ウグイ Ugui
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Location Price
River 200 Bells
Size Shadow size
14 in. 35 cm Medium
Time of year Time of day
All year 4 pm to 9 am
Scientific name Tribolodon hakonensis
Family Cyprinidae - Carps/Minnows
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Fairly Common (★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Vandoise
Flag of Germany small Hasel
Flag of Italy small Lasca
Flag of Spain Leucisco
"I caught a dace! Wrong place, Mr. Dace!" —New Leaf

The dace (ウグイ Ugui?) is a fairly common fish that can be found swimming in rivers. It is worth 200 bells. Daces are moderately easy to catch and probably will not make a player win the Fishing Tourney due to its small size. Its appearance has changed throughout the games, with its winter apparel being present in all games except City Folk where it is adorned with its summer colors. Its abundance fluctuates throughout the year.

Donation to the museum

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

"This is one of those fish that seem to mysteriously disappear from time to time. Drives fishermen batty, wot! Have no fear, dear friend! You're leaving this beauty in very good wings, hmmm? Hoo! Owl humor. Hoo hoo!"

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"I can't say I've ever seen this on a menu... To be honest, I can see why! It's rather bony...and one must consider the stench... No, none too appetizing."

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Most fishermen think of dace as a bit of a nuisance because they interfere with catching more desired fish. This fish cares not... During spawning season, the dace dons a bright orange stripe across its belly! Even nuisance fish get the urge to dress up and strut a bit, eh wot?"

In New Leaf

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

"Dace can live in cloudier, murkier water than most but are easy to see as their numbers are so plentiful. They are related to carp, and some species of face live in the ocean as well as rivers and streams. During mating season, the bellies of the males develop an orange stripe to indicate their intent to mate."

Capture quotes

"I caught a dace! Daces wild!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a dace! Dace in the hole!" —Wild World
"I caught a dace! Wooo! In your face!" —City Folk
Japanese Quotes

ウグイを つりあげた! なんか、マイナー。」 —Animal Forest

" I caught a dace! It's somewhat minor." (translation)

ウグイを 釣り上げた! なんか、マイナー?」 —New Leaf

"I caught a dace! Isn't it somewhat minor?" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Dace (Wild World) "They're just the Average Joe of the fish world."
Size 13.7 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year
Icon Dace (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Dace (City Folk)
"These are often underrated as common because they go for almost any bait."
Size About 14 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All Year

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a dace! Wrong place, Mr. Dace!"
Size About 14 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All Year


Further information


The name dace refers to a large number of species of ray-finned fish in the Cyprinidae family and includes other fish beyond those that have the common name "dace". They usually inhabit rivers and fast-flowing water. The species in Animal Crossing is known as the big-scaled redfin and exhibits vibrant changes of coloration in the summer.

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