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Sell fruit, fish, shells, bugs, or other unused stuff to Nook. He’ll only give you 25% of what you paid for the item though.
Sell stuff at the Flea Market (Third Saturday of Each Month). You’ll be able to get twice as much as you’d get from Nook. You can’t sell bugs or fish at the Flea Market though.
Maximize your time by not selling cheaper fish. You’re better off throwing it back in the water and fishing for more expensive fish. That way you won’t have to go back and forth between Nook’s and the river/sea so many times.
Maximize your time by not selling cheaper shells. Only pick up White Scallops and Pearl Oysters. They’re the most and expensive. You may also find coconuts wash ashore. Pick them up and plant them near the shore to grow palm trees. Each coconut is worth 500 bells!
Send presents to the villagers in your letters and they’ll send you furniture or different kinds of fruit that are not native to your town. They’re worth 500 bells instead of 100, but if you plant them you’ll have many trees with lots of fruits that are worth 500 bells! You can also get non-native fruits by visiting your friends’ towns via DS to DS connection or WiFi.
Deposit money in your bank account and you’ll earn interest every month. You can also cheat by changing the date and get a lot of money in interest. However, be careful because the town will be full of weeds. If you decide to do it, you might as well do it several times to make it worthwile.
Shake trees and you’ll find a few bells here and there or even hidden furniture. If the bees come out, they will most likely sting you, but you should try to catch them, as they’re worth 4,500 bells at Nook’s!
Fish at the ocean at night time, when it’s snowing or raining. If you see a huge fish shadow, go get it! It will be a living fossil fish, which is worth 15,000 bells.
Hit all the rocks in town once a day. One of them will contain money bags. Hit it several times consecutively, and you’ll get more money (sometimes up to 20,000 bells!). You can dig three holes around yourself and the rock so when you hit it you don’t accidentally step back. You have to do this before hitting each rock for the first time though.
When you see “stars” in the ground, use your shovel to dig out a fossil, which you can donate at the museum (for free) or sell it to Nook for big bucks after it’s been identified by Blathers the owl. Sometimes it won’t be a fossil, but you can still sell the Gyroids. Pitfall seeds are worthless though.
You’ll receive money in a letter from your Mom on January 1st – It will contain 10,000 bells.
House and Store Upgrades
Expand your house with extra rooms by paying off your mortgage. This is what it will cost you, and the expansion will be built in this order:
First House Expansion: 19,800 Bells
Second House Expansion: 120,000 Bells
Upstairs Room: 298,000 Bells
Left Room: 598,000 Bells
Right Room: 728,000 Bells
Back Room: 848,000 Bells
Nook’s Store Upgrades
Nook will make his store bigger and better the more you shop at it.
Nook’s Cranny: Available from the beginning.
Nook ‘n Go: Spend 25,000 Bells in merchandise.
Nookway: Spend 65,000 Bells in merchandise.
Nookingtons: Spend 240,000 Bells in merchandise and have a friend who visits you via WiFi buy something from Tom Nook. You’ll also get the hair salon!
Nook’s Store Point Rewards
Shop at Nook’s a lot to become a store member. You’ll get reward points by shopping at Nook’s, and eventually you’ll also obtain discounts and cute Store Models.
300 PIM points: Nook’s Cranny model and store membership
3,000 PIM points: Nook’ n Go model and 5% discount
10,000 PIM points: Nookway model and 10% discount
20,000 PIM points: Nookington’s model and 20% discount
Restock Nook’s Store
If the store is getting empty and you want more items to shop today, just save the game and then use the telephone when you restart it. Select “Reset Clock” and Nook’s store will be full of merchandise all over again.
Restock an Item at Nook’s
If you want an item you just bought to become available at Nook’s again, save your game, change the clock to an earlier or later date, save, and then return to the original date. The item will be at Nook’s again.
Golden Bug Net
You’ll need to catch every type of bug in the game to get the Golden Bug Net!
