Animal Crossing: New Horizons visitor guide — When to expect Redd, Celeste, Flick, C.J., Kicks, and other special characters on your island

Animal Crossing Characters Kicks, Celeste, Label, C.J., Flick, Daisy Mae
Animal Crossing Characters Kicks, Celeste, Label, C.J., Flick, Daisy Mae (Image credit: iMore)

If you've been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons for a while, you've probably noticed that several special characters — specifically Celeste, C.J., Flick, Saharah, Kicks, and Label — visit your island. What you might not know is that there are prerequisites to getting these unique characters to visit. Once these conditions have been met, each character has a set schedule for when they could appear on your island. We have Ninji to thank for uncovering some of this information. While characters aren't guaranteed to show up on your island during these times, it gives you a better idea of when to expect each one.

Here's a chart explaining what conditions needed to unlock each special character along with their visiting days and times. Characters are in alphabetical order.

Special character visiting schedule

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NameOccupationPrerequisiteVisiting HoursMon - FriSatSun
CelesteShooting star expertOnce the museum is built and a meteor shower appears7PM - 5AM next day
C.J.Fish collectorResident Services is upgraded5AM - 5AM next dayRow 1 - Cell 5 Row 1 - Cell 6
Daisy MaeTurnip sellerNook's Cranny is built5AM - 12PMRow 2 - Cell 4 Row 2 - Cell 5
FlickBug collectorResident Services is upgraded5AM - 5AM next dayRow 3 - Cell 5 Row 3 - Cell 6
GulliverChronic castawayBlathers' arrival has been announced5AM - 5AM next dayRow 4 - Cell 5 Row 4 - Cell 6
HarveyOwner of PhotopiaThe "three new houses" quest must be completed5AM - 5AM next day (only visits once)
KicksShoe and bag salesmanAble Sisters tailor shop is built5AM - 10PMRow 6 - Cell 5 Row 6 - Cell 6
K.K. SliderMusicianAfter completing Project K7PM - 5AMRow 7 - Cell 4 Row 7 - Cell 6
LabelFashion designerAble Sisters tailor shop is built5AM - MidnightRow 8 - Cell 5 Row 8 - Cell 6
LeifGarden shop ownerUnknown5AM - 5AM next dayRow 9 - Cell 5 Row 9 - Cell 6
MabelCo-owner of Able Sisters tailer shopNook's Cranny is built5AM - 10PM (until Able Sisters is built)
ReddArt SmugglerMust have made 60 donations to the Museum8PM - 5AMRow 11 - Cell 5 Row 11 - Cell 6
SaharahWall and flooring sellerOnce your home is upgraded from a tent to a house5AM - Midnight
WispResident ghostAvailable from the beginning8PM - 5AM

Be our guest!

Now, you have to meet the criteria before any of these characters appear on your island. I have been dying for C.J. to visit my island as I've stocked up on several rare fish since I last saw him. Hopefully, whoever you're looking for will appear on your island soon.

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