Louisiana trooper indicted; suit says she shot teen in back

Louisiana State Police say a trooper who shot a 19-year-old man during a traffic stop in 2018 has been indicted

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana trooper accused of shooting a 19-year-old man in the back during a traffic stop two years ago has been indicted on charges of aggravated second-degree battery and illegal use of a weapon.

A state police news release said Trooper Kasha Domingue was indicted Thursday by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury. Her attorney, John McLindon, declined to comment because he hadn’t read the indictment, The Advocate reported.

Clifton Scott Dilley, who sued Domingue, the department and the state last year in federal court, was present in a wheelchair when the indictment was handed up, the newspaper said.

He did not comment. But his attorney issued a statement that Dilley and his family were grateful for “this first step in the prosecution of Kasha Domingue.”

The bullet damaged a bone and the spinal cord in Dilley’s lower back, according to the lawsuit. Attorney Don Cazayoux has told news outlets that Dilley’s lower body is paralyzed.

“The family understands the difficulties associated with these prosecutions and also respects the jobs that the men and women in law-enforcement do every day to protect us and keep us safe from harm,” the statement said.

The police news release said Domingue was put on paid leave and troopers would arrest her once a grand jury warrant was issued. It said only that the shooting occurred during a traffic stop on July 10, 2018.

Dilley’s lawsuit accused Domingue of shooting him in the back and then lying about it. She first reported the incident with a radio code that indicated she had used a stun gun on him, delaying medical care, then said she shot him as he charged at her, according to the lawsuit.

A business surveillance camera recording showed “unequivocally that Trooper Domingue’s story of being attacked was completely false, and that she instead shot a fleeing, unarmed passenger of a car stopped for a minor traffic violation,” the lawsuit said.

State police said Domingue, who began working for the department in August 2015, was placed on desk duty after the shooting.

Colonel Kevin Reeves, the state police superintendent, said in the news release that Louisiana State Police began an immediate investigation into the shooting and has cooperated fully with the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office.

“I remain confident in our investigative process. Through the judicial system, I expect a fair and just outcome to this incident,” Reeves said in the statement.

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Kansas City police criticized for kneeling on pregnant woman

Kansas City police say they are investigating after videos on social media shows officers kneeling on a pregnant woman during an arrest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are investigating after videos on social media show an officer kneeling on the back of a pregnant woman while handcuffing her during a confrontation.

The officers were arresting a man Wednesday night when the woman “grabbed and touched” the officers, police spokesman Capt. Dave Jackson said Thursday. He said the woman was evaluated and released from a hospital, The Kansas City Star reported.

Jackson said the department has not had a chance to review the officers’ video or surveillance video but are taking the incident seriously.

He encouraged anyone who was at the scene and wants to voice concerns about what they saw to file complaints with the Office of Community Complaints or the police department.

The incident in eastern Kansas City began as a fight between two women at a business. Police cleared the area but a man refused to leave and the woman who is shown in the vehicle would not stop interfering with the arrest, WDAF-TV reported.

She and the man were arrested for interfering with the arrest, Jackson said. No names have been released.

Civil rights attorney Stacy Shaw posted the video to social media Thursday.

“It’s just an example of how the police have no regard for anyone,” Shaw said. “If they are going to do this to a visibly pregnant woman, imagine what they’re doing to the kids out in the street.”

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Should DEXs Be Worried After BitMEX? DeFi Founders Weigh In

The sudden takedown of BitMEX has cast a new light on Ethereum’s decentralized finance (DeFi) markets.

On Thursday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) served the Seychelles-based crypto derivatives exchange with a slew of charges, arresting CTO Samuel Reed and seeking out CEO (and admitted DeFi degen) Arthur Hayes for violating the Bank Secrecy Act. 

While centralized exchanges (CEXs) reside on central servers in various municipalities around the globe, decentralized exchanges (DEXs) like Uniswap remain uncensorable, existing within smart contracts on top of the Ethereum blockchain. However, they are founded by real, live humans who are subject to the whims of law enforcement agencies. Are they next?

