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Animal Crossing: New Horizons New Animals for March

March is the anniversary month of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the game is close to celebrating its first-year anniversary. Now is the perfect time to hunt and fish those bugs and fishes you missed from the previous months. Unlike the tepid February's seasonal creatures, March is incredibly busy as lots of critters swarm and leave your island.

What Are the New Critters In The Northern Hemisphere?

Below is a table with all the critters that will arrive this March in the North Hemisphere.

Critter Type Location Time of Appearance Price in Bells Available Until
Yellow Butterfly Bug Flying 4 a.m. - 7 p.m. 160 June but comes back in September and leaves again in October
Tiger Butterfly Bug Flying 4 a.m. - 7 p.m. 240 September
Peacock Butterfly Bug Flying by hybrid flowers 4 a.m. - 7 p.m. 2,500 June
Mantis Bug On flowers 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 430 November
Orchid Mantis Bug On white flowers 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 2,400 November
Honey Bee Bug Flying 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 200 July
Stinkbug Bug On flowers Whole Day 120 October
Man-faced Stink Bug Bug On flowers 7 p.m. - 8 a.m. 1,000 October
Ladybug Bug On flowers 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 200 June but returns in October only to leave in November
Tadpole Fish Pond / Smallest Whole Day 100 July
Loach Fish River / Small Whole Day 400 May
Cherry Salmon Fish Clifftop / Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. 800 June but comes back in September and leaves again in November
Char Fish Clifftop / Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. 3,800 June but comes back in September and leaves again in November
Golden Trout Fish Clifftop / Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. 15,000 May but comes back in September and leaves again in November
Barred Knifejaw Fish Sea / Medium Whole Day 5,000 November
Turban Shell Sea Creature Ocean Diving Whole Day 1,000 May but returns in September before leaving again in December
Chambered Nautilus Sea Creature Ocean Diving 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. 1,800 May but comes back in September and leaves again in November
Umbrella Octopus Sea Creature Ocean Diving Whole Day 6,000 June but comes back in September and leaves again in November
Firefly Squid Sea Creature Ocean Diving 9 p.m. - 4 a.m. 1,400 June
Spider Crab Sea Creature Ocean Diving Whole Day 10,000 April

For Southern Hemisphere players, catch the Salmon and King Salmon now!

What Are the New Critters In The Southern Hemisphere?

Below is a table with all the critters that will arrive this March in the Southern Hemisphere.

Critter Type Location Time of Appearance Price in Bells Available Until
Yellow Butterfly Bug Flying 4 a.m. - 7 p.m. 160 June but comes back in September and leaves again in October
Common Butterfly Bug Flying 4 a.m. - 7 p.m. 80 December
Monarch Butterfly Bug Flying 4 a.m. - 5 p.m. 140 April
Cricket Bug Ground 5 p.m. - 8 a.m.  130 May
Bell Cricket Bug Ground 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. 430 April
Red Dragonfly Bug Flying 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 180 July
Violin Beetle Bug On tree stumps Whole Day 450 March, May, and June
Pill Bug Bug Hit rocks 11 p.m. - 4 p.m. 250 December
Centipede Bug Hit rocks 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. 300 June but returns in October only to leave in November
Pike Fish River / X Large Whole Day 1,800 June
Cherry Salmon Fish Clifftop / Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. 1,000 May but comes back in September and leaves again in December
Salmon Fish River (mouth)/ Large Whole Day 700 March only!
Golden Trout Fish Clifftop / Medium 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. 15,000 May but comes back in September and leaves again in November
King Salmon Fish River (mouth)/ Largest Whole Day 1,800 March only!
Mitten Crab Fish River / small 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. 2,000 May
Sturgeon Fish River (mouth)/ Largest Whole Day 10,000 September
Chambered Nautilus Sea Creature Ocean Diving 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. 1,800 May but comes back in September and leaves again in November
Umbrella Octopus Sea Creature Ocean Diving Whole Day 6,000 June but comes back in September and leaves again in November
Sweet Shrimp Sea Creature Ocean Diving 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. 1,400 August
Turban Shell Sea Creature Ocean Diving Whole Day 1,000 May but returns in September before leaving again in December

