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"I caught a puffer fish! Ouch!" —New Leaf

The puffer fish (ハリセンボン, Harisenbon?) is a famous fish that appears in the ocean. It first appeared in Animal Forest e+ where it occured in the seas around the Private Island all year. In Wild World and City Folk it can be found between the months of July and September. It is uncommon in all games.

Donation to the museum

In Animal Forest e+

Wild World

"Puffer fish are tastier then they look, you know! Not at all rubbery! Just imagine if you could inflate them, THEN eat them! POP! Delicious! That would be a hit with the kids, eh wot?"

In City Folk

Upon donating the puffer fish to Blathers in the museum, he will say:

"If you actually bother to count them, the average puffer fish is said to have around 400 spines on it. Oh, and in case you don't know, while the puffer fish may look like a blowfish, it is NOT poisonous. So, on the whole, this fish is much less fearsome than it looks... Or perhaps it just believes in fair play, wot?"

It can be found in the back ocean tank, with other ocean fish. It spends time as the non-puffed fish, then will puff up and show its spines when another fish comes too close.

In New Leaf

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

"As expected, all puffer fish are covered in spines. While related to the blowfish, they are not poisonous. Exaggerated claims about the fish say they have 1,000 spines; the true number is between 300 and 400. When threatened, they suck in water and air to puff themselves up in order to intimidate enemies."

In New Horizons

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

"Like its cousin the blowfish, when the puffer fish feels threatened it inflates into a spiky balloon. The biggest difference between them is that the puffer fish is not deadly poisonous like its kin. So while it may look scary, the substantially reduced risk to life and limb makes it much better company."

Capture quotes

"ハリセンボンを 釣り上げた! イタ~イ!" —Animal Forest e+
"(translated)I caught a porcupine fish! It hurts!" —Animal Forest e+
"I caught a puffer fish! So cute! So painful!" —Wild World
"I caught a puffer fish! Aww... Or should I say 'OW?!'" —City Folk
"I caught a puffer fish! I thought you would be tougher, fish!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Puffer fish (Wild World) "Each puffer fish has about 400 needles. They're related to blowfish, but aren't poisonous.."
Size 13.7 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer
Icon Puffer fish (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Puffer Fish (City Folk)
"I caught a puffer fish! Aww... Or should I say 'OW?!'"
Size About 14 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Puffer fish encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a puffer fish! Ouch!"
Size About 14 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
55. Igelfisch
"I caught a puffer fish! I thought you would be tougher, fish!"
Habitat Ocean
Months active (north) Unknown
Months active (south) Unknown


Further information

Puffer fish

A real-life puffer fish.

As a defense mechanism, puffers have the ability to inflate rapidly, filling their extremely elastic stomachs with water (or air when outside the water) until they are almost spherical in shape. Thus, a hungry predator stalking the puffers may suddenly find itself facing what seems to be a much larger fish and pause, giving the puffers an opportunity to retreat to safety. When lifted out of water there is a risk that puffers may inflate with air. This may result in problems deflating again afterward. When this happens with aquarium specimens, the recommended course of action for fish keepers is to hold the puffer underwater by the tail, head upwards, and shake the fish gently until the air escapes out of the mouth.

In other languages

Puffer fish
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ハリセンボン Harisenbon
Flag of France small French Poisson-porc-épic
Flag of Spain Spanish Pez erizo
Flag of Germany small German Igelfisch
Flag of Italy small Italian Pesce istrice
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Egelvis
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 刺豚 Cìtún
Flag of South Korea Korean 가시복 Gasibo

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