We Wish These Hacked Star Fragment Trees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Were Real

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There’s a surprising hot new item going around in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons trading community today sparking amazement and jealousy everywhere!

What’s that hot new item? It’s none other than trees! We’re not talking just any old regular trees though — these are special trees carrying unique items you’d never expect to see normally like Star Fragments, Hearts, Cupcakes, and more.

Even more impressive, the Star Fragments on trees will actually produce a glow at nighttime just like their normal counterparts on the ground creating an impressive and unique effect. It’s pretty cool honestly.

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As lovely as some of these trees look though, you should know that they’re not legitimately obtainable through normal gameplay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and only exist because of save editor hacking.

You don’t even need to personally hack your own game to get them as they can be easily traded online by digging up the trees from another player’s island, or having them plant one in your own island using Best Friend permissions. (the eBay sellers are on the case too, no surprise)

However, you do this at your own risk as Nintendo does have telemetry built into Animal Crossing: New Horizons that could possibly report the use of these items back to the company and allow them to take action if they wished to do so.

Additionally, it’s unlikely that abnormal trees like these were properly tested by Nintendo’s QA teams during development, so it’s possible that issues could arise from using unexpected items on them! We don’t necessarily expect anything to happen, but you should be aware of the risks.


As for exactly how they work, these special trees are essentially modified Bell Trees with the bell bag items replaced by different and more exciting items like Star Fragments instead. Because they’re actually Bell Trees in the code though, the items can only be shaken off once and won’t reappear a second time later, just like their money tree counterparts.

So they don’t really serve any gameplay purpose to help you get more fragments or anything — it’s just about aesthetics in having an interesting looking tree on your island. That said, we’re pretty big fans of this concept and would love to see something similar as a real tree in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Perhaps a special spot could appear for burying Star Fragments after a Meteor Shower, similarly to how the daily bell tree dig spot shows up every day, and producing a tree of that Star Fragment afterwards!

The Golden Shovel could even integrate into this feature as well giving it a solid purpose by requiring you to use one to bury the Star Fragments and grow a tree. It’d be a great way to beginning to add new potential uses for New Horizons’ Golden Tools!

What do you think? Would you love to see some of these trees on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, or do you not care for them at all? Let us know in the comments below! For more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, check out our Guides page here.

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That’s cool! Does anyone know how to get star fragments in the first place though? I have yet to figure it out.


make wishes during a meteor shower and they wash up on the beach in the morning!


You have to watch the sky on a clear night and press A when you see shooting stars go by, the fragments will show up anywhere on your beach the next day!


And, make sure your hands are empty (no tools). The shooting star will change animation when you wish.


If you hear a tinkling sound, put down your tool and look up. Even if you miss the first shooting star (likely), they tend to fall in clusters, allowing you to get the later ones.

Also, try to count how many times you wished. When playing in single player only the 20 first wishes will give you a fragment, so after that you don’t need to bother unless you are after the milestone.


Wish on stars…turn the character to where it’s facing you, make sure your hands are empty… Press A


hi justin


Honestly I love the concept of little star trees, I’d love to see something similar in the actual game at some point! I imagine this would look best on white trees, maybe that’d be an idea for a little winter wonderland island or something. Either way: super cute!

Joe joe

article is incorrect, you cannot dig up the tree and take to your island as you cannot dig while visiting someone, do your research


you can if you send a best friend request thru the nookphone…


You can if you’re best friends. Do your research.


Hackers can also wrap them as gifts and drop them that way.

Christina A Schenck

Maybe you need to do research lmao


Oh that’s so pretty! Wish it was real :<