Red King Crab

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"I caught a red king crab! Nice to meet you, Your Highness!" —New Leaf
Red King Crab
Japanese タラバガニ Korean 왕게 Chinese 帝王蟹
French Crabe royal Italian Granchio gigante Spanish Cangrejo boreal
German Königskrabbe Dutch Rode koningskrab Russian Камчатский краб
Red King Crab NH.png
Scientific name Paralithodes camtschaticus
Family Lithodidae
Time of year November to March
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Size 50cm
Shadow size Large
Shadow movement Uniform
Selling price 6,000 Bells
Main Appearances

As fish:

As sea creature:

Other Appearances

The Red King Crab is a sea creature in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Red King Crab was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


Red King Crab
"I caught a red king crab! It's royally flushed."

Time of Year North: Nov – Mar
South: May – Sep
Time of Day All day
Shadow Size Large
Shadow Movement Very fast
Total Catches* 80
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 8000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After the player donates a red king crab 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. It can be found along with the other crab species. The exhibit has this to say about the red king crab: "These are one of the most popular and sought-after species of crab in the world. They have eight legs, including their claws, but also two small legs under their carapace, making 10 in all. At full size, their leg span can easily reach more than one yard wide, making them big ocean dwellers. Their thick legs are packed with meat, making them a prized catch for many fishers around the world."

In New Horizons[edit]

when donating to the museum Blathers will say the following

"The red king crab is a mighty crustacean to be sure. Though it must be said that there is some debate about its royal lineage. King crabs, unlike other crabs, are thought to be descended from hermit crabs, you see. And have you noticed... GASP! They have but eight legs, though conventional crabs have 10! It matters not, I say. For the red king crab is as regal as can be. Weighing up to 20 pounds with a leg span reaching five feet... I bow to this crab's nobility."

the red king crab is located in the Sea Butterfly tank in the museum

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese タラバガニ
Red king crab. Taraba means "sea area where cods inhabit".

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