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User Info: Jinoga

Jinoga
1 month ago#1
Because the current sticky'd Special Visitors topic was sticky'd unexpectedly and doesn't have all the information, I figured it might be good to make a new topic?

Some of the information comes from Ninji, who datamined the game's files to find out this information. Some information was posted on their Twitter, but I actually wrote this beforehand and while the information was only on the New Horizons Discord.

THE BASICS

So, what are special visitors...?

They're NPCs independent of your villagers that will come by randomly one day and offer something to you; like the ability to buy stuff or to obtain special items. They can only appear once every week (besides scripted events).

Will I know when they come to my island?

So far, there's no announcement telling you that they'll be here or that they'll be coming, with the exception being scripted events. You'll have to look around your island, provided that the conditions for that special visitor are met.

Who are the special visitors?

The special visitors are Flick, C.J., Leif, Redd, Kicks, Label, Saharah, Celeste, Wisp, and Gulliver.

Can more than one special visitor visit in one day?

Only Wisp and Celeste have the ability to visit your island if there is already a special visitor and both can appear in one day. No other visitor will come if there is already a special visitor (if not scripted).

How does each special visitor appear?

As mentioned above, they only appear after certain conditions are met. As well, these special visitors will NOT appear on weekends, and will only appear once a week (if not scripted).

Redd - When (provided you're updated to at least 1.2.0 and have talked to Blathers since then) there is an announcement about a suspicious character out and about, you see Redd in/near your plaza and talk to him, and buy a painting of his. Give this painting to Blather's, and he'll want to upgrade the museum. The day after, you'll find Redd walking around your island again. Talking to him will make him decide to use his boat as a shop, in which you can buy from him again that day. These are scripted events. After this, Redd's appearance is random.

Leif - He'll appear randomly after you've updated to 1.2.0. Has a guaranteed appearance for Earth Day.

Label and Kicks - After you've made the Able Sisters shop.

Saharah & Wisp - No requirement, will appear at random from the get go after a few days of being on the island.

Gulliver - You must have the museum for him to appear.

C.J and Flick - When you have Resident Services.

Celeste - Only appears on specific sunny weather conditions. (4 out of the 6 available)

Okay, that's the how... But, when?

Every visitor (not including Celeste and Wisp) will start visiting your island after the day change (5am). They will all disappear the next day.

Celeste and Wisp will begin to appear at 7pm, if rolled, and Celeste will leave at 4am alongside the ability to find shooting stars.

How does special visitors work? How are they determined?

You're guaranteed to have the following visitors each week: Saharah, Kicks (if you have Ables), and Leif (if it's not Earth Day).

You have two slots left to get a chance at the following visitors: Redd, CJ, Flick, Label, Gulliver.

If you did not get a specific special visitor that week, those missed visitors are stored in a list and given priority next week. Since there are five special visitors you have a chance at, you're not guaranteed to get a specific visitor the following week if you missed them this week. It may take a while, since I don't think the game checks to see which special visitor you haven't had in a while; it simply checks who wasn't on your island last week, so I'm guessing there's a chance Gulliver won't appear for weeks on end because the game keeps rolling the other visitors that you missed and coincidentally, Gulliver keeps getting missed.

WHAT EACH VISITOR DOES

Redd - He sells you paintings and statues on his boat. You can buy them and donate them to Blathers, but be careful, as some paintings and statues can be fake. He could have all fakes, he could have 3 reals, it's all RNG. Once you buy the piece of art, you'll get it in the mail the next day. Other visitors can buy art that you haven't purchased from Redd, but if that visitor goes to your island and buys something, they cannot go to another island and buy from another Redd.

Leif - He appears in your towns plaza to sell bush starts and flower seeds that aren't available in Nook's Cranny. He also buys weeds for 20 bells per, and his shop closes at 10pm.

Kicks - He appears in your towns plaza to sell shoes, socks, and backpacks.

Label - She appears in your towns plaza and will ask you to come up with an outfit that correlates to the specific theme she asks for. If done correctly, she'll give you a random piece of Labelle clothing and will send tailors tickets in the mail. Each tailors ticket will allow you to buy something from Able Sisters at a 3,000 bell discount.

Celeste - She'll appear at random starting at 7PM. Talking to her will give you an exclusive DIY. Talking to her after you've learned all DIYs will give you star fragments.

Wisp - He will appear starting at 7PM. Talking to him will scare the ever-living spirit(s) out of him, and it's your job to collect all five spirit pieces and bring it back to him. He'll give you a randomized item, but even if you ask for something new or expensive, he'll just give you something random from his item pool. I don't believe his item pool changes depending on what you ask for. Also, it may or may not actually be something new or expensive. He just pulls whatever he has out of his hat...

