Puffer Fish

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Puffer Fish
 
Japanese ハリセンボン Korean 가시복 Chinese 刺豚
French Poisson-porc-épic Italian Pesce istrice Spanish Pez erizo
German Igelfisch Dutch Egelvis Russian Еж-рыба
Puffer Fish NH.png
Scientific name Diodon holocanthus
(long-spined porcupinefish)
Family Diodontidae (porcupinefishes)
Time of year July to September
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Size 35 cm (14 in)
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 200 Bells (Animal Forest e+)
240 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

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
"Unknown catch quote."

Times Jul – Sep: All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size Unknown
Rarity Unknown
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 200 Bells
Tank 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.
Times Jul – Sep: All Day
Peak Times Aug – Sep
Location Sea
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 35 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 240 Bells
PAL: 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 200 Bells
Tank 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.
Times Jul – Sep: All day
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size About 14 inches (35 cm)
Rarity Unknown
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 240 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#51

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

Times Jul – Sep: All day
Peak Times August
Location Sea (including Tortimer Island)
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 35cm
Rarity Unknown
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 240 Bells
Tank 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 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 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]

#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
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 250 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 375 Bells
Tank 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]

Upon donating to the museum and asking for more details, Blathers will say:

"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]

Further 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