- This article is about the fish species. For the villager species, see Octopus (species).
- "I caught an octopus! You're mine, suckers!" —Wild World
- "I caught an octopus! Now its a shockedopus!" —City Folk
- "I got an octopus! Find out about it on my podcast!" —New Leaf
|Scientific name||Octopus rubescens|
|Time of year||September to January, March to July|
|Time of day||All day|
|Selling price||800 Bells|
Donating to the museum
In Wild World
"I think Octopus, and I think fried octo-bits, eh wot? That said, I have to say my all-time favorite has to be octo-potpie. Hoo hoo!"
In City Folk
Blathers's comment is as follows:
"Ah, yes, hoo, the octopus. Did you know the blood of the octopus is actually colored blue? With its eight legs and predilection for spewing ink...you'd think people would be repulsed by it. And yet, perhaps due to its fetching shape, the octopus remains one of the most loved sea creatures!"
The Octopus appears in the back tank, staying in the rock crevice towards the right. If the Octopus is placed in a home, it appears in a medium square tank with rocks so it can live in the crevice.
In New Leaf
The Octopus is now classed as a deep sea creature rather than a fish, meaning that it is no longer caught by using a fishing rod; rather, the player must dive underwater once they have obtained a wet suit. After being donated, it can be found hiding in a pot in the large pool in the first room of the Ocean exhibit. The exhibit has this to say about the Octopus:
"Many people think octopuses have eight legs, but those are not legs. Their tentacles are actually arms. They have a strange anatomy, with their head located between their body and arms. The flexible arms are perfect for catching all kinds of crab, shrimp, and shellfish, especially in reefs. When attacked by predators, octopuses emit a black ink that spreads through the water. This greatly reduces visibility and allows them to escape, making them highly skilled at disappearing."
|''As intelligent as a ten-month-old human baby, they can change their colors to match their surroundings."|
|''People think octopi are red, but they change color to match surroundings."|
Octopus rubescens generally grows to a mantle length of 8–10 cm, and arm length of 30–40 cm. Adult weight is generally 100-150 grams, however occasionally animals up to 400 grams in weight have been observed. Like all octopuses, O. rubescens can change its color and texture, making its appearance highly variable. Color can vary from a deep brick red, to brown, to white, or mottled mixtures of the three. The octopus from the Animal Crossing series is the East Pacific Red Octopus.
- In Animal Island, it is possible for an islander to catch an octopus if given a fishing rod, predating the debut of the Octopus in Doubutsu no Mori e+.
|Deep sea creatures|