Scallop (sea creature)

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Scallop NH.png
Scientific name
Months available All year
Times available All day
Location Sea and Island
Size 14 cm
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Uncommon
Sell price 1,000 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ホタテ
Simplified Chinese 虾夷扇贝
French Pétoncle
Spanish Vieira
Italian Capasanta
Russian Гребешок

Korean 가리비
Traditional Chinese 帆立貝
Quebec French Pétoncle
Latin American Spanish Vieira
German Kammmuschel
Dutch Mantelschelp

Scallops (ホタテ, Hotate) are a type of sea creature introduced 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 from the surface and ask the player if he can have it. If the player chooses to give it to him, he rewards the player pirate-themed furniture in return. During the Harvest Festival, it is used in the Shellfish Cream Soup recipe.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Scallops were added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020. If the player catches a scallop, Pascal may rise from 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 and then swim off.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Scallop (sea creature)
"I caught a scallop! Hey, this isn't a potato at all!"

Times All year: All day
Peak Times
Location Sea, Tortimer Island
Shadow Size Medium
Shadow Movement Erratic
Sea Creature Size 14 cm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Scallop (sea creature)
"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
Total Catches


Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1200 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ホタテ
Scallop, lit. "raising sail"

Korean 가리비

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

Russian Гребешок

Dutch Mantelschelp -

German Kammuschel -

European Spanish Vieira -

European French Pétoncle -

Italian Capasanta -