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Island Types & Obtainable Items
Video Guide On Best Island To Visit
Watch this video guide to learn the best mystery tour islands to visit! The video includes info on Tarantula island, Money Rock Island, and more!
Note: The islands you visit are totally random.
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Click to Enlarge① Tarantula Island
- Has circular river with island in the middle
- Only Tarantulas spawn on this island (Scorpions during summer)
- Will respawn on island when stung by Tarantulas
Click to Enlarge② Shark Island
- Has cliffs shaped like a dorsal fin
- Spawn a lot of dorsal-fin fish
- Great for money-making!
Click to Enlarge③ Bamboo Island
- Simple island with a Bamboo forest
- Can spawn more bugs than other rare islands
- Excellent for hunting Beetles in the summer!
Click to Enlarge④ Emperor Butterfly Island
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- Filled with butterflies like Peacock & Emperor butterflies
- Can spawn hybrid flowers of the same kind in one island
Click to Enlarge⑤ Fruit Island
- A Fruit Tree version of the Bamboo island
- Easy to level the area of trees
- Great for catching rare bugs
- Tarantulas and Scorpions don't spawn
Click to Enlarge⑥ Island With Big Pond
- A basic island with a large pond
- Good spot for fishing
Click to Enlarge⑦ Island With A Cliff
- Simple island with a cliff
- Requires ladder to access all areas
Click to Enlarge⑧ Spiral Island
- Nothing particularly special on this island.
Click to Enlarge⑨ Island With Few Bugs
- Usually no insects at all
- During certain months, only Giant Water Bugs (sell for 2000 Bells each!) will appear
- Can only fish up Trash (※)
|⑩ Rainforest Island (※)||TBD|
- Atlas Moth, Rainbow Stag, Goliath Beetle
|⑪ Goldfish Pond Island (※)||TBD|
- Goldfish, Koi
※ This mark means that the information has not been confirmed by us personally and was instead submitted by readers in the comment section!
If you've been to any islands that we haven't listed here, please post a comment (and a screenshot if you can) below! We will update this list regularly.
Maps Of All Mystery Islands (via. Reddit)
A user named trollmz posted a rather comprehensive list of some of the islands that they (or perhaps another user) were able to uncover in-game. Please also use this as a reference when you arrive on a new island!
① Tarantula Island
|Obtainable Items||- Tarantulas|
This is an island filled with Tarantulas! You can sell each one you catch for 8,000 Bells, so if you fill up your inventory you can make a ton of money. This is highly recommended for Bell Farming!Check Out More Details On Tarantula Island Here!
② Shark Island
|Obtainable Items||- Saw Shark |
- Hammerhead Shark
- Great White Shark
- Whale Shark
- Sun Fish
This island has a large pond with an island in the middle. The island is made of cliffs in the shape of a dorsal fin!Check Out What Sharks You Can Catch There
③ Bamboo Island
An island with a bamboo forest. There are no rivers or ponds, and the bamboo forest is surrounded by the ocean. It is also really great for hunting Beetles in the summer!
Get Bamboo Materials
You can get plenty of bamboo & Young Spring Bamboo from this island. They are usually hard to obtain, so bring back a ton with you on your way home!Check Out Bamboo DIY Recipes Here!
④ Emperor Buttefly Island
|Obtainable Items||- Emperor Butterflies (night)|
- Hybrid Flowers
This island will have a pond in the middle surrounded by hybrid flowers of the same type. It will spawn many Emperor Butterflies at night. There are also lots of rare butterflies to be found on this island, making it an excellent place to farm flowers.Check Out More Info On How To Get Rare Flowers By Breeding
⑤ Fruit Island
|Obtainable Items||- Same Fish and Bugs as your island|
This island is like the Bamboo Island, but without the Bamboo. There are no ponds or cliffs, making it really easy to tear down all the trees and use as a bug hunting ground. On summer nights, you can catch Golden Stag & Horned Hercules beetles, making this a great place for money-farming.
⑥ Island With A Big Pond
|Obtainable Items||- Carp|
An island with a large pond on it. This is a good place to focus on fishing!
Aim For Koi
Koi spawns frequently on this island. You can sell it for 4000 bells, making this a great money-making opportunity.
⑦ Island With A Cliff
|Obtainable Items||- Hyacinths|
Not a particularly appealing island if you're looking for items. You need a Ladder to access all the areas because of the cliffs.
⑧ Spiral Island
|Obtainable Items||- Hycanith|
This island features winding rivers that form a spiral shape. They will often impede your way, meaning you might be unable to proceed if you don't have the Vaulting Pole!
⑨ Island With Few Species Of Bugs
|Obtainable Items||- Giant Water Bug|
One member of our team was able to get this item and we were unable to confirm the presence of any insects except for Giant water bugs. We explored for 1-2 hours, but this was the only bug to appear - which is excellent, because it happens to sell for 2000 bells a piece. Also, according to other users, you can only fish up trash on this island!
What Are Mystery Island Tours?
- 1 trip costs 2,000 Miles
- Single Player only
- If you have the maximum number of villagers, you won't find a new one on a mystery island
- Different flowers will spawn for different people
- The island you get is totally random
- Rare islands have a very low chance to be selected
- You can purchase some tools with miles
- Most critters are the same as your island
You Can Visit A Deserted Island
Mystery Island Tour is a tour on which you can visit a deserted island by consuming a Nook Miles Ticket. Talk to Orville at the Airport to take part in a Mystery Tour. On that tour you can get materials, find new villagers and experience a different island environment!Learn If You Should Buy Nook Miles Tickets Or Not From Here
You Can Meet New Villagers
At each deserted island, you can meet 1 new villager. By talking to him/her, you can ask them to move to your island!
Sometimes There Are No Villagers
There are many cases when visiting a Mystery Island where there won't be anyone on it. If you have the maximum number of characters on your island, this might happen, so try kicking one out!Check Out How To Make Villagers Leave Here
Not Possible To Play With Friends (Co-op)
The Mystery Island tour is a single-player experience only. It is not possible to bring your friends along with you!
You Can Still Purchase Some Tools
By talking to Wilbur on the island, you'll be able to purchase some flimsy tools from him (though they cost Miles!) It is of course best to be well-prepared and bring your own tools, but if you happen to forget, this is a good alternative.
Note that the tools Wilbur sells are all flimsy. Since Flimsy axes cannot cut down trees, it's really important to bring your own Axes before coming!
Items You Can Buy While On Tour
|Flimsy Fishing Rod||100|
Get Coconuts and Bamboo
These special islands could potentially have special fruits & plants such as Coconuts & Bamboo! These are worth collecting & bringing back and planting on your island!Check Out The List Of All Fruit Here!
Get Furniture From Shaking Trees
On every Mystery Island you visit, you will be able to get one piece of furniture by shaking trees! Make sure you get this item before you head home!Check Out Tree Furniture Farming Here