How to catch Arapaima in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Learn where, when and how to catch Arapaima in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The water bubbles and fins are on the horizons. New Horizons, to be precise. The month of June brings many new creatures to the trees, seas and rivers of Animal Crossing: New Horizons (click here to read our full list!). For those in the northern hemisphere, a massive influx of equally massive fish has arrived, one of which being the Arapaima. This beastly creature is actually quite tame, but to catch it you’ll need to fish at very specific times. Let’s get on with filling out your critterpedia by explaining how to catch Arapaima in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to catch Arapaima in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to catch arapaima in animal crossing new horizons
You can catch Arapaima from rivers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Before we dive into an explanation, here are the key details you need to know about how to catch Arapaima in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

  • When: 4pm - 9am, June - September
  • Where: River
  • Shadow Size: Large
  • Value: 10,000 Bells

The Arapaima is a river fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which will probably surprise you when you see just how big it is. For the northern hemisphere, this fish is only available from June to September (southern hemisphere folks can find them December - March). To catch Arapaima, you need to be fishing between 4pm and 9am. That means early morning, or late afternoon and evening are the best times to catch Arapaima.

Related: How to catch Whale Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You can catch Arapaima in any river section, so don’t worry about heading up the cliffs. We recommend crafting a bunch of fish bait, then heading over to the river and fishing away. You’re after a large shadow, which should be quite distinct. Most river fish are of small or medium size, so the Arapaima should stand out.

Now that you know how to catch Arapaima in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you might want to move on to reading our full June fish and bug list (click here to do just that!) to learn about all the other new creatures inhabiting your island. Be warned, there are many sharks!

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