How to Get Star Fragments in Animal Crossing

Wish upon a star and get some goodies for crafting

One of the simplest pleasures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is gathering with friends in the evening to watch the occasional meteor shower. While there is an aesthetic joy to watching these shooting stars, there is a functional purpose here as well. Wishing on stars will get you star fragments in return, which are coveted materials in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Meeting Celeste

A starry-eyed owl named Celeste is a mainstay in the Animal Crossing series, and in New Horizons, she'll appear on your island on random days. Expect to see Celeste wandering about after 7 PM local time, and should she be present, it is likely that a meteor shower will occur that night.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Celeste original screenshot

When you speak to Celeste for the very first time in the game, she will give you a Star Wand. You will be able to use this wand to change outfits on the fly. In her subsequent visits, she will offer you a recipe based on an astrological sign, depending on which zodiac season it is. You can only receive one recipe from Celeste a day.

These recipes will certainly include the use of star fragments, so hopefully, a meteor shower will begin shortly after Celeste's appearance.

How to Wish on a Star

If the skies are clear enough, your island will be a prime spot for watching some shooting stars. Should you know for a fact that there will be a meteor shower that night, feel free to invite your friends over so they can benefit from it as well.

You and your Animal Crossing friends will want to stand somewhere on the island where you can clearly see the sky. Have your Villager face the camera and move the right control stick down in order to point the camera at the sky. Make sure you are not holding anything else in your hand.

During a meteor shower, you should hear twinkling noises. Once you see a shooting star, hit the A button and your Villager will make a praying motion with their hands. The shooting star will glow and flare up as a result of your wish. Do this freely as you watch shooting stars fly by in the background, especially if more than one appears at the same time.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons original screenshot

How to Find Star Fragments

After a fun night of stargazing, you'll probably go straight to bed. Upon morning in-game, you may find some pleasant surprises on the beach of your island. Star Fragments will be scattered randomly on the sand, depending on how many wishes you made the night prior.

These are yellow, round crystals that you can pick up. At least 20 can appear on your beaches if you wished over 20 times during the meteor shower. However, more star fragments may appear if you had guests on your island the night before who wished upon the shooting stars.

Star Fragments on a beach in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

In addition to star fragments, you can also find rare and blue Large Star Fragments. There is also a small chance of finding Zodiac Star Fragments, with 12 possibly appearing on the beach depending on which zodiac season it is — they are all different colors.

  • Capricorn Fragment: December 22 to January 19
  • Aquarius Fragment: January 20 to February 18
  • Pisces Fragment: February 19 to March 20
  • Aries Fragment: March 21 to April 19
  • Taurus Fragment: April 20 to May 20
  • Gemini Fragment: May 21 to June 20
  • Cancer Fragment: June 21 to July 22
  • Leo Fragment: July 23 to August 22
  • Virgo Fragment: August 23 to September 22
  • Libra Fragment: September 23 to October 22
  • Scorpio Fragment: October 23 to November 21
  • Sagittarius Fragment: November 22 to December 21

What to Use Star Fragments For

There are several things you can use star fragments for, including wands and furniture. You'll use these star fragments in the recipes to create items.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons star wand

Wands

Star Fragments are used as items for various recipes, many of which you will receive from Celeste herself. There are several different wands you can make from different materials in conjunction with other ingredients—for example, you can build a Shell Wand with three star fragments and three summer shells.

  • Magic Wand
  • Bamboo Wand
  • Cherry-Blossom Wand
  • Bunny Day Wand
  • Ice Wand
  • Wedding Wand
  • Mushroom Wand
  • Shell Wand
  • Spooky Wand
  • Tree-branch Wand
  • Iron Wand
  • Golden Wand
  • Cosmos Wand
  • Hyacinth Wand
  • Lily Wand
  • Mums Wand
  • Pansy Wand
  • Rose Wand
  • Tulip Wand
  • Windflower Wand

Zodiac Furniture

Each astrological sign has its own piece of furniture, i.e. a Pisces Lamp or a Taurus Bathtub. Naturally, you will need Zodiac Star Fragments to build these pieces. Gold Nuggets are also essential ingredients as well.

  • Aries Rocking Chair
  • Cancer Table
  • Capricorn Ornament
  • Gemini Closet
  • Leo Sculpture
  • Libra Scale
  • Pisces Lamp
  • Saggitarius Arrow
  • Scorpio Lamp
  • Taurus Bathtub
  • Virgo Harp
  • Aquarius Urn

Other Furniture

You can use your star pieces to buy regular pieces of furniture, with all these items being themed around space and stars.

  • Lunar Surface
  • Galaxy Flooring
  • Starry Wall
  • Starry-Sky Wall
  • Sci-fi Wall
  • Sci-fi Flooring
  • Nova Light
  • Star Clock
  • Moon
  • Asteroid
  • Astronaut Suit
  • Lunar Rover
  • Crewed Spaceship
  • Lunar Lander
  • Crescent-Moon Chair
  • Flying Saucer
  • Rocket
  • Satellite
  • Space Shuttle
  • Starry Garland
  • Star Head
  • Star Pochette
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