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"I caught a freshwater goby! Go me, goby!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a freshwater goby! Now, go be in my pocket!" —Wild World
"I caught a freshwater goby! Goby? Go, me!" —City Folk
"I caught a freshwater goby! You fresh, goby!" —New Leaf
Freshwater Goby
ドンコ Donko
Scientific name Odontobutis obscura
Family Gobiidae - Gobies
Time of year All year
Time of day 4 pm to 9 am
Location River
Size 6 in. 15 cm
Shadow size Small (GCN, CF), Tiny (WW), Medium (NL)
Rarity Uncommon (★★★) - Scarce (★★★★)
Sale price 300 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 Japan small (Donko ドンコ)
Flag of Germany small Flussgrundel
Flag of Italy small Ghiozzo
Species #
Animal Forest 18
Animal Crossing 18
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 18
Animal Crossing: Wild World 13
Animal Crossing: City Folk 13
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 15

The Freshwater Goby is a rare fish that can be caught in the river in every game during the night. Despite its apparent rarity, it sells for only 300 bells.

Donating to the Museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the freshwater goby 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:

"This is one of those fish that seem to mysteriously disappear from time to time. Drives fishermen batty, wot! Have no fear, dear friend! You're leaving this beauty in very good wings, hmmm? Hoo! Owl humor. Hoo hoo!"

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"A friend of mine claims that freshwater goby tastes fantastic on pizza. What a loon, eh wot?

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"This round little fish may look like a mild-mannered goby at first...but it's actually quite aggressive. The freshwater goby is known for its tendency to try to eat anything that will fit in its mouth... Rather shocking, really. I'm quite glad this little piggy's mouth is nowhere near owl-sized, eh wot?"

After donation, the freshwater goby can be found in the middle-left tank.

In New Leaf

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

"These short and stocky river-dwelling fish have a lot of slender teeth for tearing apart other fish. Freshwater gobies dig holes under rocks in riverbeds to make nests for eggs, which the males guard. Other fish breeds take advantage of this protective quality and often lay eggs in goby nests."

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest

Freshwater Goby (Animal Crossing) Freshwater Goby (Animal Crossing icon) "Freshwater Goby"

Wild World

Freshwater Goby (Wild World) Freshwater Goby (Wild World icon) ''To keep from getting swept away, they use suction cups to stabilize themselves. They have an audible cry."

Icon fishSize- 5.9 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- All Year

City Folk

Freshwater Goby (City Folk) ''These nocturnal fish spend the day hiding under rocks"

Icon fishSize- About 6
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers.
Icon calendarSeason- All Year

New Leaf

NLE freshwatergoby


Further Information

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The Freshwater Goby is typically a native fish to tropical and temperate areas of Asia. There are numerous types of these so-called "Haaze" fish as they are called in Japan. All live in freshwater rivers where they scavenge the riverbed for prey.

Translated Animal Crossing information reveals the species is the Dark Sleeper, a common Japanese goby.

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