The April 2020 update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons has added in Redd (otherwise known as “Crazy Redd”), the sketchy fox from past Animal Crossing games whose livelihood depended on scamming players with fake pieces of artwork. Now he’s back and sketchier than ever, arriving on islands under the nickname “Jolly Redd” and selling wares from a dubious-looking ship.
Redd will sell players a variety of different paintings, statues, and other furniture — some of which is real and some of which is fake. Players can donate genuine artwork to Blathers, which is displayed in a newly-built section of the museum. Unsure how exactly this new system works? No worries: This guide will cover Redd, his ship, how to identify real/fake art, and how to donate it to the museum.
How to upgrade the museum
To begin donating artwork, you’ll first need to upgrade your museum to include an art room. In order for this to happen, you’ll need to have donated a combination of at least 60 fish, bugs, or fossils to the museum. After you meet this criteria, Blathers will tell you he’s now accepting artwork the next time you talk to him.
The next step requires you to buy a piece of art from Redd (see below). Once you’ve done that and donate it to Blathers, he’ll tell you he would like to open an art exhibit. The next day, the museum will be closed for renovations. The day after that, the museum will be expanded and have a shiny, new art section for you to explore and help build out! Isabelle will announce the reopening of the museum and also warn you about forged artwork.
How to get Redd to your island
In order for Redd to show up on your island, you’ll need to have donated a combination of at least 60 fish, bugs, or fossils to the museum and talked to Blathers. He’ll tell you he’s now accepting artwork for donations. The next day, Jolly Redd will show up on your island. Isabelle will mention his presence in her morning announcements, warning islanders to be careful (don’t worry, he isn’t dangerous!).
Your map will show a new icon at your “secret beach” on the northern end of your island. If you head there, you’ll find Redd’s shanty little ship docked — not yet transformed into a full shop and not yet accessible to you. So, then, where is Redd? The first day he shows up, Redd can be found wandering around your island so be sure to go looking for him.
Talk to him and he’ll introduce himself to you, then offer to sell you a piece of art for a whopping 498,000 Bells. Your only options are to decline. Then, he’ll give you a “special” discount, and drop the price to 4,980 Bells. A little more affordable, yes? This painting will be a random one picked from a pool of paintings that are always genuine, so you don’t have to worry about it being fake or not! Redd will float the idea of turning that rundown trawler he arrived in into a showroom.
Donate this piece of art to Blathers and his museum will close for renovations the next day. Once it’s reopened and has its new art exhibit, Redd will begin to show up on your island in his ship on random days like Kicks, Label, Saharah, and others.
How to board Redd’s ship
You cannot board Redd’s boat the first time he visits. After you’ve bought your first piece of artwork, wait a few days until he shows up again. On his second visit, you’ll see his shop icon on your map, but you still won’t be able to board his ship — your character will say the boat looks sketchy and you shouldn’t board without permission.
In order to board Redd’s ship, you’ll need to seek him out again. He’s wandering somewhere around your island, so find him and speak to him. He’ll mention that the citizens of your island are very interested in art and he’s interested in selling it; however, he needs someone he can trust: you! He’ll tell you to stop by his ship, the screen will fade to black, and he’ll have disappeared. Now you can head to his boat and buy from him.
What does Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler sell?
Each time he visits, Redd will sell four paintings/sculptures and two somewhat-rare pieces of furniture, usually items with foreign recolors (ie. a color variation you can’t normally get on your island). Players are restricted to buying one piece of art each day he visits. Meanwhile, there are no limits on how many pieces of furniture you can buy.
Redd will sell four pieces of artwork each day he visits, with at least three being forgeries; however, it’s also possible that all four pieces will be fake, so you may have a day where you walk away with nothing at all! His artwork will always sell for 4,980 Bells and real artwork will be bought by Timmy and Tommy at Nook’s Cranny for 1,245 Bells.
Redd will mail you all artwork you purchase, which you’ll receive the next day, but any furniture you purchase will be given to you immediately.
What to do with artwork
So, obviously, you can go ahead and donate all the artwork you purchase from Redd, but if you can also use it like any other piece of furniture! Paintings can be used to decorate your home and statues can be placed as decorations around your island. Now you can be the art connoisseur you’ve always dreamed of being.
What to do with fake artwork
If you aren’t careful, you’ll wind up with a forgery. If you get a fake painting or statue, you cannot donate it to the museum and you cannot sell it at Nook’s Cranny. That’s a bummer, huh? So, what can you do with them? You’ll have to either dispose of them using a trash can or recycling bin or you can simply display it like any old piece of furniture.
How to tell the difference between real and fake artwork
So now that you have the gist of how buying and donating art works, let’s break down how to tell the difference between real and fake art. All of the art Redd sells is based off real-world paintings and sculptures. Real paintings and sculptures will look exactly like they do in real life but fake paintings and sculptures will have tiny details changed. Please note that the genuine/forgery art differences are totally different than they are in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, so don’t use a guide for that game for New Horizons!
Each day Redd visits, he will sell four pieces of artwork. However, at least three of them will be forgeries so that means you’ll have to correctly figure out which of the four is the single real one! Also, it’s possible that ALL of the items he’s selling are fake, so watch it! All items are priced at 4,980 Bells.
Here’s a list of all the art in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, plus differences between real and fake pieces. Do note that some paintings and sculptures are always genuine. Always-real pieces of art are noted in the “Difference” column.
