Animal Crossing: New Horizons December Bugs and Fish Guide

A full list of all the Bugs, Fish, and Deep-Sea creatures that you can collect this December in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! Don’t fret! We have all the creatures that are arriving this month and all the ones that will be leaving once it ends. The perfect guide for the holiday season.

Animal Crossing New Horizons December Bugs and Fish Guide Cover

Well the weather outside is frightful, and this game is so delightful, and if critters you need to find, use Animal Crossing: New Horizons December Bugs and Fish Guide!

Yes it is that time of the month year again when a new range of Bugs, Fish, and Deep-Sea Creatures appear in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for all your catching pleasure. Below you’ll you find a list of all of them, the time of day they appear, where they appear, and how much they are worth. So as your islands are covered in a thick layer of snow (or a fine layer of sunshine for those in the Southern Hemisphere) lets get cracking!

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NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

BUGS ARRIVING THIS MONTH

  Location Time of Day Value
Dung Beetle Rolling Snowballs on Ground All Day 3000
Emperor Butterfly Flying 5pm – 8am 4000
Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing Flying 8am – 5pm 2500

BUGS LEAVING AFTER THIS MONTH

  Location Time of Day Value
None! Nowhere! Never! Nowt!!

Yes! You really did read that correctly! There are no bugs leaving in the Northern Hemisphere this month! This will give you plenty of time to catch any outstanding bugs or fish that you have yet to catch or simply enjoy the season! However there are a fist full of fish heading your way in December.

FISH ARRIVING THIS MONTH

  Location Time of Day Shadow Size Value
Oarfish Sea All Day Huge 9000
Pond Smelt River All Day Small 500
Sea Butterfly Sea All Day Tiny 1000
Squid Sea All Day Medium-Small 500
Stringfish Clifftop River 4pm – 9am Large 15000
Yes this is an older image, but you try catching a fish out season!

Yes this is an older image, but you try catching a fish out season!

FISH LEAVING AFTER THIS MONTH

  Location Time of Day Shadow Size Value
Pike River All Day Large 1800

Yes, the illusive String Fish is returning to the Northern Hemisphere. Be sure to pack plenty of bait and have a few stand-by rods just in case with that one. You could well be there for quite some time. 

DEEP-SEA CREATURES ARRIVING THIS MONTH

  Movement Pattern Time of Day Shadow Size Value
Lobster Fast All day Large 4500

DEEP-SEA CREATURES LEAVING AFTER THIS MONTH

  Movement Patter Time of Day Shadow Size Value
Mussel Slow All Day Small 1500
Turban Shell Slow All Day Medium 1000

So there is our full list of all the Bugs, Fish, and Deep-Sea Creatures arriving and leaving this month in the Northern Hemisphere. A quiter month means more time to catch left over stuff from last month,  craft some seasonal furinture pieces, get ready for Toy Day, and maybe just maybe give your buddies at KeenGamer a follow on Twitter for updates on News, Reviews and more Guides like this one!

For our next stop on our Animal Crossing New Horizons: December Bugs and Fish Guide sees us taking a look at what is happening down south! 

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

BUGS ARRIVING THIS MONTH

  Location Time of Day Value
Drone Beetle Flyer 8am – 5pm 4500
Emperor Butterfly Flying 8am – 7pm 800
Firefly Flying 4am – 7pm 3000
Goliath Beetle On Trees 8am – 7pm 130
Mosquito Flying 8am – 4pm 4000
Rainbow Stag On tree stumps All Day 3000

BUGS LEAVING AFTER THIS MONTH

  Location Time of Day Value
Centipede Under Rocks 4pm – 11pm 300
Common Butterfly Flying 4am – 7pm 160
Firefly Flying 7pm – 4am 300
Ladybug On Flowers 8am – 5pm 200
Peacock Butterfly Flying near Hybrid Flowers 4am – 7pm 2500
Pill Bug Under Rocks 11pm – 4pm 250
Violin Beetle On Tree Stumps All Day 450
Yellow Butterfly Flying 4am – 7pm 160

Looking at this list you might be thinking, “Chris! Why is the Firefly on both the Arriving and Leaving list?”. Well there is a good reason for this; it is here for one month only! So snag it whilst you can! Meanwhile, lets take a gander at our Fish list. And as Summer dawns in the South an ocean’s bounty of fish is heading your way!

FISH ARRIVING THIS MONTH

Ah, the Ribbon Eel, the prey of the Typewriter Shark

Ah, the Ribbon Eel, the prey of the Typewriter Shark

  Location Time of Day Shadow Size Value
Arapaima River 4pm – 9am Huge 10000
Arowana River 4pm – 9am Medium-Large 10000
Dorado River 4am – 9pm Large 15000
Gar Pond 9am – 4pm Huge 6000
Giant Snakehead Pond 9am – 4pm Large 5500
Great White Shark Sea 4pm – 9am Huge with Fin 15000
Hammerhead Shark Sea 4pm – 9am Huge with Fin 8000
Piranha River 9am – 4pm & 9pm – 4am Small 2500
Ribbon Eel Sea All Day Thin 600
Saddled Bichir River 9pm – 4am Medium-Large 4000
Saw Shark Sea 4pm – 9am Huge with Fin 12000
Suckerfish Sea All Day Medium with Fin 1500
Tilapia River All Day Medium-Small 800
Whale Shark Sea All Day Huge With Fin 13000
Shame this fish isn't around in Autumn as he really matches the aesthetic!

Shame this fish isn’t around in Autumn as he really matches the aesthetic!

FISH LEAVING AFTER THIS MONTH

  Location Time of Day Shadow Size Value
Char River Clifftop 4pm – 9am Medium-small 3800
Cherry Salmon River Clifftop 4pm – 9am Medium-small 1000

As you can see, you are going to have a bumper month of new Fish to catch this December. Plenty of high value fish which you can sell for good money with CJ. If you are willing to hold on to them that long and don’t mind turning your town into Sea World whilst you wait. And remember to keep an eye on the beaches for blue Summer Shells which can be used to craft a range of Summery furniture! Now on to the Deep-Sea Creatures!

DEEP-SEA CREATURES ARRIVING THIS MONTH

  Movement Pattern Time of Day Shadow Size Value
Gazami Crab Slow All day Medium 2200
Tiger Prawn Medium 4pm – 9am Small 3000

DEEP-SEA CREATURES LEAVING AFTER THIS MONTH

  Movement Pattern Time of Day Shadow Size Value
Chambered Nautilus Medium 4pm – 9am Medium 1800
Firefly Squid Tiny 9am – 4pm Tiny 1400

 

And so there we have it! Our list of all the Bugs, Fish, and Deep-Sea creatures arriving and leaving in December. I hope you find the guide useful. If you do be sure to leave a like and comment down below if you have any tips for your fellow players. And be sure to share it with all your Animal Crossing: New Horizons friends!

And finally I hope the holiday period treats you and your loved ones well however you choose to celebrate it and I hope that 2021 treats you well!

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