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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