The value proposition of DeFi platforms becomes readily apparent during regulatory crackdowns such as with BitMEX, Robert Leshner, founder of DeFi lending platform Compound, told CoinDesk in an email.

He labeled centralized exchanges such as BitMEX as “opaque platforms that can easily facilitate money laundering.”

“By contrast, DeFi done right is a breath of fresh air – complete transparency, accountability, tamper-resistance, and self-custody,” he said, referring to the fact that DeFi transactions exist for all to see on Etherscan. “In the coming months and years, regulators will likely embrace the virtues and benefits of DeFi.”

Leshner’s view was echoed by Michael Egorov, founder of DeFi stablecoin exchange Curve, who told CoinDesk that it was “no surprise” BitMEX was taken down given that “CEXs without KYC are natural mixers.” (Coin mixers like Ethereum’s Tornado Cash or Bitcoin’s Wasabi Wallet can be used to launder cryptocurrency, leaving its origins untraceable.)

DEXs, on the other hand, are not mixers given the auditability of blockchain transactions.

“ETH exchanged to USDT on Uniswap keeps USDT as ‘dirty’ and traceable to the source as ETH was (and the same applies to Curve, or Balancer, or anything similar),” Egorov said. “It could take time for regulators to understand probably, but I think their job would have been much easier if all the exchanges were DEXs.”

Lingering doubts

Regardless of DeFi’s apparent virtues, the $11 billion DeFi market pales in comparison to the larger CEX market. Moreover, DeFi’s is often left copying the best CEXs have to offer.

Recently, BitMEX’s most popular product found its way into DeFi markets with cryptocurrency derivatives exchange dYdX. The Andreessen Horowitz-backed firm launched its Bitcoin Perpetual Contract in May, followed by a perpetual contract denominated in ether in August.

Read more: CipherTrace Outlines Regulatory Gray Zones Plaguing Booming DeFi Sector

Like BitMEX, dYdX blocks users from multiple jurisdictions including the United States. “We believe we are in compliance with all applicable regulations in the markets we serve,” dYdX founder Antonio Juliano told CoinDesk in a Telegram message.

BitMEX’s products themselves were not the cause for the CFTC and DOJ clampdown, however. Regulators specifically cited lack of formal know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) checks.

According to the DOJ complaint:

“For example, in or about May 2018, Arthur Hayes, the defendant, was notified of claims that BitMEX was being used to launder the proceeds of a cryptocurrency hack. BitMEX did not implement a formal AML policy in response to this notification.”

Many DEXs fall under the same guise, including Uniswap, especially given recent events with funds from the hacked KuCoin exchange.

Uniswap’s rise

Uniswap rose to prominence over the course of 2020 after releasing the second version of its platform with a novel take on increasing market liquidity through token pools.

Yet Uniswap does not have KYC or AML procedures. All a user needs is an Ethereum wallet – easily downloadable in minutes – and some tokens. (However, it remains fairly difficult to purchase ETH without going through a KYC check at some point.) Traders that used the platform before September were even rewarded with a lucrative airdrop of Uniswap’s new UNI governance token.

Uniswap founder Hayden Adams declined to comment for this story.

Stani Kulechov, co-founder of the Aave DeFi money market, told CoinDesk that builders shouldn’t be daunted by Arthur Hayes’ current predicament. Instead, he said, take note of the crypto industry’s two largest success stories: Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Wrote Kulechov:

“For DeFi builders it might be relevant to have from the start a clear path towards decentralized governance similarly what Ethereum and Bitcoin is today, where there is no centrally controlled entity governing these protocols by design. In the end also remember who you are building for and make safe products for all stakeholders.”

Whether that will stand the test of U.S. financial regulators remains to be seen.

Brady Dale contributed reporting.

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DeFi Degens Hit Hard by Eminence Exploit Will Be Partially Compensated

It all started with a couple of retweets.

On September 28, Andrew Cronje, the head honcho at Yearn Finance, retweeted graphic designs for a new project called Eminence, so described by Cronje as a DeFi protocol for a “gaming multiverse.” The game is allegedly a spin-off of a 2016 kickstarter trading card game called Eminence: Xander’s Tales and may incorporate non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The retweets included graphic designs of the words “Spartan” and “Marine” (playful nods to the respective monikers given to the Synthetix and Chainlink fanbases) and was an “art teaser” meant to “showcase all the different clans in the game,” according to Cronje.

