Animal Crossing: New Horizons January Fish and Sea Creature List

Our January fish and creature list for Animal Crossing has all the new aquatic arrivals heading to your island this month.

It's the start of a new year in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and a new month brings new fish and deep sea creatures — for some of us, at least. Quietness characterizes winter's critter scene in Animal Crossing, but for players in the northern hemisphere, it's downright sparse: January has a heaping helping of nothing new. But our southern hemisphere friends are getting into the busy season, with valuable fish just a cast away.

Here's every new January fish and sea creature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

January Fish Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Northern Hemisphere)

There's nothing new this month for the northern hemisphere, as mentioned. However, the usual culprits still lurk around in the rivers and sea, including the red snapper and black bass, and December brought a few new fish you can still find this month. 

January Fish Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere)

The sea is somewhat bountiful in the southern hemisphere in the new year. January brings only a handful of new fish in New Horizons, but some come with a lovely big price tag.

Fish Price Location Time
Sweetfish 900 Bells River  All hours, Jan - March
Pufferfish 250 Bells  Sea  All hours, Jan - Mar
Napoleonfish  10,000 Bells  Sea (huge shadow)  4 a.m. - 9 p.m., Jan - Feb
Blue Marlin 10,000 Bells  Sea (huge shadow)  All hours, Jan - Mar, May - Oct
Ocean Sunfish  4,000 Bells Sea (large shadow with fin)  4 a.m. - 9 p.m., Jan - Mar


January Sea Creatures Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Northern Hemisphere)

Just like with the fish, there's nothing new or noteworthy in January's New Horizons sea creatures for the northern hemisphere. Fortunately, many of the underwater surprises are available all year, including the scallop and pearl oyster.

January Sea Creatures Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere)

January brings three new sea creatures to stick in those southern hemisphere museums.

Creature Price Location Time
Giant Isopod 12,000 Bells Bubbly spots in the ocean  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. - 4 a.m., Jan - Apr
Moon Jellyfish 600 Bells Bubbly spots in the ocean   All hours, Jan - Mar
Horseshoe Crab  2,500 Bells Bubbly spots in the ocean   9 p.m. - 4 a.m., Jan - Feb


That's it for January fish in AC:NH. Be sure to check out our other Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides for more tips on living your best island life, including our January bug list.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Jan. 8th 2021

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