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Animal Crossing New Horizons: the rarest and most expensive fish in the game!

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Animal Crossing New Horizons: the rarest and most expensive fish in the game!
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Sturgeon, golden trout, dai yu, sharks and many others are so-called rare fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons on Nintendo Switch. Here is a list of fish to farm and tips to fill up on bells thanks to fishing!

Animal Crossing New Horizons: the rarest and most expensive fish in the game!

Animal Crossing New Horizons is full of various fish. Some have a rarer appearance rate than others and their bell prices demonstrate that they are good to sell at Nook's Cranny. In this guide, we are going to make you the list of the rarest fish, therefore the most expensive and give you some tips to know the exact location or how to farm them faster than normal.

The list of rare / expensive fish

Stringfish

Period : December - March (Northern Hemisphere) / June - September (Southern Hemisphere)

Time : 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.

Place of appearance : Pond at the top of a cliff

Price : 15,000 bells

Size : Large

Coelacanth

Only when it rains

Time : All day (rain)

Place of appearance : Ocean

Price : 15,000 bells

Size : Huge

Rarity : Very rare

Golden trout

Period : March - June / September - November (Northern Hemisphere) // March - May / September - December (Southern Hemisphere)

Time : 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.

Place of appearance: Pond at the top of a cliff

Price : 15,000 bells

Size : Large

Great White shark

Period : June -September (North) / December - March (South)

Time : 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.

Place of appearance : Ocean

Price : 15,000 bells

Size : Huge (fin)

Dorado

Period : June - September (North) / December - March (South)

Time : 04h - 21h

Place of appearance : Rivière

Price : 15,000 bells

Size : Very large

Barreleye

Period : All year

Time : 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Place of appearance : Ocean

Price : 15,000 bells

Size : Large

Whale shark

Period : June - September (North) / December - March (South)

Time : All day

Place of appearance : Ocean

Price : 13,000 bells

Size : Huge (fin)

Saw shark

Period : June -September (North) / December - March (South)

Time : 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.

Place of appearance : Ocean

Price : 12,000 bells

Size : Huge

Arapaima

Period : July - September (North) / December - March (South)

Time : 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.

Place of appearance : Rivière

Price : 10,000 bells

Size : Huge

Blue marlin

Period : July - September / November - April (North) // January - March / May - November (South)

Time : All day

Place of appearance : Pier

Price : 10,000 bells

Size : Huge

Arowana

Period : June - September (North) / December - March (South)

Time : 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.

Place of appearance : River

Price : 10,000 bells

Size : Medium

Napoleon

Period : July - August (North) / January - February (South)

Time : 04h - 21h

Place of appearance : Ocean

Price : 10,000 bells

Size : Huge

Sturgeon

Period : September - March (North) / March - September (South)

Time : All day

Place of appearance : Mouth between river and ocean (estuary)

Price : 10,000 bells

Size : Large

Hammerhead shark

Period : June -September (North) / December - March (South)

Time : 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.

Place of appearance : Ocean

Price : 8,000 bells

Size : Huge

Ribbonfish

Period : December - May (North) / June - November (South)

Time : All day

Place of appearance : Ocean

Price : 9,000 bells

Size : Large

Tuna

Period : November - April (North) / May - October (South)

Time : All day

Place of appearance : Ocean (pontoon)

Price : 7000 bells

Size : Large

Mahi-mahi

Period : May - October (North) / November - April (South)

Time : All day

Place of appearance : Ocean (pier)

Price : 6,000 bells

Size : Large

Gar

Period : July - October (North) / January - April (South)

Time : 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.

Place of appearance : Pond

Price : 6,000 bells

Size : Large

Ranchu Goldfish

Period : All year

Time : 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Place of appearance : Pond

Price : 4,500 bells

Size : Small

Pop-eyed Goldfish

Period : All year

Time : 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Place of appearance : Pond

Price : 1,300 bells

Size : Small

Goldfish

Period : All year

Time : All day

Place of appearance : Pond

Price : 1,300 bells

Size : Small

The list of other notable rare fish

We will list the rare fish that are notable with their prices.

  • King salmon : 10,000 bells
  • Koï carp : 4,000 bells
  • Snapping turtle : 5,000 bells
  • Scarus : 5,000 bells
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Our little tips

  1. If you already have an idea of the fish you want to catch, go to its location (estuary, pier, waterfall, pond, etc.) and drop the bait to bring the fish. You can either make them yourself thanks to the Japanese Clams or by buying them at the Nook Boutique.
  2. Travel to the mystery islands and cross your fingers to find the island that provides a large concentration of fish in a pond or fish of medium / large / huge size in abundance.
  3. Pay attention to the period of appearance of the fish and the hours, it would be a shame to farm while the fish is not available.
  4. Changing your island will allow you to create waterfalls and ponds. Enough to make additional water points to better farm the fish.
  5. Do not run near bodies of water. The fish will be afraid and run away.

The locations in pictures

If you do not know where the pontoon, the estuary or the bodies of water are located here are all the images that could help you better understand the location of the different rare fish mentioned just above.

The falls

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The pontoon

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The estuary / river mouth

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The pond

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