Animal Crossing's Time-Based System is Outdated
Everyone’s clammering to play the new Animal Crossing, the game that folks have been waiting for, especially now that most players have the free time to invest into the game. It’s hard not to go on social media without tripping over a post about someone’s village or invite offers to be friends online. Yet, it seems that in the excitement, many users have overlooked what I see as a serious issue that still plagues the game and makes it a generally frustrating experience; the time-based system.
I remember the first time I booted up the original Animal Crossing on the GameCube during a holiday. What a special time it was in my village around Halloween, with characters dressing up, presents to be obtained, and unique interactions to be had. It was a great afternoon spent with my electronic pals, giving me a taste of the magic Animal Crossing can have.
For other holidays, however, booting up the game became more of a hassle. One did not simply run off to play a video game in the middle of Easter or Christmas, no sir. There were relatives to see, real presents to be opened, and sometimes travel as we made our way to whoever was hosting. So by the time we got home, it was bedtime, and there was no way to obtain those cool items or to see what my town might look like that one time a year.
Now that I’m an adult, this is, surprisingly, still a problem. In a day and age where we’re always moving and there’s constantly stuff that needs to get done, I don’t have the time to log in every day. Maybe a couple of weeks will go by when I can’t get to my town, after which the game guilts me for having been away for so long. Weeds sprout, villagers are sad, and the efforts needed to restore my world to its former glory seems so daunting I don’t bother. Animal Crossing treats its players in the same way something like Hearthstone does, trying to ingrain the idea that this game is a lifestyle. But unlike Hearthstone, I already paid $60 for this game; I don’t want to feel like the game is controlling when I should play.
And now that you can’t change the time on the Switch, this becomes all the more pressing. Now you *have* to play on each and every holiday or risking losing free stuff. Now you *have* to log in every few days or feel the wrath of the townsfolk scorned. Much like real life, Animal Crossing looks to give you responsibilities that you have to return to again and again, becoming chores more than fun.
Just the other day, my friend Kat was complaining to me that, after an hour or so of playing, she had exhausted all the things she could do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that day because the items she bought, such as the shovel, needed to do many activities wouldn’t “arrive” in the digital, in-game store until the next day. The game was telling her she had to wait to have fun for no reason other than to immerse her into the illusion that in-game time was passing.
In this way, the time-based system, while providing some neat ideas back in the day, hampers an otherwise enjoyable gaming experience. And what’s the best solution? To be honest, I’m not sure. But other games have found great ways of handling this.
Look at Stardew Valley. Players play in a time-based world, but each day only lasts 15 minutes or so, and when players feel like they have nothing more to do, they can go to bed to start the next day. Features like this could help still have that in-game time illusion while not making me wait 24 actual hours to get an item to progress in the activities I want to do.
One thing’s for sure, the way Animal Crossing handles things now is not consumer-friendly, pressuring people with limited time on their hands to play daily or face the consequences. And I for one don’t like to be held hostage by my digital overlords, even if they’re a bunch of cute raccoons.
What do you think? Is the time-based system still just as good as it was back in the day, or is it something you can’t stand to deal with anymore? Let me know in the comments, I’d be curious to hear your experiences with it.
Animal Crossing Mystery Island Pointers
Mystery Island adventures are one of my favorite parts of Animal Crossing! On my second day of playing I used the free ticket Tom Nook gave me and instantly became addicted. My bedtime ritual now consists of brush teeth, brush hair, moisturizer, Mystery Island! 🌴
If you haven’t been to one of these mystery islands yet, the best way I can describe them is like playing the lottery. You win some, you lose some. Winning the lottery would be getting a different fruit than your native one or different flowers. 🌸 Hitting the jackpot is Tarantula 🕷 or Bamboo Island. Losing isn’t so bad, either! Worst case scenario, you end up on a miniature version of your island. Although this can be frustrating, there are still hidden surprises there. You just have to look harder to find them.
Going to and from these islands, I picked up a few tricks. 😌
Always be prepared! I find it better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Before you take flight, empty your pockets!! What should you bring with you? One of the most important features to utilize would be the upgraded storage. Upgrading to the maximum amount will enhance your experience tenfold. Other supplies you will want to bring - a shovel, an ax, fishing rod, and net.
