Animal Crossing: City Folk

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ



Connection bonus

Transfer your saved game file from Animal Crossing: Wild World. All your previously unlocked items will now be available for sale in the catalog at Tom Nook's store.

Bank unlockables

Deposit the indicated number of Bells at the bank to unlock the corresponding bonus:

    Shopping Card: 10,000 Bells.
    Box Of Tissues: 100,000 Bells.
    Gold Card: 1,000,000 Bells.
    Piggy Bank: 10,000,000 Bells.
    Green Feather: 100,000,000 Bells.
    Blue Feather: 200,000,000 Bells.
    Yellow Feather: 300,000,000 Bells.
    Red Feather: 400,000,000 Bells.
    Purple Feather: 500,000,000 Bells.
    White Feather: 600,000,000 Bells.
    Rainbow Feather: 700,000,000 Bells.
    ABD: 999,999,999 Bells.

Town Fund unlockables

Donate the indicated number of Bells to the Town Fund at Town Hall to unlock the corresponding item or structure. Note: These items and structures have no effect other than to show off what you donated.

    Bridge is built: 200,000 Bells
    Fountain is built: 400,000 Bells
    Windmill or lighthouse is built: 1,000,000 Bells

Tom Nook's store prizes

You can earn 1 point for every 100 Bells spent at Tom Nook's store. They can be used to earn the following prizes:

    Bad Bro 'Stache: 2,500 points
    Banana: 500 points
    Hero's Cap, Majora's Mask, or Samus Mask: 6,000 points
    Hero's Clothes, Varia Suit, or Wario Hat: 5,000 points
    Kart: 10,000 points
    Midna's Mask: 6,500 points
    Peach's Parasol: 4,000 points
    Toad Hat: 3,000 points
    Triple Shells: 800 points
    Yoshi's Egg: 1,000 points

Tom Nook's store upgrades

After playing the game for at least one week, successfully complete the indicated task to have Tom Nook's store upgraded to the corresponding level:

    Nook N' Go: Spend or sell 25,000 Bells at Nook's Cranny, and wait one week from the day Nook's Cranny first began.

    Nookway: Spend or sell 90,000 Bells at Nook N' Go, and wait two weeks from the day Nook N' Go first began.

    Nookingtons: Spend or sell 250,000 Bells at Nookway, and wait three weeks from the day Nookway first began. Note: Unlike Animal Crossing and Animal Crossing: Wild World, you do not have to have someone come to your village to buy one thing as well to get Nookingtons.

House improvement costs

Improvements to your house will cost the indicated amount of Bells:

    Normal house: 19,800 Bells
    First expansion: 120,000 Bells; results in larger first floor
    Second expansion: 248,000 Bells; results in largest first floor
    Third expansion: 368,000 Bells; results in second floor
    Final expansion: 598,000 Bells; results in basement

Better tools

Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding tool upgrade:

    Golden Axe: Throw an axe into the town fountain to randomly turn it golden.
    Golden Fishing Rod: Catch every species of fish.
    Golden Net: Catch every species of insect.
    Golden Shovel: Bury a normal shovel, then dig it up four days later.
    Golden Slingshot: Knock down eight balloons to have a random chance of obtaining it from a balloon.
    Golden Watering Can: Earn a "Perfect" town rating for fifteen days, then talk to Pelly at Town Hall.
    Silver Axe: Throw an axe into the town fountain.
    Silver Fishing Rod: Purchase from Tom Nook's store.
    Silver Net: Purchase from Tom Nook's store.
    Silver Shovel: Obtain from Resetti's Surveillance Center in the city.
    Silver Slingshot: Purchase from Tom Nook's store.
    Silver Watering Can: Purchase fifty bags of seeds from Tom Nook's store.

Contest trophies

Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding trophy for your house:

    Bug Trophy: Catch the largest bug by the end of the Bug Contest.
    Fish Trophy: Catch the largest fish by the end of the Fishing Contest.

Holiday gifts

Depending on your regional settings, certain gifts will become available during certain dates.

