Animal Crossing: New Horizons - How To Get a Dungeness Crab

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Animal Crossing New Horizons. The player is swimming in the middle of the ocean with a blue stripy wetsuit on.

There are a lot of sea creatures for you to swim and dive for in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Some are definitely easier to catch than others and some are very hard to find. One creature that isn't too hard to catch but can be slightly hard to find is a Dungeness Crab. This is why we're going to show you how to get a Dungeness Crab and we explain a bit about it.

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How To Get a Dungeness Crab

To get a Dungeness Crab you will need to own a wetsuit. You can purchase one with your Nook Miles at the Nook Stop in Resident Services or you can buy one from the cabinet in Nook's Cranny.

You will also need to be in the correct months to get the Dungeness Crab. In the Northern Hemisphere, you can get this crab from November - May. In the Southern Hemisphere, you can get this crab from May-November. If you are in the correct months then you can start searching the ocean for the crab.

Animal Crossing New Horizons. Dungeness Crab Seasonality and Active Hours screen for Northern Hemisphere. This shows that the crab is active all day from November to May.
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Equip your wetsuit and then walk up to the edge of the ocean to start to swim into it. As you are swimming around, you need to look for bubbles appearing on the surface of the water as this will indicate where a sea creature is. It will not always be a Dungeness Crab, so it's a bit of a trial and error situation.

When you see bubbles, swim up to their location then press Y to dive down. Once you are under the water, use your directional stick and press A to swim towards the bubbles. You should see that there is a shadow and this shadow may move. (If it's a large shadow that moves slowly, there's a good chance it's your desired creature). All you need to do is catch up to it before your air runs out and you'll automatically capture it. When you surface, you will see what creature you have and it may be a Dungeness Crab.

What Is a Dungeness Crab?


A Dungeness Crab is a type of sea creature that you can get in the game. You can use this creature as a pet, donate it as an exhibit to the museum or you can use it as a secret ingredient for some Turkey Day recipes.

A Dungeness Crab is one of the creatures that you can catch in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons and there are plenty more sea creatures for you to collect. If swimming in the ocean isn't for you, then we still have some guides to help you enjoy island life. We have one that shows you how to grow a money tree and another guide on how to get Iron Nuggets.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Animal Crossing New Horizons and Guides page.