Animal Crossing New Horizons: Nocturnal Bugs, Fish and Sea Creatures Guide

There are a vast amount of creatures to find and catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Some of them will only come out when it gets dark though. Here's a guide to all the bugs, fish, and sea creatures that you can only find at night.

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One of the main features in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is being able to catch different wildlife. Wildlife is broken down into three groups: bugs, fish, and deep-sea creatures. Every one of them is different. They appear in different months, places, and times of day. Even weather can affect what you can find. You can find lots of wildlife during the day. However, some only come out at night, from dusk until dawn. For many players, completing the Critterpedia and filling up the museum is a goal. In order to get every one out there, you’ll need to play day and night.

In New Horizons, you can choose which hemisphere your island is based in: North or South. Selecting the hemisphere makes a huge impact on what animals will appear at times of the year. In the lists below, NH stands for North Hemisphere, while SH is South Hemisphere. Next to each hemisphere, the period of availability will be given in months. Note that some bugs, fish, and sea creatures appear all year round in both hemispheres.

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BUGS

There are 80 bugs altogether to find in New Horizons. 25 of these only come out at night. Some come out as early as 4pm, while others come out as late as 11pm. Some bugs stop appearing after four o’clock in the morning, but appear as early as five in the evening.

Name Selling Price Location Time Month
Atlas Moth 3,000 On trees 7pm – 4am

NH: April – September

SH: October – March

Bell Cricket 430 On the ground 5pm – 8am

NH: September – October

SH: March – April

Centipede 300 Hitting rocks 4pm – 11pm

NH: All months except July & August

SH: All months except January & February

Cricket 130 On the ground 5pm – 8am

NH: September – November

SH: March – May

Cyclommatus Stag 8,000 On coconut trees 5pm – 8am

NH: July – August

SH: January – February

Emperor Butterfly 4,000 Flying 5pm – 8am Both Hemispheres: December – March / June – September
Firefly 300 Flying 7pm – 4am

NH: June

SH: December

Giant Stag 10,000 On trees 11pm – 8am

NH: July – August

SH: January – February

Giant Water Bug 2,000 On ponds and rivers 7pm – 8am

NH: April – September

SH: October – March

Giraffe Stag 12,000 On coconut trees 5pm – 8am

NH: July – August

SH: January – February

Golden Stag 12,000 On coconut trees 5pm – 8am

NH: July – August

SH: January – February

Goliath Beetle 8,000 On coconut trees 5pm – 8am

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Hermit Crab 1,000 On beaches 7pm – 8am

Both Hemispheres: All Months

Horned Atlas 8,000 On coconut trees 5pm – 8am

NH: July – August

SH: January – February

Horned Dynastid 1,350 On trees 5pm – 8am

NH: July – August

SH: January – February

Horned Elephant 8,000 On coconut trees 5pm – 8am

NH: July – August

SH: January – February

Horned Hercules 12,000 On coconut trees 5pm – 8am

NH: July – August

SH: January – February

Man-Faced Stink Bug 1,000 On flowers 7pm – 8am

NH: March – October

SH: September – April

Mosquito 130 Flying 5pm – 4am

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Moth 130 Flying by light 7pm – 4am

Both Hemispheres: All Months

Rainbow Stag 6,000 On trees 7pm – 8am

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Scarab Beetle 10,000 On trees 11pm – 8am

NH: July – August

SH: January – February

Scorpion 8,000 On the ground 7pm – 4am

NH: May – October

SH: November – April

Spider 600 Hanging down from shaken trees 7pm – 8am

Both Hemispheres: All Months

Tarantula 8,000 On the ground 7pm – 4am

NH: November – April

SH: May – October

You can find moths like this one fluttering around lights outside.

You can find moths like this one fluttering around lights outside.

FISH

Altogether, there are 80 different fish you can catch in New Horizons. 23 can only be found at night or between dusk and dawn. Some fish only appear for a few hours, late at night until very early in the morning. These fish appear in different places; in rivers, the sea, and ponds. Some appear only in specific places, such as clifftop ponds or rivers. Fish have different shadow sizes, but you won’t know what you’ve caught until you successfully reel it in. The largest fish have their fins poking out of the water, such as sharks.

NOTE: Char has slightly more complicated appearance times, depending on the time of year. In March to June (north hemisphere) and September to December (south hemisphere), they appear from 4pm until 9am, as noted below. However, in September to November (NH) and March to May (SH), they are reported to appear all day instead.

