How to quickly farm fossils in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Time to dig.

One of the resources that you will want to get as quickly as possible in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is fossils. These can be donated to the museum, or you can have them identified there, and either use them as decorations or sell them to the Nooks for a lot of Bells.

You need to make 15 donations at the museum to help get it up and running. These don’t all have to be fossils, but you will need to give them plenty of fossils to get full displays later in the game.

As you run around the island, keep an eye on the ground. If you see a crack, take out your shovel and dig, and you are sure to find a fossil. Four fossils will spawn each day, but if you want you can speed this up a little by visiting Mystery Islands.

You can get to the Mystery Islands by trading in Nook Miles at the Resident Services kiosk in exchange for a Nook Miles Ticket. Bring the ticket to the airport, select “I wanna fly” then tell them you want to use the ticket, and you will be brought to a an island where you can get plenty of resources. It’s a new, randomly generated island each time, so don’t leave anything behind.

On these islands, you can also find some fossils, and if you visit multiple islands in a day (if you have enough Nook Miles) then you can really bump up the number of fossils that you can find.

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