Pearl Oyster (sea creature)

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The Pearl Oyster (アコヤガイ, Akoyagai) is a type of sea creature (type of shell prior to New Leaf) in the Animal Crossing series, introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Despite their name, they are not related to oysters but moreso to clams and other bivalves.

Pearl Oyster
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Scientific name
Pinctada fucata
Months available All year
Times available All day
Location Sea
Size 10 cm
Shadow size Small
Sell price 1,600 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese アコヤガイ
Simplified Chinese 马氏珠母贝
French Huître perlière
Spanish Ostra perlera
Italian Ostrica pinctada
Russian Жемчужница

Korean 진주조개
Traditional Chinese 珠母蛤
Quebec French Huître perlière
Latin American Spanish Ostra perlera
German Perlmuschel
Dutch Pareloester

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pearl Oysters were added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020.


Catch details

In New Leaf


"I got a pearl oyster! Mostly I just wanted the pearl!"

Times All year: All day
Peak Times January - February
Location Sea
Shadow Size Small
Shadow Movement Stationary
Sea Creature Size 10 cm
Selling Price   1,600 Bells
Tank Size  

In New Horizons


"I got a pearl oyster! Aw, shucks. Don't clam up now!"

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day All day
Shadow Size Small
Shadow Movement Medium
Total Catches


Selling Price   2800 Bells
Tank Size  

Donating to the museum

In New Leaf

Upon donating the Pearl Oyster to the museum, it can be found in the large pool in the first room of the sea exhibit, along with many other species of sea creatures. The exhibit has this to say about the Pearl Oyster:

"Pearls are formed when mostly calcium carbonate and protein envelop foreign substances. Pearl oysters have numerous threadlike feet sticking out from their shell opening. These allow them to latch onto surrounding rocks and are actually surprisingly strong. Their adductor muscles are edible and are considered a delicious ingredient in some foods."

In New Horizons

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

"Did you know the famed pearl oyster can live for 40 years and grow up to a foot in size? 'Tis true, hootie-hoo! Of course, this briny bivalve is best known for the precious gems it growns within. The pearl-making process begins when an irritant gains access to the delicate insides of the oyster. The intruder is then covered with layer upon layer of "nacre," the same substance used to create its shell. It takes years for a pearl to form, but in the end, the irritant is rendered harmless. Ahhh, if only we all had the power to turn things that annoy us...into things of beauty instead."

Once donated, it is placed in the coral reef tank.

Fishing Tourney

New Leaf

During a Fishing Tourney, Chip will accept sea creatures; however, they will not be scored. Chip will say this when given a Pearl Oyster:

"By the by, you can dry out the meat of a pearl oyster for quite a tasty meal. It's chewy. Not that I mind just eating them whole like this!"

Names in other languages

Akoya shellfish

Pearl oyster

马氏珠母贝 / 珠母蛤
mǎshì zhūmǔbèi / zhūmǔgé
Various other species within Pinctada genus of oyster

Pearl oyster

  Pareloester Pearl oyster

  Perlmuschel Pearl oyster

  Ostra perlera Pearl oyster

  Huître perlière Pearl oyster

  Ostrica pinctada Pinctada oyster