|Crawling on beach|| 200 Bells (AFe+),|
1,000 Bells (NL)
|Size||Available in rain|
|Time of year||Time of day|
| March to December (AFe+), |
All Year (NL)
| All Day (AFe+),|
|Scientific name||Coenobita cavipes|
|Rarity|| Scarce (★★★★), |
During rain in AFe+:
|Regional names|| Bernard-l'ermite|
- "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.
Donation to the 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."
- 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. 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.