What should you leave behind?
A watering can will not be needed on a mystery island. So far, in my experiences, I have not needed a slingshot, either. Let’s also not forget to leave behind our bad attitudes. I’ve seen a lot of complaints from players not getting Tarantula Island, but if everyone landed there it wouldn’t be nearly as special (or profitable)!
What should you do when you arrive?
Some general tips I have for maximizing your experience would include shaking trees 🌲 and strolling the beach even if you don’t plan to fish. You can find messages in bottles or possibly shake loose a DIY that you can’t find on your island! It’s definitely worth the time to comb through everything. The exact order I go by depends on what catches my eye! I prioritize plants (like bamboo or hybrid flowers) over more common items like coconuts. 🥥
What mistakes should I avoid?
Imagine the despair I experienced when I landed on Bamboo Island with no fruit in tow. I ate as many coconuts as I could to dig up the bamboo plants to bring back to my island, but it just wasn’t enough. I would have loved to have been able to harvest more. Fortunately, I picked up some bamboo shoots! Learn from my mistakes, ratlings!
On to the next part of this guide - What types of Mystery Islands are available?
I found this handy dandy illustration on Reddit. As you can see, there are several layout possibilities! There’s really no telling where you will land. Fingers crossed for Tarantula or Bamboo Island!
My favorite island so far has been one that included hybrid Tulips. 🌷 I found an enormous stash of black Tulips and stockpiled them into my inventory. I knew I likely would not get the chance to see them again, so I tossed down any unnecessary tools to make more space. I decided to bring more flowers and craft the tools again when I got back to my island. A minor inconvenience, but it was rewarded with a major pay-off! I’m a lot closer to my island aesthetic goals now. 🖤
What has been your favorite Mystery Island so far??
How Animal Crossing Couch Co-op Falls Short
With everyone stuck indoors, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has seen a booming success, with players clammering to log on regularly, finding ways to meet with friends and family while away from one another. That being said, while people are having a great time playing with one another across the internet, couch co-op leaves a lot to be desired.
One of the biggest drawing points of the game up until this point has been how many players the game can host on a given island at a time, with 8 people able to hang out at once online and 4 people able to stay on an island together when on the couch. However, just because 4 players can play beside one another doesn’t mean they get their own islands, far from it. Each islander must share the same island if played on the same console, meaning your little patch of heaven is actually 1/4th yours. While some folks might be able to agree on aesthetics and get along swimmingly, I’m sure there are plenty of siblings and couples who argue over how their island should look, potentially changing things on the island without alerting the other players.
Additionally, only the 1st player on a given game can actually progress some of the more integral events. Players 2, 3, and 4 can’t advance main quests or generally choose the layout of the land, meaning that they become more advisors or viewers from the sidelines. 3/4ths of the players will have to wait for their mom or sibling to approve the museum building plans before anyone can start donating, meaning huge amounts of content could be gated off until someone has the time to log in.
When multiple people are playing simultaneously, 1 is designated as the leader, with the rest acting as followers. Everyone can run around their shared screen, but followers are forced to experience the game at the whims of their 1st player. Everyone has to follow their movements, as there is no split-screen, and are forced into buildings or interactions that they start without a say. Essentially, there is next to no freedom for anyone beyond the leader. Even actions like fishing can be canceled if the leader opens a menu, quelling what fun you were having.
Then there’s the issue of controls. Since you have to split up the joy-cons with enough players, some will have no access to menus, being forced to repeatedly press a single button to move between items blindly until you find the one you’re looking for.
Worst of all, resources are scarce when shared between so many players, as the island provides only so much of each, seemingly designed with 1 player in mind. And since you can’t delve into Mystery Island Tours together, it’s a race to see who can grab up what the fastest.
It’s odd and downright infuriating to be unable to play the game effectively with someone sitting next to me over someone miles away online, which you, of course, have to pay extra for. While visiting my friend’s island is fun enough, I’d love to see what island my significant other would come up with if given full reign. As it stands, we have to make compromises, oftentimes taking turns to play to ensure that we both can get the most out of the experience.
