ナマズ Namazu
Catfish encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
River (AC)
River Pool (WW, CF, NL)
200 Bells (AC)
800 Bells (WW, CF, NL)
Size Shadow size
29,20 in. 70 cm Large
Time of year Time of day
May to October 4 pm - 9 am
Scientific name Silurus asotus
Family Siluridae - Freshwater Catfishes
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Fairly Common (★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Silure
Flag of Spain Siluro
Flag of Germany small Katzenwels
Flag of Italy small Pesce gatto
"I caught a catfish! Do you think it has 9 lives?" —New Leaf

The catfish is the most common river pool fish. In Wild World and City Folk, it sells for 800 Bells, and is the second least expensive river pool fish. It appears from May until October and from 4pm to 9am.

Prior to Wild World it was a common river fish, but in future games it has more or less replaced the role of the larger Giant Catfish which was also restricted to the river pool. As the Giant Catfish was dropped after Animal Forest e+, it seems that the regular catfish has taken up its larger cousin's place.

Donation to the museum

In Animal Crossing

Upon donating to the museum, Blathers the curator will say;

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot!"

Wild World

Upon donating to the museum, Blathers the curator will say;

"I've heard some claim that these fish taste a bit like eel, you know. If you want to sample it, (Name), I'd recommend pan-frying it. Indeed, I believe you could deep-fry a rock, and I'd enjoy it, wot!"

In City Folk

Upon donating to the museum, Blathers the curator will say;

"Catfish are known the world over for their voracious appetites! They'll try to eat anything in one bite, up to and including things the of their bodies...or so I hear! The largest of these hungry fish can grow up to 40 inches in length... Imagine going down to the river and having one of those behemoths come at you! The horror!"

In New Leaf

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

"Catfish are known for their long whiskers, wide bodies, and large mouths, but they don't have fur. Despite having large eyes, they have rather poor eyesight. They make up for this with sensory whiskers. Catfish have small horizontal and vertical lines in their bodies, almost like perforated lines. These holes are for detecting weak electric currents of other fish, making them adept hunters. Catfish are artful carnivores as they swim around lazily but then strike quickly when prey is found."

Capture quotes

"ナマズを 釣り上げた! ヒゲ なが―い!" —Animal Forest e+
"I caught a catfish! I think I'll name it Whiskers..." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a catfish! Here, kitty kitty!" —Wild World
"I caught a catfish! Who's meowing now?!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Catfish (Wild World) "They're nocturnal carnivores and cannibals. This, of course makes them hard to breed."
Size 23.4 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Summer and Fall
Icon Catfish (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Catfish (City Folk)
"These nocturnal carnivores are also cannibals, so they're hard to farm-raise."
Size About 24 inches
Habitat River Pools
Season Summer-Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Catfish encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a catfish! Do you think it has 9 lives?"
Size About 24 inches
Habitat River Pools
Season Summer-Fall


Further information

Amur Catfish

A real life catfish

Catfish have one of the greatest ranges in size within a single order of bony fish. Many catfish have a maximum length of less than twelve centimeters. Some of the smallest species of Aspredinidae and Trichomycteridae reach sexual maturity at only one centimeter (0.4 in). Many species have a slimy covering and can adapt to breathing on land for a while, like eels. The order Siluriformes as a whole are commonly caught in real life, usually in ponds or lakes. In some fiction, a pun is played on the name 'Catfish' by making it have the head of a cat or referencing it otherwise. In some parts of the world catfish are consumed and are considered a delicacy.

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