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"ピラニアが 釣れた! ・・・この川 何川なの? かみつかれなくって よかったあ!!" —Animal Forest
"I caught a piranha! Which river is this, anyway? I'm glad I didn't take a dip!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a piranha! He'd better not catch me!" —Wild World
"I caught a piranha! Bite the bait, not me!!" —City Folk
"I caught a piranha! Or did it catch ME?!" —New Leaf
Piranha
Piranha
Scientific name Pygocentrus natteri
Family Characidae - Tetras
Time of year June to Mid-September
Time of day 9 AM to 4 PM, 9 PM to 4 AM
Location Unknown
Size About 30 cm
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Small
Rarity Rare (****)
Sale price 6,500 Bells(GCN),3,500 Bells(WW),
2,500 Bells(CF)(NL)
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 (pirania ピラニア),
Flag of Italy small Piranha
Flag of Spain small Piraña
Species #
Animal Forest 30
Animal Crossing 30
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 30
Animal Crossing: Wild World 31
Animal Crossing: City Folk 33
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 37


The Piranha is a rare fish that appears in the river during the day-time in the summer. Selling for 2,500 Bells, it not only is quite expensive for such a small fish, but is also the most expensive small fish.

When this fish is given to Wendell in Animal Crossing: City Folk, the player is rewarded with a Cracked Ground design.

Donation To The Museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the piranha can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it. Once in its tank, it will bash against the walls of the tank in an attempt to reach the player.

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Dear me! My mind boggles! I had no inkling that we had such frightfully dangerous fish in these waters! I suppose that would indicate they're not as lethal as they are made out to be... Or are they trying to lull us? Have no fear! We'll look after your sharp-toothed friend. For everyone's sake!"

It can be found in the bottom right tank, after donating it to the museum.

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Piranha are rather bony. I can't say I've heard good things about their flavor. Some restaurants do serve them, of course, but as a tourist attraction, eh wot? These things probably sit about discussing OUR flavor, you know."

It can be found in the middle tank, after donating it to the museum.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Most people see piranhas as savage fish that enjoy tearing prey apart with their teeth... However, they're actually quite timid, wot wot? They're often treated like bad guys due to their scary faces. I hope we haven't hurt their feelings..."

Once donated, the piranha can be found in the front-left tank with the 'rarer' river fish. When approached, it will follow the player, and continuously butt it's head against the tank glass, rapidly opening and closing it's mouth to reveal it's sharp teeth. While butting it's head against the glass, it will make a knocking sound. It will lunge at other fish occasionally.

In New Leaf

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

"They have terrifyingly sharp teeth, which contributes to their ferocious reputation. Oddly enough, they are actually quite timid, though they are still very dangerous fish. If they can't find food, they will resort to cannibalism or tear apart any animal they can grab hold of. Take care when catching them so they don't end up biting your hand with their sharp teeth!"

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest

Piranha (Animal Crossing) Piranha (Animal Crossing icon) "Piranha"


Wild World

Piranha (Wild World) Piranha (Wild World icon) ''They eat small fish by tearing off pieces and swallowing them whole. Vicious!"

Icon fishSize- 11.7 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Summer


City Folk

Piranha (City Folk) ''A shy species, these prefer to stay in groups. They're popular at aquariums."

Icon fishSize- About 11.7 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Summer


New Leaf

NLE piranha

Further information

ImagesCAQ3QUNP red bellied piranha
The Red-bellied Piranha (frequently misspelled pirahna) is a famous fish, often considered one of the most ferocious fish in the world. It can be found in the Amazon River Basin, coastal rivers in the northeast region of Brazil, as well as the Paraguay, Paraná and Essequibo Rivers.

The fish shoal at dawn and dusk and locate prey either via scent or by motion sensors on the side of their body. Prey consists of small fish, worms and crustaceans, though they do occasionally animals (often dead and dying, but some healthy attacks are known).

Piranhas are surprisingly common in aquariums, where they grow timid in comparison to their feral counterparts, and "fin-nipping" behavior between individuals is frequently observed.

They grow to about 33 cm and weigh 3 1/2 kilograms.


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