Saharah - She will appear on your island offering rugs, wallpapers, and floorings for you to buy. You can only buy one mysterious flooring or wallpaper, but you can buy as many rugs as you'd like. When you buy a rug, she'll give you a special ticket (one for small, two for medium, three for large). When you have five, she'll give you another mysterious wallpaper or flooring (different from the ones you bought). You can only do this once for one wallpaper and one flooring, so in total, you can get two mysterious wallpapers and floorings from one Saharah visit. You can go to another player's Saharah for different things to buy and get.

C.J./Flick - C.J. and Flick will buy fish and bugs respectively at 150% of the price. As well, if you bring three fish or three bugs respectively to them, they will give you a model of that fish/bug in the mail after that day. You can only make one model per visit. (This is outside their scripted tourney visit). C.J. will also ask you to catch three fish of the same size in a row. He won't give you a specific reward, but he will offer to buy the fish from you.

Gulliver - Gulliver will appear randomly on your beach passed out. Talk to him until he wakes up, and he will realize his phone is busted and can't call his mates to take him back. You'll have to find his communicator parts by digging up what is normally manilla clam spots (dark spots in the sand that spit out water) and collect five to bring to him. The next day, he will send you a Gulliver-exclusive item relating to one of the places he's visited from around the world. As well, there will be a rusted part in your recycling box. This is not garbage and is actually used for DIY.
Ali from Starfoam | Nook Inc.'s Clown

User Info: Jinoga

Jinoga
1 month ago#2
character limit sucks lol

OTHER INFORMATION

What about Daisy Mae and K.K.?

These two are why special visitors won't visit on weekends. K.K.'s visit is reserved for Saturday, and Daisy Mae's visit is reserved for Sunday. These are always the visitors you'll get on weekends, the exception being Leif if Earth Day falls on a weekend or the tourneys. K.K. will only appear if your island has achieved a rating of 3 stars and the scripted event regarding him has happened. Daisy Mae will appear once Nook's Cranny is built.

K.K. - Appears every Saturday and allows you to request a song starting at 6PM. After he finishes playing his song, he will slip the song in your pockets. If full, he'll just send them in the mail. Picking a mood will give a randomized song that correlates with that mood - requesting a specific song (including the secret ones) will give that specific song, provided you spelled it correctly.

Daisy Mae - Appears every Sunday at 5am and disappears at noon. She allows you to buy turnips that you can sell later on at Nook's Cranny in hopes of earning a profit. If you buy enough turnips, she'll send bamboo shoots in the mail as thanks.

What about Harvey?

Harvey's visit is scripted and does not conflict with any of the special visitors, AFAIK. Talking to him will allow you to go to his island, where you can take pictures and create scenes with your villagers or any Amiibo you have. Doing so will give you the ability to buy that villagers/amiibo characters poster in Nook Shopping.

What about the Tourneys?

They're scripted events. There's no RNG involved, meaning CJ or Flick could appear twice on your island in one week if there was a Tourney during that week.

Is there a difference between visitors in the plaza and wandering visitors?

No. Each special visitor that takes up a special visitor slot are not determined differently based on where they'll be on your island.

Is it true Redd can only appear once a month?

When Redd first came out, this was a misconception that spread on this board. But, as the datamines show, no. It's just a case of other visitors being prioritized over Redd (through bad luck/RNG) and does not have a once-a-month limit. None of the Special Visitors do.

What special visitors can regular visitors interact with?

Regular visitors (players) to your island can buy from Redd, Leif, Saharah, Daisy Mae, and Kicks. They can talk to Celeste and get an item from her. They can join in K.K's concerts and listen with you.

Regular visitors (players) to your island cannot: Sell to CJ or Flick/get models, do Label's fashion check, or do Gulliver's/Wisp's quest.

What about my second (or more) player who lives on the island? Can my sibling interact with the special visitors?

Yes. As long as you are an islander, and they are on your island, you can interact with them in the same way that player one can. You can even do Gulliver's quest again, even if player one did it already.

RNG WITHIN SPECIFIC VISITORS

What determines what DIYs Celeste gives you?

When you first talk to her, she'll give you the Star Wand DIY. The second time you talk to her (on a different day of course), you'll get a zodiac DIY based off of the zodiac of the month. After that, it's purely random. Even if your friend on their island says Celeste gave them a Nova Light DIY, it is still random for you and you might get something else instead.

I accidentally lost a DIY that Celeste gave me! Am I done for?

Celeste will only stop giving you the DIY for that specific item if you've learnt it. Meaning, if you purposefully do not learn the Nova Light recipe after obtaining the DIY, Celeste will give you another Nova Light DIY.

I obtained all DIYs from Celeste. Now what?

