Lost Item Guide | Getting Rid of “What Was This Again?” | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Learn what to do with Lost Items found on your island, as well as how to give them back to its owner or get rid of them in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. In addition, we will explain what to do when the item name changes to “What Was This Again?”.

What are Lost Items?

Items Found Lying on the Ground in Your Island

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When you walk around your island, you might find an item on the ground, which is called a Lost Item. Upon picking it up, you can return it to its owner within the day.

The lost item could be in the form of a book or a drawstring bag.

Investigate the Item from Your Pockets

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After picking up the lost item, you can check it in your pockets to investigate it.

How to Return Lost Items

Talk to Residents

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Upon carrying lost items, you can talk to residents and have the option to ask them whether the lost item is theirs and return it to them.

Other Residents will tell you who the owner is

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Even if you ask the wrong resident, they will tell you who the owner is.

Get a Reward After Returning a Lost Item

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After successfully returning a lost item to its owner, you will receive a reward in return; this could be in the form of furniture or clothing. The resident will often give you items related to their personality.

How to Get Rid of Lost Items | "What Was This Again?"

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If you do not return the item within the day, the next day, the "Lost item" will turn into "What was this again?", and you cannot return it to its owner anymore. The only choice you have to do with it is to get rid of it.

Dispose of Item at Nook's Cranny

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You can choose to sell it at Nook's Cranny, but since it will now be considered as trash, it will be disposed of for free.

Throw Item in a Trash Can

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If you have a trash can, you can also throw away the lost item there for free.

List of Trash Cans and Waste Bins

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