Saw shark

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Saw Shark NH Icon.png Saw shark  
Artwork of saw shark
Real-world info
Name: Pristiophorus japonicus
(Japanese saw shark)

Family: Pristiophoridae (saw sharks)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Requin scie
 Pez sierra
 Squalo sega
 Pez sierra

The saw shark (ノコギリザメ, Nokogirizame) is a fish introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and appearing again in New Horizons. It is the third most expensive member of the shark family at  12,000 Bells. In New Horizons, it is the only shark family member to be held by the player with one hand when caught or showing it off. It appears as a finned shadow in the sea from 4 PM to 9 AM from summer to early fall.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Saw shark
"I caught a saw shark! And it didn't even see me coming!"

Time of year Jun – Sep
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day 4 PM – 9 AM
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Tortimer Island
Shadow size Huge (finned)
Fish size 150 cm
Selling price  12,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 2.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Saw shark

Event availability Fishing Tourney: Poolside
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Sparkling
Fish size 125.4 cm - 174.7 cm
Catch rate Event only
Selling price  N/A Bells
Request reward  N/A Bells

In New Horizons[edit]


Saw shark
"I caught a saw shark! You could call it a sea saw!"

Time of year North: Jun – Sep
South: Dec – Mar
Time of day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location Sea
Shadow size Very large (finned)
Rarity Rare
Spawn requirement Catch 50 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 12,000 Bells
 C.J. 18,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After the player has donated a saw shark to Blathers, it will appear in the section for fish and sea creatures, specifically in the large tank in the north-eastern room.

"Saw sharks got their name from their long head lined with spikelike teeth much like a chain-saw blade. Sensors located below their mouths detect prey as they press their flat bodies against the seabed to search. They will sometimes swing their 'saws' wildly amid a school of fish, catching any that are struck."

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:

"As you might expect from the name, the saw shark is a shark with the head that resembles a saw. This unusual appendage is used both to dig potential prey out of the sand and as a weapon against said prey. Given that, it seems like a more appropriate name would have been 'shovel-sword shark,' eh wot?"

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a saw shark, Chip will say the following:

"With saw sharks, a lot of folks like 'em for making fish cakes. Ever had 'em? They're cakes of fish! But even for me, this guy's too big to swallow whole. Maybe later!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ノコギリザメ

Korean 톱상어

Simplified Chinese 锯鲨

Traditional Chinese 鋸鯊

Russian Акула-пилонос

Dutch Zaaghaai Sawshark

German Sägehai Saw shark

European Spanish Pez sierra Sawshark (lit. "saw fish")

European French Requin scie Saw shark

Quebec French Requin-scie Sawshark

Italian Squalo sega Sawshark