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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Beginner’s Guide: 12 Tips & Cheats for Creating the Best Campsite

Nintendo’s hit series has finally come to mobile devices! The highly anticipated Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is now available on iOS and Android devices. This game is the latest release from the community simulation game series called Animal Crossing. The series itself has millions of fans due to its open-ended gameplay and clever use of real-time mechanics to create a more realistic simulation. The mobile version of Animal Crossing successfully compresses all the great features from the series. Instead of managing an entire town full of animals, you will be put in charge of a campsite. The villagers have all gone camping and it will be up to you to ensure everyone is a happy camper. There are dozens of activities to do including crafting items, finding new animals, and building friendships. You will need the help of our Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp strategy guide to stay on top of everything!

1. Pick Up Everything

The areas around the campsite are full of things that you can pick up. You can check out trees for some fruit, comb the beach to pick up shells, and a whole lot more. Always be on the lookout for items that can be stashed into your pocket. There is a good chance that these items will come in handy later on. The animals in the game will often give you quests to collect certain items for them. If you already have those items in your inventory, it saves you a lot of time since you can easily complete the quest on the spot.

There are a few things that you should keep in mind. First, fruit trees take time to regrow. It takes about three hours for the fruits to grow back unless you use fertilizer. Make sure you check back into the game every three hours to pick those fruits because the timer won’t start until you have claimed them. As for seashells, they randomly spawn all over the beach. You just need to leave the beach and return a few times to find new sea shells lying on the sand. You may have to do this a lot if you are looking for specific shells. Make sure you still pick up the shells you don’t need, though. They will still be useful for future requests or for selling.

2. Keep On Hunting

There are two types of animals that you can hunt in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. You can go bug-catching or fishing. Of course, you will need to do both if you want to progress in the game. The good news is that you won’t have a lot of trouble catching insects and fish in this game. The controls have been simplified to suit mobile devices. All you have to do is go to a location where there are insects or fish. You will automatically take out your rod or net when you are in a hunting area. Once you see something that you would like to catch, just tap on it. Wait for the signal to tap on it again and you will be able to catch the insect or fish.

If you are looking for a specific fish, make sure you are fishing in the right place. Sea creatures can only be caught from the sea, and river creatures can only be caught from the river. For example, if you have a quest that requires koi fish, you should go to the river to fish because you won’t find them in the sea. There are also ways to make fishing and bug-catching easier. For fishing, use a net when you are in the river or sea in order to catch multiple fish. For bug-catching, put honey on a tree stump to attract a lot of insects at once!

3. Complete Animal Quests

Your relationship with the animals around the camping area is important because it is the only way to level up in the game. You can work on your friendship with them by completing the quests they give you. Don’t worry because these quests just normally involve collecting a certain number of items that are scattered about the campsite. If you followed our first advice and stuffed your pockets with random items, you can easily complete these quests.

There will be times when you are already carrying everything you need to complete a quest, you just need to find the animal who needs the items. If you want to find out which animals need your current items, just go to the map screen. You will see the animals that are hanging around the campsite and the ones who are looking for the items you have will be marked. Just go to them to turn in the items and the quest will be completed.

4. Talk To Your Friends

Another way to improve your friendship with the animals is to simply talk to them. When you approach them, you are given a set of options. One of those options is to ask them what’s new in their life. This increases your affinity with them by a little. It may not seem much but considering it only takes a few seconds to accomplish, it’s definitely worth trying. This is also a good alternative if you have already completed all the quests for the day or if you can’t complete the given quest just yet.

5. Craft A Lot

Since your goal is to make the best glamping site there is, you would want to upgrade your campsite’s amenities as much as you can. You can do this by crafting different items to put on your campsite. Just collect the necessary materials such as cotton, steel, and wood, then give them to Cyrus the alpaca. He will then start crafting the item you want.

Make sure you always keep Cyrus busy because he takes a long time to craft items and he can only craft one at a time. One item can take as much as five hours so don’t forget to queue up crafting before you log off from the game. If you want to speed up crafting time, or if you want to queue up multiple items, you will need to spend the game’s premium currency called Leaf Tickets. The better investment, of course, is to unlock additional item slots since these are permanent upgrades as opposed to the speed boost which only affects the crafting of one item.

