What’s New This Month in Animal Crossing: New Leaf – January

Welcome, New Leaf fans. Since July, Diehard GameFAN has been compiling a list of things that you can do in each month in order to make sure you have all your stylish giraffes in a row. Since it’s a new month, we’ve got a new list! Here are some of the things you can do in January.

First, some general tips:

  • Donate the first (new) bug/fish/deep-sea creature that you catch to the museum. Then you don’t have to worry about whether you’ve donated or not. Remember that donating items to the museum has definite perks. For instance, once you donate thirty bugs to the establishment, you’ll be able to purchase the silver net, which makes it easier to catch bugs. Once you’ve donated all bugs to the museum, you’ll be able to get the gold net, which makes it even easier. Similar benefits are available for fishers.
  • The rarer the specimen, the harder it is to catch that specimen. If you’re hunting bugs, hold A down and barely move your circle pad in the direction you want to go to sneak. Don’t rush up on beetles and the like, or else you’ll be sure to scare them away.
  • The more expensive creatures are great for stocking up on bells. Many people have been going to the island at night to fill up their boxes with beetles, returning to sell them for thousands of bells. It’s a pretty good strategy if you’re saving up for something or you have a mortgage to pay off… or if you just like sitting on oodles of bells, I suppose.

The official Animal Crossing: New Leaf website has only a few events listed for North America this month: New Year’s Day is on the 1st and the fishing tournament is on the 18th. Additionally, you’ll be able to find two snowballs a day in your town. Roll them around to various sizes to make snowmen and even a snow-family to get the Ski Series, Snowman Series, and Ice Series. Don’t forget, of course, that some of your residents may have January birthdays. Go to their house on that day to celebrate with them. If you bring a present, you might just get one in return in your mailbox the next day. Also be sure to check with Pelly for any special presents that you can download via Wifi.


There’s usually plenty to look for in the great outdoors. This month, though, there are limited changes. On the bug catching front, there are no new bugs to look for. There are no bugs that are available in January that will not be available in February, either. There are also no new fish to look for, nor are there any fish that are available in January that will not be available in February. Last but not least, we have diving. There are no new creatures in January, but if you haven’t caught an octopus yet, you’ll need to grab one before they’re temporarily unavailable in February.


Well, that’s all that I’ve been able to find for this month. Do you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Does your experience differ from what’s listed above? Did you find this helpful? Let us know in the comments, and happy Crossing!



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