Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch an Angelfish

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch an Angelfish

We'll explain how to catch the elusive angelfish in our step-by-step guide.

With new fish coming to Animal Crossing New Horizons every month, one of the prettiest out there is the angelfish, a small yellow fish with long fins. We'll show you how to catch an angelfish of your own and how much it's worth to the right buyers.

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How to Catch an Angelfish in Animal Crossing New Horizons

You can catch an angelfish in Animal Crossing New Horizons by equipping your fishing rod and working under these circumstances:

  • It must be between May and October (in the Northern Hemisphere) or November to April (Southern Hemisphere).
  • Angelfish appear at night, at any time between 4:00 PM and 9:00 AM.
  • They only spawn in Rivers, not ponds or the ocean.
  • Even with all these conditions met, angelfish are still pretty rare. You might have to catch a few other fish before you get this one.
Angelfish might look cute, but Blathers will tell you they have a habit for attacking other fish. | Joel Franey/USgamer, Nintendo

Angelfish Shadow Size

Angelfish shadows are classified as "small," the second-littlest shadows in the game. We recommend you aim your rod for anything clearly under medium size, because anything larger isn't going to be an angelfish.

How Much Do Angelfish Sell For?

Though little, angelfish have a pretty high value and are worth 3000 bells each, or 4500 if you can find CJ and sell them to him (if you want to know when he'll come to your island, we have a guide on that here). It's pretty good value, so fishing for angels overnight is a solid way to make some bells the next morning. Alternatively, if you want to see what other fish are currently new to the game, we've got this full guide here.

Why not be an angel and check out some of our other Animal Crossing pieces? Caty's laid out her thoughts on the May Day maze right here, or take a look at Mat's story on what famous Animal Crossing critters are soon to vanish.

Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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