Sunday, July 21, 2013

Making the Most of Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been out for around a month and a half now, and if you've gotten into the daily routine of it (as many do), there's a chance you're starting to get a little tired of the game by now. But what if your house isn't the biggest possible mansion yet, and you don't even have all of the Main Street shops open? Surely you can't abandon your happy little village just yet. To that end, here are a few of the most important tips with regards to advancing your Animal Crossing goals as quickly as possible.

  • Set an ordinance that maximizes your profit. Generally, this is going to be the Bell Boom ordinance, which increases the value of all shop items (yes, it increases purchase prices as well as sale prices, but you're going to sell a lot more stuff than you're going to buy). However, if you constantly find yourself playing at times when the shops aren't open, it might be more worthwhile to turn on the Early Bird or Night Owl ordinances, which cause shops to be open earlier or later, respectively. Increased sale value isn't very useful if you never get a chance to sell items.
  • Design your town for efficiency. If the trees are getting too crowded and obstructing too much of your view of the ground, you're probably going to miss valuable dig spots. Grab your axe and thin them out.  Also, you get to build two river bridges as Public Works Projects -- place these early and carefully. You want to minimize the travel distance between Re-Tail and the dock on the beach.
  • Buy turnips. Lots of turnips. You'll find Joan, the turnips salesperson, wandering around your town between 6 a.m. and noon every Sunday. Note the price you paid per turnip, and then check the turnip prices as often as you can throughout the week (you can ask Reese in Re-Tail for the current price). The basic idea is that you want to sell them for as much as possible before the following Sunday (at which point they will spoil and be worthless), but the prices follow a few set patterns, and recognizing these patterns is the key to maximizing turnip profit. Check out this guide to learn everything you need to know.
  • Easily the most important tip: beetles. Catching beetles on the island is by far the quickest way to amass a fortune.
    • Modify your island to maximize efficiency: chop down all the trees except for four in a roughly straight line from west to east.
    • Use a shovel to get rid of every single bush and flower -- the idea here is to make sure that we spawn as many beetles as possible, and valuable beetles spawn on trees. Bushes and flowers would allow butterflies and other, cheaper insects to appear.  his set-up also makes it difficult to accidentally scare the beetles away.
    • Now that your island has been sufficiently decimated, you just need to go back and forth below the line of trees, searching for beetles.
    • Scare away the small ground-based insects by using your net near them to leave more space in the insect queue for beetles to spawn.
    • While you're at it, keep an eye out for finned fish in the water -- sharks are also very valuable.
    • The best time of day for beetle-hunting seems to be in the evening, between 6 and 8 p.m.
    • Fill up the basket and sell the whole load to Re-Tail. You can easily make hundreds of thousands of Bells with one trip to the island, which takes half an hour or so.
    • To speed up the boat trips between your village and the island, you can shut up Kapp'n. Just press B repeatedly after he starts to sing. The songs are kind of cute, but hell, they're annoyingly long.

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