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The crafting element has brought a new side to the Animal Crossing series. Sure, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp thrived on a crafting system, but collecting materials was fairly easy. New Horizons’ “quests” ask for a tad more skill, luck, and patience when gathering supplies. 

Mining rocks for minerals is a hit or miss. You’re limited to five rocks on your island, and some might be hidden away on your island where a ladder is needed. So beyond cashing in your Nook Miles for mystery island tour tickets, here’s a full-proof method that will have your inventory full of clay, iron, gold nuggets, and bags of bells!



When you have access to a shovel, you’re in business! Now dig two holes adjacent to one another, but make sure there’s one space between the hole and the rock. From there, settle yourself next to the two holes (making a corner to keep you from bouncing back) and start hitting the rock!

You’ll guarantee yourself eight items from each rock you hit — the maximum amount of bells or materials you can get from each round.

Happy crafting!


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)