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Goldfish Gallery

"I caught a goldfish! It's worth its weight in fish!" —New Horizons

The goldfish is a rare river fish that can be found throughout the year. It is found in the holding pond in New Horizons. It is one of the smallest fish at 15 centimeters long. Like its relative, the popeyed goldfish, it appears in a goldfish bowl when placed in the house.

Donation to the museum[]

The goldfish can be donated to the museum in game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Animal Crossing[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Those adorable little fins! Those huge googly eyes! Even I am helpless in the face of their cuteness!"

In Wild World[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Hoo, in my youth, I once had a goldfish in my room. His name was Sir Blathers. Goldfish are actually quite sociable creatures, eh wot? At least they are when they're being fed, that is. Who can resist them?"

It appears in the first tank in the aquarium.

In City Folk[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Hoo now... Do you know how large goldfish can get? Well, they can grow up to... ONE FOOT LONG! The growth of a goldfish in a tank is inhibited by tank size, so you rarely see them that big, I'd imagine. Even so, our tanks here at the museum are spacious... so expect our new goldfish to make a BIG splash! ...Hoo now? Not at all funny, you say?"

It can be found in the small tube-tank in the aquarium.

In New Leaf[]

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

"These are aquarium fish that came about by selectively breeding types of crucian carp. It took hundreds of years to get the long tail fin and beautiful color of the current breed. Even red goldfish are black when they are young and still retain some other vestiges of the crucian carp. They turn red as they grow, thus gaining their much more commonly known look."

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Goldfish are so cute and delicate... but do you know how big they can get? Why, they can grow up to... a foot in length! Well, sometimes. The size of the tank they're kept in tends to restrict their growth. And just how big will this goldfish get in our large museum tank? I look forward to finding out!"

Capture quote[]

"I caught a goldfish! Worth it's weight Great." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a goldfish! Worth it's weight!" —Wild World
"I caught a goldfish! There's gold in them there fish! (Not really...)" —City Folk
"I caught a goldfish! It's worth its weight in fish!" —New Horizons


"きんぎょが つれた!あかくって、フリフリー!" —Animal Forest

(Rough) Translation:

"I caught a goldfish! It's overwhelming [in its beauty]!" —Animal Forest

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Goldfish (Wild World) "A member of the carp family, it's bred for beauty. However, unlike carp, goldfish have no whiskers."
Size 5.9 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year
Icon Goldfish (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Goldfish (City Folk)
"Selectively bred crucian carp, the majority of these were the result of mutations."
Size About 6 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a goldfish! It's worth its weight in gold!"
Size About 6 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a goldfish! It's worth its weight in fish!"
Habitat Pond
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) All year

Further information[]


A real-life goldfish

Main article: Goldfish on Wikipedia

The goldfish featured in Animal Crossing is the Fantail breed, which is the western variation of the Ryukin ("Dragon family") breed. It has two fins instead of one, an egg shaped body, a high dorsal fin and lacks a shoulder hump. They appear to have a distaste for cold waters. Goldfish have been bred into a wide array of shapes, sizes, and even colours.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese キンギョ Kingyo -
France French Poisson rouge -
Spain Spanish Pez dorado -
Germany German Goldfisch -
Italy Italian Pesce rosso -
The Netherlands Dutch Goudvis -
Russia Russian Золотая рыбка Zolotaya rybka -
China Chinese 金鱼/金魚 Jīnyú -
South Korea Korean 금붕어 Geumbungeo -

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