ドジョウ Dojou
Loach encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
River 300 Bells
Size Shadow size
8.60 in. 21 cm Tiny (AC, WW)
Small (CF, NL)
Time of year Time of day
March to May All day
Scientific name Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Cantor, 1842)
Family Cobitidae- True Loaches
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL , PC
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of Italy small Cobite
Flag of Spain Locha
Flag of Germany small Bachschmerle
Flag of France small Loche
"I caught a loach! It wasn't hard to approach!" —New Leaf

The loach is a fish found in the river at all times of the day during the months of March through to May, making it the only fish restricted to the season of Spring. It is much harder to find during May.

Donation to the museum

The loach can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. During the donation, Blathers will say the following about the loach:

In Animal Crossing

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot!"

In Wild World

"Hoo! You gave me a start! I thought you said "roach"! ...Hoo hoo! What a relief! When I hear loach, I think of a friend of mine who makes smoothies of them. It sounds repellent, I know, and to be honest, it is. Hoo, I say! The stench!"

In City Folk

"The loach is a slippery, somewhat vile-looking fish...but in truth, it can be quite useful, wot? For ages, some cultures used the loach as a poison treatment. It also tastes great in a hot pot... A bit of wisdom for the day, eh wot? One must never judge a person, or a fish, by its appearance..."

The loach can be found in the middle-left tank.

In New Leaf

Loaches are rather small fish that make their habitats in rivers and muddy water. They have 10 whiskers around their mouths with taste buds built in for tasting sweetness and bitterness. Loaches can breathe through their intestines as well as their gills - a rather unique quality of the species. They push their mouths above the surface of the water to inhale, exhaling through their tail regions. Making stew with loaches and burdock root is known to improve stamina, or so people believe.

Capture quotes

"I caught a loach! You don't suppose its Hylian, do you?" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a loach! I'm the loach coach!" —Wild World
"I caught a loach! Don't enroach on my loach!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Loach (Wild World) "Sucker-shaped mouths help them bottom-feed. To control their vertical position in the water, they inhale air and pass gas. Shocking!"
Size 7.8 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring
Icon Loach (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Loach (City Folk)
"These use their whiskers to taste the environment and search for food."
Size About 8 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Loach encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a loach! It wasn't hard to approach!"
Size About 8 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring


Further information

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It is unclear what type of loach appears in Animal Crossing, due to the vast varieties of loaches that exist, but it is most likely the Chinese Weatherfish, also known as Dojo Loach (it may also be one of the Acantopsis genus). The fish in City Folk appears to be a different species.


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