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Learn how to effectively fill your pockets with tarantulas by getting or creating the Infinite Tarantula Island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Read on to learn strategies, as well as tips and tricks on catching tarantulas.

When Do Tarantulas Show Up?

Northern Hemisphere

January February March April
7 PM to 4 AM 7 PM to 4 AM 7 PM to 4 AM 7 PM to 4 AM
May June July August
None None None None
September October November December
None None 7 PM to 4 AM 7 PM to 4 AM

Southern Hemisphere

January February March April
None None None None
May June July August
7 PM to 4 AM 7 PM to 4 AM 7 PM to 4 AM 7 PM to 4 AM
September October November December
7 PM to 4 AM 7 PM to 4 AM None None

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

Tarantulas are one of the highest-selling bugs, so if you need that quick 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

The biggest benefit to hunting Tarantulass on a mystery island is that you wake up on the same, small island if you get stung and pass out.

They will also spawn at a higher rate than on your own island, so you can quickly get back to hunting without worrying about missing out if one of them catches you!

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 - 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

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If you still have no luck getting to the Infinite Tarantula Island, you can 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

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

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

Tarantulas Less Likely to Spawn

Though creating your own Tarantula and Scorpion Island is still possible, 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, Mole Cricket, and Moquito 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

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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

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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 16,000 Bells

Wait for the Bug-Off

If you can't find Flick on regular days, you can wait for the next Bug-Off and you'll be able to sell him your Tarantulas. Be sure to check you 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

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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.

Strategies for Catching Tarantulas

Dig Holes For Safety

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You can dig a perimeter of holes that you can jump into for safety. Tarantulas will not be able to jump over them, so you can safely stay out of reach.

Catch Tarantulas from across a hole

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

Clear Out the Land

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First, you should 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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