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Carp Gallery

"I caught a carp! If I catch another they can carpool!" —New Horizons

The carp is a common river fish found throughout the year. It is also found in the holding pond in New Horizons. It is the commoner cousin to the koi, the goldfish, and the popeyed goldfish.

Donation to the museum[]

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the carp 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!"

In Wild World[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"I do believe many people enjoy this fish raw at sushi restaurants...I understand it makes a rather tasty addition to soups and chowders, wot!"

In City Folk[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"...Hoo, tell me, have you ever had occasion to see the teeth of a Carp? They're positioned far back in the mouth and can bite through seashells! I daresay you shouldn't go sticking your finger into a carp's mouth, wot? That is a mighty chomp!"

In New Leaf[]

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

"These tough fish have very long life spans, capping out at ages surpassing 100 years. Their whiskers are one of their trademark features, making them relatively easy to identify. They're omnivorous and eat waterweed and bugs by sucking their food into their mouths. They also have teeth in the back of their throats that help break down shellfish for digestion."

In New Horizons[]

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

"Oh, the carp...have you ever seen their teeth? For your sake, I hope you have not! Carp have teeth in their throat strong enough to crunch on hard things like shells and fingers! A good rule of thumb when dealing with other species is to keep your fingers out of their mouths. Although, having neither thumbs nor fingers, I am quite safe from this little fellow!"

Fishing Tourney[]

Animal Crossing[]

When given to Chip he says:


New Leaf[]

When given to Chip he says:

You know what carp are good for? Two simple words, my friend: chilled sashimi. Oh goodness yes.
Not that I have time for that, of course! Down the hatch it goes! YUUUUM!

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a carp! Ouch! I hurt my wrist! It might be CARPal-tunnel!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a carp! Carpe carp!" —Wild World
"I caught a carp! Pretty sharp!" —City Folk
"I caught a carp! I really seized the diem!" —New Leaf
"I caught a carp! If I catch another they can carpool!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Carp (Wild World) "They feed by sucking the river's bottom."
Size 2.4 feet
Habitat Rivers
Season All year
Icon Carp (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Carp (City Folk)
"Preferring murky water, these suck mud from the bottom with their food."
Size About 32 in.
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Carp encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a carp! I really seized the diem!"
Size About 32 in.
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
""I caught a carp! If I catch another they can carpool!""
Habitat Pond
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) All year

Further information[]


A real life carp.

Main article: carp on Wikipedia

The carp is a fish originally found in East Asia, but introduced the world over. They can grow up to a meter in length. They eat up to three times their body weight every day, up to 60lb (28kg). They are particularly popular for angling, as well as to eat in many cultures around the world.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese コイ Koi -
France French Carpe -
Spain Spanish Carpa -
Germany German Karpfen -
Italy Italian Carpa -
The Netherlands Dutch Karper -
Russia Russian Сазан Sazan -
China Chinese 鲤鱼/鯉魚 Lǐyú -
South Korea Korean 잉어 Ingeo -

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