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

The best way to find and catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, several new fish and bugs have been added including the Giant Water Bug. As its name suggests, you can find this insect in the water rather than on land. Beyond this, it can be a bit tricker to know where and when to look. To help, we’ve put together a quick guide explaining how to catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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

How to catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The Giant Water Bug spawns from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. and can be found floating around in pond areas in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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To catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’re going to need to know a few pieces of crucial information including when it spawns and where to find it. According to its Critterpedia listing, the Giant Water Bug spawns between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. in real time. Like the Tarantula, the Giant Water Bug is a night critter, so you’ll need to begin your hunt at night.

Next, you’ll need to know where to find the Giant Water Bug. As its name suggests, you can find the Giant Water Bug… in the water. To be more specific, the Giant Water Bug loves little ponds and streams. You can often see it swimming around on the water’s surface, or perched on the edge of the pond.

To grab it, you’ll either need to net it when it comes close enough to you in the water, or go to the edge where the Giant Water Bug is perched and swing your net straight down on top of it. To make things easier, you can catch quite a few on random islands when you redeem a Nook Miles Ticket. We experienced this ourselves as we hunted for Tarantulas.

We turned an island into a “Tarantula Island” and were surprised at the outcome. On the palm trees, Atlas Moths spawned more frequently. In the little pond and stream area at the center of the island, we saw an increase in Giant Water Bug spawns. It made for some lucrative bug hunting as Giant Water Bugs can be sold for 2,000 Bells a piece.

Sure, they’re not as valuable as a Tarantula (8,000 Bells) or even an Atlas Moth (3,000 Bells) but they’re easy to catch in large quantities. To recap, Giant Water Bugs appear between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. in small pond and stream areas. They’re easy to catch, and you can sell them for 2,000 Bells each, making them a solid way to farm a few extra Bells at night.

Now that you know how to catch a Giant Water Bug in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, be sure to read through some of our other guides including how to catch an Atlas Moth in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, how to catch an Agrias Butterfly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and how to catch a Surgeonfish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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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