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Barred knifejaw Gallery

"I caught a barred knifejaw! They must have a hard time eating!" —New Horizons

The barred knifejaw, is a semi-rare fish found in the ocean and sells for 5,000 Bells at Tom Nook's store. It appears all day in spring and summer and is black with seven white stripes. Its shadow size is small/medium, around the same size as the squid, octopus, pufferfish and dab. The fish, along with all other ocean fish, appears in the back tank when donated to the museum, and is considered to be quite a hard fish to catch, as Blathers will tell the player when they donate it.

Donation to the museum[]

In Animal Crossing[]

When the player donates the fish in Animal Crossing, Blathers the curator will say:

"Hoo! Indeed, WOO hoo! A barred knifejaw, I believe. Hoo! Hoo, I say! Just look at this magnificent creature! Truly, a king among edible aquatic beasts of the world! Tuna, scallops, oysters, lobsters, salmon, halibut, crabs, barnacles... Well, maybe not barnacles... One would have to be in dire straits indeed to consume a few of those jagged beasties!"

"Now then, what say we set this chap up in his new home, eh wot?"

In Wild World[]

When the player donates it in Wild World, Blathers will say:

"<Player>, the very fact that you caught this tells me that you are quite a fisher! Oh, a recipe for barred knifejaw? I'd recommend putting it in a broth. Grilling makes the flesh rather tough, eh wot?"

In City Folk[]

When the player donates it in City Folk, Blathers will say:

"Hootie hoo, look at you! You've hauled in a star catch this time! Indeed, simply marvelous work!' The barred knifejaw is a clever fish that, it's said, requires some rather fancy fishing to catch. Their monotone color scheme certainly paints them as smart, sensible fish in my eyes, eh wot?"

In New Leaf[]

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

"Barred knifejaws stand out thanks to the seven stripes adorning their white bodies. Their natural curiosity and strong pull make them a popular target of anglers, but they're no easy catch. They have strong teeth that allow them to make short work of sea creatures with tough shells. This means that both urchins and mollusks need to be careful, lest they become meals for these fish."

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Wonderful! I would love nothing more! The barred knifejaw, also called the striped beakfish, is a lovely fish with a distinctive striped pattern. It is reportedly also a very curious fish in that it has been known to approach swimmers to "greet" them. They also tend to be good at avoiding fishing hooks, so well done on outwitting this one!"

The fish is displayed in the large tank in the back saltwater fish room.

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a barred knifejaw! I'm really cut up over how to turn that into a pun..." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a barred knifejaw! With that jaw, it SHOULD be barred!" —Wild World
"I caught a barred knifejaw! Did you do something bad?" —City Folk
"I caught a barred knifejaw! I'll have to use it to cut veggies!" —New Leaf
"I caught a barred knifejaw! They must have a hard time eating!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Barred knifejaw (Wild World) "Tough to catch."
Size 23.4 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring and summer
Icon Barred knifejaw (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Barred Knifejaw (City Folk)
"Curious and not easily startled, these fish have seven white stripes."
Size About 24 in.
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a barred knifejaw! I'll have to use it to cut veggies!"
Size About 24 in.
Habitat Ocean
Season Spring-Fall

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-Barred knifejaw
"I caught a barred knifejaw! They must have a hard time eating!"
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) March through November
Months active (south) September through May

Further information[]


A real-life barred knifejaw.

Main article: Striped beakfish on Wikipedia

The striped beakfish, also known as the barred knifejaw, is a tropical fish, generally found in coral reefs and around Japan. It has been seen in Hawaii, but only once. It normally eats invertebrates.


  • Barred knifejaw is a secret for the Fish Meunière dish on Turkey Day for both hemispheres. It's worth noting that barred knifejaw is available in November regardless of hemisphere.

In other languages[]

Barred knifejaw
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese イシダイ Ishidai -
France French Scarus (until NH version 2.0.0); Ishidai (since NH version 2.0.0) -
Spain Spanish Dorada japonesa -
Germany German Schnabelbarsch -
Italy Italian Ishidai -
The Netherlands Dutch Kraaibek -
Russia Russian Полосатый оплегнат Polosatyy oplegnat -
China Chinese 条石鲷/條石鯛 Tiáoshídiāo -
South Korea Korean 돌돔 Doldom -

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