Display the bugs in the Museum

Critters Leaving This Month

The following are critters that will no longer be available once this month ends:

Northern Hemisphere

  1. Bitterling (fish) - Returns in November this year
  2. Yellow Perch (fish) - Returns in October this year
  3. Stringfish (fish) - Returns in December this year
  4. Sturgeon (fish) - Returns in September this year
  5. Sea Butterfly (fish) - Returns in December this year
  6. Football Fish (fish) - Returns in November this year
  7. Emperor Butterfly (bug) - Returns in June this year
  8. Red King Crab (sea creature) - Returns in November this year

Southern Hemisphere

  1. Crawfish (fish) - Returns in October this year
  2. Soft-shelled Turtle (fish) - Returns in February 2022
  3. Sweetfish (fish) - Returns in January 2022
  4. Salmon (fish) - Returns in March 2022
  5. King Salmon (fish) - Returns in March 2022
  6. Nibble Fish (fish) - Returns in November this year
  7. Piranha (fish) - Returns in December this year
  8. Arowana (fish) - Returns in December this year
  9. Dorado (fish) - Returns in December this year
  10. Arapaima (fish) - Returns in December this year
  11. Saddled Bichir (fish) - Returns in December this year
  12. Clown Fish (fish) - Returns in October this year
  13. Butterfly Fish (fish) - Returns in October this year
  14. Pufferfish (fish) - Returns in January 2022
  15. Ocean Sunfish (fish) - Returns in January 2022
  16. Saw Shark (fish) - Returns in December this year
  17. Hammerhead Shark (fish) - Returns in December this year
  18. Great White Shark (fish) - Returns in December this year
  19. Whale Shark (fish) - Returns in December this year
  20. Suckerfish (fish) - Returns in December this year
  21. Tiger Butterfly (bug) - Returns in September this year
  22. Great Purple Emperor (bug) - Returns in December this year
  23. Agrias Butterfly (bug) - Returns in November this year
  24. Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (bug) - Returns in November this year
  25. Atlas Moth (bug) - Returns in October this year
  26. Madagascan Sunset Moth (bug) - Returns in October this year
  27. Grasshopper (bug) - Returns in January 2022
  28. Walker Cicada (bug) - Returns in February 2022
  29. Pondskater (bug) - Returns in November this year
  30. Diving Beetle (bug) - Returns in November this year
  31. Giant Water Bug (bug) - Returns in October this year
  32. Rosalia Batesi Beetle (bug) - Returns in November this year
  33. Earth-boring Dung Beetle (bug) - Returns in January 2022
  34. Goliath Beetle (bug) - Returns in December this year
  35. Rainbow Stag (bug) - Returns in December this year
  36. Walking Leaf (bug) - Returns in January 2022
  37. Mosquito (bug) - Returns in December this year
  38. Flatworm (sea creature) - Returns in February 2022
  39. Gigas Giant Clam (sea creature) - Returns in November this year
  40. Horseshoe crab (sea creature) - Returns in January 2022
  41. Moon Jellyfish (sea creature) - Returns in January 2022
  42. Sea Grapes (sea creature) - Returns in December this year
  43. Sea Urchin (sea creature) - Returns in November this year
  44. Slate Pencil Urchin (sea creature) - Returns in November this year
  45. Tiger Prawn (sea creature) - Returns in December this year

Catch the fishes and put them in the aquarium

How About The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Anniversary Event?

As of this writing, Nintendo has yet to announce any special event for the game's first year anniversary. However, this month is pretty busy for the game in terms of additional content with the Sanrio collaboration and the 35th anniversary of Super Mario.

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JN is a video game enthusiast and has written for various gaming outlets for a decade. His hobby is building small gaming computers.