In the online-era, Animal Crossing players have discovered ways to bend the system in their favor. A network of Stalk Market tracking has made it so that anybody with an internet connection can usually find a good deal on turnips that can yield millions in Bells.
But if you want the best deals, you would do well to remember your manners.
What is the Stalk Market?
The Stalk Market is supposed to emulate the real-life Stock Market and all its fluctuations. The goal is to buy your Turnips at a low price then sell them at the highest possible price for a nice profit. But because both the Stalk and Stock Market are governed by arcane rules, it’s hard to predict how the market will grow or fall over the course of a week.
Normally, this would mean that there’s a good chance you buy turnips only to have a lousy week and are forced to sell your stalk for a loss.
How to Get Turnips
If you’re interested in getting into the turnip trade, you’ve got to make sure you’re available on Sunday mornings. The turnip seller, Daisy Mae, will be somewhere on your island every Sunday from 5 AM to 12 PM so long as you’ve unlocked Nook’s Cranny. Then, you can buy as many turnips as you can afford. If you don’t see her, she may be hiding behind some trees. She’s small and can be easy to miss!
Daisy Mae only sells turnips in bundles of 10. This means Bells go fast when you’re shopping with her, so be sure to save plenty before she comes around on Sunday morning. And remember, you cannot plant turnips and you definitely shouldn’t eat them.
For more information on the Animal Crossing turnip trade, like suggestions on how to store all your new turnips, be sure to visit IGN’s turnip guide.
How to Track Your Turnip Prices
Thanks to some datamining efforts from the Animal Crossing community, the code that governs turnip prices in Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released online. Coders then used this data to create calculators that predict Turnip prices fairly accurately.
The two most popular turnip tracking apps online are turnipprophet.io and Turnip Calculator. They basically use the same information, so it really depends on which UI you prefer. But in both cases, players can plug in the price in they bought their turnips on Sunday, then plug in the selling price on their islands twice each day for a price prediction.
The algorithm calculates what kind of trend your Stalk Market is on and gives you a range of potential sale prices for the week. With these tools, you can tell as early as Monday whether your turnip prices are headed for the high hundreds or set to drop below market value.
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You Can Make It So You Never Sell Your Turnips for a Loss
Knowing your turnip prices for the week is just half the battle. It doesn’t matter if you know what your sell prices are looking for the week if you’re already on a descending pattern, destined to sell at a huge loss.
Luckily, players can sell their turnips on other people’s islands making it so that anyone can find a good selling price for their turnips, even if their own island is tracking low. Just remember to sell them before the next Sunday rolls in. If you wait until the week is over, all your turnips will rot.
How to Find a Good Turnip Price
Finding a good turnip price is probably easier now than ever. The Animal Crossing subreddit is usually filled with players advertising their high turnip prices, and there are many homegrown Discord servers and Slack channels where players share their turnip prices with friends. Even a quick search for turnips on Twitter can yield results of a generous player who’s open to letting strangers on their islands.
But letting other players onto your island can be a troublesome process because of wait times and a max island occupancy of nine, including the host. That’s why it’s not very convenient to try and get a hundred strangers lined-up to go to your island.
One service called Turnip Exchange does a good job of streamlining the process and is probably the best way to handle strangers trying to get onto your island to sell their turnips. The way it works is that a host can create a queue for their island that will automatically share their Dodo Code with players organized into a virtual line.
The Dodo Code will only be shared with a limited number of players at a time, so there will never be more than the desired number of players on an island at any given time. This gives players time to sell their turnips and leave while preventing too many players from attempting to fly to the island at one time.
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Remember Your Manners
Players don’t get any benefits for opening up their islands for turnip sales. So anytime someone offers their Dodo Codes to strangers, it’s at some personal cost. They have to keep their Switch on so players can keep coming to the island, and they’ll need to check in periodically to make sure that their system doesn’t fall asleep. Plus, it’s stressful having potentially hundreds of strangers converge on your island.
As such, there’s some informal etiquette that’s developed among the community. For example, it’s polite to leave a tip whether it’s Bells or materials. Hosts will sometimes specify if they appreciate tips or not, but it’s not a bad idea to leave behind some of your new earnings, especially if you’re potentially making millions from a lucrative turnip selling price. A 10% tip or materials like iron ore are customary.
You may want to consider building a fenced path that goes between your airport to Nook’s Cranny if you’re opening your island to strangers. This will prevent them from exploring your island and will likely help you turnip queue go a bit faster.
How to Make Millions on Turnips… With Some Cheating
If you’re not averse to a bit of time travel in Animal Crossing, you can use a friend’s high turnip prices to make an absurd amount of money quickly.
Turnip prices will always change if you time travel to a day that had high prices in your own game, but an individual’s time manipulation can’t affect games outside their own. That being said, you can set your system clock to early morning Sunday, invest in a ton of turnips, and travel to a island with high turnip prices and sell.
You can keep going back to your Sunday, buying more, and selling, but be sure to get the approval of your friend to make multiple trips or consider visiting different islands. You can see the exact steps to accomplishing this in the video above.
As mentioned in the previous section, it’s highly recommended you leave a tip or some significant compensation if you’re making bank on turnips, especially with this method.
Haven’t time traveled before? Learn more about it and the consequences of messing with time in our time travel guide.
There are plenty of other great user tools available for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, some of which can help you plan your island’s design and others connect you with players for specific items. For even more on Animal Crossing, be sure to visit IGN’s comprehensive Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. Miranda Sanchez is an executive editor at IGN.