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Coelacanth NH.png
Scientific name
Latimeria chalumnae
(West Indian Ocean coelacanth)
Latimeriidae (coelacanths)
Months available All year
Times available All day (Animal Crossing, Doubutsu no Mori e+, New Horizons)
4 PM to 9 AM (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Location Sea when raining (Animal Crossing, Doubutsu no Mori e+)
Sea when snowing or raining (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Size 168 cm
Shadow size Very Large (Animal Crossing, Wild World)
Huge (Doubutsu no Mori e+, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Rarity Very Rare
Sell price 15,000 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese シーラカンス
Simplified Chinese 矛尾鱼
French Cœlacanthe
Spanish Celacanto
Italian Celacanto
Russian Латимерия

Korean 실러캔스
Traditional Chinese 矛尾魚
Quebec French Cœlacanthe
Latin American Spanish Celacanto
German Quastenflosser
Dutch Coelacant

The Coelacanth (pronounced ˈsiː.lə.kænθ, "seel-uh-canth") (シーラカンス, Shīrakansu) is a saltwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori. In all main Animal Crossing series games, the Coelacanth can only be caught in the sea while it is raining or snowing, and it is known for its extreme rarity, as noted by the player in the catch quotes for all games.

In Doubutsu no Mori, the Coelacanth's debut game, it is the only saltwater fish. In Animal Crossing, it is one of only five saltwater fish, along with the Barred Knifejaw, Jellyfish, Red Snapper, and Sea Bass.

In Doubutsu no Mori e+, the Coelacanth can only be encountered once per play session, even if the player fails to catch it. Saving and quitting and/or restarting the console will allow another encounter.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]


"Would you look at that! I caught a living fossil! I didn't know they really existed!"

Times All year: All day
Location Sea (when raining/snowing)
Shadow Size Very Large
Rarity -
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]


"Woah Woah Woah! I caught a living fossil! Amazing! What were you doing down there?"

Description Nocturnal. Their fins look like feet. Unlike other fish, they crawl to swim.
Times All year: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times -
Location Sea (when raining/snowing)
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 150 cm
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]


"A coelacanth? I caught a living fossil! Amazing! Who knew these things were still around?"

Description Called "living fossils," these can grow as big as people.
Times All year: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times
Location Sea (when raining/snowing)
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size About 150 cm
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


"Holy fish sticks! I caught a coelacanth! Am I saying it right?"

Times All Year: 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times -
Location Sea (when raining or snowing)
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 150cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event Availability Fishing Tourney: Pink Crystal
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 125.5 cm - 174.7 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,500 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]


"Blast from the past! I caught a coelacanth! Think positive! Be a coela-CAN!"

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day All day
Location Sea (rainy days)
Shadow Size Huge
Total Catch 100
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 22500 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series, the Coelacanth can be donated to the museum, followed by a small talk by Blathers about it.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Hoo, my goodness! Glorious! Seen in this light, of course, it's quite a grotesque beast. And yet, it does have a certain peculiar allure, wot? You may rest assured that we shall treat it with much affection and respect, wot! My word as a gentleowl."

In Wild World[edit]

"It was once thought that the coelacanth had gone extinct, eh wot? Indeed, right up until a scholar saw them lined up in a market. Hoo hoo! That would clearly suggest that they are edible, don't you agree? Though I must admit, they don't look like they would taste very good..."

In City Folk[edit]

"Many years ago, the theory was that the coelacanth had gone extinct...But as it turns out, it still exists and has been living deep in the ocean this whole time, wot? Imagine! This fish has known the world since the dinosaurs... Perhaps it's the true master of the sea!"

In New Leaf[edit]

Once the Coelacanth is donated, there is information on the board in front of the tank that houses it.
"Coelacanths are ancient fish once believed to be extinct but recently discovered around South Africa. Called "living fossils," they have apparently changed very little over the past 400 million years. They can live for over 60 years and reach lengths of six feet but have rather small brains, even for fish. They have more fins and harder scales than the average fish, making them a rather resilient breed. Their flavour is very different from most fish, and they contain a fat that is indigestible by humans. It's for that second reason that eating them really isn't highly recommended."

In New Horizons[edit]

Blathers will say the following about the Coelacanth:

The coelacanth is a deep-sea fish that has been around since the age of the dinosaurs. They were long thought extinct, so when living specimens were discovered, it was quite a shock! Now I'll just have to figure out where in the museum to display it-fish or fossils!

When donated, the Coelacanth can be found in the north-eastern-most room of the fish exhibit, in the "sea" tank which is near the submersible and diving suit. It shares this tank with the Barreleye, Football Fish, and Oarfish.


Real-world information[edit]

A preserved specimen of a coelacanth

The coelacanth is an ancient order of fish that was, for a long time, believed to be extinct, due to their disappearance from the fossil record 66 million years ago. The first ever live one was caught in 1938. It can grow up to two meters in length and lives for an average of forty-eight years. Coelacanths are found off the south coast of Africa, living in steep rocky shores, sheltering in caves during the day. It can travel around eight kilometers a night in search for food, passively swimming with the current, making it a "slow-moving" fish that only uses its fins to adjust its position. It preys on fish and squid, but some have been known to eat eels, skates, and even sharks. Its main predator is likely to be large sharks. Small Wikipedia logo.png More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.


  • In Animal Crossing: City Folk, if the player gives a Coelacanth to Wendell, he refuses to take it, saying his mother told him to not eat them. This could be due to their rarity, or due to the fact that they are inedible fish in the real world.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese シーラカンス

Korean 실러캔스

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
矛尾鱼 / 矛尾魚
Coelacanth (lit. "spear-tailed fish")

Russian Латимерия
From scientific name

Dutch Coelacant Coelacanth

German Quastenflosser Coelacanth

European Spanish Celacanto Coelacanth

European French Cœlacanthe Coelacanth

Italian Coelacante
Celacanto (NL)