Animal Crossing New Horizons: Best Way to Make Bells

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Best Way to Make Bells

You'll need Bells to pay for all manner of things while building up your island in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Bells return as the primary currency in Animal Crossing New Horizons. They are needed to pay off the various loans you'll get from Nook Inc., and to purchase certain items. There's a wide range of methods of earning Bells, some being a lot faster than others. In this guide we'll show you the best and fastest ways to make Bells while playing. Let's get started.

Best Ways to Make Bells

It's important to state that as of the time of writing, there are no known money cheats or exploits available in Animal Crossing New Horizons. The methods outlined below are all legit, and will each be a great way to make Bells as quickly as possible. Here's the best ways to make Bells.

Selling Fish and Bugs

One of the best ways to make Bells early on in Animal Crossing New Horizons is to sell fish and bugs. Obviously, you'll want to donate the new species that you find to Blathers (more on that here), but spending some time fishing and catching bugs will quickly make you money. Fish like the Golden Trout are particularly lucrative, and keep an eye out for any Emperor Butterflies while exploring your island (the butterflies are big and sky blue in color).

Fish are a great way to make Bells | Jake Green/USG

Catch Tarantulas

This method involves some bravery but it's absolutely worth it in the long run. Heading out at night, you may come across a tarantula. If you manage to catch one, you'll earn a lot of Bells, we're talking thousands here. There's a risk that you may get bitten and faint, so approach with care, you can read more on catching them in this guide.

Bell Vouchers

Once you've unlocked Nook's Cranny (more on that here), you'll be able to purchase Bell Vouchers from the Nook Stop machine. For 500 Miles, you can purchase a voucher which will give you 3,000 Bells upon sale. This is a good way to convert your Nook Miles into Bells.

Swap Bell Vouchers for Bells | Jake Green/USG

Sell Fossils

If you want to make a quick buck, selling fossils is the way to go. You'll want to donate the new fossils you have to the museum, but selling any duplicates will net you thousands of Bells.

Dig for Bells

There are sometimes Bells buried in the ground. Visit our guide on where to find them here.

Sell Your Unwanted Items

You'll naturally collect a lot of junk that you don't need while playing Animal Crossing New Horizons. Furniture that doesn't fit your vibe can be sold, as can clothing. Consider selling items that you don't need.

Take Advantage of the Turnip Market

Turnips are unlocked after building Nook's Cranny. Every Sunday, you'll have the chance to buy Turnips. Each day, the price of Turnips will change. Selling on the right day can make you a lot of Bells, read more in our Turnips guide.

Sell your fossils! | Jake Green/USG

Keep an Eye Out For Shells

Checking your beaches periodically is a great way to find shells. Some of these are worth a good amount of Bells. Keep an eye out for large clams, coral and other shells littered on your beaches.

Here's the Fastest Way to Make Bells Early On

You won't have all that many opportunities to make Bells early on in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Consider the method below when you're just starting out.

  1. Stock up on Tree Branches
  2. Craft a fishing rod
  3. Fish until your inventory is full
  4. Sell the fish to Timmy
  5. Repeat until your fishing rod breaks then swap to another

For more on Animal Crossing New Horizons be sure to read our review. There's also Mat's write-up on how cloud saving works in the game.

Jake Green

Senior Guides Writer

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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