Animal Crossing: How To Find Gulliver's Communicator Parts And Rusted Parts

Here's how to find Gulliver's communicator parts when he visits your island in New Horizons, plus how to get rusted parts for crafting the Robot Hero.

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Gulliver is one of many special visitors that will randomly come to your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Unlike many of the other visitors, Gulliver doesn't buy or sell anything; he's a castaway, and he needs your help repairing his communicator so his shipmates can find him again. He asks you to find five communicator parts along the beach, and if you do that, he'll send you a rare item in the mail the next day. But how do you actually find them? And what do rusted parts have to do with all this?

Make sure to check out our Animal Crossing special visitors guide for a complete list of the random merchants and other friends who can show up on your island throughout the week. There's another version of Gulliver, called pirate Gulliver (or Gullivarrr), who is different from normal Gulliver; see our full pirate Gulliver guide for details.

When And Where Does Gulliver Show Up?

Gulliver is one of the random visitors in New Horizons, meaning he can show up on any given weekday. He'll enter the rotation of visitors once Blathers is set to move to your island and establish the museum--this is a very early-game event, so Gulliver should start appearing as a visitor almost from the beginning of the game.

If Gulliver is visiting, he'll be passed out somewhere along the beach; just talk to him a bunch (by pressing A near him) until he wakes up, at which point he'll ask for your help.

How To Find Communicator Parts

There are five communicator parts in total you need to find and then deliver to Gulliver. All you need to do is walk along the beach with your shovel out and look for small holes that open up and spray water. These holes normally signal the presence of a manila clam, which you can use to craft fish bait, but after you've agreed to help Gulliver, you'll also be able to find communicator parts by digging where the holes appear.

Gulliver realizing his communication device is broken :(
Gulliver realizing his communication device is broken :(

Once you've found all five communicator parts, return to Gulliver. He'll take the parts to fix his communication device and then send you a rare item in the mail. All of Gulliver's rewards are cultural items from around the world; see the complete list below.

How To Get Rusted Parts

Rusted parts are an ultra-rare crafting material connected to Gulliver's visits. So far, there seems to be only one DIY recipe that requires rusted parts: the Robot Hero, a large Gundam-inspired furniture item. You can purchase the Robot Hero recipe for 5,000 Nook Miles once Resident Services has upgraded to a full building.

There are two ways to get rusted parts. First, you should be able to find a rusted part in the recycling bin at Resident Services the day after Gulliver visits. Because Gulliver will visit around once a week on average, you'll slowly build up a collection of rusted parts.

However, because you need 30 rusted parts to craft the Robot Hero, you might be looking for a quicker way to collect them. The second method is to collect all five communicator parts on a day Gulliver is visiting and keep them rather than giving them to Gulliver--just avoid talking to him for the rest of the day. The next day, the communicator parts will become rusted parts. But be warned: You'll miss out on getting a reward from Gulliver!

Gulliver Rewards List

Below are all the potential rewards that Gulliver can give you (via GameFAQs' Animal Crossing: New Horizons catalog). Those with multiple color variants are marked with an asterisk (*). All of Gulliver's furniture rewards are customizable using customization kits at any DIY workbench, so you don't have to try multiple times to get the exact color you want. However, this does not apply to his clothing rewards.

Furniture

  • Moai statue
  • Pagoda*
  • Pyramid
  • South Pole
  • Sphinx
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of Pisa
  • Dala horse*
  • Hula doll*
  • Katana*
  • Lucky cat*
  • Nutcracker*

Headwear and Accessories

  • Alpinist hat*
  • Ancient administrator hat
  • Candy-skull mask*
  • Coin headpiece
  • Elder mask
  • Geisha wig*
  • Kaffiyeh*
  • Milkmaid hat
  • Pigtail
  • Samurai wig
  • Silk hat*
  • Sombrero*
  • Tam-o'-shanter*
  • Tubeteika*
  • Turban*
  • Veil*

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