October is a big month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, largely thanks to the many new Halloween items and spooky DIYs you can get to celebrate one of the best holidays of the year. But like with any month in New Horizons, there are also new critters to catch to keep up with your museum and Critterpedia. In this guide, we’ll detail every new critter for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres; note that these are only the new arrivals for the month and not every fish, bug, and sea creature you can catch this month.
For the complete 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. We also have a list of all 40 sea creatures plus tips on how to dive and catch them.
October 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 October. They’re sorted in order of sell price 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 and complete your Critterpedia!
October is a tame month for fishing, with only two fish returning to your island’s waters: dab and yellow perch. If you’ve been playing New Horizons since it first launched in March 2020, it’s likely you already have these two fish in your Critterpedia.
New October BugsPriceLocationTimeLadybug200On flowers8 AM – 5 PM
Only one bug, the ladybug, makes its return to Northern Hemisphere islands in October. Like October’s “new” fish, if you’ve been playing the game since it first released, you’ll most likely have caught a ladybug already. If you’re a newcomer, though, they’re only around this month and won’t come back until March, so get them while you can!
New October Sea CreaturesPriceTimeSpiny lobster5,0009 PM – 4 AMVenus flower basket5,000All daySeaweed600All day
October welcomes a few higher-value sea creatures to your island’s ocean, plus the return of seaweed after a two-month hiatus. Make sure to swim in your ocean and dive for these creatures, since they can be donated to your museum just like fish and bugs.
Southern HemisphereNew October FishPriceLocation / SizeTimeSnapping turtle5,000River / 49 PM – 4 AMGuppy1,300River / 19 AM – 4 PMSea horse1,100Sea / 1All dayButterfly fish1,000Sea / 2All daySurgeonfish1,000Sea / 2All dayClown fish650Sea / 1All dayNeon tetra500River / 19 AM – 4 PMZebra turkeyfish500Sea / 3All dayKillifish300Pond / 1All dayCrawfish200Pond / 2All day
For those in the Southern Hemisphere, October continues the springtime boom of new critters to catch. For fish, that means lots of small fries to collect this month, plus the ever-popular snapping turtle–which, when placed in your home or around your island, just chills out with no tank. It makes a good pet.
New October BugsPriceLocationTimeAgrias butterfly3,000Flying near flowers8 AM – 5 PMAtlas moth3,000On trees7 PM – 4 AMMadagascan sunset moth2,500Flying near flowers8 AM – 4 PMRajah Brooke’s birdwing2,500Flying near flowers8 AM – 5 PMJewel beetle2,400On tree stumpsAll dayGiant water bug2,000River/pond (surface)7 PM – 8 AMCommon bluebottle300Flying near flowers4 AM – 7 PMLong locust200On the ground8 AM – 7 PMDarner dragonfly230Flying8 AM – 5 PMFlea70On a flea-infested villagerAll day
October brings some decently priced butterflies to your island. Plus, now your villagers can get fleas! Check out our guide on how to catch fleas for tips on how to spot them and swipe them right off your villagers (it won’t hurt them, we promise).
New October Sea CreaturesPriceTimeLobster4,500All daySea pineapple1,500All day
October isn’t a big month for sea creatures in the Southern Hemisphere, but hey–lobster is tasty, right? (No, you can’t eat lobster in New Horizons.)
Regardless of which hemisphere you’re in, be sure to check out our list of the new fish, bugs, and sea creatures that arrived in September to help ensure you’re all caught up. You can also check out more of our guides below.