If you bury a regular shovel in the ground and then dug it up after 24 hours, it will become a Golden Shovel.
Golden Fishing Rod
You’ll need to catch every type of fish in the game to get the Golden Fishing Rod!
When you shoot 15 items successfully, a Golden Slingshot will appear flying in the sky. Shoot it down, and there you have it!
Get the Golden Axe, Bug Net, Fishing Rod, Watering Can, and Slingshot. Tortimer will give you the Golden Timer.
Golden Watering Can
If you manage to keep your surroundings clean and perfect for 16 days, Pelly or Phyllis will give you the Golden Watering Can.
Plant Red Roses together until Black Roses appear. When they start dying, water them with the Golden Watering Can and you’ll have Golden Roses the next day! Best of all, Golden Roses don’t die.
When you see Pascal, give him a Scallop Seashell and you’ll get the Golden Axe. But first, you’ll have to trade some stuff in order to get the Sea Seashell:
Purchase a Red Turnip from Joan. Give it to Wendel for a Turban or Country Guitar when he shows up in town. If he gives you a Turban, you can trade it to Sahara for a Massage Chair or a Red Vase. If you got the Massage Chair, give it to Tortimer on the next holiday and he’ll give you the Scallop Seashell.
If you get enough points from the HRA (Happy Room Academy), you’ll win the following House Models:
One Story House Model: 70,000 points
Two Story House Model: 100,000 points
Big Mansion Model: 150,000 points
Donate more items to the museum than anyone else in your town. When the collections are complete, you’ll get the Museum Model.
Buy a Pink Box when it’s available. On the top shelf, you’ll see an Indigo GameCube and some games below it.
You can earn the Fish, Bug, and Flower Trophy by catching the biggest fish at the Fishing Tourney, the biggest bug at the Bug-Off Tourney, and having the best garden during the Flower Fest. Purple and black flowers will make you a better candidate at the Flower Fest. Nook doesn’t sell them. They will grow in town randomly once a week. Pick them up, put them in your dresser, and use them all when it’s time for the Flower Fest.
Donate bells at the Town Hall for the following rewards:
10,000 Bells: Green Feather
200,000 Bells: Blue Feather
500,000 Bells: Yellow Feather
800,000 Bells: Red Feather
1,100,000 Bells: Purple Feather
1,400,000 Bells: White Feather
6,400,000 Bells: Rainbow Feather
In the second week of October, during the Acorn Festival, give Cornimer some Acorns in order to get Mush Furniture:
Mush Bed: 170 Acorns
Mush Chair: 40 Acorns
Mush Closet: 80 Acorns
Mush Dresser: 60 Acorns
Mush End Table: 10 Acorns
Mush Lamp: 25 Acorns
Mush Stand: 100 Acorns
Mush Stool: 5 Acorns
Mush Table: 120 Acorns
Mush TV: 140 Acorns
Rewards from Savings:
Save Bells at the Post Office and you’ll get Rewards according to your amount of savings:
Box of Tissues: 1,000,000 Bells
Pelly’s Picture: 100,000,000 Bells
Phyllis’ Picture: 500,000,000 Bells
Piggy Bank: 10,000,000 Bells
Town Hall Model: 999,999,999 Bells
Become a member of the Happy Room Academy. When they send you their weekly score, it will be on “Academy” paper.
Tom Nook sells paper and bottles. Buy it, write a letter, put it in the bottle, and throw it in the ocean. You’ll get a reply in “Bottle” paper.
If you win a special event like a tourney, you’ll get the prize with a letter in “Formal” paper.
Become a member of Crazy Redd’s underground shop, and he’ll send you the weekly password in “Fox” paper.
Buy insurance from Lyle. When you get paid after an accident, you’ll receive a letter in “Insurance” paper.
Order something from the catalog at Nook’s. The order comes with a “Nook” paper note.
On a wintery day, make a snowman. He’ll send you a present on a letter written in “Snowman” paper.
