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A glowing spot is an area on the ground denoted by a golden shine. It appears in the Nintendo 64 and GameCube games, and New Horizons. Once per day, a glowing spot appears somewhere in the town. When dug up, a bag of 1,000 Bells can usually be found, but on rare occasions, 10,000 or 30,000 Bells may be found.
The glowing spot is the only way of obtaining the golden shovel in Animal Forest+, Animal Forest e+ and Animal Crossing. A normal shovel must be buried to grow a golden tree which can be shaken, resulting in the golden shovel falling out.
Burying money bags in this spot is the only way of growing money trees in the GameCube games and New Horizons. In the former, the money tree sometimes fails, resulting in the growth of a regular tree.