Animal Crossing: New Horizons is going to see another change to its wildlife when August ends. There are a lot of critters leaving the Southern Hemisphere, and I will tell you what you need to catch for your Museum and Critterpedia before they are gone.
If you are in the Northern Hemisphere I have a separate guide ready for that as well. Now let’s take a look at what you need to be on the lookout for, starting with bugs.
The Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing and Damselfly are the two flying bugs migrating out soon. You will find the Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing around flowers from 8am to 5pm. As for the Damselfly, you can find this dragonfly zipping around at any time.
The last bug leaving is the Dung Beetle, which can also be found at any time and has a unique spawn. You will only find the Dung Beetle rolling snowballs around, so be on the lookout for any snowballs moving by themselves.
With the bugs out of the way, now lets take a look at the fish. First is the Pond Smelt, which can only be found in rivers at any time. This will be an easy catch – just keep your eye out for the small size 2 shadow, and scare away the big shadows.
The other fish leaving is the Blowfish, which can be found in the ocean between 9pm and 4am. Catching the Blowfish may take a while because it is rare and has a size 3 shadow, so it shares spawns with a lot of common fish. If you are having too much trouble, try your luck on a mystery island – it is much easier to find rare fish there.
For the final category of critters we have the deep sea creatures. The Oyster, Sweet Shrimp, Sea Pig, and Venus’ Flower Basket are leaving at the end of August. The Oyster can be found at any time, has a small shadow and will swim away when you dive to catch it. Oysters are not that fast though, so you will have no trouble catching up.
As for the Sweet Shrimp, it has a small shadow, can only be found from 4pm to 9am, and moves slowly when approached. This makes for another easy catch.
The real challenge will be the Sea Pig and Venus’ Flower Basket, since they are rare. The Sea Pig has a small shadow and only spawns from 4pm to 9am, while the Venus’ Flower Basket can spawn at any time and has a medium shadow. What makes them a challenge is that both move incredibly fast, making it impossible to catch up to them while diving. While you can technically catch one by predicting its path, there is a far easier way to do it.
In order to catch these speedy critters, you must be sneaky. Once you have found a shadow you cannot catch with diving, it is time to change strategies. Go up for air and slowly approach the shadow without pressing A at all. The critter will probably move a bit, but it will not go speeding off. So keep slowly approaching the shadow until you manage to get above it. Now you can dive and will immediately catch the critter before it can speed off.
There you have it, all the Animal Crossing: New Horizons critters leaving us at the end of August in the Southern Hemisphere. Remember that you can always go to mystery islands with Nook Mile Tickets if anything gives you trouble. Mystery islands have higher spawn rates for critters and give you less area to cover, making catching them a lot easier.
Good luck filling out your Critterpedia and stay tuned for more Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides.