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Artwork of blowfish
Real-world info
Name: Takifugu rubripes
(tiger pufferfish)

Family: Tetraodontidae (pufferfishes)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Pez globo
 Pesce palla
 Бурый скалозуб
 Pez globo

The blowfish (フグ, Fugu) is a fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It appears as a medium shadow in the sea from 9 PM to 4 AM from late fall to the end of winter.

The blowfish is one of two fish introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf that can only be caught from 9 PM to 4 AM, the other being the saddled bichir. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it is now one of four fish to be caught exclusively in that time frame, along with the returning saddled bichir, as well as the newly introduced snapping turtle and barreleye.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


"I caught a blowfish! And that's not just hot air!"

Time of year Nov – Feb
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Shadow size Medium
Fish size 25 cm
Selling price  5,000 Bells
Prior to Welcome amiibo update:  125 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

The blowfish is one of the 14 fish in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp that has been in the game since its release.



Availability Not currently available
  • 2017-10-25 – 2019-08-20
  • 2023-12-26 – 2024-03-26
Location Saltwater Shores PC Map Icon.png Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Medium
Size 20.8 cm – 29.1 cm
Rarity ★★★
Selling price  1,500 Bells
Version added 0.9.0
Villager gift data Tier: 3 (Uncommon+)


In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a blowfish! I'm blown away!"

Time of year North: Nov – Feb
South: May – Aug
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Location Sea
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Uncommon
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 5,000 Bells
 C.J. 7,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation of the blowfish, the information board outside the tank that houses the blowfish says the following:

"Blowfish are considered a delicacy, famous for their tempting taste despite being highly poisonous. Blowfish are not poisonous at birth, though, which makes young ones relatively safe for consumption. It's only once they have ingested enough microbes from seawater and food that they become poisonous. When they feel threatened, they suck in air and water to blow themselves up like balloons. This makes them too big to eat without predators being forced to chomp down on their poison quills."

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:

"As you may know, blowfish carry a deadly poison and are among the most toxic creatures on earth. What you may not have known is that poison and spines are not the limit of this animal's defenses! A predator that tries to swallow a blowfish before it inflates can find itself quickly choking. To be honest, if said predator can get past poison, spines, AND choking hazards, I feel they've earned a meal."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a Blowfish, Chip will say the following:

"OK, with the blowfish... Well they are tasty. But ONLY to an expert fish connoisseur like myself. And be careful only to eat 'em if you know how to prepare 'em! Very dangerous otherwise. Since this isn't my first rodeo, I've got no problem munching this little guy in one bite! YUUUUM!"


Real-world information[edit]

The blowfish in the Animal Crossing series represents the species Takifugu rubripes in real life, where it is often called the tiger puffer or Japanese puffer. The name blowfish is a generic name for any species of puffer fish. It is notable as the second vertebrate to have its genome sequenced. The scientific name refers to the four large teeth, fused into an upper and lower plate, which are used for crushing the shells of crustaceans and mollusks, their natural prey.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese フグ

Korean 복어

Simplified Chinese 河豚

Traditional Chinese 河豚

Russian Бурый скалозуб
Buryy skalozub
Brown Puffer

Dutch Kogelvis Blowfish

German Kugelfisch Blowfish

European Spanish Pez globo Balloon fish

European French Poisson-ballon Balloon fish

Quebec French Poisson-globe Puffer Fish

Italian Pesce palla giapponese Japanese Balloon fish