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Loach Gallery

"I caught a loach! It's ... looking at me with reproach." —New Horizons

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."

In New Horizons

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

"Loaches are a large group of bottom-feeding freshwater fish. Because there are so many species, it is difficult to generalize about them all. The one thing they all have in common is perhaps their most unappealing trait; the name 'loach.' Repellent, isn't it? They should have just called it the 'cockloach' and been done with it, eh wot! Loach...loach... It just tastes terrible in the beak."

A single loach can be found in the pond tank in the museum.

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
"I caught a loach! It wasn't hard to approach!" —New Leaf
"I caught a loach! It's ... looking at me with reproach." —New Horizons

Japanese Quotes

"どじょうこをつりあげた!どじょうこどじょうこ!" —'Animal Forest
"どじょうこを釣り上げた!どじょうこどじょうこ!" —'Animal Forest e+

Translation of both

"I caught a dojouko [loach]! Dojouko dojouko!" —Animal Forest and Animal Forest e+

In Animal Forest e+'Animal Forest e+Animal Forest e+​, text that was previously only in hiragana has had some words converted to kanji.

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Loach (Wild World).png "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).png

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Loach (City Folk).png
"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).jpg
"I caught a loach! It wasn't hard to approach!"
Size About 8 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a loach! It's ... looking at me with reproach."
Habitat River
Months active (north) March through May
Months active (south) September through November

Further information

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Main article: Pond loach on Wikipedia

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.


In other languages

Language Name
Japan Japanese ドジョウ Dojō
France French Loche d'étang
Spain Spanish Locha
Germany German Bachschmerle
Italy Italian Cobite
The Netherlands Dutch Modderkruiper
Russia Russian Вьюн V'yun
China Chinese 泥鳅/泥鰍 Níqiū
South Korea Korean 미꾸라지 Mikkuraji

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