Freshwater Goby

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Freshwater Goby
Freshwater Goby NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Odontobutis obscura
(dark sleeper)

Family: Odontobutidae (freshwater sleepers)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 ドンコ
 塘鳢鱼
 Gobie d'eau douce
 Gobio de río
 Ghiozzo
 Одонтобутис
 동사리
 塘鱧魚
 Gobie d'eau douce
 Gobio de río
 Flussgrundel
 Zoetwatergrondel

The Freshwater Goby (ドンコ, Donko) is a rare fish that can be caught in the river in every Animal Crossing series game. It has a small shadow, and it appears all year round. It can be caught between 4 PM and 9 AM.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#18
Freshwater Goby
"I caught a freshwater goby! Go, me! Goby!"

Time of Year All year
Time of Day All day
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Feng Shui
Furniture Size 1.0 x 1.0


In Wild World[edit]

#13

Freshwater Goby
"I caught a freshwater goby! Now, go be in my pocket!"

Description To keep from getting swept away, they use suction cups to stabilize themselves. They have an audible cry.
Time of Year Unknown
Time of Day Unknown
Peak Times -
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 15 cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0


In City Folk[edit]

#13

Freshwater Goby
"I caught a freshwater goby! Goby? Go, me!"

Description These taste differently, depending on the river they're caught in.
Time of Year All year
Time of Day 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times N/A
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size About 6 in.
Rarity Unknown
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0


In New Leaf[edit]

#15

Freshwater Goby
"I caught a freshwater goby! You fresh, goby!"

Time of Year All year
Time of Day 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times N/A
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 15 cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0


In Pocket Camp[edit]

#64

Freshwater Goby

Event Availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 12.5 cm - 17.4 cm
Rarity
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]

#16

Freshwater Goby
"I caught a freshwater goby! Time to go bye-bye!"

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Rarity
Spawn Requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 600 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0


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]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"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!"

Once donated to the museum, the Freshwater Goby can be found in the second level of the waterfall tank with the Yellow Perch and Pale Chub.

Gallery[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

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

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ドンコ
donko
Goby

Korean 동사리
dongsari
Goby

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
塘鳢鱼 / 塘鱧魚
tánglǐyú
Goby

Russian Одонтобутис
Odontobutis
From scientific name

Dutch Zoetwatergrondel Freshwater goby

German Flussgrundel River goby

European Spanish Gobio de río River goby

European French Gobie d'eau douce Freshwater goby

Italian Ghiozzo Goby