Animal Crossing: New Horizons Guide: How to safely catch a tarantula

If you’ve been playing the recently released Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ve probably been keeping yourself busy with the various tasks such as resource gathering, fishing, and bug-collecting. However, it’s also pretty important to raise bells in order to upgrade your house. Similarly to in the previous Animal Crossing titles, there’s an overwhelming amount of bells needed to fund expansions. So if you’re strapped for cash, one of the most expensive items you can sell in the game is a tarantula, critters that often spawn on your island. (I’ve mostly seen them during the evening.)

However, much like the other aggressive insects (such as wasps), the tarantula is very difficult to catch if you decide to face it head-on. Rushing at you, they will attack and cause you to pass out. There is, however, a trick that you can utilize if you want to guarantee their capture.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the key to catching tarantulas is a stealthy approach

Tarantulas in Animal Crossing: New Horizons aren't that difficult to catch if you stay calm and sneak up to them

When you see a tarantula on your island, stop moving and pull out your net. After that, hold down the “A” button and your character will be placed in a catching stance. In this catching stance, you can then move slowly towards the tarantula. The tarantula will see you and raise its arms at you while you inch closer. When this happens, be sure to stop moving until it lowers its arms. Then keep moving forward until the tarantula is in range. If you’ve done this correctly, you should easily be able to release the “A” button and catch the spider.

There are certain islands that you can visit in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that are infested with tarantulas; these are the most efficient ways to gather as many as possible, and a single trip has the possibility to net you bells well into six-figure territory. Depending on whether or not you want to exhibit exploits, Twitter user caoki8 discovered that only one tarantula can attack at once. So if you trap an attacking spider as shown in the video below, the remaining bugs will not be hostile and are helpless to your net.

If that’s not good enough, there is also a cloning glitch that Nintendo has not yet been patched out of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Let us know what else you might like tips and advice about for this game!

Daniel Thompson
Hey folks! I'm Daniel (Danny) Thompson and I've been writing in the games industry for quite a few years. I have a deep love for the industry that's rooted in the people behind the games that you enjoy.

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