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Killifish Gallery

"I caught a killifish! The streams are safe again." —New Horizons

The killifish is a tiny fish found in the holding pond between the months of April and August at any time of the day. In the GCN games, it is also found in the river.

If given to Wendell in City Folk, the player will receive a Water Puddle pattern.

Donation to the museum[]

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

"Hoo hoo! Hullo, little fishy! Aren't we a tiny little fellow! Adorable! Why, I believe it stuck its tongue out at me! Hoo-rumph! Nevertheless, we'll take care of the little blighter! I'll keep an eye on this mischief-maker myself!"

In Wild World[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"I heard that killifish recipes are common all around the world. Sadly, I've seen nary one, not that I searched... I haven't a clue as to their taste, even. It IS a fish, though, I can say that!"

In City Folk[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"...Hoo, here's a morsel of interest--killifish are often used in observational studies... This is because they are translucent, wot? Indeed, their innards can be seen clearly from without! In earlier times, folks used killifish to discover how a body processed food. Well, suffice to say, the killifish is a marvelous little wonder that gives people a true eyeful!"

The killifish can be found in the left tube tank.

In New Leaf[]

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

"Killifish are small, travel in schools, and are known for having eyes higher up on their faces than others. They swim in shallow areas in rivers and mostly eat bugs that float on the surface of the water. This is why they have mouths as high up their faces as their eyes, making them effective hunters. Being the same temperature as the water they inhabit, getting grabbed by warm hands can shock them."

In New Horizons[]

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

"Ah, the magnificent killifish! Did you know there are over 1,000 different species? My own favorite killifish species are the mangrove, which can live on land for weeks, breathing air! And the mummichog, the first fish ever brought to space. I wonder if the killifish you've brought me is related to either those intrepid explorers?"

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a killifish! Killer!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a killifish! What's the dilly, fish?" —Animal Crossing: Wild World
"I caught a killifish! Bet you feel silly, fish!" —Animal Crossing: City Folk and Let's Go to the City
"I caught a killifish! Maybe I'll put it in a chili dish!" —New Leaf
"I caught a killifish! The streams are safe again." —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Killifish (Wild World) "Though small, they're efficient breeders."
Size 1.6 inches
Habitat Ponds
Season Spring and summer
Icon Killifish (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Killifish (City Folk)
"Once common to small rivers and waterways, it's now rare to find these in the wild."
Size About 1.6 inches
Habitat Ponds
Season Spring through summer

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Killifish encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a killifish! Maybe I'll put it in a chili dish!"
Size About 1.6 inches
Habitat Ponds
Season Spring through summer

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
Killifish nh
"I caught a killifish! The streams are safe again."
Habitat Pond
Months active (north) April to August
Months active (south) Unknown

Further information[]


A real life killifish

Main article: Japanese rice fish on Wikipedia

It is unclear what sort of killifish appears in Animal Crossing series. Judging by the size estimated within the built-in encyclopedia, it could be a Moonlight Medaka or "Japanese Rice Fish." However, all killifish have common traits, noticeably, their translucent skin which has made them an interest in biology due to the visibility of their digestive system. They are a harmless, common, aquarium fish.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese メダカ Medaka -
France French Fondule barré -
Spain Spanish Killi -
Germany German Killifisch -
Italy Italian Killifish -
The Netherlands Dutch Killivis -
Russia Russian Оризия Oriziya -
China Chinese 稻田鱼/稻田魚 Dàotiányú -
South Korea Korean 송사리 Songsari -

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