"I caught a char! How bizarre!" —New Leaf

The char is a freshwater fish found in all games. Prior to Wild World, it was known as the large char. It is commonly associated with waterfalls, and is always found near them. In games prior to New Leaf, it was found in the pool at the bottom of the waterfall, but in New Leaf it can be found both above and below both waterfalls. Starting in New Horizons, it is found in the clifftop rivers instead of strictly next to the waterfall.

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In Animal Crossing

"Oh! What a large and CHAR-ming fish. That was dismal, wasn't it? Mum warned me to avoid comedy. Regardless of my shabby comedic failings, this fish will have a safe and comfortable home here."

In Wild World

"Hoo! Indeed, WOO hoo! A char! There are many ways to prepare char, or so I've heard from gourmands. Sadly, it is NOT deemed acceptable to char them, rendering all puns moot. I suspect any and all puns might've been substandard, so perhaps that's best."

In City Folk

"Char are certainly not named for the method people use to cook them. That would be rather daft... Since they aren't the best of swimmers, they often take refuge from rushing waters in rock crevices... When feeding, they merely stick their faces into the rushing water and let food fly in, wot wot? No one's sure if it's lazy or brilliant...but it certainly is quite hard to dislike!"

In New Leaf

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

"Char are related to salmon and live in rivers upstream, not generally migrating to the ocean. They prefer colder water and dwell in secluded, clear rivers deep in mountain ranges. Since they tend to hide mostly in between rocks in these cold areas, they can be rather difficult to spot."

The char appears in the middle, left tank of the aquarium.

In New Horizons

"The char is one of the bigger fish around the world, and, in the world of fish, that's quite an accomplishment! They are territorial predators, and therefore must constantly defend their 'turf' from others. So when you see a large char like this one, it is likely a skilled fighter and veteran of many battles. My feathers! I hope it never has cause to go into battle with me!"

Capture quotes

"I caught a large char! I wonder what it tastes like CHAR-broiled..." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a char! Ready, set,!" —Wild World
"I caught a char! Now I'm all charged up!" —City Folk
"I caught a char! How bizarre!" —New Leaf
"I caught a char! Now I'm gonna sit on it!" —New Horizons
Japanese Quotes

「おおイワナを つりあげた! Oh! イワァーナァー!」 —Animal Forest and Animal Forest e+

"I caught a large char! Oh! Larrrge chaaar!" (translation)

「おおイワナを 釣り上げた! こいつは 何年モノかな?」 —New Leaf

"I caught a large char! I wonder if it's vintage?" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Large Char (Wild World) "They made mountain stream fishing famous. They thrive even in the coldest water."
Size 19.5 feet
Habitat Waterfalls
Season Spring to fall
Icon Char (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Char (City Folk)
"Popular among mountain-stream fisherfolk, these can thrive in cold water."
Size About 20 inches
Habitat Waterfalls
Season Spring to fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Char encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a char! How bizarre!"
Size About 20 inches
Habitat Waterfalls
Season Spring to fall

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a char! Now I'm gonna sit on it!"
Habitat River (Clifftop)
Months active (north) March through June, September through November
Months active (south) March through April, May, September through December


Further information


A real life char

The white-spotted char is a member of the genus Salvelinus. It is found in many rivers along the northwestern Pacific coast, and is present in Hokkaido and the northeastern Korean Peninsula. It is an alternative fishing solution to Rainbow Trout for a farming fish because it uses very little resources. Char feed mainly on insects, but can feed on fish and small crustaceans. According to legend, a whale-sized char dwells in the depths of Lake Mashu in Hokkaido.

In other languages

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese オオイワナ Ōiwana
Flag of France small French Omble
Flag of Spain Spanish Trucha
Flag of Germany small German Saibling
Flag of Italy small Italian Salmerino alpino
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Bronforel
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Голец Golets
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 花羔红点鲑 Huāgāohóngdiǎnguī
Flag of South Korea Korean 열목어 Yeolmogeo

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