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The Golden Slinghsot

If you want to get the golden slingshot you will have to shoot down 15 gift balloons. This isn't really all that hard to do, especially if you know when the balloons are coming.

They appear (or have a chance of appearing) every 10 minutes during every minute ending in 4. That is from 9:04 a.m. to 3:54 p.m. So you get to mess around fishing or whatever for 10 minutes then head up to the top of the map and wait for a balloon. If you don't hear that wind blowing sound after a minute go back to fishing.

The 16th baloon you shoot down will have the golden sling shot in it and it is a fun item to have.


Storage Space

Get yourself a dresser or chest of drawers as soon as possible (having more than one does not help). You can stick extra junk into these which is really, really useful.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) occupants of the house do not share dresser space so if you want to share stuff between friends you will have to send it to them in a letter or leave it for them on the ground. Using the post has the least amount of risk to your HRA score, but then if you are also running the other character then the item won't be on the ground for very long.


Fossils Lists


'This marvelous herbivore was covered in spikes from head to back, eh wot? I
challenge you to find a more perfectly protected body. You shan't succeed!
Not only that, but this great best could also swing its hammerlike tail! Hoo,
this allowed it to attack as well as defend. With an attack like that...
Why, any carnivore would likely think twice about snacking on this fellow!
Ah! Forgive my babbling. it's that tail, you see... One can't help but rave!

Ankylo Skull: 3000 Bells
Ankylo Torso: 3000 Bells
Ankylo Tail: 2500 Bells


'The apatosaur was once called a brontosaur, I'll have you know. It is well
known for having a rather long neck and tail and for being a herbivore.
However, it appears that, unlike the giraffe, it could not make its neck
vertical! (Blathers appears to be very distressed by this fact.) Yes, blood
flow, you see. If it straightened more than 90 degrees, it might faint!

Apato Skull: 5000 Bells
Apato Torso: 4500 Bells
Apato Tail: 4000 Bells


'It lived early on, when dinosaurs first began roaming the earth, wot? And
actually, to be quite accurate, it's not even a real dinosaur at all! As we
know, dinosaurs were cold-blooded and could not change body temperature. But
the dimetrodon could! It used its distinctive back to control heat! For this
reason, it is considered what we call a 'mammalian reptile', wot?'

Dimetrodon Skull: 5500 Bells
Dimetrodon Torso: 5000 Bells
Dimetrodon Tail: 4500 Bells

Length: 32.8 feet
Early Cretaceous

'The iguanodon holds the distinction of being the first dinosaur ever found!
Until this beast was found, we were unaware that dinosaurs even existed, wot!
One wonders if the first iguanodon tooth was thought to be an iguana's.'

Iguanodon Skull: 4000 Bells
Iguanodon Torso: 3500 Bells
Iguanodon Tail: 3000 Bells


'It resembled an elephant and only became extinct a mere 10,000 years ago!
This shaggy beast lived in the ice age and developed pronounced tusks, wot
wot? Yes, it used them to scrape ice and snow to get to the plants that it
fed on!

Mammoth Skull: 3000 Bells
Mammoth Torso: 2500 Bells

Length: 13.1 feet
Late Cretaceous

'I must tell you a smidgen about the pachycephalosaur. This unique creature
was one of the last dinosaurs to roam the earth, wot? Though it is known
primarily for its rounded head... It was basically all bone! There was
hardly a brain to speak of inside! These brain-boggling dinos never case to
amaze me! Hoo, so intriguing!'

Pachy Skull: 4000 Bells
Pachy Torso: 3500 Bells
Pachy Tail: 3000 Bells


Length: 29.5 feet
Late Cretaceous

'This dinosaur lived until the very end of ALL dinosaur-kind, you know. The
magnificent rest on its head was actually hollow bone measuring over 3 feet!
BA-ROOOOOOOOOOOOOO! A mighty cry would echo across the land when it tooted
it! Ah, Hoo. (Did I spit on you? I rarely get to cut loose like that, wot?
I'm an owl.)'

Parasaur Skull
Parasaur Torso: 3000 Bells
Parasaur Tail: 2500 Bells


Length: 23.6 feet
Late Cretaceous

'This must mean that the great day has finally come! The plesiosaur is
complete! Hoo! Indeed, WOO hoo! I should to the sky, HUZZAH! Please,
allow me a moment to tell you a little about the plesiosaur! This creature
emerged towards the end of the era of the dinosaurs... to be accurate, it was
not a dinosaur but rather a type of long-neck reptile. The first plesiosaurus
fossil was found 35 years ago by a high-schooler!'

Plesio Skull: 4500 Bells
Plesio Neck: 4500 Bells
Plesio Torso: 4500 Bells


Length: 30.2 feet
Late Cretaceous

The pteranodon was simply a wonderful creature. It emerged in the later age
of dinosaurs, winging through the ancient skies. Though it could fly, it was
most certainly not a bird! No, it was a reptile, wot! When it spread its
wings, it was a big as a small aeroplane. Simply gargantuan!