Cronje hit send on the tweet and went to bed. When he woke up, he would find that the tweet was apparently enough of a signal for DeFi users to dump $15 million worth of DAI into the days-old protocol which, while on Ethereum’s mainnet, was still being alpha tested by Cronje and his team. Eminence didn’t even have a website to use as a front-end for trading; the first users instead swapped tokens directly with the Eminence smart contracts.

The same night, one user exploited Eminence’s code and drained the $15 million. Then, the same attacker returned some $8 million in DAI to a Yearn smart contract controlled by Cronje. 

Now, not even 72 hours after the exploit, affected users have had a portion of their losses returned. 

The rug pull and subsequent bailout is not the first of its kind in DeFi. And it begs the question: Does the DeFi community learn from its mistakes?

Eminence “hack” explained

The exploit itself, which was not even a hack, was simple enough. 

The EMN tokens, generated by the Yearn Deploy smart contract, were distributed initially through a bonding curve, a novel token distribution scheme used by a handful of DeFi products. These bonding curves are smart contracts which “trade” tokens with end users, dispensing one in exchange for another.

For Eminence, users would deposit DAI into the smart contract and receive EMN in return. If the EMN is sent to the smart contract, it is burned and the user receives DAI in return. 

You could also exchange EMN for 5 other tokens (eAAVE, eLINK, eYFI, eSNX and eCRV, all Eminence wrapped versions of the popular tokens with the same tickers). Doing so would burn the deposited EMN. Inversely, if you deposit these tokens into their respective bonding curve contracts, it is burned and you receive newly minted EMN.

To exploit these contracts, the attacker took out a flash loan for 15 million DAI from Uniswap and used this to buy EMN. They then traded and burned half this EMN for eAAVE, driving up EMN’s price. From here, they traded the rest of their EMN for DAI, traded their eAAVE to mint more EMN, and then finally traded this EMN for DAI. 

By the time the attacker was making his moves, someone had already deployed EMN trading pairs on Uniswap.

This process was repeated three times to net the hacker 15,015,533 DAI. A similar attack using a flash loan was executed against the bZx protocol in February.

Yearn Finance’s response and token redistribution

Surprisingly after all that effort, the attacker had a slight change of heart: They transferred $8 million in DAI to a Yearn Finance contract, which Cronje promptly sent to a Yearn multi-sig. 

A handful of developers, one of whom works on Yearn, cooked up a way to distribute the DAI to users affected by EMN’s price crashing through the floor as a result of the exploit. DAI-denominated reparations are now being distributed to users who trade for EMN from the bonding curve contract and Uniswap.

“Receiving [the DAI tokens] felt like we were gifted a ticking bomb,” banteg, a Yearn core developer, told CoinDesk. He adding that the team worked fast to distribute the funds lest the affected users get restless.

Banteg believes that most of the affected users were “in the loop” since half of the restitution was claimed within 19 minutes of the distribution contract being launched. Only $338,000 DAI has yet to be claimed, according to data banteg shared with CoinDesk.

Looking past the attacker’s bad behavior, the fiasco was exacerbated by two driving forces: trust and greed. 

In his tweets, Cronje never said that the Eminence protocol was ready. He didn’t even mention what the protocol was for. But a single retweet from the guy behind Yearn – that DeFi unicorn which surged in price from $31 to over $43,000 this year – was enough for traders to pile into Eminence’s token.

Yearning for another moonshot, intrepid Eminence users began interacting with the protocol before Cronje gave any signal that it was ready for investors. He’s even tweeted caveats before this incident that anyone using his protocols should proceed with caution.

Cronje has since stated his intentions on Twitter to continue his work on Eminence, adding that he has roughly 100 contracts to test. He also cautioned the DeFi faithful to “wait for official announcements” before using them.

Still, some of the affected traders, reeling from their losses, weren’t ready to let Cronje off the hook.

