Collecting furniture and items is one of the best parts of playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. When that perfect new item appears in the game’s store, in a balloon, out of a tree, or via the game’s NPCs and special events, it triggers that reaction of pure joy that the series has become known for.
While there may be hundreds and hundreds of available items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it’s becoming clear that some pieces of home decor are the most popular amongst the game’s massive fanbase. More importantly, there are just some items are simply harder to find than others. That may leave you wondering whether or not that particular piece of furniture you prize may actually be among the rarest/most valuable in the game.
To help you answer that question, we combed the list of available items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as well as the listing pages of the game’s unofficial fan market (Nookazon) in order to find the rarest and most expensive pieces of furniture in the game. The items on this list are either very expensive, incredibly hard to find, insanely popular, or (in most cases) represent a combination of all of those factors.
Arcade Cabinets Collection
The arcade games in Animal Crossing: New Horizons may not be playable, but their distinct looks and the design possibilities they open make them some of the most popular items in the game.
If you’re lucky enough to get one of the three arcade game cabinets (Fighting Game, Mahjong, and Shooting Game) via the in-game store, you’ll only have to pay about 64,000 bells for them. However, the price of these games on the open market currently sits at about 200,000 bells, and that number has only been climbing.
These aren’t the most expensive items in New Horizons, but their popularity and the relative scarcity of getting the full collection easily makes them some of the most valuable decorative pieces.
Big Festive Tree
Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ real-time system means that certain items are only available at certain hours of the day and during specific times of the year. It also means that the in-game season is currently affected by which hemisphere you live in.
That’s a big part of the reason why the Big Festive Tree and its cosmetic variants are so popular right now. With those in the northern hemisphere having to wait months to see winter items (unless they take advantage of time skipping cheats), the game’s various festive trees are currently fetching about 2,000,000 bells on the open market.
Granted, it’s a little odd to have what is essentially a Christmas tree in your home during the summer, but we’re not here to judge.
Cherry Blossom Items
Much as it is in real life, cherry blossom season doesn’t last long in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In fact, you only have from April 1 to April 10 to not only acquire all the random cherry blossom recipe drops but the cherry blossoms needed to craft those items.
That’s an incredibly short window of time that has now passed. As such, there are many players who don’t have the full cherry blossom set collection and won’t be able to legitimately complete it until next year. That means that those who don’t want to take advantage of time jump manipulation cheats have had to turn to fan markets to complete their collection, and sellers on those markets are more than happy to charge a premium for them.
Seasonal event items are generally much more rare/expensive, but the cherry blossom furniture pieces have proven to be especially popular.
Every now and then, your Animal Crossing village will be visited by a fisherman named C.J. If you bring C.J. three of any kind of fish, he’ll have a friend make a statue of it for you. C.J.’s infrequent appearance rate and the scarcity of certain fish make some fish statues especially valuable.
As it stands, though, the Coelacanth statue appears to be one of the most sought after fish statues. The Coelacanth is not only an especially rare fish that only appears when it’s raining, but it’s been a staple of the Animal Crossing series for years now.
The popularity and scarcity of the Coelacanth statue mean it can fetch over 1,000,000 bells on the fan market.
Elaborate Kimono Stand
Generally speaking, retail items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are not nearly as expensive as the rarest and most popular items on the open fan market. However, there are a couple of in-game items that sport jaw-dropping price tags.
For instance, each variant of the Elaborate Kimono Stand will set you back 220,000 bells. That easily makes it one of the most expensive in-game items, and because there are five variants of this item which could randomly appear in the in-game store, getting the one you want can be a challenging and lengthy process.
While these aren’t going for nearly as much on the open fan market (they sell for about 300,000 bells per design), their general in-game rarity certainly makes them notable.
The Grand Piano holds the distinction of being the most expensive in-game item we can find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Costing a whopping 260,000 bells, you had better have your finances in order for the day that the Grand Piano is available in your store.
Price aside, the Grand Piano is desirable as a classic piece of home decor and as the centerpiece of most music-themed home designs.
The Grand Piano isn’t that much more expensive on the open market (about 360,000 bells), so it might be worth it to look for it via fan trades rather than by hoping you happen to see it in-game.
Most wallpapers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons tend to go for about 100,00 bells on the open market. Some of the more popular/special ones may sell for as high as 600,000.
Then you have the Jingle Wall. This Christmas-themed wallpaper currently goes for 3,000,000 bells via fan markets. Currently only available via certain regions (or time skip cheaters), this wallpaper is so rare that we can’t even find a quality in-game photo of it. However, it appears to resemble some of the previous versions of this same design.
Generally speaking, any holiday items are currently selling for a ton of bells, but this is a fascinating case of a specific item that has really blown up the market.
The Gulliver Monuments
Play Animal Crossing: New Horizons long enough, and you’ll run across a sailor named Gulliver who has washed up on your shore. Help him out, and he’ll send an item to your home the next day. These items can only be acquired from Gulliver, and Gulliver can appear as infrequently as once every couple of weeks.
While that makes all Gulliver items among the rarest in the game, the highest prices are currently reserved for the monuments he offers. From Stonehenge to the Statue of Liberty, you can expect to pay up to 3,000,000 bells for some of these Animal Crossing recreations of real-life monuments.
Yes, that’s a high price, but who doesn’t want to put the Statue of Liberty on their beach and recreate Planet of the Apes?
The Snowflake Set
The snowflake set is basically the winter equivalent of the cherry blossom set. That is to say that these items are only available at a certain time of year and require not only the right materials but the corresponding random recipe drop needed to make them.
What makes these items especially valuable is the fact that only players in certain regions (or, again, time skippers) have been able to access them so far. That means that particular snowflake items, like frozen beds, are going for over 1.5 million bells at the moment.
Again, these are items you probably want to wait to acquire legitimately unless you intend to drop a lot of bells.
The Space Item Set
Outer space is, generally speaking, pretty cool, so it makes sense that outer space-related items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be among the most popular in the game.
What makes these particular items so rare, though, is how they are distributed and made. You can only find the recipes for the space item DIY set by talking to an NPC named Celeste who typically only visits on nights where there will be shooting stars (and other random occasions). The recipes she can give you are pulled from a large pool of possibilities, so there’s no guarantee you’ll get one of the space set items.
On top of that, you can only acquire the materials to make these items on nights where there are falling stars over your island. It could take weeks or months of traditional play to make the space item you want.
The Wedding Items
The circumstances of these wedding items have obviously inflated their price and availability, but since many wedding items are currently selling for over 6,000,000 bells amongst fans, we’ve got to talk about them.
When New Horizons‘ wedding season kicks off in June, you’ll be able to participate in various events that will reward you with wedding-themed items. As this update was only recently added to the game, the only people who have seen these items are those who have time skipped over the last couple of weeks. That’s why they’re currently so rare and expensive.
We imagine it shouldn’t be too difficult to acquire these items once they’re officially added to the game, but they’re currently some of the most sought after pieces in New Horizons.
The Zodiac Set
Much like the space set the Zodiac items can only be acquired by getting the right random recipe from Celeste and finding enough stars to actually make them.
The twist here is that Zodiac items can only be handed out during the months of their corresponding Zodiac signs. For instance, you can only get Aeries items from March 21 to April 19. That means that the only people who have even seen some of these items are those who have time skipped in the game. Even then, Celeste’s appearances and which items you get are entirely random.
Expect certain Zodiac items to remain incredibly valuable for the forseeable future.