Ranchu Goldfish

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"I caught a Ranchu Goldfish! But I prefer balsamicu goldfish!" —New Horizons

Ranchu Goldfish
Ranchu Goldfish NH.png
Scientific name
Carassius auratus
Cyprinidae (carps and minnows)
Months available All year
Times available 9 AM - 4 PM
Location Pond
Size -
Shadow size Small
Rarity Rare
Sell price 4,500 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ランチュウ
Korean 난주
Italian Ranchu
German Ranchu

Simplified Chinese 兰寿金鱼
French Ranchu
Spanish Ranchú
Dutch Buffelrug

Traditional Chinese 蘭壽金魚
Quebec French Ranchu
Latin American Spanish Ranchú
Russian Ранчу

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 20
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.

Real-world 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 -