Shells

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A player picking up a shell and putting it in his pocket

Shells are common items that washes up on the sea shoreline in every Animal Crossing 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. 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.

Appearance[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 

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Shells in Animal Crossing

Item Image Buy price Sell price Available from
Conch Conch Not for sale  350 Bells Beach
Coral Coral Not for sale  250 Bells Beach
Lions Paw Lions Paw Not for sale  40 Bells Beach
Porceletta Porceletta Not for sale  30 Bells Beach
Sand Dollar Sand Dollar Not for sale  60 Bells Beach
Venus Comb Venus Comb Not for sale  150 Bells Beach
Wentletrap Wentletrap Not for sale  20 Bells Beach
White Scallop White Scallop Not for sale  450 Bells Beach
Includes data sourced from this Item Spreadsheet, compiled by TimeSword3D, AlexBot2004, Cuyler, Ruthless Cutie, SuperHamster, and vmario.

In Wild World[edit]

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 picture.

Shells in Animal Crossing: Wild World

Item Image Sell price Available from
Conch Conch WW Inv Icon.png  350 Bells Beach
Coral Coral WW Inv Icon.png  250 Bells Beach
Dall's Top Dall's Top WW Inv Icon.png  90 Bells Beach
Pearl Oyster Pearl Oyster WW Inv Icon.png  1,200 Bells Beach
Porceletta Porceletta WW Inv Icon.png  30 Bells Beach
Sand Dollar Sand Dollar WW Inv Icon.png  60 Bells Beach
Scallop Scallop WW Inv Icon.png  600 Bells  Tortimer
Venus Comb Venus Comb WW Inv Icon.png  150 Bells Beach
White Scallop White Scallop WW Inv Icon.png  450 Bells Beach

In City Folk[edit]

In Animal Crossing: City Folk}, 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.

Shells in Animal Crossing: City Folk

Item Image Sell price Available from
Conch Conch CF Icon.png  350 Bells Beach
Coral Coral CF Icon.png  250 Bells Beach
Dall's Top Dall's Top CF Icon.png  90 Bells Beach
Pearl Oyster Pearl Oyster CF Icon.png  1,200 Bells Beach
Porceletta Porceletta CF Icon.png  30 Bells Beach
Sand Dollar Sand Dollar CF Icon.png  60 Bells Beach
Scallop Scallop CF Icon.png  600 Bells Beach
Venus Comb Venus Comb CF Icon.png  150 Bells Beach
White Scallop White Scallop CF Icon.png  450 Bells Beach

In New Leaf[edit]

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, the player can take a Giant Clam to Cyrus at Re-Tail along a K.K. Slider song in order to create a music box.

Shells in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Item Image Sell price Available from
Conch Shell Conch Shell NL Icon.png  350 Bells Beach
Coral Coral NL Icon.png  250 Bells Beach
Cowrie Shell Cowrie Shell NL Icon.png  30 Bells Beach
Giant-Clam Shell Giant-Clam Shell NL Icon.png  450 Bells Beach
Oyster Shell Oyster Shell NL Icon.png  450 Bells Beach
Pearl-Oyster Shell Pearl-Oyster Shell NL Icon.png  1,200 Bells Beach
Sand Dollar Sand Dollar NL Icon.png  60 Bells Beach
Scallop Shell Scallop Shell NL Icon.png  600 Bells Beach
Sea-Snail Shell Sea-Snail Shell NL Icon.png  90 Bells Beach
Venus-Comb Shell Venus-Comb Shell NL Icon.png  150 Bells Beach

In New Horizons[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, while Hermit Crab and Manila Clam can also be found on the Beach, they are not classified as a Shell.

Shells in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Icon Available from Sell price Recipes Total needed[nb 6]
Conch Conch Conch Beach
 700 Bells 3 10
Coral Coral Coral Beach
 500 Bells 13 35
Cowrie Cowrie Cowrie Beach
 60 Bells 5 12
Giant Clam Giant Clam Giant Clam Beach
 900 Bells 16 35
Sand Dollar Sand Dollar Sand Dollar Beach
 120 Bells 14 58
Sea Snail Sea Snail Sea Snail Beach
 180 Bells 5 10
Summer Shell Summer Shell Summer Shell Beach
 600 Bells 9 36
Venus Comb Venus Comb Venus Comb Beach
 300 Bells 3 8
Includes data sourced from this Item Spreadsheet, compiled 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, dodocodes.com, StevieCoops, sneeze, Shiny190, TwistedPeach, LavaToaster, capstone, vmario, rocklamp, Alexis, Aeon, and PanchamBro.

DIY recipes[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 Available 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 Bed Shell Bed Furniture  Peppy villager
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Clay NH Inv Icon.pngClay
Stone NH Inv Icon.pngStone
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
Shell Speaker Shell Speaker Furniture  Big sister villager
Conch NH Inv Icon.pngConch
Iron Nugget NH Inv Icon.pngIron Nugget
Shell Partition Shell Partition Furniture  Big sister villager
Venus Comb NH Inv Icon.pngVenus Comb
Conch NH Inv Icon.pngConch
Shell Table Shell Table Furniture  Peppy villager
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Clay NH Inv Icon.pngClay
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
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 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
Mermaid Table Mermaid Table Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Mermaid Sofa Mermaid Sofa Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.png 10× Sand 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 Fountain Shell Fountain Furniture  Lazy villager
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Stone NH Inv Icon.pngStone
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
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
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 Shelf Mermaid Shelf Furniture  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Shell Stool Shell Stool Furniture  Big sister villager
Cowrie NH Inv Icon.pngCowrie
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
Shell Lamp Shell Lamp Furniture  Big sister villager
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Clay NH Inv Icon.pngClay
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 Rug Shell Rug Interior  Peppy villager
Giant Clam NH Inv Icon.pngGiant Clam
Tropical Vista Tropical Vista Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Water Flooring Water Flooring Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
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
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
Underwater Wall Underwater Wall Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Summer-Shell Rug Summer-Shell Rug 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
Mermaid Flooring Mermaid Flooring Interior  Pascal
Pearl NH Inv Icon.pngPearl
Sand Dollar NH Inv Icon.pngSand Dollar
Stone NH Inv Icon.pngStone
Underwater Flooring Underwater Flooring Interior  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Coral NH Inv Icon.pngCoral
Shell Wand Shell Wand Tool  Balloons
Summer Shell NH Inv Icon.pngSummer Shell
Star Fragment NH Inv Icon.pngStar Fragment
Includes data sourced from this Item Spreadsheet, compiled 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, dodocodes.com, StevieCoops, sneeze, Shiny190, TwistedPeach, LavaToaster, capstone, vmario, rocklamp, Alexis, Aeon, and PanchamBro.

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.
  6. Number of material needed to craft one of everything that requires this material


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