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"I caught a Napoleonfish! Viva la me!" —New Leaf
Japanese ナポレオンフィッシュ Korean 나폴레옹피시 Chinese 苏眉鱼
French Napoléon Italian Pesce napoleone Spanish Pez napoleón
German Napoleonfisch Dutch Napoleonvis Russian Unknown
Napoleonfish NH.png
Scientific name Cheilinus undulatus
Family Labridae (wrasses)
Time of year July to August (in town)
All year (Tortimer Island)
January to February (New Horizons Southern Hemipshere)
Time of day 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Location Sea
Size About 2 meters (80 in)
Shadow size Huge
Rarity Rare
Very Rare (Pocket Camp)
Selling price 10,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

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 July - August: 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 July - August: 4 AM - 9 PM
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 4 AM – 9 PM
Location Sea
Shadow Size XX-Large
Total Catch
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]

Donating 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.

Donating 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."

Donating 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."

Further information[edit]

A real Napoleonfish

The Napoleonfish is actually called the humphead wrasse, and males are larger than females. The fish, unfortunately, is endangered. It is one of the stranger fish that change sex as they grow older.


Sprites and models[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

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

European Spanish Pez napoleón Same as in English.

European French Napoléon

Italian Pesce napoleone Same as in English.