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The third Saturday of every summer month is host to the Bug-Off Tournament. I've never really participated in these much because the majority of my play tends to be in the winter months in previous games, so I don't have a lot of experience with them.

The Nookipedia article states the following:

During the day of the competition, each time a player gives a bug that achieves a new high score, they receive a gift from Nat.

Does that mean that I shouldn't give my highest scoring bugs first? I'm thinking if I start out with lower quality bugs, then I could keep beating my own score with better bugs and score more pieces of furniture, but I'm not exactly sure how this works.

I'm also concerned that if I give lower quality bugs that I'll get lower quality furniture, or will Nat always give you a piece of the Bug set regardless? If I run the risk of getting normal furniture with lower quality bugs, then it would behoove me to just turn in all of my highest level bugs.

The wiki also says this:

Handing over the same insect twice does not produce the same results, meaning the same insect may be able to overwrite an already existing entry. For example, sometimes a Miyama Stag Beetle is better than an Agrias Butterfly, but sometimes it is vice versa.

So I'm not even entirely sure I can direct the outcome the way I want to but I'd like to try. What should I do to guarantee the most pieces of Bug furniture?

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Does that mean that I shouldn't give my highest scoring bugs first?

Yes. If you want to get as many items as you can get you should start off weak.

I'm also concerned that if I give lower quality bugs that I'll get lower quality furniture, or will Nat always give you a piece of the Bug set regardless?

How it works is until you meet a certain point level (it was 80 points for me) you will get normal furniture from him every time you break the record. After you break that level of 80? points, each new record after that (including the first) will yield another bug furniture.

So I'm not even entirely sure I can direct the outcome the way I want to but I'd like to try. What should I do to guarantee the most pieces of Bug furniture?

Bugs are graded by three things: rarity (easiest to "manipulate" but you have to find the right bugs), relative length (the game tells you this right when you catch the bug, if you can sort your bugs of the same type by length) and luster/color (this is random and there is no indication of luster until you give it to nat). To maximize the bug items you get, start with not-so-rare bugs and work your way to the rarer ones, working in order of size when you have a bunch of the same bug.

Rarity can roughly be measured by how often you see a bug around. Common butterflies are super common, tiger butterflies are uncommon, emperor butterflies are sort of rare, Raja B butterflies are quite rare, as an example.

Note that the bug off is held monthly, and you probably won't get all bug items in one month. Personally I only managed to get two (I could have gotten more though).

Also not that at the end you'll get a ribbon based on performance. You get a ribbon based on placement, not on how many bugs/furniture you've gotten. A single, high scoring bug will get you a gold ribbon.

  • Also, I think this is a bug but I caught an 80+ bug at noon and came back at 5 to a 40 point bug in the lead. Not sure WTF was up with that, but watch the scores an hour or two before the end. – Ben Brocka Jun 15 '13 at 14:33
  • Worth mentioning: I got more points for a standard, non-lustrous Emperor than I did for a large, lustrous Raja B. – Niro Jun 15 '13 at 18:05

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