Mystery Island List | Mystery Island Tour Guide | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This is a guide to what items and fruit you can get on Mystery Island Tours with Nook Miles Tickets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Learn how to spend a Nook Miles Ticket to go on a Mystery Island Tour and what kind of islands can be visited.

Types of Mystery Islands Tours

This is a list of all islands currently confirmed to exist on Mystery Island Tours. Take note that the apperance rate of islands and critters depend on the date and time.

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Normal Island 1 Tarantula Island
Normal Island 2 Scorpion Island with Gold Nuggets
Bamboo Island Scorpion Island with Money Rocks
Rare Flower Island Coelacanth Island
Island with Many Waterfalls Big Fish Island
Island with Dorsal-Finned Fish Spiral Pond Island
Island with Hybrid Flowers and Emperor Butterflies Fruit Tree Island
Money Rock Island Island with Tall Cliffs
Trash Island Island with a Waterfall at the Back
May Day Tour Island -

Normal Island 1

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Appearance Rate Very Common
Island Characteristics
  • Has the same fruit native to your island
  • Usually has the same kinds of flowers as your island
  • Has rivers requiring a vaulting pole
  • Usually has a visitor that you can invite to your island

Normal Island 2

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Appearance Rate Very Common
Island Characteristics
  • There is a waterfall at the front
  • Usually has the same kinds of flowers as your island
  • Has a cliff that requires a ladder

Bamboo Island

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Appearance Rate Common
Island Characteristics
  • All the island's trees are Bamboo, which can be pulled up with a shovel to be replanted on your island
  • Ideal for creating your own Tarantula Island

Rare Flower Island

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Appearance Rate Very Rare ★
Island Characteristics
  • Flowers which can normally only be obtained by crossbreeding grow natively. You can use a shovel to pull up flowers and replant them on your island.

Island with Many Waterfalls

Appearance Rate Uncommon
Island Characteristics
  • The island has a lot of waterfalls
  • River Fish that appear above the cliff are easier to catch
  • You can catch the Stringfish (Unconfirmed by Game8)

Island with Dorsal-Finned Fish

Appearance Rate Rare
Island Characteristics
  • All Fish found on the island Dorsal-Finned
  • The island also has a shape like a dorsal fin
  • All varieties of Sharks and Ocean Sunfish can be caught (Ocean Sunfish don't sell for much, so target the Sharks to sell for Bells)
  • Can yield more money than hunting Tarantulas

Island with Hybrid Flowers and Emperor Butterflies

Appearance Rate Very Rare★
Island Characteristics
  • Flowers which can normally only be obtained by crossbreeding grow natively. You can use a shovel to pull up flowers and replant them on your island.
  • Emperor Butterflies spawn infinitely
  • There is a central lake where Koi can be fished
  • All-around most beautiful island!

Money Rock Island

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Appearance Rate Uncommon
Island Characteristics
  • Bells come out from all of the rocks you hit. Use a shovel or axe to hit the rocks 8 times each.
  • There are five rocks in the center of the island
  • A vaulting pole is required to get to the center

Trash Island

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Appearance Rate Rare
Island Characteristics
  • You can only fish Trash/Garbage items. Fishing up Trash gives you new DIY recipe ideas.
  • The Trash you fish up depends on the fish shadow sizes
  • Giant Water Bugs also spawn

Tarantula Island

Appearance Rate Very Rare★
Island Characteristics
  • Tarantulas spawn infinitely
  • Even if you get stung, you'll respawn on the Mystery Island Tour, so you can try as many times as you need to catch them
  • An update added Giant Water Bugs to the island, making less Tarantulas spawn

Scorpion Island with Gold Nuggets

Appearance Rate Very Rare★
Island Characteristics
  • Scorpions spawn infinitely
  • Even if you get stung, you'll respawn on the Mystery Island Tour, so you can try as many times as you need to catch them
  • There's a pond with a single rock in the middle
  • Only Gold Nuggets come out of the rock. These are extremely rare and valuable, so be sure to bring them back with you.

Scorpion Island with Money Rocks

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Thank you to the user who provided us with this photo!

Appearance Rate Very Rare★
Island Characteristics
  • Scorpions spawn infinitely
  • Even if you get stung, you'll respawn on the Mystery Island Tour, so you can try as many times as you need to catch them
  • Only Bells come out of the rocks. Be sure to hit each rock 8 times.

