What’s New This Month in Animal Crossing: New Leaf – August

Welcome, New Leaf fans. Just as we did last month, I’ve compiled a list of things that you can do in August in order to make sure you have all your alpacas in a row.

First, some general tips:

  • Donate the first (new) bug/fish/deep-sea creature that you catch to the museum. Then you don’t have to worry about whether you’ve donated or not. Remember that donating items to the museum has definite perks. For instance, once you donate thirty bugs to the establishment, you’ll be able to purchase the silver net, which makes it easier to catch bugs. Once you’ve donated all bugs to the museum, you’ll be able to get the gold net, which makes it even easier. Similar benefits are available for fishers.
  • The rarer the specimen, the harder it is to catch that specimen. If you’re hunting bugs, hold A down and barely move your circle pad in the direction you want to go to sneak. Don’t rush up on beetles and the like, or else you’ll be sure to scare them away.
  • The more expensive creatures are great for stocking up on bells. Many people have been going to the island at night to fill up their boxes with beetles, returning to sell them for thousands of bells. It’s a pretty good strategy if you’re saving up for something or you have a mortgage to pay off. Or if you just like sitting on oodles of bells, I suppose.

The official Animal Crossing: New Leaf website has only a few events listed for this month:  On the 4th11th, 18th, and 25th, you’ll be able to view the fireworks show, and the Bug-Off is on the 17th. If you’re looking for the Best Buy exclusives, the Double Neck Guitar has been available since July 28 and will continue to be until August 10. Don’t forget, of course, that some of your residents may have August birthdays. Go to their house on that day to celebrate with them. If you bring a present, you might just get one in return in your mailbox the next day.



There’s plenty to look for in the great outdoors. On the bug catching front, you have several new bugs to look for.

  • The giant petaltail, worth 8000 bells, can be found flying around from 5pm-7pm. They’re fairly rare, but you can find them flying around, usually somewhat near water.
  • The house centipede can be found by hitting rocks with your shovel. They’re only worth 250 bells and you can find them at night, from 7pm – 8am.
  • The locust can be found in the grass from 8am – 7pm. They’re worth 400 bells.
  • Migratory locusts can also be found in the grass from 8am – 7pm. They’re worth a slightly higher 600 bells.

If you haven’t caught the banded dragonfly, brown cicada, cicada shell, cyclommatus stag, darner dragonfly, evening cicada, giant beetle, giant cicada, golden stag, horned atlas, horned dynastid, horned elephant, horned hercules, jewel beetle, longhorn beetle, miyama stag, robust cicada,  saw stag, scarab beetle, or tarantula yet, this is your last chance for a while, as the little critters won’t be available starting next month.


Are you more the fishing type? Here’s what you can look forward to starting in August:

  • The rainbow trout is a fairly common river fish worth 800 bells, found all day. It’s got a medium-sized shadow.
  • The soft-shelled turtle is a rare medium-sized river “fish” worth 3,750 bells. It’s found from 4pm – 9am.

If you haven’t caught a frog, giant snakehead, hammerhead shark, killifish, or napoleonfish by now, this month is the last month you can do so for a while.


Last but not least, we have diving. The only deep-sea creature of note for August is the small-shadowed turban shell, which is worth 300 bells and is found between 4pm and 9am.


Well, that’s all that I’ve been able to find for this month. Do you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Does your experience differ from what’s listed above? Did you find this helpful? Let us know in the comments, and happy Crossing!



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