Make a deposit in your bank account at the Post Office. You’ll receive monthly statements in “Town Hall” paper.
Blanca: (Random Day) She’s a white cat with no face. She’ll ask you to redraw it, and you can draw her face as many times as you want for that day, until you save and quite. When you first see her, she might be wearing a face someone else from another remote town drew. Some designs can be quite interesting!
Chip: (6am-6pm June-November) He holds a fishing tourney every Sunday during the months of June and November. He’ll give you a prize if you caught the biggest bass that day (so far). At the end of the day, if you were the winner, you’ll receive a prize on the mail.
Crazy Redd: (6am to 6pm on a random day) He sells furniture and sometimes rare items. Careful with his prices though! Oftentimes he’s more expensive than Nook. He also sells paintings, sometimes original and sometimes counterfeit.
Franklin: (3pm to 9pm on Thanksgiving) Find him hiding behind trees and buildings. Give him the forks Tortimer gives you at the Town Hall and he’ll give you special “Harvest” furniture. You can repeat this until you have the whole collection.
Gulliver: (6am to Midnight – once a week) This guy is tough to locate, but he flies the skies 32 minutes after the hour at any random hour. Listen to his tales and he’ll give you a rare item.
Gracie: (6am-6am – 24 hours on a random day) Wash her car by tapping A really fast when she asks you to and she’ll give you one of her unique shirts.
Jack: (6pm Oct. 31 to 1am Nov. 1) Everyone in town will be dressed up like Jack that day, but you have to find the real Jack. He will not chase you, but you’ll have to give him candy you bought at Nook’s during the month of November. He’ll give you “Spooky” furniture. If you’re persistent, you’ll find the whole collection.
Jingle: (Dec. 24 – 8pm to Dec. 25 – 1am) Talk to him several times and he’ll give you pieces of the “Jingle” series furniture. Only trick is…you have to change your clothes each time so he doesn’t recognize you!
Joan: (Sunday 6am – Noon) Buy turnips from her and sell them to Nook any day of the week except Sundays. The prices vary like the stock market, so you may make extra money or lose some. Also, you can buy red turnips from her, which you can plant for a special surprise. Turnips rot after a week, so sell them before that!
Katie & Kaitlin (When You Play with Friends via Wi-Fi) This mom and baby will be found when you play with a friend online. The baby cat will be crying because she can’t find her mom. The mom will be all desperate because she can’t find her daughter. The only way to solve this issue is to re-connect with your friend online and reunite these pair of lost souls. Once you do this, you’ll get a present from the mom on the mail. If you don’t re-connect with your friend, the cats will remain in your towns for a week and no other special visitors will come in the meantime.
Katrina: (9pm – 9pm- 24 hours on a random day) She’ll tell you your fortune. Sometimes it’s nothing important, but sometimes she will tell you something special.
K.K. Slider (aka Totakeke) (Saturday 6pm to Midnight) Watch him play music at the cafeteria. He’ll give you a record after the song is done so you can play the music at home. Find the song list at the bottom of the page.
Mr. Resetti (After You Don’t Save the Game) You should be familiar with him by now, but he shows up every time you forget to save your game before quitting. He’ll be really annoying and will talk and talk until he thinks you’ve understood why it’s important to save.
Nat (3rd Saturday in June, July, August, and September) Nat hosts the Bug Catching Contest. He’ll reward you with gifts each time you bring him the rarest bug. Also, he’ll send you the Bug Trophy if you were able to catch the rarest bug that day.
Saharah: (6am to 6am – 24 hours on a random day) She trades rare and exotic carpets for one of your carpets and some money. The prices go up the more you buy from her, but sometimes it’s worth it.
Snowman: (Dec. 25 to Mid-February) If you notice small balls of snow in the ground you should roll them around to make them bigger. Find another ball and roll it on top of the other to make a snowman. If it has the right proportions, he’ll give you special “Snowman” furniture. If he’s out of proportion, he’ll just complain.
