Pearl oyster

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This article is about the sea creature. For the shell with the same name, see Shell.

Artwork of pearl oyster
Real-world info
Name: Pinctada fucata
Family: Pteriidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Huître perlière
 Ostra perlera
 Ostrica pinctada
 Huître perlière
 Ostra perlera

The pearl oyster is a sea creature in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf the pearl oyster also appears as a shell on the beach.

While initially being absent from New Horizons, it was re-added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020, where it appears all day long as a small, medium-movement shadow year-round. Unlike past games, it doesn't return as a shell, instead exclusively being a sea creature.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Pearl oyster
"I got a pearl oyster! Mostly I just wanted the pearl!"

Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Peak times Jan – Feb
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Stationary
Sea creature size 10 cm
Selling price  1,600 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]

As with all sea creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the pearl oyster was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update (Wave 1).


Pearl oyster
"I got a pearl oyster! Aw, shucks. Don't clam up now!"

Time of year North: All year
South: All year
Time of day All day
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Medium
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total sea creatures
Selling price  2,800 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donating the pearl oyster 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. The exhibit has this to say about the pearl oyster:

"Pearls are formed when mostly calcium carbonate and protein envelop foreign substances. Pearl oysters have numerous threadlike feet sticking out from their shell opening. These allow them to latch onto surrounding rocks and are actually surprisingly strong. Their adductor muscles are edible and are considered a delicious ingredient in some foods."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Did you know the famed pearl oyster can live for 40 years and grow up to a foot in size? 'Tis true, hootie-hoo! Of course, this briny bivalve is best known for the precious gems it growns within. The pearl-making process begins when an irritant gains access to the delicate insides of the oyster. The intruder is then covered with layer upon layer of "nacre," the same substance used to create its shell. It takes years for a pearl to form, but in the end, the irritant is rendered harmless. Ahhh, if only we all had the power to turn things that annoy us...into things of beauty instead."

Once donated, it is placed in the coral reef tank.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

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

"By the by, you can dry out the meat of a pearl oyster for quite a tasty meal. It's chewy! Not that I mind just eating them whole like this! YUM!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese アコヤガイ
Akoya shellfish

Korean 진주조개
Pearl oyster

Simplified Chinese 马氏珠母贝
mǎshì zhūmǔbèi / zhūmǔgé
Various other species within Pinctada genus of oyster

Traditional Chinese 珠母蛤

Russian Жемчужница
Pearl oyster

Dutch Pareloester Pearl oyster

German Perlmuschel Pearl oyster

European Spanish Ostra perlera Pearl oyster

European French Huître perlière Pearl oyster

Italian Ostrica pinctada Pinctada oyster