King Salmon

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"Woohoo! I caught a king salmon! All hail the king! For I am the fish king!" —Wild World
"Whoo hoo! Whoo hoo! I caught a king salmon! All hail the new king! ME!" —City Folk
"Woohoo! Woohoo! I caught a king salmon! Where are his horses and men?" —New Leaf
King Salmon
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Scientific name Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Family Oncorhynchus - Pacific Salmon
Time of year September
Time of day 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)
Selling price 1,800 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The king salmon (キングサーモン, Kingu sāmon) is the largest Salmonid in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk. It sells for 1,800 Bells and is approximately 163 cm (64 inch) long. It appears in September at any time of the day. It can be found at the river mouth (which is where the river and ocean meet) in the first half of September, but moves up to the river in the second half of the month.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series, the king salmon can be donated to the museum aquarium by talking to Blathers, who will follow up the donation with a small talk about it. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, it can be found in the top-most tank. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, it can be found in the middle-right tank.

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!"

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!"

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!"

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

King Salmon WW.png ''The largest of all the salmons, they're also among the most valuable fish."
  • Size- 1.6 m
  • Habitat- Rivers and estuaries
  • Season- September

City Folk[edit]

King Salmon (City Folk).png ''The largest type of salmon, these are also the highest grade."
  • Size- About 163 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers (river mouth)
  • Season- September

Further information[edit]

The real-life king salmon

This fish, also known as 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]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Salmone reale Literally "Royal Salmon"