Coelacanth Island

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Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • Coelacanths are easy to catch
  • Although Coelacanths usually appear on rainy days, they were caught even in sunny weather
  • It is still unkown if their supply is infinite here

Big Fish Island

Big Fish Island

Appearance Rate Rare
Island Characteristics
  • Fish with large fish shadow sizes appear
  • You can fish Black Bass in the river
  • You can fish Oarfish from the ocean
  • From the bridge, you can fish Tuna and Blue Marlin
  • To fish from the bridge, you need to bring Fish Bait

(Provided by commenter)

Spiral Pond Island

Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • There is a pond with a spiral shape
  • We caught Coelacanths here even in sunny weather (Can be caught on other island tour types)
  • Probably no other special traits

Fruit Tree Island

Fruit Tree Island

Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • The island only has Fruit Trees
  • The Fruit is guaranteed to be different from your local or native Fruit.
  • You can only get 1 new type of fruit from these islands.

(Provided by commenter)

Island with Tall Cliffs

Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • There's a large pond in the middle of the island
  • There's a cliff on the top left of the island
  • There is no waterfall
  • No other special traits or rare critters to speak of

Island with a Waterfall at the Back

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Appearance Rate Under Investigation
Island Characteristics
  • There is a left-facing waterfall found on the right backside of the island
  • No other special traits to speak of

May Day Tour Island

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Appearance Rate Available only during the May Day event on May 1 to May 7, 2020
Island Characteristics
  • You can go to a May Day Tour using a one-time May Day Ticket at the airport.
  • Island characteristics will be drastically different from the usual Mystery Tour islands as listed above.
  • A special character named Rover can be seen on the island.

May Day Event Info and Rewards

Have You Been to a Different Island?

As you can see, the Mystery Tours in this game lead to various islands with many different features and fruits. It's likely that many more rare Mystery Island Tour islands exist that have yet to be discovered.

Send us more info in the comments!

When you've come across one of these rare islands, be sure to post in the comments with a picture to help keep us up to date on the latest and greatest info!

Thank you to the commenters who provided information and images!

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Accessible Islands May Depend on Date and Time

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Note that accessible islands may change based on the date and time.

For example, Tarantulas only appear from January to April or from November to December in the Northern Hemisphere, and spawn at night, so it's highly likely that these conditions are required to visit the Tarantula Island.

If you're planning on hunting for a certain rare island, it might be worth it to try changing the Date and Time Setting on your Nintendo Switch first.
How to Change the Date and Time

What To Do on a Mystery Island Tour

Collect Materials Easily

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You can find all kinds of Materials for use on your own island on a Mystery Island Tour. In particular, Iron and Gold Nuggets are a difficult to find item with the limited number of rocks on each island, so consider going on a Mystery Island Tour to collect more.
List of DIY Materials

Invite Villagers to your Island

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On a Mystery Island Tour, you can invite new residents found there to come back to your island. When you talk to the same resident twice, you'll get the option to invite them back, so if you find someone you like, go ahead and bring ‘em on home!

Max Villagers and How to Get New Villagers to Move In

Take Fruit Home With You

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On a Mystery Island Tour, you'll sometimes find Fruits different from those native to your island. Be sure to grab these when you find these and take them back to your own island to plant and sell for a higher price.

Also, consider trading your found items online to other players, to get every different kinds of fruit tree on your island!
Recipe and Fruit Trading Board

Take Rare Flowers

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If you manage to find one of the island where flowers with rare colors bloom, be sure to take some back with you. These can usually only be gotten through Cross Pollination, which requires both time and luck, so it's a great find!

You'll have to use a shovel to dig up the entire flower to bring it home.

How to Make Hybrid Flowers

Take Home Critters

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You can also find fish and bugs different from those found on your island on a Mystery Island Tour, so catch as many of these as possible.

Even if you happen to forget a Fishing Rod or a Net, you can either craft these using the DIY Crafting Table (conveniently located near the airport on every Mystery Island Tour island) or by talking to Wilbur, the Dodo Airlines pilot, who will sell you Flimsy tools for 100 Miles each.

