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"I caught a tilapia! It makes me happy-a!" —New Horizons
Tilapia NH.png
Scientific name
Oreochromis niloticus
(Nile tilapia)
Cichlidae (cichlids)
Months available June-October (Northern Hemisphere)
December-April (Southern Hemisphere)
Times available All day
Location River
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Common
Sell price 800 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ティラピア
Korean 틸라피아
Italian Tilapia
German Tilapia

Simplified Chinese 吴郭鱼
French Tilapia
Spanish Tilapia
Dutch Tilapia

Traditional Chinese 吳郭魚
Quebec French Tilapia
Latin American Spanish Tilapia
Russian Тилапия

The Tilapia (pronounced t|ᵻ|ˈ|l|ɑː|p|i|ə, "tih-LAH-pee-ə") is a fish, introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The player can only fish for it at the river.

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
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1200 Bells
Tank 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]

"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.'"

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.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ティラピア

Korean 틸라피아

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
吴郭鱼 / 吳郭魚

Russian Тилапия

Dutch Tilapia

German Tilapia

European Spanish Tilapia

European French Tilapia

Italian Tilapia

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