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"I caught a killifish! Killer!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a killifish! What's the dilly, fish?" —Wild World
"I caught a killifish! Bet you feel silly, fish!" —City Folk
"I caught a killifish! Maybe I'll put it in a chili dish!" —New Leaf
"I caught a killifish! The streams are safe again." —New Horizons
Japanese メダカ Korean 송사리 Chinese 稻田鱼
French Fondule barré Italian Killifish Spanish Killi
German Killifisch Dutch Killivis Russian Unknown
Killifish NH.png
Scientific name Oryzias latipes
(Japanese ricefish)
Family Adrianichthyidae (ricefishes)
Time of year April to August
Time of day All day
Location Holding Ponds
Size 4.1 cm
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 300 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Killifish (メダカ, Medaka) is a tiny fish found in the holding pond between April and August at any time of the day.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Killifish HHD Icon.png
""I caught a killifish! Maybe I'll put it in a chili dish!""

Times April - August: All Day
Peak Times -
Location Holding pond
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 4cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


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Event Availability Fishing Tourney: Schoolroom
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 3.3 cm - 4.7 cm
Catch Rate 20.4969 %
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]


Killifish NH Icon.png
"I caught a killifish! The streams are safe again."

Time of Year North: Apr – Aug
South: Oct – Feb
Time of Day All day
Location Pond
Shadow Size X-Small
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 450 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donation to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Hoo hoo! Hullo, little fishy! Aren't we a tiny little fellow! Adorable! Why, I believe it stuck it's tongue out at me! Hoo-rumph! Nevertheless, we'll take care of the little blighter! I'll keep an eye on this mischief-maker myself!"

In Wild World[edit]

As with all fish, the Killifish may be given to Blathers as an addition to the museum's aquarium.

"I heard that killifish recipes are common all around the world. Sadly, I've seen nary a one, not that I've searched... I haven't a clue as to their taste, even. It IS a fish, though, I can say that!"

The Killifish can be found in the first aquarium tank after being donated.

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donating to the Museum in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Blathers will say the following:

"...Hoo, here's a morsel of interest--killifish are often used in observational studies... This is because they are translucent, wot? Indeed, their innards can be seen clearly from without! In earlier times, folks used killifish to discover how a body processed food. Well, suffice to say, the killifish is a marvelous little wonder that gives people a true eyeful!"

It can be found in the left tube tank.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, the information board in front of the tank which houses the Killifish reads the following:

"Killifish are small, travel in schools, and are known for having eyes higher up on their faces than others. They swim in shallow areas in rivers and mostly eat bugs that float on the surface of the water. This is why they have mouths as high up their faces as their eyes, making them effective hunters. Being the same temperature as the water they inhabit, getting grabbed by warm hands can shock them."

In New Horizons[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"Ah, the magnificent killifish! Did you know there are over 1,000 different species? My goodness, what a family tree to keep track of! My own favorite killifish species are the mangrove, which can live on land for weeks, breathing air! And...the mummichog, the first fish ever brought to space. I wonder if the killifish you've brought me is related to either of those intrepid explorers?"

Upon its donation, the Killifish is located in the small football-shaped tank near the entrance of the Fish exhibit. This tank is shared with the other pond fish.

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Killifish WW.png ''Though small, they're efficient breeders."
  • Size- 4.1 cm
  • Habitat- Ponds
  • Season- Spring and summer

City Folk[edit]

Killifish (City Folk).png ''Once common to small rivers and waterways, it's now rare to find these in the wild."
  • Size- About 4 cm
  • Habitat- Ponds
  • Season- Spring to summer

Further information[edit]

A real life killifish

It is unclear what sort of killifish appears in the Animal Crossing series. Judging by the size estimated within the built-in encyclopedia and the Japanese name, it could be a Japanese rice fish. However, all killifish have common traits, noticeably, their translucent skin which has made them an interest in biology due to the visibility of their digestive system. They are a harmless, common, aquarium fish.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese メダカ
Japanese rice fish

Korean 송사리
Japanese rice fish

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
稻田鱼 / 稻田魚
Japanese rice fish (lit. "rice paddy fish")

Russian Оризия
From Orizyas, the genus the Japanese rice fish belongs to

Dutch Killivis

German Killifisch

European Spanish Killi

European French Fondule barré Banded killifish (Fundulus diaphanus)

Italian Killifish