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"I caught an eel! I've been told they're rEELy tough to catch! (I'm sorry...)" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught an eel! Slippery little sucker!" —Wild World
"I caught an eel! I'm just eel-lated!" —City Folk
"I caught an eel! Things just got REAL!" —New Leaf
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Scientific name Anguilla rostrata
Family Anguillidae - Freshwater eels
Time of year June to Mid-September
Time of day 4 pm to 9 am
Location River
Size 100 cm
Shadow size Long and Thin
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 2,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Eel (ウナギ, Unagi) is a unique river fish in the Animal Crossing series. It is one of only two fish (the other being the Ribbon Eel) with a long and thin shadow. It is a rather expensive fish, selling for 2,000 Bells at Tom Nook's store. Like many Animal Crossing series fish, the Eel is a summer fish, and appears in the evening and night, between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"This is one of those fish that seem to mysteriously disappear from time to time. Drives fishermen batty, wot!"

In Wild World[edit]

"Grilled eel is supposedly quite succulent, but I have a bit of advice... Do NOT bring live eels to a cookout. Causes a bit of a scene, don't you know." —Blathers

The Eel can be found swimming close to the bottom and occasionally hiding behind the rocks in the river aquarium in the first fish room.

In City Folk[edit]

"Eels are often thought of as river dwellers... but they actually go out to sea to lay their eggs, eh wot? If you can look past their slimy nature, you might notice they have round, expressive little eyes!" —Blathers

The Eel can be found in the right tank in the museum as a brown colored line moving across the bottom.

In New Leaf[edit]

"Eels are born in the ocean but swim upstream through rivers when they become adults. They do, however, eventually swim back to the ocean when it is time to lay eggs. Their blood can be toxic, which is why you've never heard of eel sashimi. It's just too dangerous. Cooked eel, however, is edible and has no poisonous effects to speak of, making it a popular dish. For a long time, the egg-laying locations and habits of eels were largely a mystery. However, they are gradually being revealed through research, making eels a very hot topic of study."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Eel WW.png ''They are actually born in the ocean. They have scales that are too small to be seen."
  • Size- 99 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- Summer

City Folk[edit]

Eel (City Folk).png ''Since they can breathe through their skin as long as it's wet, these can live on land."
  • Size- 100 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- Summer

Further information[edit]

The American eel, Anguilla rostrata is a fish that spawns in salt water. After hatching, the baby eels make their way to North America, on the east coast. The eels, if hungry enough, may eat their own family to survive the trip to America. They prefer to hunt at night, which is referenced by the time it appears at in Animal Crossing.

Toy set[edit]

The Eel appeared in a toy set along with Purrl, a cat villager, a Koi and a fish tank.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Anguila
French Anguille
Italian Anguilla Eel