|Occurs||Different in each game|
|Special characters||Tortimer (WW) |
Nat (CF, NL)
|Appearances||Animal Crossing: Wild World|
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The Bug-Off is a bug catching competition in the Animal Crossing series that is held during the summer, in the months of June, July, August and September. Prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Bug-Off is hosted by Nat, except in Animal Crossing: Wild World, where it is hosted by the mayor, Tortimer. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the event is now hosted by Flick, who also appears as a regular visitor. The event runs from 12 PM to 6 PM in Wild World, and 9 AM to 6 PM in City Folk, New Leaf and New Horizons.
Prior to New Horizons
Each entry is rated in points according to size (small, average, big), rarity and luster (dull, average, impressive) - which makes it random to determine what insects will be rated highly, but more common insects tend to be overall lower rated than rarer ones. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, bugs are rated by size only, meaning the same species of insect may be able to overwrite an already existing entry.
During the day of the competition, each time a player gives a bug that achieves a new high score, they receive a gift from Nat (Tortimer in Wild World). In New Leaf, players will receive an item from the Insect Set if they hand over a record-breaking bug worth at least 80 points. At the end of the competition, the winner of the Bug-Off receives a mention on the Bulletin Board as well as a bronze, silver, or gold trophy through the mail for reaching third, second, and first place respectively. There are no trophies for second place in Wild World and City Folk.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there is an awards ceremony where trophies are presented to the top three participants. It occurs in Nat's tent between 6 PM and 9 PM, and trophies will be mailed instead if the player does not show up between those times.
The Bug-Off is the bug counterpart to the Fishing Tourney, which runs during the other eight months of the year. The Bug-Off is different to the Fishing Tourney, since there is only one type of competition - bugs are caught according the color, rarity, luster and size only, unlike the Tourney which has two competitions - size and type.
(City Folk and New Leaf)
In New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Bug-Off is hosted by Flick instead of Nat. Players are tasked with catching as many bugs as possible within three minutes. The player can participate as many times as they choose until the event ends at 6:00 PM; however, every entry after the first costs 500 Bells. While the timer is active, a generic message is displayed whenever a bug is caught as opposed to the player's normal catch quote, and the "Yes!" message that normally displays for a first-time catch will not be displayed either. Any Nets used will not break during the tourney, but they still sustain damage, and will break after the timer is up if their durability runs out during a round.
Any bugs the player catches are sent to a bug cage in the plaza rather than their pockets. After scoring, the player can sell the cage's contents to Flick for 1.5 times the sell price at Nook's Cranny, and they are required to do so before they may participate again or swap their points for items. To keep any caught bugs, the player must select the bug from the bug cage before bulk-selling.
During the Bug-Off, villagers are seen trying to catch bugs with Nets (although they cannot actually catch them), and they will only talk about the event, meaning no favors or reactions can be received. Villagers who are in their houses will not mention the Bug-Off when talked to.
Players receive points based on the number of bugs caught, regardless of their rarity.
- 1 point per bug
- 2 bonus points if three or more bugs were caught
There are additional benefits for participating in the Bug-Off during local or online multiplayer. During multiplayer, the 500 Bell entry fee is waived for all participants. In addition, there is a cooperative bonus: if 5 - 9 bugs are caught between the players, all players will earn 5 bonus points each (regardless of the number of bugs caught individually). If the total amount of bugs caught is between 10 and 14, all players will receive 7 points bonus. The highest possible bonus is 10 points, when total amount of bugs caught is 15 or more.
To begin a Bug-Off, only one player needs to ask Flick to start the timer. The timer will begin for everyone without prior warning, meaning that other players must prepare their nets and find the nearest bug close to them to catch. A Bug-Off can also only be started after everyone has cleared their cages (whether by selling to Flick or manually removing the bugs from it).
Players can join or leave the island during the Bug-Off, but the timer will not pause. If connection is lost and/or the island state is reset, it is possible for everyone to lose their catching progress.
After obtaining 10 or more points, players can exchange their points for a "bug relic". The 13 possible items are distributed in a random order, after which the player will start receiving duplicate items. In addition, if the player obtains 100, 200, or 300 points over the course of the day, Flick will mail them a corresponding trophy (bronze, silver, or gold). This total is cumulative; points that have been traded in for relics still contribute to the total.
Although the tourney ends at 6:00 PM, Flick will remain in the plaza until 8:00 PM, so points can still be exchanged for rewards until he leaves. After he has left, the bug cage remains in the plaza for the rest of the night, in case the player still needs to retrieve their bugs from there.
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