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Catch these Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish, bugs, and sea creatures before October ends

Some of these won’t come back for a full year, so make sure to grab them before they go

Catching a Tuna in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

October is ending, which means that a bunch of critters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are going to say goodbye for a while.

To help make sure you grab what you can before they disappear, we’ve put together a list of things to hunt down and fill out the the Museum.

While folks who time travel don’t have as much to worry about when it comes to catching this variety of bugs, people playing by the day will not want to wait months to continue their collection.

For fish, we recommend using bait, crafted using the manila clams that you can dig up on the beach, to quickly spawn fish in the desired location. Simply make the bait at your crafting table and toss it into the water from your inventory.

The Northern Hemisphere is continuing to lose a lot of critters, like tropical fish and dragonflies, as the temperatures drop. The Southern Hemisphere, which is warming up for Spring, isn’t losing very much. Notably, Scorpions and Tarantulas are swapping out again, so don’t be surprised if you see the other freaky crawler sifting around your island.

Critters to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons before October ends (Northern Hemisphere)

Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Bug Yellow Butterfly Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Bell Cricket On ground N/A 5 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Bug Red Dragonfly Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Darner Dragonfly Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Banded Dragonfly Flying N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Ladybug On flowers N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Scorpion On ground N/A 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Fish Snapping Turtle River X Large 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Fish Catfish Pond Large 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Tilapia River Medium All day
Fish Angelfish River Small 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Betta River Small 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fish Rainbowfish River Smallest 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fish Moray Eel Sea Narrow All day
Fish Ribbon Eel Sea Narrow All day
Fish Giant Trevally Pier X Large All day
Fish Mahi-mahi Pier X Large All day
Sea Creature Giant isopod Ocean (Diving) N/A 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Sea Creature Spotted garden eel Ocean (Diving) N/A 4 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Critters to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons before October ends (Southern Hemisphere)

Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Critter type Critter Location Shadow Size Time
Bug Tarantula On ground N/A 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Fish Dab Sea Medium All day
Fish Tuna Pier Largest All day
Sea Creature Sea cucumber Diving (Ocean) N/A All day
Sea Creature Snow crab Diving (Ocean) N/A All day
Sea Creature Spider crab Diving (Ocean) N/A All day