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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Bugs, Fish, and Sea Creatures leaving in December

Here’s the full list of bugs, fish, and sea creatures leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the end of December.

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Here’s the full list of bugs, fish, and sea creatures leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the end of December.

We expect a fair number of new Nintendo Switch owners received a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons over the holidays. As you are probably discovering, the game starts small but rapidly balloons into a shopping list of tasks and things to remember.

The game does a generally splendid job of organising its activities, but a little help can’t hurt, particularly when it comes to filling up that Critterpedia.

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Various species of fish, sea creatures and bugs rotate in and out of the game every month, with different wildlife available in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. Even if you haven’t opened the town museum, it’s a good idea to catch these critters now to avoid a long wait for their return.

Here’s the complete list of critters leaving the game at the end of December.

Animal Crossing Critters – Leaving in December

Northern Hemisphere

Critter Type Location Shadow Time
Pike Fish River Extra Large All day
Mussel Sea Creature Ocean N/A All day
Spiny Lobster Sea Creature Ocean N/A 9 PM – 4 AM

Southern Hemisphere

Critter Type Location Shadow Time
Common Butterfly Bug Flying N/A 4 AM – 7 PM
Yellow Butterfly Bug Flying N/A 4 AM – 7 PM
Peacock Butterfly Bug By flowers N/A 4 AM – 7 PM
Firefly Bug Flying N/A 7 PM – 4 PM
Ladybug Bug By flowers N/A 8 AM – 5 PM
Violin Beetle Bug Tree stumps N/A All day
Pill Bug Bug Under rocks N/A 11 PM – 4 AM
Centipede Bug Under rocks N/A 4 PM – 11 PM
Cherry Salmon Fish Clifftop river Medium 4 PM – 9 AM
Char Fish Clifftop river Medium 4 PM – 9 AM
Chambered nautilus Sea Creature Ocean N/A 4 PM – 9 AM
Firefly squid Sea Creature Ocean N/A 9 PM – 4 AM
Lobster Sea Creature Ocean N/A All day

Check back later this week for the full list of bugs, fish, and sea creatures coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in January.


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