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Squid Gallery

"I caught a squid! Do they... not actually "bloop"?" —New Horizons (alternate)

The squid is a fish that can be found in the ocean between December and mid-August, at any time of the day. Despite it being called a fish in Animal Crossing series, it is, in fact, a type of mollusk, like (but not directly related to) the octopus.

Donation to the Museum[]

In Animal Forest e+[]

In Wild World[]

Upon donating it to the museum in Wild World, Blathers the curator will say:

"Octopus and squid both have ink, and I've seen squid ink in recipes quite often... Strangely, however, I've never heard of a dish that uses octopus ink! I suppose it's partially due to the fact that octopuses produce very little ink... What ink they DO make is watery and ill-suited for cooking, as well... That said, I've heard that the flavor is not at all repugnant, eh wot? Perhaps an octopus-ink pasta wouldn't be bad..."

After being given to the museum, the squid will appear in the ocean tank of the aquarium, propelling itself around towards the back.

In City Folk[]

In New Leaf[]

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

"People assume squids have legs, but those are actually arms. There are 10 in all; two are used to grab prey. To swim, they twist their fins and expel water from inside their bodies to allow for fluid motion. The ink they shoot when threatened forms into the shape of a squid, acting as a sort of body double."

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, upon presenting Blathers with the fish, Blathers will say:

"Well, first off, squids are members of the mollusk family, just like the octopus. Many mollusks like snails and clams have shells, but the squid's body is almost completely soft. The exception is a long, narrow bit of hard material going through its main body - the last remnant of its shell. Of course, having your shell INSIDE is not a best practice. Perhaps they lost the owner's manual!"

It can be found floating near a plant in the back saltwater fish room.


In New Horizons, certain types of deep-sea creatures can be used for cooking delicious dishes via DIY recipes for "sweet and savory". Squid is an ingredient in a total of 4 recipes:

  • Seafood salad: 1x squid, 1x sweet shrimp
  • Seafood ajillo: 1x tiger prawn, 1x squid, 1x scallop
  • Squid-ink spaghetti: 3x flour, 1x squid
  • Squid-ink curry: 3x flour, 1x squid

Capture quotes[]

"イカを つりあげた! ゲッソ―!" —Animal Forest e+
"I caught a squid! Oh no I squidn't!" —Wild World
"I caught a squid! Oh, yes, I squid!" —City Folk
"I caught a squid! Yes, I did!" —New Leaf
"I caught a squid! It's off the hook!" —New Horizons
"I caught a squid! I had an inkling I might!" —New Horizons (alternate)
"I caught a squid! Do they... not actually "bloop"?" —New Horizons (alternate)

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Squid (Wild World) "Eight of its ten appendages are arms, and the other two are tentacles."
Size 13.7 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Winter to summer
Icon Squid (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Squid (City Folk)
"Eight of the tentacles are legs--the two longer ones are actually arms."
Size About 14 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Winter-Summer

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a squid! Yes, I did!"
Size About 14 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Winter-Summer

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
""I caught a squid! Do they... not actually "bloop?""
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) December to August
Months active (south) June to February


  • Two of the capture quotes in New Horizons are references to Splatoon, another Nintendo franchise.
    • The phrase "It's off the hook!" pays homage to the Splatoon 2 music group Off the Hook.
    • "I had an inkling I might!" is a reference to Splatoon's humanoid squid creatures, the Inklings.
  • The other alternate New Horizons capture quote also pays homage to Bloopers from the Super Mario series.

Further information[]


A squid in real life.

Main article: Japanese flying squid on Wikipedia

The Japanese squid, as it is often called, is a northern Pacific species. It can be found around Japan, Russia, across the Bering Strait, around parts of Alaska and Canada. These squids are a large supply of food for many marine predators. The name "flying" squid refers to their tendency to propel them high out of the water at heights of around 20-30 meters or higher. The reason for this is suspected to be a way to save energy on long migration routes or to avoid predators, but the truth remains uncertain.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese イカ Ika -
France French Calmar -
Spain Spanish Calamar -
Germany German Kalmar -
Italy Italian Calamaro -
The Netherlands Dutch Pijlinktvis -
Russia Russian Кальмар Kal'mar -
China Chinese 鱿鱼/魷魚 Yóuyú -
South Korea Korean 오징어 Ojingeo -

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