King Salmon

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King Salmon
King Salmon NH.png
Scientific name
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
(king salmon)
Family
Salmonidae (salmons and trouts)
Months available September
Times available All day
Location River Mouth (September 1–14)
Rivers (September 15–30)
Size About 2 meters
Shadow size Huge
Rarity Rare
Very Rare (Pocket Camp)
Sell price 1,800 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese キングサーモン
Simplified Chinese 帝王鲑
French Saumon roi
Spanish Salmón real
Italian Salmone reale
Russian Чавыча

Korean 왕연어
Traditional Chinese 帝王鮭
Quebec French Saumon royal
Latin American Spanish Salmón real
German Königslachs
Dutch Chinookzalm


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 autumn (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]

#28

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.
Times September: All Day
Peak Times September (1st half)
Location River mouth
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 160 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,800 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#29

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.
Times September: All Day
Peak Times
Location River mouth
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size About 64 inches (163 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,800 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#31

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

Times September: All Day
Peak Times 1st half of September
Location River Mouth
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 140cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,800 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#24

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 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stones (1.6%)

In New Horizons[edit]

#32

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 X-Large
Rarity
Total Catch 20
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1800 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2700 Bells
Tank 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.

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers will say the following upon the donation:

"...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]

Blathers will say the following upon donation:

"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!"

Gallery[edit]

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]

Italian Salmone reale Literally "Royal Salmon"

Notes[edit]

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