Animal Crossing Tarantulas: How to catch, spawn and get Tarantula Island – or make your own

Tarantulas in Animal Crossing are nothing new, but in New Horizons, spiders have become one of the most sought after species you can find in the game.

Their rarity means that the price of Tarantulas is high, leading players to try to figure out how to find them easily, including discovering ways to find what the community has dubbed Tarantula Island, a place full of them.

This page explains everything you need to know, from the basics of trapping tarantulas to how to force tarantulas to spawn yourself.

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How to find and catch tarantulas in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Tarantulas are a rare bug found in Animal Crossing: New Horizons during the evening hours, between 7 pm and 4 am, and between the months of November to April. Even then, they will only appear on your island at rare intervals.

If you approach a tarantula, it, like a scorpion, will look at you and raise its legs. If you get any closer while they are in this state, they will lunge towards you and attack you. Although you can catch it as it runs towards you, it is very possible that you will miss, resulting in being stung and unconscious, causing the tarantula to flee.

To successfully catch a tarantula, approach it slowly with the net raised (hold the A button). When he raises his paws, stop and wait. He will soon return to normal, allowing you to slowly advance towards him once more.

Repeat this process until you are close enough to drop the net on top. You can see this process in action in the following video:

Price of tarantulas in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Beyond being difficult to catch, the reason tarantulas are in such demand is the price they fetch when sold.

The selling price of a tarantula in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is 8,000 bells, making it one of the most lucrative creatures in the game.

Although you will rarely encounter Tarantula in the normal game, it is possible to visit a Mysterious Island full of Tarantulas and force them to spawn under special circumstances…

What is Tarantula Island? How is Tarantula Island generated and do you make the most of your visit?

The infamous ‘Tarantula Island’ is a name that the community has given to a Mystery Island (the place you can visit from the airport after purchasing a ticket using Nook Miles at the store’s ATM) that you can visit and that is Full of Tarantulas.

Filling your inventory with tarantulas from one of these trips has proven to be one of Animal Crossing’s most popular money-making schemes: it nets you between 200,000 and 250,000 bells in a single trip. Definitely an easy way to pay off your home loan!

As you may know, the Mysterious Island you visit is largely random. Often it will feature a variety of exotic fauna and flora. At other times, it will be filled with a single type of fruit tree that you don’t have. And on very rare occasions, the center of the island will be full of Tarantulas.

Tarantula Island only requires one thing to appear: it must be night. But even then it’s not guaranteed: the chances of it appearing are rare, so it all depends on luck. Keep visiting during the nights and you should eventually find one.

Once you’ve finally reached Tarantula Island, you need to fill your inventory with as many Tarantulas as possible. Throw away any excess tools you have; You can always buy more when you return. And if you have a break during your stay there, remember that you can buy more from the pilot with Nook Miles.

Generally, the above tips for catching tarantulas apply, but players have been discovering some clever ways to catch them without feeling overwhelmed: creating a circle of dug holes that the tarantulas can’t jump over, allowing you to swing your web of safely from the outside. in.

Here’s the method in action, via tahmsplat on reddit:

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Now go back to your island and earn money!

If tarantulas are currently out of season, you might find yourself visiting a special Scorpion Island too!

How to Force Spawn Tarantulas Yourself to Create Your Own Tarantula Island

If you arrive at a Mysterious Island that is not full of Tarantulas, there is a method to force them to appear.

You need to clean everything on the island. Dig up all the trees, pick all the flowers, crush all the rocks after eating fruit, and anything else available that may cause other insects to appear.

In this arid landscape, tarantulas will lay their eggs; It seems like this is an ideal habitat for tarantulas to start appearing. (Thanks to Voxels on Twitter for devising this method!)

That said, there are some caveats. For one thing, since April (for those in the northern hemisphere), the arrival of a new insect, the giant aquatic bug, has meant that they are more likely to appear on an arid island than a tarantula, as reports suggest it is a similar type of spawn that cannot be chased away. Tarantulas may appear, but you may have to catch the giant aquatic insects first, making the process even more difficult!

Another caveat is that not all Mysterious Islands work the same way. There is a type of three-level island that does not spawn any insects and, as a result, will not spawn tarantulas even if you clear it:

I tried this layout with no luck, maybe I’m doing something wrong? I will try it again

— León 🐰 (@LionRioja) March 22, 2020

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Ultimately, it should also be made explicit that this method is time-consuming and tedious. It takes some time to clear the island, and the rate at which the spiders begin to spawn is not as fast as that of a natural Tarantula Island.

If you’re desperate for cash, it’s still an effective method if you’re willing to put in the effort, although you’d be better off targeting rare fish if conditions are right.

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