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"I caught an oarfish! Good, I needed a paddle!" —New Leaf
"I caught an oarfish! I hope I catch morefish!" —New Horizons
Japanese リュウグウノツカイ Korean 산갈치 Chinese 皇带鱼
French Poisson-ruban Italian Pesce remo Spanish Pez remo
German Riemenfisch Dutch Riemvis Russian Сельдяной король
Oarfish NH.png
Scientific name Regalecus glesne
Family Regalecidae (oarfishes)
Time of year December to May
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size 120 cm
Shadow size Huge
Rarity Rare
Selling price 9,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Oarfish (リュウグウノツカイ, Ryūgūnotsukai) is a fish that can be found in the ocean between December and May. It first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and can be sold for 9000 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Oarfish PC Icon.png

Event Availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Huge
Fish Size 501.1 cm - 658.7 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


Oarfish NH Icon.png
"I caught an oarfish! I hope I catch morefish!"

Time of Year North: Dec – May
South: Jun – Nov
Time of Day All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size XX-Large
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 9000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 13500 Bells
Tank Size 3.0 x 2.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

The information board in front of the tank that holds the Oarfish says the following:

"Oarfish are deep-sea dwelling fish with long, thin, silver bodies and one red fin lining their backs. They can reach lengths of over 10 yards (9 meters), making them huge and striking fish. They usually swim by twisting their long, thin bodies, but they can also swim in more vertical positions. Their mouths are small compared to their bodies and they have no teeth, so they're large but not imposing."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating the Oarfish to Blathers at the museum he says the following:

The oarfish is a long, eel-like fish that can supposedly reach up to 36 feet in length. They appear in various legends as things like messengers of the gods. It seems to me a creature like that could explain the myth of massive, ship-crushing sea serpents. It is, of course, well documented that people tend to exaggerate the size of "the one that got away".

When donated, the Oarfish can be found in the north-eastern-most room of the fish exhibit, in the "deep sea" tank which is near the submersible and diving suit. It shares this tank with the Barreleye, Coelacanth, and Football Fish.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given an Oarfish:

"Ooh, I hear bad things about oarfish. People say they're too oily. Nope, not very tasty at all! Bad news! So yeah, I guess I'd better not eat it. I mean, it DOES make sense. Oars are for paddlin', not eatin'!"

Further information[edit]

Oarfish are most probably the origin of the sea serpent mythology. The king of herrings species has a published length of 11 meters (36 ft), with smaller members of the family ranging from 4.6 m (15 ft) up. Due to the consistency of their skin, oarfish rarely are caught alive.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese リュウグウノツカイ
ryūgū no tsukai
(lit. "messenger from the Dragon Palace")

Korean 산갈치

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
皇带鱼 / 皇帶魚
huáng dàiyú
(lit. "royal cutlassfish")

Russian Сельдяной король
Sel'dyanoy korol'

Dutch Riemvis Oarfish
(lit. "belt-fish")

German Riemenfisch Oarfish
(lit. "belt-fish")

European Spanish Pez remo Oarfish

European French Poisson-ruban Oarfish
(lit. "ribbon fish")

Italian Pesce remo Oarfish

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