Many players may have noticed that shells seem to be worth a significant amount of Bells in Animal Crossing: New Horizons - specifically certain types of shell. In fact, we've found this to be one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a little extra cash in the game. But which shells are worth picking up, and which are just a waste of space? And what are those Summer Shells that appear in June used for?
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Shell Price Guide
Check out our complete list of shell prices for all 12 shell types, below - from highest to lowest in value - and optimize your shell-gathering shenanigans. You can even hit the 'Shell Name' header to order them alphabetically, if you like:
|Pearl Oyster||1,200 Bells|
|Giant Clam||900 Bells|
|Scallop Shell||600 Bells|
|Summer Shell (blue, only available in summer)||600 Bells|
|White Scallop||450 Bells|
|Oyster Shell||450 Bells|
|Venus Comb||300 Bells|
|Sea Snail||180 Bells|
|Sand Dollar||120 Bells|
Of course, shells are one of the few natural resources on your island that will respawn frequently every day - often by the hour. However, they will mean a few more trips to Nook's Cranny for selling than with most resources, as you'll find quite a few of them throughout the day.
You can also hold onto them and craft shell-based furniture once you find the recipes for these items - luckily, none of the shells are too difficult to find throughout the game, and the furniture series is quite pretty.
What do you do with Summer Shells?
On 1st June 2020, blue Summer Shells debuted and with them came a bespoke set of DIY recipes. The recipes drop from balloons throughout the summer months, so be sure to pop every balloon you see.
Are you an avid shell collector, or do you prefer to make your Bells another way? Have you been crafting any of the shell furniture? Let us know in the comments!
This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which includes a Complete Fish List, Complete Bug List and Complete Sea Creatures List. If you're looking for specific fish or bug, we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish, Golden Trout and all the Sharks and Beetles, along with a full list of Critters leaving at the end of the month. We've also compiled a Complete Villager List and a Complete List of K.K. Slider Songs, as well as the Best Custom Design Codes and Islands we've found so far, and the best islands to visit using Dream Address Codes.
We can also help with How to Spot Redd's Fake Paintings and Statues, How to Make Bells Fast, How to Breed Flowers, How to Get more DIY Recipes, How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny, where and when to find special characters like Gulliver, Sable, Label, Wisp, Celeste, Pirate Gulliver and Jack, plus tips on using the Star Wand, Tool Ring, Rock Trick, Cutting Down and Moving Trees, using amiibo on Harv's Island, How to Back Up Your Island Data, How to Time Travel, How to Get a 5-Star Island Rating and a whole lot more.
And finally Where to Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game.