sky but never anything..
@Corum You want it nooooooowwww... HONK HONK
He was a bad egg
Got a meteor shower the other night and made over 100 wishes. I ended up with like 20 fragments and 3 aries fragments. Honestly, I thought it was a good amount.
Who cares people cheat this game to its grave and back..aaaaand nintendo allows it..same as pokemon.. Greedy nintendo wants you to buy more switches so others in your home can play the actual game..not basically spectate.
Nintendo lies and makes it seem its to not farm resources but theyre fully aware of the cheating and time traveling, so we can cut that nonsense excuse out.
Lmao only nintendo produces AAA games that can be cheated and hacked from day 1 till its no longer supported..offline cheats that tie into pvp even on top of that. What a terrible company.
@JellyPop thats cuz you missed it when she was around. You not being aware is not the games prob or fault.
Get a headset and try again or raise ur tv volume.
@Poloscen89 Bet you get invited to all the parties, you sound like a right laugh.
I've only seen / wished on one shooting star. La la la.
@Alaninho im sure with you forgetting an opinion on a public forum aint always gonna be a good one will always only display the ignorance and small salty brain you possess!
I didn't even know about these although now I vaguely remember something about it in New Leaf.
I don't think I play these Animal Crossing games correctly. No, wait, it's the children who are wrong (Simpsons reference).
No, please anything but this I do not want to get star fragments every darn time, -just making it easy and overwhelming will destroy the purpose of this being special. Will be majorly upset if they listen to these types of people. -Like, seriously; no, don't update the game to bring this please update it to bring better things or better stuff that people actually desire not complain about a small thing.
Ever since the bunny day event popped up -i just do not want anything too much because were freaking limited to space people -if you want a good update why don't you all ask for more space on our qr code storage and home -not this
side note; no I have not been getting star fragments at all either, although I did get the shooting star thing appear -i just did not know where to find them at the time, but what I'm reading from people who have this encounter -21 fragments is enough.
@MidnightLaces I think the home storage once fully expanded with 1600 slots is pretty ample considering most materials things stack into 30’s. They need to allow storage of recipes and maybe turnips though. More designs space would be nice too!
I have never even seen a shooting star and I've played the game for close to 100 hours.
I've only had one star fall since launch... =/
I've waited up until past 1am both times celeste was around, with the volume up and the camera pointed at a clear sky. I assume if there were stars, they were after I went to sleep sometime.
But I wasn't complaining, in fact my comment was about how I like the game being challenging and it's just a shame I haven't seen any yet, so why reply so harshly?
I never said it was 'the game's fault', just that I personally hadn't seen any yet.
Thinking about it, who are these people who see a comment on the internet and think 'I could reply nicely like I would in real life... but this is the internet so I'll write it in a needlessly arsey way'?
You mustn't assume every thing i comment in real life is a positive one, nor all negative. Harsh/ blunt are a way for me, rather than a misleading half felt opinion. But this is a gaming forum and gaming have super strong personalities and personas that appear most when in discussion or gametime. I came as ganon.
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