Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler Guide: How to Spot Fake Artwork


As of the Version 1.2.0 update, Redd has made his triumphant return, and is once again, trying his luck to scam unlucky players with his forgeries. Luckily, our guide has all the tricks of the trade to ensure this sneaky fox doesn't get the best of you. This guide will go over how to unlock Redd, as well as all differences between his real and fake artworks.

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In order to start collecting art from Redd, you'll need to upgrade The Museum, which can be done by talking to Blather's once you've donated 60 items. Once you've met this requirement, he'll express his interest in opening an Art Exhibit, and you'll receive a visit from Redd the following day. During his first appearance, you will not be able to enter his ship, and he'll instead be walking around your Island. If you speak to him, he'll try to sell you a piece of art for 498,000 Bells, but declining his offer will lower it to 4,980 Bells. This first piece of art will always be legitimate, so be sure to buy it and bring it to Blathers. Donating it to Blather's will force The Museum to undergo construction the next day, to reopen the following day with the Art Exhibit.

Once The Museum has been upgraded, Redd will once again dock his ship on the secret beach located on the Northern border of your Island. However, you'll need to track him down before you'll be able to enter it. Once again, find Redd on your Island, and you'll be able to enter his ship. His ship will sell four pieces of art, and two pieces of furniture. Unlike in previous games, there's no guarantee Redd will have legit artwork on his visit. He can have any number of legit/fake artwork on him, such as all 4 pieces being fake, all 4 being legit, 2 fakes and 2 legit, etc... From here, Redd will start visiting your Island on random days of the week. You can purchase art for 4,980 Bells, and it will be mailed to you the following day. You can only order one piece of art off Redd each day, regardless if it's on your Island or a friends.

There are 43 total pieces of art, which consist of 30 paintings and 12 sculptures. In order to make sure what you're buying from Redd is genuine, we've compiled a list that goes over all the differences between real and fake art pieces. You can click on the images to enlarge.


The fake has purple leaves

There is no fake

There is no fake

The fake is missing the trees on the right

The fake has more hair

There is no fake

There is no fake

There is no fake

The fake has white skin

There is no fake

The fake is missing a person and two dogs

There is no fake

There is no fake

The man in the doorway has his hand slightly more raised in the fake

There is no fake

The fake is much larger

The trickle of milk is wider in the fake

The fake has raised eyebrows

The fake is missing a hat

The fake has lowered eyebrows

There is no fake

The fake has a star earring

The stoat has darker fur in the fake

The fake has green skin

There is no fake

There is no fake

The fake is missing a flower

There is no fake

There is no fake

The fake has a stain

The fake has antenna

The fake has a necklace

The fake is blue

The fake has a lid

The fake has an earring

There is no fake

The fake is smiling

The fake is wearing a watch

The fake has a sword

There is no fake

The fake has its tongue sticking out

The fake is wearing a bag

The fake has it's left leg (relative to its body) forward

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