Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is about more than just running tasks for your animal friends. It's also about planning, strategizing, and making the most out of your chats with villagers. If you're new to the game, be sure to run through our beginner's guide, but if you're looking for some more advanced tips and tricks, this is the guide for you.
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- Your Market Box
- Animal friends want to help you out
- Human friends can help, too
- Upgrade your tent before your animal friendships max out
- Tell Nintendo the features you want
- Animal Crossing help and extra tips
- And the tricks, too
Your Market Box
In Pocket Camp, you have your own personal seller's market; there, you can either sell items to the Marketplace for a low price, or try to get a few Bells more by selling them to your friends. For example, you can sell a peach to the in-game Marketplace for 10 Bells, or list it for players at 100 Bells. While that seems ridiculous, remember that players need different materials for their game: 100 Bells can be a small price to pay for a player trying to get something they can't quickly farm themselves. When you sell to friends, those items in your Market Box can be seen and purchased by players whenever they want.
Here are some tips for listing items for sale in your Market Box:
- List items that players can't farm fast: Bugs and fish replenish often, but fruit only drops from trees every three hours. List a couple of oranges, peaches, or pears and you're more likely to sell them than a stack of Horse Mackerel.
- Sell semi-rares: If you are lucky enough to farm semi-rare items that you don't need, like a Red Snapper or Horned Dynastid, list them in the Marketplace for friends to earn a few extra Bells. It's slightly harder to find these items, and players may be willing to pay the extra cost to get these items quickly instead of attempting to farm them themselves. That being said.
- Don't fill up your Market Box with ultra rare items: No one is going to want to buy your 30,000-Bell, ultra-rare Jewel Beetle. Listing it in your Market Box is just going to fill up a space that could be used to sell cheaper, more useful items to other players. Currently, no animal asks for super rare items, even at the higher levels, so they're not highly sought after by players. If you are lucky enough to find an ultra rare item, keep it in case future animals request it, or sell it to the in-game Marketplace if you really need the room
- Don't sell large quantities of the same item in one box: Most people only need a couple of items at any given time, and won't necessarily want to spend the extra dough on your stack. Drop two or three of the same items into a Market Box at maximum.
Animal friends want to help you out
Pocket Camp runs in cycles. Every few hours, tasks renew, the Market changes, and your animal friends move in and out of the campground. It's important to know where your animal friends are in order to get the most out of their friendship.
First, get to know your animal friends. Each new animal you meet will give you materials as gifts. These materials are used to craft items, which are needed to welcome more animals to your campsite. Each camper offers different materials. So if you run low on a specific type of material, you can visit that friend and complete tasks.
Campsite chats happen every hour. The countdown triggers after you talk to the first animal at your Campsite. If you swap out someone from the Campsite before the end of the countdown, the countdown is triggered again and you won't be able to chat with any animals in your Campsite for another hour. Talk to everyone in your Campsite after the countdown has ended and before you swap out any animals.
Every three hours, three random animals in your campsite will also request items similar to the way the out-of-camp animals request items. They only have one request, but you can also chat with them to get an extra item or sack of Bells.
To get the most out of your animal friends, rotate the ones that offer materials you need between your Campsite to the campground for the chance to get more items from them. Here's how: While in your campsite, complete any requests they need, then kick them out of your campsite just before the cycle changes (and the animals move). If those friends then spawn in the campground, you can complete three more tasks from them. Once you've done that, add them back to your Campsite so that you have the chance of getting items from them every hour; it can possibly double the number of materials you get from any one animal.
Here's an example of the best way to make use of an animal that has materials you need:
I keep Jay in my Campsite because he gives Preserves. I talk to Jay once per hour while he's in my campsite in order to try to get as many Preserves from him as possible (he doesn't always give Preserves, but he's there to chat with once per hour). Just before the animal move cycle changes, I chat him up one last time, then kick him out of my Campsite. I check the campground after the cycle changes to see if Jay is in one of the locations. If he's there, I'll talk to him to complete his tasks. Then, I immediately put him back into my Campsite so I can continue talking to him every hour. If he doesn't spawn in the campground, I put him back in my Campsite immediately so I can continue talking to him every hour.
Human friends can help, too
Don't be picky about accepting player friendships, or asking for them. The more friends you have, the more opportunities you have to buy and sell items in the Marketplace. You'll also need friends in order to enter the Shovelstrike Quarry without having to spend precious Leaf Tickets. You'll need five friends to agree to help you per entry. Agreeing is simply a matter of tapping "yes" when asked, but that means your friends need to play the game within the timeframe of your request and notice your request and agree.
Giving Kudos as part of your daily goal is the only way to earn Friendship powder, which is a material needed to craft certain items, so be sure to make new friends and give them Kudos whenever you come across them in the game.
Upgrade your tent before your animal friendships max out
Each amenity (tents or activity areas) has three tiers, and each of those tiers can be upgraded a certain number of levels. Before you move to the next tier, you must upgrade the current tier to its max level. For example, the Natural tent has three levels to upgrade before you can unlock the Picnic Set. The Picnic Set has five levels to upgrade before you can unlock the Tree House, which also can be maxed out to level 5.
