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"I caught a crucian carp! Carpe diem!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a crucian carp! Carpe diem!" —Wild World
"I caught a crucian carp! I'm looking pretty sharp!" —City Folk
"I caught a crucian carp! What a crucial catch!" —New Leaf
Crucian Carp
Scientific name Carrasius carrasius
Family Cyprinidae - Carps
Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Location Unknown
Size About 30 cm
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Small
Rarity Fairly Common (**)
Sale price 120 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest,
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 Germany small Karausche
Flag of France small Carassin
Flag of Italy small Carassio
Species #
Animal Forest 1
Animal Crossing 1
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 1
Animal Crossing: Wild World 3
Animal Crossing: City Folk 3
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3

The Crucian Carp is a common omnipresent fish in all games, and tied with the frog and the bluegill as the second lowest-selling fish in the game at 120 Bells.

Donating to the Museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the crucian carp 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:

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot! We will take excellent care of this fellow, oh yes. You can rest assured. Excellent care, indeed."

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"When I hear crucian carp, I think to myself...Taco! Indeed, FISH taco, wot wot! I suppose this might be an odd choice of fish for such a dish, but...I say, by any chance, would you like to try it out and get back to me?"

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"The largest difference between a crucian carp and a carp is the former's lack of whiskers, wot? Compared to the regally whiskered carp, there's something almost common about the crucian variety!"

In New Leaf

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

Crucian carp are fairly easy fish for beginners to catch, but they're also popular with veteran anglers. They are related to koi and can live up to 15 years, making them a great fish to keep in a pond. Male offspring are seldom born, so females significantly outnumber males, making populations suffer. Luckily, females reproduce with males of some other species, so the problem is relatively temporary."

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest

File:Crucian carp (Animal Crossing).png File:Crucian carp (Animal Crossing icon).png "Crucian Carp"

Wild World

File:Crucian carp (Wild World).png Crucian carp (Wild World icon) ''Unlike carp, crucian carp lack whiskers."

Icon fishSize- 11.7 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- All year

City Folk

Cruciancarp Crucian Carp (City Folk) ''The difference between these and carp is their lack of whiskers."

Icon fishSize- About 11.7 inches.
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers.
Icon calendarSeason- All Year.

New Leaf

NLE cruciancarp


Further Information


A drawing of a crucian carp.

Carassius carassius is a fish of the carp family. People commonly have these in aquariums, but there are also people that eat them, typically in Asian countries. They are related to Carassius auratus.

The variation in shape of a crucian carp can be very high and is highly based on its environment. The fish get an almost perfect disc shape with well-rounded fins at first. If no predators such as pike or perch are present, the crucian carp will grow in length rather than height and the fish will be more slender-looking.


  • The ingame term "carpe diem" is Latin for "seize the day" which translated into English loosely means "cherish the present and lose anxiety about the future"
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