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Why Do I Keep Tripping? Luck in AC:NL

If you keep tripping and falling in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it means that you're having bad physical luck today. This page explains how to improve your luck and what happens if you are having good or bad luck in a particular category.

Five Types of Luck

There are five categories of luck, and each day you are randomly assigned good, average, or bad luck in each category. Your luck changes at midnight each day. The categories are money luck, friendship luck, love luck, item luck, and physical luck. The effects of good luck and bad luck in each category are listed below.

How to Improve Bad Luck (a.k.a. How to Stop Tripping)

If you keep tripping and falling, it means that you are having bad physical luck today. Other bad luck effects are listed below. One of the only ways to improve bad luck is to wear the lucky item of the day. To find out today's lucky item, you can pay Katrina to tell your fortune, or you can use the Lovely Phone if you have it. The Lovely Phone can only be obtained on New Year's Eve by buying fortune cookies from Crazy Redd.

You can also pay Katrina 10000 Bells for one of her lucky hats, which turns bad luck into average luck. She will only offer a hat if you are having bad luck today. You can force yourself to have bad luck by wearing a King Tut mask, which is randomly available from the Able Sisters accessory shop. If you pay Katrina 10000 Bells, she will give you either a Tingle Hood or a Celebration Hat. These hats can be reordered from the catalog, so you might want to ask other players to give or sell you one of these hats. So you don't have to pay 10000 Bells for it.

Katrina will open a shop in your Main Street after she has told you 20 fortunes. See the shop unlock guide for more details. After her shop is open, it is much easier to find out your lucky item of the day.

Feng Shui may also influence your luck. Put green items in the southern parts of your rooms to increase your overall luck. Read the Feng Shui guide for more details. Note that Feng Shui might not be enough to remove bad luck.

Effects of Good Luck and Bad Luck

The table below lists the effects you might notice if you are having good or bad luck in a particular category for the day.

Luck TypeGood LuckBad Luck
Money LuckTrees drop 200 bells instead of 100Trees drop fewer than 100 bells
The money rock drops 200, 300, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 8000, and 16000 bellsThe money rock drops 100, 100, 200, 300, 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 bells
Villagers give you more moneyVillagers give you less money
Friendship LuckIt's easier to increase friendship with same-sex villagersIt's harder to increase friendship with same-sex villagers
Special conversations ("pings") with same-sex villagers are more likelySpecial conversations with same-sex villagers are less likely
Love LuckIt's easier to increase friendship with opposite-sex villagersIt's harder to increase friendship with opposite-sex villagers
Special conversations ("pings") with opposite-sex villagers are more likelySpecial conversations with opposite-sex villagers are less likely
Item LuckMore likely to get Saharah-exclusive items from SaharahLess likely to get Saharah-exclusive items from Saharah
More likely to get new items from item giveaways (Bunny Day, Fireworks Festival, Snowman, Fortune Cookies, etc.)Less likely to get new items from item giveaways (Bunny Day, Fireworks Festival, Snowman, Fortune Cookies, etc.)
More new seashells appear on the beachFewer new seashells appear on the beach
Villagers more likely to offer something for saleVillagers less likely to offer something for sale
More likely to get rare items in Leif's weeding mini-gameSitting in a chair will make a sound
Physical luckEncounter fewer jellyfishEncounter more jellyfish
Bees move more slowly so are easier to avoidBees move more quickly so are harder to avoid
Fewer mosquito bitesYou will often trip and fall while running

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