Brittany is a mobile gaming addict! Her favourite genres are simulation, casual, RPG, tycoon, fashion, adventure, puzzle, and city-builders.
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is a spin-off of the popular Animal Crossing game series, but made exclusively for iOS and Android devices. The game allows you to run your own campsite: decorate your avatar, camper and campgrounds, befriend the animal villagers around the nearby areas, collect items and craft goods, and more!
The game is very in-depth despite being for mobile devices, and there's a lot you can miss out on! Here are 10+ tips, tricks, cheats, and hints to help you succeed at Animal Crossing Pocket Camp!
1. Make Lots of Friends!
The Animal Crossing games are essentially all about being social; the main point is to make friends with the animals in the game. But you also need to have real human friends in the game to really progress in levels, get materials and bells.
Of course, you can add your real friends if they play the game by sharing your ID or entering theirs. Otherwise, I recommend checking out an Animal Crossing community, like the Pocket Camp subreddit on Reddit, where they post a monthly Friend Code Thread for you to post your ID and add other players.
It's a good idea to add lots of friends, because it'll make it easier to play the game in many ways. Add lots of players, visit their camp, water their gardens, help them with events, lend them a hand in the quarry, and they'll return all the same favours to you!
2. Save Your Leaf Tickets
Leaf Tickets are the premium currency in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. You can only get them for completing special tasks, levelling up, receiving rewards for quests, or buying them with real money.
While it may be tempting to use them to speed up crafting times—don't do it! Be patient and let things finish crafting. There are other more useful things for leaf tickets, like crafting premium objects or clothes, buying special fortune cookies or unlocking inventory space.
Speaking of which...
3. Spend Some Leaf Tickets to Increase Your Inventory
As you play the game and collect items, you'll notice that your storage space will get full quite quickly. Your inventory increases as you level up, but only to a maximum amount of 150 slots. You'll likely need more than that as you go along, so it's a good idea to use some leaf tickets to increase your storage space.
I find it pretty comfortable to get up to 200 slots at least, and then try your best to manage your space from there on out.
4. Keep a Stockpile of 10 of Each Fruit, Fish, Bug and Shells
One of the main parts of the is fulfilling requests for animals around the camp and at different locations on the map. To make sure you can quickly fulfil their requests, I recommend keeping a stockpile of 10 of each:
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- Fruit (apple, cherry, coconut, orange and pear)
- Fish (black bass, crucian carp, pale chub, yellow perch, horse mackerel, olive flounder, red snapper, squid)
- Shells (conch, coral, scallop)
- Bugs (fruit beetle, horned dynastid, monarch butterfly, tiger butterfly)
- Keep a random selection of flowers too as you'll randomly get requests for a flower of your choice
Keep in mind, however, that if you ever get a request for an item you don't have in stock, it's an automatic catch if you go to the location in-game to find it (i.e. the game is programmed for you to find that item when you go to that location—usually within a few minutes).
You can sell excess items for bells directly from your inventory.
5. Give Your Lowest Value Items to the Villagers
Sometimes you'll get a request not for a specific item, but for any fruit, bug, shell, fish or flower of your choice. Make sure you give out the items that are worth 10 bells only! You'll still receive a gift and friendship points for doing so.
Giving out higher items does net you a higher reward, but never give away anything worth more than 1500 bells, as the animals won't ever pay you higher you than that. Giving away special fruit (worth 600 bells) can end in a reward of 1500 bells, and some rare fish and bugs can also end in higher rewards. But if you nab a fish or bug worth 2500 or more, just sell it directly.
6. Sell Rare Items Directly from Your Inventory for Bells
Rare items are worth quite a bit of bells. Sell them directly from your inventory to get quick bells for them. Rare fish (crawfish, koi, king salmon, etc.) can sell from anywhere between 2,500–5,000 bells, and the same goes for rare bugs (emperor butterflies, etc.) and pearl-oyster shells. You'll know you've picked up/caught a rare item as you'll see a cut-scene with your character holding up the item and celebrating it.
Don't bother selling rare items like this in the market box; players will rarely spend 6,000 bells on items they can just find themselves!
7. Don't Forget to Complete Daily Goals
Every day the game refreshes at 1 AM (EST) and a new day begins. With each new day, you'll get a three-page list of goals to complete for bells, treats, friend powder and sometimes leaf tickets. The goals are usually things you'll do anyway, like visit a certain area on the map or fulfill animal requests, but you might also get ones to catch a specific amount of animals or fish.
Make sure you complete these goals before the day ends to get your free items!
8. Check in Periodically Throughout the Day
As mentioned above, a new in-game day starts at 1 AM (EST).
From that time, the game goes on a cycle every three hours on the hour. New villagers and requests reset every three hours. The quarry resets after three hours. The shops reset after six hours (starting from 1 AM).
Try your best to check in every three hours while you're awake. It takes me about 15 minutes per check-in to visit each location and fulfill villager requests. You can also use Pete to deliver items quickly if you don't have enough time to go to each location and speak to each animal.
9. Keep Villagers at the Camp That Give Items You Need
Once you become a high enough friendship level with the villagers, you can invite them to come and camp out at your camping grounds. In the beginning, you'll probably just have a random assortment of animals there, but as you level up and have more animals to invite, it's time to get strategic.
You'll notice you need lots of crafting materials to make furniture and clothing. Villagers will reward you with their primary crafting material if they're on your campsite. If the villager is a lower level, they'll give you 15 of their Primary Craft Material and 2 of their Essence, and higher villagers (level 15+) will give 38 Primary Craft Material, 3–6 Essence, and 8 Secondary Craft Materials.
