Franklin makes his debut in international versions of Animal Crossing. Tortimer, the mayor, invites him for dinner and intends for him to be the main course. During this time, Franklin hides behind obstacles such as trees, buildings and signs, and waits for the player to bring him pieces of silverware from the banquet. Franklin believes that if the player pilfers the utensils, the villagers will be unable to serve him. For each piece brought to him, the player receives one piece of the Harvest Series.
If the player talks to the villagers during the Harvest Festival, they talk about where they've seen Franklin. The player can also get a map coordinate clue each time they speak to a villager. While in one hiding place, Franklin will accept only one 'knife and fork' set, so if players wish to give him another, they must move from the hiding place until Franklin disappears and search for him again. However, there is a glitch that allows the player to visit Franklin in the same hiding place multiple times. After talking to Franklin, the player must enter any building within the acre Franklin is found in, including houses, the museum, or Tom Nook's store. When the player returns, Franklin will remain in the same spot. In Doubutsu no Mori e+, however, this glitch is removed.
Franklin returns in Animal Crossing: City Folk after being absent in Animal Crossing: Wild World, and his function from Animal Crossing is left largely unchanged in this game. The only differences are the dialogue, and that Franklin's voice is now much deeper in a similar manner to cranky villagers.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Franklin acts as a chef, rather than the 'main course' of the Harvest Festival. He asks the player to find ingredients that allow him to cook dishes, and hands out unique rewards upon doing so. Some of these ingredients must be obtained from villagers by completing tasks, while others, such as fish, have to be caught. There is also one secret ingredient for each dish that is required in order to receive all the unique items, and the villagers may tell the player what this is. Unlike previous games, Franklin does not hand out furniture from the Harvest Series, although he hands out the Fruit Basket and the Cornucopia; the Fruit Basket can be obtained when getting the first secret ingredient correct, while the Cornucopia is obtained after the player makes all of the dishes.
NTSC-U: The Harvest Festival, understandably, makes Franklin a little nervous. But in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he's been invited to cook for everyone. He seems to need help gathering ingredients... Could you spare some time to help? Just to be clear, he isn't one of the ingredients!
PAL: Harvest Festivals understandably make Franklin nervous, but in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he's been invited to cook for everyone. Maybe you'd consider helping him gather the ingredients he needs? For the record, though, Franklin is not on the menu.
Franklin is just a poor innocent turkey who thinks the whole world is out to eat him—err, get him. Is he just imagining it all, or does he have reason to fear? It's hard to tell, but one thing is for certain—this birdbrain will reward anyone who helps him out of his predicament.
From gallo cedrone, "grouse", and cedro, "cedar tree" or "citron".
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