If you find that your animal friends are maxed out - that is, you can't be any friendlier with them - it's likely because your Campsite tent needs to be upgraded or you need to build a specific style of tent. In order to unlock higher level friendship max, upgrade your tents!
Tents cost a lot of cotton (30 cotton for each upgrade for each of the four types of tents). I recommend you horde as much cotton as possible, even at the expense of crafting items, in order to make sure you have enough cotton to upgrade your tents before it's too late. Your little buddies will level up faster than you realize.
It's important to note that you have to build or upgrade the type of tent that a particular animal prefers. If an animal prefers "cool" stuff, upgrade the cool tent. If an animal prefers cute stuff, upgrade the cute tent. You don't have to keep the tent on display, but you do have to have one built.
Upgrading tiers takes a long time, so plan ahead. You don't want to have a bunch of maxed out friendships days before you can increase their level cap.
- It takes 12 hours to build a new themed tent.
- The Tier 1 upgrade takes 24 hours.
- The Tier 2 upgrade takes 48 hours plus another 48 hours for level upgrades.
- The Tier 3 upgrade takes 72 hours.
I recommend you build all four types of tents to start. That way, your max friendships across all animals will be level 10. Then, upgrade your tents as you have materials.
Tell Nintendo the features you want
Wish there was a museum? Think fishing is too easy? Miss being chased by bees when you shake a tree? Hate the interface for getting to friends' Market Boxes? Tell Nintendo the features you want most in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp using the Feedback section. If enough people ask for a feature, we may see it in a future update.
Tap the More section at the bottom right corner of the screen. Then tap Misc. Tap Customer Support. Then tap **Feedback. You can then send direct feedback to Nintendo.
While the 250 Leaf Ticket cost for each of the special Tom Nook and KK Slider chairs are cool, they are nothing more than a cosmetic addition to the game. If you buy and place Tom's chair. He'll show up in your Campsite to sit in his chair and sleep. KK will show up and play music. They're cool additions, but absolutely unnecessary to the overall game progression. If I had to pick one, I'd go with KK because he plays music.
Also, if you have both Tom and KK's chair in you Campsite at the same time, only one of them will show up at a time. You won't get both KK and Tom in your Campsite together.
Your campsite will get full of furniture, even if you think there's room
There is a limit of 40 pieces of furniture and other items that you can place across your campsite. Keep that in mind while decorating your space with nothing but tiny food plates.
You can have two different types of amenities at your Campsite. For example, you can have the Cool tent and the Natural Picnic Set or the Sporty tent and Cute tent side-by-side. You're not locked into a theme. Have fun!
Find everything that's available in-game in the Catalog
There is a game catalog where you can see every single item that's available to buy from the Market or craft with Cyrus and see what you've already collected. Tap on an item to see more information about it.
Note: Bugs, Fish, and Fruit information can be found in the details of each location on the map.
Get extra Animal Crossing items with My Nintendo Rewards
You can get exclusive gear, or just needed materials by completing weekly missions and redeeming your My Nintendo coins. Tap on More in the bottom right corner of the screen, then tap My Nintendo to see what missions are available and what you can get with your rewards.
Shake all the trees
Once per day, when you shake a tree that doesn't produce fruit, a sack of Bells will randomly drop from one of the trees. Shake them all until you get the secret stash!
Making the most of maxed out friendships
If an animal friend is maxed out, you won't get any more experience points for them. It's a good idea to "trap" them in your Campsite so tasks around the campground can be freed up for lower-level friendships.
When you unveil a new Amenity, five random animals in your Campsite will get 5 Experience Points. If any animals in your Campsite are maxed out, kick them out and replace them with lower-level friends so those animals have a chance to gain the +5 points.
Collect fruit later
Shake the fruit off of trees but leave them on the ground. If you don't immediately need fruit you've shaken off of a tree, you can leave it behind, saving storage for other items. You can then go back and collect the fruit later. In the meantime, the fruit tree timer will already be counting down to replenishment.
Get started on loans right away
When you upgrade and expand your Campervan, you'll automatically take out a loan, even if you have enough Bells to pay it off. You might as well take out that loan as soon as possible. It doesn't count against you and doesn't cost anything up front. The sooner you start paying it off, the sooner you'll get to upgrade your camper again.
Don't sell ultra rare items
There currently doesn't seem to be any animal in the game that requests ultra rare items like the Emperor Butterfly or the Football Fish. If you put one in your Market Box for $15,000, no one will buy it. It'll just take up space in your Market and you might end up having to trash it if you really need a box.
Flooring and wallpaper can only be place inside your camper
If you're hoping to decorate your campsite with some cute wallpaper, think again. Flooring (rugs are OK for outdoors) and wallpapers are meant for your camper and not the great outdoors.
A big shout out to the ACPocketCamp subReddit for finding these great in-game tricks and Easter eggs.
- If you set up your campsite with nothing but lamps, your visiting campers will each walk up to one of the lamps and turn them on and off.
- Log into the game on your birthday to get birthday wishes from all of your animal friends.
- Closets have framed photos on their backsides, so you can use them to create interesting looking walls in your campsite or camper van
What are your favorite tips and tricks?
How do you get the most out of villagers in Animal Crossing: Pocket camp? Put your suggestions in the comments to help us out!
Originally published Nov. 21. Updated Nov. 27: Added more tips!
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