For example, Goldie's Primary Craft Material is Steel and her Essence is Natural Essence. Meanwhile, Tex's Primary Material is Cotton and his Essence is Cool Essence. So if you needed lots of steel and cotton, it'd be good to keep Goldie and Tex at your camp to collect these goods from them.
There's a full infographic of all the villagers and their Primary Craft Material/Essence here!
10. Special Trees at Lost Lure Creek
Every player has two unique fruit trees at Lost Lure Creek. These trees produce either grapes, lemons, or lychee. It's a good idea to sell these in your market, as other players might need them for quests and might not have access to them in their own game, if they don't have the same unique fruit.
If you want to be nice to your friends or don't really need the extra bells, you can sell your unique fruit for the lowest value. If you're trying to make a good profit of bells, jack up the price to the max amount—someone will still buy them if they're desperate enough!
11. Keep Crafting Throughout the Day
Make sure you're always crafting something during the day. If you've got some time to play the game, craft items that take a short amount of time (some can be crafted in a minute), so you can maximise the amount of things crafted during your playtime.
Before bed or before heading into work, when I know I can't play for a big chunk of time, I usually craft things that take 5–6 hours. If I'm at home and can spend time checking in and playing, I'll craft things that finish quicker. But all three of my crafting spots are always occupied!
12. Level up Amenities ASAP
Make sure you're levelling up your amenities as soon as you can. Amenities are directly tied to how high a level your villager's friendship level can get.
For example, if you only have a Level 3 Sporty Amenity, all of your Sporty Themed villagers (Butch, Bud, Jay, etc.) will cap off at ten friendship hearts. That means fulfilling requests, talking to them, changing clothes, etc. will be a waste of friendship points. By crafting the Half Pipe, you can unlock the friendship hearts and start collecting points again!
So make sure you're upgrading amenities so those friendship points are always going to good use.
13. Unload Unwanted Goods to Gulliver
Gulliver is located on Sunburst Island and you can give him 10 unwanted items—either clothes or furniture, or a mixture of both—to him and he'll return back with snacks and sometimes even new villagers.
The rewards depend on the quality of goods given. If you want to aim for themed snacks (snacks which work best with villagers who have the matching theme) or villagers, I recommend checking out this page on the Wiki, as it goes into deeper detail on Gulliver and treats.
14. Shake Trees for Bells
Once a day, you can shake one of the bare trees (meaning one of the trees which don't bear any fruit) to get bells. A bag of bells will fall from one of the trees each day and you can get anywhere from 300–1,000 bells each day from doing so!
15. Red Text Means a Reward!
When you're talking to a villager, if the text is red, that means you'll get a reward for talking to them or completing a task (changing their clothes, helping them figure out a gift for another villager, listening to a story/watching a cut-scene). The reward can be bells, crafting material, friendship points, or other items.
Sometimes they'll ask you to change their clothes. You don't even have to pick new clothes, just close out of the clothing tab (and the villager will make a joke about it being the same outfit) and you'll still get two friendship points.
16. Ask Your Friends to Visit the Quarry
Don't forget to check out the Shovelstrike Quarry once a day! You can request for friends to help you get into the quarry and you can ask every person on your friend's list for help.
Keep in mind that you can use their help to enter at any time that day. That means that you don't have to use the help at the time you requested. Wait for Shovelstrike to refresh (every three hours) and give a reward you want (like a material you're low on) and enter then.
17. Help Your Friends Enter the Quarry
Also, help your friends enter the quarry! You can see if they need help by looking in the friendship tab and clicking on the "lend a hand" button.
For every friend that you help to enter the quarry, you'll receive 100 bells at the end of the day. Even if they don't end up entering the quarry, and you helped, you'll still get 20 bells!
18. Water Friend's Gardens for Friend Powder
Again, check your friendship tab to see if any friends need their garden's watered (you'll know if there's a little water drop icon under their name). If so, click the details tab and then click on "Water Flowers" to water their garden and get Friend Powder (which you need for crafting). You can water their garden multiple times a day, depending on how often they plant and harvest flowers!
19. Create a My Nintendo Account and Reap Rewards
Finally, you should create a free My Nintendo account and link it to the game. Creating one allows you to save your game's progress on the My Nintendo cloud, so that you can log in across multiple devices, or restore a game on a new device.
But you can also get special rewards for connecting your My Nintendo account and completing regular tasks in the game. Click on the More button, then My Nintendo and have a look at the Missions tab. You can collect special points there for tasks you've completed in-game and then on the Rewards tab, you can trade the points for in-game items.
50 points can be traded for 20 wood, steel, cotton, paper or preserves. 100 can be traded for 5000 bells. You can trade these in as many times as you need, as long as you have points. You can also get 50 leaf tickets just for connecting for the first time!
The missions/points refresh once a week, so keep checking in and collecting points!
Those are all the tips I have for now! Do you have any tips for Animal Crossing Pocket Camp? Which tip did you find most useful? Let me know in the comments section below!
© 2019 Brittany Brown
Darknari on June 22, 2020:
You actually shouldn't give your cheap items to the villagers. Items that cost 3500 bells and up (market price) are guaranteed to give you a cookie (Timmy/Tommy/clothing). 100 to below 3500 gives you a chance at getting a cookie.
Other rewards are snacks (high chance), sparkle stones (low) and animal maps (really low).
CaraN on April 23, 2020:
Loved this! Thank you for all the useful info. It's helped a bunch.
Q on April 09, 2020:
Thank you! Very helpful :)
a person here on March 19, 2020: