What Animal Crossing’s Rarest Fish Look Like In Real Life

Fishing is one of the best ways for players to pass the time in Animal Crossing, and many of the fish featured resemble their real-life counterparts.

One of the best ways for players to pass time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is by fishing. Not only does fishing give Animal Crossing players something to do while waiting for the next day’s work to start, but it also allows them to catch and sell fish in order to make a profit. Players can also donate certain fish to the museum, and Blathers will put them up on display.

However, some fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are easier to catch than others. Certain fish, like New Horizons’ Giant Trevally, only appear during certain times of day or months of the year, making them much more rare finds than the ones which are available to catch year-round. Catching every fish in Animal Crossing has never been a prerequisite of the game (it is, after all, just meant to be something else players can do if they so choose) but it’s something that lots of fans have latched on to.

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Unless players are willing to time travel in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it’s likely that they will have missed at lease one or more of the rarer types of fish at some point. Thankfully, if that happens they can just wait until their next chance rolls around. Much like real-life fishing, Animal Crossing’s can be both cathartic and profitable, but there are also lots of times when players just aren’t catching anything, and they may be wondering what their potential catch looks like. Below are some of the rarest fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, along with their real-world counterparts.

Animal Crossing’s Giant Trevally In Real Life

Animal Crossing Giant Trevally Real


The Giant Trevally in Animal Crossing: New Horizons only appears at the very end of the pier at the beach, and will spawn during the months of November through April (for players in the Southern Hemisphere) and May to October (in the Northern Hemisphere). In real life, the Giant Trevally fish is considered an apex predator and can be found mainly in the oceans surrounding South Africa, Hawaii, Japan, and Australia.

Animal Crossing’s Coelacanth In Real Life

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ rare Coelacanth fish can only be caught during rainy days on the player’s island, but it is available year-round. In real life, the Coelacanth is also a rare species, primarily located off the coast of Africa. In New Horizons, Coelacanth’s are quoted as being “living fossils,” which is based on real-world evidence that most of the Coelacanths were thought to have died out in the Cretaceous period.

Animal Crossing’s Golden Trout In Real Life

The Golden Trout in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be sold for a good amount of bells, 15,000 to be exact, but it can be somewhat difficult to find. The Golden Trout only spawns at nighttime in the highest rivers on a player’s island, such as at the tops of cliffs or mountains. In the real world, the Golden Trout is native to California in the United States, and has been iconized as that state’s official freshwater fish.

These aren’t all of the rarest fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and each new season has the potential to bring new fish species to the game. Players who find themselves enjoying the video game fishing mechanics of Animal Crossing: New Horizons should keep their eyes peeled on the water, because there’s no telling when a new rare fish may appear.

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Updated: November 5, 2020 — 5:25 pm

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