Horse Mackerel

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Horse Mackerel
Horse Mackerel NH.png
Scientific name
Trachurus japonicus
(Japanese horse mackerel)
Family
Carangidae (jacks)
Months available All year
Times available All day
Location Sea
Size 35 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Very Common
Sell price 120 Bells (Doubutsu no Mori e+, PAL Wild World)
150 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, amiibo Festival, New Horizons)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese アジ
Korean 전갱이
Italian Sgombro
German Makrele

Simplified Chinese 竹荚鱼
French Chinchard
Spanish Jurel
Dutch Horsmakreel

Traditional Chinese 竹筴魚
Quebec French Chinchard
Latin American Spanish Jurel
Russian 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
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Times All Year: All Day
Location Sea
Shadow Size -
Rarity -
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 120 Bells
Tank 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."
Times All Year: All Day
Peak Times -
Location Sea
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 40 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 150 Bells
PAL: 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 120 Bells
Tank 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".
Times All Year: All Day
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size About 16 inches (40 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 150 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#52

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

Times All Year: All Day
Peak Times -
Location Sea (including Tortimer Island)
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 40cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 150 Bells
Tank 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 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]

#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
Rarity
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 150 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 225 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0


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Donating to the museum[edit]

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

In Wild World[edit]

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."

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers will say this when handed the fish:

"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 the Horse Mackerel to the museum, Blathers says this:

"Supposedly the horse mackerel derives its name from a-false-myth about its strengh 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!"

Fishing Tournament[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given a Horse Mackerel:

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

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