Koi

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Koi
Koi NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Cyprinus rubrofuscus
(Amur carp)

Family: Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Months available All year
Times available 4 pm to 9 am
Location River (Doubutsu no Mori to New Leaf)
Pond (New Horizons)
Size 120 cm
Shadow size Large
Rarity Rare
Very Rare (Pocket Camp)
Sell price 2,000 Bells (Animal Crossing, Wild World)
4,000 Bells (City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ニシキゴイ
Korean 비단잉어
Italian Koi
German Koi-Karpfen

Simplified Chinese 锦鲤
French Carpe koï
Spanish Koi
Dutch Koikarper

Traditional Chinese 錦鯉
Quebec French Carpe koï
Latin American Spanish Koi
Russian Карп кои


The Koi (ニシキゴイ, Nishikigoi) is a rare fish found in rivers (through New Leaf) or in ponds (in New Horizons) between 4 PM to 9 AM all year round. In Animal Crossing and Animal Crossing: Wild World, it can be sold for 2,000 Bells at Tom Nook's store. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it can be sold for 4,000 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#4

Koi
"I caught a koi! Whoever colored it did a real good job!"

Times All year: 4 PM - 9 AM
Location River
Shadow Size Large
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#7

Koi
"I caught a koi! Don't be coy! (Ugh.)"

Description Bred to be admired, koi are easy to raise. They can live up to 100 years. Wow!
Times All Year: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Medium-Large
Fish Size 75 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#7

Koi
"I caught a koi! Oh, boy!"

Description These carp are bred for viewing. Easy to raise, some can live up to 100 years.
Times All Year: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size About 32 inches (80 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#7

Koi
""I caught a koi! Can't play koi with me!""

Times All Year: 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size 60cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4,000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#15

Koi

Event Availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size 46.8 cm - 73.1 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate 3.5907%
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]

#6

Koi
"I caught a koi! I don't know why it's so shy... or such a bad speller..."

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location Pond
Shadow Size Large
Rarity
Total Catch 20
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series, the Koi can be donated to the museum, followed by a small talk by Blathers about it.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Some fish bring a higher price at the market than koi, but koi are special in some indescribable way... For whatever the reason, catching a koi feels like... like catching a living fortune, somehow. Interesting, that. Well, aren't I incoherent! All rambling aside, rest easy knowing we will give this noble fish the utmost care."

In Wild World[edit]

"Hoo my! This addition should improve attendance at the museum most dramatically! I suspect that with the addition of this marvelous koi to the collection, folks from all around <<town name>> will be flocking to see it, wot wot!"

In City Folk[edit]

"...Great hoo! One of these should liven up the museum nicely, that's for certain! I say, I've heard a koi's worth is determined by how flashy its coloring is... Hoo now... How many Bells might this one be worth? ...Hoo, compose yourself, Blathers. This is for the museum!"

The Koi can be found in the middle-left tank, with other fresh-water river fish.

In New Leaf[edit]

Once the Koi is donated, there is information on the board in front of the tank that houses it.

"Though typically pale in color, these aquarium fish also can be found with rather beautiful patterns. This is all thanks to very selective breeding of carp with genetic mutations, allowing for diversity. No two koi have the exact same pattern and are popularly known as "swimming jewels" as a result. They can be sold for a very high price, depending on their coloring and pattern. If properly cared for, they can live for over 100 years, making them a staple for outdoor garden ponds."

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:

"Koi are a variety of carp bred for their color mutations...starting more than a thousand years ago! Well, one glance at their impressive coloring tells you that the centuries of effort were worth it. And even today people still selectively breed koi in search of new color combinations! One marvels at the thought of what the koi may look like in another thousand years."

The Koi can be found in the recessed tank in the freshwater room in the aquarium, and also in the fountain pool in the butterfly room.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

The toy set

Real-world information[edit]

Different varieties of koi.

The koi is an ornamental fish of the common carp variety, or Cyprinus carpio. They are found usually in private and public aquariums and they are bred mainly for decoration. Much as the goldfish, the koi is also interbred from specially selected carp. Unlike the goldfish however, they have a common body shape, but with different colors (the opposite of goldfish). They are omnivores, feeding mainly on insects and algae. The name koi comes from the Japanese コイ, pertaining to the common carp—the Japanese term for koi is nishigikoi (錦鯉), which literally means "brocaded carp". Small Wikipedia logo.png More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ニシキゴイ
nishikigoi
Koi (lit. "brocaded carp")

Korean 비단잉어
bidaning-eo
Koi (lit. "brocaded carp")

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
锦鲤 / 錦鯉
jǐnlǐ
Koi (lit. "brocaded carp")

Russian Карп кои
Karp koi
Koi carp

Dutch Koikarper Koi carp

German Koi-Karpfen Koi carp

European Spanish Koi Same as in English

European French Carpe koï Koi carp

Italian Koi Same as in English