9 Ways to Get Rich Quick in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Whether you're up to your ears in debt in Animal Crossing: New Horizons or just really want to save up for a million-bell crown to gift your favorite villager, the faster you can get rich, the better.

Of course, if you don't have any strategies in place, it might feel like you're barely making the bells you need to support your lavish island lifestyle. If you're not earning quickly enough and want to make a ton of money in no time, just follow these simple steps.

Hoard Your Bug and Fish Catches

Once you've unlocked the Able Sisters' shop, you'll start getting some very special visitors to your island. Our favorites happen to be C.J. the beaver and Flick the chameleon, who are huge fans of fish and bugs, respectively, and pay you top dollar for them—making you very rich, very quickly. They'll pay you 50% more for critters than Timmy and Tommy will give you, so once you've befriended them, you might want to hold on to everything you catch in your storage until they stop by for the chance at extra bells.

For example, while coelacanths usually sell for 15,000 bells, C.J. will give you 22,500 for one. If you catch five wasps on your island daily, you can make 131,250 bells-worth of wasps every week by selling to Flick, as opposed to 87,500 at the normal store. Flick and C.J. are random, so sometimes you'll have to be patient, but that patience pays off.

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Play the Stalk Market Wisely

Turnips are like stocks in the world of Animal Crossing, and every Sunday, a boar called Daisy Mae comes to islands to sell them. Your goal is to buy them at the lowest possible price, and sell them at the highest. While a lot of this is up to luck, you increase your odds of favorable sales by coordinating with friends to buy cheap and sell high. There are also massive online communities dedicated to turnip sales. The more involved you are, the surer you'll be to know at least someone who'll have stellar prices throughout the week, so the more you're willing to invest, the more you can make. Some players have been known to make millions of bells in a single sale.

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Plant a 10K Bell Tree Daily

Every day on your island, a glowing patch of ground will light up. Take out your shovel and dig in, and you'll be rewarded with 1,000 bells. Even better yet, you can plant additional bells to grow money trees. While they can take a few days to grow, they're an investment that guarantees three big bags of bells—even if it doesn't guarantee to triple your investment. While you can plant a bag of up to 99,000 bells every day, the chances you'll get that back in triplicate are only 30%. We've done the math and discovered that planting 10,000 bells each day ensures you'll get 30,000 when the tree has fully grown. It's  great reward, without risking additional money.

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Be Fruitful

It's easy to overlook fruit trees as an awesome source of revenue, but they're a great way to quickly earn bells. Any non-native (and non-coconut) fruits on your island sell for 500 bells each, which adds up fast. For example, if you have 20 of each of your non-native trees, and you harvest and sell them all when they fruit, you can make 120,000 bells every three days on fruit alone. And did we mention they make your island look super cute?

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Sell Extra Fossils

While we always prioritize donating the first of each found fossil to Blathers at the museum, there's no good reason not to sell any others, unless you're building exhibits elsewhere. Find and appraise your town's four new fossils daily for an easy 15,000 to 20,000 from Timmy and Tommy's shop.

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Pop Those Yellow Balloons

Your trusty slingshot is one of your best friends. We advise going after all of your balloons, but if it's money you're after, the yellow ones should be your priority. While they can technically house anything, they're most likely to contain bags of bells. Up to 30,000 bells can be hiding in one of these babies, so don't ignore them unless you want to miss out.

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Find and Strike Your Money Rock

You can have up to six rocks on your island, and every day, one of them will be a money rock full of bells. Hit it properly, and you'll get eight bell containers holding a total of 16,000 bells in total. We recommend building barriers using furniture, bushes, holes or fences to create cradles next to each of your rocks to reduce bounceback and ensure you can get eight strikes out of each one.

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Use Those Nook Miles

We don't know about you, but we have piles of Nook Miles absolutely burning holes in our pockets. If you don't have anything better to spend them on, you can exchange 500 or them for a Bell Voucher, which can then be sold to Timmy and Tommy for 3,000 bells.

If you're on the other end of the spectrum and low on Nook Miles, start focusing on Nook Miles+ challenges. By doing targeted activities, from changing your clothes to catching bugs and fish, crafting, snapping photos and more, you can quickly collect more Miles. Not only can this method be used to earn quick cash, but it's great for when you're feeling like you don't have much to do on your island.


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Collect Resources and Craft Away

Collecting materials is one of the main pillars of New Horizons, but once you've basically built every recipe in your inventory, those resources can start piling up in your inventory. Instead of letting them take valuable space away from the bugs and fish you're waiting to sell, decide how much you actually need to keep in your stockpiles, and then start crafting stuff with the rest. While the tree branch items are mostly worthless, you might be surprised how much money you can make by transforming surplus wood, stones and iron nuggets into furniture and selling it to Nook's Cranny. Prioritize the Hot Item of the Day, which sells for double the bells. If your Hot Items are particularly valuable, you may even want to consider doing a Mystery Island Tour to collect even more materials to make as many as possible and reel in the dough.


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