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The Bitterling is a relatively common fish found in all games of the Animal Crossing series. It can be found in the river all day during the months of November to March (May to September on Southern Hemisphere). It sells for 900 Bells, at Nook's Cranny.

Japanese タナゴ Korean 납줄개 Chinese 红目鲫
French Bouvière Italian Rodeo Spanish Amarguillo
German Bitterling Dutch Bittervoorn Russian Горчак
Bitterling NH.png
Scientific name Acheilognathus melanogaster
(Japanese bitterling)
Family Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Time of year November to March (Northern Hemisphere)
May to September (Southern Hemisphere)
Time of day All day
Location River
Size 11 cm
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Common
Selling price 1,300 Bells (Animal Crossing)
900 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances


Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]


"I caught a bitterling! I wonder what makes this little guy so angry..."

Times December - February: All day
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Rarity Unknown
Selling Price   1,300 Bells
Tank Size  

In Wild World[edit]


"I caught a bitterling! So small, so very bitter!"

Description They lay their eggs in live shellfish, so they're easy to raise, but hard to breed.
Times November - February: All Day
Peak Times December - February
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 10 cm
Selling Prices   900 Bells
PAL:   700 Bells
Tank Size  

In City Folk[edit]


"I caught a bitterling! But it's pretty sweet to me!"

Description Easy to raise but tricky to breed, these are hard to find in the wild.
Times November - February: All Day
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size About 4 inches (10 cm)
Selling Prices   900 Bells
Tank Size  

In New Leaf[edit]


""I caught a bitterling! What's it so bitter about?""

Times November - February: All Day
Peak Times December - February: 4 AM - 9PM
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 8cm
Selling Price   900 Bells
Tank Size  

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event Availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 6.4 cm - 9.6 cm
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price   10 Bells
Request Reward   100 Bells, 2   Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a bitterling! It's mad at me, but only a little."

Time of Year North: Nov – Mar
South: May – Sep
Time of Day All day
Location River
Shadow Size X-Small
Total Catch
Selling Prices   Nook's Cranny  900 Bells
  C.J.  1350 Bells
Tank Size  

Donating to the Museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series , the Bitterling can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will follow the donation up with a small talk.

Animal Crossing[edit]

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot!

Wild World[edit]

Blathers will say this as the fish is donated:

"I must say, I've never personally considered eating one of these before. It's so very...goldfishy... No, not particularly tasty-looking, to be sure..."

After donation, the Bitterling can be found in the front tank in the first room.

City Folk[edit]

Blathers will say this when handed the small fish:

"It's quite common for enthusiasts to keep bitterlings in the same tank as tropical fish, eh wot? Indeed, once upon a time, this fish was a popular choice for the private fishing ponds of the rich!"

It can be found swimming around in the middle-left tank in the Aquarium after donation.

New Leaf[edit]

After donating the Bitterling, the following information will be displayed by its tank:

These fish are so small, they can fit their entire body in the palm of your hand. During mating season, the male's belly turns a light orange in order to properly attract a mate. They live in rivers and lakes and deposit eggs in large bivalves where the eggs hatch and live for a while.

The Bitterling can be found in the larger of the two left-hand tanks in the freshwater fish room.

New Horizons[edit]

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

"Bitterlings hide their eggs inside large bivalves—like clams—where the young can stay safe until grown. The bitterling isn't being sneaky. No, their young help keep the bivalve healthy by eating invading parasites! It's a wonderful bit of evolutionary deal making, don't you think? Each one keeping the other safe... Though eating parasites does not sound like a happy childhood... Is that why the fish is so bitter?"

Further Information[edit]

A real life bitterling

The Rhodeus sericeus, or "Bitterling" is a harmless fish that lives in ponds, lakes, marshes, muddy and sandy pools, as well as the backwaters of rivers. It feeds mainly on plant material, but has been known to feed on small insect larvae. The Bitterling lays its eggs in the mantle cavity of mussels. The bitterlings can be found in central and eastern Europe, and are often seen in public aquariums and can be bought for private aquariums. It is a low-risk fish (not under threat).   More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.


Names in other languages[edit]



红目鲫 / 紅目鯽


  Bittervoorn Bitterling

  Bitterling Bitterling


  Bouvière Bitterling

  Rodeo Bitterling