Firefly squid

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Artwork of firefly squid
Real-world info
Name: Watasenia scintillans
Family: Enoploteuthidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Calmar luciole
 Calamar luciérnaga
 Calamaro lucciola
 Сверкающий кальмар
 Calmar luciole
 Calamar luciérnaga

The firefly squid is a sea creature introduced in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020. It appears from 9 PM to 4 AM as a tiny, slow shadow from spring to early summer. It, the spiny lobster, and the horseshoe crab are the only three sea creatures in the game to appear exclusively during the 9 PM to 4 AM timeframe.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


Firefly squid
"I got a firefly squid! More like a glowswim squid."

Time of year North: Mar – Jun
South: Sep – Dec
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Shadow size Tiny
Shadow movement Slow
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling price  1,400 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

Blathers will say the following when given a firefly squid:

"The firefly squid is a wee migratory squid that barely reaches three inches in length. And though they usually live in deep water, they do venture to the coast to spawn. Like their firefly namesakes, these sparkling squid emit a blue bioluminescent glow. This glow may be used to threaten enemies, communicate with friends, or, perhaps, to lure food in. Truth be told, we do not know for sure why the firefly squid glows. We remain in the dark, as they say."

Once donated to the museum, the firefly squid is displayed in the deep sea area of the fish exhibit alongside the spider crab.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ホタルイカ
Firefly squid