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Char NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Salvelinus leucomaenis
(white-spotted char)

Family: Salmonidae (salmons and trouts)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese オオイワナ
Korean 열목어
Italian Salmerino alpino
German Saibling

Simplified Chinese 花羔红点鲑
French Omble
Spanish Trucha
Dutch Bronforel

Traditional Chinese 花羔紅點鮭
Quebec French Omble
Latin American Spanish Trucha
Russian Голец

Not to be confused with the Large Char.

The Char[nb 1] is a freshwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World.

Catch details[edit]

In Wild World[edit]


"I caught a char! Ready, set,!"

Description They made mountain stream fishing famous. They thrive even in the coldest water.
Times March-June: 4AM - 9AM & 4PM - 9PM
September - November: 9AM - 4PM
Peak Times -
Location Waterfall
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 50 cm
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3,800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]


"I caught a char! Now I'm all charged up!"

Description Popular among mountain-stream fisherfolk, these can thrive in cold water.
Times March - June: 4AM - 9AM; 4PM - 9PM
September - November: 4AM - 9PM
Peak Times
Location Waterfall
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size About 20 inches (60 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3,800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


"I caught a char! How bizarre!"

Times March - June: 4 AM - 9 AM & 4 PM - 9 PM
September - November: 4 AM - 9 PM
Peak Times -
Location Waterfall
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 50cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3,800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event Availability Peak Fishing Goals
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 41.8 cm - 58.2 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,600 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a char! Now I'm gonna sit on it!"

Time of Year North: Mar – Jun; Sep – Nov
South: Mar – May; Sep – Dec
Time of Day Mar – Jun (NH), Sep – Dec (SH):
4 PM – 9 AM
Sep – Nov (NH), Mar – May (SH):
All day
Location River (clifftop)
Shadow Size Medium
Total Catch 20
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3800 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5700 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

Upon donating it to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"Hoo! Indeed, WOO hoo! A char! There are many ways to prepare char, or so I've heard from gourmands. Sadly, it is NOT deemed acceptable to char them, rendering all puns moot. I suspect any and all puns might've been substandard, so perhaps that's best."

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donating it to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"Char are certainly not named for the method people use to cook them. That would be rather daft... Since they aren't the best of swimmers, they often take refuge from rushing waters in rock crevices... When feeding, they merely stick their faces into the rushing water and let food fly in, wot wot? No one's sure if it's lazy or brilliant...but it certainly is quite hard to dislike!"

The Char appears in the middle, left tank of the aquarium.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the information board in front of the tank that houses the Char says the following:

"Char are related to salmon and live in rivers upstream, not generally migrating to the ocean. They prefer colder water and dwell in secluded, clear rivers deep in mountain ranges. Since they tend to hid mostly in between rocks in these cold areas, they can be rather difficult to spot."

In New Horizons[edit]

When asked about the fish, Blathers will say the following:

"The char is one of the bigger fish around and, in the world of fish, that's quite an accomplishment! They are territorial predators, and therefore must constantly defend their 'turf' from others. So when you see a large char like this one, it is likely a skilled fighter and veteran of many battles. My feathers! I hope it never has cause to go to battle with me!"

The Char can be found in the righthand waterfall tank in the freshwater fish room.


Real-world information[edit]

A real life Char

The Salvelinus alpinus or arctic char is closely related to the salmon and trout, sharing characteristics from both. It is native to arctic, sub-Arctic and alpine lakes. No other freshwater fish can be found as far north as this fish. It is a rare fish in Britain, only found in glacial lakes but can be the only fish to be found in lakes around the Canada Arctic. In Scandinavia, it is extremely common and fished extensively. The color of the fish varies between pale pink and bright red. It is an alternative fishing solution to Rainbow Trout for a farming fish because it uses very little resources. Char feed mainly on insects, but can feed on fish and small crustaceans. It is a small Large Char, species-wise.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese オオイワナ
Large char

Korean 열목어
Lenok (a related fish)

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
花羔红点鲑 / 花羔紅點鮭
huāgāo hóngdiǎn guī
Dolly Varden trout (a species of char). Lit. "colored lamb red spotted salmon"

Russian Голец

Dutch Bronforel Brook trout (a species of char)

German Saibling Char

European Spanish Trucha Trout

European French Omble Char

Italian Salmerino alpino Alpine char


  1. Japanese: オオイワナ Hepburn: OoiwanaLarge char