6. How To Get Crafting Materials

You are probably wondering how you will get those crafting materials since they do not involve picking fruit, fishing, or bug catching. The crafting materials like wood, cotton, and steel, are mostly acquired from completing requests. You will receive them as rewards by completing requests, but they can also be acquired from simply increasing your friendship level with the campers. Don’t worry if you don’t get a lot of materials after completing a couple of requests. Unlike in other games that involve crafting, you will only need a few materials every time you craft in this game. If you really want to get more crafting materials but don’t have time to complete requests, you can always just buy them using Leaf Tickets. Just remember that premium currency is hard to come by, so don’t spend too much of it on buying materials.

7. Prioritize Your Tent

When it comes to upgrading the amenities at your campsite, your big tent should be your number one priority. Once you complete the upgrade, all your animal friends will visit you to celebrate. This will improve your relationship with all of them by a lot. You will probably also level up a few times when you accomplish this. After working on your tent, you are free to prioritize any other amenity as you please. Customizing your campsite is one of the main attractions of this game so feel free to get creative.

8. Buy And Sell

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has a Market Box feature that allows you to sell your extra items to other real-life players. This is a good way to get rid of stuff you picked up that aren’t really being used for quests. If you regularly pick up items, you will have plenty to sell in the Market. You are free to set you own price but if you sell too high, your items might not get sold. A good idea is to sell common request items in bulk. Players who are looking to complete requests quickly will most likely be willing to part with their money. Of course, you are also free to check out the Market if you are missing one or two items to complete a request.

9. Hunt Rare Beetles

Rare fish and insects can be sold for a good amount of money in the game. Unfortunately, you can’t really hunt down rare fish on purpose since different types of fish can take your bait. For insects, however, there is a way to catch one particularly rare beetle. The dynastid beetle sells for 100 Bells apiece and you can easily find it. Just go past all of the coconut trees until you see large, dark-colored beetles. Catch those and sell them off for profit!

10. Sell A Lot Of Items

If you are really short on cash, you can opt to sell off most of your items in-game. Selling the items in-game will get you less money than selling to real players but at least you won’t have to wait for someone to buy your stuff. If you have a lot of one item, you can just hold on to seven or eight of that item and sell off the rest. Common items can usually be sold for 10 Bells apiece, so you will need to sell a lot to make some real money. This is why we keep telling you to collect as many items as you can. Remember, do this only as a last resort. If there are requests available for you to complete, try those out first. Completing requests will usually give you around 200 Bells. That’s a lot more than you would make if you sold the items needed to complete requests!

11. Break Some Stones

The Shovelstrike Quarry gives you the opportunity to earn some major cash. And by major, we mean a few thousand Bells. All you have to do is to enter the quarry, pick up some rocks, and break them. You get rewards based on what you break. Unfortunately, there is a catch. You either have to cough up a whopping 20 Leaf Tickets for every entry, or you need to ask for help from five of your friends. The best thing to do is to add a lot of people and send them all requests for help. You are going to have to wait for their response, though.

12. Complete Goals

There are two types of Goals that you can achieve in the game. You will get rewards based on the Goals that you meet. The first type of goal is the Timed Goal. As the name suggests, you will need to complete these Goals within a certain time limit. It is best if you prioritize these since you won’t be able to get a second chance to complete them once they expire. You would end up missing out on a lot of cool rewards if you take these Timed Goals for granted.

The second type of goal is the Stretch Goal. These are various Goals that you will eventually meet as you play the game. The first few Goals actually involve learning how to do things like fishing. You can check out the available Goals by tapping on the Isabelle icon on the right side of your screen. The rewards you get for both Timed and Stretch Goals do not automatically end up in your inventory. Make sure you check out your Mailbox every time you meet a Goal in order to claim your reward!

Managing a campsite can be challenging but it is also a lot of fun! But if you follow our list of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp tips, tricks and hints you will surely succeed!