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"I caught a loach! I'm in the loach coach!" —Wild World
Japanese ドジョウ Korean 미꾸라지 Chinese 泥鳅
French Loche d’étang Italian Cobite Spanish Locha
German Bachschmerle Dutch Modderkruiper Russian Вьюн
Loach NH.png
Scientific name Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
(pond loach)
Family Cobitidae (true loaches)
Time of year March to May
Time of day All day
Location River
Size 20 cm
Shadow size Small/Medium
Rarity Common
Rare (Pocket Camp)
Selling price 300 Bells
400 Bells New Horizons
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Loach is a fish found in the river at times of the day from March through to May. Its shadow size is between small/medium. It is common to find in March, but rarer to find in May.

Catch details

In Animal Crossing


"I caught a loach! You don't suppose it's Hylian, do you?"

Times March - May: All day
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Rarity Unknown
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk


"I caught a loach! Don't encroach on my loach!"

Description These use their whiskers to taste the environment and search for food.
Times Mach - May: All Day
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size About 8 inches (20 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf


""I caught a loach! It wasn't hard to approach!""

Times March - May: All Day
Peak Times March - April: 9 AM to 4 PM
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 20cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp



Event Availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 16.7 cm - 23.3 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate 2.6087 %
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (20%)

In New Horizons


"I caught a loach! It's...looking at me with reproach."

Time of Year North: Mar – May
South: Sep – Nov
Time of Day All day
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 600 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum

The Loach can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers. During the donation, Blathers will say the following about the Loach:

In Wild World

"When I hear loach, I think of a friend of mine who makes smoothies of them. It sounds repellent, I know and to be honest, it is. Hop I say! The stench!"

In City Folk

"The loach is a slippery, somewhat vile-looking fish...but in truth, it can be quite useful, wot? For ages, some cultures used the loach as a poison treatment. It also tastes great in a hot pot... A bit of wisdom for the day, eh wot? One must never judge a person, or a fish, by its appearance..."

In New Leaf

"Loaches are rather small fish that make their habitats in rivers and muddy water. They have 10 whiskers around their mouths with taste buds built in for tasting sweetness and bitterness. Loaches can breathe through their intestines as well as their gills―a rather unique quality of the species. They push their mouths above the surface of the water to inhale, exhaling through their tail regions. Making stew with loaches and burdock root is known to improve stamina, or so people believe."

The Loach can be found in the leftmost tank of the freshwater fish room.

In New Horizons

"Loaches are a large group of bottom-feeding freshwater fish. Because there are so many species, it is difficult to generalize about them all. The one thing they all have in common is perhaps their most unappealing trait: the name 'loach.' Repellent, isn't it? They should have just called it the 'cockloach' and been done with it, eh wot! Loach...loach... It just tastes terrible in the beak.

The Loach can be found in the recessed tank in the freshwater room in the aquarium.

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Loach WW.png ''Sucker-shaped mouths help them bottom-feed. To control their vertical position in the water, they inhale air and pass gas. Shocking!"
  • Size- 19.8 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- Spring

Further information

A real-life true loach

It is unclear what type of loach appears in Animal Crossing, since there are vast varieties of loaches. It is, however, a member of the Cobitidae family of loaches, called the True Loaches, which live in fast flowing waters. All true loaches are "bottom feeders," meaning they swim at the bottom of rivers and tanks eating the algae at the bottom. They also eat small crustaceans and insects, but only during the day. Under true loaches, it can be a horse-face loach which grows to roughly 20 cm (8 inch). This type of loach is a private and public aquarium favorite because of its eating habit which cleans a tank for the owner, making it easier to keep fish.


Sprites and models


Names in other languages

Japanese ドジョウ

Korean 미꾸라지

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
泥鳅 / 泥鰍

Russian Вьюн

Dutch Modderkruiper Loach

German Bachschmerle Loach

European Spanish Locha Loach

European French Loche d’étang Pond loach

Italian Cobite Loach

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