Fossils are items in the Animal Crossing series that can be donated to the museum. Fossils can be found on occasion around the player's town, buried under the soil with a tell-tale crack in the ground above it. Unidentified fossils can be dug up with a shovel; it can be taken to the museum or mailed for identification, sold, placed in a house, used in DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or discarded.
In Doubutsu no Mori, Doubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+, the fossils must each be individually mailed to the Farway Museum, which is located outside the player's town, for identification. Fossils cannot be found in the acres that contain the player houses, the wishing well, the train station, the lake, or the dump.
In Wild World onwards, it can be identified by Blathers, the curator, free of charge. Upon being identified, it can be donated or returned to the player's inventory. In Wild World, there are 52 fossils to be collected, all forming a part of a dinosaur, early mammal, aquatic reptile, or an entire, yet smaller, fossil. After being completed, Blathers gives a small talk on the finished fossil, while the fossil itself has its scientific name and the period in history that it lived in written next to the exhibit.
Fossils may also be displayed in the player's house and provide large boosts for HRA scoring and the player's bell funds. Stand alone fossils (trilobite, egg, amber, etc.) provide small boosts, skulls provide a big boost, and a completed skeleton gives the highest boost. As furniture, all fossils have either Old School (Wild World), Retro (City Folk), or Quirky (New Leaf) genres, with the exception of New Horizons. In New Leaf, if the player has all the parts of a fossil, they can optionally take it to Cyrus and have him shrink the fossil to a mini figure that takes only one square and can be displayed on a table.
On average, players can find three random fossils in their town per day, provided there is enough space for them to spawn. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there are 67 total fossils, and four fossils tend to spawn each day. Other items such as pitfall seeds may also be buried underground. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are a total of 74 Fossils to collect, with 3 to 6 fossils spawning each day on the player's island. Fossils may also be found on island tours.
Lists of fossils
- First-generation games
- Animal Crossing: Wild World
- Animal Crossing: City Folk
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
|Fossils in the Animal Crossing series|
Sprites and models
Model in Animal Crossing
Sprite on Animal Island in Animal Crossing
Sprite in Wild World
Model texture in City Folk
Icon in New Leaf
Storage icon in New Horizons
A player digging up a fossil in Animal Crossing
A player digging up a fossil in Animal Crossing: Wild World
A player digging up a fossil in Animal Crossing: New Horizons