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Shells in the Animal Crossing series
A player picking up a shell and putting it in his pocket
Series total count: 15
Game Count
Doubutsu no Mori 2
Animal Crossing 8
Doubutsu no Mori e+ 2
Animal Crossing: Wild World 9
Animal Crossing: City Folk 9
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 10
Animal Crossing: 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.

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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