How has couch co-op been for you? Do you find it as frustrating as most players, or are you not finding any of these issues? Let me know below, I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.
[Tip] Let's get Seasonal Materials & Star Fragments
Hey, how’s your Island?
April is coming in real life, ACNH as well.
Unlike woods or rocks, there are some special materials which are seasonal, or obtained in a different way.
First, I’m gonna introduce 2 seasonal materials.
1) Young Spring Bamboo
I think you’ve obtained this material already, Young Spring Bamboo.
This material can be obtained from Bamboo Tree during Spring season. You can get them by hitting a grown Bamboo Tree with an axe. Bamboo Trees can only be found in Nook Miles Ticket Island, Bamboo Island.
When you hit a Bamboo Tree with an axe, both regular Bamboo and Young Spring Bamboo will randomly drop from the bamboo tree. Young Spring Bamboo is a little rarer than regular Bamboo.
I recommend you to use Flimsy Axe or Stone Axe rather than Axe because Axe will chop down the Bamboo Tree. Flimsy Axe or Stone Axe will not chop down the trees so you can get the Bamboo in next day again.
Also, you can bring Bamboo Trees to your island via eating fruits and dig up them with a shovel. If you bring enough Bamboo Trees to your island, you can farm them freely.
Bamboo shoots can only be found in Bamboo Island, dig up the fossiled ground.
Here are the lists of Young Spring Bamboo DIY Recipe.
2) Cherry Blossom Petal
Cherry Blossom Petals will appear in the early spring and are found near trees with Cherry Blossoms in them. The petals are floating around the map so you need to swing a Net to catch them, just like catching bugs.
However, if you miss the swing for 2 times, the cherry blossom petal what you aimed for will disappear.
Cherry Blossom Petals will not appear from Pine Trees or Fruit Trees. In April, all normal trees will turn into Cherry Blossom Trees so it won’t be a big matter.
In April 1st, Isabelle (or Tom Nook before you upgrade the Resident Service) will teach you the Outdoor Picnic Set DIY recipe. You can get more Cherry Blossom Petal DIY recipes via other villagers, ballooned gift, messaged bottle.
3) Star Fragment
If you happen to see Celeste the Owl wandering around your town, Meteor Shower event will happen in ACNH.
At clear night (not when it’s raining), sometimes Meteor Shower event occures. If a Meteor Shower is happening above your town, you can wish on the shooting stars as they fly across the sky via press A button. Make sure that you’re not holding any tools, and use the right analog stick to look up into the sky. Ideally, you should be positioned so that the sky isn’t blocked by buildings or trees.
Shooting stars tend to happen in batches, so feel free to stick around for a while and wish on a number of stars.
Next day, you’ll find Star Fragments, Large Star Fragments, Zodiac Star Fragments on the beaches of your island. Total number of amount is same as how many times you’ve prayed wishes last night.
Zodiac Star Fragments are depending on what time of the year you experience the shooting star event, you'll get a different Zodiac Star Fragment. By using these items, you'll be able to make a unique piece of furniture based on that Zodiac Sign. (Currently, Aries)
You can craft various furniture and0 Zodiac furniture via DIY recipes with those Star Fragments.
[Tip] How to buy & sell Turnip
Hey, how's your island?
Now many people would be suffered by debt from Tom Nook I think.
To pay the debt, we need to earn Bells. There are various ways to earn Bells, but buying and selling turnip is the easiest and the most famous way in Animal Crossing series.
1) Buying turnips
Once you build Nook's Cranny, Daisy Mae who sells turnip will send you a mail.
After that, Daisy Mae will visit your island every Sunday, 6 AM to 12 PM. She'll stay only for 6 hours so do not miss this chance!
Turnip price (both buying and selling) is different for each player. If turnip is too expensive in your island, visit other's island rather than just giving up. (Nintendo Switch Online service is required to visit other player's island)
Once you bought them, you can put the turnips in your house, or bury them in the hole to keep it.
