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"I caught a killifish! Killer!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a killifish! What's the dilly, fish?" —Animal Crossing: Wild World
"I caught a killifish! Bet you feel silly, fish!" —Animal Crossing: City Folk and Let's Go to the City
"I caught a killifish! Maybe I'll put it in a chili dish!" —New Leaf
メダカ Medaka
Scientific name Oryzias latipes
Family Adrianichthyidae - Ricefishes
Time of year April to August
Time of day All day
Location Holding pond
Size 1.6 in. 4 cm
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Uncommon (***)
Sale price 300 Bells
Appearances Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Folk,

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Regional names Flag of Japan メダカ Medaka
Flag of Spain Killi
Flag of France small Fondule Barré
Flag of Italy small Killifish
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing 35
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 35
Animal Crossing: Wild World 10
Animal Crossing: City Folk 10
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 10

The Killifish is a tiny fish found in the holding pond between the months of April and August at any time of the day. In GCN games it is also found in the river.

If given to Wendell in City Folk, the player will receive a Water Puddle pattern.

Donation to the Museum

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

"Hoo hoo! Hullo, little fishy! Aren't we a tiny little fellow! Adorable! Why, I believe it stuck its tongue out at me! Hoo-rumph! Nevertheless, we'll take care of the little blighter! I'll keep an eye on this mischief-maker myself!"

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"I heard that killifish recipes are common all around the world. Sadly, I've seen nary one, not that I searched... I haven't a clue as to their taste, even. It IS a fish, though, I can say that!"

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"...Hoo, here's a morsel of interest--killifish are often used in observational studies... This is because they are translucent, wot? Indeed, their innards can be seen clearly from without! In earlier times, folks used killifish to discover how a body processed food. Well, suffice to say, the killifish is a marvelous little wonder that gives people a true eyeful!"

The killifish can be found in the left tube tank.

In New Leaf

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

"Killifish are small, travel in schools, and are known for having eyes higher up on their faces than others. They swim in shallow areas in rivers and mostly eat bugs that float on the surface of the water. This is why they have mouths as high up their faces as their eyes, making them effective hunters. Being the same temperature as the water they inhabit, getting grabbed by warm hands can shock them."

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest

Killifish (Animal Crossing) Killifish (Animal Crossing icon) "Killifish"

Wild World

Killifish (Wild World) Killifish (Wild World icon) ''Though small, they're efficient breeders."

Icon fishSize- 1.6 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Ponds
Icon calendarSeason- Spring and summer

City Folk

Killifish (City Folk) ''Once common to small rivers and waterways, it's now rare to find these in the wild."

Icon fishSize- About 1.6 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Ponds
Icon calendarSeason- Spring through summer

New Leaf



Further Information


A real life killifish

It is unclear what sort of killifish appears in Animal Crossing series. Judging by the size estimated within the built-in encyclopedia, it could be a Moonlight Medaka or "Japanese Rice Fish." However, all killifish have common traits, noticeably, their translucent skin which has made them an interest in biology due to the visibility of their digestive system. They are a harmless, common, aquarium fish.

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