Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler | How to Spot Fake Art | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This guide shows how to unlock Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler, and how to buy Redd's art, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn more about Redd, when he appears on your island, and about fake art versus real art.

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How to Unlock Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler

How to Unlock Redd

1 Talk to Blathers at the Museum.
2 Isabelle will announce a suspiscious visitor the next day.
3 Look for Redd and buy art.
4 Donate the art to the Museum.
5 Talk to Redd on the day the Museum is upgraded.

V1.2 update is required to unlock this feature.

1. Talk to Blathers about Art

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After making 60 donations to the Museum, of any combination of Fish, Bugs, and Fossils, Blathers will tell you that he'd like the Museum to be expanded to showcase works of art.

You might need to talk to him twice if you've met the requirements, but Blathers doesn't mention art when you talk to him the first time. After he does, you'll be able to donate art to him.

2. Isabelle Mentions a Suspicious Visitor

In her daily broadcast, Isabelle will announce that a "suspicious character" is visiting the island.

If you see this announcement, Redd will be standing somewhere on your island. You won't be able to enter his boat, until you talk to him!

3. Look for Redd and Buy Art

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Once you find and talk to Redd, he will offer to sell you a piece of art.

At first, he will sell it to you at a ridiculous price, but keep talking to him to get a Cousin's Discount, lowering the price to 4,980 Bells.

4. Donate the Work of Art to the Museum

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Donate the art you bought, to Blathers at the Museum.

At this point, Blathers will apply for an expansion of the Museum to have the Art Gallery added. The expansion will take 2 days.

5. Talk to Redd on the Day the Museum Is Upgraded

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It will be announced that the Museum has expanded to have an Art Gallery. You will also be warned of fake art circulating.

Find Redd so he can invite you to his Treasure Trawler at the back of your island, and finally be able to buy more art. Watch out for his fake art!

Where to Find Redd

Walking Around Your Island

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The first few times you meet Redd, he will be walking around your island. After donating art to the Museum and talking to him again, he will tell you where he can be found, and you can now start visiting him in his Treasure Trawler.

Visits Once a Week on the Secret Beach

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You can find Redd's Treasure Trawler at your island's Secret Breach in the northern part of your island.

Redd visits your island randomly and only once a week, so make sure to check your map for his symbol see if he's docked his trawler!

Access the Beach Using the Ladder

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Depending on the shape of your island, the Secret Beach is either at the Northwest or the Northeastern part of the map and is often hidden behind cliffs.

Make sure you have your ladder handy or terraform the area surrounding the secret beach to make it easily accessible.

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List of All Real Art and Fake Art

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See the list of all paintings and statues in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and how to spot fake art.

Art Guide | Complete List of Real Art and Fake Art

How to Spot Fake Art

Inspect Art Up Close Before Buying

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You can inspect the art pieces available up close at his Treasure Trawler before buying, so you'll need to train your eye to spot authentic art from fakes! Art sold here are based on art from real life, so you can look up the original work of art before buying!

Lloid.jpgGame8 Strategy Team The art above is based on "Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas" by Ito Jakuchu. It looks exactly like this except that the real painting has blue flowers instead of red, so this art is fake.

Compare the Real Art and Fake Art Differences

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The fake painting has the eyebrows raised.

Not all art that Redd sells are real, so it is important to know that it matches the original work in real life.

Try to Donate or Sell Art

You will know when art is fake when you try to donate it to Blathers at the Museum, or if you sell it at Nook's Cranny.

What Can You Do at Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler?

Buy Art

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The place is managed by Redd, a sly fox making his return to New Horizons. He'll be selling Works of Art, and will, of course, have no qualms about selling fakes to his cousins, business as usual!

You can buy 1 art piece per visit!

Choose which art to buy carefully, or if you have other players on the island, you can have them buy art on the day of the visit too.

Donate Art to the Museum

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You can donate real art to Blathers at the Museum to be displayed at the Art Gallery. There are paintings, statues, and sculptures to collect, so keep visiting Redd!

Buy Furniture

Furniture at Jolly Redd

Redd also sells furniture of rare colors that are not found at Nook's Cranny. It is also possible that exclusive furniture will be available here in the future.

There were exclusive items in the past games

In the past Animal Crossing games, there were items you could get only through purchasing it from Redd, so we think there might be exclusive items in New Horizons as well.

When Will Redd Become Available?

Available after the Ver. 1.2 Update

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Redd will become available after the Ver. 1.2 update which includes the Nature Day event.

Version 1.2 Update

What to Do if Redd is Not Appearing on Your Island?

Link Your Nintendo Account

"... To participate in this event, players will need to download the latest game update and have a Nintendo Account linked to their user profile."
Source: Animal Crossing Twitter

Similar to the Bunny Day event, you might need to link a Nintendo Account to your profile to trigger the event. Also, make sure that your game is up to date!

Match Your Switch System to Current Time

Switch Time and Date

You have to download the next update which contains the data for the Art Gallery section for the Museum, and Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler.

Talk to Blathers

If you already have the Ver. 1.2 update, you need to donate at least 60 Fish, Fossils or Bugs and talk to Blathers to trigger the Art Gallery conversation. After doing so, follow the steps above.

Who is Jolly Redd?

First Appearance Animal Crossing
Birthday October 18

A Shady, Art-dealing Fox

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Redd will try to swindle you into paying a ridiculously high price for questionable art. Don't fall for it! Talk to him again and he'll be desperate enough to give you his cousin's discount. No wonder he used to be called Crazy Redd in previous titles. Watch out for his fake art!

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4 Anonymousabout 1 year

The True Moody painting, based on "The Sower".

3 Anonymousabout 1 year

This is the Fake Famous painting (Based on Mona Lisa), with smug eyebrows.


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