Anchovy (fish)

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This article is about the fish. For the villager, see Anchovy.

Artwork of anchovy
Real-world info
Name: Engraulis japonicus
(Japanese anchovy)

Family: Engraulidae (anchovies)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

The anchovy is a fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It appears as a small shadow in the sea from 4 AM to 9 PM year-round.

Catch details[edit]

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Anchovy (fish)

Event availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Small
Fish size 12.4 cm - 17.1 cm
Catch rate 13.0095%
Selling price  10 Bells
Request reward  100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


Anchovy (fish)
"I caught an anchovy! Stay away from my pizza!"

Time of year North: All year
South: All year
Time of day 4 AM – 9 PM
Location Sea
Shadow size Small
Rarity Uncommon
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 200 Bells
 C.J. 300 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Use in cooking[edit]

Anchovy is used as a cooking ingredient in the cooking recipes for the following items:

Recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

# Item Image Type Buy price Available from Materials
822 Anchoas al ajillo anchoas al ajillo Savory Not for sale  Fishing
865 Sardines in oil sardines in oil Savory Not for sale  Fishing
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Donating to the museum[edit]

Like all fish, bugs, and sea creatures in the Animal Crossing series, the anchovy can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. He will tell the player some information about it when the player donates it.

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:

"There are more than 140 species of anchovy, but they do all have some things in common. They are all small and feed by simply swimming with their mouths open to filter food particles from the sea. In my sleepier moments, I sometimes wish I could do that..."

When donated, the anchovy can be found in the north-east room of the fish exhibit, in the large central tank with the porthole windows. It swims in circles in a school of upwards of 100 or so of its kind, and is one of the few fish which the museum will have multiple of upon its donation. It shares the tank with the horse mackerel, as well as a number of predatory fish that occasionally attack the school, including the blue marlin, tuna, giant trevally, and mahi-mahi.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese アンチョビ

Korean 멸치

Simplified Chinese 凤尾鱼

Traditional Chinese 鳳尾魚

Russian Хамса
(European) anchovy

Dutch Ansjovis Anchovy

German Sardelle Anchovy

European Spanish Boquerón Anchovy

European French Anchois Anchovy

Italian Acciuga Anchovy