Giant isopod

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Artwork of giant isopod
Real-world info
Name: Bathynomus giganteus
Family: Cirolanidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Bathynome géant
 Isópodo gigante
 Isopode gigante
 Гигантская изопода
 자이언트 이소포드
 Isopode géant
 Isópodo gigante

The giant isopod[nb 1] is a sea creature (fish in Pocket Camp) in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the giant isopod was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update, where it appears from 9 AM to 4 PM and 9 PM to 4 AM as a medium-sized, very fast shadow from mid summer to mid fall. It is the only sea creature in the game to appear during two timeframes in a single day. With a sell price of  12,000 Bells, it is tied with the spider crab for the second-most valuable sea creature in the game, after the gigas giant clam.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Giant isopod
"Blech! I caught a giant isopod! That's a horror if ever one existed!"

Time of year All year (only on Tortimer Island)
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Shadow size Medium
Shadow movement Uniform
Sea creature size 30 cm
Selling price  9,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Giant isopod

Availability Not currently available
  • 2019-09-11 – 2019-09-17 (Fishing Tourney: Dance)
Location Saltwater Shores PC Map Icon.png Saltwater Shores
Size 34.9 cm – 51.2 cm
Rarity ★★★
Version added Unknown

In New Horizons[edit]


Giant isopod
"GAAAAH! I got a giant isopod! It's the crustodian of the sea."

Time of year North: Jul – Oct
South: Jan – Apr
Time of day 9 AM – 4 PM; 9 PM – 4 AM
Shadow size Medium
Shadow movement Very fast
Spawn requirement Catch 80 total sea creatures
Selling price  12,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After the giant isopod is donated to the museum, it can be found in the small tank in the middle in the first room of the sea exhibit.

"Giant isopods are related to the pill bugs, and they can grow up to 20 inches long. They are scary looking but still come across as humorous for some odd reason. Despite their roly-poly builds, they are surprisingly fast swimmers, making them rather agile. They have big appetites, gaining the title 'sea cleaners' mostly because they eat dead fish on the sea floor."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Growing up to neatly 20 inches, the sea-dwelling giant isopod is the world's largest cousin of the pill bug. Twenty inches?! Twenty times as revolting, I say! Making matters worse for those of us who find the pill bug repulsive rather than "cute"... The giant isopod can swim shockingly fast and is known for its voracious appetite. In fact, it's most happy when dining on the carcasses of animals that have sunk to the bottom of the sea! This behavior has earned it a nickname..."the vacuum cleaner of the deep." Why must nature play such awful pranks on me?"

Once donated, the giant isopod is located in the abyss tank along with the sea pig and vampire squid.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a giant isopod, Chip will not score the sea creature but will say the following:

"Man, giant isopods, right? They hardly got any meat on 'em. Plus they stink! You just can't eat 'em! So, yeah, obviously I'm gonna pass on this little treat here. I mean, why bother with something stinky?"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ダイオウグソクムシ
Giant isopod (lit. "Great king armour bug")

Korean 자이언트 이소포드
jaieonteu isopodeu
From English name

Simplified Chinese 大王具足虫
dàwáng jùzúchóng
From Japanese name

Traditional Chinese 大王具足蟲

Russian Гигантская изопода
Gigantskaya izopoda
Giant isopod

Dutch Reuzenpissebed Giant isopod

German Riesenassel Giant isopod

European Spanish Isópodo gigante Giant isopod

European French Bathynome géant Translation of scientific name

Quebec French Isopode géant Giant isopod

Italian Isopode gigante Giant isopod


  1. Japanese: ダイオウグソクムシ Hepburn: Daiōgusokumushi