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Bitterling encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
River 900 Bells (WW, CF, NL)
1,300 Bells (AC)
Size Shadow size
3.5 in. 10 cm Tiny
Time of year Time of day
December to February (GCN),
November to February (WW, CF, NL)
All day
Scientific name Acheilognathus melanogaster
Family Cyprinidae - Minnows/Carp
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Fairly Common (★★)
Regional names Flag of Spain Amarguillo
Flag of Italy small Rodeo
Flag of France small Bouvière
Flag of Germany small Bitterling
"I caught a bitterling! What's it so bitter about?" —New Leaf

The bitterling is a fairly common winter fish found in all games of the Animal Crossing series. It can be found in the river all day during the months of November through February. It sells for varying prices depending on the game.

Donation to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the bitterling 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:

"Hoo! Indeed, WOO hoo! A bitterling, I believe. 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:

"I must say, I've never personally considered eating one of these before. It's so very...goldfishy... No, not particularly tasty-looking, to be sure..."

After donation, the bitterling can be found in the front tank in the first room.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"It's quite common for enthusiasts to keep bitterlings in the same tank as tropical fish, eh wot? Indeed, once upon a time, this fish was a popular choice for the private fishing ponds of the rich!"

It can be found swimming around in the middle-left tank in the aquarium after donation.

In New Leaf

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

These fish are so small, they can fit their entire body in the palm of your hand. During mating season, the male's belly turns a light orange in order to properly attract a mate. They live in rivers and lakes and deposit eggs in large bivalves where the eggs hatch and live for a while.

Capture quotes

"I caught a bitterling! I wonder what makes this little guy so angry..." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a bitterling! So small, so very bitter!" —Wild World
"I caught a bitterling! But it's pretty sweet to me!" —City Folk
Japanese Quotes

「たなごを つり上げた!きれいで カワイー!」 —Animal Forest

"I caught a bitterling! It's so cute!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Bitterling (Wild World) "They lay their eggs in live shellfish, so they're easy to raise, but hard to breed."
Size 3.9 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Winter
Icon Bitterling (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Bitterling (City Folk)
"Easy to raise but tricky to breed, these are hard to find in the wild."
Size About 4 inches.
Habitat Rivers
Season Winter

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Bitterling encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a bitterling! What's it so bitter about?"
Size About 4 inches.
Habitat Rivers
Season Winter


Further information


Real bitterlings

The Japanese bitterling (Acheilognathus melanogaster) is found in lakes, pond swamps and rivers throughout Japan. It is omnivorous, feeding on small aquatic insects and crustaceans and algae. It is an oviparous breeder from March to June. However, it is becoming rarer, and has been declared extinct in two prefectures of Japan. (Further Information)

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