Horseshoe crab

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Not to be confused with the horsehair crab.

Artwork of horseshoe crab
Real-world info
Name: Unknown
Family: Limulidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Cangrejo herradura
 Cangrejo herradura
 Granchio ferro di cavallo

The horseshoe crab is a type of sea creature in the Animal Crossing series, introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the horseshoe crab was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020, where it appears from 9 PM to 4 AM as a medium-sized, medium-speed shadow from mid summer to early fall. It, the firefly squid, and the spiny lobster are the only three sea creatures to appear exclusively during the 9 PM to 4 AM timeframe.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Horseshoe crab
"I got a horseshoe crab! Its luck has ran out!"

Time of year Jul – Sep
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Peak times N/A
Shadow size Medium
Shadow movement Uniform
Sea creature size 40 cm
Selling price  1,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Horseshoe crab

Availability Not currently available
  • 2019-02-18 – 2019-02-25 (Fishing Tourney #11: Pink Crystal)
  • 2021-08-11 – 2021-08-18 (Fishing Tourney: Deep Sea)
  • 2022-09-12 – 2022-09-18 (Fishing Tourney: Quiet Fall Park)
Location Saltwater Shores PC Map Icon.png Saltwater Shores
Size 31.8 cm – 48.2 cm
Rarity ★★★
Version added Unknown

In New Horizons[edit]


Horseshoe crab
"I got a horseshoe crab! I hope it's lucky!"

Time of year North: Jul – Sep
South: Jan – Mar
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Shadow size Medium
Shadow movement Medium
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total sea creatures
Selling price  2,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After donating the horseshoe crab to the museum, it can be found in a large pool in the first room of the Sea exhibit, along with a number of other sea creatures. The exhibit has this to say about the horseshoe crab:

"Horseshoe crabs are called "living fossils," as they have not evolved since the age of the dinosaurs. Their back are covered by a hard shell, forming a simple silhouette with their flat backs and long tails. Though referred to as crabs, they're actually more closely related to spiders and scorpions."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Some might say it's good luck to catch a horseshoe crab. But I am NOT among them, eh wot! Though called a "crab," this beast is an arthropod and thus more akin to spiders and scorpions! Its long tail resembles a scorpion stinger, in fact! Though it's quite harmless, they say. A "living fossil," the horseshoe crab has been around since before the dinosaurs. With that tank-like shell, I suppose it WOULD be the one to survive. but what truly rattles me to the beak... During breeding season, horseshoe crabs crawl up on the beach and make nests together in the hundreds. HUNDREDS OF HORSESHOE CRABS! And with that I can say no more ."

Unlike other sea creatures, the horseshoe crab is displayed in the freshwater fish area, in the bottom of the three river tanks alongside the sturgeon.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

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

"When it comes to horseshoe crabs, people apparently steam or roast 'em and eat the eggs and innards... You know, I...I suddenly don't have much of an appetite. I'll pass."


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese カブトガニ
Horseshoe crab (lit. "Kabuto helmet crab")

Korean 투구게
Horseshoe crab

Simplified Chinese
Horseshoe crab

Traditional Chinese

Russian Мечехвост
Horseshoe crab

Dutch Degenkrab Horseshoe crab, lit. "épée crab"

German Pfeilschwanzkrebs Horseshoe crab

European Spanish Cangrejo herradura Horseshoe crab

European French Limule From family name

Italian Granchio ferro di cavallo Horseshoe crab