Freshwater Goby

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"I caught a freshwater goby! Go me, goby!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a freshwater goby! Now, go be in my pocket!" —Wild World
"I caught a freshwater goby! Goby? Go, me!" —City Folk
"I caught a freshwater goby! You fresh, goby!" —New Leaf
"I caught a freshwater goby! Time to go bye-bye!" —New Horizons
Freshwater Goby
Japanese Unknown Korean Unknown Chinese Unknown
French Unknown Italian Unknown Spanish Gobio de río
German Unknown Dutch Unknown Russian Unknown
Freshwater Goby NH.png
Scientific name Odontobutis obscura
Family Gobiidae - Gobies
Time of year All year
Time of day All day (Animal Forest),
4 pm to 9 am (Animal Crossing, Wild World, City Folk)
Location River
Size 15 cm
Shadow size Small (Animal Crossing, New Leaf),
Tiny (Wild World),
Medium (City Folk)
Rarity Rare
Selling price 300 Bells
400 Bells New Horizons
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The freshwater goby (ドンコ, Donko) is a rare fish that can be caught in the river in every game. It has a small shadow, and it appears all year round. It can be caught between 4 pm and 9 am.

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! Have no fear, dear friend! You're leaving this beauty in very good wings, hmmmm? Hoo! Owl humor. Hoo hoo!"

In Wild World[edit]

"A friend of mine claims that freshwater goby tastes fantastic on pizza. What a loon, eh wot?"

In City Folk[edit]

"This round little fish may look like a mild-mannered goby at first...but it's actually quite aggressive. The freshwater goby is known for its tendency to try to eat anything that will fit in its mouth... Rather shocking, really. I'm quite glad this little piggy's mouth is nowhere near owl-sized, eh wot?"

After donation, the freshwater goby can be found in the middle-left tank.

In New Leaf[edit]

An information board in the aquarium will display this description of the freshwater goby after donation:

"These short and stocky river-dwelling fish have a lot of slender teeth for tearing apart other fish. Freshwater gobies dig holes under rocks in riverbeds to make nests for eggs, which the males guard. Other fish breeds take advantage of this protective quality and often lay eggs in goby nests."

In New Horizons[edit]

"The freshwater goby is an unassuming specimen. But beneath that calm, fish exterior, true gluttony resides! It will eat anything that will fit in its mouth...And its mouth is quite the gaping maw, so I recommend you refrain from drawing attention to yourself!"Blathers

Encyclopedia Information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Freshwater Goby WW.png ''To keep from getting swept away, they use suction cups to stabilize themselves. They have an audible cry."
  • Size- 15 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- All Year

City Folk[edit]

Freshwater Goby (City Folk).png ''These taste differently, depending on the river they're caught in."
  • Size- About 15 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- All Year

Further Information[edit]

The freshwater goby is typically a native fish to tropical and temperate areas of Asia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドンコ
Spanish Gobio de río River goby
French Gobie d'eau douce Freshwater goby
Dutch Zoetwatergrondel Freshwater goby
German Flussgrundel River goby
Italian Ghiozzo Goby
Korean 동사리
Chinese (Simplified) 塘鳢鱼
Chinese (Traditional) 塘鱧魚
Russian Одонтобутис
From scientific name