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Barred Knifejaw

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"I caught a barred knifejaw! I'm really cut up over how to turn that into a pun..." —Animal Crossing
"I caught a barred knifejaw! With that jaw, it SHOULD be barred!" —Wild World
"I caught a barred knifejaw! Did you do something bad?" —City Folk
"I caught a barred knifejaw! I'll have to use it to cut veggies!" —New Leaf
Barred Knifejaw
イシダイ Ishidai
Scientific name Oplegnathus fasciatus
Family Oplegnathidae - Beakfish and knifejaws
Time of year March to November
Time of day All day
Location Ocean, Tropical Seas
Size 27.75 in. 70 cm
Shadow size Large(GCN), Medium(WW, CF, NL)
Rarity Scarce (★★★★)
Sale price 5,000 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 Flag of France small Scarus
Flag of Spain Dorada Japonesa
Flag of Italy small Ishidai
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing #39
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ #40
Animal Crossing: Wild World #43
Animal Crossing: City Folk #48
Animal Crossing: New Leaf #53

The Barred Knifejaw (イシダイ, Ishidai?) is a rare fish found in the ocean and sells for 5,000 Bells at Tom Nook's store. It appears all day in spring and summer and is black with seven white stripes. Its shadow size is small/medium, around the same size as the squid, octopus, and dab. The fish, along with all other ocean fish, appears in the back tank when donated to the Museum, and is considered to be quite a hard fish to catch, as Blathers will tell you when you donate it.

Donation to the Museum

In Animal Crossing

When the player donates the fish in Animal Crossing, Blathers the curtior will say: "Hoo! Indeed, WOO hoo! A barred knifejaw, I believe. Hoo!  Hoo, I say!  Just look at this magnificent creature!  Truly, a king among edible aquatic beasts of the world! Tuna, scallops, oysters, lobsters, salmon, halibut, crabs, barnacles... Well, maybe not barnacles... One would have to be in dire straits indeed to consume a few of those jagged beasties!"

"Now then, what say we set this chap up in his new home, eh wot?"

In Wild World

When the player donates it in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Blathers will say:

"<Player>, the very fact that you caught this tells me that you are quite a fisher! Oh, a recipe for Barred Knifejaw? I'd recommend putting it in a broth. Grilling makes the flesh rather tough, eh wot?"

In City Folk

When the player donates it in City Folk, Blathers will say:

"Hootie hoo, look at you! You've hauled in a star catch this time! Indeed, simply marvelous work!' The Barred Knifejaw is a clever fish that, it's said, requires some rather fancy fishing to catch. Their monotone color scheme certainly paints them as smart, sensible fish in my eyes, eh wot?"

In New Leaf

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

"Barred knifejaws stand out thanks to the seven stripes adorning their white bodies. Their natural curiosity and strong pull make them a popular target of anglers, but they're no easy catch. They have strong teeth that allow them to make short work of sea creatures with tough shells. This means that both urchins and mollusks need to be careful, lest they become meals for these fish."

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Crossing

Barred Knifejaw (Animal Crossing) Barred Knifejaw (Animal Crossing icon) "Barred Knifejaw"

Wild World

Barred Knifejaw (Wild World) Barred Knifejaw (Wild World icon) ''Tough to catch."

Icon fishSize- 23.4 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Ocean
Icon calendarSeason- Spring and summer

City Folk

Knifejaw Barred Knifejaw (City Folk) ''Curious and not easily startled, these fish have seven white stripes."

Icon fishSize- About 24 in.
Icon houseHabitat- Ocean
Icon calendarSeason- Spring-Fall

New Leaf



Further information

Barred Knifejaw

A real life Barred Knifejaw.

The striped beakfish, also known as the barred knifejaw, is a tropical fish, generally found in coral reefs and around Japan. It has been seen in Hawaii, but only once. It normally eats invertebrates.

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