New Bugs, Fish, Sea Creatures In December For Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Northern & Southern Hemisphere)

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The Winter & Summer seasons are here in each Hemisphere, so it’s time for a New Bugs, Fish, and Sea Creatures Arriving in December Guide for Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH)! We’ll tell you every new critter joining your island this month.

Each and every month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons brings a different set of fish or bug creatures that can appear on your Animal Crossing island depending on the current month from the real-time clock.

That means you can potentially discover some new fish, bugs, and sea creatures on your island to catch when December begins that weren’t previously available to catch during November!

So if you want to catch every single creature to complete your NookPhone’s Critterpedia for getting golden tool items and donate every critter to the Museum, it’s important to know which critters have arrived this month and make sure you catch them as soon as you can to get an early start.

This guide covers both the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere islands — you’ll find the Southern information below the Northern sections.

It’s a special month in the Northern Hemisphere as the Dung Beetle and Pond Smelt both become available for the first time in December. Real-time players who have caught every creature so far since March can complete the Bugs & Fish sections of their Critterpedia for the first time after catching these!

Meanwhile in the Southern Hemisphere, the Summer season has truly begun with plenty of sharks to catch! Players can pick up Summer Shells on their beach too.

Finally, it’s worth noting that we’re getting far enough into the game’s lifecycle that you will see some creatures arriving that have already previously been available in another month earlier this year. We write these guides inclusive of no matter when someone may have started playing or taken a break, so repeats will show up sometimes!

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New Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bugs In December (Northern Hemisphere)

There are 3 brand new bugs and insects available to catch with a Net on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island during the month of December!

The Dung Beetle requires snowballs on your island to appear, which only occurs after December 11th.

Please note that the list below only applies to the Northern Hemisphere — scroll down to see the Southern Hemisphere lists.

Emperor Butterfly

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Emperor Butterfly Bug
Hours
5PM to 8AM
Location
Flying (Flowers)
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
4000 Bells

Rajah Brooke'S Birdwing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rajah Brooke'S Birdwing Bug
Hours
8AM to 5PM
Location
Flying (Flowers)
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
2500 Bells

Dung Beetle

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dung Beetle Bug
Hours
All Day
Location
Snowballs
Rarity
Uncommon
Sell Price
3000 Bells

New Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish In December (Northern Hemisphere)

There are 5 brand new fish available to catch with a Fishing Rod on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island during the month of December!

Please note that the list below only applies to the Northern Hemisphere — scroll down to see the Southern Hemisphere lists.

Pond Smelt

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Pond Smelt Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
River
Shadow Size
Small
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
400 Bells

Stringfish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Stringfish Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
River (Clifftop)
Shadow Size
Extra Large
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
15000 Bells

Sea Butterfly

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Butterfly Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Very Small
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
1000 Bells

Squid

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Squid Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Medium
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
500 Bells

Oarfish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Oarfish Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Super Large
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
9000 Bells

New Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Creatures In December (Northern Hemisphere)

There’s only 1 brand new sea creatures available to catch with a Wet Suit on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island during the month of December!

Please note that the list below only applies to the Northern Hemisphere — scroll down to see the Southern Hemisphere lists.

Lobster

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Lobster Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
Large
Speed
Fast
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
4500 Bells

New Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bugs In December (Southern Hemisphere)

There are 6 brand new bug and insects available to catch with a Net on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island during the month of December!

Please note that the list below only applies to the Southern Hemisphere — scroll up to see the Northern Hemisphere lists.

Emperor Butterfly

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Emperor Butterfly Bug
Hours
5PM to 8AM
Location
Flying (Flowers)
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
4000 Bells

Firefly

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Firefly Bug
Hours
7PM to 4AM
Location
Flying (Water)
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
300 Bells

Drone Beetle

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Drone Beetle Bug
Hours
All Day
Location
Trees
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
200 Bells

Goliath Beetle

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Goliath Beetle Bug
Hours
5PM to 8AM
Location
Trees (Palm)
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
8000 Bells

Rainbow Stag

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rainbow Stag Bug
Hours
7PM to 8AM
Location
Trees
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
6000 Bells

Mosquito

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mosquito Bug
Hours
5PM to 4AM
Location
Flying (Flowers)
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
130 Bells

New Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish In December (Southern Hemisphere)

There are 14 brand new fish available to catch with a Fishing Rod on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island during the month of December!

Please note that the list below only applies to the Southern Hemisphere — scroll up to see the Northern Hemisphere lists.

Giant Snakehead

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Giant Snakehead Fish
Hours
9AM to 4PM
Location
Pond
Shadow Size
Large
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
5500 Bells

Tilapia

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tilapia Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
River
Shadow Size
Medium
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
800 Bells

Piranha

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Piranha Fish
Hours
9AM to 4PM, 9PM to 4AM
Location
River
Shadow Size
Small
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
2500 Bells

Arowana

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Arowana Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
River
Shadow Size
Large
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
10000 Bells

Dorado

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dorado Fish
Hours
4AM to 9PM
Location
River
Shadow Size
Extra Large
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
15000 Bells

Gar

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gar Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
Pond
Shadow Size
Extra Large
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
6000 Bells

Arapaima

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Arapaima Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
River
Shadow Size
Super Large
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
10000 Bells

Saddled Bichir

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Saddled Bichir Fish
Hours
9PM to 4AM
Location
River
Shadow Size
Large
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
4000 Bells

Ribbon Eel

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Ribbon Eel Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Long
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
600 Bells

Saw Shark

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Saw Shark Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Large (Fin)
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
12000 Bells

Hammerhead Shark

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Hammerhead Shark Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Large (Fin)
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
8000 Bells

Great White Shark

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Great White Shark Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Large (Fin)
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
15000 Bells

Whale Shark

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Whale Shark Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Large (Fin)
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
13000 Bells

Suckerfish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Suckerfish Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Medium (Fin)
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
1500 Bells

New Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Creatures In December (Southern Hemisphere)

There are 5 brand new sea creatures available to catch with a Wet Suit on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island during the month of December!

Please note that the list below only applies to the Southern Hemisphere — scroll up to see the Northern Hemisphere lists.

Sea Grapes

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Grapes Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
Small
Speed
Still
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
900 Bells

Mussel

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mussel Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
Small
Speed
Slow
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
1500 Bells

Abalone

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Abalone Sea Creature
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Shadow Size
Medium
Speed
Medium
Rarity
Uncommon
Sell Price
2000 Bells

Gazami Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gazami Crab Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
Medium
Speed
Medium
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
2200 Bells

Tiger Prawn

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tiger Prawn Sea Creature
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Shadow Size
Small
Speed
Medium
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
3000 Bells


Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for everything on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including our extensive Guides section here. In particular, don’t miss out on our popular Christmas Toy SetWinter Snowflake RecipesChristmas Ornament Recipes, Acorns & Pine ConesThanksgiving Event, Redd Art, and Sea Creatures guides.

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