Reactions

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Nibbles and Sylvia reacting to a player's emotion in New Leaf

Reactions (known as emotions prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons) are gestures used by both the player and non-playable characters, mainly villagers. The purpose of various reactions is to display or emphasize various moods or feelings of the user without the use of words or text.

Villagers' Reactions[edit]

Aside from expressing reactions when in conversation, villagers may also show a reaction when walking about town.

  • A dark purple cloud with a swirl means the villager is either sad or sick (indoors only).
  • An exclamation mark above a villager's head appears either when they are realizing something or, if not talking to anyone, wanting to talk to the player.
  • If steam is coming out of a villager's head, they are angry.
  • When they are singing, that means the villager is happy.
  • Villagers may also clap when a player catches a rare fish or insect or sometimes when fireworks go off in Wild World and City Folk. They react in shock if the player catches a piece of trash instead.
  • Only in New Leaf sometimes villagers may show the 'thought' emotion and stop in place requesting they are not spoken to, as they are too deep in thought. This emotion usually happens when the player talks too much to the villager and takes a while for them to "reset" and will be "social" again.
  • When hit with the Toy Hammer, they react with a shocked emotion.

Conversations with villagers and players sometime cause a villager's emotion to change from normal to happy, sad, or angry. Conversations cannot be started if a Villager is angry or sad - the villager will tell the player they do not feel like talking. In Animal Crossing, Peppy villagers will sometimes cheer themselves up when players talk to them.

Villagers can use the Mayor's emotions while using Amiibo Camera in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo. Strangely, villagers can use emotions they cannot normally use here, like Smug villagers can use the Angry and Outrage emotions.

Learning Reactions[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

The player can get emotions from Dr. Shrunk in a random encounter with him when he is walking around their village.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

Dr. Shrunk is found in the city's theater, where emotions can be learned for 800 Bells. He is very rarely replaced by Frillard, who teaches emotions unknown to Dr. Shrunk. A player can retain up to four emotions at a time. If a fifth emotion is to be learned, one of the previous four must be forgotten.

The Emotion tab in New Leaf.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

Dr. Shrunk can be found in Club LOL every day, however, if the player visits him after 12 PM and before the club's opening at 8 PM, he will offer to perform for the player in exchange for some Fruit or a food item. Being a former stage comedian, Dr. Shrunk's performances consist of him telling a joke and demonstrating the related emotion for the player to learn. Upon learning an emotion, the player can access it for use from their joke book, which is given to them by Dr. Shrunk after his first performance.

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer[edit]

Emotions can be unlocked by completing a client's house. There are 48 emotions, with 8 emotions new to the game.

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[edit]

Some emotions can be triggered by tapping the player or villager using the Campsite Camera in the campsite or cabin.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

Villagers can teach reactions to the player randomly. The player can learn one reaction per day. Certain reactions can only be learned by villagers with certain personalities. Some of them require high friendship with the villager.

Reactions[edit]

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This is a list of reactions that the player can learn throughout the Animal Crossing series.

Emotion Aggravation NH Icon cropped.png Aggravation NL Player Aggravation.png
Wild World (Anger)
City Folk (Anger)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Peppy personality
Emotion Agreement NH Icon cropped.png Agreement NL Player Agreement.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Cranky personality
Emotion Amazed NH Icon cropped.png Amazed CF Player Surprise.png
Wild World (Realization)
City Folk (Surprise)
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Snooty personality
Emotion Icon - Anger (NL) cropped.png Anger NL Player Anger.png
Wild World (Irritation)
City Folk (Irritation)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Apologetic NH Icon cropped.png Apologetic Nia.png
Happy Home Designer (Apologize)
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Sisterly personality
Emotion Bashfulness NH Icon cropped.png Bashfulness NL Player Bashfulness.png
Wild World (Shyness)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Lazy personality
Emotion Bewilderment NH Icon cropped.png Bewilderment Nia.png
Happy Home Designer (Amazed)
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Cranky personality


