Beginner’s guide to Animal Crossing

It’s been about a month since I started playing animal crossing and i asked for all your best tips and tricks to help guide me through my journey and wow y’all really helped me.

From learning that patience is a virtue to how to get more Bells, I learned a lot in my first month of playing and now I want to pass on some of that wisdom to those who may come. to start playing Animal crossing.

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s first baby switch, you’re the ultimate beginner’s guide to Animal crossing.

Configure your island

It seems logical to start a beginner’s guide with some tips on how to set up your island.

As soon as you land in the fabulous world of animal crossing you will be prompted to name your island. Just beware that you can’t change it once it’s been set, so think of a good name!

The same goes for your name and date of birth, so make sure you get it right the first time or you’ll be stuck with a typo in your name forever.

When it comes time to choose your island layout, be sure to pick your favorite one where you will have enough space to set up tents, houses, and a museum. The last thing you want is to run out of space or have your island get too crowded.

Unlike your island and your username and your birthday, you can change your island layout in the future, but it will take a long time, so choose the one you like.

Get bells

I think of something that everyone who plays animal crossing wants to know how to get more bells. Bells are basically the game’s monetary system, and you can earn them for completing certain tasks on the island.

As in our treacherous reality, we have to buy and sell things to earn a living while paying off the debts we owe. This means bells are quite the commodity.

The best way to earn Bells, which has been pointed out by several readers, is to use the Stalk Market when you get to this stage of the game.

Every Sunday Markets will appear and you can buy Turnips to resell them later in the Nookling Shop for a higher price during the week. Do not think of it as a scalping, but rather an entrepreneurial project.

In the meantime, however, you can find Bells by digging up the glowing spots in the ground that appear once per day. Those little golden flecks will give you 1,000 bells, which is pretty neat.

If you rebury the bag of bells, a bell tree will begin to sprout from which you can reap the benefits every few days.

A good trick is to replant more bells in the ground to get a bigger bell tree. Wow, I wish this was real life.

Money tree. Image: Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide.

Other useful tips for your first month of play

Move very carefully when catching animals. Imagine you are a cool, calm and collected tiny insect or fish swimming in the sea and all of a sudden a giant person starts pushing you, you would be scared too, wouldn’t you? To avoid this, when you’re about to grab something, press A to sneak around with a net in hand. Remember that dropping A will cause your net to tip over, so make sure the bug is lined up.

Shake every bloody tree. This is especially important when heading to a mystery island. More often than not, you’ll find that shaking a tree will give you a piece of furniture. While saying this, however, make sure you have your net handy, because the wasps will descend and be angry with you. Press A with your net to catch them before they all end up in your grill.

Get more Nook Miles. A great way to get more Nook Miles is to simply visit the NookStop once a day to get those lovely miles so you can pay off your debts.

Get more inventory. Probably the most boring part of animal crossing is that you can’t fit everything in your pockets. As you explore the island, chances are you’ll pick up loads of stuff that will require more space in your inventory. When you have enough Nook Miles, you can head to the NookStop and unlock up to 40 inventory space for item slots.

Unlock all tools: Again, because nothing can ever be easy, you don’t start animal crossing with all the tools you need and need to actually work for them (capitalist sigh). To unlock the tools you need, simply visit Tom Nook to build his DIY Workshop where you can see what you need to collect to build various items. If you ever run along the beach, you might find a message in a bottle. This will contain a DIY recipe that you can learn.

Tips from the Kotaku Australia community:

I couldn’t have made this beginner’s guide for animal crossing without the incredible australia community, so here are some of their wonderful tips.

“Animal Crossing is a game designed to be played slowly, so it will take time to do things like build and furnish your house, pay off debts, get new buildings on your island, etc. Many people enjoy “time travel (i.e. highlight the date/time in your Switch settings), but I think it’s best to enjoy the game at the pace it’s set to.

“Having friends and visiting their islands is fun and also helps to find new fruits, buy things from their stores (which will be different from your stores), trade stuff, sell turnips at different prices, and meet different characters. If you really want to dig deeper, there are plenty of websites where people share their Dodo codes and set up trades for all sorts of things.


The “best way to get bells early on is to find the bright spot on your island. You dig that up and you’ll end up with a golden hole. If you put bells in the hole, a money tree will grow. So, for example, if you place 1000 bells in the hole, the tree will have three bags of 1000 bells. The maximum amount the tree can produce is 10,000 Bells.

“Another good tactic is to get an orchard early. Your island will have one native fruit and one native flower. Foreign fruits and flowers fetch higher prices. You can travel to friends’ islands or use Nook Miles tickets to travel to another island.

“Spend the day looking for food. It’s tedious but also relaxing. Take all the seashells (you can make furniture out of them, but they’re still available), collect all the bugs, and catch all the fish. In summer, seashells will turn into summer seashells, but they are only available in summer, surprise. One of the best fish to catch is one that spawns at the mouths of rivers. It’s worth a decent amount. The best insects to catch are tarantulas/scorpions. These are random spawns and what you get depends on the time of year. Don’t be afraid of them.

“Also, keep a net outside when shaking trees to catch wasps when they fall. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t catch them. You can get medicine.


“The most consistent way to make money while being a beginner with no money is fishing. They constantly reappear and have a huge amount of variable value. sharks and larger fish that sell for big bells. Each season has at least one or two high value fish and the bigger the shadow, the bigger and more valuable the fish. You can do the same with the Make sure you only sell duplicates of your fish and bugs and the originals go to the museum when it’s open.”

“Use your Nookmile Tickets to explore other islands and dig up their fruit trees and replant them on your island. Non-native fruit will sell for more on your island than your native tree.

Can you trust Tom Nook?

So I can’t trust this person. Image: Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons Guide

So, I’m ready to eat my words and say yes, you can trust Tom Nook. However, I’m still watching him, so he better not try to scam me anytime soon.

A good note that Louie pointed out was that we shouldn’t trust Redd the Fox who will try to sell us artwork later in the game. Apparently most of them are fakes and you need to spot which ones are real and which ones are not.

It’s safe to say I’m on high alert whenever they decide to show up on my island with fake Mona Lisas.

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