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Artwork of Oarfish
Real-world info
Name: Regalecus glesne

Family: Regalecidae (oarfishes)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Pez remo
 Pesce remo
 Сельдяной король
 Pez remo

The Oarfish (リュウグウノツカイ, Ryūgūnotsukai) is a fish that can be found in the sea between December and May. It first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and can be sold for 9000 Bells.

Catch details

In New Leaf


"I caught an oarfish! Good, I needed a paddle!"

Time of year Dec - May
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Shadow size Huge
Fish size 580 cm
Selling price  9,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 2.0

In Pocket Camp



Event availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Huge
Fish size 501.1 cm - 658.7 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling price  6,000 Bells
Request reward  2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stones (1.6%)

In New Horizons


"I caught an oarfish! I hope I catch morefish!"

Time of year North: Dec – May
South: Jun – Nov
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Shadow size Huge
Spawn requirement Catch 50 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 9,000 Bells
 C.J. 13,500 Bells
Furniture size 3.0 x 2.0

Donating to the museum

In New Leaf

The information board in front of the tank that holds the Oarfish says the following:

"Oarfish are deep-sea dwelling fish with long, thin, silver bodies and one red fin lining their backs. They can reach lengths of over 10 yards (9 meters), making them huge and striking fish. They usually swim by twisting their long, thin bodies, but they can also swim in more vertical positions. Their mouths are small compared to their bodies and they have no teeth, so they're large but not imposing."

In New Horizons

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"The oarfish is a long, eel-like fish that can supposedly reach up to 36 feet in length. They appear in various legends as things like messengers of the gods. It seems to me a creature like that could explain the myth of massive, ship-crushing sea serpents. It is, of course, well documented that people tend to exaggerate the size of "the one that got away"."

When donated, the Oarfish can be found in the north-eastern-most room of the fish exhibit, in the "sea" tank which is near the submersible and diving suit. It shares this tank with the Barreleye, Coelacanth, and Football Fish.

Fishing Tourney

In New Leaf

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a Oarfish, Chip will say the following:

"Ooh, I hear bad things about oarfish. People say they're too oily. Nope, not very tasty at all! Bad news! So yeah, I guess I'd better not eat it. I mean, it DOES make sense. Oars are for paddlin', not eatin'!"


Real-world information

Oarfish are most probably the origin of the sea serpent mythology. The king of herrings species has a published length of 11 meters (36 ft), with smaller members of the family ranging from 4.6 m (15 ft) up. Due to the consistency of their skin, oarfish rarely are caught alive.

Names in other languages

Japanese リュウグウノツカイ
ryūgū no tsukai
(lit. "messenger from the Dragon Palace")

Korean 산갈치

Simplified Chinese 皇带鱼
huáng dàiyú
(lit. "royal cutlassfish")

Traditional Chinese 皇帶魚

Russian Сельдяной король
Sel'dyanoy korol'

Dutch Riemvis Oarfish
(lit. "belt-fish")

German Riemenfisch Oarfish
(lit. "belt-fish")

European Spanish Pez remo Oarfish

European French Poisson-ruban Oarfish
(lit. "ribbon fish")

Italian Pesce remo Oarfish