Olive Flounder

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Olive Flounder
Olive Flounder NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Paralichthys olivaceus
(olive flounder)

Family: Paralichthyidae (large-tooth flounders)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ヒラメ
Korean 넙치
Italian Sogliola
German Flunder

Simplified Chinese 比目鱼
French Cardeau
Spanish Rodaballo
Dutch Bot

Traditional Chinese 比目魚
Quebec French Cardeau
Latin American Spanish Rodaballo
Russian Ложный палтус


The Olive Flounder (ヒラメ, Hirame) is a saltwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori e+. It is very similar in appearance to the Dab, another saltwater fish, and is even confused with it by the player in the its catch quotes in Wild World and New Leaf.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it is used for the Soup de Poisson and Olive Flounder Meunière recipes for the Harvest Festival.

Catch details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

#43

Olive Flounder
"ひらめを つり・・・ だよな? カレイなの?"

Times All year: All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size -
Rarity -
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#47

Olive Flounder
"I caught a dab! Oh wait... Are you an olive flounder? Oh, yeah, you are, aren't you?"

Description Their eyes are in the middle when they are born, then move to either side as they mature.
Times All year: All day
Peak Times November - March
Location Sea
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size 80 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#52

Olive Flounder
"I caught an olive flounder! Hey, flatty bo batty!"

Description These look like dabs, but the eyes migrate after birth to the left side.
Times All Year: All Day
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size About 32 inches (80 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#57

Olive Flounder
"I caught a dab... Huh? Just kidding! It's an olive flounder! Make up your mind, fishy!"

Times All Year: All Day
Peak Times November - March
Location Sea (including Tortimer Island)
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size 80cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#3

Olive Flounder

Event Availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size 66.8 cm - 93.1 cm
Rarity
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]

In New Horizons, an Olive Flounder can be used as an ingredient in the fish meunière dish on Turkey Day.

#62

Olive Flounder
"I caught an olive flounder! That's not the pits!"

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size X-Large
Rarity
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1200 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

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 sea 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:

"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!"

Gallery[edit]

Real-world 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]

Japanese ヒラメ
hirame
Olive flounder

Korean 넙치
neopchi
Olive flounder

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
比目鱼 / 比目魚
bǐmùyú
Flatfish

Russian Ложный палтус
Lozhnyy paltus
Olive flounder

Dutch Bot European flounder

German Flunder Flounder

European Spanish Rodaballo Turbot

European French Cardeau Paralichthys

Italian Sogliola Sole