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When you reach milestones, e.g. 50% of insect types caught, Phineas is supposed to appear to hand you a badge.

I've received the bronze one for Deep Sea Creatures, but haven't seen him since, despite having 60% of insects.

Does he only come once a week or something? Why haven't I received the bronze insect-catching badge as yet?

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I think he's a random encounter like Saharah, Katrina etc. Not sure if there are different conditions for him though. – Ben Brocka Jul 3 '13 at 13:15
The problem I've had is that Copper tells me he's there, but I just can't find him at all, which has happened on 2 days now. It's quite frustrating. – FAE Jul 5 '13 at 11:23
If you're having trouble finding Phineas on days that he actually is in your town, consider buying a Megaphone from the Nookling's store (1+ Upgrades) and using that to locate Phineas. – Lex8erna Jul 7 '13 at 3:14
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He is a random encounter. He also will not appear when it is raining. I know a lot of players have had an extremely rainy June. This may be a factor. :)

[Phineas] can be found in the city at anytime of the day in reasonable weather conditions (sunny or overcast/cloudy)

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Is there any reference for this or is this your personal experience? – Zommuter Jul 5 '13 at 10:01 personal experience as well. :3 – Dandichu Jul 5 '13 at 10:11
I see. You should put such informations in answers, it's improving its credibility a lot. Anyway, welcome to the ArQAde, here's your first upvote :-) – Zommuter Jul 5 '13 at 10:17
Thank you kindly! I'm new, so I really appreciate the tip! – Dandichu Jul 5 '13 at 10:19
You're welcome. By the way, have a look at the about site, there's a brief overview about voting etc. And you get a shiny badge as well ;-) – Zommuter Jul 5 '13 at 10:20

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