Mitten Crab

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Mitten Crab NH Icon.png Mitten Crab  
Artwork of Mitten Crab
Real-world info
Name: Eriocheir sinensis
(Chinese mitten crab)

Family: Varunidae
Main appearances
Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Crabe chinois
 Crabe chinois
 Cangrejo de Shanghái
 Cangrejo de Shanghái
 Granchio guantato
 Мохнорукий краб

The Mitten Crab (シャンハイガニ, Shanhaigani) is a type of fish that can be found in the river introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It can be found starting on September 16 and all throughout November between 4 PM and 9 AM. It can be sold for 2000 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Mitten Crab
"I caught a mitten crab! I'm smitten, crab!"

Time of year Sep 16 - Nov
Time of day 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak times N/A
Location River
Shadow size Small
Fish size 8 cm
Selling price  2,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

Mitten Crab

Event availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Medium
Fish size 7.0 cm - 11.0 cm
Rarity ★★
Catch rate ?
Selling price  600 Bells
Request reward  500 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


Mitten Crab
"I caught a mitten crab! One more and I'm ready for winter!"

Time of year North: Sep – Nov
South: Mar – May
Time of day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location River
Shadow size Small
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 2,000 Bells
 C.J. 3,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After being donated to the museum, the mitten crab can be found in the left room inside the third tank. The exhibit has this to say about the Mitten Crab:

"Officially known as the mitten crab, they also go by the name "shanghai crab." They are commonly used in Chinese dishes, which is how most people become familiar with them. Their breeding habits are the complete opposite of salmon in that they hatch in the ocean first. They move up rivers when they reach adult size, returning to the ocean in order to spawn."

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 mitten crab was named for its impossibly adorable and fuzzy little pincers. These cute crustaceans embark on quite the journey. They're first born in brackish waters. Then they mature in freshwater. Finally, they travel to the ocean to create more mitten crabs! Hoo! How I delight in the thought of thousands of tiny mittened crabs scuttling about!"

Once donated to the museum, the Mitten Crab can be found in the lower level of the waterfall tank with the Sturgeon and the King Salmon.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a Mitten Crab, Chip will say the following:

"When you boil a mitten crab, the tastiest part is the eggs! Ever had crab eggs? Quite gravy! Think I'll just help myself to this guy raw, though! YUM!"


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life mitten crab

The 'Mitten Crab', also known as the 'Chinese Mitten Crab' or 'Shanghai Crab' is a burrowing crab originating in Asia. On its claws are dense bristles that give it the appearance of wearing "mittens." This crab is also an invasive species in the U.S. and Europe, due to illegal transport and the crab's ability to survive in adverse conditions such as swimming pools. The 'Mitten Crab' is also a delicacy in Shanghai during the fall season, and it can now even be found in vending machines in China.

More info can be found on the Mitten Crab's Wikipedia page.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese シャンハイガニ
Shanghai crab

Korean 참게

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
中华绒螯蟹 / 中華絨螯蟹
Chinese Mitten Crab

Russian Мохнорукий краб
Mokhnorukiy krab
Moss Crab

Dutch Wolhandkrab Mitten Crab

German Wollhandkrabbe Wool hand crab

European Spanish Cangrejo de Shanghái Shanghai Crab

European French Crabe Chinois Chinese Crab

Italian Granchio guantato Gloved Crab