- "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
|Scientific name||Oryzias latipes|
|Time of year||April to August|
|Time of day||All day|
|Selling price||300 Bells|
In New Leaf
In Pocket Camp
In New Horizons
Donation to the museum
In Animal Crossing
"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
"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
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
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
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.
|''Though small, they're efficient breeders."|
|''Once common to small rivers and waterways, it's now rare to find these in the wild."|
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