Boy's Pose Nia.png
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Cold Chill NH Icon cropped.png Cold Chill NL Player Cold Chill.png
Wild World (Blankness)
City Folk (Disinterest)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Sisterly personality
Complete Nia.png
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Confident NH Icon cropped.png Confident Nia.png
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Sisterly (high friendship) personality
Consent Nia.png
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Curiosity NH Icon cropped.png Curiosity NL Player Curiosity.png
Wild World (Confusion)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Peppy personality
Emotion Daydreaming NH Icon cropped.png Daydreaming NL Player Daydreaming.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Normal (high friendship) personality
Emotion Delight NH Icon cropped.png Delight NL Player Delight.png
Wild World (Approval)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Any (initial reactions) personality
Emotion Disagreement NH Icon cropped.png Disagreement NL Player Disagreement.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Sisterly personality
Emotion Icon - Disbelief (NL) cropped.png Disbelief NL Player Disbelief.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Distress NH Icon cropped.png Distress NL Player Distress.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Jock personality
Emotion Dozing NH Icon cropped.png Dozing Nia.png
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Smug personality
Emotion Encouraging NH Icon cropped.png Encouraging Nia.png
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Jock personality
Explain Nia.png
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Flourish NH Icon cropped.png Flourish NL Player Flourish.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Jock personality
Emotion Fearful NH Icon cropped.png Fearful NL Player Fearful.png
Wild World (Fear)
City Folk (Fear)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Normal personality
Girl's Pose Nia.png
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Glee NH Icon cropped.png Glee NL Player Glee.png
Wild World (Happiness)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Normal personality
Emotion Greetings NH Icon cropped.png Greetings NL Player Greetings.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Any (initial reactions) personality
Emotion Happiness NH Icon cropped.png Happiness NL Player Happiness.png
Wild World (Contentment)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Peppy personality
Emotion Heartbreak NH Icon cropped.png Heartbreak NL Player Heartbreak.png
Wild World (Disappointment)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Smug personality
Emotion Inspiration NH Icon cropped.png Inspiration NL Player Inspiration.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Cranky (high friendship) personality
Emotion Intense NH Icon.png Intense Nia.png
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Snooty personality
Emotion Joy NH Icon cropped.png Joy NL Player Joy.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Any (initial reactions) personality
Emotion Laughter NH Icon cropped.png Laughter NL Player Laughter.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Sisterly personality
Lottie is ready! Nia.png
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Love NH Icon cropped.png Love NL Player Love.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Snooty (high friendship) personality
Emotion Mischief NH Icon cropped.png Mischief NL Player Mischief.png
Wild World (Scheming)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Peppy (high friendship) personality
Emotion Mistaken NH Icon cropped.png Mistaken NL Player Mistaken.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Lazy personality
Emotion Icon - Outrage (NL) cropped.png Outrage NL Player Outrage.png
Wild World (Rage)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Pleased NH Icon cropped.png Pleased Nia.png
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Normal personality
Emotion Pride NH Icon cropped.png Pride NL Player Pride.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Lazy (high friendship) personality
Emotion Resignation NH Icon cropped.png Resignation NL Player Resignation.png
Wild World (Acceptance)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Smug personality
Emotion Sadness NH Icon cropped.png Sadness NL Player Sadness.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Normal personality
Emotion Sheepishness NH Icon cropped.png Sheepishness SheepishnessNH.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Cranky personality
Emotion Shocked NH Icon cropped.png Shocked NL Player Shocked.png
Wild World (Shock)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Jock personality
Emotion Showmanship NH Icon cropped.png Showmanship NL Player Showmanship.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Smug (high friendship) personality
Emotion Icon - Shrunk Funk Shuffle (NL) cropped.png Shrunk Funk Shuffle NL Player Shrunk Funk Shuffle.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Shyness NH Icon cropped.png Shyness NL Player Shyness.png
Wild World
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Lazy personality
Emotion Sighing NH Icon cropped.png Sighing NL Player Sighing.png
Wild World (Exasperation)
City Folk (Disappointment)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Snooty personality
Emotion Sleepy NH Icon cropped.png Sleepy NL Player Sleepy.png
Wild World (Fatigue)
City Folk (Sleepiness)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Peppy personality
Emotion Smirking NH Icon cropped.png Smirking Nia.png
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Smug personality
Emotion Sneezing NH Icon cropped.png Sneezing NL Player Sneezing.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Jock personality
Emotion Sorrow NH Icon cropped.png Sorrow NL Player Sorrow.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Lazy personality
Emotion Icon - Sunniness (NL) cropped.png Sunniness NL Player Sunniness.png
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
Emotion Surprise NH Icon cropped.png Surprise NL Player Surprise.png
Wild World (Realization)
City Folk (Realization)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Any (initial reactions) personality
Emotion Thought NH Icon cropped.png Thought NL Player Thought.png
Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Snooty personality
Emotion Worry NH Icon cropped.png Worry NL Player Worry.png
Wild World (Discontent)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
In New Horizons, this reaction can be learned by villager with Cranky personality
Anger CF Icon.png Close[nb 1] Nia.png
Wild World
City Folk

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Notes[edit]

  1. Exists in game data but is unused. Plays a random emotion each time it is invoked.