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Gar NH.png
Scientific name
Atractosteus spatula
(alligator gar)
Lepisosteidae (gars)
Months available June to September
Times available 4 pm to 9 am
Location Lake
Size About 2.25 Meters
Shadow size Huge
Rarity Rare
Sell price 6,000 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ガー
Simplified Chinese 雀鳝
French Gar
Spanish Pez caimán
Italian Luccio
Russian Панцирная щука

Korean 가아
Traditional Chinese 雀鱔
Quebec French Gar
Latin American Spanish Pez caimán
German Knochenhecht
Dutch Kaaimansnoek

The rare Gar (ガー, Gā) acts as a nighttime counterpart to the Giant Snakehead. It sells for 6,000 Bells, the only fish that does, and is approximately two and a quarter meters long. It appears in summer from 4:00 PM to 9:00 AM. It is also the most expensive lake fish.

Catch details[edit]

In Wild World[edit]


"I caught a gar! ...Nose like a GARden hose!"

Description They resemble alligators, and are so large, they can even eat waterfowl.
Times June - September: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times -
Location River pool
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 190 cm
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]


"I caught a gar! Gar har har HAAAAR!"

Description These ancient, huge, alligator-like fish have been known to eat waterfowl.
Times June - September: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times
Location River pool
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size About 76 inches (193 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


"I caught a gar! It ain't gettin' too far!"

Times June - September: 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times -
Location River Pool
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 190cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event Availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 159.5 cm - 221.1 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stones (1.6%)

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a gar! Yar! It's a gar! Har Har!"

Time of Year North: Jun – Sep
South: Dec – Mar
Time of Day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location Pond
Shadow Size X-Large
Total Catch 50
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 9000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

When placed in the museum, the Gar shares a tank with the Arapaima, the middle tank in Animal Crossing: Wild World and the middle-right tank in Animal Crossing: City Folk. Until Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Blathers makes a small speech about the donated Gar.

In Wild World[edit]

"<Player>, if you plan to raise a Gar at home, I have some crucial advice. You must be very careful not to overfeed it! These brutes grow much faster than you might suspect, eh wot? Before you know it, it could be bigger than you can handle! The horror!"

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers will say this when given the long fish:

"Hoo, I daresay you've really fished a winner this time, my dear owlet! Gar can grow to massive sizes--up to 120 inches! Let's hope this new addition to our museum can grow to an equally enormous size..."

In New Leaf[edit]

"Their long faces and large mouths make them look like alligators. Some can grow up to three yards. They are ancient fish that haven't changed since they first appeared millions of years ago. They breathe not only through gills, but also by sticking their mouths above the surface of the water. Gar eggs are poisonous, so people all over the world are advised to not eat them--no exceptions."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Hoo hoo! So you have snagged a gar. Did you know this beastly fish can grow up to nine feet long? Indeed, the gar is a remnant of times long past--a living fossil, of you will. It not only has sharp teeth and armor-like has the ability to take breaths of air as well! Ah, to look upon this unusual fish is to get a glimpse of our prehistoric past."

Real-world information[edit]

A real life spotted gar

This fish can be caught up to about 4 meters (12 ft) in length. Its scales are diamond-shaped and are sometimes used for jewelery. It appears in North America, particularly the United States of America.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ガー
Approximation of English name

Korean 가아
Approximation of English name

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
雀鳝 / 雀鱔

Russian Панцирная щука
Pantsirnaya shchuka

Dutch Kaaimansnoek Longnose gar (lit. "Caiman pike")

German Knochenhecht Gar (lit. "bony pike")

European Spanish Pez caimán Caiman fish

European French Gar

Italian Luccio Northern pike