Puffer Fish

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Puffer Fish
Artwork of Puffer Fish
Real-world info
Name: Diodon holocanthus
(long-spined porcupinefish)

Family: Diodontidae (porcupinefishes)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 ハリセンボン
 刺豚
 Poisson-porc-épic
 Pez erizo
 Pesce istrice
 Еж-рыба
 가시복
 刺河豚
 Poisson-porc-épic
 Pez erizo
 Igelfisch
 Egelvis

The Puffer Fish (ハリセンボン, Harisenbon) is a saltwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Doubutsu no Mori e+.

Catch details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

#41
Puffer Fish
"ハリセンボンを 釣り上げた! イタ~イ!"
Translation: "I caught a balloonfish! Ouuch!"

Time of year Jul – Sep
Time of day All day
Location Animal Island
Shadow size Small
Selling price  200 Bells
Feng shui None
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In Wild World[edit]

#41

Puffer Fish
"I caught a puffer fish! So cute! So painful!"

Description Each puffer fish has about 400 needles. They're related to blowfish, but aren't poisonous.
Time of year Jul – Sep
Time of day All day
Peak times Aug – Sep
Location Sea
Shadow size Small
Fish size 35 cm
Selling price  240 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In City Folk[edit]

#46

Puffer Fish
"I caught a puffer fish! Aww... Or should I say "OW?!""

Description A nonpoisonous member of the blowfish family, these have about 400 spikes.
Time of year Jul – Sep
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Shadow size Small
Fish size About 14 in.
Selling price  240 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In New Leaf[edit]

#51

Puffer Fish
"I caught a puffer fish! Ouch!"

Time of year Jul – Sep
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day All day
Peak times August
Location Sea
Tortimer Island
Shadow size Medium
Fish size 35 cm
Rarity Unknown
Selling price  240 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


In Pocket Camp[edit]

#52

Puffer Fish

Event availability Fishing Tourney #2
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Medium
Fish size 29.5 cm – 40.8 cm
Rarity ★★
Catch rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling price  100 Bells
Request reward  1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)


In New Horizons[edit]

#55

Puffer Fish
"I caught a puffer fish! I thought you would be tougher, fish!"

Time of year North: Jul – Sep
South: Jan – Mar
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Unknown
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 250 Bells
 C.J. 375 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0


Donating to the museum[edit]

In Wild World[edit]

Upon donating the Puffer Fish to Blathers in the museum, he will say this:

"Puffer fish are tastier then they look, you know! Not at all rubbery! Just imagine if you could inflate them, THEN eat them! POP! Delicious! That would be a hit with the kids, eh wot?"

In City Folk[edit]

As the Puffer Fish is donated to the museum, Blathers will say this:

"If you actually bother to count them, the average puffer fish is said to have around 400 spines on it. Oh, and in case you don't know, while the puffer fish may look like a blowfish, it is NOT poisonous. So, on the whole, this fish is much less fearsome than it looks... Or perhaps it just believes in fair play, wot?"

It can be found in the back sea tank, with other sea fish. It spends time as the non-puffed fish, then will puff up and show its spines when another fish comes too close.

In New Leaf[edit]

An information board in the aquarium displays this description of the puffer fish upon donation:

"As expected, all Puffer Fish are covered in spines. While related to the blowfish, they are not poisonous. Exaggerated claims about the fish say they have 1,000 spines; the true number is between 300 and 400. When threatened, they suck in water and air to puff themselves up in order to intimidate enemies."

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:

"Like its cousin the blowfish, when the puffer fish feels threatened it inflates into a spiky balloon. The biggest difference between them is that the puffer fish is not deadly poisonous like its kin. So while it may look scary, the substantially reduced risk to life and limb makes it much better company."

Gallery[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

A real-life puffer fish.

As a defense mechanism, puffers have the ability to inflate rapidly, filling their extremely elastic stomachs with water (or air when outside the water) until they are almost spherical. Thus, a predator stalking the puffers may suddenly find itself facing what seems to be a much larger fish and pause, giving the puffers an opportunity to retreat to safety. When the fish is lifted out of water, there is a risk that puffers may inflate with air. This may result in problems deflating again afterward. When this happens with aquarium specimens, the recommended course of action for fish keepers is to hold the puffer underwater by the tail, head upwards, and shake the fish gently until the air escapes out of the mouth.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ハリセンボン
hari-senbon
Porcupinefish, lit. "thousand needles"

Korean 가시복
gasibok
Long-spine porcupinefish, lit. "spiny porcupinefish"

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
刺豚 / 刺河豚
cìtún / cìhétún
Lit. "spiny (river) pig". From Japanese 河豚, fugu, a delicacy prepared from poisonous pufferfish

Russian Еж-рыба
Yezh-ryba
Porcupinefish, lit. "hedgehog fish"

Dutch Egelvis Porcupinefish, lit. "hedgehog fish"

German Igelfisch Porcupinefish, lit. "hedgehog fish"

European Spanish Pez erizo Porcupinefish, lit. "hedgehog fish"

European French Poisson-porc-épic Porcupinefish

Italian Pesce istrice Porcupinefish