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How turnips work in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons turnips are both a brilliant way to make serious Bells, and also a source of permanent anxiety. Or at least I think so anyway. Turnips can be one of the best ways to make money each week on your island, especially if you're a fan of gambling and clever thinking. If you're unfamiliar with the Animal Crossing turnips game, they are basically the game's version of the stock market - bear with me here - in that you buy turnips for one price, hold onto them, and then sell them for, hopefully, more than you paid for them.

There are some caveats for that. You can only buy turnips on a Sunday, and then you have until the next Sunday in order to sell them. Each day, the Nook nephews will buy turnips from you at a different price. It's then a gamble as to when you sell them - and what size profit you make. 

Where to buy turnips in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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You can buy turnips from a brand new NPC in Animal Crossing: New Horizons called Daisy Mae. She's taken over the job from her grandmother Joan, and is now in charge of Sow Joan's Stalk Market. Yes, you see what they did there right?

Daisy Mae will arrive on your island every Sunday morning between 5AM - 12PM (midday).

You can buy turnips in bunches of 10. Always note down or remember how much you bought your turnips from, as this will be key to the profit you'll be able to make during the week. 

If you don't sell your turnips by the next sunday, they will rot and become worthless. Although it's worth noting that rotten turnips will attract flies and ants, which you'll then be able to tick off your Animal Crossing: New Horizons bugs list.

How to sell turnips in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Selling turnips can be done on every day of the week bar Sunday at the Nook's Cranny, aka the Animal Crossing: New Horizons shop. Just go over and speak to Tommy and ask him 'Turnip prices?' to see what today's prices will be.

Yes, you read that right. Prices. The Nook twins will offer you two separate turnip prices a day. One before 12pm midday, and one after midday. Each day, the shop will offer a different two different prices for your turnips. The game is to take a gamble on what you think will be the highest price each week and where you can make the most profit. In total, you'll have 12 different prices throughout the week, so it's a complicated game to play. 

It's worth checking with your friends about their turnip prices too, as they may have better rates to make a visit extra worthwhile. Heck, you can even check the turnip exchange site to ensure you're getting the best profit on your 'nips each week.  

And remember, if you don't sell them by the next Sunday, they'll be worthless. Better to make a little profit than none at all.

According to the official Animal Crossing guide book, the fluctuations in turnips prices each week follows one of four patterns:

  • Normal: Prices will rise and fall slightly, but there won't be any major changes throughout the week
  • Sudden Spike: Prices will suddenly rise dramatically at a random point in the week, then fall immediately afterwards
  • Gradual Decline: Prices won't ever rise above the initial purchase price, and instead fall consistently throughout the week
  • Gentle Spike: Prices will rise somewhat at a random point in the week, but not as high as the Sudden Spike

According to that same guidebook, the statistics for each week occuring looks like this:

Current PatternProbability of next week's pattern
NormalSudden SpikeGradual DeclineGentle Spike
Normal20%30%25%35%
Sudden Spike50%5%20%25%
Gradual Decline25%45%5%25%
Gentle Spike45%25%15%15%

How Animal Crossing: New Horizons turnips storage works

There's a bit of a weird issue with Animal Crossing: New Horizons turnips storage, in that you can't, in fact, really store them anywhere. You're not able to whack them in your home storage whatsoever, but you can just drop them on the floor in your home - or around your home / rest of the island. 

We assume that this is to prevent you from forgetting the turnips you bought just days previously, but doesn't become a bit of an inconvenience - especially if you don't want to waste a precious pocket slot for turnips.

And if you're wondering whether you can plant turnips in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, that's also a negative. You cheeky things you.

It's worth noting that turnips place around your island will be seen by Isabelle - and therefore the island rating system - as trash, so you will be unable to achieve / maintain a 5-star rating with turnips lying around.

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