King Salmon

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King Salmon
Artwork of King Salmon
Real-world info
Name: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
(king salmon)

Family: Salmonidae (salmons and trouts)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Saumon roi
 Salmón real
 Salmone reale
 Saumon royal
 Salmón real

The King Salmon[nb 1] is a freshwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World. It appears at any time of the day during the first month of fall (March in the south hemisphere in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, September in the north hemisphere in New Horizons and in previous games), and except for in New Horizons, it can be found at the river mouth (where the river and sea meet) during the first half of September and in the river during the second half of the month. In New Horizons, it remains exclusively in the river mouth for the entire month.

Catch details[edit]

In Wild World[edit]


King Salmon
"Woohoo! I caught a king salmon! All hail the king! For I am the fish king!"

Description The largest of all the salmons, they're also among the most valuable fish.
Time of year September
Time of day All day
Peak times September (1st half)
Location River (mouth)
Shadow size Huge
Fish size 160 cm
Selling price  1,800 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]


King Salmon
"Whoo hoo! Whoo hoo! I caught a king salmon! All hail the new king! ME!"

Description The largest type of salmon, these are also the highest grade.
Time of year Aug 16 – Sep
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location River (mouth)
Shadow size Large
Fish size About 64 in.
Selling price  1,800 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


King Salmon
"Woohoo! Woohoo! I caught a king salmon! Where are his horses and men?"

Time of year Sep
Time of day All day
Peak times Sep 1 – 15
Location River (mouth)
Shadow size Huge
Fish size 140 cm
Selling price  1,800 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


King Salmon

Event availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow size Huge
Fish size 113.7 cm – 166.3 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling price  4,000 Bells
Request reward  2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stones (1.6%)

In New Horizons[edit]


King Salmon
"WOO-HOO! I caught a king salmon! Checkmate!"

Time of year North: Sep
South: Mar
Time of day All day
Location River (mouth)
Shadow size Very large
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 1,800 Bells
 C.J. 2,700 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series, the King Salmon can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers, who will follow up the donation with a small talk about it.

In Wild World[edit]

Blathers will say this upon the donation:

"The king salmon will swim upstream to spawn, as most people know... What many DON'T know, however, is that it eats nothing while en route! As such, when king salmon begin their journey at the mouth of a river... They're all fatties! Think upon that the next time you eat an entire cake before working out, wot!"

After donation, the King Salmon can be found in the top-most tank.

Blathers will say the following upon the donation dialogue.

In City Folk[edit]

"...Hoo, quite impressive! This one put up quite a fight, I should think? The regal king salmon dwarfs lesser salmon with an overall length of up to 60 inches (130 centimeters), eh wot? Its size makes catching it with a net difficult, so most people rely on a fishing rod to catch the king!"

After donation, the King Salmon can be found in the middle-right tank.

In New Leaf[edit]

"King salmon grow to about twice the size of regular salmon, which really helps them embody the name. This size essentially makes them the actual kings of salmon, though they are also called chinook salmon. In some regions, they return to the river in spring or summer and live there until spawning in the fall. In rare cases, king salmons' meat will be white, but these are not as popular since pink is the standard."

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:

"The king salmon didn't get its name for nothing. This stately fish can weigh in at up to 130 pounds! It's clear why it's referred to as the king of salmon. I imagine even the mightiest net can catch no more than a few at a time. I must say it's a miracle to me that you didn't get dragged out to sea by this one, wot!"

Once donated to the museum, the King Salmon can be found in the lower level of the waterfall tank with the Sturgeon and Mitten Crab.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a King Salmon, Chip will say the following dialogue.

In City Folk[edit]

"Pardon ME if it's wrong to get giddy at the thought of a king-salmon saute! Nyuuuk nyuk nyuk nyuk!"

In New Leaf[edit]

"Now with king salmon, you've got to sauté it, no question! I mean, how else could you really eat it? Well, there is raw, ya know... When you're pressed for time or just really hungry. YUM!"


Real-world information[edit]

The real-life King Salmon

This fish, also known as the Chinook Salmon, is very large, often growing to be over 34 kg (75 lbs). They are very beautiful and are known to be very good fighters when fishing. Once in a while they grow to be over 43 kg (95 lbs) and 1.8 m (6 ft), but the majority are 60–90 cm (2–3 ft) and 14 kg to 18 kg (30 to 40 lbs). They are native to the Pacific coast from Alaska to California, and Argentina to Chile. They are also found in great numbers in Israel, the Great Lakes, along with the Rocky Mountains, notably Lake Michigan where the record is 20 kg (45 lbs) from Illinois.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese キングサーモン
kingu sāmon
King Salmon

Korean 왕연어
King Salmon

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
帝王鲑 / 帝王鮭
King Salmon

Russian Чавыча
Chinook Salmon

Dutch Chinookzalm Chinook Salmon

German Königslachs King Salmon

European Spanish Salmón real Literally "Royal Salmon"

European French Saumon Roi King Salmon

Quebec French Saumon royal Royal Salmon

Italian Salmone reale Literally "Royal Salmon"


  1. Japanese: キングサーモン Hepburn: Kingu sāmon