Olive Flounder

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"I caught a dab! Oh wait... Are you an olive flounder? Oh, yeah, you are, aren't you?" —Wild World
"I caught an olive flounder! Hey, flatty bo batty!" —City Folk
"I caught a dab... Huh? Just kidding! It's an olive flounder! Make up your mind, fishy!" —New Leaf
"I caught an olive flounder! That's not the pits!" —New Horizons
Olive Flounder
Japanese Unknown Korean Unknown Chinese Unknown
French Unknown Italian Unknown Spanish Rodaballo
German Unknown Dutch Unknown Russian Unknown
Olive Flounder NH.png
Scientific name Paralichthys olivaceus
Family Paralicthydae - Large-tooth flounders
Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size 80 cm
Shadow size Large
Rarity Uncommon,
Common (Pocket Camp)
Selling price 800 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The olive flounder (ヒラメ, Hirami) is an uncommon fish that can be found in the ocean. It appears all day at any time during the year. It is a member of the flatfish group. This fish is a lighter brown than the dab and also shows two eyes. It sells for 800 Bells at Tom Nook's store.

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all bugs and fish in the Animal Crossing series, the olive flounder can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. During a donation, Blathers will tell the player a bit about the donation. Below is what he has to say.

In Wild World[edit]

Blathers has this to say about the olive flounder in Animal Crossing: Wild World:

"For some time, I was convinced that olive flounder tasted of olives. It turned out that it was a rather elaborate joke played upon me... I should have known there are no such things as flounder olives, either!"

In City Folk[edit]

Upon donating the olive flounder in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Blathers will say the following:

"Olive flounders are masters of self-transformation... who, I'm told, can grow to almost 40 inches (a meter) long. That's like some sort of underwater bath mat! It's a good thing you caught this one while it's still young!"

It can be found in the tank at the back of the aquarium, hiding underneath sand, with other ocean fish.

In New Leaf[edit]

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

"Olive flounders are rather flexible whitefish that have both eyes on the left side of their body. They can reach three feet in length and are commonly mistaken for dabs, a close relative. When young, they have an eye on each side, but as they age, their right eye migrates to their left side. These carnivorous fish can change color to camouflage themselves on the seabed as they wait for prey."

In New Horizons[edit]

Upon donating the olive flounder in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Blathers will say the following:

Acnh olive flounder caught.jpg
"Did you know that the olive flounder is the same shape as other fish when it hatches? But as it grows, it gets both wider and flatter, and can reach some three feet long. These flat fish spend much of their lives buried under the sandy ocean floor, waiting for prey to happen by. Imagine the surprise for said prey when they strike. It would be as if your kitchen floor were to bite you."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given an olive flounder:

"Olive flounder–BOY, are they tasty! In fact, I'm just gonna go ahead and scarf this guy down right very second! I can hardly wait!"

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Olive Flounder WW.png ''Their eyes are in the middle when they are born, then move to either side as they mature."
  • Size- 2.6 feet (0.8 meters)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Spring to fall

City Folk[edit]

Olive Flounder (City Folk).png ''These look like dabs, but the eyes migrate after birth to the left side."
  • Size- About 32 inches (80 centimeters)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- All year

Pocket Camp[edit]

Olive Flounder PC Icon.png Caught Saltwater Shores
  • Selling Price- 10 Bells PC.png
  • Rarity- ★
  • Smallest- 66.8 cm
  • Largest- 92.7 cm

Further information[edit]

A real olive flounder

The Olive Flounder is an Asian flatfish that occupies a large area of Asian flatfish taken for commercial reasons. Hirame (平目 / ヒラメ) as it is called in Japan or (광어 Korea Flatfish) as it is known is Korea is widely raised in aquaculture in China, Korea and Japan as a food fish. It is a very large type of flatfish that can be well over a meter in length which is far larger than most other species that typically never reach more than 30 cm.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Rodaballo
French Cardeau
Dutch Bot European flounder