Barred Knifejaw

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"I caught a barred knifejaw! I'm really cut up over how to turn that into a pun..." —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a barred knifejaw! With that jaw, it SHOULD be barred!" —Wild World
"I caught a barred knifejaw! Did you do something bad?" —City Folk
"I caught a barred knifejaw! I'll have to use it to cut veggies!" —New Leaf
"I caught a barred knifejaw! They must have a hard time eating!" —New Horizons
Barred Knifejaw
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Scientific name Oplegnathus fasciatus
(barred knifejaw)
Family Oplegnathidae (knifejaws)
Time of year March to November
Time of day All day (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
4pm to 9am (Animal Crossing)
Location Ocean
Size About 60 cm
Shadow size Large (Animal Crossing)
Medium (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Rarity Rare
Selling price 5,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Barred Knifejaw (イシダイ, Ishidai) is a rare fish found in the ocean. This fish can be sold for 5,000 Bells at Tom Nook's store. It appears all day from March to November. A barred knifejaw has black and white stripes and, while in the water, has a shadow within the range of small and medium; the shadow resembles the squid, octopus, and the dab.

The City Folk fish encyclopedia description says the fish has seven white stripes. The information given from the fish encyclopedia gives an official color to the fish: black with white stripes. Along with the other ocean fish, the Barred Knifejaw appears in the back tank when it is donated to the Museum.

Donation to the museum

As with all fish caught in the Animal Crossing series, the barred knifejaw can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Animal Crossing

Blathers will give this speech upon donation:

"Hoo! Indeed, WOO hoo! A barred knifejaw, I believe. Hoo! Hoo, I say! Just look at this magnificent creature! Truly, a king among edible aquatic beasts of the world! Tuna, scallops, oysters, lobsters, salmon, halibut, crabs, barnacles... Well, maybe not barnacles... One would have to be in dire straits indeed to consume a few of those jagged beasties!

"Now then, what say we set this chap up in his new home, eh wot?"

In Wild World

When the player donates this fish, Blathers will say this:

"<Player>, the very fact that you caught this tells me that you are quite a fisher! Oh, a recipe for Barred Knifejaw? I'd recommend putting it in a broth. Grilling makes the flesh rather tough, eh wot?"

In City Folk

When the player donates the barred knifejaw, Blathers will say this:

"Hootie hoo, look at you! You've hauled in a star catch this time! Indeed, simply marvelous work! The Barred Knifejaw is a clever fish that, it's said, requires some rather fancy fishing to catch. Their monotone color scheme certainly paints them as smart, sensible fish in my eyes, eh wot?"

In New Leaf

An information board in the aquarium will display this description of the barred knifejaw after donation:

"Barred knifejaws stand out thanks to the seven stripes adorning their white bodies. Their natural curiosity and strong pull make them a popular target of anglers, but they're no easy catch. They have strong teeth that allow them to make short work of sea creatures with tough shells. This means that both urchins and mollusks need to be careful, lest they become meals for these fish."

In New Horizons

"The barred knifejaw, also called the striped beakfish, is a lovely fish with a distinctive striped pattern. It is reportedly also a very curious fish in that it has been known to approach swimmers to "greet" them. They also tend to be good at avoiding fishing hooks, so well done on outwitting this one!

Encyclopedia information

Wild World


City Folk


Further information

A real life Barred Knifejaw

The striped beakfish, also known as the barred knifejaw, is a tropical fish, generally found in coral reefs and around Japan. It has been seen in Hawaii, but only once. It normally eats invertebrates.


Names in other languages

Korean 돌돔
Barred knifejaw

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
条石鲷 / 條石鯛
tiáoshí diāo
Barred knifejaw

Russian Полосатый оплегнат
Polosatyy oplegnat
Striped beakfish

Dutch Kraaibek Knifejaw

German Schnabelbarsch Knifejaw (lit. "Beak Bass")

European Spanish Dorada japonesa Japanese bream

European French Scarus Parrotfish. Likely a mistranslation

Italian Ishidai Transliteration of Japanese name