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Books: Secret Codes 2003 - The Ultimate Code Book: Cheating Made Easy
Last Updated: 6/27/03. Whisp Pitfall Umbrella Enter Lighthouse Hear every song Get more than one song per Saturday Golden Butterfly Net Golden Fishing Pole Golden Shovel Fishing Furniture Duplicate money and items Easy items Getting NES games Growing a money tree Golden Axe Easy money Mr. Resetti Change item screen background


Every night between 12 and 4, there is a ghost somewhere in town. You cannot see him until you will step where he is standing. He will ask you to catch five ghouls for him before 4 o'clock. If you do so, you can get a prize, roof painting, or he will remove all the weeds in your town.


This item is used to trick your friends that also live in your village. To use it, dig a hole with a shovel, and then bury the Pitfall. Whenever your friend moves around in the village and runs over it, they will fall in the hole. However, if your friend sees that there is an item there, they can also dig it up and use the same trick on you. Place this behind houses and trees where shortcuts are usually taken to increase the chance that your friend will fall in. Once someone falls in, the Pitfall is used and cannot be reused until found again.


To get a free Umbrella, design a pattern. Go to your patterns then select "Use" on the pattern you created. Select "Use On Umbrella" and your character will magically have an umbrella in his or her hand. It disappears if you take it off.

Enter Lighthouse

Catch five Giant Beetles and sell all of them to Tom Nook at once. He will say something similar to "Sorry, I don't have any money in the register, would you like to have this?" and you will receive the Silver Seed. Plant the Silver Seed, and when its matures it will grow a Silver Tree with a key on it. Shake the tree and get the key. On March 27th (change the game date to this if desired), take the key to the lighthouse. Face the back of the lighthouse and press A. A menu will appear. Highlight the key, the door will open, and you will enter. Inside are many NES games and bags of Bells. The key disappears after one use. You must repeat the process if you want them again.

Hear every song

Make sure you cannot carry anymore items when Totakeke gets to town on Saturday nights. Talk to him and he will play a song. Afterwards, he will notice that you do not have room for the Aircheck. He will tell you to return later. Talk to him again, and he will play a different song. Repeat this until you have heard a song that you like, then drop an item. Talk to him again and request the song you enjoyed.

Get more than one song per Saturday

This trick requires at least two memory cards. Have two towns saved, one on each card. At 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, get a song from Totakeke, then go to the other town and get one there. If desired, repeatedly delete the second town, make a new one on the second card, and get a new song each time.

Golden Butterfly Net

Catch all 40 types of bugs.

Golden Fishing Pole

Catch all 40 types of fish. There may be more or less.

Golden Shovel

First, buy two shovels. Find a piece of glowing earth and dig it up. Then, plant a shovel in the glowing earth.


If you are not catching the fish you want to catch, move to another section of the map and fish there. Some fish are only found in certain areas.
When fishing, do not actually reel in the fish (press A) until you see the bobber go under the water.
Fish at the ocean in the rain. You have a much greater chance of catching the Coelacanth. They sell for 15,000 Bells a fish. Also, you have a greater chance of catching the Barred Knifejaw and Red Snapper. They sell for 5,000 Bells and 3,000 Bells respectively. Generally, fishing in the rain is much easier, but in the ocean, for easy money. Also, its easier to fish at night.
When it is raining, you have better chance of catching a fish worth 15,000 Bells.


On different days, you can find a bird washed up on shore, unconscious on the beach. Talk to him and he will give you a piece of furniture you can find anywhere.
On the fourth Thursday in November, at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tortimer invites a turkey to town to be the main course. The turkey appears, and he will ask you to steal a pair of knives and forks. You must go to the wishing well and steal the pair of cutlery. You must give them back to him, and the villagers who are not at the feast will give you hints as to where he is located. For example, if they say "I saw this strange guy in Acre C, you'd better go check it out", search every acre in the row of Acre C. You can steal the knife and fork as many times as desired, and get as much Harvest Series Furniture as needed.

Duplicate money and items

This trick requires two Game Boy Advances and a link cable. Connect Game Boy Advance #1 to the Gamecube using your link cable and turn it on. Go to your island (located on the dock at the edge of the ocean). When you finally get to the island, drop off the item or money that you wish to duplicate. Leave the island. When Kapp'n asks if you want to save your island to your Game Boy Advance, select "Yes". After it is done downloading to your Game Boy Advance, you can put it in sleep mode, disconnect it, and set it aside. When you get back to your town, attach Game Boy Advance #2 and turn it on. Leave that screen then immediately return to it. Talk to Kapp'n to go back to your island. After you start leaving you can turn Game Boy Advance #2 off. When you get to your island, pick up the item that you left there then leave the island again. This time when Kapp'n asks you to save your island to your Game Boy Advance, answer "No". When you get back to your town, disconnect Game Boy Advance #2 and connect Game Boy Advance #1 (make sure it is not in sleep mode). Leave the screen and return. Talk to Kapp'n once more. Your island should upload from your Game Boy Advance. When you get to your island, your item will be there again and you will already have it in your pockets. Pick up your item from the ground. You now have two of them. This will also work with multiple items.

Easy items

One of the best ways to get new items that you cannot buy is to do work for the residents, and do it often. Do their little chores and they will (more often than not) reward you with things that are hard to come by in Nook's store.
Talk to people whenever you are near them. Sometimes they will ask you if you want to take a table or some clothes or other things off their hands. Also, do errands for people often. If there are no errands available you will only have to wait ten minutes.