2) Selling turnips
If you've bought enough turnip, Tommy & Timmy in Nook's Cranny accepts them from Monday to Saturday. They don't accept turnips on Sunday so you need to wait for a day.
Sales prices change twice a day, in the morning (before 12 PM) and in the afternoon.
You need to visit Nook's Cranny twice a day and check the sale price of Turnip. Compare to buying price and sell it when Nook's Cranny is accepting them at a high price.
Turnips only last for 1 week. If you don't sell them until next Sunday, they'll get rotten. So you should sell them before Sunday.
There's one thing you should know.
DO NOT CHANGE THE SWITCH TIME TO THE PAST.
Turnips have 1 week of the expiration date. You can change the Nintendo Switch date to the future for only up to 6 days. If you set the date for more than 7 days of the future, they'll get rotten.
Also If you change the date to the past, even just for 10 min, they'll get rotten immediately.
So never change the Nintendo Switch date when you have turnips (wherever they are).
Paige's Pointers: How To Pay Off Your Island With Nook Miles Quickly
Hello, and welcome to this week’s segment of Paige’s Pointers! I’m Paige and I have a crack-like addiction to Animal Crossing. I can’t live without it. I breathe, sleep, and bathe in Animal Crossing, QR Codes, Memes, and the like. Let’s talk a little about the in-game currency system. 💰There are two forms of currency - Bells 🔔 & Nook Miles 💵 Today I’m going to cover Nook Miles.
What are they? Nook Miles is the in-game currency used to pay off your first loan. After paying for your island 🌴 with Nook Miles there are a few other cool things you can grab with them. Different hairstyles and colors, better tool recipes, and tickets to mystery islands await!!
So, if you’re just starting out, and are impatient like me, scraping together enough Nook Miles to pay for your island is your first objective. There are many ways to earn them, including a few ways that maybe wouldn’t come to mind! I’m going to give you a few pointers on how to get enough Miles to pay off your island as fast as possible!
At the beginning of the game, you are very limited in earning Nook Miles. You also probably don’t have very many tools. 🔨 Two tools will help you the most! Craft a handy dandy fishing rod 🎣 and a flimsy net! 🦋 Fishing and catching bugs to turn in to Tom Nook will gain you Miles rapidly.
Breaking tools can be a pain, but it’s actually a useful strategy! You can gain Nook Miles for breaking them. Crafting them again can be frustrating, but you also get Nook Miles for crafting! It’s a never-ending cycle, but it will pay off!
Checking in to the Nook terminal in the town square will award you Nook Miles daily. Each day you check-in, you are awarded more. It caps out at 300 when you get to day 6 or 7. Buying and selling sometimes awards Nook Miles.
Some things that award Nook Miles you may not expect are being stung by wasps and fainting from a tarantula 🕷 bite. Even the not so fun stuff in Animal Crossing rewards you! Another one is checking and opening the mail! Interacting with your villagers is another helpful tip.
The thing I found most helpful is getting down a solid routine. After figuring out a routine, I would recommend repeating it daily to best grow your island. Key elements in a flourishing island are routines, repetition, and reaping the rewards!!
Do you have any advice for the beginning stage of gameplay to get the max amount of Nook Miles? Did you have a hard time getting your Nook Miles quickly? Agree with this list? Let me know in the comments!
[Tip] Wanna find a Stringfish? Let's find rare fishes fast and easily
Hey, how’s your island?
It’s almost the end of March. There are several fishes which can only be found until March, like Sturgeon (Northern Hemisphere) so you must catch them before March is over. However, most of them are very hard to find and you’ll be suffered to fish them.
But there is a way to force them to appear easily, like a fish farm.
Before, we need to know the respawn system of ACNH. There are three groups of ACNH creatures. River fish, sea fish, bug. Each group shares a respawn number threshold. River fish, Clifftop & River & Pond & Mouth share the threshold together. Sea fish, Sea & Pier share it together. Bug, all types of bug shares the threshold.
Additionally, creatures will not respawn on your sight. For example, if you keep roaming clifftop around, none of the clifftop fishes will be respawned. But the game system always fulfills the respawn threshold so the fishes will be respawned out of your sight. If the clifftop is on your sight, fishes will appear on the river or river mouth. If both the clifftop & river is on your sight, most of the fishes will be respawned on the river mouth.
