Flick's Bug-Off Dates and Prizes Guide | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This is a guide to Flick's Bug-Off event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn the Bug-Off Dates, the Bug-Off point system, what prizes can be won, and how to get bonus points with online multiplayer!

Flick's Bug-Off Dates and Times

Flick's Bug-Off Schedule

Northern Hemisphere

Event Dates June 27, 2020 (4th Saturday)
July 25, 2020 (4th Saturday)
August 29, 2020 (4th Saturday)
September 26, 2020 (4th Saturday)
Event Hours 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Flick will also stay at the Plaza until 8:00 PM if you want to sell bugs.

Southern Hemisphere

Event Dates November 21, 2020 (3rd Saturday)
December 19, 2020 (3rd Saturday)
January 16, 2020
TBA (3rd Saturday)
Event Hours 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Flick will also stay at the Plaza until 8:00 PM if you want to sell bugs.

The Bug-Off is held during the season of Summer.

It will be held on the 4th Saturdays of July, August, and September for the Northern Hemisphere players. On the other hand, for Southern Hemisphere players, it will be held on the 3rd Saturdays of November, December, January, and February.

You Can Join the Bug-Off Even if You Time Travel

Unlike seasonal events such as Bunny Day where you have to match the real time to activate the event, you can participate in the Bug-Off in the past or future! If ever you miss the day of the event, you can always time travel!
Time Traveling Guide

What to Do if There is No Bug-Off Held on Your Island

Upgrade Resident Services

Even if you play on the day of the event, it will not be held if you have not yet upgraded Resident Services.

What You Can Do at Resident Services and How to Upgrade

Participate on a Friend's Island

If there is no time to upgrade Resident Services, you can also participate on a friend's island, where you can even get bonus points for playing together.

Find more friends on our Friend Request board below!

Friend Request Board

Bug-Off Rules

  • Flick will be in front of Resident Services on the day of the Bug-Off.
  • Catch as many bugs as you can in 3 minutes.
  • You will receive points depending on the number of bugs you catch. Receive 2 bonus points for catching 3 or more bugs.
  • You can trade your points for exclusive bug merchandise. You can also receive bug trophies depedending on your accumulated points.
  • Participation is free the first time, but the next ones cost 500 Bells*.
  • You can participate in a Bug-Off with friends. Playing in multiplayer gives you bonus points.
  • Flick will pay you 1.5x more than the normal selling price of fish.

*: If you play with other players, everyone gets to play for free!

Flick will be waiting in front of Resident Services

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On the dates when the Bug-Off is hosted, Flick will be waiting in front of Resident Services.

An announcement will begin as soon as you leave your house that a Bug-Off will be hosted that day. If you're planning to participate, head to Resident Services and talk to Flick.

The event ends at 6:00 PM, but Flick will stay in the Plaza until 8:00 PM, so you can sell him bugs until then.

Flick Visits On Other Days As Well

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Flick will sometimes randomly come to the island even on days other than the Bug-Off. You'll be able to sell him bugs for 1.5x more than the usual price. You can also commission him to have a bug model made.

How to Find Flick

Catch as Many Bugs as Possible in 3 Minutes

The only rule of Flick's Bug-Off is to catch as many bugs as you can in 3 minutes. All the bugs you catch will automatically be sent to Flick, so you don't have to worry about emptying your inventory. Go out and catch as many as you can!

Bug-Off Point System

Number of Bugs Caught Number of Points
(Bonus included)
1 1 Point
2 2 Points
3 or more Number of bugs caught + 2 Points

You will earn points equivalent to the number of bugs you catch. Also, when you catch at least 3 bugs, you'll get 2 bonus points along with your total, as shown above.

Get Bonus Points with Online Multiplayer

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When you participate in the Bug-Off in multiplayer, you can earn bonus points. This will let you finish the event with more points even more easily, so if you are aiming for the Bug-Off prizes, this is one easy method of doing it.

Our Team's Multiplayer Results

Total Bugs Caught by All Players Additional Bonus Points
5 - 9 5
10 - 14 7
15 or more 10

Sell Bugs For 1.5x the Price

Flick can buy the bugs you have caught for 1.5x more than the normal price.

How to Catch Bugs | List of Rare Bugs

List of Bug-Off Prizes

Bug Trophies

Once you accumulate at least 100 Points, you will receive a bug trophy in your mail the next day.

Trophy Required Accumulated Points
Bronze Bug Trophy.pngBronze Bug Trophy 100 Points
Silver Bug Trophy.pngSilver Bug Trophy 200 Points
Gold Bug Trophy.pngGold Bug Trophy 300 Points

Exclusive Bug Merchandise

Bug-Off Prizes
Bug Wand
Bug Wand
Toy Cockroach
Toy Cockroach
Toy Centipede
Toy Centipede
Termite Mound
Termite Mound
Artisanal Bug Cage
Artisanal Bug Cage
Spider Web
Spider Web
Butterfly Backpack
Butterfly Backpack
Bug Cage
Bug Cage
Bug Aloha Shirt
Bug Aloha Shirt
Ladybug Umbrella
Ladybug Umbrella
Spider Doorplate
Spider Doorplate
Butterflies Wall
Butterflies Wall
Ladybug Rug
Ladybug Rug

How to Exchange Points for Bug Merchandise

Talk to Flick after the Bug-Off

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After the Bug-Off ends, you can talk to Flick about other things, then select "Redeem Points".

Exchange 10 Points for Items from the Bug Series

You can trade 10 Points to receive a random piece of bug furniture, so if you can't obtain enough points in one go, be sure to participate in the Bug-Off multiple times to get enough points to obtain these items.

The Reward You Receive is Random

The bug furniture you'll receive will be selected randomly. That means you'll need a lot of points to get all of the pieces, so keep on catching bugs to get those points!

Tips and Tricks to Catch the Most Bugs

Plant Lots of Flowers and Trees

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It is crucial to have a lot of bugs appearing during the Bug-Off. Plant lots of flowers and trees for bugs to spawn into.

Do Not Stay in One Place

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Bugs tend to spawn in places where no player is around. Keep roaming around the island to give the bugs a chance to appear.

Some Bugs Scare Easily

Butterflies will give you several chances to catch them, but some bugs will disappear if you get too close too quickly.

Bugs to look out for on Flowers and Trees

Drone Beetle ImageDrone Beetle Goliath Beetle ImageGoliath Beetle Honeybee ImageHoneybee Ladybug ImageLadybug
Mantis ImageMantis Orchid Mantis ImageOrchid Mantis Stinkbug ImageStinkbug

Bugs to look out for on Tree Stumps and Ground

Citrus Long-Horned Beetle ImageCitrus Long-Horned Beetle Drone Beetle ImageDrone Beetle Jewel Beetle ImageJewel Beetle Rosalia Batesi Beetle ImageRosalia Batesi Beetle
Tiger Beetle ImageTiger Beetle Violin Beetle ImageViolin Beetle

Generally, bugs on Tree stumps might take longer to catch, so we recommend focusing on butterflies and bugs that appear on flowers.

See a list of all Bugs available during this Bug-Off here:

Bugs in June (Nothern Hemisphere)

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28 Anonymous13 days

SH details are very wrong re. dates. Actual dates are always on the 3rd sat of Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar. Upcoming SH dates: December 19th, 2020 January 16th, 2021 February 20th, 2021 March 20th, 2021

27 Anonymousabout 1 month

>>24 It's in the Other Things option when you talk to him :)

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