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Not to be confused with the pearl oyster.

Oyster NH Icon.png Oyster  
Artwork of oyster
Real-world info
Name: Unknown
Family: Ostreidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

The oyster 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 Oyster was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update, where it appears all day long as a small, slow shadow from fall to the end of winter.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, oysters are used in the Oyster Salad recipe during the Harvest Festival.


"I got an oyster! He's been a bit too shellfish."

Time of year Sep – Feb
Time of day All day
Peak times Nov – Dec:
9 AM – 4 PM
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Stationary
Sea creature size 8 cm
Rarity Common
Selling price  400 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]

In New Horizons, an oyster can be used as an ingredient in the gratin dish on Turkey Day in the northern hemisphere.


"I got an oyster! It's a little shellfish."

Time of year North: Sep – Feb
South: Mar – Aug
Time of day All day
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Slow
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling price  1,100 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

When donated to the museum, it is found in the primary, large tank in the first room of the fish exhibit. It is in the northeastern section of the tank and it is stationary. The information board says the following:

"Oysters are sometimes referred to as "the milk of the sea" because of their high nutritional value. Young oysters come from eggs, attach themselves to hard places in the ocean, and then grown. They change gender, allowing them to reproduce regardless of their neighbor's genders."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Oysters are marvelous mollusks and, in many ways, the social butterflies of the seas. That is, these bivalves tend to live attached to rocks in large groups known as oyster beds. These reef-like structures provide home and habitat for a delightful variety of creatures. Mussels, barnacles and sea anemones have all been known to set up house. Meanwhile, small fish and crabs hide from predators and even raise their young among the snuggling oysters. With all the hubbub, an oyster bed sounds like the last place one would get some sleep!"

The oyster is located in the saltwater tank in the museum.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

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

"Now, for oysters, naturally you can go raw or grilled or even fried. It is ALL good, you know? Me, I'll always eat 'em whole, just like I did when I was a pup! YUM!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オイスター