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How To Catch A Mole Cricket In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The mole cricket is possibly the hardest bug to find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Here's how to find and then catch one.


There are 80 bugs to catch throughout the year in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but none of them are as tricky to find as the mole cricket. It is the only bug in the entire game that requires you to play with sound on, and you won't be able to see it when it's around. It's not the most profitable bug out there, but it's still important for your Critterpedia, so here's how to find and catch one.

How To Catch A Mole Cricket

  • Requires: 1x shovel, 1x net, sound on

To catch a mole cricket, you'll have to listen for, well, cricket noises. As you walk around your island, a friend's island, or a Mystery Tour island, you might hear a rapid chirping sound. Walk around and listen for it to get louder; when the sound is at its loudest, you should take out your shovel and start digging in the immediate area. It will probably take a few tries, but once you find the spot, the mole cricket will pop out of the ground as you dig the hole. When this happens, quickly switch to your net and catch it.

Unfortunately, there's no easy way to catch a mole cricket if you're hard of hearing or can't play with sound; you would just have to keep digging around your island until one pops out of the ground. You can, however, limit the areas a mole cricket could spawn by laying down paths, planting flowers, and placing items on the ground.

When To Catch A Mole Cricket

Mole crickets, unlike other crickets, are a winter and spring bug, but during the right time of year, they're available all day. Mole crickets are one of the bugs leaving the Northern Hemisphere in May, so be on the lookout for one if you haven't caught it yet; if you're in the Southern Hemisphere, May is instead the first month you can catch a mole cricket.

The full list of available months for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres is listed below.

Northern Hemisphere

  • November, December, January, February, March, April, May

Southern Hemisphere

  • May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mole Cricket Price

Mole crickets can be donated to the museum or sold to either Nook's Cranny or the special visitor Flick, who will purchase bugs from you at 150% their usual market value.

  • Nook's Cranny price: 500
  • Flick price: 750

More Rare Bugs

While the mole cricket is probably the trickiest bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it's not the only one. Check out our guides for tips on how to catch the game's rarest bugs.

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