How to Get Clay in Animal Crossing

Trying to make an item that requires clay, but don’t have any? Don’t worry, we will teach you how to get clay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Miles
Miles
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Do you need clay for one of your DIY projects, but don’t have any left? If you do, then you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we will go over how to get clay in Animal Crossing, so that you can get back to crafting.

How to get clay in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to Get Clay in Animal Crossing?

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can find clay by hitting rocks with either an axe or shovel. Rocks can either drop stone, clay, iron and gold nuggets, or bells, so the amount of clay you get per rock is random.

Each residential island has in total six rocks. Each day, the resources that a rock will drop resets. This means you have six chances to find clay in rocks on your own island. Clay is one of the most common resources alongside stone however, so you shouldn’t struggle to find any.

I’ve also got a great guide on how to farm iron nuggets, which includes a really handy technique to maximize resource yield per rock. I call it the two-hole-trick! This nifty trick allows you to get all eight drops per rock. If you don’t use the trick you probably will only get about six or eight. So it makes sense to learn the trick to maximize your clay yield.

How to get clay in Animal Crossing

Where Else Can You Find Clay?

There are some alternative ways you can find clay if you deplete all of your rock spawns. Here are a few ways to find some:

  • Popping balloons that fly overhead. These sometimes include clay in the presents.
  • Trading with other friends online or on places such as Nookazon.  
  • Visiting mystery islands via your airport and hitting their rocks.

If you have enough Nook Miles, visiting mystery islands is a really good way to supplement acquiring resources. It only costs 2,000 Nook Miles to venture to a faraway mystery island via Dodo Airlines. I usually do this if I have run around all six of my islands rocks and require more.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons mystery islands.

What Is Clay Used for in Animal Crossing?

You’ve learnt how to get clay in Animal Crossing. But now you might be wondering what the uses are of the resource. Well, clay is used to craft lots of items that their real-life counterpart would also require some sort of clay-like material.

For example, you can make a wonderful Ocarina just like in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (one of my favourite retro games) using only five pieces of clay. Ocarina’s can be held like a normal item, and tapping the A button causes your player to play a note from the Ocarina.

The Ocarina DIY Recipe in Animal Crossing.

Unfortunately, you can’t choose what notes to hit sadly… So don’t expect to be playing any of the songs you can in Ocarina of Time. Although, you can always set these as your island’s theme tune…


The Ocarina item in Animal Crossing.

I hope this guide has been useful for those who are trying to find out how to get clay in Animal Crossing. You should now know how best to gather the resource so that you can get back to crafting! If you have enjoyed this guide, please check out my others.

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By Miles
Miles is a passionate writer, with a keen interest in writing engaging and intriguing content on all things Nintendo. Franchises such as Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario have provided Miles with countless hours of fun, thus why he happily writes about them!
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