Animal Crossing New Horizons: All New Fish, Bugs, and Sea Creatures Available in December

Published 12/01/2020, 10:50 PM EST


Animal Crossing: New Horizons operates in real-time and incorporates natural phenomena such as seasons and weather changes. One of the primary reasons for the social simulation game’s immense popularity is its range of features that resemble actual life. Catching bugs and fish or diving in the ocean are some of the game’s most pleasurable aspects.

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As the game cycles in new fishes, bugs, and sea creatures in or out every month, an assortment of critters departed the islands after November. However, that also means a new batch of critters will show up on the islands in December, depending on the hemisphere.

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With the Northern Hemisphere transitioning into winter, only a few new critters will show up on the islands here. Meanwhile, Southern Hemisphere players experience the majority of critter arrivals, with summer just around the corner.

We list all the new critters available in both hemispheres during December in Animal Crossing: New Horizons below. Players are advised to keep their fishing rods, bug nets, and diving gear handy as they have quite a range to add to their collection in the coming days. Catching fish, bugs, and sea creatures will enable players to complete the Museum exhibits, and they can also unlock DIY recipes.

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List of new Animal Crossing: New Horizons critters in the Northern Hemisphere during December

The following 5 fish are coming to the Northern Hemisphere islands at the start of December:

NameLocationTimeShadow sizePrice
Pond smeltRiverAll daySmall500
StringfishRiver (Clifftop)4pm – 9amLarge15,000
Sea butterflySeaAll dayTiny1,000
SquidSeaAll dayMedium-small500
OarfishSeaAll dayHuge9,000

The following 3 bugs are coming to the Northern Hemisphere islands at the start of December:

NameLocationTimePrice
Emperor butterflyFlying5pm – 8am4,000
Rajah Brooke’s birdwingFlying8am – 5pm2,500
Dung beetleRolling snowballs along the groundAll day3,000

The following deep-sea creature is coming to the Northern Hemisphere islands at the start of December:

NameShadow sizeSwimming patternTimePrice
LobsterLargeFastAll day4,500

List of new critters in the Southern Hemisphere during December

The following 14 fish are coming to the Southern Hemisphere islands at the start of December:

NameLocationTimeShadow sizePrice
Giant snakeheadPond9am – 4pmLarge5,500
TilapiaRiverAll dayMedium-small800
PiranhaRiver9am – 4pm & 9pm – 4amSmall2,500
ArowanaRiver4pm – 9amMedium-large10,000
DoradoRiver4am – 9pmLarge15,000
GarPond4pm – 9amHuge6,0000
ArapaimaRiver4pm – 9amHuge10,000
Saddled bichirRiver9pm – 4amMedium-large4,000
Ribbon eelSeaAll dayThin600
Saw sharkSea4pm – 9amHuge with fin12,000
Hammerhead sharkSea4pm – 9amHuge with fin8,000
Great white sharkSea4pm – 9amHuge with fin15,000
Whale sharkSeaAll dayHuge with fin13,000
SuckerfishSeaAll dayMedium with fin1,500

The following 6 bugs are coming to the Southern Hemisphere islands at the start of December:

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NameLocationTimePrice
Emperor butterflyFlying5pm – 8am4,000
FireflyFlying7pm – 4am300
Drone beetleOn treesAll day200
Goliath beetleOn palm trees5pm – 8am8,000
Rainbow stagOn trees7pm – 8am6,000
MosquitoFlying5pm – 4am130

The following 5 deep-sea creatures are coming to the Southern Hemisphere islands at the start of December:

NameShadow sizeSwimming patternTimePrice
Sea grapesSmallStationaryAll day900
MusselSmallSlow consistent movementAll day1,500
AbaloneMediumModerate consistent  movement4pm-9am2,000
Gazami crabMediumSlowAll day2,200
Tiger prawnSmallMedium4pm-9am3,000

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Souhardya Biswas is an eSports writer for EssentiallySports. He joined the organisation in 2020, wanting to explore the sphere of professional eSports journalism. His passion for gaming started with titles like GTA San Andreas, Far Cry 2, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 09, eventually developing an interest in Battle Royale games like PUBG and Apex Legends.

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