エンゼルフィッシュ Enzerufisshu
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Location Price
River 3,000 Bells
Size Shadow size
4.8 Inches Small (GCN, NL)
Tiny (WW, CF)
Time of year Time of day
May to October 4pm-9am (AFe+, WW, CF, NL)
4am-9pm (WW)
Scientific name Pterophyllum altum
Family Cichlidae - Cichlids
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Scarce (★★★★)
Regional names Flag of Spain Pez Ángel
Flag of Germany small Skalar
Flag of Italy small Pesce angelo
Flag of France small Poisson-ange
"I caught an angelfish! Now where's its harp?" —New Leaf

The angelfish, Pterophyllum altum, is a rare fish with coloration similar to that of the barred knifejaw. It can be found in the river and appears between 4 PM to 9 AM from the months of May to October. It sells for a decent price of 3,000 Bells.

Donation to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the angelfish can be donated to the museum by talking Blathers.

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Gorgeous. Sim-ply gorgeous. Heavenly, even. We will treasure your gift. I give you my word as an honest, upstanding owl."

It can be found in the bottom-right tank, along with most other rare river fish.

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"The angelfish is called the queen of tropical fish, and quite rightly so, eh wot! Indeed, this one should bring a ray of sunshine to this dusty old museum! However serene these fish may look, they're actually rather feisty...Every rose has its thorn, isn't that what they say?"

It can be found in the second tank, after donating it to museum.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"The distinctive shape of the angelfish lets it appear larger than it actually is. ...It's quite beautiful, and though it is a tropical fish, it has many tricks for staying alive, eh wot? Those skills make it far more resilient than other, pampered tropical fish. Perhaps this fact is what earned the angelfish the title "Tropical Fish Queen." "

It can be found in the bottom-left tank with the coral in it with other small river fish.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"These tropical fish move very gracefully because of long fins on their backs and underbellies. Males and females are almost impossible to tell apart, making identification tricky. They lay eggs among water plants. Both genders look after the babies while they cling to weeds. The young look like any other fish, but they gain their angelfish looks once they leave the weeds."

Capture quotes

"I caught an angelfish! It looks divine!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught an angelfish! How heavenly!" —Wild World
"I caught an angelfish! Where's its halo?" —City Folk

"I caught an angelfish! Now where's its harp?" --New Leaf

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Angelfish (Wild World) "Their tall fins discourage predators."
Size 4.7 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring to fall
Icon Angelfish (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Angelfish (City Folk)
"These tall fish extend their fins to make themselves look big to predators."
Size About 4.8 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Summer-Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught an angelfish! Now where's its harp?"
Size About 4.8 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Summer-Fall


Further information

Pterophyllum altum-1-

A real-life angelfish.

Main article: Pterophyllum on Wikipedia

The angelfish is found in the Amazon basin and can grow to a maximum length of 50cm, which is far larger than the angelfish in Animal Crossing. Its striped coloration lets it camouflage more effectively amongst the foliage of the river and avoid predators. Its distinctive shape and colors have made it a famous fish, and it is the national fish of Venezuela.

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