Here's Why Tarantula Farming In Animal Crossing Is Harder Now

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has only been out since March 20, but players quickly found a way to exploit spawns for valuable bugs to get rich. One of these money-making schemes involved farming tarantulas, the semi-rare and nocturnal arachnid that are worth 8,000 bells each if you can catch them. But the arrival of new bugs for the month of April has also meant new competition for the profitable tarantula–the giant water bug is here and it’s making tarantula farming in Animal Crossing a lot more difficult.

We have a whole guide on tarantula farming, but the gist of it is this: you head to a deserted island via Mystery Tour and clear out all the resources like rocks, trees, stumps, and flowers. This removes spawn conditions for other bugs, which will force the tarantula to spawn more than usual. Previously, players didn’t have to worry about bodies of water on their deserted island, because in the Northern Hemisphere at least, there were no seasonal bugs that spawned on water. Enter: the giant water bug.

The giant water bug is an April arrival for Northern Hemisphere players. It appears on freshwater like ponds and rivers, meaning it doesn’t require any of the foliage you’d typically clear out of your deserted island to generate a tarantula island. If you try to make a tarantula island now, you’ll find that in addition to having to scare away tiger beetles or wharf roaches (bugs that also don’t require flowers or trees to spawn) to force tarantula spawns, you’ll also need to contend with giant water bug spawns. To make matters worse, giant water bugs don’t flitter away when you sprint by them, meaning you have to actually catch them with your net and release them each time they appear. This is making an already time-consuming process a long, tedious loop for players looking to make bells fast.

Tarantula islands aren’t impossible to make, they’re just kind of annoying now. So far, it seems there are only two ways to get around the giant water bug issue: you either land on the elusive tarantula island itself (a Mystery Tour island known for its tarantula population) or you land on a bamboo island, which doesn’t have freshwater at all. Mystery Island tours are random though, so you just have to rack up those Nook Miles and hope you get lucky. Tarantulas are also leaving after April for players in the Northern Hemisphere, making this even more of a headache for players who were hoping to cash in.

If farming tarantulas seems like more trouble than it’s worth, we still have a list of other ways to make money in Animal Crossing you can check out. But Animal Crossing isn’t just about the bells. Bunny Day, an event running through April 12, is in full swing, with lots of seasonal DIY recipes to craft. Be sure to check out more of our guides below and read our review.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons News And Guides

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  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish Guide
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bug Guide
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – New Fish And Bugs In April
  • How To Crossbreed Flowers In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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