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Crucian carp
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Crucian carp encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
River 120 Bells
Size Shadow size
11.8 in. 30 cm Small
Time of year Time of day
All year All day
Scientific name Carassius carassius
Family Cyprinidae - Carps
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Fairly Common (✭✭)
Regional names Flag of Germany small Karausche
Flag of France small Carassin
Flag of Italy small Carassio
Flag of Spain Carpia
"I caught a crucian carp! What a crucial catch!" —New Leaf

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 Animal Crossing: New Leaf

In Animal Crossing: 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."

Capture quotes

"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

Encyclopedia information

Animal Crossing

Encyclopedia Information
Crucian Carp (Animal Crossing)
Size 11.7 inches
Habitat River
Season All year

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Crucian carp (Wild World) "Unlike carp, crucian carp lack whiskers."
Size 11.7 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year
Icon Crucian carp (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Crucian Carp (City Folk)
"The difference between these and carp is their lack of whiskers."
Size About 11.7 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Crucian carp encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a crucian carp! What a crucial catch!"
Size About 11.7 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year


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. 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 disk 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 capture quote in many games references the phrase "carpe diem", which is a Latin proverb meaning "seize the day".

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