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King Salmon
Scientific name Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Family Salmonidae
Time of year September
Time of day All day
Location River mouth
Size About 2 meters
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Very Large (WW,CF), Huge (NL)
Rarity Uncommon (***)
Sale price 1,800 Bells
2,160 Bells (Bell Boom)
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Italy small Salmone reale

"Woohoo! I caught a king salmon! All hail the king! For I am the fish king!" —Wild World
"Whoo hoo! Whoo hoo! I caught a king salmon! All hail the new king! ME!" —City Folk
"Woohoo! Woohoo! I caught a king salmon! Where are his horses and men?" —New Leaf
Species #
Animal Forest Not Present
Animal Crossing Not Present
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ Not Present
Animal Crossing: Wild World 28
Animal Crossing: City Folk 29
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 31

The King Salmon is the largest salmon in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It sells for 1,800 Bells and is approximately 64 inches long. It appears during September at any time of the day. Between the 1st and the 15th of September the King Salmon can be found in the ocean, near the river mouth. After the 15th, the King Salmon will move up the river, and can be found anywhere in it. Like real life salmon, they move up the river to breed.

Donating to the Museum

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series series, the king salmon can be donated to the museum aquarium by talking to Blathers, who will follow up the donation with a small talk about it. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, it can be found in the top-most tank. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, it can be found in the middle-right tank.

In Wild World

Blathers will say this upon donation:

"The king salmon will swim upstream to spawn, as most people know... What many DON'T know, however, is that it eats nothing while en route! As such, when king salmon begin their journey at the mouth of a river... They're all fatties! Think upon that the next time you eat an entire cake before working out, wot!"

In City Folk

Blathers will say the following upon the donation:

"...Hoo, quite impressive! This one put up quite a fight, I should think? The regal king salmon dwarfs lesser salmon with an overall length of up to 60 inches, eh wot? Its size makes catching it with a net difficult, so most people rely on a fishing rod to catch the king!"

In New Leaf

King salmon grow to about twice the size of regular salmon, which really helps them embody the name. This size essentially makes them the actual kings of salmon, though they are also called chinook salmon. In some regions, they return to the river in spring or summer and live there until spawning in the fall. In rare cases, king salmons' meat will be white, but these are not as popular since pink is the standard.

Encyclopedia Information

Wild World

King Salmon (Wild World) King Salmon (Wild World icon) ''The largest of all the salmons, they're also among the most valuable fish."

Icon fishSize- 5.2 feet
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers and estuaries
Icon calendarSeason- September

City Folk

King Salmon (City Folk) ''The largest type of salmon, these are also the highest grade."

Icon fishSize- About 64 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers (river mouth)
Icon calendarSeason- Fall


Further information


Better known as the chinook salmon, this fish is very large, often growing over 75lbs. They are very beautiful and occur in two phases, red and silver, which they exhibit either in the river and in the ocean respectively. Typical with large salmon, they are known to be strong fighters. A few examples show fish over 95lbs and 6 feet, but the majority are 2–3 feet (30 to 40lbs).

They are native to the Pacific coast of the Americas, from Alaska to California in the north, and Argentina and Chile in the south. They are also found in great numbers in the Great Lakes, most notably Lake Michigan.

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