Guide:Animal Crossing: City Folk
- 1 Trees & Fruit
- 2 Money Rock
- 3 Tools
- 3.1 Shovels
- 3.2 Fishing Rods
- 3.3 Nets
- 3.4 Axe
- 3.5 Slingshot
- 3.6 Watering Can
- 4 Changing Shoes
Trees & Fruit
Each Animal Crossing town comes with a native fruit which grows on trees. Native fruit costs 100 Bells to sell to Tom Nook at his store. Fruit which isn't native to a town sells for 500 Bells. It can really boost your profits if you plant some trees with fruits from other towns, native fruits, because then you can sell native fruits whenever you'd like.
Some trees in the town may contain 100 Bells each, items of furniture and bees (which appear after a beehive has fallen out). These items can be obtained by shaking any non-fruit bearing tree once, though some trees do not contain any items as it happens at random. Beehives may fall from the tree, which release bees which will chase after the player and sting them, leaving a swollen eye.
There are different ways to deal with getting stung:
- Avoiding them by running into a building, such a villager's house when they are inside, or a public building like the Museum or Town Gate.
- Getting stung, but carrying medicine which will immediately remove the effects.
- Put up with until all the trees have been checked for items.
- Save and restart the game, which will cure the sting.
Once you have obtained golden shovel (see below on how to obtain it), you can use it to bury a bag of Bells. A sapling should sprout immediately. This may grow into a money tree which has a chance of producing 3 bags of Bells, each equal to what you buried with a maximum of 30,000 Bells each - more can be buried, but this would be useless as only 30,000 Bells can be produced. This means a maximum of 90,000 Bells per tree. For each 1,000 Bells, it gives a 1% chance of the tree producing Bells. In other words, 50,000 Bells will produce a 50% chance of the tree producting Bells (at 30,000 Bells each), while 100,000 Bells will produce a 100% chance of Bells appearing on the tree.
However, planting a 100,000 Bells, though giving a 100% chance of producing Bells, would be pointless as the tree can only produce 90,000 Bells, giving a loss of 10,000 Bells if the player attempts this.
Money trees, unlike fruit trees, will only produce money the once before becoming a normal, non-fruit bearing tree.
Another alternative, which produces the same result with an absolute guarantee of producing money is by time travelling; if you (the player) has at least 50,000 Bells in the Bellpoint, one way of increasing your finances is to set the year to the year 2000 (you may keep the current date), saving your profile on your date and then time travelling to the year 2035 on the Wii Menu. You will receive a Bellpoint notice notifying you that you have accumulated 99,999 Bells in interest. Please note that by changing the the date via Rover will incur severe effects, such as mass weed growing (this can be avoided if the player has a magic lamp avaible), Rafflesia, and most, if not all of your current animals moving out. By time travelling via the Wii Menu, the effects are less severe, and you can reproduce these results by executing the method above with little to no consequences.
Every day there will be one rock in the player's town that, once hit with a shovel or axe, will move and release a bag of Bells. Continue hitting the rock until it stops releasing Bells. The amount of Bells increases with every hit, in the follow order:
- 100 Bells
- 200 Bells
- 300 Bells
- 500 Bells
- 1,000 Bells
- 2,000 Bells
- 4,000 Bells
Giving a total of:
- 8,100 Bells
Kick-back is when the player hits a rock, and they move back slightly getting further away from the rock. Hitting a money rock a few times will eventually mean the player will have to move closer to hit the rock again, which wastes valuable time and will reduce the chance of producing 2,000 and even 4,000 Bells. To avoid kick-back, dig two holes behind the player using a shovel and place the player inbetween the two, like so:
|Kick-back Prevention Example|
- - means an empty space or "grid"
- H means a Hole (dug by a shovel)
- P is the Players location
- R is the rock
- NOTE: The ideal location of the player is inbetween the two holes (so left a bit more in the grid above).
There are three types of tools; regular, silver and golden. Silver and Golden tools work the same way as their regular counterparts, but make an easier job in what they do. However, Silver and Golden Tools need to be earned and are not always easy to obtain.
To obtain a Silver Shovel, the player must visit the City at night. On the rare occasion, the cones to the far right of the city may not be so close together, allow the player to walk into the lit up tunnel. Once the scene opens, the player will be inside Resetti Surveillance Centre with either Don Resetti or Mr. Resetti inside. They will give the player a Silver Shovel to leave. The Silver Shovel is the ideal tool to use for hitting a money rock as it allows the chance to double some of the money knocked out of the rock. This only happens at random, giving a 10% chance of any of the bags doubling when knocked out of the rock, though this chance is increased by having a higher yellow Feng Shui count (ideally over 73). This means a total, if all Bells are doubled, of 16,200 Bells.
To obtain a Golden Shovel, plant a regular shovel in the ground and place a regular shovel inside by standing and looking over the hole, opening the inventory and pressing a regular shovel and selecting "Drop". The location of the shovel will be marked with the usual mark indicating an item. Leave the shovel there for 24 hours, and then dig it up. The shovel will turn into a Golden Shovel.
Fishing rods are tools used to catch fish.
Silver Fishing Rod
The Silver Fishing Rod can be bought from Tom Nook's Store for 500 Bells. It is very rarely in stock, so check back often.
Golden Fishing Rod
To obtain a Golden Fishing Rod, a player must catch one of each fish available in the game. Once they've achieved this, a Golden Fishing Rod will be given to them by Mayor Tortimer. The Golden Fishing Rod makes it easier to catch fish, reducing the likelihood of a fish getting away.
Nets are used to catch bugs in/on the water, flying in the air, on trees or on the ground.
The Silver Net can be bought from Tom Nook's Store for 500 Bells. It is very rarely in stock, so check back often.
To obtain a Golden Net, one of each bug in the game must be caught. Once this has been achieved, a Golden Net will be sent to the player in the mail. The Golden Net makes it easier to catch insects, by having a larger catchment area therefore insects can be caught from more of a distance.
An axe cuts down trees, but breaks after a few uses.
The Silver Axe can be obtained after donating 600,000 Bells total to the Town Fund. A fountain will then be built in front of the bus stop. Throw a regular axe in, and, depending on your luck and your answers to Serena's questions, you may get a Silver Axe, which never breaks.
The Golden Axe is obtained by the same means of getting the Silver Axe, although it is more rare. It never breaks and cuts trees down quicker than the Silver Axe.
Silver Slingshots are sold by Tom Nook for 500 Bells. They do not show up often, though, so check frequently. A Silver Slingshot shoots two bullets, rather than one.
Golden Slingshots are obtained by shooting down 14 balloons. The Golden Slingshot will be in the 15th one. Shoot the balloon down to receive your Golden Slingshot. Like the Silver Slingshot shoots two instead of one, the Golden Slingshot shoots three bullets instead of two.
Watering Cans are used to perk up wilting flowers. Water a wilting flower one day, and it will be revived the next.
Silver Watering Can
Golden Watering Can
Keep your town in perfect condition for 15 days straight, and you will be rewarded with the Golden Watering Can. Although it cannot revive Red Turnips like its silver counterpart, it can turn wilted black roses into golden roses.
The player can change the color of their shoes by talking to Kicks, a skunk character found on the steps of a run-down building in the City. He can change the player's shoes depending on color or style, both of which will cost 500 Bells. Shoes are mainly decorative, but some believe the choice of shoe design may have a contributing factor with how Gracie may rate you.