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

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

An Animal Crossing character holds up a butterfly Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

December is ending, which means that a bunch of critters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are going to vanish 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 isn’t saying bye to that many creatures, as most of them have already left the islands before the snow fell. The Southern Hemisphere islands will be losing most of its butterflies until next year.

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

Critter type Critter Location Shadow size Time
Critter type Critter Location Shadow size Time
Fish Pike River X Large All day
Sea Creature Mussel Ocean (diving) N/A All day
Sea Creature Spiny Lobster Ocean (diving) N/A 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.

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

Critter type Critter Location Shadow size Time
Critter type Critter Location Shadow size Time
Bug Common Butterfly Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Yellow Butterfly Flying N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Peacock Butterfly Flying by hybrid flowers N/A 4 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bug Firefly Flying N/A 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Bug Ladybug On flowers N/A 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bug Violin Beetle On tree stumps N/A All day
Bug Pill Bug Hit rocks N/A 11 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Bug Centipede Hit rocks N/A 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Fish Cherry Salmon River (Clifftop) Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Fish Char River (Clifftop) Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Sea Creature Chambered nautilus Ocean (diving) N/A 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Sea Creature Firefly squid Ocean (diving) N/A 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Sea Creature Lobster Ocean (diving) N/A All day