Red king crab

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Artwork of red king crab
Real-world info
Name: Paralithodes camtschaticus
Family: Lithodidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Crabe royal
 Cangrejo boreal
 Granchio gigante
 Камчатский краб
 Crabe royal
 Cangrejo boreal
 Rode koningskrab

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, where it appears all day long as a large, very fast shadow from late fall to early spring.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Red king crab
"I caught a red king crab! Nice to meet you, Your Highness!"

Time of year Nov – Mar
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Shadow size Large
Shadow movement Uniform
Sea creature size 50 cm
Selling price  6,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

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
Spawn requirement Catch 80 total sea creatures
Selling price  8,000 Bells
Furniture 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]

After the player donates a red king crab to the museum, it can be found in the sea butterfly tank in the saltwater fish exhibition.

"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."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

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

"Your red king crab is great boiled, steamed, or grilled. You really can't mess it up! Well, I guess I'll just gulp this guy down in one big bite! YUM!"


Names in other languages[edit]

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

Korean 왕게
King Crab

Simplified Chinese 帝王蟹
Dìwáng xiè
King Crab

Traditional Chinese 鱈場蟹
Cod Crab

Russian Камчатский краб
Kamchatskiy krab
Kamchatka crab

Dutch Rode koningskrab Red King Crab

German Königskrabbe King Crab

European Spanish Cangrejo boreal Boreal Crab

European French Crabe royal King Crab

Italian Granchio gigante Giant Crab