Animal Crossing: New Horizons December Fish and Sea Creature List

A new month means new fish and sea creatures in New Horizons. Here's every December fish in Animal Crossing, plus when to find them.

New fish for December are here in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Winter is typically a quiet season in Animal Crossing, but December sees some two valuable fish show up in northern hemisphere waters, while the southern hemisphere gets sharks for the first time. This list covers them all. 

Here are all the new fish for December in Animal Crossing, plus where and when to find them.

December Fish Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Northern Hemisphere)

Fish Price Location Time
  Oarfish 9,000 Bells Sea (huge shadow)  All hours, Dec - May
Squid  500 Bells  Sea  All hours, Dec - Aug
  Sea Butterfly  1,000 Bells  Sea (tiny shadow)  All hours, Dec - Mar
  Pond Smelt  400 Bells  River  All hours, Dec - Feb
Stringfish  15,000 Bells  Cliff River  4 p.m. - 9 a.m., Dec - Mar

 

December Fish Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere)

December in the southern hemisphere brings with it the bounty of the sea: sharks, and plenty of them. Sharks are easy to spot thanks to their telltale dorsal fin sticking out of the ocean, and you'll find them in the ocean around Nook Miles Islands too.

For the Gar, if you don't have a pond on your island, you can make one using the Island Designer app.

Fish Price Location Time
Suckerfish  1,500 Bells  Ocean (has a fin, but is not a shark)  All hours, Dec - Mar
Saw Shark  12,000 Bells  Ocean  4 p.m. - 9 a.m., Dec - Mar
Hammerhead Shark  8,000 Bells  Ocean 4 p.m. - 9 a.m., Dec - Mar
Great White Shark  15,000 Bells  Ocean 4 p.m. - 9 a.m., Dec - Mar
  Whale Shark  13,000 Bells  Ocean All hours, Dec - Mar
Ribbon Eel  600 Bells  Ocean (long, thin shadow)  All hours
Gar  6,000 Bells  Pond  4 p.m. - 9 a.m., Dec - Mar
Saddled Bichir  4,000 Bells  River  9 p.m. - 4 a.m., Dec - Mar
Arapaima  10,000 Bells River (larger than normal shadow)  4 p.m. - 9 a.m., Dec - Mar
Dorado  15,000 Bells River (biggest shadow)  4 a.m. - 9 p.m., Dec - Mar
Arowana  10,000 Bells  River  4 p.m. - 9 a.m., Dec - Mar
Tilapia  800 Bells  River  All hours, Dec - Apr
Piranha  2,500 Bells River 9 p.m. - 4 a.m., Dec - Mar


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

There's just one December sea creature in Animal Crossing, the lobster. As always, you'll need a wetsuit to go swimming.

Creature Price Location Time
  Lobster  4,500 Bells  Bubbly spots in the ocean  All hours, Dec - Jan, Apr - June

 

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

If you haven't already, shuffle over to the Nooklings' store or the Nook Stop in Resident Services and get yourself a wetsuit so you can catch these critters.

Creature Price Location Time
  Tiger Prawn  3,000 Bells  Ocean floor  4 p.m. - 9 a.m., Dec - Mar
  Gazami Crab  2,200 Bells  Ocean floor  All hours, Dec - May
  Abalone  2,000 Bells  Ocean floor 4 p.m. - 9 a.m., Dec - July
  Mussel 1,500 Bells  Ocean floor  All hours, Dec - June
  Sea Grapes  900 Bells  Ocean floor  All hours, Dec - Mar

 

That's it for December 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 December bug list.

Contributor

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 Dec. 7th 2020

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