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"Whoa! A golden fish. I think this is a dorado! Who knew they lived here!?" —Wild World
"I caught a dorado! Now that's rad-o!" —City Folk
"I caught a dorado! I should make that my motto!" —New Leaf
Scientific name Salminus maxillosus
Family Characidae
Time of year June to September
Time of day 4 am to 9 pm
Location Unknown
Size About 91 cm
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Large
Rarity Very Rare
Sale price 15,000 Bells
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Germany small Goldmakrele

Flag of Italy small Corifena

Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World 33
Animal Crossing: City Folk 35
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 39

The Dorado is a scarce golden fish that occurs during the summer months. The name comes from the Spanish word of the same context, referring to a shining golden color. It is sometimes considered the summer equivalent of the Stringfish.

This fish is diurnal, meaning it can only be seen during the daylight, or, more specifically, 4am - 9pm.

Donating to the Museum

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

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Hoo my! Congratulations are in order! You've finally caught one, eh wot? Did the mighty dorado put up a good scrum? You've passed the test! You're initiated into the secret club of fisher folk!"

It can be found in the middle tank, after donating it to museum.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"My hoo, I never dreamed someone in this town would hook a dorado! It's a fish that lives up to the image of El Dorado it conjures... I could gaze upon it all day!"

It can be found in the right tank, after donating it to museum.

In New Leaf

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

"Dorado means "golden" in Spanish. As the name would indicate, these fish are gold and have black dots. They look like salmon but are very toothy, carnivorous, and related to piranha. They're such ferocious fish that other fish regularly flee from them, fearful of becoming a snack. Their ferocious natures and power make them a prize catch among anglers."

Encyclopedia Information

Wild World

Dorado (Wild World) Dorado (Wild World icon) ''Dorado" means "golden," and this fish is that! Everybody wants to catch one once!"

Icon fishSize- 3.25 feet
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Summer

City Folk

Dorado (City Folk) ''Dorado" means "golden". Anyone who fishes would love to catch one."

Icon fishSize- About 40 inches
Icon houseHabitat- River Pools
Icon calendarSeason- Summer

New Leaf

NLE dorado


Further Information


A real life dorado

Dorado is Spanish for golden, a suitable name for such a shining fish. In real life they are frequently confused with the Mahi-mahi, Coryphaeus hippurus (dolphin fish) also called the Dorado, which is the name of an oceanic fish that it is unrelated to and does not appear in Animal Crossing. The two real life species of "freshwater" dorado are Salminus maxillosus and Salminus hilarii. This fish can be found in the rivers of South America, most notably the Parana River of Argentina, and its tributaries, and it isn't as rare as Animal Crossing makes it out to be.

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