Step 1: Making Friends
- In order to participate in Shovelstrike Quarry, you need to either receive help from 5 friends or pay 20 leaf tickets (this being an obviously unfeasible option in the long run). Since the Quarry provides bells and essences, adding active friends is a priority.
- You can also send help to other players needing assistance for the Quarry. Provided they do their quarry runs, you can earn 100 bells per player (10 if they don’t).
- Adding more people gives more options for Marketplace, where you can peddle wares to other players. This is especially important if you’re missing a fruit/fish/insect for a request.
- Though it may seem unimportant, sending kudos is the only way to earn Friend Powder from daily goals which is a relatively vital component in crafting furniture.
Need more friends? Find them in the Friend Finder!
Step 2: Keeping Track of the Game Cycle
- The game refreshes events depending on the number of hours that passed. The guide will use Australian Eastern Standard time as reference, since Pocket Camp was initially released in Australia.
- Every 24 hours, the Shovelstrike Quarry will reset, letting you call help from friends again.
- Every 6 hours, the stores will rotate their wares (5am, 11am, 5pm , 11pm).
- Every 3 hours, animals with new requests and quarry rewards change (2am, 5am, 8am, etc).
- Every hour, you can talk to villagers in your campsite again letting you reap more bells/materials.
Step 3: Spending Leaf Tickets Efficiently
- Leaf Tickets, the game’s premium currency is a rare resource earned from leveling up, completing certain stretch goals, or from specific login bonuses. Save as much as possible.
- Occasionally, bonus Leaf Tickets are available on the My Nintendo Reward Shop.
- Extra crafting slots are recommended to use tickets on first, as furniture can take more than 8 hours to craft.
- You can also purchase the limited time Tom Nook/K.K Slider chair. Getting them is purely an aesthetic choice, and only one can be in your camp at a time.
- Some camper skins can only be purchased with leaf tickets.
Step 4: Knowing what Resource Each Villager Gives
- Each time you complete a request for a villager, you will always get a specific resource along with bells. Knowing which villager provides what resources helps in crafting furniture/amenities.
- For example Agnes and Bitty will always give Cotton. This is essential knowledge if you want to build more tents.
- Inviting such animals to your campsite allows you to earn a steady stream of cotton. You can then swap them out for others if you need a different material.
Use Campsite Designer to calculate how many resources you'll need for your dream campsite.
Step 5: Keeping Your Craft Slots Busy
- Make sure you're always building an amenity. Since you only have one crafting slot for them, prioritizing your materials for them is recommended, especially since some of them take more than 12 hours to complete.
- Also, amenities are the only source of increasing the level cap for villagers. It’s best to prepare enough resources for them (e.g. cotton, wood).
- Furniture can take a minute to 12 hours to complete. Build items with long durations when taking a rest from the game.
Step 6: Developing Good Habits
- Shake every tree that doesn’t have fruit, as they have a chance to drop more bells.
- Don’t be afraid to sell items for their stock price if you’re running low on storage space, especially if they don’t usually sell well in the marketplace (e.g. cherries).
- You can also shake trees for fruit and leave them on the ground if you're full on inventory capacity. Fruits don't disappear if left unattended, so you can stockpile them for future requests while saving space for fruits/insects/shells.
- Plan for the next cycle once you’re finished with the current one. For example, swap out animals close to max level in your camp for new ones.
- The amenity unveiling party increase Friendship level by 5 for up to 5 villagers. Before unveiling an amenity, temporarily remove animals from your campsite that have maxed out their experience gain.
- When you invite a new villager to your campsite, conversations, and requests for current camp animals reset. Take advantage of this by completing previous ones beforehand.