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"WOW! I caught an arapaima! This thing is huge!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught an arapiama! It's big...and kinda gross!" —Wild World
"I caught an arapaima! It's about time-a!" —City Folk
"I caught an arapaima! And it looks like it's in its prime-a!" —New Leaf
Arapaima
Arapaima
Scientific name Arapaima gigas
Family Osteoglossidae
Time of year July to September
Time of day 4pm to 9am
Location Unknown
Size 300 centimeters
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Huge
Rarity Rare (****)
Sale price 10,000 Bells
Appearances Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Japan Piraruku (ピラルク?)
Flag of Spain Pirarucú
Flag of Italy small Pirarucù
Flag of Germany small Arapaima
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing 32
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 32
Animal Crossing: Wild World 35
Animal Crossing: City Folk 37
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 41


The Arapaima is a river fish that appears in late summer. It was not present in Animal Forest, but appeared in subsequent games, and it will only appear between the hours of 4pm and 9am. Its rarity attributes to its sell price of 10,000 Bells. Its shadow size is huge, and likewise it is the largest river fish. In the 'Bugs and Fish' window in Animal Crossing: City Folk, it is the last river fish, but by no means the ultimate river fish. The fish is the second largest fish in the game, after the shark at about 550 centimeters and it is tied for length with the ocean sunfish.

Donating to the Museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the arapaima can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"My word! I've never seen such a tremendous specimen! A fish such as this is found only once in a great while. A true rarity among rarities! Extrodinary! Top notch! This, we will treasure, I assure you. Cross my heart and hope to molt. Hoo!

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"You might think a fish this big might not be appetizing, but it's simply delicious! The arapaima used to be abundant, but overfishing has sadly made them rare. One has to wonder how many species must suffer to satiate the world..."

When donated, it will be in the second tank in the first room.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"My, it is massive, isn't it? Not just large, but the largest river-dwelling fish in the world, it's said. Records indicate a specimen some 200 inches in length has been sighted before... Looking at it now, the theory that this fish hasn't changed in 100 million years seems believable!"

This fish, when donated, will appear in the middle right tank.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"Arapaima, at over two yards long, are one of the largest freshwater-fish breeds in the world. They've been around for over 100 million years, making them rather ancient fish as well. They breathe through gills but also with an air bladder used by poking their mouths above water. They have hard,coarse tongues that are used to break down the smaller fish they eat."

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Crossing

Arapaima (Animal Crossing) Arapaima (Animal Crossing icon) "Arapaima"

Wild World

Arapaima (Wild World) Arapaima (Wild World icon) ''The largest freshwater fish in the world, they poke their heads above water to breathe."

Icon fishSize- 9.75 feet
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Summer


City Folk

Arapaima (City Folk) ''The largest freshwater fish breathe by poking their heads above water."

Icon fishSize- About 120 inches
Icon houseHabitat- River
Icon calendarSeason- Summer


New Leaf

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Gallery

Further Information

Arapaima gigas 2009 G2

A real life Arapaima

The arapaima is the largest freshwater fish in the world. It inhabits the Amazon River in the continent of South America. It is sometimes alternatively called the pirarucu or paiche.

This fish can grow to about 3.2 meters, but many are short of that at around 2-2.5 meters. The supposed maximum length recorded is 4.5 meters, although this comes from an early 19th century second-hand report, and it has not been confirmed. The male of the species is supposed to be a mouthbrooder like the Arowana, meaning the young are protected in its mouth until they are older. The female arapaima helps to protect the male and the young by circling around them to keep them from straying and fending off potential predators. Arapaimas breath air from above the water and get their red coloring from their diet of red crustaceans.

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