Animal Crossing is a rich and detailed game with many moving parts! There are so many unique villagers and other unique and wacky residents (Like Blathers, who is in charge of the Islands Museum). Animal Crossing also has a large range of critters and animals available to you.
In particular, Animal Crossing has a lot of different bugs available (much to the despair of Blathers, who, although an avid collector, is almost petrified of them). Each bug in Animal Crossing is unique; they can be found at different times of the day, times of the year, and in different weather! This means that it can be hard to remember all the specifics of each bug and how to find them!
Each bug also has a different value and use in the game, so it can be super hard to remember everything that you need to know, the core rule to getting bugs is always brought your net; the rest that you need to know about Wharf Roaches you can learn from this article!
Bottom Line Up Front
The Wharf Roach can be found only in Animal Crossing New Leaf and New Horizons. To catch the Wharf Roach in New Leaf, you can find it on the sand at the Beach and catch it with your net (although you need to sneak up on it to prevent it from scattering away). To catch the Wharf Roach in New Horizons, you should take the same approach, but instead of the sand, it can be found on the rock formations at the Beach.
Once you have the Wharf Roach, you can donate one to the Museum. Any additional Wharf Roaches can be sold to Nooks Cranny for 200 Bells in both versions, while in New Horizons, you can also sell the Wharf Roach to Flick for 300 Bells.
What is a Wharf Roach?
The Wharf Roach is an animal, specifically a bug, which can be caught in Animal Crossing. The Wharf Roach was only added to the games in New Leaf and so can only be found in Animal Crossing, New Leaf, and Animal Crossing, New Horizons.
It is a small bug that really closely resembles a Cockroach, which is why some people (including Blathers) find it so creepy, I am sure.
How do I get a Wharf Roach?
This really depends on which version of Animal Crossing you are playing. If you are playing Animal Crossing New Leaf, you can find the Wharf Roach moving along the sand on the Beach.
If you are playing Animal Crossing New Horizons, the Wharf Roach can still be found at the Beach. However, it is no longer moving along the sand and instead can be found on the rocks that are on the Beach’s edge.
Unlike other animals in Animal Crossing, the Wharf Roach can be found in any season and at any time of day and can also be found even when it is raining. Wharf Roaches are very common and so are very easy to find. They are, however, slightly less easy to catch once they are found. To catch a Wharf Roach in Animal Crossing, you need to approach quite slowly and quite carefully, and most importantly, you need to have your net with you.
When you do successfully catch a Wharf Roach in Animal Crossing New Horizons, you will respond by saying, “I caught a wharf roach! This water-loving roach has no pier!”
When you catch a Wharf Roach in Animal Crossing New Leaf, you will respond by saying, “I caught a wharf roach! Even the beaches must be messy!” —Animal Crossing: New Leaf.”
Uses for a Wharf Roach
Donating the Wharf Roach
Once you have caught a Wharf Roach, you can donate one to the Museum by talking to the aptly named Blathers. Blathers is, of course, known for blathering on and on about literally anything he finds interesting and always offers to give you a speech on whatever item or animal that you have donated to the Museum.
However, Blathers hates bugs and is pretty scared of them, actually. Hence, while he accepts bugs as items in the Museum and is happy to do so, he also does it very begrudgingly.
When you donate the Wharf Roach in Animal Crossing New Leaf, Blathers responds by saying, ”Wharf roaches can be seen along the sea, usually just above the waterline on rocky cliffs. They feed mainly on microalgae and detritus that drift to the seashore, making them cleaners of sorts. They often move in groups and run away quickly when they hear people approaching.”
When you donate the Wharf Roach in Animal Crossing New Horizons, Blathers responds by saying, ”The wharf roach is an omnivore, which is merely a polite way of saying it will eat almost anything. This skittering scavenger and its uncouth appetite help keep beaches clean, it’s said. But I dare say their long antenna and bulging eyes turn my stomach. Unappetising indeed…”
Once you have donated the Wharf Roach to the Museum, if you choose to go and visit the Museum and have a look around, you can find the Wharf Roach roaming around (creepily, I might add, and I am sure Blathers would agree) beside the pond. The reason that you have to approach the Wharf Roach quite slowly and deliberately is that if you move toward it with any kind of speed and it sees you, it will quickly disperse. You will not be able to catch it.
When you approach the Wharf Roach, and it is still in front of you, you need to activate your net over the Wharf Roach to catch it. The downside to the Wharf Roach is that although it can often be found in a group, you can only ever catch one at a time. That is to say that even if you successfully sneak upon a swarm of Wharf Roaches and activate your net, you will only catch one while the others run away.
Selling the Wharf Roach
If you have already donated to the Museum, you can sell the Wharf Roach instead! If you are playing Animal Crossing New Leaf, you can sell the Wharf Roach for 200 Bells to Nooks Cranny. If you are playing Animal Crossing New Horizons, however, you can sell the Wharf Roach to Nooks Cranny for 200 bells as well, although if Flick is present on your Island at the time, it is better to sell the Wharf Roach to him as he will purchase it for 300 bells and so you will make more of a profit.
This touches upon one of many creepy crawlies in Animal Crossing. However, there are much more bugs that I am sure you will encounter and be curious about. Only one of these is the creepy Wharf Roach.
Luckily, the Wharf Roach is very easy to find and relatively easy to catch once you creep upon it! The Wharf Roach is not super profitable as it is only worth 200 bells and 300 if Flick is on your Island. The Wharf Roach does not have any significant purpose. However, in Animal Crossing, once you donate it to the Museum, it is good news for Blathers, seeing as he only needs to take one donation of a singular Wharf Roach as he hates them so much.
Question: Where can I Find a Wharf Roach?
Answer: The Wharf Roach can be found at the Beach regardless of which of the two versions contain them you are playing. In Animal Crossing New Leaf, the Wharf Roach scurries around the sand, while in Animal Crossing New Horizons, the Wharf Roach can be found on the rocks on the Beach. Previous versions of Animal Crossing prior to New Leaf do not have any Wharf Roaches.
Question: What is the Purpose of the Wharf Roach?
Answer: The Wharf Roach is not a super important bug in Animal Crossing. It only has two primary purposes; primarily, one Wharf Roach can be donated to the Museum to complete its collection. The other use for the Wharf Roach (if you would call it that) is that the Wharf Roach can be sold in Nooks Cranny for 200 Bells in New Leaf or New Horizons, while in New Horizons, the Wharf Roach can also be sold to Flick for a more significant profit of 300 Bells.
Question: When Can I Find the Wharf Roach?
Answer: The Wharf Roach can be found in any season, at any time, and in any weather on the Island. This makes it easy to find, as other bugs within Animal Crossing can be much more elusive.