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"I got a pop-eyed goldfish! It looks so...surprised!" —New Horizons
Pop-eyed goldfish Gallery

The pop-eyed goldfish is a rare river fish found throughout the year. Its rarity at the right time of the day is just about equal to that of the goldfish and the guppy, leaving the catch rate of a tiny fish in the day time at around 33% (this is excluding the common loach in spring, bitterling during winter, killifish in GCN and neon tetra in City Folk).

Donation to the museum

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

"Those adorable little fins! Those huge, googly eyes! Even I am helpless in the face of their cuteness! We will take special care of this precious fellow. Welcome to your new home, you darling little fishy!"

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"You should know, the eyes on the popeyed goldfish can occasionally pop out! There's nothing wrong, of course, and if you let the fish be, they go back in. Even so, the first time I witnessed it, MY eyes nearly popped out, wot wot!"

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Popeyed goldfish look like any other ordinary goldfish whilst still juveniles. As they begin to mature, their eyes bulge outward and gradually assume that distinctive appearance. Imagine how appalled you'd be if you brought one home thinking it was a normal goldfish...".

In New Leaf

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

"They're known for their protruding eyes, as the name indicates, but this feature is actually a detriment. Their vision is quite poor, to the point that they will swim past food and frequently bump into things. They are a type of goldfish and get their distinguishing eye pop about two months after birth."

In New Horizons

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

"Pop-eyed goldfish have, as the name suggests, huge round eyes. But as babies they look like other goldfish! As they grow, their eyes begin to pop out and they gain their, hoo, distinct appearance... Imagine the poor fish fancier who unknowingly bought one! Their eyes might well pop out just as far! "


Capture quotes

"I caught a popeyed goldfish! Aw, look...He wants his spinach..." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a popeyed goldfish! I think he's in shock!" —Wild World
"I got a popeyed goldfish! It's bugging out!" —City Folk
"I got a pop-eyed goldfish! It should have eaten its spinach!" —New Leaf
"I got a pop-eyed goldfish! It looks so...surprised!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Pop-eyed goldfish (Wild World).png "Though their eyes are big, their vision are poor."
Size 5.9 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year
Icon Pop-eyed goldfish (Wild World icon).png

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Popeyed Goldfish (City Folk).png
"Though these have big eyes, their vision is quite poor. They use to look like ordinary goldfish, but as they age, they turn darker and their eyes bug out."
Size About 6 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I got a pop-eyed goldfish! It should have eaten its spinach!"
Size About 6 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
Pop eyed goldfish nh.png
"I got a pop-eyed goldfish! It looks so...surprised!"
Habitat Pond
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) All year

Further information

A real-life popeyed goldfish. They are sometimes known as Telescope Goldfish or the Black Moor.

Main article: Telescope (goldfish) on Wikipedia

Carassius auratus, the goldfish, a close relative to the crucian carp, has been domestically bred into an array of different shapes, sizes and colors. The Popeyed Goldfish breed is a harmless fish that once released lives in slow-flowing ponds, ditches, rivers, and lakes. It feeds off of small insects, crustaceans, and plants. It is a specially bred type of goldfish with large, protruding eyes, which to the surprise of some gives it poor eyesight as a result of heavy inbreeding.


  • In Animal Crossing and New Leaf, this fish's pun references the comic strip Popeye, where the sailor named Popeye is known for eating spinach.

In other languages

Pop-eyed goldfish
Language Name
Japan Japanese デメキン Demekin
France French Cyprin doré
Spain Spanish Pez telescopio
Germany German Teleskopauge
Italy Italian Pesce telescopio
The Netherlands Dutch Telescoopooggoudvis
Russia Russian Телескоп Teleskop
China Chinese 龙睛金鱼/龍晴金魚 Lóngjīngjīnyú
South Korea Korean 툭눈금붕어 Tungnungeumbungeo

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