Bug Offs in ACNH are introduced after the player has upgraded and decorated the island, and you may see a notice on your bulletin board at the start of the week announcing the upcoming Bug-Off.
Hosted by Flick, the Bug-Off is an event that occurs every third Saturday during the summer months. On the days in which the event is set to occur, Flick can be found in the Residence Area. To begin the event, speak with Flick. Upon speaking with Flick, you will be tasked with catching as many bugs as possible during a 3 minute time period.
Each bug that you catch will earn you one point, however, you will earn an extra two points every time that you catch three bugs.
When is the Bug-Off Event Held
The Bug-Off event will be hosted on every third Saturday throughout the Summer months. Don’t worry too much about missing out, as on the morning of the event, Isabelle will make an announcement informing everyone that the event is about to start.
For full details on when you can expect the event to take place, check out our detailed table below to learn more.
How to Enter the Bug Off
On the day of the Bug Off, talk to Flick to learn all about how the Bug-Off works.
You will have 3 minutes to catch as many bugs as possible, and will get 1 point for each bug caught – with an additional bonus of 2 points if you’ve caught 3 or more bugs in that time. Your cumulative total of points can be exchanged at any time with Flick, who will give out a random item, clothing, or wallpaper/rug in exchange for 10 points.
You can repeat this event as many times as you like during the Bug Off. The initial entry fee is free on your first attempt, and all other attempts will cost 500 Bells.
All bugs you catch will automatically be transported to Flick‘s bug cage once caught, and you can then choose to sell them directly from the cage to Flick at 1.5x their normal sell value, or you can choose to grab any bugs if you wish to keep them for yourself – but you cannot begin a new attempt until the cage has been cleared.
Tips on Scoring the Most Points in the Bug Off
The Bug Off itself is a relatively relaxing affair. Even with 3 minutes on the clock, you really can’t lose – and even 1 bug caught is 1 point gained. However, if you wish to maximize your point totals, consider these tips:
- It’s about quantity! If there’s a bug you see that’s hard to catch, find something easier. You can wait a whole minute trying to catch a dragonfly when butterlies float around you.
- Bugs tend to gather around flowers. If you have a flower field, head there first and you’ll be sure to nab a few bugs. If you’re not trying to cross-breed flowers, head to the area with the most flora, as bugs will be more likely to spawn there.
- Don’t forget about stumps and trees! Bugs will also chill out on them, but it’s not as likely as on or near a flower.
- If you have some trash items, you can place them on the ground and run by from time to time to see if a Fly spawned for a free catch. Make sure to clean up when the Bug Off is done, though, as leaving trash lying around negatively affects your Town Rating.
As you accumulate points for each fishing attempt you undertake, you can exchange 10 points with Flick to get a random fishing-themed item. He will also keep track of your point total for the day, and award you a trophy if you’ve amassed enough points:
|100 Points Total||Bronze Trophy|
|200 Points Total||Silver Trophy|
|300 Points Total||Gold Trophy|
Given the rate at which you are likely to accumulate points (and knowing that everyone will catch fish at a different rate depending on skill), you can likely expect to take up to an hour accumulating 100 or so points.
Not everyone has the time to catch bugs for several hours straight. If you find yourself unable to accumulate enough points in the day but still want a shot at a trophy, you can quit the game and turn your Switch’s internal clock back by a few hours to extend your time for the Bug Off. However, if you slip into the next day or the previous one, your point total will be lost.
Below are all the different prizes you can win from the Bug Off by trading in 10 points to Flick. He should give you a different prize each time you trade in points until you have each type, at which point you will then start receiving duplicate prizes.
|Bug-Off Event Rewards|
|Artisanal Bug Cage||Bug Aloha Shirt||Bug Cage||Bug Wand|
|Butterfly Backpack||Butterfly Wall||Ladybug Rug||Ladybug Umbrella|
|Spider Doorplate||Termite Mound||Toy Centipede||Toy Cockroach|