Wendell: (6am to 6am – 24 hours on a random day) When you find him, you’ll have the opportunity to give him fish three times. He’ll give you wallpapers in exchange.
Wisp: (Midnight-4am) If you have too many weeds in town and are playing late at night, he’ll probably pay you a visit. When hear his whispers, he will materialize and ask you to catch five spirits hidden throughout town. Catch them with your net and he will reward you by granting you a wish. Your choices will be: painting your roof, picking all the weeds, or receiving an item.
Other Hints and Secrets
Mr. Resetti’s Home
Turn off the DS without saving a couple of times so Resetti can give you his lecture. After that, start hitting all the rocks in town until one of them breaks open. Hit it again and enter the hole. You’ll see Mr. Resetti’s home!
Tom Nook’s Home
If you go to the back of the shop between midnight and 2 a.m. and hit the back wall three times with your shovel and then hit the front entrance one more time, Nook will come out in pajamas and with a teddy bear!
Custom Inventory Background
Choose a shirt pattern and apply it to the screen by dragging it to the lower left corner. You can do this from the pattern inventory or with a shirt you like.
When you first start playing Animal Crossing, the color of your first room will be the same as your color on the DS menu. If you want a different color, remember to change it first on the DS menu.
Buy insurance from Lyle the first time he asks you. From then on, every time you trip or get stung by bees, you’ll get a letter with 100 bells. After that, don’t talk to him or he’ll make you pay more and more for the insurance.
Hidden Stuff in Rocks
If a neighbor is looking at a rock, there might be something in it. Hit it with a shovel and something will come out of it, possibly a Pill Bug.
Go to the Town Hall and open the recycling container. It may have furniture or other cool stuff. You can also go to the Gate and talk to Booker (dog on the left) to see if he has any objects in the “Lost & Found.”
Making Animals Stay when they want to Move Out of Town
When you visit a neighbor and he/she’s packed everything and is ready to leave, keep talking to them and tell them not to leave until they start reconsidering their decision.
Keep the Neighbors at Home
If you have trouble finding neighbors when you need them, just go to the gate, ask Copper to establish a connection from DS to DS so you can have visitors, and then every neighbor will be home. Don’t forget to close the gate when you’re done so you don’t use too much battery!
Make your Neighbors Angry
Walk into the neighbors and push them around or hit them with the shovel or bug net. They’ll become mad and steam will come out of their heads.
Cure Bee Stings without Medicine
If you get stung and don’t want to spend money on medicine or the store is closed, simply go to your attic and sleep, save the game, and restart it. When it reloads, your face will be perfect again!
Play your game at least once a week, or the next time you go back to it, the town will be full of weeds and your flowers may be gone or dying. Same thing will happen if you start cheating by changing the date radically.
Finding out if a Painting is a Counterfeit (Before you Buy)
Walk towards the item and press A. Crazy Redd will tell you the price. The item is a fake if there’s a thought bubble over his head and he says one of the following things:
“It’s a very nice item” / “It took ol’ Redd a long time to get his hands on that!” / “It took a lot of wheeling and dealing” / “When it comes to items for Crazy Redd’s family, I won’t stop ’til I get it!” / “I’m gonna offer it to you for only — Bells!” If the item is very cheap, it’s probably fake too.
Finding out if a Painting is a Counterfeit (After you Buy)
Once you buy a painting, you can go to Nook’s and see if the painting you bought is part of the catalog. If it’s not, then it’s a forgery and you should sell it to Nook instead of having Blathers appraise it (lowers the price). If it is on the catalog, then it’s an original and you can go donate it at the museum.
Crazy Redd’s Passwords
He requires these to let you enter his tent and shop. If you’re a member, you’ll receive them in a letter every week. If not, a neighbor will tell you the password eventually so you can go and become a member.
