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Pale chub Gallery

"I caught a pale chub! That name seems a bit judgy..." —New Horizons

The pale chub (Zacco platypus) is a moderately common to uncommon fish found in the river in all of the Animal Crossing series games. It can be found in the river during the day at every time of the year. In Animal Crossing and Wild World it appeared as a pink-purple fish with a blue side as well as a few gold scales; this is very unlike the true coloration of the species.

Capture Quotes[]

"I caught a pale chub! Looks like it could use a little sun...and a little diet." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a pale chub! It could use some sun." —Wild World
"I caught a pale chub! Chub a dub dub!" —City Folk
"I caught a pale chub! It could use some sun!" —New Leaf
"I caught a pale chub! That name seems a bit judgy..." —New Horizons

Donation to the museum[]

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

"Oh? Is that a fact? It's sometimes called a mountain trout? But it's not a trout! What rot! Well, regardless, I'll see that it gets the proper care. You have my word on it!"

In Wild World[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"You know, I'm sure these are technically edible... Even so, I don't think there are too many people who actually DO eat them, wot? I suppose if one were to batter them with some delectable spices..."

In City Folk[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"The pale chub is a freshwater fish. During its spawning season, it turns a vivid blue, wot wot? But all the eggs do have similarities... Telling what sort of beastie laid the egg is difficult, wot wot? Rather fascinating how a fish normally so plain can put forth such an effort when love is on the line... Perhaps I might stand to adopt that fish philosophy myself, and quite soon!"

In New Leaf[]

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

"These fish are related to carp, with distinguishing features such as long ventral fins and protruding mouths. They have good jumping abilities, which allow them to jump up and grab bugs hanging around the water. They are known as very active fish with rather scrappy attitudes, making them tenacious survivors. During mating season, the male's stomach turns pink and its back turns blue. Females love this."

In New Horizons[]

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

"The pale chub is a river fish with simple black-and-silver coloring. Interestingly, the male's coloring becomes more vibrant when he's trying to attract a mate! Though normally plain, these fellows really known how to look stylish when they want to. Perhaps I could learn a thing or two from the pale chub... "

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Pale chub (Wild World) "They can be caught and eaten year-round! The fisherman's best friend."
Size 5.9 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year
Icon Pale chub (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Pale Chub (City Folk)
"People who fish love this species, which can be caught year-round."
Size About 6 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a pale chub! It could use some sun!"
Size About 6 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-Pale chub
"I caught a pale chub! That name seems a bit judgy..."
Habitat River
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) All year

Further information[]

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Main article: Zacco platypus on Wikipedia

The Pale Chub, also called the Freshwater Minnow (or Pirami in Korea), is an East Asian fish. It is in no danger of becoming threatened or extinct, as it is plentiful in all of its habitats. It lives in fast flowing rivers, streams and lakes where it feeds off of insect larvae, algae and smaller fish. During mating season, the male Pirami changes its color to a more vibrant hue to impress females. They feed more actively in dull conditions, usually during the evening or when the weather is overcast. It is related to the Dark Chub, and is a member of the Cyprinidae.

In other languages[]

Pale chub
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese オイカワ Oikawa -
France French Chevaine -
Spain Spanish Cacho -
Germany German Döbel -
Italy Italian Zacco -
The Netherlands Dutch Japanse drakenvis -
Russia Russian Светлый закко Svetlyy zakko -
China Chinese 溪哥 Xīgē -
South Korea Korean 피라미 Pirami -

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