“Why put unfinished code on mainnet to be tested?” one user chimed in. “The contract should have been on testnet.”

Others, like Delphi Digital’s Tom Shaughnessy, defended Cronje, affirming that “it’s not [his] fault that people degen into [his] work before it is finished.”

DeFi lessons hard-learned or hardly learned?

Indeed, so-called DeFi degens have a reputation of “aping” into smart contracts in search of gains before they are thoroughly vetted. Traders deposited several hundred millions worth of tokens into the yield farming protocol Yam Finance back in August, for instance, days before a bug in its unaudited code drove the token’s price into the ground.

More recently, traders deposited so many tokens into the then-unaudited SushiSwap contract that its volume surpassed Uniswap. Days later, SushiSwap’s creator dumped his developer’s share of SUSHI tokens for $13 million in ETH, only to return the sum in ETH to the SushiSwap treasury after a bout of guilt.

With this Eminence exploit and summary restitution now in the books, DeFi traders have another reason to be leery of unvetted protocols. But with the payback soothing their losses somewhat, perhaps this lesson may be forgotten once the next “big new thing” comes around.

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Ex-Chicago officer who fled trial sentenced on drug charges

A former Chicago police officer who was captured nearly 15 years after he fled while awaiting trial on drug charges has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison

CHICAGO — A former Chicago police officer who was captured nearly 15 years after he fled while awaiting trial on drug charges was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in federal prison.

Eddie Hicks, 71, was convicted last year on racketeering, drug and gun charges, and jumping bail after his arrest. Prosecutors accused the ex-sergeant of being the ringleader of a crew of five men who posed as federal drug agents to shake down drug dealers for cash and narcotics.

Hicks was under federal investigation when he retired from the police force in 2000. He fled in 2003 while awaiting trial and was arrested in 2017 in Detroit where he was living incognito.

In handing down his sentence, U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow told Hicks he “dishonored the badge” and should stand as an example.

“There are other officers out there who also have the opportunity to do what you did, and they need to get the message that the punishment will follow the conduct,” Lefkow said, noting he has never taken responsibility for his actions.

Before sentencing, Hicks complained about prosecutors seeking a 20-year sentence for him, saying he was an otherwise law-abiding citizen and not looking at committing any kind of crime “at this point.”

Hicks’ attorney, John Beal, asked for the mandatory-minimum sentence of 10 years, citing Hicks’ advanced age and the threat of COVID-19.

Prosecutors cited the value society places on the integrity of police officers and the devastating consequences that result when it is lost.

“Not only did Hicks fail to arrest drug dealers, he became a drug dealer himself, robbing drug dealers and turning around and selling the drugs for profit,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Morris Pasqual wrote in a court filing.

During his trial, prosecutors alleged Hicks thought robbing drug dealers was the perfect crime. The only witnesses were criminals who weren’t about to call the “honest police,” Pasqual said.

Hicks was tipped off to stash house locations by informants, and assisted by a police department mechanic who had access to the keys to unmarked squad cars and a designated crew member who typed up phony search warrants in the car on an old manual typewriter.

If they encountered any law enforcement, the crew simply flashed their badges and got a pass, Pasqual said. And when a raid was done, there were never any arrests or paperwork.

During Hick’s trial, prosecutors present secret video and audio recordings made during two FBI stings in late 2000 and early 2001 at South Side Chicago apartments that were set up to look like drug stash houses in order to catch Hicks’ crew in the act.

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BitMEX’s Receding Market Share Might Have Spared Bitcoiners Bigger Sell-Off

Four years ago, when the Seychelles-based cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX announced a new product called the “perpetual bitcoin leveraged swap,” few traders in nascent digital-asset markets could have anticipated what a major impact the obscure roll-out would have on the industry.

But the instrument, which made it easy for customers to trade the equivalent of $100 of bitcoin for every $1 down, proved hugely popular and successful among risk-hungry traders, vaulting BitMEX into the top ranks of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges. 

Now, digital-asset analysts and investors are scrambling to assess the market damage after U.S. authorities on Thursday brought a series of regulatory and criminal charges against BitMEX and its CEO, Arthur Hayes. 