She will begin to give star fragments. Either one large, one zodiac of that month, or five regular ones.

Are Saharah's items random for each person too?

No. The things you buy from her are set when she appears, so visitors will be able to buy the same stuff that you bought. The only random thing about her is the mysterious wallpaper and flooring you can get from tickets - these are random for each visitor and will not be the same for each person.

CLOSING NOTES

This post was made with the current patch of 1.2.0a in mind. There might be something that gets added in the future that this post does not include - whether that be a new visitor or a new way to how this system works.

Again, a fair bit of this information was found thanks to Ninji's datamine (as well as the other info found on the New Horizons Discord server).

DarkEmil was the one to originally create a special visitors post to shed light on how they work (from what I can see) - I built on that information and made things as concise and clear as I could, covering all the questions I could think anyone might have regarding special visitors.

I am only one human. If there is any incorrect information, spelling mistakes, ect. that you spot, my apologies. I tried to be as informative and to provide correct information, but I acknowledge the possibility of getting something wrong.

Hope this helps!
Ali from Starfoam | Nook Inc.'s Clown

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DarkEmil
1 month ago#3
Jinoga posted...
You're guaranteed to have the following visitors each week: Saharah, Kicks (if you have Ables), and Leif (if it's not Earth Day).

You have two slots left to get a chance at the following visitors: Redd, CJ, Flick, Label, Gulliver.
This was in the datamine? No wonder I always seemed to get Saharah and Kicks every week. Then the update did much worse than we thought, since it seemed that we just had to add two visitors to the rotation. But it's not just that, we are adding one guaranteed visitor to the rotation so it leaves us with just 2 slots left... ugh. Pretty bad.

As for the topic, you did a great job! I mean there are parts I have skipped, not gonna lie, mainly regarding what each visitor does, since I already know, but it's all very well made an organized. I'm also very happy (and sad at the same time) to finally know how your visitors are determined. It really sucks though, lol.

The only thing I wanted to ask is where you got the info for the requirements for when characters start appearing. Because I kind of remember having either CJ or Flick very early in the game (which would mean before Resident Services), but I can't be sure since I wasn't really keeping track back then.

Very good replacement for my topic though! I'll request sticky and request to unsticky mine.
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Limit_2
1 month ago#4
Jinoga posted...
You're guaranteed to have the following visitors each week: Saharah, Kicks (if you have Ables), and Leif (if it's not Earth Day).

You have two slots left to get a chance at the following visitors: Redd, CJ, Flick, Label, Gulliver.
Holy f***ing s*** this is the worst designed aspect of a game that is filled to the brim with horrible design

You need to see CJ/Flick 40-80 times each, Redd potentially hundreds, and Gulliver dozens. And they're all competing for two slots, alongside the worthless Label, while the s***ty visitors are guaranteed each week.

Leif was a mistake and Nintendo should delete themselves for adding him.
If you disagree with the above post, it isn't for you.
Luckily it's free so you can't complain about it either.
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Jinoga
1 month ago#5
@DarkEmil Thank you! As for the question, the info regarding the requirements comes from the datamines + general information I gathered. The Resident Services thing is a bit up in the air for me too, as I'm actually not too sure when CJ/Flick started to appear for me and if it was before or after the upgrade, but Ninji included it while talking about datamines, so that's what I was going off of while making that.

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Ali from Starfoam | Nook Inc.'s Clown

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zommbie
1 month ago#6
Leif/kicks/label, should have shared a slot each week

It's gonna get even worst with more SV..
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NS-4701
1 month ago#7
Jinoga posted...

Can more than one special visitor visit in one day?

Only Wisp and Celeste have the ability to visit your island if there is already a special visitor and both can appear in one day. No other visitor will come if there is already a special visitor (if not scripted).


Gulliver can appear with others just like Wisp and Celeste. If I see him on the shore, I still see one of the other special visitors.

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Jinoga
1 month ago#8
@NS-4701 Can you tell me more about this? Like, what other visitor appeared and if this was a scripted event or not?
Ali from Starfoam | Nook Inc.'s Clown
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NS-4701
1 month ago#9
No scripted. I saw Gulliver and the other special visitor. Forgot who it was, but next time I see Gulliver, I can capture him and the other person.
I haven't seen Gulliver for a couple days. But I'll take some screenshots next time.
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Jinoga
1 month ago#10
@NS-4701 Alright, please let me know when you do.

As far as I know of, and as far as the dataminers know of (and have seemingly checked), Gulliver is not a part of the independent special visitors club like Celeste and Wisp, unless some scripted event was involved, or if it was Daisy Mae/K.K./Harvey. If you can provide a screenshot, however, I am willing to change my tune.
Ali from Starfoam | Nook Inc.'s Clown
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