    January 1 - New Year's Day: New Year's Shirt (talk to Tortimer)
    January, third Saturday - Fishing Tourney: Fishing Trophy (win the Fishing Tourney)
    January, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    February 2 - Groundhog Day (North America): Resetti Model (talk to Tortimer)
    February 3 - Bean Day (Japan): Red Ogre Mask, Blue Ogre Mask
    February 14 - Valentine's Day: Chocolate Heart (arrives in mail). The week before Valentine's Day, send someone of the opposite gender a letter asking "Will you be my Valentine?". Note: They will not respond with the present until Valentine's Day.
    February, second Saturday - Fishing Tourney: Fishing Trophy (win the Fishing Tourney)
    February, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    February to March (varies) - Festivale: Pave Furniture (give Pave candy)
      2008: February 4
      2009: February 23
      2010: February 15
      2011: March 7
      2012: February 20
      2013: February 11
      2014: March 3
      2015: February 16
      2016: February 8
    March 1 to March 3 (Japan): Hinaningyo (buy from Nook)
    March 3 - Hinamatsuri/Girl's Day (Japan): Rice Cake (talk to Tortimer)
    March 19 - Father's Day (Spain, Italy): Unknown gift
    March, third Saturday - Fishing Tourney: Fishing Trophy (win the Fishing Tourney)
    March, Sunday before Easter - Mother's Day (UK): No gift
    March, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    March to April (varies) - Bunny Day: Egg Furniture and Candy (give Bunny Foil to Zipper T. Bunny, candy and foil found inside eggs hidden around town)
      2008: March 23
      2009: April 12
      2010: April 4
      2011: April 24
      2012: April 8
      2013: March 31
      2014: April 20
      2015: April 5
      2016: March 27
    April 1 - April Fool's Day: Leaf (talk to Tortimer)
    April, second Saturday - Fishing Tourney: Fishing Trophy (win the Fishing Tourney)
    April 22 - Nature Day (North America): Cool Globe (talk to Tortimer)
    April, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    May 5 - Boy's Day (Japan): Newsprint Helmet
    May, first Sunday - Mother's Day (Spain): No gift
    May, second Sunday - Mother's Day (North America, Japan, Germany, Italy, Netherlands): No gift
    May, third Saturday - Fishing Tourney: Fishing Trophy (win the Fishing Tourney)
    May, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    May last Sunday - Mother's Day (France): No gift
    May to June (varies; occurs 40 days after Bunny Day) - Father's Day (Germany): No gift
    June, third Saturday - Bug-Off: Bug Trophy (win the Bug Tourney)
    June, third Sunday - Father's Day (North America, Japan, UK, France, Netherlands): No gift
    June 16 or 21 - Midsummer's Day (Europe): Espresso Maker
    June, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    July 7 - Tanabata/Starcrossed Day (Japan): Bamboo Grass
    July, third Saturday - Bug-Off: Bug Trophy (win the Bug Tourney)
    July, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    August, every Sunday - Fireworks Show: Sparkler (talk to Tortimer)
    August, third Saturday - Bug-Off: Bug Trophy (win the Bug Tourney)
    September, first Monday - Labor Day (North America): Picnic Basket (talk to Tortimer)
    September, third Saturday - Bug-Off: Bug Trophy (win the Bug Tourney)
    September, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    September to October (varies) - Tsukimi (Japan): Dango
    September to October (Autumn Equinox varies) - Autumn Moon (North America): Wheat Bundle (talk to Tortimer)
    September to October (Autumn Equinox varies) - Harvest Moon (Europe): Veggie Basket
      2009: Oct. 4
      2010: Sept 23
      2011: Sept 12
      2012: Sept 30
      2013: Sept 19
      2014: Sept 9
      2015: Sept 28
      2016: Sept 16
      2017: Oct 5
      2018: Sept 25
    October, second Saturday - Fishing Tourney: Fishing Trophy (win the Fishing Tourney)
    October, second Monday - Explorer's Day (North America): Sailboat Model (talk to Tortimer)
    October, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    October 31 - Halloween: Halloween furniture, accessories, clothing (for furniture, give candy to Jack or buy from Tom Nook; for accessories and clothing, talk to Jack, but do not give candy)
    November 1 to 30 - Mushroom Hunting: Mush Furniture (pick mushrooms next to trees, one per day)
    November, third Saturday - Fishing Tourney: Fishing Trophy (win the Fishing Tourney)
    November, fourth Sunday - Flea Market: Various gifts (buy from neighbors)
    November, fourth Thursday - Harvest Festival: Harvest Furniture (talk to Tortimer for Knife and Fork, then trade them with Franklin for furniture)
    December 5 or 6 - Naughty-or-Nice Day (Europe): Stuffed Stocking (talk to Jingle, normally one present per year unless you change your appearance)
    December, third Saturday - Fishing Tourney: Fishing Trophy (win the Fishing Tourney)
    December 21 - Midwinter's Day (Europe): Snowglobe (talk to Tortimer)
    December 23, 26 to 31: Festive items (buy from Tom Nook)
    December 24 - Christmas Eve: Jingle Furniture, Stuffed Stocking (talk to Jingle, normally one present per year unless you change your appearance)
    December 26 to December 31 (Japan): Kadomatsu and Kagamimochi (buy from Nook)

