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

Welcome, New Leaf fans. Since July, DieHard GameFAN has been compiling a list of things that you can do in each in order to make sure you have all your lazy villagers in a row. Since it’s a new month, we’ve got a new list! Here are some of the things you can do in November.

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 North America this month: the 16th is the Fishing Tourney and the 28th is the Harvest Festival. Don’t forget, of course, that some of your residents may have November 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. Also be sure to check with Pelly for any special presents that you can download via Wifi.



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

  • The mole cricket will be found underground all day. They sell for 280 bells.

If you haven’t caught the cricket, flea, long locust, mantis, migratory locust, monarch butterfly, orchid mantis, violin beetle, or walking stick 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 November:

  • Bitterlings show up this month in in the river. These small-shadowed fish can be found all day and are worth 800 bells.
  • Blowfish can be found all day in the ocean. They’re worth 125 bells and are rare. Look for medium shadows to find one.
  • Football fish are available from 4pm-9am in the ocean starting this month. They’re worth 2500 bells. Look for large shadows; they’re fairly uncommon.
  • In the ocean you’ll find tuna all day. They’re worth 7000 bells, have huge shadows, and are rare.

If you haven’t caught a barred knifejaw, char, cherry salmon, guppy, mitten crab, neon tetra, rainbow trout, ray, seahorse, or zebra turkeyfish  by now, this month is the last month you can do so for a while.


Last but not least, we have diving. There are a few new creatures in November:

  • Horsehair crabs can be found all day and will net you 4000 bells. They have medium-sized shadows that move slowly.
  • Red king crabs have large shadows and move fast; they’re also rare. You’ll find them all day and sell them for 6000 bells.
  • Sea cucumbers have medium-sized shadows and are relatively common. You can find them all day and sell them for 150 bells.
  • Seaweed makes its return, netting you 200 bells per sale. They’re common, found all day, and have large, immobile shadows.
  • Snow crabs can be found all day, but are uncommon. They have large, slow-moving shadows and are worth 4000 bells.



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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