Name Selling Price Location Time Shadow Size Month
Angelfish 3,000 River 4pm – 9am Small

NH: May – October

SH: November – April

Arapaima 10,000 River 4pm – 9am Largest

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Arowana 10,000 River 4pm – 9am Large

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Barreleye 15,000 Sea 9pm – 4am Small

Both Hemispheres: All Months

Blowfish 5,000 Sea 9pm – 4am Medium

NH: May – August

SH: November – February

Catfish 800 Pond 4pm – 9am Large

NH: May – October

SH: November – April

Char 3,800 Clifftop River/Pond 4pm – 9am (see note above) Medium

NH: March – June / September – November

SH: March – May / September – December

Cherry Salmon 1,000 Clifftop River 4pm – 9am Medium

NH: March – June / September – November

SH: March – May / September – December

Dace 240 River 4pm – 9am Medium

Both Hemispheres: All Months

Football Fish 2,500 Sea 4pm – 9am Large

NH: November – March

SH: May – September

Freshwater Goby 400 River 4pm – 9am Small

Both Hemispheres: All Months

Gar 6,000 Pond 4pm – 9am Largest

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Golden Trout 15,000 Clifftop River 4pm – 9am Medium

Both Hemispheres: March – May / September – November

Great White Shark 15,000 Sea 4pm – 9am Largest with Fin

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Hammerhead Shark 8,000 Sea 4pm – 9am Largest with Fin

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Koi 4,000 Pond 4pm – 9am Large

Both Hemispheres: All Months

Mitten Crab 2,000 River 4pm – 9am Small

NH: September – November

SH: March – May

Nibble Fish 1,500 River 4pm – 9am Smallest

NH: May – September

SH: November – March

Saddled Bichir 4,000 River 9pm – 4am Large

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Saw Shark 12,000 Sea 4pm – 9am Largest with Fin

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Snapping Turtle 5,000 River 9pm – 4am Very Large

NH: April – October

SH: October – April

Soft-Shelled Turtle 3,750 River 4pm – 9am Large

NH: August – September

SH: February – March

Stringfish 15,000 Clifftop River 4pm – 9am Very Large

NH: December – March

SH: June – September

This fearsome-looking fish can be found out at sea during night hours.

This fearsome-looking fish can be found out at sea during night hours.

SEA CREATURES

There are 40 deep-sea dwellers to find in total in New Horizons. 12 of these can be found at night. They can only be reached by deep-sea diving using a diving costume. Like fish, each creature has a different-sized shadow. You won’t know what you’ve got until you’ve caught it though. Deep-sea creatures are different to fish in that they have different movement patterns. The number of bubbles they emit also vary. Some deep-sea dwellers are fast, so you’ll have to not only be quick but also crafty when going after them.

Name Selling Price Time Shadow Size Swimming Pattern Month
Abalone 2,000 4pm – 9am Medium Moderate Steady Movement

NH: June – January

SH: January – July

Chambered Nautilus 1,800 4pm – 9am Medium Slow

NH: March – June / September – November

SH: March – May / September – December

Firefly Squid 1,400 9pm – 4am Very Small Slow

NH: March – June

SH: September – December

Flatworm 700 4pm – 9am Very Small Slow Short Movement

NH: August – September

SH: February – March

Horseshoe Crab 2,500 9pm – 4am Medium Quick Short Lunges

NH: July – September

SH: January – March

Mantis Shrimp 2,500 4pm – 9am Small Quick Short Lunges

Both Hemispheres: All Months

Sea Pig 10,000 4pm – 9am Small Quick Long Lunges

NH: November – February

SH: May – August

Slate Pencil Urchin 2,000 4pm – 9am Medium Moderate Steady Movement

NH: May – September

SH: November – March

Spiny Lobster 5,000 9pm – 4am Large Quick

NH: October – December

SH: April – June

Sweet Shrimp 1,400 4pm – 9am Small Slow

NH: September – February

SH: March – August

Tiger Prawn 3,000 4pm – 9am Small Moderate Steady Movement

NH: June – September

SH: December – March

Vampire Squid 10,000 5pm – 9am Medium Quick Long Lunges

NH: May – August

SH: November – February

This tiny shrimp can be found in the deep sea after dark.

This tiny shrimp can be found in the deep sea after dark.

That concludes all the bugs, fish, and sea creatures you can find at night-time. It’s important to note that some wildlife can be found all hours, day and night. This makes finding night-time-exclusive wildlife more difficult, but with persistence, they’ll make their appearance.

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