One change could be less market volatility, since BitMEX’s perpetual swaps were infamous for exacerbating price swings: It’s a well-known trope among bitcoin traders that every time the market tilts one way or another, BitMEX customers’ thinly-capitalized positions get liquidated in a series of rapid margin calls, exacerbating price swings that reverberated to other exchanges.    

“Long term, it’s so much better for the spot market,” said Steve Ehrlich, CEO of Voyager Digital, an online cryptocurrency trading platform. 

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BitMEX liquidations are such a major factor in the bitcoin market that data sites track them, including the big spike in March when markets swooned.
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A nagging question going forward is whether some BitMEX customers in the U.S. — apparently in violation of the country’s laws and regulations — will be forced to close their accounts, and possibly sell their bitcoin. That could put downward pressure on prices. 

Bitcoin dropped 4% after the charges were unveiled on Thursday, but a few hours later prices had pared some of their losses and were changing hands around $10,580, staying in a range where they’ve traded for several weeks. 

BitMEX officials said in a statement that they “strongly disagree” with the charges and intend to defend against them vigorously. In a Telegram channel, the company said that its trading platform is operating normally and that all funds were safe.

Competitors in the leverage game

Many other cryptocurrency exchanges in recent years had copied BitMEX’s model, rolling out bitcoin-trading instruments with leverage of 100 times or greater. And some traders have shifted to those alternate venues, causing BitMEX’s share of the overall bitcoin-derivatives market to recede. 

That might reduce the market impact from any additional customer defections in the wake of Thursday’s charges, said John Todaro, director of institutional research at crypcorrency analysis firm TradeBlock.   

“Two years ago, this would have been catastrophic, because BitMEX was such a huge percentage of everybody who’s playing leveraged trading,” David Weisberger, co-founder and CEO of CoinRoutes Inc., said in a phone interview. “Now, there are quite a few alternatives to BitMEX and several of them have always been more stringent about trading or not allowing U.S. clients to trade on those platforms.”

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A snapshot of bitcoin futures trading on Thursday ranked BitMEX fourth among exchanges on 24-hour volumes, behind Binance, Huobi and OKEX, according to the data site Skew. Open interest, or the value of outstanding contracts, stood at $680 million, trailing OKEx.

“Coming for a while now”

Traders were well aware that BitMEX was under scrutiny and may have moved to get ahead of any crackdown, according to the digital-asset firm QCP Capital.  

“This has been coming for awhile now, and while the charges are heavy and coordinated, it remains to see how much bite it actually has,” the firm said on its Telegram channel. 

Based on QCP’s tally, BitMEX has about 190,000 bitcoins in its vaults, worth about $2 billion at current prices, with another 36,000 bitcoins in an insurance fund.  

It’s possible that BitMEX’s example might provide a shot across the bow to overseas cryptocurrency exchanges that might be cutting corners on compliance, while potentially giving regulatory clarity to those exchanges trying to court U.S. customers. Regulated commodities exchanges in the U.S. also typically offer trading leverage, but the most common bitcoin futures contract, from the Chicago-based CME, only allows positions with about three times the initial money down.

“It clearly sets a tone for other exchanges that compete with Bitmex – and there’s more and more of them popping up every day – that you can’t do that with U.S. customers,” Voyager’s Ehrlich said. “If I was at one of those competing exchanges, I’d be going through my customer records immediately.” 

One of the defendants involved in the BitMEX’s case went as far as to “brag” that “bribing” regulators in a jurisdiction outside the U.S. cost just “a coconut,” according to a statement by assistant FBI director William Sweeney Jr. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) bars Americans from bribing overseas officials.  

It might have simply been too brazen for regulators to overlook. 

“One thing I know with regulators, is if you say things that are antagonistic in discoverable information places, you’re much more likely to be punished than people who do something very similar but keep their nose clean and not say anything and act respectfully,” Weisberger said.

With reporting by Omkar Godbole

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Naval Academy midshipman sues over discipline for tweets

A midshipman is suing the U.S. Naval Academy after he was disciplined for tweeting that Breonna Taylor received “justice” when she was fatally shot by police

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A midshipman is suing the U.S. Naval Academy after he was disciplined for tweeting that Breonna Taylor received “justice” when she was fatally shot by police.

