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Artwork of rainbowfish
Real-world info
Name: Rhadinocentrus ornatus
(ornate rainbowfish)

Family: Melanotaeniidae (rainbowfishes)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Poisson arc-en-ciel
 Pez arcoíris
 Pesce arcobaleno
 Pez arcoíris

The rainbowfish is a fish introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It appears as a tiny shadow that can be found in rivers from 9 AM to 4 PM from late spring to mid fall, selling for  800 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a rainbowfish! Where's my pot of goldfish?"

Time of year North: May – Oct
South: Nov – Apr
Time of day 9 AM – 4 PM
Location River
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Uncommon
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 800 Bells
 C.J. 1,200 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series, the rainbowfish can be donated to the island's museum by talking to Blathers, the curator. He will say the following when given a rainbowfish:

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:

"The rainbowfish is a tropical fish known for its metallic colors and beautiful fins. There are over 50 different species, each unique and pleasing color. I must say, it does make me wish for feathers of a more exciting hue than "underbaked brownie."

Once donated to the museum, the rainbowfish can be found in the small fish tank in the entrance room with the betta and nibble fish.


Real-world information[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese レインボーフィッシュ
reinbō fisshu

Korean 레인보우피시

Simplified Chinese 彩虹鱼

Traditional Chinese 彩虹魚

Russian Радужница

Dutch Regenboogvis Rainbowfish

German Regenbogenfisch -

European Spanish Pez arcoíris -

European French Poisson-arc-en-ciel -

Italian Pesce arcobaleno -