Ranchu Goldfish

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"I caught a Ranchu Goldfish! But I prefer balsamicu goldfish!" —New Horizons
Ranchu Goldfish
Japanese ランチュウ Korean 난주 Chinese 兰寿金鱼
French Ranchu Italian Ranchu Spanish Ranchú
German Ranchu Dutch Buffelrug Russian Unknown
Ranchu Goldfish NH.png
Scientific name Carassius auratus
Family Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Time of year All year
Time of day 9 AM - 4 PM
Location Pond
Size -
Shadow size Small
Rarity Rare
Selling price 4,500 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Ranchu Goldfish is a rare fish introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It can be found in ponds.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


Ranchu Goldfish
"I caught a Ranchu Goldfish! But I prefer balsamicu goldfish!"

Time of Year North: All Year
South: All Year
Time of Day 9 AM – 4 PM
Location Pond
Shadow Size Small
Total Catch
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4500 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 6750 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]

When asked about the fish, Blathers will say the following:

"The ranchu goldfish is a charming relative of the goldfish with a bumpy head and stout, round body. They have ordinary heads when born, but develop impressive rectangular heads after about three years. Supposedly their head shape changes depending of factors like the size of their tank... So ranchu goldfish enthusiasts aim to raise perfectly shaped specimens and work hard to achieve this. Of course, no one asks the ranchu goldfish themselves what shape they want their heads to be..."

The Goldfish can be found in the tank immediately to the right of the entrance to the fish section of the museum.

Further Information[edit]

A real world ranchu

The Ranchu, (jap.: Katakana: ランチュウ; Kanji: 蘭鋳, 蘭虫 or 卵虫, literally "Dutch worm") is a hooded variety of fancy goldfish developed in Japan. It is referred to as the "king of goldfish" by the Japanese.

The modern-day ranchu is a Japanese development of the lionhead. They are the direct outcome of crossbreeding experiments of different Chinese lionhead specimens.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ランチュウ

Korean 난주

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
兰寿金鱼 / 蘭壽金魚
lánshòu jīnyú
Ranchu goldfish

Russian Ранчу

Dutch Buffelrug

German Ranchu -

European Spanish Ranchú -

European French Ranchu -

Italian Ranchu -