Barbel steed
にごい Nigoi
Barbel steed encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
River 200 Bells
Size Shadow size
23.20 in. 60 cm Medium
Time of year Time of day
All year All day
Scientific name Hemibarbus labeo
Family Cyprinidae - Minnows/Carp
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of Spain Barbo
Flag of Germany small Barbe
Flag of Italy small Barbo
Flag of France small Barbeau
"I caught a barbel steed! It just needs a barbel saddle!" —New Leaf

The barbel steed is a river fish found in all games in the Animal Crossing series. It can be caught all day and all year round. It is a relatively common and worthless catch, as it only sells for 200 Bells. Its shadow size is between small-medium, the same size as a carp.

Donation to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the barbel steed can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot! We will take excellent care of this fellow, oh yes. You can rest assured. Excellent care, indeed."

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"This might look like a Carp, but I heard it doesn't taste like one, eh wot? Indeed, I should think this fish is more suited to catching than to eating."

It will go into the first tank.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"While Barbel Steeds have many of the same features as Carp, they're a bit less exciting, to my mind. For example, both have whiskers, wot? Yet the Barbel Steed's are just a hair shorter... It's rather like a fan doing an imitation of their favorite actor, or something to that effect."

It can be found in the middle-left tank in the aquarium, in the museum.

In New Leaf

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

"Barbel steeds have a longer distance between their eyes and mouths than carp do. This makes them look almost like they're averting their eyes downward in embarrassment. Their whiskers aren't as long as carp whiskers, so the resemblance is still only minor. They are full of bones, but they're edible nonetheless and actually taste similar to flounder."

Capture quotes

"I caught a barbel steed! That's looks more like a fish than a horse." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a barbel steed! I'm not horsin' around!" —Wild World
"I caught a barbel steed! What a noble steed, indeed!" —City Folk
Japanese Quotes

「にごいを 釣り上げた!コイにそっくり!」 —Animal Forest

"I caught a barbel steed! It looks just like carp!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Barbel steed (Wild World) "Related to the carp. "Barbel" refers to whiskers."
Size 19.5 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year
Icon Barbel steed (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Barbel Steed (City Folk)
"These are often compared to carp. Up close, the difference is clear."
Size About 20 in.
Habitat Rivers
Season All Year

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Barbel steed encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a barbel steed! It just needs a barbel saddle!"
Size About 20 in.
Habitat Rivers
Season All Year


Further information


A real life Barbel Steed

The Hemibarbus labeo or barbel steed is a small fish that lives in the rocky, fast flowing bottoms of rivers. It is largely carp-like in appearance. The name 'barbel' is derived from the Latin barba, meaning beard which is a reference to the two pairs of barbs by its mouth. There are many different types of barbel steed across the world; the type in the Animal Crossing series is the Amur barbel, which is found in rivers of south-eastern Siberia. (Further Information)

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