Pill Bug

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"I caught a Pill bug! Roll up if you want... you're MINE!" —Wild World
Pill Bug
Pill Bug NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Armadillidium vulgare
Family: Armadillidiidae - Terrestrial Crustaceans
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ダンゴムシ
Simplified Chinese 鼠妇
French Cloporte
Spanish Cochinilla
Italian Porcellino di terra
Russian Мокрица

Korean 공벌레
Traditional Chinese 鼠婦
Quebec French Cloporte
Latin American Spanish Cochinilla
German Kugelassel
Dutch Rolpissebed

The Pill Bug is a bug in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing. It can be found underneath rocks and will come out if the player hits the rock with a shovel.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Pill Bug
"I caught a pill bug! I bet that's a bitter pill for it to swallow. (That was really awful.)"

Time of Year All year
Time of Day All day
Location Under rocks
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 250 Bells
Furniture Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


Pill Bug
"I caught a Pill Bug! Why don't you chill, bug?"

Description Classified as crustaceans, these can survive in water by using gills.
Time of Year All year
Time of Day All day
Peak Times Nov - Mar
Location From hitting rocks
Bug Size 10 mm
Rarity Common
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 250 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Pill Bug
"I caught a Pill Bug! I don't know... It seems nice to me!"

Time of Year All year
Time of Day Sep - June:
All day
Jul - Aug:
7 PM - 4 AM
Peak Times Nov - Mar
Location From hitting rocks
Size 13 mm
Rarity Very common
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 200 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Pill Bug
"I caught a pill bug! That's a tough act to swallow!"

Time of Year North: Sep – Jun
South: Mar – Dec
Time of Day 11 PM – 4 PM
Location From hitting rocks
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 250 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 375 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Pill Bug can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, who will give a small speech about it.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Tell me, <player's name>, have you ever turned a pill bug over and examined its repellant underside? The legs...so many of them...jerking...wiggling...writhing...Blech! Abhorrent! Wretched little monsters!"

In Wild World[edit]

"I'm sure you've had this happen: your pill bug won't roll up for some reason... ...and it's only later you discover it's a wood louse! ...No? Never happen to you? Very well, I'm mad."

In City Folk[edit]

"Indeed, when they're all rolled up in a ball, pill bugs seem harmless enough... But flip them over and... OH, THOSE LEGS! Absolutely repugnant. Thinking about how they wriggle and squirm has my feathers crawling! Foulness! Hold a moment. I do rather poorly with shiny, wriggly, wretched creatures like this one."

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the Pill Bug can be found crawling in the first room of the Insect section. The exhibit has this to say about the Pill Bug:

"Pill bugs live in moist places, which is why you will commonly find them under rocks and in stumps. When they're touched, they roll into a ball. Oddly enough, they're part of the crustacean family. As such, and since they don't like dry places, they can travel for a short time underwater if need be."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Blech, the pill bug! Children delight at the way these beasts roll into balls when poked... But the appeal is utterly lost on me. One look at their leggy undersides... Hoo! Ewww! How they wriggle! Young pill bugs shed their exo-skeletons as they grow, and in doing so, sprout another pair of legs. As if 12 appendages weren't alarming enough! Yuck, I say. Yuck!"

The pill bug can be found in the leftmost display case in the laboratory section of the bug exhibit, along with the Moth and Centipede

Encyclopedia Information[edit]

When the player has caught the Pill Bug, they can find information about the insect in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the Pill Bug:

Wild World[edit]

Pill Bug WW Sprite.png    ''Pill bugs are crustaceans, like shrimp or crabs. They breathe with gills, so they can survive under water."
  • Size- 10 mm
  • Season- All year
  • Time- Unknown

Real-world information[edit]

A pill bug.

Pill Bugs, Armadillidium Vulgare, are from a genus of crustaceans that have been known to exist for at least 300 million years. Many members of the genus exist as marine crustaceans, but some have developed to live on the land while retaining their water-dependent lifestyle. Pill bugs can lay several hundred eggs at one time.

Their characteristic defense mechanism, which involves rolling into a protective ball, is copied in-game. The pill bug rolls into a ball when a player approaches it, making the insect much easier to catch than other ground-dwelling insects.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ダンゴムシ
Lit. "dango bug"

Korean 공벌레

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
鼠妇 / 鼠婦

Russian Мокрица

Dutch Rolpissebed

German Kugelassel Orb Isopod

European Spanish Cochinilla

European French Cloporte

Italian Porcellino di terra