Easy Bells

Set the system date to December 24th of any year in the future and the time to after 8:00 p.m. Walk around and find Jingle, a reindeer in a Santa suit. Talk to him, and he will ask you two questions. No matter how you answer, you will get a piece of the Jingle set. If you sell any piece to Tom Nook, he will pay over 12,000 Bells. Repeat this as many times as desired.

One of the rocks in your town will randomly give Bells when it is hit repeatedly. Note: To hit a money rock quickly, dig holes on either side of it and another hole behind you in order to trap your character in position. By doing this, you cannot recoil away after hitting the rock, allowing you to repeatedly smash it quickly.

After getting the Golden Shovel, use it to bury money. It will grow into a tree. Shake that tree, and moneybags will fall from it instead of fruit.

Go fishing in late July or early August at about 7 p.m. to catch the more expensive fish. You can catch a Hammerhead (8,000 Bells), Napoleanfish (10,000 Bells), Red Snapper (3,000 Bells), or Shark (15,000 Bells).

When fishing in winter, catch and sell the following fish: Red Snapper (3,000 bells), String Fish (15,000 bells), and Tuna (7,000 bells).

If you find an Elegant Mushroom, it can be sold to Tom Nook for 10,000 Bells.

On Bunny Day, dig up all the bunny eggs with a shovel. Open the bunny eggs. If they are candy, eat them. If they are bunny foil, keep them. Then, go to the bunny man in front of the main hall. After you get the prizes, sell them to Tom Nook, and save the game. Play a different day, save the game, then start Bunny Day all over again.

Easy fruit

Use the following trick to get lots of fruit. Send your town's native fruit in a letter to a resident, and include the word "Fruit" in the message area. Eventually they will reply with fruit (either the same or different) or furniture.

Easy Golden Slingshot

The present balloons that need to be shot down to get the Golden Slingshot will appear when the last number of the time is "5" and the hour is either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m., giving you twelve chances per day. To find the balloons easily, go to the north side of your town. Do not stay there all the time, just run up there when you see a balloon. Your running movement can be used to control the balloon. After you shoot down eight balloons, one of the next balloons you shoot will have the Golden Slingshot. This version can fire three pellets.

Buying multiple number of same item

Go to Tom Nook's store, and buy everything desired. Then, go upstairs in your house, lie in the bed, and select "Save and Quit". At the very beginning screen, press A, then instead of starting, go to "Others" at the bottom of the menu, and press A. At the next screen, select "Date and Time" at the top of the menu screen, and press A. Set the day to one day before the current date, then go back to the first screen, and start the game. Go to Tom Nook's store to find all the same items that were there before. Repeat this as many times as desired. Note: If you did not save the game before you did this, the mole will appear when you start, and this will not work. -From: Cory Solo

Bug net

Talk to Tortimer the mayor during the Bug Catching Contest to get a free bug net.

Fishing rod

Talk to Tortimer the mayor during the Fishing Contest to get a free fishing rod.

Harvest furniture set

Talk to Tortimer the mayor after 3 p.m. on Harvest Day (varies by year) to get a Fork and Knife. Find Franklin the turkey, and trade him the Fork and Knife to get one of the following Harvest furniture items: bed, bureau, chair, clock, dresser, lamp, mirror, rug, sofa, table, television, or wall.

Jingle furniture set

Talk to Jingle after 8:00 p.m. on December 24th to get one of the following Jingle furniture items: bed, carpet, chair, clock, dresser, lamp, piano, shelves, sofa, table, wall, or wardrobe.

Mario items

Buy a slingshot from Tom Nook. Shoot down balloons to occasionally and randomly get one of the following items from the Mario series: 1-Up mushroom, "?" block, brick block, brick flooring, cannon, coin, Fire Bar, Fire Flower, flagpole, green Koopa shell, green pipe, mushroom mural, Starman, or Super Mushroom.

Mush Furniture set

Look under the various mushrooms that appear in your town during the fall. They usually appear around 3:00 p.m. daily in front of trees. Note: Some new mushrooms can also be seen at about 8 to 9 a.m. You may find an item from the Mush Furniture set (which includes furniture, carpet, wallpaper, and appliances). You can sell unwanted pieces at Tom Nook's store.

