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Piranha NH.png
Scientific name
Pygocentrus nattereri
(red-bellied piranha)
Serrasalmidae (piranhas and pacus)
Months available June to Mid-September
Times available 9 am to 4 pm, 9 pm to 4 am
Location River
Size About 30 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Rare
Sell price 6,500 Bells (Animal Crossing),
3,200 Bells (PAL Wild World),
2,500 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ピラニア
Korean 피라니아
Italian Pesce piranha
German Piranha

Simplified Chinese 食人鱼
French Piranha
Spanish Piraña
Dutch Piranha

Traditional Chinese 食人魚
Quebec French Piranha
Latin American Spanish Piraña
Russian Пиранья

The Piranha (ピラニア, Pirania) is a rare fish that appears in the river during the day time in the summer. It is quite expensive for such a small fish; in fact, it sells for 2,500 Bells in City Folk, making it the most expensive 'small' fish.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"I caught a piranha! Which river is this, anyway? I'm glad I didn't take a dip!"

Times Jun – Sep [nb 1]:
9AM – 4PM
& 9 PM – 4 AM
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]


"I caught a piranha! He'd better not catch me!"

Description They eat small fish by tearing off pieces and swallowing them whole. Vicious!
Times Jun - Sep: 9AM – 4PM & 9PM – 4AM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 30 cm
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,500 Bells
PAL: 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3,200 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]


"I caught a piranha! Bite the bait, not me!!"

Description A shy species, these prefer to stay in groups. They're popular at aquariums.
Times June – August: 9AM – 4AM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size About 11.7 inches (30 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


"I caught a piranha! Or did it catch ME?!"

Times June - Mid-September: 9 AM - 4 PM and 9 PM - 4 AM
Peak Times -
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 30cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,500 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event Availability Fishing Tourney #5
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Sparkling
Fish Size 25.1 cm - 34.9 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Event only.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png N/A Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png N/A Bells

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a piranha! Sure hope it was the only one!"

Time of Year North: Jun – Sep
South: Dec – Mar
Time of Day 9 AM – 4 PM; 9 PM – 4 AM
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Total Catch 20
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2500 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3750 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In the museum, the Piranha appears in the bottom right tank (Animal Crossing), middle tank (Wild World), or the right tank (City Folk), where it will bash against the walls of the tank in an attempt to reach the player, although this depiction of piranha is inaccurate. In New Horizons the Piranha is in the first room in a large tank, and will charge the tank as well as sometimes follow the player.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Dear me! My mind boggles! I had no inkling that we had such frightfully dangerous fish in these waters! I suppose that would indicate they're not as lethal as they are made out to be... Or are they trying to lull us? Have no fear! We'll look after your sharp-toothed friend. For everyone's sake!"

In Wild World[edit]

"Piranha are rather bony. I can't say I've heard good things about their flavor. Some restaurants do serve them, of course, but as a tourist attraction, eh wot? These things probably sit about discussing OUR flavor, you know."

In City Folk[edit]

"Most people see piranhas as savage fish that enjoy tearing prey apart with their teeth... However, they're actually quite timid, wot wot? They're often treated like bad guys due to their scary faces. I hope we haven't hurt their feelings..."

In New Leaf[edit]

"They have terrifyingly sharp teeth, which contributes to their ferocious reputation. Oddly enough, they are actually quite timid, though they are still very dangerous fish. If they can't find food, they will resort to cannibalism or tear apart any animal they can grab hold of. Take care when catching them so they don't end up biting your hand with their sharp teeth!"

In New Horizons[edit]

"I am not exactly a fan of the piranha...despite knowing that they're mostly harmless. But those nasty, pointy teeth... Hoo. These infamous little blighters will attack when in groups. Imagine all of those hundreds of tiny teeth! To think that they're floundering about our peaceful waters, just waiting to strike. Well, never fear--I shall keep THIS one under the strictest lock and key, with nary a bathroom break allowed!"

The piranha can be found in the large tank on the far right of the first exhibit area which also houses the Arapaima and the Dorado.

Encyclopedia Information[edit]

Once the player has caught a particular fish or bug, they can find information about it in the bug or fish menus. Once the Piranha has been caught, the following information can be found in the fish menu:

Giving to Wendell[edit]

When this fish is given to Wendell in Animal Crossing: City Folk, the player is rewarded with a Cracked Ground design.


Real-world information[edit]


The red-bellied piranha has a reputation one of the most ferocious fish, but this is a widespread myth perpetuated by the media. In reality, they are scavengers that are easily scared. Live-feedings for captive piranha are also unhealthy for them, which again, is falsified in the media. They can be aggressive, but only when they are deprived of food. Red-bellied piranhas can be found in the Amazon River. They grow to about 33 cm and weigh 3 1/2 kilograms.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ピラニア

Korean 피라니아

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
食人鱼 / 食人魚
Lit. "man-eating fish"

Russian Пиранья

Dutch Piranha

German Piranha

European Spanish Piraña

European French Piranha

Italian Pesce piranha Piranha fish

  1. Only until about the 15th of the month