How to catch a Hammerhead Shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Hammer it home by learning how to catch a Hammerhead Shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

With the arrival of June comes the addition of new fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including the Hammerhead Shark. The Hammerhead Shark isn’t the only shark swimming through the game’s ocean waters, but it’s definitely one you’ll want to catch. To help you do this, we’ve put together a guide explaining how to catch a Hammerhead Shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

How to catch a Hammerhead Shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to catch a Hammerhead Shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The Hammerhead Shark spawns from 4 p.m. until 9 a.m. in the seas of the Northern Hemisphere in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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  • The Hammerhead Shark is available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as of June 1 in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • You can catch a Hammerhead Shark from 4 p.m. until 9 a.m. in the sea.
  • To catch a Hammerhead Shark, look for a large fish shadow with a fin on top.
  • The Hammerhead Shark sells for 8,000 Bells.

If you’re like us, you probably want to complete your shark collection in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Not only can you catch a Great White Shark in the Northern Hemisphere starting on June 1, you can catch other sharks like the Whale Shark and Hammerhead Shark. If you’re wondering whether the process of catching these sharks is the same, the answer is yes and no.

First, sharks like the Whale Shark can be caught all day, whereas the Great White Shark and Hammerhead Shark can only be caught from 4 p.m. until 9 a.m. in the sea. To catch a Hammerhead Shark, you’ll need to look for a large fish shadow with a fin on top.

The large finned fish shadow is the same for other sharks like the Whale Shark, so there’s no guarantee when you spot one that it’ll be a Hammerhead Shark. The key to catching a Hammerhead Shark is to try and catch all finned fish shadows. Even if you don’t catch a Hammerhead Shark right away, you still have the opportunity to catch others like the Great White Shark. It’s a win/win.

If you’re having a hard time getting these finned fish to spawn, you can try using a little Fish Bait to lure them out. You can also go on a Mystery Island Tour and try to land on a fish island. We were able to catch a Great White Shark and a Hammerhead Shark on a fish island along with other new fish like the Arowana.

Interestingly, we were able to catch more Hammerhead Sharks when it was raining as opposed to when it was not. We’re not sure if there’s a correlation to this, or if it was a random coincidence. If you’ve caught all sharks except for the Hammerhead Shark, maybe try fishing for one when it’s raining? At the very least, it can’t hurt!

No matter where and when you fish though, as long as you fish from 4 p.m. until 9 a.m. in the seas of the Northern Hemisphere, you should eventually be able to catch a Hammerhead Shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Hammerhead Sharks can be sold for 8,000 Bells each in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Hammerhead Sharks can be sold for 8,000 Bells each in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Now that you know how to catch a Hammerhead Shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, be sure to check out some of our other helpful guides including:

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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