Pirate ship items

When Pascal is in your town, have any scallop except white, and approach him. Talk to him, and he will give you one of the following items: anchor, barrel, ship's helm, keg, sea view wallpaper, ship's cannon, ship's compass, or ship's deck flooring.

Snowman Furniture set

After it snows, you can randomly find two small snowballs on the ground. Roll one of the snowballs around, and make it large. Roll the other snowball around, and make it medium. Place the medium sized snowball on the larger one to make a snowman. The snowman will come to life and mail you a random piece of Snowman furniture.

Spooky furniture set

Look for Jack after 6:00 p.m. on October 31st. Note: The real Jack does not follow you around like the villagers dressed like him. Have candy, and talk to Jack. Give him the candy to get one of the following Spooky furniture items: bed, bookcase, carpet, chair, clock, dresser, lamp, sofa, table, vanity, wall, or wardrobe.

Coconut trees

Find a coconut that has washed up on the shore. Then, plant it in near the ocean on the coastline.

Town Hall model

After one year has elapsed in your town, you will get a letter from Tortimer with a Town Hall model.

Whisp's wish

Go to the southeast corner of town on a Monday night after the stores have closed, but before 4 a.m. A voice will talk to you. Follow its directions until you find Whisp the ghost. He will ask you to find his lost lamp. After you find it, go to the your house's attic. Whisp will give you a wish for finding the lamp. You can ask him to get rid of all your town's weeds, remove all the cockroaches, or get a random item.

Alternate shoe color

Find Kicks the skunk, sitting on a set of stairs. Have him shine your shoes, and their color will now match your hair. Note: You can change your hair color at The Shampoodle. Select "Change style" to return your shoes to their original color.

Alternate clothing change sound

Equip one of the Zap Suits to change the sound into a heroic fanfare.

Birthday cake

Talk to your neighbors on your birthday.

Valentine's Day gift

Visit the Roost on February 14th. Order a coffee from Brewster, and you will instead get hot cocoa, and Brewster will wish you a happy Valentine's Day.

New message notice

A canary will perch on top of the Message Board outside of Town Hall if you have an unread message there.

Lucky items

Place any of the following items in your house for 7,777 HRA points. They can be obtained as indicated:

    Arwing (Star Fox): Spotlight item at Nook's
    Dracaena: Spotlight item at Nook's
    Ivory Piano: Spotlight item at Nook's
    Jack in the Box: Have Jack play three tricks on you on Halloween
    Lafty Lucky Cat: Buy from Redd
    Lovely Phone: Gift from Katie and Kaitli
    Lucky Black Cat: Buy from Redd
    Lucky Cat: Buy from Tom Nook
    Lucky Gold Cat: Spotlight item at Nook's
    Master Sword (The Legend Of Zelda): Spotlight item at Nook's
    Music Box: Gift from Katie and Kaitli
    Piggy Bank: Put 100,000 Bells in the bank
    Raccoon Figure: Buy from Redd
    Samurai Suit: Spotlight item at Nook's
    Treasure Chest: Spotlight item at Nook's
    Triforce (The Legend Of Zelda): Buy from Redd
    Washer/Dryer: Buy from Tom Nook

Fish values

The following fish can be sold for the listed amount of Bells:

    Anglefish: 3,000 Bells (rare)
    Arapaima: 10,000 Bells (rare)
    Arowana: 10,000 Bells (rare)
    Barbel Steed: 200 Bells
    Barred Knifejaw: 5,000 Bells
    Bitterling: 900 Bells
    Black Bass: 300 Bells
    Blue Marlin: 10,000 Bells (rare)
    Bluegill: 120 Bells
    Butterflyfish: 1,000 Bells
    Carp: 300 Bells
    Catfish: 800 Bells
    Char: 3,800 Bells
    Cherry Salmon: 1,000 Bells
    Clownfish: 650 Bells
    Coelacanth: 15,000 Bells (rare)
    Crawfish: 250 Bells
    Crucian Carp: 120 Bells
    Dab: 300 Bells
    Dace: 200 Bells
    Dorado: 15,000 Bells (rare)
    Eel: 2,000 Bells
    Football Fish: 2,500 Bells (rare)
    Freshwater Goby: 300 Bells (rare)
    Frog: 120 Bells
    Gar: 6,000 Bells (rare)
    Giant Snakehead: 5,500 Bells
    Goldfish: 1,300 Bells (rare)
    Guppy: 1,300 Bells (rare)
    Hammerhead Shark: 8,000 Bells (rare)
    Horse Mackerel: 150 Bells
    Jellyfish: 100 Bells
    Killifish: 300 Bells (rare)
    King Salmon: 1,800 Bells
    Koi: 2,000 Bells (rare)
    Loach: 300 Bells
    Lobster: 2,500 Bells
    Moray Eel: 2,000 Bells
    Napoleonfish: 10,000 Bells
    Neon Tetra: 500 Bells
    Octopus: 500 Bells
    Olive Flounder: 800 Bells (rare)
    Pale Chub: 200 Bells
    Pike: 1,800 Bells
    Piranha: 2,500 Bells (rare)
    Pond Smelt: 300 Bells
    Popeyed Goldfish: 1,300 Bells (rare)
    Puffer Fish: 240 Bells
    Rainbow Trout: 800 Bells
    Ray: 3,000 Bells
    Red Snapper: 3,000 Bells
    Salmon: 700 Bells
    Sea Bass: 160 Bells
    Sea Butterfly: 1,000 Bells
    Sea Horse: 1,100 Bells
    Sea Sunfish: 4,000 Bells (rare)
    Shark: 15,000 Bells (rare)
    Squid: 400 Bells
    Stringfish: 15,000 Bells (rare)
    Surgeonfish: 1,000 Bells
    Sweetfish: 900 Bells
    Tuna: 7,000 Bells (rare)
    Yellow Perch: 240 Bells
    Zebra Turkeyfish: 400 Bells

Fossil values

The following fossils can be sold for the listed amount of Bells to Tom Nook:

    Amber: 1,200 Bells
    Ammonite: 1,100 Bells
    Ankylo Skull: 3,500 Bells
    Ankylo Tail: 2,500 Bells
    Ankylo Torso: 3,000 Bells
    Apato Skull: 5,000 Bells
    Apato Tail: 4,000 Bells
    Apato Torso: 4,500 Bells
    Archaeopteryx: 1,300 Bells
    Coprolite: 1,100 Bells
    Dimetrodon Skull: 5,500 Bells
    Dimetrodon Tail: 4,500 Bells
    Dimetrodon Torso: 5,000 Bells
    Dinosaur Egg: 1,400 Bells
    Dinosaur Track: 1,000 Bells
    Fern Fossil: 1,000 Bells
    Icthyo Skull: 2,500 Bells
    Icthyo Torso: 2,000 Bells
    Iguanodon Skull: 4,000 Bells
    Iguanodon Tail: 3,000 Bells
    Iguanodon Torso: 3,500 Bells
    Mammoth Skull: 3,000 Bells
    Mammoth Torso: 2,500 Bells
    Pachy Tail: 3,000 Bells
    Pachy Torso: 3,500 Bells
    Pachy Skull: 4,000 Bells
    Parasaur Tail: 2,500 Bells
    Parasaur Torso: 3,000 Bells
    Parasaur Skull: 3,500 Bells
    Pecking Man: 1,100 Bells
    Plesio Torso: 4,500 Bells
    Plesio Neck: 4,500 Bells
    Plesio Skull: 4,500 Bells
    Ptera Right Wing: 4,500 Bells
    Ptera Left Wing: 4,500 Bells
    Ptera Skull: 4,000 Bells
    Rapter Torso: 2,500 Bells
    Rapter Skull: 3,000 Bells
    Sabertooth Skull: 2,500 Bells
    Sabertooth Torso: 2,000 Bells
    Seismo Chest: 4,500 Bells
    Seismo Hip: 4,000 Bells
    Seismo Skull: 5,000 Bells
    Seismo Tail: 4,500 Bells
    Shark Tooth: 1,000 Bells
    Stego Skull: 5,000 Bells
    Stego Tail: 4,000 Bells
    Stego Torso: 4,500 Bells
    Styraco Skull: 3,500 Bells
    Styraco Tail: 2,500 Bells
    Styraco Torso: 3,000 Bells
    T. Rex Skull: 6,000 Bells
    T. Rex Tail: 5,000 Bells
    T. Rex Torso: 5,500 Bells
    Tricera Skull: 5,500 Bells
    Tricera Tail: 4,500 Bells
    Tricera Torso: 5,000 Bells
    Trilobite: 1,300 Bells
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