ドラド Dorado
Dorado encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
River 15,000 Bells
Size Shadow size
36 in. 91 cm Very Large
Time of year Time of day
June to September 4 am to 9 pm
Scientific name Salminus maxillosus
Family Characidae
Appearances WW, CF, NL
Rarity Rare (★★★★★)
Regional names Flag of Germany small Goldmakrele
Flag of Italy small Corifena
Flag of France small Dorade
Flag of Spain Dorado
"I caught a dorado! I should make that my motto!" —New Leaf

The dorado is a very rare golden fish that appears during the summer months. The name comes from the Spanish word of the same context, referring to a shining golden color. It is sometimes considered the summer equivalent of the stringfish. This fish is diurnal, meaning it can only be seen during the daylight, or, more specifically, 4am - 9pm.

Donation to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the dorado can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers will say:

"Hoo my! Congratulations are in order! You've finally caught one, eh wot? Did the mighty dorado put up a good scrum? You've passed the test! You're initiated into the secret club of fisher folk!"

It can be found in the middle tank, after donating it to museum.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"My hoo, I never dreamed someone in this town would hook a dorado! It's a fish that lives up to the image of El Dorado it conjures... I could gaze upon it all day!"

It can be found in the right tank after donating it to the museum.

In New Leaf

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

"Dorado means "golden" in Spanish. As the name would indicate, these fish are gold and have black dots. They look like salmon but are very toothy, carnivorous, and related to piranha. They're such ferocious fish that other fish regularly flee from them, fearful of becoming a snack. Their ferocious natures and power make them a prize catch among anglers."

It can be found in the large tank at the top of the room in the river section of the aquarium.

Capture quotes

"Whoa! A golden fish. I think this is a dorado! Who knew they lived here!?" —Wild World
"I caught a dorado! I should make that my motto!" —New Leaf
"I caught a dorado! Now that's rad-o!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Dorado (Wild World) "Dorado" means "golden," and this fish is that! Everybody wants to catch one once!"
Size 3.25 feet
Habitat Rivers
Season Summer
Icon Dorado (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Dorado (City Folk)
"Dorado" means "golden". Anyone who fishes would love to catch one."
Size About 40 inches
Habitat River Pools
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Dorado encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a dorado! I should make that my motto!"
Size About 40 inches
Habitat River Pools
Season Summer


Further information


A real life dorado

Dorado is Spanish for golden, a suitable name for such a shining fish. In real life they are frequently confused with the Mahi-mahi, Coryphaeus hippurus (dolphin fish) also called the dorado, which is the name of an oceanic fish that it is unrelated to and does not appear in Animal Crossing. The two real life species of "freshwater" dorado are Salminus maxillosus and Salminus hilarii. This fish can be found in the rivers of South America, most notably the Parana River of Argentina, and its tributaries, and it isn't as rare as Animal Crossing makes it out to be.

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