Moray Eel

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Moray Eel
Moray Eel NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Gymnothorax kidako
(kidako moray)

Family: Muraenidae (morays)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ウツボ
Korean 곰치
Italian Murena
German Muräne

Simplified Chinese 裸胸鳝
French Murène
Spanish Morena
Dutch Murene

Traditional Chinese 裸胸鱔
Quebec French Murène
Latin American Spanish Morena
Russian Мурена

The Moray Eel (ウツボ, Utsubo) is a rare fish in the eel family. It is yellow with a brown top and tail. It sells for as much as its freshwater counterpart, 2,000 Bells. The fish has a very large shadow when in the water (changed to thin in New Horizons). It appears in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


Moray Eel
"I caught a moray eel! Now that's a moray!"

Description These natural enemies of the octopus hide in the rocks in the shallow sea.
Times Aug - Oct: All day
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size About 32 inches (80 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


Moray Eel
"I caught a moray eel! And I was like, "No way! Deal!""

Times Aug - Oct: All day
Peak Times -
Location Sea (including Tortimer Island)
Shadow Size Very large
Fish Size 80cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Moray Eel
"I caught a moray eel! When you're in love, that's a moray!"

Time of Year North: Aug – Oct
South: Feb – Apr
Time of Day All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size Long
Total Catch 20
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, Blathers says the following:

"The moray eel has a reputation as the gangster of the deeps, eh wot? But in actuality... It's quite the scaredy-pants and rarely strays from the home it makes between large rocks. If one doesn't start any trouble, one won't find any trouble. Such is the philosophy of the moray. It's rather universal, wot? The stronger one is, the more one understands the value of avoiding trouble..."

In the Museum, this fish appears in the back tank, under a rock. It occasionally pokes its head out.

In New Leaf[edit]

The information board in front of the tank that houses the moray eel says the following:

"Moray eels can often be seen sticking just their heads out from between two rocks. When unsuspecting prey approaches, they dart out to snatch it up into their sharp-toothed mouths. Once moray eels have their teeth in you, it's hard to get away, making moray-eel bites no trifling matter. Their long, finless bodies are covered in tough, snakelike skin that often gets used as leather."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Despite its rather frightening features, the moray eel is really a very cowardly fish. It lives its life hiding in caves, and will only attack if you're looking for a fight. You've heard of a "bark that is worse than the bite"? Well, the moray eel has a face that's worse than its fight!"

The Moray Eel can be found in the shark tunnel exhibit in the museum.


Real-world information[edit]

A real moray eel

The Animal Crossing series moray can be found in shallow Pacific waters off the coast of Japan in reality. The approximately 200 species in 15 genera are almost exclusively marine, but several species are regularly seen in brackish water, and a few, for example the freshwater moray can sometimes be found in fresh water. The body is generally patterned. In some species, the inside of the mouth is also patterned. Their jaws are wide, framing a protruding snout. Most possess large teeth used to tear flesh or grasp slippery prey items.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ウツボ
Moray eel

European Spanish Morena Moray eel

European French Murène Moray eel

Italian Murena Moray eel