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Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) - How to Get or Create Infinite Tarantula Island Guide

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH), there is a Mystery Island that respawns Infinite Tarantulas. You can also transform your own island into a Tarantula Island. To learn how, as well as other tips and tricks on catching tarantulas, make sure to read this guide!

When Do Tarantulas Show Up?

ACNH Tarantula
Rarity ★★★☆☆
Seasonality NH: November to April
SH: May to October
Times 7 PM to 4 AM
Sell Price 8,000
Where to Find On the ground

Appears Only at Night

Tarantulas only appear late at night. If you want to catch this critter, you'll either need to wait until it gets pretty late, or set your clock forward a few hours.
Time Traveling Guide

Why Go to Tarantula Island?

Tarantulas are Easy Money

ACNH - Flick rambles about tarantulas

Tarantulas are one of the highest-selling bugs. If you need cash to pay your house loan, getting to Tarantula Island is a great way to earn lots of Bells!

With a selling price of 8,000 Bells at Nook's Cranny, catching Tarantulas is a high-risk, high-reward activity.

Respawn on the Mystery Island

ACNH - A resident with pockets full of tarantulas

The biggest benefit to hunting Tarantulas on a Mystery Island is that you wake up on the same island if you get stung and pass out.

They will also spawn at a higher rate than on your own island, allowing you to quickly get back to hunting!

Money Making Guide

How to Get to Infinite Tarantula Island

There are two ways to get to a Tarantula Island:

Find the Tarantula Mystery Island

ACNH - Orville confirms with the resident that they want to use a Nook Miles Ticket
There is a variety of island types you can land on in a Mystery Island Tour, and one of them spawns infinite Tarantulas at a high rate!

To learn more about other types of islands, check out our Mystery Island Tours guide.

Nook Miles Ticket is Required

To fly to a mystery island, you need to redeem 2,000 Nook Miles or trade online for a Nook Miles Ticket.

How to Get Nook Miles Fast

Create Your Own Tarantula Island

ACNH - A resident stands in the middle of flat land to recreate Tarantula Island

No luck getting to the Infinite Tarantula Island? Just create your own! Read the next section to learn how.

How to Create Your Own Infinite Tarantula Island

Guide to Make a Tarantula Island

1 Pick all the flowers and weeds by pressing the Y button.
2 Chop down all the trees with an axe and pull up the stumps with a shovel.
3 Eat fruits to break all the rocks with a shovel or axe.
4 Wait for the Tarantulas to spawn.

Rain might be a big factor

ACNH - A resident stands with an umbrella in the middle of a field of flowers while it

Unlike other bugs, rain does not deter Tarantula from spawning so once you find an raining mystery island, your best bet would be to stay on it!

Bamboo Islands have better chances

ACNH - A resident idles in Bamboo Island

Bamboo Islands reduce the spawn chances of any bugs found on water becuase these island have no rivers or ponds. This leaves less options for the game to spawn bugs other than the coveted Tarantula.

Tarantulas Less Likely to Spawn

Players have noticed these islands spawn Tarantulas and Scorpion slower and less frequently in the past months. Instead, other bugs such as the Giant Water Bug, spawn more instead of their target bug.

We speculate that Nintendo patched in an update that decreased the spawn rates of rarer bugs and increased more common ones.

ACNH News and Updates

Tips for Making a Tarantula Island

  • Make sure that Tarantulas are in season. Check our chart above to learn more.
  • Check the time— Tarantulas only appear at night.
  • Prepare extra tools. You're going to be doing a lot of chopping and digging!

List of Tools

Infinite Tarantula Island Tips and Tricks

Maximize Pocket Space

ACNH - Pocket Organizer

After upgrading your pocket space, you should be able to carry 40 items. Upgrade your pocket space first before you go tarantula-hunting!
How to Increase Inventory Space

Sell the Tarantulas to Flick

ACNH - Flick offers 12,000 Bells for a tarantula
If you're planning to sell your Tarantulas, save them for when Flick visits your town! Flick will buy any insect at double the value than what it sells for at Nook's Cranny.

Nook's Cranny 8,000 Bells
Flick 12,000 Bells

Wait for the Bug-Off

ACNH - A resident approaches Flick as he stands in the plaza for Bug-Off

If you can't find Flick on regular days, wait for the next Bug-Off to sell him your Tarantulas. Be sure to check your island's Bulletin Board to the left of Resident Services to know when the next Bug-Off will be!

How to Find Flick

Don't Worry About Getting Bitten

ACNH - A resident wakes up after being bitten by a Tarantula

You will respawn back to the island port

After getting bitten by a Tarantula, you will faint and the screen blacks out. However, you will wake up at the island port, and you can continue your bug catching.

How to Catch Tarantulas

Dig Holes For Safety

ACNH  - A resident digs holes around themselves for safety

Dig a perimeter of holes that you can jump into for safety. Tarantulas will not be able to jump over them, so you're safe.

Catch Tarantulas from across a hole

While in your safe space, catch a Tarantula chasing you by using your net to catch the critter. It won't reach across the hole!

Clear Out the Land

ACNH - A resident clears out land

Get rid of all the weeds, flowers, and rocks for better visibility and to avoid surprise attacks. Drop the items cluttering up your inventory on the beach!

How to Catch a Tarantula Easily

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