Shining soil

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Shining soil
PG Shining Spot Before.png
A shining spot in Animal Crossing
Type Shining area in the ground
Generation probability Once per day

The shining soil,[1] known as the shining spot in Animal Crossing,[2] is a patch of ground in the Animal Crossing series that appears daily in the player's town. When dug up, it reveals a bag of Bells. Bells can also be buried in shining soil for the chance of growing a money tree. Shining soil first appeared in Doubutsu no Mori, and after Doubutsu no Mori e+ it remained absent from the series until Animal Crossing: New Horizons.


In Animal Crossing[edit]

The player digging up a shining spot in Animal Crossing

In Animal Crossing, shining spots appear daily in a random acre and normally contain 1,000 Bells. If the player has yellow fêng shui or money luck from Katrina, the spot can instead contain 10,000 or 30,000 Bells. If the player buries a bag of Bells in a shining spot, a money tree containing three times the amount buried (up to 90,000 Bells) may grow. Additionally, if the player buries a Shovel in a shining spot, it will grow into a tree containing the Golden Shovel.

In New Horizons[edit]

Two players standing near shining soil in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, shining soil has been redesigned to be more subtle, and it appears in a random location on the player's island each day and contains 1,000 Bells. If the player buries Bells in a shining spot, a money tree will grow. The player can earn up to three times the amount buried by doing this, but if they plant more than 10,000 Bells, they risk losing money.



  1. Nintendo of America. "Nintendo Support: How to Update Animal Crossing: New Horizons". Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  2. Animal Crossing: The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 46