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Tilapia NH Icon.png Tilapia  
Artwork of tilapia
Real-world info
Name: Oreochromis niloticus
(Nile tilapia)

Family: Cichlidae (cichlids)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

The tilapia (pronounced t, "tih-LAH-pee-ə") is a fish, introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It appears as a medium shadow that can be found in rivers all day long from summer to mid fall.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a tilapia! It makes me happy-a!"

Time of year North: Jun – Oct
South: Dec – Apr
Time of day All day
Location River
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Common
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 800 Bells
 C.J. 1,200 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series, the tilapia can be donated to the museum, followed by a small talk by Blathers about it.

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:

"Wherever the waters are warm, the tilapia can be found. It is a highly adaptable river fish. They mainly feed on algae, but they will also eat larvae and dead fish— or whatever fits in their mouths. I will confess that, as a growing owlet, I similarly defined food as 'anything that fits in my beak.'"

Once donated to the museum, the tilapia can be found in the second level of the waterfall tank with the dace and stringfish.


Real-world information[edit]

Tilapia are mainly freshwater fish inhabiting shallow streams, ponds, rivers, and lakes. Historically, they have been of significant importance in artisanal fishing in Africa, and they are of increasing importance in aquaculture and aquaponics. Tilapia can become a problematic invasive species in new warm-water habitats such as Australia, whether purposefully or accidentally introduced, but generally not in temperate climates due to their inability to survive in cold water.

More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ティラピア

Korean 틸라피아

Simplified Chinese 吴郭鱼

Traditional Chinese 吳郭魚

Russian Тилапия

Dutch Tilapia

German Tilapia

European Spanish Tilapia

European French Tilapia

Italian Tilapia