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"I caught a koi! Whoever colored it did a real good job!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a koi! Don't be coy! (Ugh.)" —Wild World
"I caught a koi! Oh, boy!" —City Folk
"I caught a koi! Can't play koi with me!" —New Leaf
Koi (PC).png
Scientific name Cyprinus carpio
Family Cyprinidae - Minnows/Carp
Time of year All year
Time of day 4 pm to 9 am
Location River
Size 120 cm
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Rare
Very Rare (Pocket Camp)
Selling price 2,000 Bells (Animal Crossing, Wild World)
4,000 Bells (City Folk, New Leaf)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Koi (ニシキゴイ, Nishikigoi) is a rare fish found in rivers between 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. 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 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it can be sold for 4,000 Bells.

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."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Koi WW.png ''Bred to be admired, koi are easy to raise. They can live up to 100 years. Wow!"
  • Size- 0.7 m
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- All year

City Folk[edit]

Koi (City Folk).png ''These carp are bred for viewing. Easy to raise, some can live up to 100 years."
  • Size- About 80 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- All year

Further information[edit]

Different varieties of koi.

The Cyprinus carpio or koi as it is better known, is an ornamental fish of the common carp variety. 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".

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Toy set[edit]

The toy set

The Koi appeared in a toy set along with Purrl (a cat villager), an Eel and a fish tank.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Koi Same as in English.
French Carpe koï Koi carp
Italian Koi Same as the English name.