How To Make Your Own Animal Crossing Tarantula Island After Update

Is Tarantula Island still possible in Animal Crossing New Horizons? In short, yes. But it’s a more difficult now…but still VERY DO-ABLE!! #ACNH #MoneyMaking

Wayyy back in March 2020 and into April, making an absolute truck load of bells was simple enough with Tarantula spawning. Why ANYONE would want to infest an island with these hatred-filled creepy crawlies is beyond me…but to reap the rewards of a full inventory of Tarantulas at 8,000 bells a piece was like Christmas came early!


Now if you are still up for the task of a day full of internal screaming as you try to creep up on these 8 legged, hairy demons; then this guide is for you! We will go over How To Catch A Tarantula, How To Find Tarantula Island, and How To Spawn Tarantulas On A Mystery Island.

I’d like to start off with a quick note about the patch/nerf Nintendo made in Version 1.2.0 back at the end of April. It’s best summed up by NintendoLife:


Nintendo altered the spawn rates of bugs in an update. While it is still possible to ‘create’ a tarantula island (or a scorpion island, depending on the time of year), an increase in Giant Water Bugs will make it a little more difficult to chase off bugs that you don’t want to catch (like Wharf Roaches). Throw in mosquitos in the summer months and it becomes an even more complicated task – islands without water (bamboo islands) won’t attract Water Bugs, of course, so they’re probably your best bet.

NintendoLife Oct 6th, 2020

How To Catch A Tarantula

Step 1) Be aware at all times. Tarantulas (and Scorpions) are a very aggressive animal in New Horizons. If you see one that is aggressive, meaning that it is standing up on it’s back legs, and you keep moving towards it, the Tarantula will dart forwards and sting you; knocking you out similar to a wasp sting.

via Game8

Step 2) Put away your net. Tarantulas become aggressive only if they see you with your net out. So first things first, put your net away while you look for a tarantula to catch. Once you see one, stand 3+ squares away, and then take out your net.

Step 3) Rinse and Repeat. Continuing from Step 2, the Tarantula will likely stand up on it’s back legs, becoming aggressive, and you need to wait until it stands back down into it’s normal stance. Then you can walk one square forward. Again, the Tarantula will stand up, you need to wait, and then walk forward. Once you are 1 square away, with some distance between you and the furry demon, Press A and catch it with your net! Simply repeat this cycle with each Tarantula you encounter!

via Gamespot

How To Find Tarantula Island

There is no easy way to find the specific Mystery Island that is known for spawning a massive amount of Tarantulas, because the islands are randomized.

However, if you just got the game, or simply don’t know yet, you can venture onto these islands by purchasing a Nook Miles Ticket from Nook’s Cranny, and then venturing down to Orville who inside the Dodo Airlines building on the dock.


How To Spawn Tarantulas On *Any Mystery Island

With your Nook Miles Ticket in hand, head on down to the dock for a quick chat with Orville and a flight with Wilbur! You will be dropped off at a random Mystery Island with a chance for insect spawns. What I mean by this is that not every Mystery Island has a chance to spawn insects, and more importantly a chance to spawn Tarantulas.

**To my knowledge, the islands that will not spawn any insects/bugs is a three-tiered island (example: Mountain Island noted above) . If you happen to land on this one, make sure to have a quick look around too see if there is a villager, but just head back to your island with Wilbur and try again.

Once you are on a Mystery Island, twitter user @Voxels provides a neatly made “What To Do” list to get the island transformed into a personal Tarantula Island!

Transforming the Mystery Island

  • Visit a Mystery Island at Night Time ONLY
  • Chop all trees and remove stumps
  • Pick all flowers
  • Remove all rocks
  • Dump resources on the beach
  • Lastly, clear island of all bugs
Clearing trees from a Mystery Island via DBLTAP

After completing these steps, you’ll want to have a reasonably empty inventory for when the Tarantulas start to spawn. But be aware that all Insects within that specific Mystery Island’s drop table will spawn. This means you will have to keep an eye out for Tiger Beatles, Wharf Bugs, and Mole Crickets to either catch & release or dig them up so that more Tarantulas can spawn.

The process can take a while, but for many it’s time well spent after selling a full inventory of Tarantulas for 200,000 bells! If you’re curious about other insect/fish/etc prices; check out our Nook’s Cranny Buying Price List!

via NintendoLife

And after a little while your pockets will look like this too!!

This article is just a part of the wonderful life of Animal Crossing that we try to capture here on CrossingCharm. If you are interested in more guides and fun articles to read, for example, our guides on Island Planners to plan your land/waterscaping before designing in game, try our 3D Island Planner, Google Sheets Map Editor, and Happy Island Designer! If you are looking for some phone app companions try Fan-Made Companion App, ACNH Travel Guide, and ACNH Guide! CrossingCharm also offers free Monthly Calendars and Phone Wallpapers of your favorite villagers! Also check out our Animal Crossing-themed Gift Ideas!


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