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Ray NH Icon.png Ray  
Artwork of Ray
Real-world info
Name: Hemitrygon akajei
(red stingray)

Family: Dasyatidae (whiptail stingrays)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Красный хвостокол

The Ray (エイ, Ei) is a flat brown fish found in the sea. The fish is large, giving it a huge shadow. It is a quite expensive fish, selling for 3,000 Bells. City Folk has stated that "freshwater types of these relatives of sharks are popular pets." When placed in the museum, like all other saltwater fish, except for the small ones, it appears in the very back tank.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


"I caught a ray! Hip hip HOORAY!"

Description Freshwater types of these relatives of sharks are popular pets.
Time of year Aug – Nov
Time of day 4 AM - 9 PM
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Shadow size Huge
Fish size About 48 in.
Selling price  3,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


"I caught a ray! That made my day!"

Time of year Aug – Nov
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day 4 AM - 9 PM
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Tortimer Island
Shadow size Very large
Fish size 120 cm
Selling price  3,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a ray! A few more and I'll have a tan!"

Time of year North: Aug – Nov
South: Feb – May
Time of day 4 AM – 9 PM
Location Sea
Shadow size Very large
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 3,000 Bells
 C.J. 4,500 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series, the Ray can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, who will give a small talk about it. It can be found in the back sea tank, with other sea fish.

Blathers has this to say about the Ray when it is donated dialogue.

In City Folk[edit]

"Many theorize that rays are distant relatives to the sharks... But unlike their fearsome theoretical cousins, rays, with their little grins, are simply adorable, wot wot!"

In New Leaf[edit]

After donating a Ray to Blathers, it will appear in the section for fish and sea creatures, specifically in the top-right most tank in the north-eastern room.

"Beating their large fins up and down to move through the water almost gives rays the impression of flying. If viewed from below, rays appear to have their mouths curled up into a sort of smile. Some varieties have poisonous spikes at the base of their long tail fins that can be fatal to humans. This, combined with the ability to hide in sand at the bottom of the sea, can make them very dangerous."

In New Horizons[edit]

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

"The ray is an unusually shaped fish with a flat body and a long body, somewhat related to sharks. Seen from the bottom, the mouth on its stomach appears to be smiling, which is objectively adorable. But be cautious—unlike most cute animals, some rays are extremely venomous. BEWARE THE SMILE."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a Ray, Chip will say the following dialogue.

In City Folk[edit]

"The secret to cooking a ray is not overcooking it. It needs to be light and flaky! Nyuuuk nyuk nyuk nyuk!"

In New Leaf[edit]

"When you're talking rays, stewing or deep frying is OK, but sashimi is totally where it's at! Of course, I'm just eating this fishy the way nature cooked him: RAW! Nyuk nyuk nyuk! YUM!"


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life red stingray

The red stingray is one of over 600 species of rays in the world. This ray is from the waters of Asia, where it favors shallow waters. Like most rays, it is a saltwater creature although it has been known to inhabit brackish waters. The red stingray gets its name from its bright orange-red underside and other orange markings that can appear on the creature. In Japan, it is valued as a food-source...which unfortunately has caused it to go to "near threatened" status.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese エイ
ray(fish) (literally stingray)

Korean 가오리

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
鳐鱼 / 魟魚
Yáo yú
Ray (literally "skate")

Russian красный хвостокол
krasnyy khvostokol
red stingray

Dutch rog ray (literally "skate")

German Rochen Ray (literally "skate")

European Spanish Raya Line or stripe

European French raie stingray (literally "ray")

Italian razza Ray