Spider crab

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Artwork of spider crab
Real-world info
Name: Macrocheira kaempferi
Family: Inachidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Crabe-araignée géant]]
 Crabe-araignée géant]]
 Cangrejo gigante japonés
 Cangrejo gigante japonés
 Granchio gig. del Giappone

The spider crab is a sea creature (fish in Pocket Camp) in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the spider crab was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update, where it appears all day long as a very large, very fast shadow from early to mid spring. It and the gigas giant clam are the only two sea creatures to have very large shadows. With a sell price of  12,000 Bells, it is tied with the giant isopod for the second-most valuable sea creature in the game, after the gigas giant clam.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Spider crab
"I got a spider crab! Who'd put spiders in the ocean?"

Time of year Mar – Apr
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Shadow size Very large
Shadow movement Uniform
Sea creature size 120 cm
Rarity Rare
Selling price  10,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 2.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Spider crab

Availability Not currently available
  • 2019-12-19 – 2019-12-22 (Cool Crustacean Goals)
  • 2022-12-19 – 2022-12-22 (Crabby Winter Goals)
Location Saltwater Shores PC Map Icon.png Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Very large
Size 101.3 cm – 139.7 cm
Rarity ★★★
Selling price  3,000 Bells
Version added Unknown
Villager gift data Tier: 3 (Uncommon+)


In New Horizons[edit]


Spider crab
"I got a spider crab! Water bugs can rest easy."

Time of year North: Mar – Apr
South: Sep – Oct
Time of day All day
Shadow size Very large
Shadow movement Very fast
Spawn requirement Catch 80 total sea creatures
Selling price  12,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 2.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

The information board in the aquarium will list information about this sea creature:

"Known for their long legs, adult male spider crabs can have leg spans of over three yards. This actually makes them the largest species of crab in the world. They are thought to have lived in ocean bottoms for tens of millions of years without changing shape. Their vivid-orange bodies feature white spots, making their coloration truly beautiful."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"Hoooot hooot, I do so hope to not hyperventilate as I regale you with the spider crab's qualities. But I would be remiss if I did not point out that this, the largest crab on earth...looks like a GIANT SPIDER! Arachnophobia aside...this crab is a magnificent creature to be sure. Though they can grow up to 12 feet from claw to claw and weigh up to 40 pounds, they're said to be docile. In fact, these gentle giants love to hide, attaching seaweed and sponges to their shell as camouflage. My feathers, if only I could unsee the SPIDER in the spider crab...I'm sure I'd find it charming as can be."

The spider crab is located in the deep sea tank in the museum.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a spider crab, Chip will not score the sea creature but will say the following:

"Spider crab? You gotta definitely steam it. Steaming is just such a simple way to cook things, right? I mean, I'm just gonna eat it totally raw, though. Feel free to follow my example, but I'm eating NOW. YUM!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese タカアシガニ
Long-leg crab

Korean 키다리게
Long Legged Crab

Simplified Chinese 高脚蟹
Gāo jiǎo xiè
Tall Crab

Traditional Chinese 高腳蟹

Russian Краб-паук
Spider Crab

Dutch Reuzenkrab Giant Crab

German Riesenkrabbe Giant Crab

European Spanish Cangrejo gigante japonés Japanese giant crab

European French Crabe-araignée géant Giant Spider Crab

Italian Granchio gig. del Giappone Giant Big Crab of Japan