Question: Ask and you shall / Password: Be charged
Question: An open wallet / Password: Is often empty
Question: Bottom dollar / Password: Top dog
Question: Crazy Redd / Password: Is 35
Question: Even robbers / Password: Have safes
Question: Fan in one hand / Password: Cash in other
Question: Foot in the door / Password: Eye on prize
Question: For my fans / Password: Shop here again
Question: Get an education / Password: Or win it big
Question: Give 2 cents / Password: Ask for change
Question: Head in the sand / Password: Find something
Question: Hot and cold / Password: Money makes it
Question: I’m all alone / Password: But I have cash
Question: Life expectancy / Password: Redd is 35
Question: Look at people / Password: Wallets full
Question: Look back / Password: What did you miss
Question: No money / Password: Means no fun
Question: Roses have / Password: High prices
Question: Rough childhood / Password: Lax adulthood
Question: Spoiled rotten / Password: Bean curd
Question: Talk is cheap / Password: So is Redd
Question: The grass is greener / Password: On my side
Question: The pen / Password: Is cheaper
Question: Tom Nook / Password: One ugly fellow
Question: What smells? / Password: Bean curd.
Question: What’s inside / Password: Is fabulous
Question: When the cat’s gone / Password: Mice shop
Question: Why buy the cow / Password: Buy milk here!
Angelfish: 3,000 Bells; river (rare) May to October, morning, evening, night.
Arapaima: 10,000 Bells; river (rare) July to September, morning, evening, night.
Arowana: 10,000 Bells; river (rare) June to September, morning, evening, night.
Barbel Steed: 200 Bells; river all year, all day.
Barred Knifejaw: 5,000 Bells; ocean (rare) March to November, all day.
Bitterling: 900 Bells; river November to February, all day.
Black Bass: 300 Bells; river all year, all day.
Blue Gill: 120 Bells; river all year, noon.
Blue Marlin: 10,000 Bells; ocean (rare) July to Sept, all day.
Carp: 300 Bells; river all year, all day.
Cat Fish: 800 Bells; pond May to October, morning, evening, night.
Char: 3,800 Bells; waterfall Mar to June and September to November, morning, evening.
Cherry Salmon: 1,000 Bells; river March to June and September to November, morning, evening.
Clownfish: 650 Bells; ocean April to September, all day and May to August, noon.
Coelacanth: 15,000 Bells; ocean during rain or snow (rare) all year, morning , evening, night.
Craw Fish: 250 Bells; holding pond April to Sept, all day.
Crucian Carp: 120 Bells; river all year, all day.
Dab: 300 Bells; ocean October to April, all day.
Dace: 200 Bells; river all year, morning, evening, night.
Dorado: 15,000 Bells; river (rare) June to September, morning, noon, evening.
Eel: 2,000 Bells; river June to Sept, morning, evening, night.
Football Fish: 2,500 Bells; ocean (rare) November to March, morning, evening, night.
Freshwater Goby: 300 Bells; river (rare) all year, morning, evening, night.
Frog: 120 Bells; holding pond May to August, all day.
Gar: 6,000 Bells; pond (rare) June to September, morning, evening, night.
Giant Snakehead: 5,500 Bells; pond July to August, noon.
Gold Fish: 1,300 Bells; river (rare) all year, all day.
Guppy: 1,300 Bells; river (rare) April to November, noon.
Hammerhead Shark: 8,000 Bells; ocean (rare) June to September, all day.
Horse Mackeral: 150 Bells; ocean all year, all day.
Jelly Fish: 100 Bells; ocean August, all day.
Killifish: 300 Bells; holding pond (rare) April to August, all day.
King Salmon: 1,800 Bells; river (rare) September, all day.
Koi: 2,000 Bells; river (rare) all year, morning, evening, night.
Loach: 300 Bells; river March to May, all day.
Ocean Sunfish: 4,000 Bells; ocean (rare) April to September, morning noon, evening.
