How to Catch a Tarantula in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Wanting to catch a tarantula in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Here’s everything you need to know.

One of the most despicable things in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are tarantulas. They only appear at night, skulking around your island, ready to pounce at you should you get too close.

Tarantulas run really fast. If one sees you moving, it’ll charge at you and won’t stop until it catches you. If a tarantula happens to catch you, you’ll pass out, and wake up on your door step. You don’t lose anything and you’re not hurt in any way – it’s just an inconvenience. You can try to outrun a tarantula in Animal Crossing: New Horizons if it is chasing you, but it’s difficult due to their speed. If a building is nearby, head inside for safety.

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What you really want to do, though, is catch a tarantula. They’re worth a lot of bells to sell in the shop, so catching tarantulas is a good way to keep your bank balance healthy. It’s not easy, but once you know the knack, practice makes perfect.

At night, take care not to run around. The second a tarantula sees you running, it’ll charge at you. Sometimes they’re hard to spot, but keep your eyes peeled on the edges of your screen. If you manage to see a tarantula before it’s had time to charge at you, slowly, slowly walk towards it. It’ll raise up on its hind legs, but as long as you don’t move forward in that time, it’ll go back down, staying in place. Keep creeping up on it, until you’re in range where you can catch it with your net. Quickly swipe it.

If you miss, it’ll chase you, so be prepared to RUN! If you’re quick enough, you might get another chance to swing your net once you’ve created a bit of distance, but your aim needs to be ultra-precise. Good luck!

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