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Shells
Picking up a shell.png
Series total count:
15 Shells
Count by game
Doubutsu no Mori 2
Animal Crossing 8
Doubutsu no Mori e+ 2
Wild World 9
City Folk 9
New Leaf 10
New Horizons 7


A shell is a common item that washes up on the sea shoreline in all Animal Crossing series games. 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. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Scallops and Pearl Oysters are sea creatures, and are thus obtained from diving, as opposed to shells in earlier installations of the Animal Crossing series. Additionally, a Giant Clam can be taken to Cyrus at Re-Tail along with a K.K. Slider song in order to create a music box.

A limited number of shells appear at a time, usually 15. If they are picked up, they will slowly start to reappear. 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.

Lists of Shells[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Shells in the Animal Crossing series
Name Image Game
AC ACWW ACCF ACNL ACNH
Conch Conch NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
AC 
Yes
WW 
Yes
CF 
Yes
NL 
Yes
NH 
Coral Coral NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
AC 
Yes
WW 
Yes
CF 
Yes
NL 
Yes
NH 
Cowrie[nb 1] Cowrie NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
AC 
Yes
WW 
Yes
CF 
Yes
NL 
Yes
NH 
Giant Clam[nb 2] Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
WW 
Yes
CF 
Yes
NL 
Yes
NH 
Manila Clam Manila Clam NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
NH 
Oyster Shell[nb 3] Oyster Shell PC Icon.png
Yes
NL 
Pearl Oyster Pearl-Oyster Shell NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
WW 
Yes
CF 
Sea Creature
NL 
Sea Creature
NH 
Sand Dollar Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
AC 
Yes
WW 
Yes
CF 
Yes
NL 
Yes
NH 
Scallop[nb 4] Scallop Shell NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
AC 
Yes
WW 
Yes
CF 
Sea Creature
NL 
Sea Creature
NH 
Sea Snail[nb 5] Sea Snail Shell NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
AC 
Yes
WW 
Yes
CF 
Yes
NL 
Yes
NH 
Summer Shell Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
NH 
Venus Comb Venus Comb NH Inv Icon.png
Yes
AC 
Yes
WW 
Yes
CF 
Yes
NL 
Yes
NH 

Scallop[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

Scallops can be traded in the golden axe trading event to obtain the golden axe or Pascal's pic. They can be obtained from Tortimer in exchange for a massage chair.

In City Folk[edit]

Scallops can be traded with Pascal for an item from the Pirate Theme, including the Sea View wallpaper and Ship Deck flooring. Pascal will only accept the scallop, not the white scallop.

In New Horizons[edit]

Shells are used as a crafting material in the DIY recipes for the following items:

Recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Type Obtained From Materials
Shellfish Pochette Shellfish Pochette Clothing  Balloons
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Mermaid Fence Mermaid Fence Fence  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Shell Fountain Shell Fountain Furniture  Lazy villager
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Stone NH Inv Icon.pngStone
Mermaid Wall Clock Mermaid Wall Clock Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Sea Snail Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSea Snail
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Iron Nugget NH Inv Icon.pngIron Nugget
Shell Table Shell Table Furniture  Peppy villager
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Clay NH Inv Icon.pngClay
Shell Arch Shell Arch Furniture  Lazy villager
Sea Snail Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSea Snail
Venus Comb NH Inv Icon.pngVenus Comb
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Cowrie NH Inv Icon.pngCowrie
Mermaid Screen Mermaid Screen Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Mermaid Table Mermaid Table Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Mermaid Bed Mermaid Bed Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Shell Speaker Shell Speaker Furniture  Big sister villager
Conch NH Inv Icon.pngConch
Iron Nugget NH Inv Icon.pngIron Nugget
Shell Wreath Shell Wreath Furniture  Balloons
 Isabelle
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Sea Snail Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSea Snail
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Cowrie NH Inv Icon.pngCowrie
Shell Lamp Shell Lamp Furniture  Big sister villager
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Clay NH Inv Icon.pngClay
Mermaid Vanity Mermaid Vanity Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Iron Nugget NH Inv Icon.pngIron Nugget
Mermaid Sofa Mermaid Sofa Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.png 10× Sand Dollar
Mermaid Closet Mermaid Closet Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Mermaid Dresser Mermaid Dresser Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Shell Partition Shell Partition Furniture  Big sister villager
Venus Comb NH Inv Icon.pngVenus Comb
Conch NH Inv Icon.pngConch
Shell Bed Shell Bed Furniture  Peppy villager
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Clay NH Inv Icon.pngClay
Stone NH Inv Icon.pngStone
Mermaid Chair Mermaid Chair Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Mermaid Lamp Mermaid Lamp Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Conch NH Inv Icon.pngConch
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Iron Nugget NH Inv Icon.pngIron Nugget
Shell Stool Shell Stool Furniture  Big sister villager
Cowrie NH Inv Icon.pngCowrie
Mermaid Shelf Mermaid Shelf Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Mermaid Flooring Mermaid Flooring Interior  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Stone NH Inv Icon.pngStone
Starry-Sands Flooring Starry-Sands Flooring Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Leaf NH Icon cropped.pngSandy-Beach Flooring
Mermaid Wall Mermaid Wall Interior  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Sea Snail Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSea Snail
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Cowrie NH Inv Icon.pngCowrie
Underwater Wall Underwater Wall Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Underwater Flooring Underwater Flooring Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Sandy-Beach Flooring Sandy-Beach Flooring Interior  Jock villager
Sea Snail Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSea Snail
Venus Comb NH Inv Icon.pngVenus Comb
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Cowrie NH Inv Icon.pngCowrie
Water Flooring Water Flooring Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Tropical Vista Tropical Vista Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Mermaid Rug Mermaid Rug Interior  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Shell Rug Shell Rug Interior  Peppy villager
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Summer-Shell Rug Summer-Shell Rug Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Shell Wand Shell Wand Tool  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Star Fragment NH Inv Icon.pngStar Fragment
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Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Known as Porceletta prior to New Leaf.
  2. Known as White Scallop prior to New Leaf.
  3. Not to be confused with the Oyster sea creature that is found from diving in the sea
  4. Known as Lion's Paw prior to Wild World.
  5. Known as Dall's Top prior to New Leaf and Wentletrap prior to Wild World.


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