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

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May has arrived with fresh new bugs, fish, and sea creatures to enjoy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH)! In this guide, we’ll tell you every new critter joining your island in May.

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 May begins that weren’t previously available to catch during April!

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 worth noting that we’re far enough into the game’s lifecycle that you will see some creatures arriving that have already previously been available in another month if you’ve been playing for a long time. This guide is written inclusive of no matter when someone may have started playing or taken a break, so repeats will show up sometimes!

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

There are 8 new Bugs available to catch with a Net during May on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island!

Great Purple Emperor

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Great Purple Emperor Bug
Hours
4AM to 7PM
Location
Flying (Flowers)
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
3000 Bells

Queen Alexandra'S Birdwing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Queen Alexandra'S Birdwing Bug
Hours
8AM to 4PM
Location
Flying (Flowers)
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
4000 Bells

Banded Dragonfly

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Banded Dragonfly Bug
Hours
8AM to 5PM
Location
Flying (Water)
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
4500 Bells

Pondskater

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Pondskater Bug
Hours
8AM to 7PM
Location
Rivers & Ponds
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
130 Bells

Diving Beetle

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Diving Beetle Bug
Hours
8AM to 7PM
Location
Rivers & Ponds
Rarity
Uncommon
Sell Price
800 Bells

Violin Beetle

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Violin Beetle Bug
Hours
All Day
Location
Tree Stumps
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
450 Bells

Rosalia Batesi Beetle

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rosalia Batesi Beetle Bug
Hours
All Day
Location
Tree Stumps
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
3000 Bells

Scorpion

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Scorpion Bug
Hours
7PM to 4AM
Location
Ground
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
8000 Bells

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

There are 8 new Fish available to catch with a Fishing Rod during May on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island!

Frog

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Frog Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Pond
Shadow Size
Small
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
120 Bells

Catfish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Catfish Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
Pond
Shadow Size
Large
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
800 Bells

Nibble Fish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nibble Fish Fish
Hours
9AM to 4PM
Location
River
Shadow Size
Very Small
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
1500 Bells

Angelfish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Angelfish Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
River
Shadow Size
Small
Rarity
Uncommon
Sell Price
3000 Bells

Betta

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

Rainbowfish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rainbowfish Fish
Hours
9AM to 4PM
Location
River
Shadow Size
Very Small
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
800 Bells

Giant Trevally

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Giant Trevally Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Pier
Shadow Size
Extra Large
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
4500 Bells

Mahi-Mahi

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mahi-Mahi Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Pier
Shadow Size
Extra Large
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
6000 Bells

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

There are 2 new Sea Creatures available to catch with a Wet Suit during May on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island!

Sea Urchin

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Urchin Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
Small
Speed
Slow
Rarity
Uncommon
Sell Price
1700 Bells

Slate Pencil Urchin

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

Gigas Giant Clam

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gigas Giant Clam Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
X-Large
Speed
X-Fast
Rarity
Super Rare
Sell Price
15000 Bells

Vampire Squid

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Vampire Squid Sea Creature
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Shadow Size
Medium
Speed
X-Fast
Rarity
Super Rare
Sell Price
10000 Bells

Spotted Garden Eel

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Spotted Garden Eel Sea Creature
Hours
4AM to 9PM
Shadow Size
Small
Speed
Slow
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
1100 Bells

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

There are x new Bugs available to catch with a Net during May on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island!

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

Damselfly

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Damselfly Bug
Hours
All Day
Location
Flying (Water)
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
500 Bells

Mole Cricket

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mole Cricket Bug
Hours
All Day
Location
Underground
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
500 Bells

Tarantula

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tarantula Bug
Hours
7PM to 4AM
Location
Ground
Rarity
Very Rare
Sell Price
8000 Bells

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

There are x new Fish available to catch with a Fishing Rod during May on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island!

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

Bitterling

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bitterling Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
River
Shadow Size
Very Small
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
900 Bells

Blowfish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Blowfish Fish
Hours
9PM to 4AM
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Medium
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
5000 Bells

Tuna

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tuna Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Pier
Shadow Size
Super Large
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
7000 Bells

Blue Marlin

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Blue Marlin Fish
Hours
All Day
Location
Pier
Shadow Size
Super Large
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
10000 Bells

Football Fish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Football Fish Fish
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Location
Ocean
Shadow Size
Large
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
2500 Bells

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

There are x new Sea Creatures available to catch with a Wet Suit during May  on your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island!

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

Sea Cucumber

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Cucumber Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
Medium
Speed
X-Slow
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
500 Bells

Sea Pig

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Pig Sea Creature
Hours
4PM to 9AM
Shadow Size
Small
Speed
X-Fast
Rarity
Super Rare
Sell Price
10000 Bells

Dungeness Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dungeness Crab Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
Medium
Speed
Medium
Rarity
Common
Sell Price
1900 Bells

Snow Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Snow Crab Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
Large
Speed
Fast
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
6000 Bells

Red King Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Red King Crab Sea Creature
Hours
All Day
Shadow Size
Large
Speed
X-Fast
Rarity
Rare
Sell Price
8000 Bells

Best Way To Catch Fish At Pier On Beach

It’s worth noting that four of the new fish arriving this month can only be found when fishing near the Pier on your beach! In the Northern Hemisphere, that’s the Giant Trevally and Mahi-Mahi. For the Southern Hemisphere, the Blue Marlin and Tuna are new.

Depending on your island’s unique layout, you can find this special Pier on either the bottom left or bottom right of your island. You’ll need to be looking out for fish here to catch any of the Pier exclusive fish like Giant Trevally and Mahi-Mahi.

However, you can only find fish spawns there ever so often by random chance, which can make for trouble if you’re trying to efficiently catch a certain fish before the month ends! This is even more problematic if the fish is quite rare

Luckily, there’s a simple solution to this problem — just use Fish Bait! We recommend stockpiling a couple stacks of 10 Fish Bait, heading to the end of your Pier, and repeatedly using the bait to spawn new fish until you catch the one you’re seeking.

By doing using Fish Bait, you’ll ensure that you don’t waste time walking back and forth from the Pier hoping for a new fish spawn. Both Tuna and Blue Marlin fish have an extra large shadow size, so you should be able to spot when you successfully spawn one with bait!

To craft Fish Bait, you’ll need to dig up Manila Clams with your shovel in spots where you see suspicious water activity on your beach. Each Manila Clam you find can be directly crafted into one Fish Bait item at any workbench and the recipe is automatically learned.


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