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All New October Fish, Bugs, And Sea Creatures In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Here are all the new fish, bugs, and sea creatures you can catch starting in October.


October is a big month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, largely thanks to the many new Halloween items and spooky DIYs you can get to celebrate one of the best holidays of the year. But like with any month in New Horizons, there are also new critters to catch to keep up with your museum and Critterpedia. In this guide, we'll detail every new critter for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres; note that these are only the new arrivals for the month and not every fish, bug, and sea creature you can catch this month.

For the complete list of every creature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we have a full list of all 80 fish to catch, including shadow sizes, and a list of all 80 bugs to catch, with tips on tracking down the handful of rare ones. We also have a list of all 40 sea creatures plus tips on how to dive and catch them.

October Fish, Bugs, And Sea Creatures In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Here are all the new fish, bugs, and sea creatures you can catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in October. They're sorted in order of sell price so you know what to focus on if you're waiting for Flick or C.J. to visit, but if you're a completionist, you'll want to catch them all so you can donate to your museum and complete your Critterpedia!

All the standard fish sizes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
All the standard fish sizes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Northern Hemisphere

New October FishPriceLocation / SizeTime
Dab300Sea / 3All day
Yellow perch300River / 3All day

October is a tame month for fishing, with only two fish returning to your island's waters: dab and yellow perch. If you've been playing New Horizons since it first launched in March 2020, it's likely you already have these two fish in your Critterpedia.

New October BugsPriceLocationTime
Ladybug200On flowers8 AM - 5 PM

Only one bug, the ladybug, makes its return to Northern Hemisphere islands in October. Like October's "new" fish, if you've been playing the game since it first released, you'll most likely have caught a ladybug already. If you're a newcomer, though, they're only around this month and won't come back until March, so get them while you can!

New October Sea CreaturesPriceTime
Spiny lobster5,0009 PM - 4 AM
Venus flower basket5,000All day
Seaweed600All day

October welcomes a few higher-value sea creatures to your island's ocean, plus the return of seaweed after a two-month hiatus. Make sure to swim in your ocean and dive for these creatures, since they can be donated to your museum just like fish and bugs.

Southern Hemisphere

New October FishPriceLocation / SizeTime
Snapping turtle5,000River / 49 PM - 4 AM
Guppy1,300River / 19 AM - 4 PM
Sea horse1,100Sea / 1All day
Butterfly fish1,000Sea / 2All day
Surgeonfish1,000Sea / 2All day
Clown fish650Sea / 1All day
Neon tetra500River / 19 AM - 4 PM
Zebra turkeyfish500Sea / 3All day
Killifish300Pond / 1All day
Crawfish200Pond / 2All day

For those in the Southern Hemisphere, October continues the springtime boom of new critters to catch. For fish, that means lots of small fries to collect this month, plus the ever-popular snapping turtle--which, when placed in your home or around your island, just chills out with no tank. It makes a good pet.

New October BugsPriceLocationTime
Agrias butterfly3,000Flying near flowers8 AM - 5 PM
Atlas moth3,000On trees7 PM - 4 AM
Madagascan sunset moth2,500Flying near flowers8 AM - 4 PM
Rajah Brooke's birdwing2,500Flying near flowers8 AM - 5 PM
Jewel beetle2,400On tree stumpsAll day
Giant water bug2,000River/pond (surface)7 PM - 8 AM
Common bluebottle300Flying near flowers4 AM - 7 PM
Long locust200On the ground8 AM - 7 PM
Darner dragonfly230Flying8 AM - 5 PM
Flea70On a flea-infested villagerAll day

October brings some decently priced butterflies to your island. Plus, now your villagers can get fleas! Check out our guide on how to catch fleas for tips on how to spot them and swipe them right off your villagers (it won't hurt them, we promise).

New October Sea CreaturesPriceTime
Lobster4,500All day
Sea pineapple1,500All day

October isn't a big month for sea creatures in the Southern Hemisphere, but hey--lobster is tasty, right? (No, you can't eat lobster in New Horizons.)

Regardless of which hemisphere you're in, be sure to check out our list of the new fish, bugs, and sea creatures that arrived in September to help ensure you're all caught up. You can also check out more of our guides below.

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