Pop-Eyed Goldfish

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Pop-Eyed Goldfish
Pop-Eyed Goldfish NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Carassius auratus
(goldfish)

Family: Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Months available All year
Times available 9 am to 4 pm
Location River (Doubutsu no Mori to New Leaf)
Pond (New Horizons)
Size 12 cm
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Rare
Sell price 1,300 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese デメキン
Simplified Chinese 龙睛金鱼
French Cyprin doré
Spanish Pez telescopio
Italian Pesce telescopio
Russian Телескоп

Korean 툭눈금붕어
Traditional Chinese 龍睛金魚
Quebec French Cyprin doré
Latin American Spanish Pez telescopio
German Teleskopauge
Dutch Telescoopooggoudvis


The Pop-Eyed Goldfish (デメキン, Demekin), known as the Popeyed Goldfish prior to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is a rare tiny-shadowed fish in the Animal Crossing series found in the river in all games prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where it is now a pond fish. It sells for 1,300 Bells and appears all year from 9 AM to 4 PM. The player's catch quotes in Animal Crossing and Animal Crossing: New Leaf reference the cartoon Popeye, where spinach is a source of strength for the titular character.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#27

Pop-Eyed Goldfish
"I caught a popeyed goldfish! Aw, look... He wants spinach..."

Times All year: 9 AM – 4 PM
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#9

Pop-Eyed Goldfish
"I caught a popeyed goldfish! I think he is in shock!"

Description Though their eyes are big, their vision is poor.
Times All year: 9 AM – 4 PM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 15 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#9

Pop-Eyed Goldfish
"I got a popeyed goldfish! It's bugging out!"

Description Though these have big eyes, their vision is quite poor. They use to look like ordinary goldfish, but as they age, they turn darker and their eyes bug out.
Times All year: 9 AM – 4 PM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size About 6 inches (15 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#9

Pop-Eyed Goldfish
""I caught a pop-eyed goldfish! It should have eaten its spinach!""

Times All year: 9 AM – 4 PM
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 15 cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#48

Pop-Eyed Goldfish

Event Availability Fishing Tourney: Fireworks
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 15.2 cm – 21.8 cm
Rarity ★★
Catch Rate 5.8348%
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 200 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]

#8

Pop-Eyed Goldfish
"I caught a pop-eyed goldfish! It looks so...surprised!"

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day 9 AM – 4 PM
Location Pond
Shadow Size X-Small
Rarity
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1300 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1950 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

When a Popeyed Goldfish is donated, Blathers will say this:

"Those adorable little fins! Those huge, googly eyes! Even I am helpless in the face of their cuteness! We will take special care of this precious fellow. Welcome to your new home, you darling little fishy!"

In Wild World[edit]

When a Popeyed Goldfish is donated, Blathers will say this:

"You should know, the eyes on the popeyed goldfish can occasionally pop out! There's nothing wrong, of course, and if you let the fish be, they go back in. Even so, the first time I witnessed it, MY eyes nearly popped out, wot wot!"

In City Folk[edit]

When accepting the fish for the Museum, Blathers will say this:

"Popeyed goldfish look like any other ordinary goldfish whilst still juveniles. As they begin to mature, their eyes bulge outward and gradually assume that distinctive appearance. Imagine how appalled you'd be if you brought one home thinking it was a normal goldfish...".

In New Leaf[edit]

An information board in the aquarium will display this description of the Pop-Eyed Goldfish upon donation:

"They're known for their protruding eyes, as the name indicates, but this feature is actually a detriment. Their vision is quite poor, to the point that they will swim past food and frequently bump into things. They are a type of goldfish and get their distinguishing eye pop about two months after birth."

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"Pop-eyed goldfish have, as the name suggests, huge round eyes. But as babies they look like other goldfish! As they grow, their eyes begin to pop out and they gain their, hoo, distinct appearance... Imagine the poor fish fancier who unknowingly bought one! Their eyes might well pop out just as far!"

Gallery[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

RealPopeyedGoldfish.jpg

The Carassius auratus shares its scientific name with all types of Goldfish. The Popeyed Goldfish, or Black Moor Goldfish, is a harmless fish that lives in slow-flowing ponds, ditches, rivers, and lakes. It is a specially bred type of carp with large, protruding eyes, which, to some people's surprise, has poor eyesight as a result of its heavy inbreeding. It is related to other types of telescope fish, Carp and is indirectly related to the Koi. It feeds off of small insects, crustaceans, and plants. In China, it is called the dragon-eye. They are good for people who are just starting their freshwater tank.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese デメキン
Demekin
Telescope goldfish (lit. "pop-eye gold[fish]")

Korean 툭눈금붕어
tuknungeumbung-eo
Telescope goldfish

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
龙睛金鱼 / 龍睛金魚
lóngjīng jīnyú
lit. "dragon-eyed goldfish"

Russian Телескоп
Teleskop
"Telescope"

Dutch Telescoopooggoudvis lit. "Telescope-eyed goldfish

German Teleskopauge lit. "Telescope eye"

European Spanish Pez telescopio Literally, "telescope fish"

European French Cyprin doré Goldfish

Italian Black Moor (PG to CF)
Pesce telescopio (NL onward)
A black variant of the telescope goldfish.

Common name used to describe telescope eyes goldfish.