With this system, now Let’s see how to aim for rare fishes.
Visit an island with Nook Miles Ticket. The island must have a river, better to have clifftop and pond as well for various rare fishes.
Once you reach the island, you’ll see many fishes in the river. Check the size of the shadows and there’s no target you want, drive them out to respawn other fishes. To drive fishes out, run near them, or swing a net to the river, use a vaulting pole near them, or use a fishing rod can pull it back after the fish recognized it.
Unnecessary fishes will be disappeared and other fishes will be respawned out of your sight.
This is the point. You must set a target you want. For example, if you want to get Sturgeon, the river mouth should be out of your sight until you drive unnecessary fishes out enough. If you keep removing fishes from except a target area (Pond, Clifftop, River), many fishes will be in the target area.
Visit the target area and check if the target is there. Sturgeon’s shadow size is 6 (biggest). Only sturgeon has that size of shadow in the river mouth. If there’s a huge shadow in the river mouth, that is a sturgeon.
In the same way, you can aim for any rare fishes like Golden Trout or Stringfish. If you’re looking for the clifftop rare fishes, try not to clifftop on your sight and roaming around the map, drive fishes in the river & pond & mouth out, then visit the clifftop. If there’s no target, repeat this.
To do this, you need to know the size of each fish’s shadow so that you’ll save your time.
You can do this to Sea or Pier fishes, but it will be harder and take longer because the sea area is too big. You need to be patient for Sea & Pier fishes.
There are more fishes that only appear until March, but they are common. These 2, especially Stringfish is extremely hard to find so try this tip and catch them before April!
Don’t Make These Animal Crossing Mistakes
It’s day five of playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. As an Animal Crossing newbie, I had no idea what to expect. I saw the memes and one of my best friends plays the game, so I was sold on it. Also, it’s day 7 of quarantine for us, so Animal Crossing is really helping get us through it. 🍎s are my native fruit and the name of my island is Ratopia. 🐀
Since I’m new to the game, I was bound to make some mistakes. I honestly didn’t realize how many ways I could make poor in-game choices, but boy-o-boy, it was a lot. I’m going to share with you guys some of the worst mistakes I made, so you can learn and maybe even laugh with me. 😂
Mistake number one - I didn’t realize in the beginning that only one part of my map would be accessible to me in the first part of the game. When it came to map layouts I chose the one I felt gave off the best aesthetics. I had no idea that players are unable to cross water, until later game-play. I accidentally confined myself to a very small portion of my island 🌴 limiting my resources. Thus, making it slightly more difficult on myself to achieve goals. Another unfortunate issue I faced with this decision was having to clump everything very closely together. My museum, shop, town square, and villager houses are within spitting distance of each other.
Mistake number two - Fishing 🎣 is a task that I did not expect to be difficult to grasp, but admittedly I did have trouble. I got lucky on the first two tries and thought I was a master fisherman. Alas, I struggled and lost many fish in my first few hours playing. Originally, I thought you were supposed to reel the fish in on their first bite. Turns out, I was wrong. Pro tip - The correct way to fish is to wait for your bobber to go under the water before reeling in your fish.
Mistake number three - I sold the wasper nest. At the time I did not have the DIY recipe for medication, so I hit Timmy up and he offered me some cold hard cash. 💰 When I realized what I had done, it was too late. I got hit with a second wasp swarm and fainted. Remember folks, pocket those wasp nests.
Mistake number four - When I upgraded my axe 🪓 I was so excited that I wouldn’t have to keep making them as they broke! Naturally, I ran around my island and smacked all of the trees. I was about 6 trees deep when I realized I was cutting them down and they wouldn’t grow back. Speaking of tree mistakes, another thing I did was uproot a ton of trees to make a clearing. Then I sold them to Timmy, because 200 bells is 200 bells. Am I right? It’s a little more difficult to find wood on the island these days.
