Hermit crab
ヤドカリ Yadokari
Hermit crab
#44 #48
Location Price
Crawling on beach 200 Bells (AFe+),
1,000 Bells (NL)
Size Available in rain
45 mm Unknown
Time of year Time of day
March to December (AFe+),
All Year (NL)
All Day (AFe+),
7pm-8am (NL)
Scientific name Coenobita cavipes
Family Conenobitidae
Appearances AFe+, NL
Rarity Scarce (★★★★),

During rain in AFe+:
Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Bernard-l'ermite
Flag of Germany small Einsiedlerkrebs
Flag of Spain Cangrejo ermitaño
Flag of Italy small Granchio paguro
"I caught a hermit crab! Finally, it came out of its shell!" —New Leaf

The hermit crab (ヤドカリ, Yadokari?) is a type of crab found in a few games in the Animal Crossing series. It originally appeared in the Japanese exclusive Animal Forest e+, was absent in both Wild World and City Folk, but returns in New Leaf.

It initially appears as a simple shell on the beach, but when approached it will raise up and skitter away. It will retreat if left alone for too long, and it is generally more common during rain, particularly in Animal Forest e+. The hermit crab is able to jump into water if it travels too close. In New Leaf, the hermit crab's shell has a purple hue and a different hole shape compared to a normal shell.

In New Leaf the hermit crab is notable for being a sea creature, though it cannot be found in the sea by diving. It is more abundant from the month of June until September in Animal Forest e+.

Donation to the museum

In Animal Forest e+

Crab Coconut Crab Hermit Crab Birdwing Butterfly

Hermit Crab in museum in Animal Forest e+

When donated to the museum it appears on the left side on the sand with the other crabs and the Birdwing.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the bug exhibit will list information about this bug.

"Hermit crabs live in empty shells they can fit their bodies into. As they grow, they find bigger shells. They're quite picky about each new shell and first measure the opening with their claws. The shells they choose usually fit well, and they'll sometimes fight one another over ownership rights."

Capture quotes

Japanese Quotes

「ヤドカリを つかまえた! ひきこもってちゃ ダメ!」 —Animal Forest e+ and New Leaf

"I caught a hermit crab! Don't be a shut-in!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Hermit crab
"I caught a hermit crab! Finally, it came out of its shell!"
Size 43 mm
Time Night-Morning
Season Summer


Further information


The hermit crab in real life.

Main article: Hermit crab on Wikipedia

In Japan, hermit crabs are known as yadokari (ヤドカリ?). They are a territorial species of crustacean that is popular as a pet in some places. They are often found on beaches in large groups in tropical reasons; the waves wash up groups of them at a time. As they grow, they discard their too-small shell and seek out a new one.

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