In Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS, Bells are the form of currency used to buy and sell goods and services. Players need Bells to purchase items from the shops in town, to expand their home with Tom Nook, buy items from villagers and more. Bells are not difficult to earn, through the process can be time-consuming. Discover the best and quickest methods to make Bells in Animal Crossing: New Leaf in this guide.
There are several rocks spread around your town in different locations. Everyday, one rock will dispense Bells when hit with your shovel, and another will be fake, depositing an ore when hit. The fake rock only needs to be hit once, while the money rock needs to be hit with a shovel up to eight times to receive all the Bells. With the money rock:
up to eight piles of Bells will drop
the Bells operate on a time limit
only a shovel will work on the rock
Once you start hitting the money rock with your shovel, you need to be quick - time can run out, and you may miss your opportunity to get all eight stacks of Bells. Try digging holes in the ground behind you, so you dont bounce so far away from the rock with each hit. If your money luck is running high, you can earn up to 32,000 Bells from the money rock!
When you first create your town, there are numerous trees dispersed around the landscape. Fruit trees drop their respective fruit when shaken, while cedar and oak trees can drop Bells, furniture or beehives. You will have to shake the trees to see what drops from each. Players can earn the following daily by shaking trees:
100 Bells total
2 pieces of furniture
When beehives drop from the trees, bees will come flying out and sting you! Beestings cause your characters face to swell up, which villagers will notice and sometimes make fun of. You can avoid beestings by opening your town gate before shaking your trees; bees cannot come out while your town is open for visitors, and only the beehives will drop.
The ground beneath your town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf is full of ancient fossils and dinosaur bones! Every day, players can dig up to four fossils from the ground. Fossils need to be assessed by Blathers, the owl curator of the Museum.
Your best approach is to donate all of your fossils to the museum first - any duplicates you find can be sold for spare Bells.
The highest-selling fossil - a T-Rex Skull - yields only 6,000 Bells, so they arent the best Bell-makers. If you dont want to sell your fossils, you can save them to display in your home (which earns extra HHA points) or give completed fossil sets to Cyrus at ReTail to create mini models of the dinosaurs.
Once you gain access to the island by talking to Tortimer (the previous mayor of your town) you can catch expensive bugs and fish in a permanent summer paradise. Trips to the island cost 1,000 Bells there and back, and are well worth the payment. The island offers a plethora of bugs and fish that cannot be found in your town, and can be shipped back via a shipping box.
Beetles offer the most Bells when being sold to Reese at ReTail, and the rarest beetles come out late at night, at least past 7:00 PM. Beetles spawn on palm trees, and can be caught with the bug net by holding down the A button to sneak up on them. The most expensive beetles are the following:
Golden Stag - 12,000
Horned Hercules - 12,000
Cyclommatus Stag - 8,000
Horned Atlas - 8,000
Horned Elephant - 8,000
Beetles are far easier to catch than fish, but if you want a change of scenery, you can catch some expensive fish. Sharks yield the most Bells when sold - as much as 15,000 Bells each - but are uncommon spawns. Sharks can be told apart from other fish on the island by their fins sticking out of the water.
ReTail is the flea market store run by Reese and Cyrus in town. By talking to Reese, players can sell various items, such as fruit, bugs, fish, furniture and ores. Players can also put certain items up on display in flea market spots. Players choose the price of these items, and leave them open for villagers to walk in and buy them for their own houses.
ReTail is the best place to sell your bugs and fish from the island, along with other items. Furthermore, Reese has high price items listed on the sign outside of the shop daily. She will pay more for the items listed that day; it may be worth it to catch or gather the items she lists to make some extra Bells.