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Sea bass Gallery

"I caught a sea bass! No, wait- it's at least a C+!" —New Horizons

The sea bass is a common oceanic fish in the Animal Crossing series. It occurs all day and year-round. This fish has a large shadow size that varies through the games but is often caught by those expecting a much more valuable fish. Once the most common ocean fish, this title has now been claimed by the horse mackerel, which sells for even less in later games.

It is often considered as a constant annoyance to those who seek more valuable fish and mistake it for the only slightly larger blue marlin or coelacanth, a point that is referenced even in the player's text in several games. In Wild World, it is the same size as the coelacanth, and it is impossible to separate on shadow alone. One thing the sea bass is good for is the fishing tourney, as its large size and its availability make it a good fish to submit to Chip. In New Horizons however, the fishing tourney has completely changed to remove the big fish competition, thus removing this aspect.

Donation to the museum[]

Like all fish and insects in Animal Crossing, the sea bass can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. He will tell the player some information about it when donating it.

In Animal Crossing[]

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot! We will take excellent care of this fellow, oh yes. You can rest assured. Excellent care, indeed."

In Wild World[]

"The sea bass is a fleshy white fish with a rather delicate flavor, eh wot? It's tasty prepared any which way, but I recommend a non-traditional dish...Sashimi! Indeed, consume the fellow raw! You shan't be disappointed!"

In City Folk[]

"...Ah, hoo, the sea bass. In some parts of the world, these fish have a different name as juveniles. They change names once they mature, eh wot? What's more, these names can differ from region to region... It's almost as if the sea bass is some sort of secret agent, eh wot?'""

The sea bass will appear in the ocean fish tank located at the back of the aquarium section of the museum.

In New Leaf[]

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

"Sea bass are famous for their delicious white meat as well as their large size. If they ingest something inedible, they open up their mouths and gills and violently shake their heads. This generally manages to expel the foreign material, though it has the added effect of looking rather odd. Much like their freshwater cousins, sea bass have a strong pull, making them a great challenge for anglers."

In New Horizons[]

"Sea bass is a name given to a variety of different species of saltwater fish. They are a varied bunch with some as small as four inches and some as staggeringly ginormous as eight feet! 'Sea bass' is a bit pedestrian though. Many species have better names, such as 'redbanded perch.' Or the delightfully whimsical dusky grouper! Or the potato cod! WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE PINK MAOMAO?!"

Fishing Tourney[]

Animal Crossing[]

When given to Chip he says:

"Whoa there! This is no bass! Well, OK, technically, it is a bass. But...not the right kind of bass at all!
And I hate to tell you, but we're only accepting ONE type of bass in this tourney.
I WOULD take a dish of miso-glazed sea bass if you had that handy. Yup! Nyuuuk nyuk nyuk nyuk!
So, do you think I could, you know, possibly, maybe just keep this? Huh?"


In New Horizons, certain types of fish can be used for cooking delicious dishes via DIY recipes for "sweet and savory". Sea bass is an ingredient in a total of 2 recipes:

  • Sea bass pie: 3x flour, 1x sea bass
  • Grilled sea bass with herbs: 1x sea bass, 5x clump of weeds

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a sea bass! See? Bass! (Why do I keep saying things like that?)" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a sea bass! Not again!" —Wild World
"I caught a sea bass! Not you again!" —City Folk
"I caught a sea bass! See? A bass!" —New Leaf (Only appears upon first catch)
"I caught a sea bass! What?! You again?!" —New Leaf (Every time after first catch)
"I caught a sea bass! No, wait- it's at least a C+!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Sea bass (Wild World) "They put up a fight, but it's worth it."
Size 3.25 feet
Habitat Ocean
Season All year
Icon Sea bass (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Sea Bass (City Folk)
"You can use a lure to catch this fish in the sea. Not an easy fish to bring in!"
Size About 40 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season All year

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Sea bass encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a sea bass! What?! You again?!"
Size About 40 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season All year

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-Sea bass
"I caught a sea bass! No, wait- it's at least a C+"
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) Unknown

Further information[]


A sea bass in real life.

Main article: Japanese sea bass on Wikipedia

The Japanese sea bass (Lateolabrax japonicus), also called the Japanese sea perch, and known as Suzuki (スズキ) in Japanese, is a common fish of estuaries and coastlines. They have different names depending on their age: they are called Seigo (鮬) when they are under 30 cm, and when around 60 cm they are alternatively termed Fukko or Suzuki.


  • In New Leaf, the sea bass seems to be the only fish to have more than one capture quote.
  • In City Folk, there is a trick to determining whether the player is looking at a sea bass or a coelacanth: the sea bass shadow is fatter up front, whereas the coelacanth shadow is longer and more uniform overall.

In other languages[]

Sea bass
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese スズキ Suzuki -
France French Bar commun -
Spain Spanish Lubina -
Germany German Seebarsch -
Italy Italian Spigola -
The Netherlands Dutch Zeebaars -
Russia Russian Морской судак Morskoy sudak -
China Chinese 鲈鱼/鱸魚 Lúyú -
South Korea Korean 농어 Nongeo -

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