Mistake number five - Possibly my most embarrassing mistake of them all is the time that I took my pants off and ran around for a good hour before figuring out how to put them back on. I also had music notes 🎶 on my cheeks for hours before figuring out how to take them off. I can now proudly say I have mastered clothing and conquered the pro design app.
Did you make any major mistakes playing the new game? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear about any mishaps or funny situations you’ve gotten your characters into! Catch you again next time with some tips on how to quickly get Nook Miles to pay off your island. Happy Gaming!
Who's your favourite animal crossing special character?
For me I'm not entirely sure... They're all adorable in their own unique ways! Who would you choose? This is probably gonna be the biggest poll ever, don't be scared to choose multiple!!
[Tip] Fishes & Bugs that you can catch since Apr. 1st
April has come to ACNH.
Several fishes and bugs are disappeared, but also many other fishes and bugs will appear on the island.
Let's see what new fishes and bugs are waiting for us in April.
- Fishes -
Shadow Size: 1
Time: 9 AM ~ 4 PM
Name: Butterfly Fish
Shadow Size: 2
Shadow Size: 2
Shadow Size: 3
Shadow Size: 1
Name: Neon tetra
Shadow Size: 1
Time: 9 AM ~ 4 PM
Name: Clown Fish
Shadow Size: 1
Shadow Size: 1
Time: 9 AM ~ 4 PM
Name: Snapping Turtle (Rare)
Shadow Size: 4
Time: 9 PM ~ 4 AM
Name: Zebra Turkeyfish
Shadow Size: 3
Only Snapping Turtle is rare to find. Better to use Fish Bait in Nook Miles Island, but Black Basses would bother you.
- Bugs -
Name: Giant water bug
Location: River, Pond
Time: 7 PM ~ 8 AM
Name: Common bluebottle
Time: 4 AM ~ 7 PM
Location: Villager’s head
Name: Atlas moth (Rare)
Time: 7 PM ~ 4 PM
Name: Agrias butterfly (Rare)
Time: 8 AM ~ 5 PM
Name: Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Rare)
Time: 8 AM ~ 5 PM
Name: Madagascan sunset moth (Rare)
Time: 8 AM ~ 4 PM
Name: Long locust
Time: 8 AM ~ 7 PM
Name: Darner dragonfly
Time: 8 AM ~ 5 PM
Name: Jewel beetle (Rare)
Location: Tree (Stumps)
Various beautiful, colorful butterflies will appear and most of them are rare to find. At night, you'll rarely find a huge, creepy looking moth on a tree. Atlas Moth is very hard to find, and it has camouflage so watch trees carefully.
I’m going to start doing animal crossing content very soon as i’ve just gotten the game 💜
LF various //
I am looking for a few things and have lots to trade.
PM or comment an offer, I'll see what I can do.
All trades are appreciated!
Main Items I am looking for:
Fighting Arcade Machine
Pinball Machine; (Brown, Black, Red, & white)
Arcade Seat; (Red)
Candy Machine; (Red)
Box Corner Sofa; (Black)
Box Sofa; (Black)
Acoustic Guitar; (Natural, Cherry, White, Black)
Popcorn Machine; (Red & Black)
Antique Furnature; (Black)
Also Looking for:
(Any DIY would be prefered as recipe.)
Knight Armor Set
Golden Armor set
Samurai Armor Set
Golden Dung Beedle
Lucky Gold Cat
NEED RUSTED PARTS
You name a price
Looking for cherry blossom lantern DIY recipe card
Willing to trade a few of the other DIY cards of the set- I have a few extras if you’re looking to complete and want to trade
I have extra cards for
-Cherry blossom trees wall
-Cherry blossom wand
-Cherry blossom petal pile
-Cherry blossom flooring (the one w petals)
-Sakura wood wall
I could also craft you items
-Cherry blossom Bonsai
-Cherry blossom branches
-Cherry blossom pouchette
-Cherry blossom clock
-Cherry blossom picnic
-Cherry blossom umbrella
I rly need the lamp DIY card! Please let me know what you would want if you have one.
Cherry Blossom Event items
If any one has extra DIY recipes for:
Cherry-Blossom Pond Stone
Will trade fruit, furniture, and bells for the items!!