Getting NES games

Talk to the townspeople until they ask you when your birthday is. Most of them will say something similar to "How would you like a train set for your birthday?" Answer "Yes" and you will put in your birthday. On your birthday, one of the townsfolk will be outside your house. He or she will present you with a NES. For example, Virgos will get Donkey Kong.

Growing a money tree

First, find a glowing piece of earth. Dig it up and you get a money bag. Plant the money bag in the glowing hole and a seedling will sprout, which will grow in to a money tree.
For a super money try, get 30,000 Bells. Find a glowing spot and enter the item screen. Get the cursor and click on your amount of Bells. Choose 30,000, take it out, and plant it in the glowing spot. In a couple days it will be full grown and have three bags of 30,000 Bells.

Golden Axe

Get your town rating to be "Perfect" for two entire weeks. The Golden Axe is indestructible.

Easy money

When bees appear from trees, take out your butterfly net and face the beehive. If you can catch a bee, you can sell it for $4500.
Place orange furniture to the north, green furniture to the south, yellow furniture to the west, and red furniture to the east part of your house.
This trick requires a Game Boy Advance and a link cable. Play the game with the Game Boy Advance attached. Collect as much fruit as possible and travel all the way to the south. Go the pier at the beach. A Kappa will be there and will to bring you to a new island to the south. Get to the new island and drop all of your fruit. Return to the Kappa and leave. Transfer the island to the Game Boy Advance. On the Game Boy Advance, knock on the door to the house of the island animal. After it appears, move a piece of fruit in front of the animal. It will eat it and become happy. Keep repeating this until the animal drops money bags. Feed all your fruit to the animal, then put your Game Boy Advance on standby. Resume the game on the Gamecube. Go back to town, then return and talk to the Kappa again. Your game will now be updated with the Game Boy Advance data. Travel back to the island and collect the money bags.
Go around town with your shovel and hit every rock you can find. One of them should turn red when you hit it. Keep hitting it to get more money.
Every New Year your parents give you 10,000 bells. Change the system date on the Gamecube; or in the Animal Crossing options and change the date to the new year. Check the mail box and you will have 10,000 bells from your parents. Repeat the process, but change the year.
Dig for fossils every time you play. When the museum fills up with fossils, you can make a mint at Nook's or trade with residents for good items with fossils. Skulls of dinosaurs seem to be worth the most, usually bringing in 4,000 to 6,000.
Play the Stalk Market. Turnips do not seem like that much of a commodity, but its gold in the game. You can make a fortune buying Turnips and selling them at the right price.
If you have at least 10,000 Bells, on Sunday Joan the turnip seller will at your town every from 6 a.m. to 12 noon. Buy 100 turnips as many times you can. The next day, go to Nook's store and sell them all. It is possible to get 73,600 Bells just for 100 turnips.
This trick requires three memory cards, game A, game B, travel data, and a lot of Turnips. Spend the entire week saving up as much Bell as you can on Game A. On Sunday, find Joan and buy as many turnips as you can afford. Save your travel data on slot 2, then travel to Game B. Find out how much Tom is buying Turnips for. If he is not asking enough, save, then set the clock to the next day and ask again. Wait until a day when Tom is buying for over 1000 Bell, but do not set the clock more than a week ahead or the Turnips will spoil. Sell all your Turnips for the profit. Save and take the money back to Game A. Use the money to buy more turnips. Go back and sell them again. Because you are saving the travel data, it does not matter that the days do not match up. You can make over 30,000,000 Bell doing this.
Try to fish, dig Bells, and work for people until the evening, when you would barely get anything. Go to the Animal Crossing Menu and change the time back to 4:00 when the best fish and bugs appear. It is better if it rains. Then, change to one day ahead to make a lot of money. This is also a good way to pay off the debt to Tom Nook and buy furniture for your house. Make sure that you pull weeds that you see to stop them from growing. Use the shovel to stop weeds from growing from a location permanently. When your ready, put your time and day back. You will always get new mail and offers from Tom Nook. This is another good way to get your home and Tom Nook's shop remodeled. Whatever you did in those days like make the shop larger, and will stay the way it was when you visited the future. You should make about 50,000 Bells in about five hours while in the future.
Use the following trick to get easy money and a lot of fossils. Find three fossils and mail them to the Museum. On the day that they arrive back in the mail, open them and see what you get, as usual. If the museum needs it, give it to them. If not, sell it to Nook. Then, go back to your personal Gyroid Assistant and save the game. Reset the Gamecube with the cover open so the system menu appears. Set the date back one day, and start the game again. Check your mail, do whatever you want with the fossils, then save and restart the Gamecube again. Set the date back to the current day and restart the game. Do this until the museum is full, or you no longer want to continue with the trick. If you reset the game date by using the option the game provides (before you start your game), sometimes your fossils will not be sent to you in the mail and you will not find any for awhile. The game knows when you are cheating this way, and reflects this with less valuable items.
Take fruit from one town and sell it to Nook at another town. You will get paid five times as much for it. This only works if each town has different fruits.

Mr. Resetti

Reset the Gamecube during game play. Start the game again and Mr. Resetti will appear to complain. Repeat this to make him more angry.

Change item screen background

Get the piece of clothing you want as the background in your inventory. Grab it and drag it to the lower right space. From there, drag it one space down into a blank space, press A, and you will have changed the background.

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