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 2]|
|Oyster Shell[nb 3]|
|Sea Snail[nb 5]|
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 picture.
In City Folk
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.
In New Leaf
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.
In New Horizons
Shells are used as a crafting material in the DIY recipes for the following items:
- Known as Porceletta prior to New Leaf.
- Known as White Scallop prior to New Leaf.
- Not to be confused with the Oyster sea creature that is found from diving in the sea
- Known as Lion's Paw prior to Wild World.
- Known as Dall's Top prior to New Leaf and Wentletrap prior to Wild World.
- Number of material needed to craft one of everything that requires this material