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 cranky villagers 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 April.
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 quite a few events listed for North America this month: April Fool’s Day is on the 1st (play a game with Blanca to get pictures from your villagers), the fishing tourney is on the 12th, Bunny Day is on the 20th (find eggs to receive items from the egg series), Nature Day is on the 22nd (talk to Isabelle at the event plaza to get a cool glove), and Weeding Day is on the 25th (let your town gather weeds before the event to help you get furniture from the Flower Set). On the 10th, you’ll also be able to enjoy the cherry blossoms at their peak, though this isn’t an official “event” per se. Don’t forget, of course, that some of your residents may have April 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 plenty to look for in the great outdoors. On the bug catching front, you have several new bugs to look for.
- The mantis, worth 430 bells, can be found on flowers from 8am-5pm. They’re uncommon.
- The orchid mantis can be found on white flowers from 8am – 7pm. They’re worth 2,400 bells and are rare.
- The snail is a rare bug worth 250 bells found on bushes when it’s raining from 4am – 7pm.
- Stinkbugs are found on trees all day. They’re worth 120 bells.
There are no bugs found in April that are not found in May.
Are you more the fishing type? Here’s what you can look forward to starting in April:
- The butterfly fish is an uncommon ocean fish worth 1,000 bells, found all day. It’s got a small-sized shadow.
- The clownfish is an uncommon tiny ocean fish worth 650 bells. It’s available for your capture all day.
- Guppies are found in the river from 9am-4pm. They’re rare and sell for 1,300 bells each. Look for tiny shadows.
- The killifish is worth 300 bells and is found all day in ponds. To find this uncommon fish, look for tiny shadows.
- The neon tetra is found in rivers from 9am-4pm. It’s uncommon, has a tiny shadow, and is worth about 500 bells.
- Seahorses can be found all day in the ocean. They’re worth about 1,100 bells and are uncommon. Look for tiny shadows to find one.
- Surgeonfish are uncommon fish with small shadows that can be found all day in the ocean. They’re worth 1,000 bells.
If you haven’t caught a dab by now, this month is the last month you can do so for a while.
Last but not least, we have diving. While there are no new deep-sea creatures, if you haven’t caught a clam, giant spider crab, horsehair crab, sea cucumber, or snow crab by now, this month is the last month you can do so for a while.
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!