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Artwork of lobster
Real-world info
Name: Homarus americanus
Family: Nephropidae - Clawed Lobster
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

The lobster is a creature in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: City Folk. In City Folk it is a fish, and beginning in Animal Crossing: New Leaf it is a sea creature.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the lobster was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020, where it appears all day long as a large, fast shadow from early to mid winter, and again from mid spring to early summer.

A variation of the lobster, the spiny lobster, is included as a sea creature in both New Leaf and New Horizons.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


"I caught a lobster! That makes me a lobSTAR!"

Description These are the créme de la créme of the shrimp group.
Time of year Nov – Feb
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Shadow size Large
Fish size About 20 in.
Selling price  2,500 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the lobster is used in the Tom Yum Goong recipe during the Harvest Festival.


"I got a lobster! More like a sobster now!"

Time of year All year (also available on Tortimer Island)
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Shadow size Large
Shadow movement Uniform
Sea creature size 50 cm
Rarity Rare
Selling price  2,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Availability Not currently available
  • 2018-12-19 – 2018-12-26 (Fishing Tourney #9)
  • 2022-12-11 – 2022-12-18 (Fishing Tourney: Soup-er)
Location Saltwater Shores PC Map Icon.png Saltwater Shores
Size 54.3 cm – 75.7 cm
Rarity ★★
Version added Unknown

In New Horizons[edit]


"I got a lobster! Lobjective complete."

Time of year North: Dec – Jan; Apr – Jun
South: Jun – Jul; Oct – Dec
Time of day All day
Shadow size Large
Shadow movement Fast
Spawn requirement Catch 40 total sea creatures
Selling price  4,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

Like all bugs, fish, and sea creatures in the Animal Crossing series, the Lobster can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. Upon donating, he will tell the player a bit of information about the Lobster.

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donating to the museum in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Blathers will say;

"Lobsters rather remind me of shrimp, though many call them crawfish of the sea. Size varies by species, but some lobsters have been known to grow to a massive 120 centimeters (48 inches) in length. ...I rather dislike them, actually. Their clicky legs and vile bellies call insects to mind, I'm afraid."

The Lobster can be found in the back tank, crawling on the bottom.

In New Leaf[edit]

After being donated, it can be found in the large pool in the first room of the sea exhibit. The exhibit has this to say about the lobster:

"Lobsters live in the ocean, have large, powerful claws, and are closely related to crawfish. They are a delicacy, also known by the names "crawfish of the sea" or "homard," their French name. However, unlike crawfish, they are much bigger and can live for more than a hundred years. Lobsters are aggressive and will pinch with their claws if you don't properly bind them while handling."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"The lobster is rather famous for its two large claws. But did you know that, in fact, it has six claws total? Of course, the four tiny claws aren't as threatening as its large "crusher claw" is. That pincer can put a hundred pounds of pressure on in a pinch! Just a little something to bear in mind when a lobster tries to shake your hand."

Once donated, the lobster can be found in the coral reef tank, alongside the gigas giant clam and the mantis shrimp.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a lobster, Chip will say the following dialogue.

"Lobster is tasty any way you fix it. Seriously. Dip it in peanut butter--WOW! Nyuuuk nyuk nyuk nyuk!"

In New Leaf[edit]

Although Chip will not score the sea creature, he will say the following:

"As for lobsters, you can boil 'em, grill 'em, or steam 'em. It all works perfectly fine. Lobster is lobster! Course, I usually just swallow 'em whole, as you'd expect! YUM!"


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life lobster

Lobsters are invertebrates and can be found all over the world. They have an exoskeleton which protects them from predators, which they molt in order to grow, making them incredibly vulnerable at this point of time. They live in rocky areas under the sea, which also helps them to protect themselves from predators. Lobsters come in different forms, clawless and clawed but they all have ten legs (the claws on clawed lobsters are adapted to be legs). Lobsters can be known to live up to one hundred years.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ロブスター

Korean 바닷가재

Simplified Chinese 龙虾
Lóngxiā/Áo lóngxiā

Traditional Chinese 螯龍蝦

Russian Омар

Dutch Kreeft Lobster

German Hummer Lobster

European Spanish Bogavante Lobster

European French Homard Lobster

Italian Astice Lobster