Midshipman 1st Class Chase Standage, 21, says in the lawsuit that the academy is violating his constitutional rights of free speech and a fair and impartial hearing, the Capital Gazette reported Thursday.

In addition to the tweet about Taylor, a Black woman who was fatally shot by officers who barged into her Kentucky home, Standage was also accused of tweeting racist messages against Black people.

In the lawsuit, Standage’s attorneys write that Standage’s June tweets were responses to heated exchanges on Twitter. They also said Standage “has never exhibited racial animus towards anyone.”

Standage, who lives in California and is the son of police officers, was at home watching the protests against racial injustice in Los Angeles when he sent his tweets, the lawsuit said.

An investigation ended last week with Standage receiving “appropriate administrative action,” but an academy spokesperson didn’t elaborate on the specific nature of the action, citing the Privacy Act. The Naval Academy said it is aware of the lawsuit but would not comment on pending litigation.

In his lawsuit, first reported by Courthouse News, Standage said Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck plans to recommend to the secretary of the Navy that Standage be separated from the Naval Academy. Both Buck and Navy Secretary Kenneth J. Braithwaite are named in the lawsuit.

The basis of separation is that Standage’s tweets violate the Naval Academy’s policies against political activities and “constituted conduct unbecoming a midshipman,” according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will represent the Navy.

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Police: Texas officer fired for ‘racially insensitive meme’

Fort Worth police say they’ve fired a veteran officer for posting a “racially insensitive meme” on Facebook that was widely criticized last month

Officer Roger Ballard was given a “indefinite suspension,” which a spokesman described as “equivalent to termination,” for violating the department’s general orders, according to the statement. It said that after hearing about the post on Sept. 20, “Internal Affairs quickly began an investigation and concluded that Officer Roger Ballard was responsible for posting the racially insensitive meme containing a photo which led to numerous complaints and public outrage.”

Internal affairs investigators are also looking into a second officer’s involvement.

The meme showed a photo of a Black man in a casket accompanied by the text, “The face you make when you don’t understand ‘Stop resisting,’” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The paper cites screenshots of the post on a personal Facebook page that has since been deactivated.

The Fort Worth Police Officers’ Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It was not immediately clear if Ballard has an attorney.

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Every Animal Crossing Halloween DIY to Look Out For

Halloween Items & DIY Recipes Item Materials Nook’s Cranny Price How to Obtain Spooky Arch
  • x10 Hardwood
  • x3 Clay
  • x10 Pumpkin
18,000 Bells Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Candy Set
  • x1 Orange Pumpkin
  • x3 Candy
3,500 Bells Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Carriage
  • x20 Wood
  • x20 Softwood
  • x20 Hardwood
  • x10 Iron Nugget
  • x30 Orange Pumpkin
– Obtained by giving Jack his first and second Lollipop. Spooky Chair
  • x3 Orange Pumpkin
  • x3 Softwood
5,000 Bells Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Fence
  • x3 Orange Pumpkin
  • x5 Iron Nugget
– Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Spooky Flooring – – Only obtained by giving Candy to Villagers on October 31. Spooky Garland
  • x1 Iron Nugget
  • x1 Clay
  • x1 Orange Pumpkin
– Only obtained by giving Candy to Villagers on October 31. Spooky Lantern
  • x4 Orange Pumpkin
5,600 Bells Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Lantern Set
  • x4 Orange Pumpkin
  • x4 Clump of Weeds
5,900 Bells Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Rug – – Only obtained by giving Candy to Villagers on October 31. Spooky Scarecrow
  • x3 Orange Pumpkin
  • x4 Wood
5,200 Bells Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Standing Lamp
  • x5 Hardwood
  • x1 Clay
  • x3 Orange Pumpkin
5,800 Bells Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Table
  • x14 Orange Pumpkin
  • x10 Softwood
22,000 Bells Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Table Setting
  • x1 Iron Nugget
  • x1 Clay
  • x1 Orange Pumpkin
– Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Tower
  • x7 Orange Pumpkin
9,800 Bells Obtained by giving Candy to Villagers at the Halloween Event on October 31. Also available to purchase from Nook’s Cranny. Spooky Wall – – Only obtained by giving Candy to Villagers on October 31. Spooky Wand
  • x3 Star Fragment
  • x1 Spooky Lantern
– Obtained by giving Jack his third Lollipop.

