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"I caught a squid! Oh no I squidn't!" —Wild World
"I caught a squid! Yes, I did!" —New Leaf
"I caught a squid! I had an inkling I might!" —New Horizons
"I caught a squid! It's off the hook!" —New Horizons
"I caught a squid! Do they...not actually "bloop"?" —New Horizons
Japanese イカ Korean 오징어 Chinese 鱿鱼
French Calmar Italian Calamaro Spanish Calamar
German Kalmar Dutch Pijlinktvis Russian Кальмар
Squid NH.png
Scientific name Loliolus japonica
(Japanese squid)
Family Loliginidae (pencil squids)
Time of year December to Mid-August (town)
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size 14 inches (36 cm)
Shadow size Small
Medium (New Horizons)
Rarity Common
Selling price 400 Bells
500 Bells New Horizons
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Squid (イカ, Ika) is a fish that can be found in the ocean between December and mid-August, at any time of the day. Despite its being called a fish in the Animal Crossing series, it is, in fact, a type of mollusk, like (but not directly related to) the Octopus.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


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"I caught a squid! Oh yes I squid!"

Description Eight of the tentacles are legs--the two longer ones are actually arms.
Times December - August: All Day
Peak Times
Location Ocean
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size About 14 inches (35 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Squid PC Icon.png

Event Availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 29.2 cm - 40.7 cm
Catch Rate 13.1332 %
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


Squid NH Icon.png
"I caught a squid! Do they...not actually "bloop"?"

Time of Year North: Dec – Aug
South: Jun – Feb
Time of Day All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size Medium
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 500 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 750 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

Squid can be donated to the museum: when given to Blathers, he will briefly talk.

In Wild World[edit]

"Octopus and squid both have ink, and I've seen squid ink in recipes quite often... Strangely, however, I've never heard of a dish that uses octupus ink! I suppose it's partially due to the fact that octopi produce very little ink... What ink they DO make is watery and ill-suited for cooking, as well... That said, I've heard that the flavor is not at all repugnant, eh wot? Perhaps an octopus-ink pasta wouldn't be bad..."

After being given to the museum, the Squid will appear in the ocean tank of the aquarium, propelling itself around towards the back.

In New Leaf[edit]

The information board in front of the tank that houses the Squid says the following:

"People assume squids have legs, but those are actually arms. There are 10 in all; two are used to grab prey. To swim, they twist their fins and expel water from inside their bodies to allow for fluid motion. The ink they shoot when threatened forms into the shape of a squid, acting as a sort of body double."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Well, first off, squids are members of the mollusk family, just like the octopus. Many mollusks like snails and clams have shells, but the squid's body is almost completely soft. The exception is a long, narrow bit of hard material going through its main body-the last remnant of its shell. Of course, having your shell INSIDE is not a best practice. Perhaps they lost the owner's manual! - Blathers upon donation

Fishing Tournament[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given a Squid:

"A great thing to try with a squid is drying it overnight. Delicious, even with all those tentacles and suckers! Not that I have the patience to wait that long, of course. I'm getting the urge to snack!"

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Squid WW.png ''Eight of its ten appendages are arms, and the other two are tentacles."
  • Size- 13.7 inches (34.8 cm)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Winter to summer

Further information[edit]

The type of squid in Animal Crossing is not mentioned, but judging by the in-built City Folk description, it maybe a European Squid which is white with two long arms. The family name, 'Loliginidae' is commonly referred to as the inshore, calamari, and grass squid. Squids eat small plants, insects and small animals that float on the surface of the ocean.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese イカ

Korean 오징어

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
鱿鱼 / 魷魚

Russian Кальмар

Dutch Pijlinktvis Squid

German Kalmar Squid

European Spanish Calamar Squid

European French Calmar Squid

Italian Calamaro Squid