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"Bring me all the fish you can! Nyuk nyuk nyuk! Oh! I should let you know, fish you give me are NOT returned! Nope! Keep that in mind, OK?"
— Chip, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Artwork of Chip
Species Gender
Beaver Male
Birthday December 9th Sagittarius
Favorite saying "Beware the hunger of the patient fisher."
Role Fishing Tourney host (prior to New Horizons)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Name in other languages

Chip is a beaver who hosts the Fishing Tourneys in games prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where his role is replaced by his son, C.J.. His name might come from the dish fish 'n' chips. Chip sets up tent early in the mornings (at 6:00 AM sharp, but he will not accept submissions until 9:00 AM in City Folk and New Leaf) and waits for players and villagers to bring him different types of fish to measure at the weigh-in station.



Artwork from Doubutsu no Mori.

Chip is a grayish-brown beaver with large black eyebrows, baggy eyes with white scleras and blue pupils, blue inner-ears, freckles, a slightly big black nose with a little bit big white spot, and large buckteeth. His muzzle and belly are white, while his hands, feet and tail are blackish-gray.

Chip's original appearance from Doubutsu no Mori to Doubutsu no Mori+ had distinctly brown fur, with narrow eyes, glasses, and a purple vest. This was changed in future releases due to his design, particularly his face and glasses, resembled that of a Japanese stereotype in the Western world.


Chip loves hosting Fishing Tourneys. If an eligible fish is brought, he will measure it by chewing it up inch by inch. Every time a fish is brought in that breaks the current tourney record for the day, he will give an item for a prize. If players hold the biggest fish record by 6 PM, he will send an additional reward in the mail. He will always post the winner of each tourney to the bulletin board. Although beavers are herbivores, Chip is shown eating the fish. He does not eat special fish, such as the Stringfish, but still accepts them as entries.


Chip is the father of C.J., who have a healthy relationship with each other compared to the relationship of Nat and his son Flick, who have a sour relationship with each other. In addition to Chip and C.J. both loving to host the Fishing Tourney, C.J. in New Horizons frequently mentions his "old man" who showed him the ropes of fishing but never was able to do it.


In Animal Crossing[edit]

Artwork from Animal Crossing.

Chip makes his first appearance in Doubutsu no Mori and Animal Crossing as the host of the Fishing Tourney. In this game, Chip sets up his tent near the mouth of the river, where many other villagers are shown to be fishing. He only accepts types of bass, specifically Small Bass, Bass, and Large Bass, and will not accept any other kind of fish. If the player gives him a Sea Bass, Chip will comment on the fact that it is a "bass," but not the kind he is looking for. Fishing Tourneys occur one Saturday a month in all months except June, July, August, and September.

In Doubutsu no Mori e+, Chip will give the player a free Fishing Rod if they do not have one in their pockets.

In City Folk[edit]

After being absent in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Chip returns in Animal Crossing: City Folk, once again as the host of the fishing tourney. In this game, Chip now sets his stand at the town hall, instead of the river mouth, and now accepts any kind of fish given to him. However, he will still give the player a specific category of fish to find for him, such as freshwater or saltwater fish. If the player manages to catch every type of fish, he will give the player a golden fishing rod. Chip's voice is notably deeper in this game compared to Animal Crossing, and sounds more similar to a cranky villager.

In New Leaf[edit]

Chip once again appears in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and now hands out furniture from the Fish Set when a large-record fish is given to him by the player. Furthermore, he no longer sets his stand in front of the town hall, but instead in the event plaza. Chip hosts the awards ceremony between 6 PM and 9 PM, handing out gold, silver and bronze trophies to the winners. Just as in City Folk, Chip will give the player a golden fishing rod if they show to him that they have caught every type of fish.

In New Horizons[edit]

Chip's poster in New Horizons.

With the release of the 2.0 update in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Chip can appear in the Roost. When invited, he will be seated with C.J. across from him. He will also appear with Nat if the latter is invited instead. Additionally, Chip's poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after inviting him to Photopia via his amiibo.

