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Earning Bells

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Walkthrough and Guide by Paul (vhayste)
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Earning Bells

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Bells are the game’s currency and you’ll constantly need it to improve your life and your townspeople. The game offers several methods of acquiring bells. These include fishing, catching bugs, finding treasures, picking objects, etc.

The best way to make money is catching rare beetles in the Tropical Island, a separate area in the game. To learn How to Unlock this area, refer to this guide’s Tropical Island section. Since unlocking the Tropical Island requires a significant amount of cash you have to work on, you’ll still need to resort to the basic bell-earning tasks listed below.

Shaking trees will sometimes yield 100-bell coins. You can also shake trees for them to drop fruits which you can pick up and sell to the Nookling Junction. Take note that sometimes, you’ll shake down a beehive, full of angry bees. You can run away from the bees or just get stung by it. You can then take the beehive and sell it for bells.

Foreign Fruits
If you ask Isabelle for some tips, she’ll tell you to check out the beach and take a seashell as a souvenir. Do so and hand over any seashell you found to her. In return, she’ll hand some foreign fruit. It is recommended to plant these instead since once they grow into trees and bear fruits on their own, you can sell the fruits at a much higher price than the local fruit. You can also get other types of foreign fruits as gifts from the townspeople, in exchange for gifts and favors you do for them. You can also find a couple of new fruits in the Tropical Island.

Once you’ve saved enough, you can buy a fishing rod in the Nookling Junction. To use the rod, you have to hold it by selecting it from your item menu. Search the beach, stream or pond until you find a fish shadow. Lob your bait in front of it and wait for it to bite the bait. You’ll have to time it right since pulling the bait earlier will scare the fish away; pulling it later will just allow the fish to escape. There are seasonal fishes as well but you’ll be able to catch them using the Time Travel trick. (Discussed on a separate section) Be careful not to run near the water too since you can also scare fishes this way.

In case the Nookling Junction is not selling any fishing rod, you can talk to Isabelle and ask for her advice in living in the town. In one of her conversations, she’ll even give you access to acquire some items you’ll have troubles finding. The Fishing rod is included. More details in fishing will be discussed in a separate section of the guide.

Catching Bugs
Once you’ve saved enough, you can buy a net in the Nookling Junction. To use the net, you have to hold it by selecting it from your item menu. You must sneak behind the insect by pressing and holding A then release it to catch it. In case the Nookling Junction is not selling a net, you can talk to Isabelle and ask for her advice in living in the town. In one of her conversations, she’ll give you a task in recording at least 3 different types of bugs in your encyclopedia. Talk to her again and you should be able to select the option that you can’t find a net. She’ll sell you one for 500 bells.

The best place to catch bugs is in the Tropical Island. You can catch bugs there worth thousands of bells each. More of these will be discussed in the Tropical Island section of this guide.

Coins and Gems from Rocks
Using a shovel, you can hit different rocks scattered in your town. One of them may actually break, revealing a nice little gem instead.

In other times, you’ll come across a boulder that releases a bell coin when it. Continue hitting it and it will eventually throw out coin bags. Keep doing it until you can’t move it anymore.

If you have a shovel, you can also dig for fossils from small holes on the ground. You have to have the fossils identified in the Museum first. If the museum doesn’t have the type of fossil before, they’ll ask you if you want to donate it. Should you bring more fossils and Balthers found duplicates, he’ll hand you those fossils back, which you can sell for a good amount of bells.

Selling Turnips
Every Sunday, an NPC named Joan will be wandering in town. She’ll be selling turnips in bundles of 10. Her prices will change weekly. You can sell these to Re Tail. The selling price of turnips in Re Tail will change every day so you have to wait for the day where you can sell it more than what you bought it for. Turnips only last a week so make sure to clear your stocks before Re Tail closes on Saturday, 8PM.

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Jul 20th 2015 Guest
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Jun 15th 2015 Guest
Please can someone tell me how to get to the tropical island please thanks Smile
ID #570584
Jan 18th 2015 Guest
When it is winter, you can find snowballs around the town, and you can roll them to make them bigger. put two together, and, if you get the right proportions, you will make a happy snowman. He/She will tell you that if you bring her three snowflakes (you will then begin to see them around town, and you can catch them with a net), she will give you a piece of ice furniture, which can then be sold at an extremely high price at re-tail, especially the ice wall/floor, but most furniture items should get you usually around 8'888 bells. I used this technique, and ended up with over 200'000 in just a short space of time! But if you do get the snowman, make sure that you get as many snowflakes as you can for them before they melt! Hope this helps! Smile
ID #503408
Nov 14th 2013 Guest
I love the rock thing!! It works super well!!! Just a little tip: you may not get money bags on your first attempt.
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Sep 1st 2013 purplegirl6921
Hey! I tried the island thing! IT WORKS LIKE A CHARM. :-)
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