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"I caught a loach! You don't suppose its Hylian, do you?" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a loach! I'm the loach coach!" —Wild World
"I caught a loach! Don't enroach on my loach!" —City Folk
"I caught a loach! It wasn't hard to approach!" —New Leaf
ドジョウ Dojō
Scientific name Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Cantor, 1842)
Family Cobitidae- True Loaches
Time of year March to May
Time of day All day
Location River
Size 8.60 in. 21 cm
Shadow size Tiny (GCN, WW) Small (CF, NL)
Rarity Common
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 ドジョウ Dojō
Flag of Italy small Cobite
Species #
Animal Forest 11
Animal Crossing 11
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 11
Animal Crossing: Wild World 14
Animal Crossing: City Folk 14
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 16

The loach is a fish found in the river at all times of the day during the months of March through to May, making it the only fish restricted to the season of Spring. It is much harder to find during May.

Donating to the Museum

The loach can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. During the donation, Blathers will say the following about the loach:

In Animal Crossing

In Wild World

"Hoo! You gave me a start! I thought you said "roach"! ...Hoo hoo! What a relief! When I hear loach, I think of a friend of mine who makes smoothies of them. It sounds repellant, I know, and to be honest, it is. Hoo, I say! The stench!"

In City Folk

"The loach is a slippery, somewhat vile-looking fish...but in truth, it can be quite useful, wot? For ages, some cultures used the loach as a poison treatment. It also tastes great in a hot pot... A bit of wisdom for the day, eh wot? One must never judge a person, or a fish, by its appearance..."

The loach can be found in the middle-left tank.

In New Leaf

Loaches are rather small fish that make their habitats in rivers and muddy water. They have 10 whiskers around their mouths with taste buds built in for tasting sweetness and bitterness. Loaches can breathe through their intestines as well as their gills - a rather unique quality of the species. They push their mouths above the surface of the water to inhale, exhaling through their tail regions. Making stew with loaches and burdock root is known to improve stamina, or so people believe.

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest

Loach (Animal Crossing) Loach (Animal Crossing icon) "Loach"

Wild World

Loach (Wild World) Loach (Wild World icon) ''Sucker-shaped mouths help them bottom-feed. To control their vertical position in the water, they inhale air and pass gas. Shocking!"

Icon fishSize- 7.8 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Spring

City Folk

Loach (City Folk) ''These use their whiskers to taste the environment and search for food."

Icon fishSize- About 8 inches.
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Spring

New Leaf

Loach in encyclopedia


Further Information

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It is unclear what type of loach appears in Animal Crossing, due to the vast varieties of loaches that exist, but it is most likely the Chinese Weatherfish, also known as Dojo Loach (it may also be one of the Acantopsis genus). The fish in City Folk appears to be a different species.

The Chinese Weatherfish, as a member of the Cobitidae family of loaches (True Loaches) which live in fast flowing waters, it is a bottom feeder. All Cobitids are "bottom feeders," meaning they swim at the bottom of rivers and tanks eating the algae at the bottom. They also eat small crustaceans and insects, but only during the day.

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This remarkable fish is quite hardy and adaptable, very easy to care for. They wiggle about in an eel like fashion scavenging the bottom for leftover bits of food, even munching on snails. They also like to dig and burrow into the substrate often burying themselves. Provide an aquarium that is large enough for its playful antics, have a soft substrate of sand or fine gravel, and have a good filter for the detritus they stir up. They are most active in the evening, so during the day they like hiding and resting places created with rocks and wood. Plants are nice but they should be potted.

The Dojo Loach or Weather Loach is available in aquariums in both its wild form and in a gold variety. In its wild form this loach has dark greenish gray to dark brown spots over a yellowish brown body (often mottled) with a paler belly. The gold variety can range from a yellow to an orange color and they are usually thin bodied. They do have spots but they are usually extremely faint.
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"Gold" form of the Dojo Loach.

These fish have some very unique qualities. The Dojo Loach or Weather Loach are very 'pet-like'. They can be trained to take food from your hand and even enjoy being touched. They are jumpers. Should they happen to leap out of their home, they can survive for a time even out of the water. A couple of ways they do this is by producing a thick mucus coating that keeps them moist; and by being able to swallow air, absorbing atmospheric oxygen through their hind gut.

The Weather Loach here, Misgurnus anquillicaudatusis, is one of three species commonly referred to as a weather loach. The other two are Misgurnus fossilis and Cobitis taenia. They all come from similar environments and have similar behaviors, and are best identified by their color patterns with M. anguillicaudatus being spotted and M. fossilis having horizontal stripes along the body. It is still being discussed whether the spotted one is simply a subspecies of the striped one, though they come from different geographical areas.


  • When the player catches a loach in Animal Crossing, the player says, "You don't suppose it's Hylian, do you?" This is a reference to the Hylian Loach from the Legend of Zelda series (another game from Nintendo's arsenal), where it is considered both the rarest fish and a legendary catch, similar to the Coelacanth from the Animal Crossing games.

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