In Pocket Camp[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Chip once again is featured as host of the fishing tourneys. However, he will only accept "tourney fish" that is used specifically for the tourney, and will also measure all of the player's fish at once, adding it to a "total size" instead of an individual measurement. If the player catches a certain measurement of fish, Chip will provide the player a prize based on how much length they achieved, including a trophy that is sent to the player after the tourney is concluded. Chip also hosts various tasks known as "Chip Challenges", and will provide more prizes once each task is completed.

As of November 2020, C.J. has taken over as the Fishing Tourney host.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Chip appears as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.




Description NTSC-U: For some people, fishing is all about the journey, not the destination. For this beaver, it's all about the destination...because the destination means dinner! If you take him a big fish, he'll congratulate you. Then he'll gobble it down like he hasn't eaten in days. It's...erm...quite a sight.

PAL: For some people, fishing is all about "catch and release". For this beaver, it's more like "measure and eat". Bring him a big fish and he'll congratulate you and tell you just how big it is. In return, he asks to keep your fish. No need to slice, fry or grill it. He'll just gobble it down whole. It's, er...quite the sight.
Acquisition Random

Villager information[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Beware the hunger of the patient fisher.


Birthday Gender Species
December 9 Sagittarius Male Beaver
Pic version added Welcome amiibo update
Coffee preferences
Chip does not order coffee at The Roost.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Beware the hunger of the patient fisher.

Chip's Happy Home Designer icon

Example of Chip's Happy Home Designer house
Official example
Birthday Gender Species
December 9 Sagittarius Male Beaver
Umbrella Blue Umbrella HHD Icon.png Blue umbrella
House request
Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
Favorite song  K.K. Mambo
Unlocked items
  •  Freezer
  •  K.K. Mambo
  •  Chip's pic
  • Clothing:
  •  Fishing vest
  •  Blue umbrella
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Chip's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    RV in Welcome amiibo[edit]

    Exterior of Chip's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Interior of Chip's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Description: He'd fish all the time...if only he could catch a single fish. Nevertheless, Chip loves the great outdoors and visits as many campgrounds as he can.
    Wall:  Sea View
    Floor:  Ship Deck
    Music: Spring Blossoms NL Texture.png Spring Blossoms

    Chip's "Order furniture" list in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo

    In New Horizons[edit]

    Beware the hunger of the patient fisher.


    Birthday Gender Species
    December 9 Sagittarius Male Beaver
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (Blue) NH Model.png  Blue
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Checkered 1 - Fabric 18) NH Model.png  Checkered 1 - Fabric 18
    Happy Home Paradise traits
    Umbrella Fish Umbrella NH Icon.png Fish umbrella
    Hobby Nature
    Book Nature Book NH Icon.png Gardening/Bug/Fish/Fossil

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items

    Card profiles[edit]

    Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

    Animal Crossing-e 3-177 (Chip).jpg

    Card back

    Animal Crossing-e 3-177 (Chip - Back).jpg

    #177 Chip - Series 3
    Gender: Male
    Sign: Sagittarius
    Profile: Chip possesses an uncommon knowledge of fish and fish-related recipes. He also possesses a bottomless pit of a stomach and an insatiable craving for bass. He'll eat any fish you give him, but only bass will win prizes.
    Password: 6arfg35AGYCSqt

    amiibo card[edit]

    116 Chip amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #116 Chip - Series 2
    Star sign: Sagittarius
    Birthday: December 9
    Dice value: 4
    Hand sign: Rock



    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese うおまさ
    うお from 魚 uo/sakana (fish)

    Korean 뚱달
    From 뚱뚱하다 (fat)

    Simplified Chinese 迟大宇 (iQue)
    Chí dàyǔ

    Simplified Chinese 俞正
    Yú zhèng
    From 魚 (fish)

    Russian Чип
    From English name

    Dutch Chip Same as English name

    German Bartholo -

    European Spanish Martín Given name, could come from mar (sea), or martín pescador (kingfisher), since a literal translation would be "fisher bird," referring to Chip's profession

    European French Castor Beaver

    Italian Castore Castoro (beaver) but with "e" as final letter


    1. Re-Tail sell price; if item can be sold at Timmy and Tommy's store, it is 80% of the sell price; if item can be sold to Leila at Tortimer Island, it is 5% of the sell price.