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Napoleonfish NH.png
Scientific name
Cheilinus undulatus
Labridae (wrasses)
Months available July to August (in town)
All year (Tortimer Island)
January to February (New Horizons Southern Hemipshere)
Times available 4 AM to 9 PM
Location Sea
Size About 2 meters (80 in)
Shadow size Huge
Rarity Rare
Very Rare (Pocket Camp)
Sell price 10,000 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ナポレオンフィッシュ
Simplified Chinese 苏眉鱼
French Napoléon
Spanish Pez napoleón
Italian Pesce napoleone
Russian Рыба-наполеон

Korean 나폴레옹피시
Traditional Chinese 蘇眉魚
Quebec French Napoléon
Latin American Spanish Pez napoleón
German Napoleonfisch
Dutch Napoleonvis

The Napoleonfish (ナポレオンフィッシュ, Naporeon Fisshu) is a big, blue, rare fish with a large humped head. One of a group of fish which all sell for 10,000 Bells, this fish appears during late summer in the sea and island sea. Like most other sea fish, the Napoleonfish appears in the back tank, when placed in the museum. Its first appearance is in Animal Crossing: City Folk and it also appears in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


"I caught a Napoleonfish! Look at the hat on this guy!"

Description The humps on the heads of these fish get bigger as they age.
Times Jul - Aug: All Day
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size About 80 inches (2 m)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In New Leaf[edit]


"I caught a Napoleonfish! Viva la me!"

Times Jul - Aug: 4AM - 9PM
Peak Times -
Location Sea (including (Tortimer Island)
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 180cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event Availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 175.1 cm - 184.9 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 5,000 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]


"I caught a Napoleonfish! It's not as big as it thinks!"

Time of Year North: Jul – Aug
South: Jan – Feb
Time of Day 4AM – 9PM
Location Sea
Shadow Size XX-Large
Total Catch 50
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 15000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donating the Napoleonfish to the museum, Blathers will comment:

"Hoo, my good gracious! What size! What majesty! What impact this fish has! When fully grown, the body of this fish can reach a length of over 80 inches, eh wot? The beady eyes and pouty mouth make it appear a bit dull witted...which I find rather charming!"

The Napoleonfish can be found lazing around near the bottom of the sea fish tank at the back of the fish exhibit.

In New Leaf[edit]

After donating a Napoleonfish to Blathers, it will appear in the section for fish and sea creatures, specifically in the large tank in the northeastern room of the fish and sea creatures area.

The exhibit has this to say about the Napoleonfish:

"Called Napoleonfish, these fish also have the more accurate name of humphead wrasse. The true name comes from the distinctive humps on their heads. But "Napoleonfish" is more popular. When small, all Napoleonfish are females, but some become males as they age and their humps grow. Their bodies also turn a bluer shade as they mature and become males, making identification simple. Their bulky bodies, which can get to about six feet long, still glide easily through warm tropical waters. Finding these fish is a real treat for divers, as they're stunning to see-- and it's a great story to tell."

In New Horizons[edit]

Blathers will say this when given a Napoleonfish:

"Quite the catch you've brought! The stately and debonair Napoleonfish is truly something to behold. Those beady eyes! That bumpy head! That bold blue-green coloring! Alas, this quirky creature is quite endangered due to a variety of factors. Needless to say, we must do our very best to take care of our lumpy friend and its environment."


Real-world information[edit]

A real Napoleonfish

The Napoleonfish, Cheilinus undulatus, is more commonly known as the humphead wrasse; both names are derived from the large hump on the forehead of adults. Males are larger than females. Due to overfishing and the destruction of coral reefs, their natural habitats, the fish is now considered endangered. Humphead wrasses are protogynous hermaphrodites: all fish are born female, but contain the genes for both sexes, and some fish change sex to male a year or two after sexual maturity.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ナポレオンフィッシュ
Same as in English

Korean 나폴레옹피시
Same as in English

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
苏眉鱼 / 蘇眉魚
Named for the eyebrow-like horizontal streaks around the eyes (苏/蘇 indicates "down the head", 眉 means "eyebrow", and 鱼 means "fish")

Russian Рыба-наполеон
Same as in English

Dutch Napoleonvis Same as in English

German Napoleonfisch Same as in English

European Spanish Pez napoleón Same as in English

European French Napoléon

Italian Pesce napoleone Same as in English