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New Bugs and Fish in October: Everything arriving and leaving this month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Say goodbye to scorpions!

October is here and the spookiest month of the year has brought a new host of bugs, fish and sea creatures to our islands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

If you manage to catch every fish, bug and sea creature, you will not only complete two of the Museum exhibits, but also unlock two Golden Tools DIY recipes.

On this page you can find every creature that is arriving and leaving your island, because, while the Critterpedia may contain the details for each creature you catch, it will only do so after you catch them, which is a little annoying if you're having trouble hunting certain specimens down.

Just like September and when November arrives, there's a variety of new creatures for you to hunt down in October, from the bottom of the sea to your island's rivers, so make sure you don't miss anything!

On this page:

New Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures arriving in October

At the start of every month in New Horizons a new collection of bugs, fish and sea creatures arrive on your island.

Capturing these new creatures will help you complete the Museum exhibits, the Critterpedia and bring you closer to unlocking the Golden Fishing Rod and Net DIY recipes, so it's always worth knowing what the new arrivals are.

You'll find the majority of October's arrivals at the bottom of the sea.

It should be noted that the following only applies to the northern hemisphere.

All new bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in October:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available LocationBug Price
LadybugMarch to June
October
8am to 5pmOn flowers200

All new fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in October:

Animal Crossing FishMonths available Times available LocationFish Price
DabOctober to April24 hoursSea300

All new sea creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in October:

Animal Crossing Sea CreaturesMonths available Times available Sea Creature Price
SeaweedOctober to July24 hours600
Spiny LobsterOctober to December 9pm to 4am5000
Venus' Flower Basket October to FebruaryAll day5000

Animal Crossing bugs, fish and sea creatures leaving in October

For something new to arrive, something old must always leave and the creatures in New Horizons follow this principle. Due to this, you'll want to make sure that you haven't missed anything near the end of every month or you might find yourself waiting quite a while.

It's a good idea to focus on the creatures leaving your island at the beginning of the month, because, that way, you'll take away the pressure of catching them.

Cover image for YouTube videoAnimal Crossing: New Horizons Gameplay - Catching a Scorpion

There are a variety of tips on our dedicated bug, fish and sea creature guides that will help you hunt down these, often more elusive creatures, in New Horizons.

It should be noted that the following only applies to the northern hemisphere.

All Animal Crossing bugs leaving at the end of October:

Animal Crossing BugsMonths available Times available LocationBug Price
Yellow ButterflyMarch to June
September to October
4am to 7pmFlying around160
Bell CricketSeptember to October5pm to 8amOn the ground 430
Red DragonflySeptember to October8am to 7pmFlying around180
Darner DragonflyApril to October8am to 5pmFlying around230
Banded DragonflyMay to October8am to 5pmFlying around4500
StinkbugMarch to OctoberAll dayOn flowers120
Man-faced Stink BugMarch to October7pm to 8amOn flowers1000
LadybugMarch to June
October
8am to 5pmOn flowers200
Tiger BeatleFebruary to OctoberAll dayOn the ground1500
ScorpionMay to October7pm to 4amOn the ground8000

All Animal Crossing fish leaving at the end of October:

Animal Crossing FishMonths available Times available LocationFish Price
Snapping TurtleApril to October9pm to 4amRiver5000
CatfishMay to October4pm to 9amPond800
TilapiaJune to October24 hoursRiver800
Moray EelAugust to October24 hoursSea2000
Ribbon EelJune to October24 hoursSea600
Giant TrevallyMay to October24 hoursPier4500
Mahi-MahiMay to October24 hoursPier6000

The Animal Crossing 2.0 update and Happy Home Paradise is here! We can help you with the new additions - including where to find Brewster, Gyroids, new villagers, ordinances, new fences, storage shed, new hairstyles, Froggy Chair, group stretching and Kapp'n boat tours. Cooking is now unlockable, so you need to know how to make both flour and sugar, as well as how to grow carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. Meanwhile, if you're new to Animal Crossing, our New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with. One long term goal is building your Happy Home Academy score. Finally, you need tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to fully explore.


All Animal Crossing sea creatures at the end of October:

Animal Crossing Sea CreaturesMonths available Times available Sea Creature Price
Giant IsopodJuly to October9am to 4pm
9pm to 4am
12000
Spotted Garden EelMay to October4am to 9pm1100

Our respective fish, bug and sea creatures lists contain every species that can be found throughout the year in New Horizons if you want to know what's waiting for you in the coming months.

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