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How to Get Clay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Clay is one of those staples players might never pay much attention to, but you’d be surprised to find out how handy this earthly material can be in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Not only is it useful for crafting items such as water pumps, palm-tree lamps, and Wave breakers, but you can also use it to make some quick buck (Bells), which you can use to acquire other items. 

There are different ways to get clay in New Horizons, but my sure-fire favorite is going to collect it on a hidden island. This guide will put you through that, as well as other methods used to get clay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Read on below to find out.


How to Get Clay from Rocks

The most common way to find clay is to hit rocks with your shovel. While it isn’t uncertain as to which staple you’ll get from hitting a rock in New Horizons, there is still a chance that clay will fall from it. The other possible items are:

  • Stone
  • Iron Nugget. Get Iron Nuggets here.
  • Bells (per one rock on your island per day)
  • Gold Nugget

How to Get Clay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on a Mystery Island


This method will cost you some Nook Miles Ticket, but it’s your best bet at getting some clay because, unlike the traditional way of getting clay daily on your home island, you’ll get some clay each time you hit the rocks.

You can get Nook Miles Tickets for a mystery island by visiting the Residents Services building on your island. Once you redeem your flight tickets at the Nook Stop, head to your island’s airport and talk to Orville at the desk.

Make a request to Orville saying, “I wanna fly!” and he’ll direct you to Wilbur, the pilot who will fly you to a mystery island. You can check our guide on How to Get Bamboo in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for a more detailed, step-by-step guide on getting to a mystery island.

You’ll find different types of rocks on a mystery island, as opposed to just the two types on your home island. You don’t need telling that this increases your chances of getting some clay. You can also use a shovel here, but an axe will do an equally stellar job.

A technique you’ll find very handy when hitting the rocks is to dig a hole around them. This way, droppings from the rocks won’t fly back too far, allowing you to pick up as many as possible and save time.

Final Notes

That’s all you need to get clay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Remember, clay is never a waste, even if you don’t have an immediate use for it. You can always sell it, or things made from it, and make some cool Bells.

Lastly, one rarely used means to get clay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is to try Balloon Presents. There is a chance you’ll get clay from them, never mind the much lower rate. There’s no harm in trying.

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