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Catch These Critters Before They Leave Animal Crossing: New Horizons In January

Attention, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players: If you want to make sure your museum is complete, you've got to get your hands on these soon-to-depart catchable creatures before they're gone in January. Though only a few are leaving, and (of course) many players will simply get them later by time traveling, the month's end is nigh, and now is time to act. So, craft some extra nets and fishing rods so you can find new flora and fauna to donate. After all, isn't making Blathers happy the gift that keeps on giving? Here are the creepy crawlies we'll be saying goodbye to come February:


Those with islands in the Northern Hemisphere will no longer be able to catch abalones or lobsters. Interested in snagging these two sea creatures? Good news: You can find lobsters any time of day, and as long as you play sometime after 4 p.m. and before 9 a.m., your odds of finding abalones are pretty good.

If you're living in the Southern Hemisphere, the moment is now to snag a honeybee, a tadpole, and, if you don't mind something slimy, some seaweed. As far as finding your honeybee, play between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to catch this cute bug. You can find seaweed in the ocean anytime, and the same goes for catching a tadpole in the pond. Just keep your eye out for the smallest shadow and be ready to reel them in.


Though February brings with it the loss of some of our favorite fishy and flying friends, they're not gone forever. April will welcome the return of lobsters and seaweed, while June is the month abalones return. Fans of honeybees and tadpoles will have to wait a little longer, with their favorite critters set to return in September.

When one door closes, another opens in this game of frequent seasonal updates and surprises, from events to new items to adorable puppies beloved by gamers. In other words, there are plenty of new creatures to look forward to in February. The Northern Hemisphere will welcome tiger beetles, while the Southern Hemisphere will start seeing migratory locusts, rice grasshoppers, Walker cicadas, soft-shelled turtles, moray eels, rays, and flatworms. It's a full collection!

But before you get too excited about what's to come, make sure you take the time you have now to find abalones and lobsters in the North and honeybees, tadpoles, and seaweed in the South. Whether your critter quest takes you to distant islands or you find everything you're missing on your home island, grab your tools and get ready to go before they're gone.