Visitor arrival times and days - Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Find out when Daisy Mae, C.J., Flick, Saharah and all the rest will come to your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

We love our island residents, but there’s something quite exciting about the special visitor villagers who turn up every now and again on your island. Daisy Mae lets us invest in the turnip market, Saharah sells us rugs, flooring and wallpapers, while Flick and C.J. set us challenges. If you want to know when each special visitor arrives and leaves your island, we’ve put together a quick and helpful guide to each of them below.

All Special Visitors times in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There are 12 different special visitors who’ll stop by your island depending on the day of the week and how well upgraded your town is. We’ve listed them all below, then underneath we’ll cover the arrival and departure times for each. Click the visitor you're after to jump straight to their section. The core formula is that Kicks, Leif and Saharah will arrive once each week, on a weekday, with two other visitors filling out the other two weekday slots. Then K.K. visits on Saturday and Daisy Mae on Sunday.

What time does C.J. arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Random weekdays, max of once per week.
  • Time available: Full day (until 5am the next day)

C.J. will only start coming to your island once the Resident Services tent has been upgraded. He’s the host of fishing events and will buy your fish for 1.5x the prices the Nooks offer. To be able to sell him fish, you'll need to complete one of his Seasports challenges, then he'll buy all the fishy fins you've laid your hands on so far. His arrival days appear to be random currently. He’ll wander around your island for the entire day when he arrives, so keep an eye out for him. C.J. won’t leave until 5am the next morning, so you have plenty of time to interact with him.

What time does Celeste arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Meteor shower
  • Time available: 7pm - 4am

The sister of Blathers, Celeste is a special villager who will only arrive during a meteor shower at night. Look for shooting stars when it’s a clear night in the sky, or pay attention to hints from your residents or Tom Nook/Isabelle to know when one will occur. Celest will sometimes appear on your island between 7pm and 4am when a meteor shower takes place. Speak with her and you’ll get the recipe for a magic wand (among other things). To get it, you’ll need to learn how to wish on shooting stars.

What time does Daisy Mae arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Sunday
  • Time available: 5am - 12pm

Daisy Mae is a turnip seller who lets you invest in the stalk market each week, buying turnips that you can then sell back to Timmy & Tommy. She arrives each Sunday, staying around only for the morning. To find out more about how the turnip trade works, read our full guide by clicking here.

What time does Flick arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Random weekdays, max of once per week
  • Time available: Full day (until 5am the next day)

The buggy counterpart to C.J., Flick can arrive after you’ve upgraded the Resident Services center. He’ll arrive for an entire day and wander around your island, so be sure to check for him so you can take part in bug-catching challenges. He’ll also buy bugs for 1.5x the prices the Nooks offer.

When does Gulliver arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Random weekdays, Max of once per week
  • Time available: Full day (until 5am the next day after helping him)

Poor hapless Gulliver will repeatedly find himself washed up on the beaches of your island, presumably having fallen off his ship while drunk. To help him out you need to dig up Communicator Parts, a task well worth doing because Gulliver will reward you with a gift and some Rusted Parts.

When does Harvey arrive on the island?

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  • Arrival day: After building Nook’s Cranny
  • Time available: All day

Harvey is a hippie dog and the owner of Photopia, a slightly creepy photo studio he maintains on his island. He’ll show up after you’ve built the Nook’s Cranny store, and once you’ve spoken to him you can visit his island any time by speaking to Wilbur at the airport.

When does Kicks arrive and leave the island?

  • Arrival day: Random weekdays, guaranteed once per week after upgrading Resident Services
  • Time available: All day (until 5am the next day)

Former shoeshine Kicks will stop by your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island on random days once you’ve upgraded your Resident Services building. He’ll appear on the main plaza and sell you socks, shoes and bags. You’ve got all day to buy from him, before he heads off or restocks the next day.

When does Label arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Random weekdays, after building the Able Sisters store, upgrading Resident Services
  • Time available: All day (until 5am the next day)

To have fashion designer Label visit your island, you’ll first need to have built the Able Sisters store by spending money at Mabel’s small shop (see below). From then on, Label will arrive in your plaza on random days. She sets fashion challenges, and will reward you if you dress to match.

When does Leif arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Random weekdays, guaranteed once per week after upgrading Resident Services
  • Time available: All day (until 5am the next day)

Leif was added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the 1.2.0 update, arriving alongside Nature Day. Much like Label and Kicks, he'll show up randomly on your island and hang around until 5am the next day. Leif sells flowers and shrubs for you to plant. Head over to our shrub guide to find out when each type is in season!

When does Mabel arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Random weekdays, after building Nook’s Cranny store and the Museum
  • Time available: All day (until 5am the next day), from 9am - 9pm once the store is open.

Sister of Label, Mabel sells various clothing items from a small stand on your plaza. She’ll begin showing up after you construct the Nook’s Cranny store for Timmy & Tommy. You’ll find Mabel inside the store one day after it’s built, talking with Timmy & Tommy. A few days later she’ll appear on your island. Buy items from Mabel several days in a row and she’ll eventually ask you to help build a permanent store on the island.

When does Redd arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Random weekdays, max on once per week after upgrading Residents Services and speaking to Blathers in the Museum
  • Time available: All day (until 5am the next day)

Redd is the untrustworthy art dealer of the Animal Crossing world, and following the 1.2.0 update he has started appearing randomly at a rocky part of each island (usually at the back of the island, to stay out of Nook's sight. Unfortunately, Redd's arrivals are patchy at best. He appears randomly, and has no guarantee of appearing on any given day or even week. Each time he'll bring a haul of art and sculptures, many of which will be fake. Check out our fake art guide to make sure you don't get scalped!

What time does Saharah arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: Random weekdays, guaranteet once per week after building Nook’s Cranny store and the Museum
  • Time available: All day (until 5am the next day)

Toting a backpack overflowing with rugs, Saharah has travelled a long way to your island. It’s only fair to throw some bells back in their direction, right? Saharah will begin showing up once you’ve completed both Nook’s Cranny and the Museum, arriving on random days throughout the week and wandering around your island.. For more information on the rugs and other items they sell, read our guide to Saharah.

When does Snowboy arrive on the island?

  • Arrival day: Snowy days, when you combine two large snowballs (December in Northern Hemisphere, June in Southern Hemisphere).
  • Time available: For a few days 

Snowboy is a rare guest to your island, appearing only when you roll two snowballs to a large size and combine them during winter. He’ll stick around for a few days, slowly melting. The better a snowman you make — large snowballs, with a head smaller than the body — the longer he’ll stay, offering snowflakes and DIY recipes in return.

What time does Wisp arrive and leave the island?

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  • Arrival day: After the first few days, then randomly
  • Time available: 8pm - 5am

Wisp is a timid ghost you can find bumbling his way around the island at nighttime. When you speak to him, he’ll get scared and lose several parts of his spirit. Collect and return them all and Wisp will give you a nice gift as a return. Read more by clicking here.

And that’s it! Those are all the special visitor arrival and leaving times in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Feel free to check back here any time if you forget, or head over to our New Horizons game hub by clicking here to read more features, guides and news about the game.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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