Sweetfish

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Sweetfish
Sweetfish NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Plecoglossus altivelis
(sweetfish)

Family: Plecoglossidae (sweetfishes)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese アユ
Korean 은어
Italian Ayu
German Ayu

Simplified Chinese 香鱼
French Ayu
Spanish Ayu
Dutch Ayu

Traditional Chinese 香魚
Quebec French Ayu
Latin American Spanish Ayu
Russian Айю


The Sweetfish (アユ, Ayu) is a fish found in the river between 4 AM to 9 PM from July through to the first half of September, but is most common between July to August. It sells for 900 Bells in Tom Nook's Store.


Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Sweetfish
"I caught a sweetfish! And let me tell you, this is one SWEET fish!"

Times July - September: 9AM - 4PM
Location River
Shadow Size Medium
Rarity Uncommon
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#22

Sweetfish
"I caught sweetfish! Sweeeeet!"

Description Depending on where they're caught, their flavor can change. It's common to use sweetfish to catch sweetfish.
Times July - September: 9AM - 4PM
Peak Times July - August
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 25 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 900 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#23

Sweetfish
"I caught a sweetfish! Deeeeelish!"

Description These taste differently, depending on the river they're caught in.
Times July - August: All Day
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size About 10 inches (25 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 900 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#25

Sweetfish
"I caught a sweetfish! Hmmm. I've had sweeter!"

Times July - Mid-September: All Day
Peak Times 9 AM - 4 PM
Location River
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 25cm
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 900 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#116

Sweetfish

Event Availability None
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 21.6 cm - 25.0 cm
Rarity ★★
Catch Rate 4.4883%
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]

#26

Sweetfish
"I caught a sweetfish! Hope it's not artificially sweet!"

Time of Year North: Jul – Sep
South: Jan – Mar
Time of Day All day
Location River
Shadow Size Medium
Rarity
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 900 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1350 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Sweetfish appear when the days grow long, you know. Some say summer can't begin until the first one is caught. Of course, the poor dear is than eaten! Hardly a fit welcome for summer's herald! I, myself, do not eat fish. This one will be quite safe with us here. Quite safe, indeed! Hoo, I say!"

In Wild World[edit]

"This fish is hardly sweet, contrary to its name. It still tastes... fishy. Indeed, if you expect some sort of lollipop in fish-form, you will be horrified!" —Blathers

The Sweetfish can be found swimming near the surface in the pond aquarium in the first fish room.

In City Folk[edit]

"You can always tell where a sweetfish has been by the trail of bite marks it leaves behind, eh wot? The fish will scrape away at rocks that have food stuck to them, leaving jagged teeth marks. ...Quite wild behavior for such a refined-looking little fish, I should say!" —Blathers

The Sweetfish can be found in the middle-right tank in the aquarium.

In New Leaf[edit]

"Sweetfish are migratory fish born upstream that travel to the sea and then return to rivers to spawn. This migratory mind-set is what emphasizes their similarity to salmon. Adult sweetfish have a watermelon-like mossy smell when caught, since they eat moss on riverbed rocks. Sweetfish are very territorial and will attack rivals that encroach on their territory. Anglers use this combative nature against them by using lures made of other sweetfish." — Blathers

In New Horizons[edit]

"Sweetfish are the damp herals of summer! These slippery fellows appear in numbers when it warms up. They hatch in a river, then swim to the sea. Once mature, they return to the river where they were born. But when they return depends on the river temperature—if it's too cold their fishing season wil start later. Some even say summer can't start without sweetfish...despite the KEY role played by the earth's axial tilt!" — Blathers

Gallery[edit]

Real-world information[edit]

The sweetfish, or ayu, is an amphidromous fish, the only species in the genus Plecoglossus and in family Plecoglossidae. It is a relative of the smelts and is placed in the order Osmeriformes. Native to the Palearctic ecozone, it is found in rivers, lakes, and coastal waters of western Hokkaidō in Japan southward to the Korean Peninsula, China, and Taiwan. The name "sweetfish" is from the sweetness of its flesh. Regarding its typical one-year life span, it is also known as nen-gyo ("year-fish"). It is Gunma prefecture's prefectural fish.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese アユ
ayu
Sweetfish

Korean 은어
euneo
Sweetfish, lit. "silver fish"

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
香鱼 / 香魚
xiāngyú
Sweetfish

Russian Айю
Ay'yu
From Japanese name

Dutch Ayu From Japanese name

German Ayu From Japanese name

European Spanish Ayu From Japanese name

European French Ayu From Japanese name

Italian Ayu From Japanese name