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Trading FAQ by Anime Enigma

Version: 0.9 | Updated: 10/11/2002

The Animal Crossing Trading FAQ
Version 0.9
By Anime Enigma

This document Copyright (c) 2002 Anime Enigma

This is an incomplete FAQ. I will repeat that: this is an INCOMPLETE 
FAQ. If you would like to contribute to this FAQ, e-mail me at the 
above e-mail address with the information that you wish to contribute. 
When you do so, I will give you credit for the information you have 
given. Thank you in advance for any help you will give.

Table of Contents:

I. Version History

II. How to Trade

III. Items That Cannot Be Traded

IV. Contributors

I. Version History

Version 0.9: Added a couple more items and actually changed axe to 
"used axe." I'm quite proud of myself. :)

Version 0.7: Added a few items and also changed the axe to "used axe." 
Big thanks to everyone who has contributed so far! Keep the list 

Version 0.5: FAQ posted. Includes instructions on how to trade, and 
preliminary list of items that have been found to be unable to be 

II. How to Trade

This is a common question on both the regular and trading boards for 
Animal Crossing, so I thought it best to give step-by-step instructions 
on how to trade an item. And, no, it has nothing to do with online 

To Trade An Item to Someone:

First, make sure that the item that you wish to trade is in your 
inventory. Then go to Tom Nook's shop (he is the raccoon/tanuki who 
gave you your house). Talk to give and on the first menu choose "Other 
Things." On the next list of options choose "Hear Code." You will be 
prompted to input the name of the town and the name of the individual 
whom you would like to send the item to. Do so. Next, you will be 
prompted to choose the item you wish to send. If the item you want to 
send is darkened, it cannot be traded. More on that in the third 
section. After choosing the item, you will be asked if that is the item 
you wish to send and that the name of the person and town are correct. 
After being reconfirmed, you will be given the passcode. Write down the 
code so you can give it to the recipient of the item. This is an 

Say you wish to send an orange to your friend, whose character's name 
is "Joe" and the town is "USA." With the orange in your inventory, go 
to Tom Nook's store. Choose "Other Things" then "Hear Code." Next input 
"USA" as the town's name, press start, and then input "Joe" as the 
name. On the next menu, choose the orange and confirm. You will be 
asked if you wish to send an "orange to Joe in USA." Confirm this and 
get the passcode, such as:


Write this down and give it to your friend. That's it!

To Receive An Item From Someone:

Before all else, you must have a code. Upon receiving a code, go to Tom 
Nook's shop. Talk to him and choose "Other Things," then "Say Code." 
When prompted, input the code and press start. Tom will then either 
give you the item or, if the code is incorrect, ask you if you wish to 
try again. The incorrect code will still be there, so you don't have to 
re-input the entire code. This is an example:

Say your friend has gotten his code from you. He'll go to Tom Nook's 
store, and talk to Tom. Your friend will choose "Other Things," then 
"Say Code." He'll then input the code you gave him and press start. 
But, uh-oh! (Dramatic music) The code is wrong! Oops, you forgot to 
capitalize the "L" in the second line! After choosing "Try Again," your 
friend uses the analog pad to go to the "L" and capitalize it. And this 
time it works! He has gotten his orange!

That is both parts of the trading process.

III. Items That Cannot Be Traded

This part is a very important section to keep in mind. A large number 
of people continually ask for various items that they could not 
possibly receive, and yet people will try and accommodate them. Because 
of this obvious flaw in the system, I am compiling a list of items that 
cannot be traded using the passcode system. If you have come across 
another item not on this list that cannot be traded, by all means send 
its name to the e-mail address at the beginning of this document. And 
now, the list:

-Oids (fizzoids, croakoid, etc.)
Money Bags
Tokyo Tower
Lady Liberty/Statue of Liberty
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Chinese Lion/Lioness
Bobblehead Tiger
Manekin Pis
Shogi Piece
Mermaid Statue
Mouth of Truth
Work uniform
Golden Tools
Used Axes
Raffle Tickets
Wario's Woods

A large number of these items are received from the sailor bird, 
Gulliver (thanks for reminding me, tototoro!), that is stranded on the 
beach who claims you "saved his life." There are definitely others so 
be sure to send in those you've come across!

Another thing to remember while trading, is that you cannot trade to 
somebody with the same town name as your own. Thanks to feitclub for 
telling me.

IV. Contributors

Here is a list of people who have informed me of items that cannot be 
traded in both "The Untradable Topic" and my topic with the insanely 
long name I wish not to repeat :).

KrazyVideoGamePunk: For informing me the Bobblehead Tiger cannot be 

Spman: For telling me Money Bags and Golden Tools

gtdragonz: Told me Statue of Liberty can't be traded.

megatooth: Informed me of the fact pitfalls can't be traded.

Moongurl719: Figured out compass can't be traded.

Yojimbo1212: Pointed out all known items from sailor bird (^_^;) can't 
be traded.

LegacyX: Mentioned that axes can't be traded.

ness445: Brought up the fact the Leaning Tower of Pisa is unable to be 

Deflux: Reminded me that customized clothing and umbrellas cannot be 

feitclub:Informed me of the fact that turnips can't be traded, nor can 
you trade to people with the same town name.

Eight Mile Style: Told me that the Pagoda can't be traded.

tototoro: Forwarded the information that the Shogi Piece can't be 

Don: Let me know that Manekin Pis cannot be traded

Lord Dark Sword: Reminded me that the Mouth of Truth and raffle tickets 
aren't tradable.

deadma: Pointed out that Wario's Woods and Baseball can't be traded.

E-mail me with an item and *your* name will be on this list!

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