It’s September in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and like with any new month, that means there are some new fish, bugs, and sea creatures to catch. In this guide, we’ll detail every new critter for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres; note that this is only the new arrivals for the month and not every fish, bug, and sea creature you can catch this month.
For a more comprehensive list of every creature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we have a full list of all 80 fish to catch, including shadow sizes, and a list of all 80 bugs to catch, with tips on tracking down the handful of rare ones. September also marks the shift to a new season–fall for Northern Hemisphere players and spring for those in the Southern Hemisphere–which means some key seasonal changes as well. Those in the North can look forward to a variety of fall seasonal DIYs and materials, while those in the South can get some bamboo recipes.
September Fish, Bugs, And Sea Creatures In Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Here are all the new fish, bugs, and sea creatures you can catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in September. We’ve sorted them by bells so you know what to focus on if you’re waiting for Flick or C.J. to visit, but if you’re a completionist, you’ll want to catch them all so you can donate to your museum! Keep in mind that the only way to get the coveted golden fishing rod and net DIYs is to complete your Critterpedia.
All the standard fish sizes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.Northern HemisphereNew September FishPriceLocation / SizeTimeGolden trout15,000River (clifftop) / 34 PM – 9 AMSturgeon10,000River (mouth) / 6All dayChar3,800River / 34 PM – 9 AMMitten crab2,000River / 24 PM – 9 AMKing salmon1,800River (mouth) / 6All dayPike1,800River / 5All dayCherry salmon1,000River (clifftop) / 34 PM – 9 AMSalmon700River (mouth) / 4All day
September sees the return of several fish, including cherry salmon and char. It’s also a great month for fishing at the mouths of your river, where you can find the high-value sturgeon and both varieties of salmon, the latter of which only appear in September.
New September BugsPriceLocationTimeViolin beetle450On tree stumpsAll dayBell cricket430On the ground5 PM – 8 AMCentipede300Hit rocks5 PM – 11 PMPill bug250Hit rocks11 PM – 4 PMRed dragonfly180Flying8 AM – 7 PMCommon butterfly160Flying near flowers4 AM – 7 PMYellow butterfly160Flying near flowers4 AM – 7 PMMonarch butterfly140Flying near flowers4 AM – 5 PMCricket130On the ground5 PM – 8 AM
September marks the departure of the high-value summer beetles and welcomes in autumn bugs. It’s a good time to hit rocks for bonus bugs, catch some crickets–which, like grasshoppers, are displayed in a cool wooden cage instead of a regular tank–and get some pretty butterflies for Flick to turn into models. If you want to make money off of bug-catching, don’t worry, because scorpions are still available!
New September Sea CreaturesPriceTimeUmbrella octopus6,000All dayOyster2,000All dayChambered nautilus1,8004 PM – 9 AMSweet shrimp1,4004 PM – 9 AMTurban shell1,000All day
Even though the weather is getting cooler, make sure you’re still taking the time to swim in your ocean! There are five new sea creatures you can now catch, bringing the total up to 30 sea creatures (if you’ve been catching them since the summer update introduced them in July). There are 40 in total, so that’s a good pace!
Southern HemisphereNew September FishPriceLocation / SizeTimeGolden trout15,000River (clifftop) / 34 PM – 9 AMBarred knifejaw5,000Sea / 3All dayChar3,800River / 44 PM – 9 AMCherry salmon1,000River (clifftop) / 34 PM – 9 AMLoach400River / 2All dayTadpole100Pond / 1All day
September marks the beginning of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, which means the return of fair-weather fish like char, cherry salmon, and the high-value golden trout. If you don’t have any rivers on your cliffs, make sure you terraform some!
New September BugsPriceLocationTimePeacock butterfly2500Flying near black, purple, or blue flowers4 AM – 7 PMOrchid mantis2400On white flowers8 AM – 5 PMMan-faced stink bug1,000On flowers7 PM – 8 AMMantis430On flowers8 AM – 5 PMTiger butterfly240Flying near flowers4 AM – 7 PMHoneybee200Flying near flowers8 AM – 5 PMLadybug200On flowers8 AM – 5 PMYellow butterfly160Flying near flowers4 AM – 7 PMStinkbug120On flowersAll day
Springtime means ladybugs, mantises, and butterflies! Though it’s not the most lucrative month for bug-catching, you’ll still be able to find tarantulas after 7 PM.
New September Sea CreaturesPriceTimeSpider crab12,000All dayUmbrella octopus6,000All dayChambered nautilus1,8004 PM – 9 AMFirefly squid1,4009 PM – 4 AMTurban shell1,000All day
Swimming in your ocean in September can prove very profitable, with the 12,000-bell spider crab being the top prize for the month. If you haven’t completed your Mermaid set, make sure you spend some time looking for scallops for Pascal, too!
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