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List of art in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
|Name||Based on||Real image||Fake image||Difference|
|Academic painting||Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci||In the fake version, there is a large coffee stain in the top right of the painting.|
|Amazing painting||The Night Watch by Rembrandt||In the fake version, there is no black hat on the person in the middle of the painting.|
|Ancient statue||Dogū||The fake version of this sculpture includes a pair of antenna.|
|Basic painting||The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough||In the fake version, the man featured in the painting has hair completely covering his forehead.|
|Beautiful statue||Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch||The fake version of this sculpture has a necklace around the subject's collar.|
|Calm painting||A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges-Pierre Seurat||This painting is always genuine.|
|Common painting||The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet||This painting is always genuine.|
|Detailed painting||Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas by Ito Jakuchu||In the fake version, the flowers on the vines are purple instead of blue like in the real version.|
|Dynamic painting||The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai||This painting is always genuine.|
|Familiar statue||The Thinker by Auguste Rodin||This sculpture is always genuine.|
|Famous painting||Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci||In the fake version, the featured woman's eyebrows are pointing upwards.|
|Flowery painting||Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh||This painting is always genuine.|
|Gallant statue||David by Michelangelo||The fake version of this sculpture is carrying what looks like a cloth under its right arm.|
|Glowing painting||The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner||This painting is always genuine.|
|Graceful painting||Beauty Looking Back by Hishikawa Moronobu||In the fake version, the featured woman fills almost the entire canvas whereas the real one has her only taking up about 2/3rds.|
|Great statue||Kamehameha I by Thomas R. Gould||This sculpture is always genuine.|
|Informative statue||Rosetta Stone||The fake version of this sculpture is colored blue.|
|Jolly painting||Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo||In the fake version, the subject of the painting has no "weed" coming out of its chest.|
|Moody painting||The Sower by Jean-François Millet||This painting is always genuine.|
|Motherly statue||Captoline Wolf||The fake version of this sculpture has a tongue hanging out of the wolf's mouth.|
|Moving painting||The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli||In the fake version, there is no set of trees in the far-right of the painting.|
|Mysterious painting||Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin||This painting is always genuine.|
|Mystic statue||Nerfertiti Bust by Thutmose||The fake version of this sculpture is wearing an earring.|
|Nice painting||The Fifer by Édouard Manet||This painting is always genuine.|
|Perfect painting||Apples and Oranges by Paul Cézanne||This painting is always genuine.|
|Proper painting||A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet||This painting is always genuine.|
|Quaint painting||The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer||In the fake version, a lot more water pours out of the subject's container. In the real version, just a tiny stream pours out.|
|Robust statue||Townley Discobolus by Myron of Eleutherae||The fake version of this sculpture has a wristwatch on the subject's right wrist.|
|Rock-head statue||Olmec colossal head||The fake version of this sculpture is smiling.|
|Scary painting||Otani Oniji III by Tōshūsai Sharaku||In the fake version, the subject's eyebrows point upwards at the middle of his forehead. In the real one, they point downwards at the middle of his forehead.|
|Scenic painting||The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel||In the fake version, there is only one man leading the group of animals. In the real one, there are two.|
|Serene painting||Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci||In the fake version, the animal the subject is holding is gray. In the real one, it is white.|
|Sinking painting||Ophelia by John Everett Millais||This painting is always genuine.|
|Solemn painting||Las Meninas by Diego Velasquez||In the fake version, the man in the doorway is pointing upwards. In the real one, he is touching the wall.|
|Tremendous statue||Houmuwu ding||The fake version of this sculpture includes a lid. The real version is open and has no lid.|
|Twinkling painting||The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh||This painting is always genuine.|
|Valiant statue||The fake version of this sculpture has its left leg sticking out. The real one has its right leg sticking out.|
|Warm painting||The Clothed Maja by Francisco Goya||This painting is always genuine.|
|Warrior statue||Terracotta Army||The fake version of this sculpture has the subject leaning on a shovel. In the real version, the subject has no shovel.|
|Wild painting left half||Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Kōrin||In the fake version, the creature in the painting is colored green. In the real one, he is colored white.|
|Wild painting right half||Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Kōrin||In the fake version, the creature in the painting is colored white. In the real one, he is colored green.|
|Wistful painting||Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer||In the fake version, the subject's earring is a star. In the real version, it is a pearl.|
|Worthy painting||Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix||This painting is always genuine.|
Nook Miles achievements
There are two Nook Miles achievements associated with buying art from Jolly Redd:
“Oh my. Did you get hoodwinked? That work of art you purchased turned out to be a forgery, and it stings. Your eye for art is being tested! Yes, yes! Please take some comfort in the miles I’m giving you.”
This achievement is earned by donating a piece of fake art to Blathers. You’ll receive 500 Nook Miles for it and two keywords: Plausible and Fake.
True Patron of the Arts
“Collecting artwork contributes to the cultural quality of [ISLAND NAME], and Nook Inc. will give miles to folks who prove themselves discerning connoisseurs.”
This achievement is earned by purchasing art at Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler. You’ll receive 300 Nook Miles for one piece of art purchased, 500 Nook Miles for 10 pieces of art purchased, and 1000 Nook Miles for 20 pieces of art purchased. You’ll also receive the keywords Shady and Seller, Discerning and Aficionado, and Bold and Artistic Statement, respectively.
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