There’s a total of 80 fish to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, from huge ocean-dwelling sharks to tiny tadpoles in your island’s ponds. One of the rarest (and most profitable) of these fish is the coelacanth, an ancient fish once thought to be extinct in real life that is actually still alive and swimming. Luckily, you don’t have to do anything extra-special to catch one; you just need to keep an eye on the weather.
When To Catch A Coelacanth
Unlike a lot of fish, the coelacanth is available year-round and at all times of the day. However, it only appears when it’s raining. Weather in New Horizons isn’t tied to real-life weather, so you just have to look out for a random rainy day as you play–it can even start or stop raining throughout an individual day.
A coelacanth in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
In previous Animal Crossing games, you could also catch a coelacanth when it was snowing. However, New Horizons’ in-game Critterpedia only lists rain as a weather requirement, not snow. We will update this guide when we can confirm this.