Animal Crossing's Fake Art Is Doing Spooky Stuff

The latest update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons brought back two returning characters: the shrub-selling Leif and shady art vendor Redd. The latter operates a small merchant ship called Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler, which is the only place you can purchase artwork to donate to the museum’s new art wing. However, you’ll need to be very careful when browsing his wares.

As before, many of the pieces Redd sells are of…dubious origins, and since Blathers will only accept genuine works of art for the museum, you need to tell the difference between the real and fake art before you make a purchase. This time, however, some of the forgeries are worth owning in their own right, because it appears they are haunted.

Since Redd arrived in New Horizons, players have been sharing clips of fake artwork they’ve purchased from him on social media. While many of the forgeries have subtle inaccuracies, some have apparently been seen doing unusual–and often creepy–things. People have shared clips of paintings opening their eyes, while the fake version of the ancient statue levitates when touched. GameSpot confirmed the eerie elements with a haunted “Wistful Painting,” which closes its eyes at night like she’s sleeping. You can take a look at some of the fakes below.

Really makes you wonder where Redd gets his merchandise.

If you’re a Switch Online subscriber, you can also grab a special New Horizons freebie from the Switch Eshop. Nintendo has announced huge sales for New Horizons, many of them digital. That may be why we’re seeing more public figures get in on the popular game, from US representatives to NFL football teams.

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