Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Unlock Redd’s Treasure Trawler Boat

Once again, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has brought a familiar face into the new generation. Jolly Redd is back with his brand new Treasure Trawler boat filled with precious, and not so precious, works of art. With the new update 1.2.0, players will now have access to the art shop hidden over on their secret beach. However, in true Animal Crossing fashion, accessing the shop is not as simple as knocking on a door. Players will need to go through some steps to unlock Redd’s Treasure Trawler and get inside this shifty art dealers boat.


Finding Redd’s Treasure Trawler in Animal Crossing is easy, every island has a secret beach that can be accessed whenever a player gains the ladder and pole. Opening the map in the Nook Phone will show a tiny section of sand surrounded by rocks. This is where the boat will dock on random days. Inside players will find a new shop that sells unique items and works of art.

How to Access The Treasure Trawler in Animal Crossing

The very first thing players need to do is ensure that they have downloaded the newest Animal Crossing 1.2.0 update. Once the update is complete the player will receive their daily news about the Earth Day event. Head over to the museum and speak with Blathers, the bug-hating owl. As long as the player has at least 60 donations to the museum, Blathers will talk about a possible expansion that the player can help with.

On the next real-life day, or immediately for the time travelers, there will be another announcement in Isabelle’s daily news about a “suspicious-looking character”. Head up to the secret beach area at the top of the island map and there will be a brand new boat that wasn’t there before. If a player tries to access the boat right away they will be stopped short with a message about its mysteriousness and that they should ask for permission first.

This is where players need to do some searching. Somewhere on the island will be the nefarious character, Jolly Redd. Simply search around until he is found and talk with him. Redd will try to sell you a painting for almost 500,000 Bells if the player turns down his offer he will lower the price to a much more reasonable 5,000 Bells. Once purchased bring this precious work of art back to the museum and donate it to Blathers who will gladly accept it and talk about the museum expansion again.

The next real-life day will have the museum go into construction mode as the new art gallery is being built and you may find the boat on the secret beach again. Players will need to head out into the island to find Redd once more. After found, Redd will invite the player back to his ship where he will have items and art to sell.

Redd’s Treasure Trawler won’t appear every day but after a player takes these necessary steps they will have immediate access to the Treasure Trawler whenever it does come around. One thing to look out for is that Redd is a sketchy guy and will sell fake art under the guise of real art. Players may only purchase one piece of art per day to be delivered the following day. So look carefully at each piece and make sure to get genuine products. There will also be other products in the boat for sale and so far appear to be unique objects and items not found in Nook’s Cranny. This would be the perfect place to find the illusive Froggy Chair, hopefully.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available on the Nintendo Switch.

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