Sea Urchin

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Sea Urchin
Sea Urchin NH.png
Scientific name
Months available May to September 15
Times available All day
Location Sea and Island
Size 12 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Common
Sell price 800 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ウニ
Simplified Chinese 海胆
French Oursin
Spanish Erizo de mar
Italian Riccio di mare
Russian Морской еж

Korean 성게
Traditional Chinese 海膽
Quebec French Oursin
Latin American Spanish Erizo de mar
German Seeigel
Dutch Zee-egel

The Sea Urchin (ウニ, Uni) is a type of sea creature in the Animal Crossing series, introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Sea Urchin was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Sea Urchin
"I got a sea urchin! And I didn't poke myself, either!"

Times May - Mid-September: All day
Peak Times June - August
Location Sea, Tortimer Island
Shadow Size Small
Shadow Movement Stationary
Sea Creature Size 12 cm
Rarity Common
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Sea Urchin
"I got a sea urchin! Wasn't even 'earchin for it."

Time of Year North: May – Sep
South: Nov – Mar
Time of Day All day
Shadow Size Small
Shadow Movement Slow
Total Catches


Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1700 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donating a Sea Urchin 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 creature. It is found in the part of the pool closer to the entrance to the saltwater exhibit. The exhibit has this to say about the Sea Urchin:

"Sea urchins are a close relative of both starfish and sea cucumbers and are assumed to be stationary. In actuality, they are capable of walking thanks to their many skinny legs they have between their spikes. They feed on seaweed on the ocean floor using their strong mouths located on their undersides. They are rich in nutrients but also have a lot of cholesterol, so take care not to eat too much."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"Ah, the sea urchin...the unabashed goth of the ocean floor! Indeed, with its mane of dark-hued spikes, it looks for all the world as if it might front a punk-rock band. Perhaps its more demure relatives—the sea cucumber and the sea star—disapprove of its outlandish look? 'Twould certainly explain why sea stars gobble up sea urchins every chance they get! But worry not for our spiky friend. Its venomous spines are an effective deterrent to many a predator. And then there are its sticky "tube feet," which it uses to maneuver out of harm's way. TUBE feet, I say! What will this salty rebel think of next?"

The sea urchin can then be found in the icy tank in the back, alongside the Sea Butterfly.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ウニ
Sea urchin

Korean 성게
Sea urchin

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
海胆 / 海膽
Sea urchin

Russian Морской еж
Morskoy yezh
Sea urchin, lit. "sea hedgehog"

Dutch Zee-egel Sea urchin, lit. "sea hedgehog"

German Seeigel Sea urchin, lit. "sea hedgehog"

European Spanish Erizo de mar Sea urchin, lit. "sea hedgehog"

European French Oursin Sea urchin. Likely derived from "ours" (bear) and "hérisson" (hedgehog).

Italian Riccio di mare Sea urchin, lit. "sea hedgehog"