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"I caught an arowana! It's the golden dragon fish! I wonder what it's worth..." —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught an arowana! It's golden and beautiful!" —Wild World
"I caught an arowana! It's golden and gorgeous!" —City Folk
"I caught an arowana! But where's its bow?" —New Leaf
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Scientific name Osteoglossum bicirrhosum
Family Osteoglossidae - the arowanas
Time of year June to Mid-September (Animal Forest, Wild World),
June to September (Animal Crossing, City Folk, New Leaf)
Time of day 4 pm to 9 am
Location River
Size About 70 cm
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Rare
Selling price 10,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Arowana (アロワナ, Arowana) is a golden fish that can be found in the river. Tied for second highest freshwater price with the Arapaima, this fish appears from 4 PM - 9 AM during the summer time. It sells for 10,000 Bells, beaten only by the Dorado and the Stringfish for freshwater price. It is very elusive, however, and is easy to pass over as a more common fish due to its shadow, which is about the same size as a Black Bass.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

As with all fish caught in the Animal Crossing series, the Arowana can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who also will give some information on it.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Blathers will say this upon donation:

"Another rare fish! You, old bean, are an angler for the ages! The bards will sing your praises! Thanks to generous individuals such as yourself, Player, the museum is growing by leaps and bounds. Your dragon fish has now found a home away from home. I promise, it will be very happy in its new digs!"

In Wild World[edit]

Blathers will accept the donation willingly. His words are as follows:

"I've never heard of a dish made with arowana... However, I find it hard to believe they're inedible. People eat ANYTHING. Still, they're probably more profitable to sell for viewing than for eating."

It appears in the middle tank in the aquarium.

In City Folk[edit]

"...It's said that arowana have retained the same appearance for nearly 100 million years! That's far longer than people or owls have been around... Hoo, the sights they must have seen... There's a bit of mystery about them, is there not? A fitting appearance for the king of tropical fish!"

It appears in the tank on the right in the aquarium.

In New Leaf[edit]

An information board in the aquarium will display this description of the Arowana:

"Arowanas are ancient fish that have remained basically unchanged for 100 million years. They are known for their large scales and the hair that sticks out from their lower lips. They have a remarkable jumping ability and can leap over a yard above the surface of the water. Males protect their babies by keeping them in their mouths and releasing them once they reach a certain size."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Arowana WW.png ''The male raises its young in its mouth. While doing this, he eats nothing. What dedication."
  • Size- About 1.2 m
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- Summer

City Folk[edit]

Arowana (City Folk).png ''These ancient fish are popular pets said to grow attached to their owners."
  • Size- About 70 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- Summer

Further information[edit]

A real-life Arowana

Arowanas, also known as aruanas or arawanas, are freshwater bony fish of the family Osteoglossidae, sometimes known as "bonytongues". The fish can obtain oxygen from air by sucking it into the swim bladder, which is lined with capillaries like lung tissue. In aquariums, Arowanas tend to merge in groups of five to eight; any fewer may show an excess of dominance and aggression.Osteoglossids are basal (primitive) fish from the lower Tertiary and are placed in the actinopterygiid order Osteoglossiformes. There are ten described living species: three from South America, one from Africa, four from Asia, and the remaining two from Australia. Osteoglossidae is the only exclusively freshwater fish family found on both sides of the Wallace Line. This may be explained by the fact that Asian arowanas (S. formosus) diverged from the Australian Scleropages, S. jardinii and S. leichardti, about 140 million years ago, making it likely that Asian arowanas were carried to Asia on the Indian subcontinent.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Arowana Same as English name.
French Arowana Same as English name.
Italian Arowana Same as English name.