Octopus: 500 Bells; Ocean September to January and March to July, all day.
Olive Flounder: 800 Bells; Ocean (rare) all year, all day.
Pale Chub: 200 Bells; river all year, noon.
Piranha: 2,500 Bells; river (rare) June to September, noon, night.
Pond Smelt: 300 Bells; pond December to February, all day.
Popeyed Goldfish: 1,300 Bells; river (rare) all year, all day.
Puffer Fish: 240 Bells; ocean July to September, all day and August, all day.
Rainbow Trout: 800 Bells; river March to June and September to November, morning, evening.
Red Snapper: 3,000 Bells; ocean all year, all day.
Salmon: 700 Bells; river September, all day.
Sea Bass: 160 Bells; ocean all year, all day.
Sea Butterfly: 1,000 Bells; ocean December to February, all day.
Seahorse: 1,100 Bells; ocean April to November, all day and May to September, noon.
Shark: 15,000 Bells; ocean (rare) June to September, morning, evening, night.
Squid: 400 Bells; Ocean December to Aug, all day.
Stringfish: 15,000 Bells; river (rare) December to February, morning, evening, night.
Sweetfish: 900 Bells; river July to September, all day.
Tuna: 7,000 Bells; ocean (rare) November to March, all day.
Yellow Perch: 240 Bells; river October to March or November to February, all day.
Zebra Turkey Fish: 400 Bells; ocean April to November, all day and May to September, noon.
Ringside Table, Boxing Barricade, Judge’s Bell, Weight Bench, Red Corner, Blue Corner, 2 Neutral Corners, Boxing Mat, Speed Bag, Sandbag
Wallpaper: Ringside Seating
Flooring: Boxing Ring Mat
Iron Frame, Wet Roadway Sign, Orange Cone, Traffic Cone, Striped Cone, Jackhammer, Saw Horse, Detour Arrow, Handcart, Manhole Cover, Cement Mixer, Steam Roller
Wallpaper: Blue Tarp
Flooring: Closed Road
Medicine Chest, Lab Chair, Amazing Machine, Complex Machine, Lab Bench, Florence Flask, Unknown Machine
Wallpaper: Lab Wall
Flooring: Lab Floor
Bird Feeder, Bug Zapper, Picnic Table, Birdhouse, Hammock, Tiki Torch, Backyard Pool, Barbecue, Lawn Chair, Mr. and Mrs. Flamingo, Sprinkler, Garden Gnome, Lawn Mower, Bird Bath
Wallpaper: Backyard Fence
Flooring: Backyard Lawn
Rocking Horse, Cradle, Wobbelina, Elephant Slide, Baby Bed, Dolly, Train Set, Clackercart, Merry-Go-Round, Stroller
Wallpaper: Playroom Wall
Flooring Playroom Rug
Pirate (Available only through Pascal)
Helm, Ship Compass, Barrel, Anchor, Keg, Ship Cannon
Wallpaper: Sea View
Flooring: Ship Deck
Flying Saucer, Lunar Rover, Asteroid, Satellite, Space Station, Moon, Rocket, Lunar Lander, Spaceman Sam, Space Shuttle
Wallpaper: Lunar Horizon
Flooring: Lunar Surface
Western Fence, Storefront, Cow Skull, Tumbleweed, Saddle Fence, Wagon Wheel, Watering Trough, Well, Desert Cactus, Covered Wagon
Wallpaper: Western Vista
Flooring: Western Desert
Lucky Items for Better HRA Scores
Big Festive Tree
Lefty Lucky Cat
Lucky Black Cat
Lucky Gold Cat
K.K. Slider Songs
You’ll get these every time you go to a concert at the café (Saturday from 8pm to 12am). You’ll be able to put the different music tracks in your stereo at home and play them whenever you want.
Go K.K. Rider
I Love You
K.K. D & B
K.K. Love Song
Marine Song 2001
The K. Funk
To the Edge
Two Days Ago