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"I caught a goldfish! Worth its weight Great." —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a goldfish! Worth its weight!" —Wild World
"I caught a goldfish! There's gold in them there fish! (Not really...)" —City Folk
"I caught a goldfish! It's worth its weight in gold!" —New Leaf
"I caught a goldfish! It's worth its weight in fish!" —New Horizons
Japanese Unknown Korean Unknown Chinese Unknown
French Unknown Italian Unknown Spanish Pez dorado
German Unknown Dutch Unknown Russian Unknown
Scientific name Carassius auratus auratus
Family Cyprinidae - Minnows/Carp
Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Location River (Doubutsu no Mori to New Leaf)
Pond (New Horizons)
Size 15 cm
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Rare
Selling price 1,300 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Goldfish (キンギョ, Kingyo) is one of the smallest fish. Despite its tiny size, it is actually quite rare. It can be found in the river in all games prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where it is now a pond fish. It has a tiny shadow and is 15 centimeters long. It sells for the relatively high price of 1,300 Bells. For most fish, when placed inside the player's house, they appear in a fish tank. This does not apply to a Goldfish; they swim in a blue-rimmed bowl with seaweed.

Donation to the museum[edit]

As with all fish and bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the Goldfish can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers, who will tell the player a little bit about the donation.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

As a Goldfish is donated, Blathers will say this:

"Those adorable little fins! Those huge, googly eyes! Even I am helpless in the face of their cuteness! We will take special care of this precious fellow. Welcome to your new home, you darling little fishy!"

In Wild World[edit]

This is Blathers's speech about the newly donated fish:

"Hoo, in my youth, I once had a goldfish in my room. His name was Sir Blathers. Goldfish are actually quite sociable creatures, eh wot? At least they are when they're being fed, that is. Who can resist them?"

It appears in the first tank in the aquarium.

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers will say this when handed the fish in the museum:

"Hoo now... Do you know how large goldfish can get? Well, they can grow up to... ONE FOOT (30 centimeters) LONG! The growth of a goldfish in a tank is inhibited by tank size, so you rarely see them that big, I'd imagine. Even so, our tanks here at the museum are spacious... so expect our new goldfish to make a BIG splash! ...Hoo now? Not at all funny, you say?"

It can be found in the small tube-tank in the aquarium.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the information board in front of the tank that houses the Goldfish says the following:

"These are aquarium fish that came about by selectively breeding types of crucian carp. It took hundreds of years to get the long tail fin and beautiful color of the current breed. Even red goldfish are black when they are young and still retain other vestiges of the crucian carp. They turn red as they grow, thus gaining their much more commonly known look."

In New Horizons[edit]

When asked about the fish, Blathers will say the following:

"Goldfish are so cute and delicate... but do you know how big they can get? Why can grow up to... a foot in length! Well, sometimes. The size of the tank they're kept in tends to restrict their growth. And just how big will this goldfish get in our large museum tank? I look forward to finding out!"

The Goldfish can be found in the tank immediately to the right of the entrance to the fish section of the museum.

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Goldfish WW.png ''A member of the carp family, it's bred for beauty. However, unlike carp, goldfish have no whiskers."
  • Size- 15 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- All year

City Folk[edit]

Goldfish (City Folk).png ''Selectively bred crucian carp, the majority of these were the result of mutations."
  • Size- About 15 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- All year

Further information[edit]

A real life Goldfish.

This goldfish is the Fantail breed. It has two fins instead of one. It has an egg shaped body, a high dorsal fin, but no shoulder hump. It is the western variation of the Ryukin breed. They do not like cold water. These, like all goldfish, are commonly kept as pets, and prefer a water temperature of 13 - 21 degrees Celsius/Centigrade.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キンギョ
Spanish Pez dorado Golden fish
French Poisson rouge Red fish
Dutch Goudvis Goldfish
German Goldfisch Goldfish
Italian Pesce rosso Red fish
Korean 금붕어
Chinese (Simplified) 金鱼
Chinese (Traditional) 金魚
Russian Золотая рыбка
Zolotaya rybka
Golden fish