It's payback time. With this Animal Crossing infinite Redd art exploit, New Horizons players can take Redd for all he's worth. Here's how to get all 40 paintings quickly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - How to Get All 40 Paintings Fast

Many New Horizons players have at least dabbled with "time travel" before now, where you manipulate your Switch's system clock in order to skip forward or back on the calendar. It's useful for all sorts of things, like forcing Fossils to respawn or letting you loot your money tree more often. Now, thanks to time travel, it turns out you can take Redd for all he's worth.

Once he's available, Redd usually appears on your island once every other week, bringing an assortment of art with him to sell. While the first thing you buy from him is always legitimate, you have to be careful afterward to not accidentally spend money on a fake painting or statue. In fact, everything Redd has on a given day, during a given visit, could be a fake. Between that, his randomized inventory, and how infrequently he visits, it could take you six months to complete the related Nook Miles tasks and up to two years to finally complete your personal collection at the Museum.

Fortunately, there is a solution. It's not a legitimate solution, but we're talking about Redd here. The only reason you didn't sink him in a river somewhere the first time he sold you fake art is because this is Animal Crossing and not Grand Theft Auto. He has this coming. Here's how to use time travel to get infinite art from Redd.

  1. Unlock Redd by donating 60 different bugs, fish, and/or Fossils to the Museum.
  2. Quit out of New Horizons and open your Switch's system settings. Pick System > Date and Time, and turn off the option to "Synchronize Clock via Internet."
  3. Set the date on your Switch one day ahead, then fire up the game and see if Redd shows up. Continue to do so until he's visiting your island.
  4. Check Redd's stock. Avoid fakes (use our guide for help with that), buy anything you still need from him, and donate it to Blathers.
  5. Make a note of the date in-game, then save and quit out of New Horizons.
  6. Push the clock forward by another day.
  7. Boot the game back up.
  8. Revisit Redd on what's now the next day and check his stock again. Buy the good stuff, avoid the forgeries, make Blathers's day, and so on.
  9. Repeat the process until Redd takes off.
  10. At this point, save the game, close it, and time-travel back to the date on which Redd first appeared. He'll have a brand-new inventory for you to choose from.
  11. Continue to play with the fabric of time itself, setting time forward by days, then back a full week, until you've completed your art collection.

This is probably going to get patched out at some point. The exploit revolves around the fact that Redd seems to generate a new random inventory once a day whenever he's on the island, regardless of the initial date of his arrival or if he's lived through that date before. It's actually kind of creepy. By time-traveling with the system clock, you confuse him into resetting his inventory repeatedly while never actually leaving, which lets you complete your art collection in hours instead of months.

We don't always cheat our way through Animal Crossing. Check out our game hub for New Horizons to get some tips, tricks, and guides for your new island life, including:

The 'Animal Crossing' infinite Redd art exploit makes it possible to finish one of the longest projects in New Horizons in a fraction of the time. I'd expect this to get fixed any minute now, but I suppose Nintendo hasn't fixed "time traveling" yet and it's been almost two months. Check in with us at @PrimaGames to tell us your stories of how you've used this exploit to mess with Redd.