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This article is about the deep-sea creature. For the the fish, see Octopus (fish). For the villager species, see Octopus (villager).
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"I got an octopus! It can give four hugs at once!" —New Horizons

The octopus is a benthic creature found at the bottom of the sea in New Leaf and New Horizons. Diving is the only way of capturing it. In previous games, the octopus was obtained by fishing.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Leaf[]

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

"Many people think octopuses have eight legs, but those are not legs. Their tentacles are actually arms. They have a strange anatomy, with their head located between their body and arms. The flexible arms are perfect for catching all kinds of crab, shrimp, and shellfish, especially in reefs. When attacked by predators, octopuses emit a black ink that spreads through the water. This greatly reduces visibility and allows them to escape, making them highly skilled at disappearing."

In New Horizons[]

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

"With its eight limbs, three hearts, and surprisingly big brain, the octopus is quite the wonder. It is also an escape artist like no other! You see, the octopus has specialized skin cells that can change color and texture with lightening speed. Thus it can look for all the world like a patch of seabed one minute...and a pile of rocks the next! But the deception doesn't stop there, wot wot. When attacked by a predator, the octopus releases a cloud of ink and -POOF- makes its escape. Let's just call the octopus what it is, shall we? The ninja of the deep!"

Capture quotes[]

"I got an octopus! Find out about it on my podcast!" —New Leaf
"I got an octopus! It can give four hugs at once!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information[]

New Leaf[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
"I got an octopus! Find out about it on my podcast!"
Size About 18 inches
Time All day
Season March to July,
September to January

New Horizons[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
"I got an octopus! It can give four hugs at once!"
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) All year

Further information[]

Main article: Octopus on Wikipedia

The octopus in New Leaf is the East Pacific Red Octopus (Octopus rubescens).

Octopus rubescens generally grows to a mantle length of 8–10 cm, and arm length of 30–40 cm. Adult weight is generally 100-150 grams, however occasionally animals up to 400 grams in weight have been observed. Like all octopuses, O. rubescens can change its color and texture, making its appearance highly variable. Color can vary from a deep brick red, to brown, to white, or mottled mixtures of the three.

The octopus in New Horizons is the California Two-Spot Octopus (Octopus bimaculoides).

Octopus bimaculoides reaches a mantle size of 17.5 cm (7 inches) with arms to 58 cm (23 inches). Not usually heavily textured, it has several common colors, such as grey with yellow splotches, and uses highly developed crypsis (camouflage or color-changing to match the environment).

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese タコ Tako -
France French Poulpe -
Spain Spanish Pulpo -
Germany German Oktopus -
Italy Italian Polpo -
China Chinese 章魚/章鱼 zhāngyú -

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