Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch Dorado

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In Animal Crossing New Horizons there are a number of activities for players to complete on their islands. One activity players can undertake is fishing. There are a great number of fish for players to catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons with some being more rare than others. Rare fish are spawns that rarely appear while players are fishing. These rare fish sell for high number of bells and must be caught to complete your Critterpedia. To help you find one of the rare fish use our how to catch Dorado guide below.

Dorado Critterpedia Information

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The rare Dorado is a fish you can catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Like other rare fish getting the Dorado to spawn is largely up to chance. Here is Critterpedia information to help you catch the Dorado fish:

  • Northern Hemisphere Spawn: June – September.
  • Southern Hemisphere Spawn: December – March.
  • Catchable Hours: 4 AM – 9 PM.
  • Shadow Size: Extra Large.
  • Location: River.
  • Price: 15,000 Bells.

So we know that the Dorado is catchable in the River. The River can be found in and around your island as well as on mystery islands. You can catch this rare fish between the hours of 4 AM – 9 PM during the spawn months listed above. Before heading out to fish you will want to stock up on plenty of Fish Bait.

How to Catch the Rare Dorado Fish

Image showing the Dorado shadow in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Note: Rare fish are rare spawns which means some may get it soon while other’s may take a little longer. Don’t give up.

The location to catch the rare Dorado fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons is the River. The River can be found cutting its way through you island and on certain mystery islands as well. When at the River you will want to look for extra large shadows that spawn. If they don’t spawn you can scare away the other fishes and use bait to force other fish types to spawn in.

Infinite Fish Bait: If you feel like using a bit of an exploit to preserve your Fish Bait I have one for you. Craft about 5 – 7 Fish Bait and then save and exit your game. Head back into the game and go to the fishing spot. Here you have about 2.5 Minutes to fish before the game autosaves. Before the autosave triggers simply kill the game via the Nintendo Switch homescreen to have essentially infinite Fish Bait. Repeat this process until you’ve caught the fish you desire.

If your island proves to be a bit of a lackluster catching zone you may want to take a trip to a mystery island. Mystery islands have higher fish spawn rates so you are able to cycle through fish in the River location much faster.

Focus your time trying to catch the extra large shadows you see appear in the River and eventually you will catch the Dorado. This is one of a few rare fish players can catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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