It’s a brand new month, which means there are new bugs and fish to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! In particular, the Southern Hemisphere has something big to look forward to with the arrival of sharks, and something “little” to look forward to with the ability to dive for Sea Creatures. 

Don’t worry Northern Hemisphere players, you’ve got some new fish and bugs to chase after as well! Curious about what’s flying or swimming around your island this month? Below, we’ve listed all of the new fish and bugs you can catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | December Fish and Bug List 

Northern Hemisphere - December Fish and Bug List 

Fish

  • Pond Smelt | River, 500 Bells, All Day
  • Squid | Sea, 500 Bells, All Day
  • Sea Butterfly | Sea, 1,000 Bells, All Day
  • Oarfish | Sea, 9,000 Bells, All Day
  • Stringfish | River (Clifftop), 15,000 Bells, All Day

Bugs

  • Raja Brooke’s Birdwing | 2,5000 Bells, 8am - 5pm
  • Emperor Butterfly | 4,000 Bells, 5pm - 8am 

Southern Hemisphere - December Fish and Bug List 

Fish 

  • Ribbon Eel | Sea, 600 Bells, All Day
  • Tilapia | River, 800 Bells, All Day
  • Suckerfish | Sea, 1,500 Bells, All Day
  • Piranha | River, 2,500 Bells, 9am - 4pm and 9pm - 4am
  • Saddled Bichir | River, 4,000 Bells, 9pm - 4am
  • Gar | Pond, 6,000 Bells, 4pm - 9am
  • Hammerhead Shark | Sea, 8,000 Bells, 4pm - 9am
  • Arapaima | River, 10,000 Bells, 4pm - 9am
  • Arowana | River, 10,000 Bells, 4pm - 9am
  • Saw Shark | Sea, 12,000 Bells, 4pm - 9am
  • Whale Shark | Sea, 13,000 Bells, All Day
  • Great White Shark | Sea, 15,000 Bells, 4pm - 9am
  • Dorado | River, 15,000 Bells, 4am - 9pm

Ocean Creatures

  • Sea Grapes - 900 Bells
  • Mussel - 1,500 Bells
  • Sea Pineapple - 1,500 Bells
  • Abalone - 2,000 Bells
  • Gazami Crab - 2,200 Bells
  • Tiger Prawn - 3,000 Bells

Bugs 

  • Mosquito - 130 Bells, 5pm - 4am
  • Drone Beetle - 200 Bells, All Day
  • Firefly - 300 Bells, 7pm - 4am
  • Emperor Butterfly - 4,000 Bells, 5pm - 8am
  • Rainbow Stag - 6,000 Bells, 7pm - 8am
  • Goliath Beetle - 8,000 Bells, 5pm - 8am 

For Southern Hemisphere players who may be unfamiliar with sharks and/or sea diving, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, sharks can be spotted as their shadows have a little fin at the top of them.

Note that Suckerfish also have this shame shadow type with a fin. When it comes to ocean diving, you’ll need to purchase a Wet Suit, put it on, and then head over to the ocean and dive in. Once you’re in the water, look for bubbles coming up to the surface as this indicates the presence of a sea creature.

Swim over to this area, look for the shadow under the water, then dive and catch the sea creature. Some of these sea creatures are fast and will swim away, while others are slower and easier to catch.

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