❤︎Custom Designs ACNH❤︎
Hiya Lads & Dolls,
Vera here and I just had this thought occur to me while I was scrolling on my twitter page. Would anyone be interested in if I made a list of all of my custom designs that I create and post them here on moot and on my twitter page? So far I have been really enjoying being able to create custom clothing designs or even cute freckles for your characters face. Anyway I hope y'all are staying safe and I hope y'all have a fantastic day today and a fantastic weekend.
Does anyone know if we can have more than one villager move in on the same day? I don’t want to keep buying Nook Miles Tickets if I can only recruit one person a day.
Looking for regular wood!!
Looking for 4 stacks of 30(120) of regular wood. Message me and we can figure something out and what I could offer to you!
Add me if you wanna play or just be friends!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Money Making Hack
Having to make money in games sucks. It’s hard enough making it in the real world, and even worse when the thing you play to relax makes you work for some form of currency as well. Luckily, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I have a little trick to make that process easier.
For this process to work you have to wait until 7PM
Step 1: Clear your pockets of everything except your essential tools and some fruits. Possibly an extra Axe if yours has already lost some durability.
Step 2: Buy a Nook Miles Ticket from the Resident Center
Step 3: Go to the Dodo airport and travel using the Nook Miles Ticket
Step 4: When you arrive on the island, get rid of ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. Dig up all of the flowers, chop all of the trees, dig up all of the stumps, and break all of the rocks. If there aren't enough fruit trees on the island already, this is where your fruit comes into play. Eat the fruit to be able to dig the stumps or break rocks. If you’ve ever broken a rock in real life, you’d know that you had a full grapefruit for breakfast that morning….where were we? I digress.
Step 5: WAIT. Once all of the greenery and rocks are removed, only Tarantulas, Tiger Beetles, Giant Water Bugs, and Wharf Roaches will spawn. Gather as many Tarantulas as you can fit into your pockets.
Step 6: Go home and sell your Tarantulas. Each one sells at Nook's Cranny for 8K Bells.
Step 7: Rinse and repeat! This process only took me about an hour and I was able to make 250K Bells.
- If your tools break, you can buy flimsy versions from the pilot or trying collecting enough materials to craft new tools at the stump.
- Other bugs will spawn on the island still, but the types are very limited with the greenery removed. I run around the island scaring off the other types of bugs that have spawned to make room for a new Tarantula to spawn.
- Catching Tarantulas isn't the easiest thing. If they see you and you continue moving towards them,Tarantulas will charge at you and knock you out. Do not worry, you will wake up on the pier if they knock you out as one does when hit by a tarantula.
- My method for catching Tarantulas is to stop moving as soon as I see one. If they haven't seen me yet, I will run at them until they see me, trying to close the distance. You will know if they have seen you if their front legs raise up. This is where you pause, as one should when a tarantula raises its’ legs at you. STOP MOVING as soon as their legs raise. Then wait for them to lower their legs, move a little closer, wait again, move a little closer, until you’re within net range. If you are cooler than me and feel like risking losing the Tarantula, just make them charge and hope you can swing your net during their approach. That sounds horrifying to just read, I’m sorry to all arachnophobes out there.
If you discover you aren't very good at catching Tarantulas (like me) or you don't have the patience to run laps around the island that many times, there is an alternative. Depending on what hemisphere you're playing in, if you leave only the palm trees up on the island, you will begin spawning Atlas Moths. They are much easier to catch and are worth 3K at Nook's Cranny. You can catch the Atlas Moths while waiting for Tarantulas, then just call it a day when your pockets are full. Not as much money, but much quicker and less frustrating if you keep getting knocked out.
- Lastly, if Flick the traveling insect buyer is around, he will buy insects at a 50% increase in price. Tarantulas will sell for 12K each. If you can wait for the money, it is worth putting the Tarantulas in storage until Flick comes to your island.
I am by no means an expert in this game and usually have no idea what the hell I’m doing without the guidance of some friends. Luckily, my pining for not being able to make enough money was answered and I hope this help you all too.
Any interesting shortcuts you’d like to share? Does this trick work for you? Let’s talk about it below.
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