|36 in. 91 cm||Very Large|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|June to September||4 am to 9 pm|
|Scientific name||Salminus maxillosus|
|Appearances||WW, CF, NL|
|Regional names|| Goldmakrele |
- "I caught a dorado! I should make that my motto!" —New Leaf
The dorado is a very rare golden fish that appears 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
In Wild World
Upon donation, Blathers 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 the 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."
It can be found in the large tank at the top of the room in the river section of the aquarium.
- "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
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.