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The angelfish, Pterophyllum altum, is an uncommon 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.

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
"I caught an angelfish! That other fish told me to do it!" —New Horizons

Game data

In older games
Game Name Price Location Shadow Time Months #
AF
Angelfish 3,000 River small 4pm - 9am May - Oct 28
AF+
Angelfish 3,000 River small 4pm - 9am May - Oct 29
PG
Angelfish 3,000 River small 4pm - 9am May - Oct 29
AFE+
Angelfish 3,000 River small 4pm - 9am May - Oct 29
WW
Angelfish 3,000 River tiny All day May - Oct 30
CF
Angelfish 3,000 River tiny 4pm - 9am May - Oct 31
NL
Angelfish 3,000 River small 4pm - 9am May - Oct 35

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."

In New Horizons

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

The angelfish is truly a beautiful creature. Just look at the elegance of those fins! Despite the name, however, these lovelies are known to be rather aggressive... They've no qualms about relentlessly pursuing fish much smaller than themselves! Why, they even attack their own kin! It seems no fish is safe around these "angelic" bullies. It makes one wonder who comes up with these names. Appearances—and names—can be deceiving.
A single angelfish can be found in the ornamental fish tank in the freshwater room of the aquarium.

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Fish
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

Fish
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

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

New Horizons

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
NH-fish-Angelfish
"I caught an angelfish! That other fish told me to do it!"
Habitat River
Months active (north) May - October
Months active (south) November - April


Further information

Pterophyllum altum-1-

A real-life angelfish.


Main article: Pterophyllum on Wikipedia

The angelfish (Pterophyllum altum) 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.

In other languages

Angelfish
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese エンゼルフィッシュ enzerufisshu
Flag of France small French Poisson-ange
Flag of Spain Spanish Pez ángel
Flag of Germany small German Skalar
Flag of Italy small Italian Pesce angelo
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Maanvis
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Скалярия Skalyariya
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 神仙鱼 Shénxiānyú
Flag of South Korea Korean 천사어 Cheonsaeo


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