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How to Get Platinum Points for the Animal Crossing My Nintendo Rewards

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My Nintendo includes Missions that allow the user to undertake small tasks to earn points that they can then use for Rewards, discounts, the rare physical item, downloadable things, and in-game purchases.

Note that completing a mission does not automatically unlock it, and you will have 30 days to accept the reward in the Rewards section of My Nintendo. It’s also important to note that any Points earned will only be available for 6 months, and will be taken out on the first of that month.

Missions

Mission change often, so be sure to check the date to see if it is a current mission. Find and redeem these on the Missions page on the MyNintendo website.

Platinum Point Missions

  • Start Using My Nintendo
    •  Reward: 100 Platinum Points
  • Collect the My Nintendo sign-in bonus (weekly – click on the coins on the ground near your Mii) 
    • Reward: 30 Platinum Points
  • Sign in to Nintendo eShop (weekly)
    •  Reward: 30 Platinum Points
  • Link your Facebook account to your Nintendo Account 
    • Reward: 10 Platinum Points
  • Link your Google account to your Nintendo Account 
    • Reward: 10 Platinum Points
  • Link your Twitter account to your Nintendo Account 
    • Reward: 10 Platinum Points
  • Keep promotional e-mails set to “Receive from Nintendo” (monthly)
    • Reward: 10 Platinum Points
  • Set promotional e-mails to “Receive from Nintendo”
    • Reward: 30 Platinum Points
  • Link your Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo Account
    • Reward: 100 Platinum Points

Quick Nintendo Website Platinum Point Missions

These missions are based on new Nintendo sites for specific games. They’re faster to get than some of the other new missions, so be sure not to miss them! Be sure you’re logged in while you do these activities!

  • Find the first hidden Poochy Pup on the Yoshi’s Crafted World gamepage
    • Reward: 50 Platinum Points
  • Find the first second Poochy Pup on the Yoshi’s Crafted World gamepage
    • Reward: 50 Platinum Points
  • Find the third hidden Poochy Pup on the Yoshi’s Crafted World gamepage
    • Reward: 50 Platinum Points
  • Take the Super Mario quiz
    • Reward: 50 Platinum Points
  • Download your “This is my Mario!” image
    • Reward: 50 Platinum Points
  • Try the Super Mario Music Player
    • Reward: 50 Platinum Points

Other Platinum Point Missions

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These require you to play a game or do another activity off the Nintendo website to earn points.

  • ASTRAL CHAIN: Dimensional Gate 1
    • Reward: 20 Platinum Points
  • ASTRAL CHAIN: Dimensional Gate 2
    • Reward: 20 Platinum Points
  • ASTRAL CHAIN: Dimensional Gate 3
    • Reward: 20 Platinum Points
  • ASTRAL CHAIN: Dimensional Gate 4
    • Reward: 20 Platinum Points
  • ASTRAL CHAIN: Dimensional Gate 5
    • Reward: 20 Platinum Points
  • Redeem a code from Cold Stone Creamery
    • Reward: 100 Platinum Points
The following missions are for game-specific rewards. Some of these games no longer have missions. These were last updated in 2017 but will receive a 2020 update soon!

