How to catch Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Learn when, where, and how to catch Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons so you can add a rare fish to your collection.

We reckon you’ve pulled plenty in your time. Yeah, you’re an experienced fisher, you. However, if you’ve been working your way through the monthly fish and bug lists, you may have noted a few absent seafarers. Some fish like the Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are available to grab all year round, but rare enough that you could easily miss them. To help you fill out your critterpedia, here’s how to catch Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to catch Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to catch Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
 
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If someone told us to catch Barreleye, we’d assume they were insulting us with a rare disease. Fortunately in the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this uncommon fish is just another addition to your museum, or even your bell balance. To start, here are the key characteristics you need to know to catch a Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

  • When: 9pm - 4am, All Year
  • Where: Sea
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Value: 15,000 Bells

As noted above, the key to catching the Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is to go fishing between 9pm and 4am. For most of us, those are pretty restrictive hours, but we’ve found taking island tours with a Nook Miles Ticket after 9pm to be the best method of securing a Barreley. Fish spawn much more quickly on island tours, and if you get one that’s raining then your odds are even better. 

Barreleye Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide
 
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The other key to catching a Barreleye is that it has a small (not tiny) fish shadow. While most of the rare fish are big boys, the Barreleye is a small fella, waiting in the deep for you to grab him. The good news is that you have all year to find and catch Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so there’s no real need to rush. If you do catch one, naturally we recommend giving it to Blathers, but any beyond that will be worth a whopping 15,000 bells when sold to Timmy and Tommy, or even more if you save it for C.J.

More AC: New Horizons guides

So there you have it! Everything you need to know about how to catch Barreleye in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. We hope you don’t mind taking some late night or early morning fishing trips! Head over to our Animal Crossing: New Horizons game hub by clicking here for more

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