Ptera Skull: 4500 Bells
Ptera Body: 4000 Bells
Ptera Left Wing: 4500 Bells
Ptera Right Wing: 4500 Bells

Sabretooth Tiger
Length: 6.2 feet
Pleistocene Cenozoic

'The sabretooth tiger was an absolutely amazing beast! As it name implies, it
was part of the cat family and had two long canine teeth. It could open its
jaws incredibly wide, allowing it to tear into thick hides. It went extinct
about 40,000 years ago... during a period when humans lived. I understand
that humans also fell victim to this fierce hunter. The horror!

Sabretooth Skull: 2500 Bells
Sabretooth Torso: 2000 Bells

Length: 113.2 feet
Late Jurassic

The seismosaur is quite simply, a stunning creature. Of the dinosaurs that we
know about now, this is the absolute longest. It's body was quite small and
quite light for its length, to be honest.

Seismo Skull: 5000 Bells
Seismo Chest: 4500 Bells
Seismo Hip: 4000 Bells
Seismo Tail: 4500 Bells

Length: 30.5 feet
Late Cretaceous

Let me tell you about our dear stegosaur. It emerged right around the middle
of the era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The diamond-shaped plates
embedded along its back are actually made of bone, wot? Indeed, they were
used to keep it cool and also to thwart its enemies.

Stego Skull: 5000 Bells
Stego Torso: 4500 Bells
Stego Tail: 4000 Bells

T Rex
Length: 47.6 feet
Late Cretaceous

'This carnivorous giant was one of the last remaining dinosaurs on earth.
Because of its speed, it was once called the ultimate hunter. However a
recent theory suggests that the T-Rex was in point of fact clumsy. Yes,
clumsy! And that it ate a diet consisting mostly of dead dinosaurs!
Nonsense, says I! What rot! I still consider T-Rex to be a dinosaur most

T Rex Skull: 6000 Bells
T Rex Torso: 5500 Bells
T Rex Tail: 5000 Bells


'Allow me to compose myself and tell you about the mighty Triceratops. This
herbivore was one of the last remaining dinosaurs, eh wot? This quiet giant
is easily recognised by its three horns and its large collar. The bone in
that collar was designed to build more muscles in the neck... Yes, as a
result, the biting power of this creature was something to behold! Ah. Hoo.
Yes, so sorry. I didn't behold it MYSELF, of course... Hoo.'

Tricera Skull: 5500 Bells
Tricera Torso: 5000 Bells
Tricera Tail: 4500 Bells


Fossils Lists

List of Single Fossils:

Amber: 1200 Bells
Ammonite: 1100 Bells
Archaeopteryx: 1300 Bells
Dino droppings: 1100 Bells
Dinosaur Egg: 1400 Bells
Dinosaur Track: 1000 Bells
Fern Fossil: 1000 Bells
Shark Tooth: 1000 Bells
Peking Man: 1100 Bells
Trilobite: 1300 Bells


Insect Lists


Mole Cricket: rare, November to May (280 Bells)

N.B. To catch a Mole Cricket, you first must hear a buzzing sound. Dig with
your shovel in the area where you hear the sound. The insect will emerge from
the hole, then begin to run across the ground. Equip your net quickly to
catch it.

Under Rocks:

Pill Bug: all year (250 Bells)

N.B. To catch a Pill Bug, first equip your shovel and bang on the rock. The
Pill Bug will pop out. Equip your net quickly to catch it.


Insect Lists


Moth: May to September, night (60 Bells)


Flea: rare, March to November (70 Bells)

N.B. You will know that a neighbour is infested with fleas when he/she
uses 'itchy' as a catchphrase or otherwise makes you aware of the fact that
he/she is uncomfortable. A flea is a bit tricky to catch because you are as
likely to speak to the Animal as you are to swing the net when you are that
close to him/her. You will see the Flea leaping about near the Animal when
you speak to him/her.


Pondskater: June to September, noon (130 Bells)


Bee: all year
Cockroach: rare, all year (5 Bells)
Dynastid Beetle: July to August, night (1350 Bells)
(Emerald) Fruit Beetle: July to September (100 Bells)
Giant Beetle: rare, July to August, night (10000 Bells)
Jewel Beetle: rare, July to August, noon (2400 Bells)
Longhorn Beetle: rare, June to August, noon (260 Bells)
Rainbow Stag: rare, June to September, night (10000 Bells)
Saw Stag Beetle: rare, July to August (2000 Bells)
Scarab Beetle: rare, July to August, night (6000 Bells)
Stag Beetle: rare, June to August, night (2000 Bells)

Brown Cicada: July to August (200 Bells)
Evening Cicada: July to August (550 Bells)
Robust Cicada: July to August (300 Bells)
Walker Cicada: rare, July to August (400 Bells)

Japanese Oak Silk Moth: rare, June to September, night (1200 Bells)

Lantern Fly: rare, June to September, night (1800 Bells)
Spider: March to November
Walkingstick: rare, July to November, until noon (600 Bells)


Dung Beetle: rare, December to February, evening to night (800 Bells)


Insect List


Banded Dragonfly: rare, July to August (4,500 Bells)
Red Dragonfly: September to October, noon and evening (80 Bells)
Darner Dragonfly: June to August, noon (200 Bells)
Mosquito: June to September, evening to night (130 Bells)

Coconut Palms:

Atlas Beetle: rare, June to August, night (8000 Bells)
Goliath Beetle: rare, June to August, night (6000 Bells)
Elephant Beetle: rare, July to August, night (8000 Bells)
Hercules Beetle: rare, July to August, night (12000 Bells)


Agrias Butterfly: rare, June to September, noon (3000 Bells)
Birdwing: rare, June to September, noon (3000 Bells)
Common Butterfly; March to September, morning; April to June: noon (90 Bells)
Emperor: rare; June to September, noon (2500 Bells)
Honeybee: March to August, noon (100 Bells)
Ladybug: March to June; October, noon (200 Bells)
Mantis: August to November (430 Bells)
Orchid Mantis: August to November, September to November (2400 Bells)
Monarch: September to November, noon (140 Bells)
Yellow Butterfly: March to September, morning; April to June, noon (90 Bells)
Snail: rare, April to September (250 Bells)

N.B. Snails appear to be more prevalent on a rainy day. In contrast,
butterflies seldom if ever will be found when it is raining.
It may be coincidence, but I always find the orchid mantis on white flowers,
and never on flowers of other colours.

Pink or Red Flowers:

Tiger Butterfly: March to September, until noon; May to June, noon (160 Bells)

Blue, Black or Purple Flowers:

Peacock Butterfly: March to September, until noon; May to June, noon (220

N.B. Black flowers, like black roses, black tulips or black cosmos are
hybrids as are purple flowers like purple tulips and purple pansies. To find
a Peacock Butterfly, it is necessary to create hybrid flowers. A Peacock
Butterfly will be attracted to another hybrid, a blue pansy.

Fresh Water:

Firefly: June, night (300 Bells)


Bell Cricket: September to October, evening to night (430 Bells)
Cricket: September to November, evening to night (130 Bells)
Grasshopper: July to September, noon (160 Bells)
Long Locust: August to November, noon (200 Bells)
Migratory Locust: August to November, noon (600 Bells)

Ground: on rotting Turnips

Ant: all year (80 Bells)
Fly: all year (60 Bells)


Catching Insects

Insects are a pain to catch. They don't just crawl around (most of them). You have to dig holes, bang rocks, shake trees and all that in order to catch some of them.

Keep your net handy and when you see an insect get out the net and swing after it.

The cocroach, fly and dung beetle are the easiest to catch. You can find cocroaches on tree trunks. Just go slowly around the trees and look at the trunks. Then sneak up and swing the net.

Planting flowers will attact other insects so plant your flowers and enjoy!


Golden Fishing Rod

If you want to get the golden fishing rod then you will need a lot of patience. Here is how you do it.

1 - Get yourself a fishing rod
2 - Catch at least one of every variety of fish in the game.

Very simple in theory, very time consuming in practice. Fish appear at different times of day and different months of the year so it is very hard to know that you have all of the fish. But it is also a good way to earn some bells to pay down your mortgage so in the end it is definitely worth the effort to catch every fish that you can.

I personally have never been able to get the golden fishing rod, but I aspire to it someday.


Saltwater Fish List

Barred Knifejaw: 5000 Bells; rare, March through November
Blue Marlin: 10000 Bells; rare, July through September
Clownfish: 650 Bells; April through September, all day; (May-August at noon)
Coelacanth: 15000 Bells; rare, only when raining or snowing
Dab: 300 Bells: October through April
Football Fish: 2500 Bells; rare, November through March
Hammerhead Shark: 8000 Bells; rare, June through September
Horse Mackerel: 150 Bells; all year
Jelly Fish: 100 Bells; August
Ocean Sunfish: 4000 Bells; rare, April through September
Octopus: 500 Bells; September through January, March to July
Olive Flounder: 800 Bells; rare, all year
Puffer Fish: 240 Bells; July through September
Red Snapper: 3000 Bells; all year
Sea Bass: 160 Bells; all year
Sea Butterfly: 1000 Bells; December through February
Seahorse: 1100 Bells; April through November, all day; (May through September
at noon)
Shark: 15000 Bells; rare, June through September
Squid: 400 Bells; December through August
Tuna: 7000 Bells; rare, November through March
Zebra Turkey Fish: 400 Bells; April through November, all day (May through
September at noon)