Giant catfish
おおナマズ Ōnamazu
Giant catfish cut
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Location Price
Unknown 3,000 Bells
Size Shadow size
N/A Very large
Time of year Time of day
June to August 4 pm to 9 am
Scientific name Silurus biwaensis
Family Siluridae
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Regional names Flag of Italy small Pesce gatto gigante
Flag of Spain Siluro gigante
"I caught a giant catfish! (That's because I used a giant mousefish as bait!)" —Animal Crossing

The giant catfish is one of the few river pool fish in Animal Forest, Animal Crossing and Animal Forest e+. It sells for 3,000 Bells. The fish appears between 4 PM and 9 AM, during the months of June, July, and August. It is the larger counterpart of the more common catfish. If it drifts too far down the river into the next acre it will eventually disappear, like other pond fish.

Donation to the museum

In Animal Crossing

When donating to the museum in Animal Crossing, Blathers will give a little speech as follows:

"Hoo my! What a large fish! If I remember correctly, these beasties can only be caught in ponds, wot wot! Catfish whiskers don't actually sting, you know. The 'sting' comes from stiff pectoral barbs located below the gills. Simply ecstatic to have this fine fellow. We'll take good care of him. Hoo! I promise you that!"

Capture quotes

Japanese Quotes

「おおナマズを つりあげた! じしんの はんにんは おまえか!」 —Animal Forest

"I caught a giant catfish! So you're behind the earthquake(s)?!" (translation)


Further information

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The Lake Biwa Catfish (琵琶湖大鯰 Biwa-ko ounamazu?), sometimes called the Giant Lake Catfish, is a very large catfish endemic to Lake Biwa in Japan. It can reach as long as 120cm. This catfish is usually the one related to Japanese mythology. Catfish of large sizes are portrayed to predict or even create earthquakes, which is referenced in its Animal Forest pun.

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