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"I caught a sweetfish! And let me tell you, this is one SWEET fish!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a sweetfish! Sweeeeet!" —Wild World
"I caught a sweetfish! Deeeeelish!" —City Folk
"I caught a sweetfish! Hmmm. I've had sweeter!" —New Leaf
Sweetfish
Sweetfish
Scientific name Plecoglossus altivelis
Family Plecoglossidae - Ayu fish
Time of year July to Mid-September
Time of day 4 am to 9 pm
Location Unknown
Size 10 in
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Small (GCN, WW, CF),
Medium (NL)
Rarity Fairly Common (**)
Sale price 1,300 Bells (GCN games)
900 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
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 Germany small Ayu-Fisch

Flag of Italy small Ayu

Species #
Animal Forest 20
Animal Crossing 20
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 20
Animal Crossing: Wild World 22
Animal Crossing: City Folk 23
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 25


The Sweetfish (also known as the Ayu) is a freshwater fish found in the river between 4 AM to 9 PM during the months of July through to the first half of September, but is most common between July to August. It sells for a decent price despite being abundant.

Donating to the Museum

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers will say:

In Animal Crossing

"Sweetfish appear when the days grow long, you know. Some say summer can't begin until the first one is caught. Of course, the poor dear is then eaten! Hardly a fit welcome for summer's herald! I, myself, do not eat fish. This one will be quite safe with us here. Quite safe, indeed! Hoo, I say!"

In Wild World

"This fish is hardly sweet, contrary to its name. It still tastes...fishy. Indeed, if you expect some sort of lollipop in fish-form, you will be horrified!"

In City Folk

"You can always tell where a sweetfish has been by the trail of bite marks it leaves behind, eh wot? The fish will scrape away at rocks that have food stuck to them, leaving jagged teeth marks. ...Quite wild behavior for such a refined-looking little fish, I should say!" hootie hoo eh wot.

In can be found in the middle-right tank in the aquarium.

In New Leaf

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

"Sweetfish are migratory fish born upstream that travel to the ocean and then return to rivers to spawn. ''This migratory mind-set is what emphasizes their similarity to salmon. Adult sweetfish have a watermelon-like mossy smell when caught, since they eat moss on riverbed rocks. Sweetfish are very territorial and will attack rivals that encroach on their territory. Anglers use this combative nature against them by using lures made of other sweetfish." 

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest

Sweetfish (Animal Crossing) Sweetfish (Animal Crossing icon) "Sweetfish"

Wild World

Sweetfish (Wild World) Sweetfish (Wild World icon) ''Depending on where they're caught, their flavor can change. It's common to use sweetfish to catch sweetfish."

Icon fishSize- 9.8 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Summer


City Folk

Sweetfish Sweetfish (City Folk) ''These taste differently, depending on the river they're caught in."

Icon fishSize- About 10 inches.
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers.
Icon calendarSeason- Summer


New Leaf

SweetfishEncyclo

Gallery

Further Information

Real life Sweetfish

A real life Sweet Fish.

The Sweetfish or Ayu is an amphidromous fish, native to the Palearctic ecozone. It is found in rivers, lakes, and coastal waters of western Hokkaidō in Japan southward to the Korean Peninsula, China, and Taiwan. The name "sweetfish" is due to the sweetness of its flesh. In reference to its typical one-year life span, it is also known as nen-gyo (year-fish).

Decoys (plastic or similar material) of Sweetfish are often used to catch them, as referenced in-game by the Encyclopedia information. As they are an aggressive species they will charge and push out any intruders, and in the case of a decoy will get caught on the hook.


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