How to Catch a Giant Isopod in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The Giant Isopod is one of the most valuable deep-sea creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Here's how to catch one.

Thanks to the first Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer update, players can now swim and dive for a handful of new deep-sea creatures. One of the more valuable underwater creatures is the Giant Isopod, which can be sold for a handful of Bells if players are able to catch it. In this guide, we are going to take a look at how to catch the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Giant Isopod.

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Players can catch the Giant Isopod in Animal Crossing: New Horizons by diving at medium-sized, fast-moving bubbly areas in the water. Further, the Giant Isopod will appear from 9 AM-4 PM and 9 PM-4 AM local time on your island. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the quick-moving creature will be available from July-October and January-May in the Southern Hemisphere. If players manage to catch a New Horizons Giant Isopod, it can be sold for 12,000 Bells or donated to Blathers in the museum. 

The Giant Isopod was first introduced to the series in New Leaf and is a bit of an ugly creature. However, it’s also worth a lot of Bells, so don’t judge a book…errr sea creature by its cover! As we mentioned above, there were a handful of new deep-sea creatures added to the game with the July summer update. So just because you don’t find a Giant Isopod, doesn’t mean you won’t find another worthwhile creature.

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If you manage to come up with a Scallop, you’ll be greeted by a friendly otter named Pascal. He will offer to trade you either a Mermaid DIY recipe or a pearl for your Scallop. If you’re interested in collecting the mermaid set, you’ll want to trade with him to collect all the recipes. Further, if he gives you a Pearl, be sure to hold onto it because it can be used to craft most of the new recipes. 

If you’re not keen on catching underwater creatures, there are plenty of new bugs and fish that were added to the game during the month of July that players can catch. Things like grasshoppers and cicada shells should be appearing on your island for the next few months, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, so be sure to add those to your collection. Further, Nintendo is teasing another summer update for August, so who knows what kind of new features will be added in with that.

If you’re working on building out your critter collection, we have tons of great guides on our website that will help you catch all the creepy crawlies that your island has to offer. In the links below, you’ll find some of our recent guides!

Now that you know how to catch a Giant Isopod in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it’s time to get swimming! When you catch one, do you plan to donate it to Blathers or keep it for yourself? Be sure to let us know on our Twitter or Facebook page!


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Andrew Smith is a Guides Writer at Prima Games. Previously he has worked with IGN, GameSpot, and a handful of other great outlets. When Andrew isn't writing up game guides, you kind find him playing single-player, narrative-driven games. Wanna say hi? You can email Andrew at [email protected]