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A meteor shower is an event that happens in Animal Crossing, Animal Forest e+, Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, and New Horizons. As the name implies, meteors shower the sky and the player can wish upon a meteor to receive a gift the next day or during the event. Meteors streaking the sky are also known as shooting stars.
In Animal Crossing, Animal Forest e+, and Animal Forest
In the GameCube games it is on August 12th and lasts from 6pm til 9pm. It is held at the Pond where the player can view the meteors' reflections in the water. The player can receive a telescope from Tortimer during this event. In later games, it is an unscripted event that happens on random nights with clear skies at 7 PM and lasts throughout the night.
In Wild World and City Folk
Meteor showers are renamed "Shooting stars". If the player came across a shooting star, they could repeatedly press the "A" button while it fell from the sky, making a wish on the star. A few days later they would receive a letter from Wishy the Star with a piece of spotlight furniture attached. Spotlight items are normally available at Tom Nook's shop for a high price.
In New Leaf
Meteor showers return in New Leaf, where they will be announced the same day on the Bulletin Board. The player can wish on shooting stars, which are announced by twinkling sounds, during the meteor shower by pressing up on the D-pad to view the sky, then pressing the "A" button when one streaks across the screen. The player must not have anything in their hands to wish on stars. The star will flash to acknowledge the player's wish. The next morning, the player will receive one letter from Wishy the Star with a piece of furniture attached. The number of stars a player wishes on affects only the text of the letter.
In New Horizons
Meteor showers are also present in New Horizons and are a method to obtain star fragments, large star fragments, and zodiac star fragments. To obtain fragments, the player must first look up with the left stick with an empty hand. As a star streaks across the sky, the player needs to make a wish by pressing the "A" button. If the wish is made successfully, there is a "ping" and the star flashes brighter. The next day, fragments will wash up on the beach. The star fragments are used to craft various DIY recipes such as wands. There also exists a Nook Miles reward for making a certain number of wishes.
- Meteors can occasionally streak the sky in pairs or in groups of 3-4, in New Horizons.