What can you catch in the final month of the year?

The year may finally be ending, but there’s still new bugs, fish and sea creatures to catch on your island this December in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

If you manage to catch every fish and bug in New Horizons, you’ll not only complete two Museum exhibits, but you’ll also unlock two of the Golden Tool DIY recipes.

You’ll discover exactly which creatures are showing up and leaving your island in December on this page, because the downside to the Critterpedia is it only lists the details of a creature after you’ve caught it, which can make completing your collection difficult.

There’s a host of new bugs, fish and sea creatures to find this December, just like in November, so read ahead to discover exactly what you should be catching!

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How to capture every shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

New Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures in December

Every month in New Horizons hails the arrival of new bugs, fish and sea creatures to your island.

Finding and catching these creatures will not only work towards completing both the Museum and your Critterpedia, however will eventually allow you to unlock both the Golden Fishing Rod and Golden Net DIY recipes. For these reasons, it’s always a good idea to know exactly what’s arriving on your island every month.

It should be noted that the following only applies to the northern hemisphere.

For the southern hemisphere, please check our dedicated bug, fish and sea creature guides.

All Animal Crossing bugs arriving in December:

Animal Crossing Bugs Months available Times available Location Bug Price
Emperor Butterfly December to March
June to September
5pm to 8am Flying around flowers 4000
Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing April to September
December to February
8am to 5pm Flying around 2500
Dung Beetle December to February All day On the ground rolling snowballs 3000

All Animal Crossing fish arriving in December:

Animal Crossing Fish Months available Times available Location Fish Price
Pond Smelt December to February 24 hours River 400
Stringfish December to March 4pm to 9am Clifftop river 15000
Sea Butterfly December to March 24 hours Sea 1000
Squid December to August 24 hours Sea 500
Oarfish December to May 24 hours Sea 9000
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Oarfish are returning to the northern hemisphere.

All Animal Crossing sea creatures arriving in December:

Animal Crossing Sea Creatures Months available Times available Sea Creature Price
Lobster April to June
December to January
24 hours 4500


New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help with the basics.

From the off, there’s fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the brand-new ladder and vaulting pole to collect.

Once you have settled in, you’ll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd, use the Dream Suite and island backup.


Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea animals arriving in December

At the beginning of every month in New Horizons a number of creatures will leave your island’s shores. Due this, it’s a good idea to ensure that you’ve caught at least one of every creature that’s visited your island. This way you won’t have to wait months for them to return or risk time travelling.

When it comes to these departing creatures, we recommend trying to capture them at the beginning of every month, so that you don’t feel under pressure at the end of the month.

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We have a variety of bug, fish and sea creature hunting tips on our dedicated guides for these creatures in New Horizons, so check those out if you need any assistance.

It should be noted that the following just applies to the northern hemisphere.

For the southern hemisphere, please check our dedicated bug, fish and sea creature guides.

All Animal Crossing bugs leaving in December:

Nothing to worry about this month!

All Animal Crossings fish leaving in December:

Animal Crossing Fish Months available Times available Location Fish Price
Pike September to December 24 hours River 1800
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Turban Shells are leaving the northern hemisphere.

All Animal Crossing sea animals leaving in December:

Animal Crossing Sea Creatures Months available Times available Sea Creature Price
Mussel June to December 24 hours 1500
Turban Shell March to May
September to December
24 hours 1000
Spiny Lobster October to December 9pm to 4am 5000

Our respective fish, bug and sea creature notes consist of every types that can be discovered throughout the year in New Horizons if you wish to find out more about which animals can visit your island.