What to Bring on a Mystery Island Tour

Best Tools to Bring

Tools to Bring on a Mystery Island Tour
Net ImageNet Fishing Rod ImageFishing Rod Vaulting Pole ImageVaulting Pole
Shovel ImageShovel Ladder ImageLadder -

It's best to have all your most important tools on hand when going on a Mystery Island Tour.

Craft or Buy Tools on the Island

If you'd prefer to have your inventory completely empty before you leave, you can head to the island first and craft the items you need there. A DIY Workbench will always be available on the Mystery Island Tour island, so you can craft the tools you need there from the Materials available on the island.

Otherwise, you can buy a Flimsy version of the Net, Axe, Shovel, or Fishing Rod from Wilbur, the Pilot, for a fee of 100 Miles apiece.

Tips and Tricks for Mystery Island Tours

Don't Forget a Vaulting Pole

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When going on a Mystery Island Tour, a variety of rivers will surround you, limiting your movement. If you go on a Mystery Island Tour before unlocking the Vaulting Pole, it might end up being a waste of your Ticket, so be sure to get the Vaulting Pole first before embarking on one.
How to Get the Vaulting Pole

The Island You Visit is Random

Spring Island Bamboo Island
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These are examples of possible islands.

There are a variety of Mystery Island Tour islands available, and it's random which of the islands you will visit, so you'll need to be prepared for anything!

Empty Your Pockets

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When visiting a Mystery Island Tour island, you'll want to bring as many items as possible home with you, so be sure your inventory has as much space as possible. Without leaving behind any of the tools you'll need, bring a mostly empty bag to the island.

Also consider purchasing the Pocket Organization Guide first to get an extra 10 slots in your inventory before going.

How to Increase Inventory Space

Some Islands Have No Villagers

On a Mystery Island Tour, sometimes you'll encounter an island with no Villagers at all. If you're going on a Mystery Island Tour to try to recruit new Villagers, consider using an amiibo+ card instead to add new Villagers without the risk of wasting your Miles on a Nook Miles Ticket.
List of amiibos and Compatibility

You Will Leave the Island When You Quit the Game

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Your Mystery Island Tour has no time limit, but if you need to turn off your Switch for any reason, your trip will be over. Be sure to go on a Mystery Island Tour at a point when you won't need to turn off your Switch soon, and try to get everything done before you do so.

You Cannot Use the Item Delivery and Liquidation Services

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This feature was added in the V1.2. update of the game.

Dodo Airlines added a new feature to lighten the load off your pockets; the Item Delivery and Liquidation services.

As of now, this feature is only available when you are on Harv's Island. Sadly, you cannot use this on Mystery Island Tours.

Item Delivery Send items from your pockets straight to your home storage for free.
Item Liquidation Sell items from your pockets with the price you would get via the drop-off box of Nook's Cranny.

How to Use a Nook Miles Ticket

Go On a Mystery Island Tour

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When visiting another island on a Mystery Island Tour, you can use a Nook Miles Ticket. After playing your initial loan of 5,000 Miles, Tom Nook will give you one of these tickets for free. In addition, you can buy another any time from the Nook Stop in Resident Services for 2,000 Miles.

How to Get Nook Miles Fast

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137 Sykesabout 1 month

>>136 I'm on the exact same island right now. Never seen this layout before! Kinda difficult to picture everything but on the right is also a small plateau.

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136 Anonymousabout 2 months

Dense Cedar Island. Sorry didn't think of a screenshot before I devoured it. No rivers/fruit/spawns other than trunk bugs. One-tall cliffs to the left and right, two-tall at the back (a rock each plus fossil on ground level). Trunk beetles do seem to spawn more quickly, and nothing else will spawn even if all trees felled. Due to limited visibility by the cliffs, deforest all but left beach, and run up and down the palm trees on the left beach farming Atlas moths and Rainbow stags.

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    • Hi everyone!!
      Any gates opening now?
      I would like to visit your island & do let me know if you need any fruits :)

    • Free diy: shell bed (for Misa if she returns) shell partition, floral swag, natural garden table, log bench, Wild log bench, wooden end table, Gold armor, green grass skirt, Peach chair, woodland wall, matryoshka.
      Please post your dodo and which ones you would like so i can drop off.
      Looking for traditional balancing toy and dark lily crown diys if you have a spare.

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