Hermit crab

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Artwork of hermit crab
Real-world info
Name: Coenobita cavipes
Family: Coenobitidae - Terrestrial Hermit Crabs
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Cangrejo ermitaño
 Granchio paguro
 Cangrejo ermitaño

The hermit crab is a bug in the Animal Crossing series. It first appeared in Doubutsu no Mori e+ and has also appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It can be found on the beach. In New Horizons, it can be found year-round.

Catch details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

Hermit crab
"ヤドカリを つかまえた! ひきこもってちゃ ダメ!"
Translation: "I caught a hermit crab! It's not good to stay inside!"

Time of year[nb 1] Mar – Dec
Time of day All day
Location On the beach
Weather Unknown
Selling price  200 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Hermit crab
"I caught a hermit crab! Finally, it came out of its shell!"

Time of year All year
Time of day 7 PM – 8 AM
Peak times N/A
Location On beach (Exclusive to Tortimer Island)
Size 40 mm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  1,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Hermit crab
"I caught a hermit crab! I think it wanted to be left alone!"

Time of year North: All year
South: All year
Time of day 7 PM – 8 AM
Location Disguised on shoreline
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 1,000 Bells
 Flick 1,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

Players can donate the hermit crab to the museum by talking to Blathers.

In New Leaf[edit]

After being donated, the hermit crab can be found in the first room of the bug exhibit next to the pond. The exhibit has this to say about the hermit crab:

"Hermit crabs live in empty shells they can fit their bodies into. As they grow, they find bigger shells. They're quite picky about each new shell and first measure the opening with their claws. The shells they choose usually fit well, and they'll sometimes fight one another over ownership rights."

In New Horizons[edit]

Blathers has this to say about the hermit crab:

"The hermit crab is not an insect... Though it most certainly resembles one! Blech! It looks much like a spider—what with its creepy eyes and crawly legs—but is, in fact, a crustacean. As such, the hermit crab has 10 legs and also wears a shell. But it doesn't grow this shell itself. It slips its soft body into shells left behind by snails, you see, and moves into ever-larger ones as it grows. Talk about a strange way to make a home."

It can be found at the rightmost part of the bug hall.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ヤドカリ
Hermit crab

Korean 소라게
Hermit crab

Simplified Chinese 寄居蟹
Hermit crab

Russian Рак-отшельник
Hermit crab

Dutch Heremietkreeft Hermit crab

German Einsiedlerkrebs Hermit crab

European Spanish Cangrejo ermitaño Hermit crab

European French Bernard-l'ermite Hermit crab

Italian Spaguro (NL)
Granchio paguro (NH)
Hermit crab


  1. All bugs and fish in the first-generation games can appear at a lower spawn rate up to five days before the start of their first month of availability.