How to catch Mole Crickets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Follow our guide to learn how to catch mole crickets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, if only to shut them up for a while.

If you play Animal Crossing: New Horizons with the sound off then, first of all, you’re missing out on the funky groove that plays at 7pm each day, and second, you might never learn how to catch mole crickets. These pesky little critters hide underground and won’t show any sign of their presence beyond a rather annoying chirp. Whether you want to add them to Blathers’ collection or just shut them up, this guide will teach you how to catch mole crickets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to catch Mole Crickets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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The Mole cricket is available all day, November to May. 
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To catch a mole cricket in Animal Crossing: New Horizons you need to grab a shovel and net, turn up the volume, and listen out for their chirping. It’s very distinctive, and once you start to recognize it, you’ll struggle to stop hearing it whenever they’re about (they sound just like a cricket it real life, but one that never stops making noise). Before you get to it though, make sure it’s the right season by checking the mole cricket details below:

  • When: All Day, November to May (Northern Hemisphere), May to November (Southern Hemisphere)
  • Where: Ground (Buried)
  • Value: 500 Bells

Once you hear the chirping, run around the nearby area, and listen for where the noise gets loudest. The mole cricket is buried underground at the point where the chirping is loudest, so get your shovel out and dig. Don’t worry if you don’t get it on the first go, the mole cricket doesn’t run away, so you just need to keep digging in the loud area until you find it.

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Once you dig up the mole cricket in Animal Crossing: New Horizons it will start to run, so get that net out quickly!
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Once you dig in the correct spot, the chirping will stop and you’ll pop the mole cricket up above the ground. At this point it’ll start scampering away from you, so swap to your net quickly, chase it and catch it. Once you’ve dug one up, it’s not hard to catch a mole cricket, but they can take you by surprise and get away before you get your net prepared. So long as you’re ready, you shouldn’t have trouble.

Now that you know how to catch mole crickets in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, feel free to have a look at our other guides for the game. We can teach you how to catalog items, all the different shell prices, or how to catch a jewel beetle! If you really want to find all the bugs in the game, have a look at our comprehensive insect list for the game.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video games stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at, or catch him on Twitter.


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