Miitomo Platinum Point Missions (retired)

  • Link Miitomo to a Nintendo Account Reward: 100 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Add a friend using the face-to-face method Reward: 100 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Link Miitomo to a Facebook account Reward: 100 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Link Miitomo to a Twitter account Reward: 100 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Change your Mii’s clothes once in a day (daily) Reward: 5 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Give 3 answers in one day (daily) Reward: 5 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Get 5 hearts on your answers in one day (daily) Reward: 10 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Get 5 comments on your answers in one day (daily) Reward: 10 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Listen to your friends’ answers 10 times in one day (can be done daily) Reward: 5 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Answer the question of the day (daily) Reward: 2 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Answer 1 question in Answer Central (daily) Reward: 3 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Post in Style Central (daily) Reward: 5 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Send a message to a friend in Miitomo (daily) Reward: 5 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Share to Sidekick Central (daily) Reward: 5 Miitomo Platinum Points
  • Write a bio for your Mii Reward: 100 Miitomo Platinum Points

super mario run platinum point missions

  • Play Toad Rally (daily) Reward: 10 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Win 3 times in Toad Rally (weekly) Reward: 50 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Link Super Mario Run to your Nintendo Account Reward: 100 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Add your first friend Reward: 100 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Add 5 friends Reward: 100 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Add 10 friends Reward: 100 Super Mario Run Patinum Points
  • Clear World 1 (full game required) Reward: 50 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Clear World 2 Reward: 50 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Clear World 3 Reward: 50 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Clear World 4 Reward: 50 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Clear World 5 Reward: 50 Super Mario Run Platinum Points
  • Clear World 6 Reward: 50 Super Mario Run Platinum Points

fire emblem heroes platinum point missions

  • Link Fire Emblem™ Heroes to a Nintendo Account Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear the Prologue. Reward: 100 Fire Embelm Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 1. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 2. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 3. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 4. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 5. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 5. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 6. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 7. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 8. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 9. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 10. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 11.Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 12. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points
  • Clear Chapter 13. Reward: 100 Fire Emblem Heroes Platinum Points

animal crossing: poket camp platinum points rewards

  • Ling to a Nintendo Account. Reward: 300 Animal Crosing: Poket Camp Platinum Points
  • Complete 10 camper requests (weekly). Reward: 30 Animal Crosing: Poket Camp Platinum Points
  • Complete 50 camper requests (weekly). Reward: 50 Animal Crosing: Poket Camp Platinum Points
  • Complete 100 camper requests (weekly). Reward: 100 Animal Crosing: Poket Camp Platinum Points
  • Link to a Twitter Account. Reward: 300 Animal Crosing: Poket Camp Platinum Points
  • Link to a Facebook Account. Reward: 300 Animal Crosing: Poket Camp Platinum Points

Gold Point Missions

Note that tax is not included in factoring in purchase rewards

  • Purchase a downloadable game worth $5 – $9.99
    Reward: 10 Gold Points
  • Purchase a downloadable game worth $10 – $19.99
    Reward: 20 Gold Points
  • Purchase a downloadable game worth $20 – $29.99
    Reward: 30 Gold Points
  • Purchase a downloadable game worth $30 – $39.99
    Reward: 40 Gold Points
  • Purchase a downloadable game worth $40 – $49.99
    Reward: 50 Gold Points
  • Purchase a downloadable game worth $50 – $59.99
    Reward: 60 Gold Points
  • Purchase a downloadable game worth $60 – $69.99
    Reward: 70 Gold Points
  • Purchase a downloadable game worth $70 or more
    Reward: 80 Gold Points
  • $40.00-$49.99 purchase of a packaged Nintendo Switch game Reward: 10 Gold Points
  • $50.00-$59.99 purchase of a packaged Nintendo Switch game Reward: 12 Gold Points
  • $60.00-$69.99 purchase of a packaged Nintendo Switch game Reward: 14 Gold Points

Secret Missions

Some missions aren’t explicitly shown on your missions page of My Nintendo, but are hidden and can only be triggered by the inquisitive and perceptive.

On the My Nintendo home page once logged in, scroll to the bottom and click (or tap) on the brick in the bottom right. The page will scroll back up to your Mii, who is holding a present. Click on your Mii as he darts around until finally you earn 10 Platinum Points for accomplishing the secret mission!

Every week a platinum coin appears outside the bins. It gives you 30 Platinum coins when clicked.

Signing into the Nintendo website gains you a 30 Platinum coins, but this is not listed in the Mission section.

Answering the official Nintendo Miitomo Question of the Week also earns you 25 Miitomo Platinum Coins.

Sometimes your Mii will be flying with balloons, pop the balloons to receive 20 Platinum Points.

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