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"アジを つりあげた! あじも よさそー!" —Animal Forest e+
"(translated)Pulled in a horse mackerel! Is the flavor good too?—!" —Animal Forest e+ The Japanese word for "horse mackerel" is "aji", which can also mean "flavor".
"I caught a horse mackerel! Nay!? Yay!" —Wild World
"I caught a horse mackerel! But it sounds fine to me!" —City Folk
"I caught a horse mackerel! Holy mackerel!" —New Leaf
Horse Mackerel
Flag of Japan small アジ Aji
HorseMackerelNL
Scientific name Trachurus japonicus
Family Carangidae - The jacks and pompanos
Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size 35 cm
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Medium (AFe+),
Small (WW,CF,NL)
Rarity Common (*)
Sale price 120 Bells (AFe+), 150 Bells (WW,CF,NL)
Appearances Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Germany small Makrele
Flag of Italy small Sgombro
Flag of France small Chinchard
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 38
Animal Crossing: Wild World 42
Animal Crossing: City Folk 47
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 52


One of the cheapest fish in the games, the Horse Mackerel is a common fish that can be found in the ocean. Like the Sea Bass, it can be caught at any given time, month, or season. It was introduced in Animal Forest e+.

Donating to the Museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the horse mackerel 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:

"Tell me <player>, how do you like to eat your fried horse mackerel? With tartar sauce? Vinegar? ...Ah! Cocktail sauce?! Hoo, I see. Fascinating."

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Horse mackerel are not at all related to horses... Rather obvious, I should think... It's quite a strange name, given how many fish are related to this one, like yellowtail and amberjack."

In New Leaf

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

"With their appealing flavor, horse mackerel have long been a cheap and common food source. However, in certain regions, they have actually been branded as something of a luxury dish. They have tough scales on both sides of their bodies that must be removed before preparing. Though small, they are formidable carnivores. Since they go after bait, they are popular with fishers."

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest e+

Horse Mackerel (Animal Crossing) Horse Mackerel (Animal Crossing icon) "アジ"


Wild World

Horse Mackerel (Wild World) Horse Mackerel (Wild World icon) ''They have hard scales called "scutes"."

Icon fishSize- 40 cm
Icon houseHabitat- Ocean
Icon calendarSeason- All Year


City Folk

Mackerel Horse Mackerel (City Folk) ''The small, hard scales on the outside of these fish are called "scutes"."

Icon fishSize-
Icon houseHabitat- (Ocean)
Icon calendarSeason- All Year


New Leaf

NLE horsemackerel

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Giving to Wendell

Horizontal Track

The Horizontal Track pattern.

When this fish is given the Wendell the walrus in City Folk, the Player is rewarded with a Horizontal Track pattern.

Further Information

The Japanese jack mackerel has a depth range of 0 – 275 m, but usually 50 – 275 m.
Horse mackerel

A real life horse mackerel

It is tropical. It is an important fish in the fishing trade. It can be found in the north-west Pacific Ocean. It is a vulnerable species.
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