Redd is a special character who will visit your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and sell you paintings and statues, sometimes real, sometimes fake. There’s a lot of art to collect in the game, which makes it so frustrating that he seems to arrive so rarely for so many players.
Redd can be found in the north of your island on a secret beach in his little steamboat. When you enter, he will have four pieces of art to sell as well as a couple of color variations on items that you can’t get anywhere else.
The appearances of Redd are based on “open slots”. For example, while Saharah, Kicks and Leif are guaranteed to visit your island every week, all of the other visitors randomly fill those leftover spots. This means that you may not even meet Gulliver, Label, CJ, Flick and, most importantly, Redd over the course of a week, but they are then more likely to appear the following week.
While this isn’t necessarily bad as New Horizons is a game meant to be played at a slow pace, there’s the possibility that Redd may have four pieces of art to sell that are all fake, meaning that you have waited forever to be sold something that cannot be donated.
There is something you can do to make sure Redd visits your New Horizons more, however. It involves time travel, so if you’re worried about that, this method may not be for you.
The first thing to do is to go into your date and time settings on your Switch and then turn Synchronise Clock via Internet off. You will want to keep this turned off until you are satisfied with your Redd visits.
From here, all you have to do is keep advancing a day until you find a day when Redd is on your island. He won’t be announced by Isabelle except for the first time he arrives on your island, so just keep checking the secret beach.
Now that you know which day Redd will spawn, you can buy art from him and then fast forward to the next day, again using the time and date settings on the Switch. You should find some art from Redd in your mail.
With one piece of art down, go back into your time and date settings and then turn the clocks back to the day when he appeared and he should be there at the secret beach with a new selection of art items.
You can repeat this process until you are happy with the art he has to offer, though it is quite a slow and boring process because you can only buy one piece of art at a time, it must be said. Skipping back and forth like this also has a couple of downsides: weeds will start growing on your island, and your villagers may start wondering where you went as you are effectively playing a new day each time.
One major thing to note: don’t turn the synchronise clock via internet setting back on until you are satisfied with the art you have purchased from Redd. This will effectively reshuffle the visit pool, meaning that everyone will start turning up on unexpected days. For instance, Redd will not appear on the day you found him via time travel.
This is admittedly a questionable method of getting more Redd visits in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but there are 43 pieces of art in total to buy from Redd and donate to the museum. With the fact that he appears so randomly, only allows you to buy one thing at a time, and may even sell you fakes, it’s too long a time commitment based on luck for those really wanting to flesh out their museum.
Here’s hoping Nintendo tweaks a few things.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of devices. From our review:
“New Horizons is a great continuation of an already fantastic series of games, and paying back Tom Nook’s loan has never been so fun.”