おおイワナ Ooiwana
Char encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
Waterfall 10,000 Bells (AC),
3,800 Bells (WW, CF, NL)
Size Shadow size
20 in. 50 cm Large (AC),
Medium (WW,CF,NL)
Time of year Time of day
March to June, September to November 4am-9 am, 4pm-9pm (Mar-Jun)
4am-9pm (Sept-Nov)
Scientific name Salvelinus leucomaenis
Family Salmonidae - Salmon
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of Italy small Salmerino alpino
Flag of France small Omble
Flag of Germany small Saibling
Flag of Spain Trucha
"I caught a char! How bizarre!" —New Leaf

The char (large char in games prior to Wild World) is freshwater fish found in all games. It is associated with waterfalls, and in all games the fish is fairly common and sells for a high price. 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.

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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.

Capture quotes

"I caught a large char! I wonder what it taste 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
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


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.

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