Shells are common items that wash up on the sea shoreline in every Animal Crossing game. They provide an easy, yet minimal, source of income, and are often used in the first few days in order to obtain enough Bells to buy tools. A limited number of shells appear at a time, usually 15.
If they are picked up, they will slowly start to reappear in a new location. Dropped shells do not affect the player's environment rating. Entering buildings and saving the game will likely cause new shells to show up. Coconuts that wash up on the beach in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk do not count towards the 15 shell limit.
|Shells in the Animal Crossing series|
|Giant clam[nb 3]|
|Oyster shell[nb 4]|
|Pearl oyster[nb 5]|
|Sea snail[nb 7]|
|Venus comb[nb 8]|
In Animal Crossing
In Wild World
In Animal Crossing: Wild World, the scallop can only be obtained in the golden axe trading event from Tortimer in exchange for a massage chair. If Pascal is given a scallop, the player will receive either a golden axe or Pascal's pic.
In City Folk
In New Leaf
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there are three shells — oyster shell, pearl-oyster shell, and scallop shell — that have sea-creature counterparts which are obtained from diving — oyster, pearl oyster, and scallop. Additionally, the player can take a giant-clam shell to Cyrus at Re-Tail along a K.K. Slider song in order to create a music box.
In New Horizons
Shells are used as a crafting material in the DIY recipes for the following items:
- Known as conch shell in New Leaf
- Known as porceletta prior to New Leaf and cowrie shell in New Leaf
- Known as white scallop prior to New Leaf and giant-clam shell in New Leaf
- Not to be confused with the oyster, a sea creature that is found from diving in the sea
- Known as pearl-oyster shell in New Leaf; not to be confused with the pearl oyster, a sea creature that is found from diving in the sea
- Known as lions paw in Animal Crossing and scallop shell in New Leaf; not to be confused with the scallop, a sea creature that is found from diving in the sea
- Known as wentletrap in Animal Crossing and Dall's Top prior to New Leaf
- Known as venus-comb shell in New Leaf
- Number of material needed to craft one of everything that requires this material