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

Artwork of scallop
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Name: Unknown
Family: Pectinidae
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Names in other languages

The scallop is a sea creature in the Animal Crossing series that first appears in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In previous games in the Animal Crossing series, scallops are found as shells. When the player finds a scallop in the town, Pascal may rise to the surface and ask the player if he can have it. If the player chooses to give it to him, he rewards the player themed furniture in return.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, scallops were added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020, where it appears all day long as a medium-sized, slow shadow year-round. If the player catches a scallop, Pascal may rise to the surface and ask the player if he can have it. If the player agrees, he will reward the player with a DIY recipe for a random item in the Mermaid Series or a pearl which can go towards crafting the Mermaid Series items and then swim off.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

In New Leaf, a scallop is an ingredient in the shellfish cream soup dish during the Harvest Festival.


"I caught a scallop! Hey, this isn't a potato at all!"

Time of year All year (also available on Tortimer Island)
Time of day All day
Peak times Nov – Jan
Shadow size Medium
Shadow movement Erratic
Sea creature size 14 cm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  1,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]

In New Horizons, a scallop is the secret ingredient for Franklin to use in the clam chowder dish on Turkey Day.


"I got a scallop! It otter be savored."

Time of year North: All year
South: All year
Time of day All day
Shadow size Medium
Shadow movement Slow
Spawn requirement Catch 5 total sea creatures
Selling price  1,200 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Use in cooking[edit]

Scallop is used as a cooking ingredient in the cooking recipes for the following items:

Recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

# Item Image Type Buy price Available from Materials
823 Seafood ajillo seafood ajillo Savory Not for sale  Any villager
Tiger prawn
845 Carpaccio di capesante carpaccio di capesante Savory Not for sale  Any villager
Includes data sourced from the Data Spreadsheet for Animal Crossing New Horizons, compiled and edited by 6480, noizhub, Ricky, chaiinchomp, saberslime, robotic_scarab, mollumisc, sunmarsh, kyrokey, obstinateRixatrix, jackiwi, Zalex, SuperHamster, kait, hyuum, Azarro, Czarcasm, cinnamon_swirlix, astronomyfortwo, Welcius, glowtopia, BriKun, Alyrei,, StevieCoops, sneeze, Shiny190, TwistedPeach, LavaToaster, capstone, vmario, rocklamp, Alexis, Aeon, and PanchamBro.

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon being donated to the museum, it can be found jumping around in the large tank in the first room of the sea exhibit. The exhibit says this about the scallop:

"Scallops inhabit the cool ocean bed. They swim by rapidly clapping together their shell valves. The black dots on scallops, known as wavy "strings", are actually their eyes. These eyes number over 80 but only really function as a means to sense light rather than motion. Often grilled or buttered, scallops have become a tasty seafood enjoyed all over the world."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Ah, the scallop! It just goes to show, you can't keep a good bivalve down. While most members of its family are known for staying put, the scallop is a nimble fellow indeed. When a hungry sea star approaches, the scallop can swim away by clap-clap-clapping its shells together! "How does a scallop know when a predator approaches?" you ask. Why, it has 200 eyes to see with! It makes one wonder what else the scallop sees with all those eyes...I fear it sees into my very soul!"

Once donated, the scallop can be found in the icy water tank, alongside the sea butterfly.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

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

"You know, scallops make for great sashimi, or maybe tempura...or fried or sautéed... Tasty! I'm perfectly happy to just swallow them whole, of course! YUM!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ホタテ
Scallop, lit. "raising sail"

Korean 가리비

Simplified Chinese 虾夷扇贝
xiāyí shànbèi / fānlìbèi
Ezo scallop, lit. "Ezo fan shell" / Translation of Japanese name

Traditional Chinese 帆立貝

Russian Гребешок

Dutch Mantelschelp -

German Kammuschel -

European Spanish Vieira -

European French Pétoncle -

Italian Capasanta -