Animal Crossing: New Horizons: How To Catch The Betta Fish

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Betta New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game full of change that doesn’t want its fans to get bored, with brand new bugs and fish rotating in at the start of every month. From May onwards, one of the new fish players can catch is the Betta: a somewhat rare small fish that might net you a decent amount of Bells.

Here’s all the info you need to catch the Betta fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you need a whole load more New Horizons guides, we have you covered.


Betta Quick Facts

Betta New Horizons
Betta New Horizons
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The Betta is a very striking small fish, it having almost a ruffle for a tail along with purple marking.


Betta Location & Time of Day

The Betta is one of the only fish in New Horizons that’s available in a relatively short window of time. You can catch the Betta in New Horizons between 9AM and 4PM every day.

As for where you can find it, our Betta location for the first one we caught was in a river that connects to the sea. We have seen the fish available in other river locations, but we recommend that you travel to a mystery island and just keep checking at the rivermouth as spawns are far more common. Look for a small shadow.

As always, you will need at least a flimsy fishing rod to catch the fish. If you’re having trouble finding one, don’t forget to craft bait so more will spawn in front of you, while also checking that you are fishing at the right times.


Betta Price

Once you’ve caught a Betta in New Horizons, don’t forget to turn it into Blathers at the museum to add it to his collection.

When you catch your second Betta, you can then sell it to Nook’s Cranny for 2500 Bells, making it a relatively decent fish to sell for Bells.

You can also hold onto it until C.J. arrives on your island, who will then buy it for 20% more than usual for a price of 3000 Bells. You can also give him three of them and he will give you an Betta model in return.


When Are Betta Fish Available Until?

As with a lot of the fish and bugs added during May, the Betta will be available to catch from the start of May until the end of October. While the Betta is a somewhat rare fish, it being around for ages means that you have plenty of opportunities to catch one.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is out now exclusively for Switch, is one of the best ways to while away your spare time. From our review:

“New Horizons is a great continuation of an already fantastic series of games, and paying back Tom Nook’s loan has never been so fun.”

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