Freshwater goby
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Freshwater goby encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
River 300 Bells
Size Shadow size
6 in. 15 cm Small (AC, CF, NL),
Tiny (WW)
Time of year Time of day
All year 4 pm to 9 am
Scientific name Odontobutis obscura
Family Gobiidae - Gobies
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Uncommon (★★★) - Scarce (★★★★)
Regional names Flag of Germany small Flussgrundel
Flag of Italy small Ghiozzo
Flag of France small Gobie d'eau douce
Flag of Spain Gobio de rio
"I caught a freshwater goby! You fresh, goby!" —New Leaf

The freshwater goby is a rare fish that can be caught in the river in every game during the night. Despite its apparent rarity, it sells for only 300 Bells.

Donation to the museum

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

"A friend of mine claims that freshwater goby tastes fantastic on pizza. What a loon, eh wot?

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"This round little fish may look like a mild-mannered goby at first...but it's actually quite aggressive. The freshwater goby is known for its tendency to try to eat anything that will fit in its mouth... Rather shocking, really. I'm quite glad this little piggy's mouth is nowhere near owl-sized, eh wot?"

After donation, the freshwater goby can be found in the middle-left tank.

In New Leaf

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

"These short and stocky river-dwelling fish have a lot of slender teeth for tearing apart other fish. Freshwater gobies dig holes under rocks in riverbeds to make nests for eggs, which the males guard. Other fish breeds take advantage of this protective quality and often lay eggs in goby nests."

Capture quotes

"I caught a freshwater goby! Go me, goby!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a freshwater goby! Now, go be in my pocket!" —Wild World
"I caught a freshwater goby! Goby? Go, me!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Freshwater goby (Wild World) "To keep from getting swept away, they use suction cups to stabilize themselves. They have an audible cry."
Size 5.9 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All Year
Icon Freshwater goby (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Freshwater Goby (City Folk)
"These nocturnal fish spend the day hiding under rocks"
Size About 6
Habitat Rivers
Season All Year

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Freshwater goby encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a freshwater goby! You fresh, goby!"
Size About 6
Habitat Rivers
Season All Year


Further information

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The freshwater goby is typically a native fish to tropical and temperate areas of Asia. There are numerous types of these so-called fish, known as haaze in Japan. All live in freshwater rivers where they scavenge the riverbed for prey.

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