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Artwork of abalone
Real-world info
Name: Haliotis
Family: Haliotidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

The abalone is a sea creature in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the abalone was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020, where it appears from 4 PM to 9 AM as a medium-sized, medium-speed shadow from summer to mid winter.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


"I got an abalone! And that's no bologna!"

Time of year All year (also available on Tortimer Island)
Time of day 4 PM – 9 AM
Peak times May – Sep 15:
9 PM – 4 AM
Shadow size Medium
Shadow movement Uniform
Sea creature size 18 cm
Selling price  400 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


"I got an abalone! Why do I want a sandwich now?"

Time of year North: Jun – Jan
South: Dec – Jul
Time of day 4 PM – 9 AM
Shadow size Medium
Shadow movement Medium
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total sea creatures
Selling price  2,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon being donated museum, the abalone can be found in the large pool in the first room of the sea exhibit, along with many other species of sea creatures. It is found close to the entrance of the large saltwater exhibit. The exhibit has this to say about the abalone:

"Abalones grow less than an inch a year, so it takes several years for them to grow to full size. They are related to ear shells and have been used in celebrations and offerings since ancient times."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"My feathers, but the abalone is a most deceptive sea snail, wot wot! After seeing its dull brown shell from the outside, one would think it quite plain. But take a gander inside, and you'll see that the abalone's home is a shimmering beauty to behold! The inner layer of the shell is made of "nacre," or "mother-of-pearl," and, hoo, what a dazzling iridescent hue! Let this be a lesson! You mustn't judge a sea snail by the outside of its shell. Judge by the inside of its shell instead."

Once donated, the abalone can be seen in the coast tank with the turban shell and seaweed.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

As a sea creature, the abalone cannot be scored during a Fishing Tourney, but it can still be given to Chip, who will say the following:

"With abalone, you can make sashimi, steam or sauté 'em, or anything. It's all good! Go abalone wild! Not that I mind just eating them like this! YUMMY YUM!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese アワビ

Korean 전복

Simplified Chinese 鲍鱼

Traditional Chinese 鮑魚

Russian абалон

Dutch abalone -

German Seeohr Abalone, lit. "sea ear"

European Spanish abulón Abalone

European French ormeau -

Italian abalone -