Horse Mackerel

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Horse Mackerel
Artwork of Horse Mackerel
Real-world info
Name: Trachurus japonicus
(Japanese horse mackerel)

Family: Carangidae (jacks)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Names in other languages
 アジ
 전갱이
 Sgombro
 Makrele
 竹荚鱼
 Chinchard
 Jurel
 Horsmakreel
 竹筴魚
 Chinchard
 Jurel
 Ставрида

The Horse Mackerel (アジ, Aji), one of the cheapest fish in the Animal Crossing series, is a common fish introduced in Doubutsu no Mori e+ that can be found in the sea. It can be caught at any given time or month. When this fish is given to Wendell in City Folk, the player is rewarded with a Horizontal Track pattern. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf it is used in the Fish Salad recipe during the Harvest Festival.

Catch details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

#38
Horse Mackerel
"アジを つりあげた! あじも よさそー!"
Translation: "I caught a horse mackerel! It looks tasty!"

Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Shadow size Medium
Selling price  120 Bells
Feng shui None
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In Wild World[edit]

#42

Horse Mackerel
"I caught a horse mackerel! Nay!? Yay!"

Description They have hard scales called "scutes."
Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Shadow size Small
Fish size 40 cm
Selling price  150 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In City Folk[edit]

#47

Horse Mackerel
"I caught a horse mackerel! But it sounds fine to me!"

Description They have hard scales called "scutes".
Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Shadow size Small
Fish size About 16 in.
Selling price  150 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In New Leaf[edit]

#52

Horse Mackerel
"I caught a horse mackerel! Holy mackerel!"

Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Tortimer Island
Shadow size Small
Fish size 40 cm
Selling price  150 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In Pocket Camp[edit]

#1

Horse Mackerel

Event availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Small
Fish size 33.4 cm - 46.5 cm
Rarity
Catch rate 13.0095%
Selling price  10 Bells
Request reward  100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points


In New Horizons[edit]

#57

Horse Mackerel
"I caught a horse mackerel! Of course, mack...er...el."

Time of year North: All year
South: All year
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Shadow size Small
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 150 Bells
 C.J. 225 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


Use in cooking[edit]

Horse Mackerel is used as a cooking ingredient in the cooking recipes for the following items:

Recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Type Available from Materials
Aji Fry Aji Fry Savory  Fishing
Horse Mackerel
Flour
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Donating to the museum[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]


In Wild World[edit]

Wendel gives the player a Horizontal Track Pattern if given a Horse Mackerel.

Blathers will say this when handed the fish:

"How do you like to eat your fried horse mackerel? With tartar sauce? Vinegar? ...Ah! Cocktail sauce?! Hoo, I see. Fascinating."

Blathers will say this when handed the fish dialogue.

In City Folk[edit]

"Horse mackerel are not at all related to horses... Rather obvious, I should think... It's quite a strange name, given how many fish are related to this one, like yellowtail and amberjack."

In New Leaf[edit]

The plaque by the tank in which the fish is housed says the following:

"With their appealing flavor, horse mackerel have long been a cheap and common food source. However, in certain regions, they have actually been branded as something of a luxury dish. They have tough scales on both sides of their bodies that must be removed before preparing. Though small, they are formidable carnivores. Since they go after bait, they are popular with fishers."

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:

"Supposedly the horse mackerel derives its name from a-false-myth about its strength as a swimmer. The gist of it is that these fish are so powerful underwater that smaller fish can ride them as steeds! It's absurd, of course. Where would these alleged fish jockeys attach a saddle, much less horseshoes? One does wish that people would construct their legends with a BIT more scientific plausibility!"

It can be found in the large tank in the dark room.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a Horse Mackerel, Chip will say the following dialogue.

In City Folk[edit]

"I could definitely go for a teriyaki-horse-mackerel- salad sandwich. Yup! Num! Nyuuuk nyuk nyuk nyuk!"

In New Leaf[edit]

"Horse mackerel, man, those guys are tasty with a capital MMMM. So I'm just gonna scarf this one down. Totally raw, of course! YUM!"

Real-world information[edit]

The Japanese jack mackerel has a depth range of 0 – 275 m, but usually 50 – 275 m. It is tropical. It is an important fish in the fishing trade and can be found in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is vulnerable.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese アジ
aji
(Japanese) horse mackerel

Korean 전갱이
jeongaeng-i
(Japanese) horse mackerel

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
竹荚鱼 / 竹莢魚
zhújiáyú
(Japanese) horse mackerel

Russian Ставрида
Stavrida
Horse mackerel

Dutch Horsmakreel Horse mackerel

German Makrele Mackerel

European Spanish Jurel Horse mackerel

European French Chinchard Horse mackerel

Italian Sgombro Horse mackerel