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How to catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There are tons of bugs to find and catch in the game, with Bells up for grabs and the completion of Blathers’ Museum on the cards, including the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Giant Water Bug. The elusive Giant Water Bug is difficult to pin down and catch, but in this guide, we’ll let you in on how to catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Read on to discover the Giant Water Bug locations and Giant Water Bug appearance dates and times, too.

How to catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

how to catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

As stated above, the Giant Water Bug is a tricky creepy-crawly to pin down and catch, even if you know where and when it appears. Thankfully, we’re here to help you on your quest to catch a Giant Water Bug, whether you want to sell it for a cool 2,000 Bells or donate one to Blathers’ Museum. Giant Water Bugs appear only in the evening through to the early morning, on top of pond and river water during certain months, depending on where you live in real life.

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The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Giant Water Bug appearance dates and times are as follows:

  • Northern Hemisphere:
    • April-September, between 7 PM and 8 AM
  • Southern Hemisphere:
    • October-March, between 7 PM and 8 AM

Remember that you will need to head towards the water (not the ocean) to find and catch a Giant Water Bug. Heading on Mystery Island Tours will be a good idea, too, as there should be other islands with more ponds you can look through for Giant Water Bugs. If you do spot a Giant Water Bug skirting on top of a body of water, you’ll need to be careful if you want to catch it. Follow these steps to discover how to catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

  1. If you spot a Giant Water Bug on top of some water, get your net out
  2. Hold A and move slowly to have your net swing primed and ready
  3. Creep up to the edge of the water
  4. Wait for the Giant Water Bug to move close enough for your net swing to catch it
  5. Release the A button to swing your net and catch the Giant Water Bug

Giant Water Bugs should be common enough that another will soon appear should you fail to catch one on your first attempt. What you do with your Giant Water Bug is up to you.