Mantis shrimp

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Artwork of mantis shrimp
Real-world info
Name: Oratosquilla oratoria
Family: Squillidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Langosta mantis
 Gambero mantide
 Langosta mantis

The mantis shrimp is a type of sea creature (type of fish in Pocket Camp) in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the mantis shrimp was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020, where it appears from 4 PM to 9 AM as a small, medium-speed shadow year-round.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Mantis shrimp
"I got a mantis shrimp! Pray on someone else, ya shrimp!"

Time of year All year (also available on Tortimer Island)
Time of day 4 PM – 9 AM
Peak times N/A
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Erratic
Sea creature size 12 cm
Selling price  1,250 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Mantis shrimp

Event availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Small
Fish size 16.7 cm - 23.3 cm
Rarity ★★
Catch rate Cannot be caught at this time
Selling price  200 Bells
Request reward  1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Mantis shrimp
"I got a mantis shrimp! Shrimply amazing!"

Time of year North: All year
South: All year
Time of day 4 PM – 9 AM
Shadow size Small
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]

Once the player donates a mantis shrimp to the museum, it can be found in the large pool in the first room of the sea exhibit, along with many other species of sea creatures. It is found in the corner near the big rock close to the entrance of the large saltwater exhibit.

"Mantis shrimps have long, sickle-shaped legs and thick carapaces covering both their bodies and tails. They strike captured prey with claws powerful enough to crack the shells of even the toughest crabs. They are a popular dish with fans of seafood, though females with eggs are worth more than males."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Think carefully before you mock the mantis shrimp for its diminutive size. I warn you, it's itching for a fight! A pugilist through and through, this brightly hued fellow packs a punch unparalleled on land or sea. Not only are its forelimbs shaped like clubs and scythes, its arms are naturally spring-loaded too! Thus the mantis shrimp's high-speed blows crack open crab and oyster shells with ease. And should you grab it with your hands, you might discover why it's called "the thumb splitter" too!"

Once donated, the Mantis Shrimp can be seen in the coral reef tank alongside the Lobster and the Gigas Giant Clam.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

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

"Mmm, mantis shrimp. I'm totally up for these guys. Deep fried or boiled, these little morsels are delicious. Of course, I'm not going to say no if they're served raw, either! YUM!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese シャコ
Mantis shrimp. Closely related to Chinese name

Korean 갯가재
Oratosquilla oratoria

Simplified Chinese 虾蛄
 Mantis shrimp. Closely related to Japanese name.

Traditional Chinese 蝦蛄

Russian Рак-богомол
Oratosquilla oratoria

Dutch Mantisgarnaal Mantis shrimp

German Fangschreckenkrebs Mantis shrimp

European Spanish Langosta mantis Mantis shrimp

European French Crevette-mante Mantis shrimp

Italian Gambero mantide Mantis shrimp