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Artwork of mussel
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Name: Mytilida
Family: Unknown
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Names in other languages

The mussel is a type of sea creature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduced in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020. It appears all day long as a small, slow shadow from summer to early winter.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]

A Mussel is used as an ingredient in the gratin dish on Turkey Day in the northern hemisphere.


"I got a mussel! It's been working out"

Time of year North: Jun – Dec
South: Dec – Jun
Time of day All day
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Slow
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling price  1,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Did you know that the mussel has a beard?! Hoo! It's true! Well, partially true, anyway. Mussels have a special gland that secretes a thing called "byssus" or "byssal thread." They use these tough beard-like fibers to anchor themselves to rocks and keep themselves in place. So, you see, the mussel's beard is functional rather than merely stylish. Then again, perhaps all beards should be this way."

Once donated, the mussel is located in the coral reef tank.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ムールガイ

Korean 지중해담치
Mediterranean mussel

Simplified Chinese 贻贝

Traditional Chinese 貽貝

Russian Мидия

Dutch Mossel Mussel

German Miesmuschel Mussel

European Spanish Mejillón Mussel

European French Moule Mussel

Italian Cozza Mussel