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How to make millions from tarantulas in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 30/Mar/2020 22:50

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Tarantulas are one of the scariest creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons due to the fact that they literally chase after you like absolute nightmare fuel. Though if you can get over your fear, one simple trick with them can net you millions of Bells.

In the Animal Crossing series, making enough money to pay off your house loan is a top priority for a lot of players, and New Horizons is no different. New Leaf for 3DS had a bug-filled island villagers could rush off to and make millions of Bells in a single night, and it seems as though the Switch game has something similar.

In the latest life simulation title, players use Nook Miles Tickets in order to fly from their airport onto a random island where they can harvest materials, catch fish, and even recruit new villagers. They also house a hidden secret – just like NL, you can farm a ton of money from them.

NOTE: At the time of writing, your game needs to be set in the Northern Hemisphere for this to work.

Animal Crossing tarantula money trick

To get Nook Miles Tickets, you need to spend 2,000 Nook Miles at the kiosk in the Resident Services building. Once you’ve got one, head on over to your Dodo Airlines airport and jet off to a mystery place after 7PM and before 4AM. It is currently unknown whether this trick works outside of that time window.

While the so-called ‘Tarantula Island’ is a known destination for the creatures, apparently it is actually possible to turn every single one into a spawning ground. Players have been reporting that they’ve been able to farm the scary critters even when on a normal isle.

You’ll want to have an axe, shovel, and a net in your inventory so you can either bring them with you and sacrifice the extra pocket space, or you can buy them for 100 miles a pop from your pilot Wilbur – the choice is yours. Then you’ll need to go into ultimate cleanup mode.

Tarantulas are actually nightmare fuel, but they can earn you a pretty penny.

Use your axe and your shovel to chop down all trees and dig up the leftover stumps, and eat the fallen fruit in order to power up. Then remove all the weeds and pick all of the flowers on the island – you don’t need to dig those.

Finally, scare away all remaining bugs and the tarantulas should start appearing. It’s scary when they rear up and start running at you, but a swift swing of your net should easily best them. Ditch your other tools to clear up valuable inventory space.

Depending on how many Nook Miles Tickets you have, you should be able to make the big bucks by selling pockets full of the hairy critters and going back and forth. Though, it should be noted that Flick will pay you more for them than if you sell them at Nook’s Cranny, so it’s worth waiting for him to show up in order to get more Bells if you’ve got the patience.

Save your haul for Flick’s visit if you want more Bells.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been a giant success since its release onto the Nintendo Switch on March 20. Fans of the series waited almost seven years for a new mainline entry, so it’s hardly surprising.

The game smashed sales records in Japan, knocking Pokemon Sword & Shield off the top spot for fastest selling title on the handheld console.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing


Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.