Gigas giant clam

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Gigas Giant Clam NH Icon.png Gigas giant clam  
Artwork of gigas giant clam
Real-world info
Name: Tridacna gigas
Family: Cardiidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Bénitier colossal
 Bénitier colossal
 Taclobo gigante
 Taclobo gigante
 Tridacna gigante
 Гигантская тридакна

The gigas giant clam is a sea creature in the Animal Crossing series. It first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update, and in October 2020, it became available as a limited-time item in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, where it is categorized as a shell rather than a sea creature. At  15,000 Bells, this is the highest-selling sea creature.

Catch details

In New Horizons


Gigas giant clam
"I got a gigas giant clam! It's kind of a big deal."

Time of year North: May – Sep
South: Nov – Mar
Time of day All day
Shadow size Very large
Shadow movement Very fast
Spawn requirement Catch 80 total sea creatures
Selling price  15,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp

Icon for the Gigas Giant Clam in Pocket Camp

The gigas giant clam appears as a shell in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and was available for a limited time as part of the Wham-Bam Clam Goals event, from October 9 to October 12, 2020. During the event, the shell would appear on the beach at Saltwater Shores, where it could be picked up. After the event, remaining gigas giant clams can stay in the player's inventory, where they can still be sold, used for animal requests, or listed in the player's Market Box. The sell price for this shell is  3,000 Bells. For villager requests, it is part of rarity tier 3, which earns the player  1,500 Bells and 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points, as well as a chance to earn a bronze treats box and a Regular Fortune Cookie, if the shell is used to fulfill a request.

Donating to the museum

In New Horizons

When donating to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"Gigas giant clams live in warm-water coral reefs and are the biggest bivalves in the world. Growing as wide as six feet and weighing up to 600 pounds, these clams can live to be 100 years old. And yes, these mighty creatures look as though they could eat a swimmer whole. But they eat plankton instead and get valuable nutrients from an algae they live in symbiosis with. Indeed, these enormous gents get all the sustenance they need by lying face up with their shells half-open. If such was my life, I'd be happy as a clam too."


Real-world information

Some real life gigas giant clams

Tridacna gigas is one of the most endangered clam species. There is documentation of their existence as early as 1521. One of a number of large clam species native to the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian oceans, they can weigh more than 200 kilograms (440 lb), measure as much as 120 cm (47 in) across, and have an average lifespan in the wild of over 100 years. They are also found off the shores of the Philippines and in the South China Sea in the coral reefs of Sabah (Malaysian Borneo).
More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages

Japanese オオシャコガイ
From Chinese name

Korean 대왕거거
Likely from Chinese name

Simplified Chinese 大砗磲
dà chēqú
Tridacna gigas; named for its pearl, full etymology unknown

Traditional Chinese 大硨磲

Russian Гигантская тридакна
Gigantskaya tridakna
Tridacna gigas

Dutch Reuzendoopvontschelp Giant Tridacna, lit. "giant basin shellfish"

German Gigas-Riesenmuschel Gigas giant bivalve

European Spanish Taclobo gigante Giant Tridacna

European French Bénitier colossal Giant Tridacna, lit. "giant basin"

Italian Tridacna gigante Giant Tridacna