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Not to be confused with Frank.
"I understand it's Turkey Day, but you wouldn't believe the way they choose to celebrate it in some places. But the less said there, the better."
— Franklin, Animal Crossing: New Horizons
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Franklin tuk
Artwork of Franklin
Artwork of Franklin from Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo.
Species Gender
Turkey Male
Birthday October 10th Libra
Favorite saying "Eat or be eaten."
Role Harvest Festival/Turkey Day
Main appearances

Other appearances
Name in other languages

Franklin is a turkey in the Animal Crossing series who appears during Turkey Day. After his debut in Animal Crossing, Franklin appears in all subsequent games except Wild World. Franklin does not appear in Doubutsu no Mori or Doubutsu no Mori+, instead debuting in Animal Crossing, making him and Farley the only special characters in the series to be given this treatment. Franklin may be named after Benjamin Franklin, who supposedly preferred the wild turkey to the bald eagle as the national bird of the United States.



Franklin is a pink turkey. His eyelids and beak are lavender. His big round half-closed eyes have large and thick magenta linings, white rims, grayish-purple irises, and large blue pupils. His magenta snood is also his nose. His neck's feathers are magenta. His wings for arms and tail's feathers are both dark-purple and light-purple with white tips. His legs are pink talons with dark-brown stripes.


In Animal Crossing and City Folk, Franklin is too fearful, hiding from villagers to save himself from being the Harvest Festival/Turkey Day's 'main course', but he is kind to the player enough, wanting the player to bring him pieces of silverware from the banquet and pilfer the utensils, so to prevent him from being served. For each piece of silverware brought to him, he then gratefully rewards the player with one piece of the Harvest Series.

In New Leaf and New Horizons, Franklin instead happily hosts the Harvest Festival/Turkey Day with no fear. During the event, he asks the player to find ingredients that allow him to cook dishes, and then gratefully hands out unique rewards upon doing so.


In Animal Crossing[edit]

Artwork of Franklin from Animal Crossing.

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.

In City Folk[edit]

Artwork of Franklin from City Folk.

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 New Leaf[edit]

Artwork of Franklin from New Leaf.

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.

In New Horizons[edit]

Franklin introducing himself to the player in New Horizons.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Franklin was added alongside Turkey Day in the Free Winter Update. He returns as the host of the event.[1] Franklin's voice pitch is changed once again in New Horizons, being similar to that of smug villagers.

Franklin's poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after inviting him to Photopia via his amiibo card.

Prior to its removal in version 2.0, when the player scans Franklin's amiibo card and tries to invite him, he will say:

Hello, Franklin here. Oh! Is that Player? What's up, gobble gob?
A trip to your campsite?! Hm! I'd love to take some time to kick back and stretch my wings out there...
But a chef's work is never over!
I've got hungry customers to feed, so I'm stuck here for now.

But I appreciate the invite! Next time I see you, I'll be there cooking up more delicious dishes.

In Animal Crossing Plaza[edit]

Franklin appears as a Miiverse stamp in Animal Crossing Plaza.

In Pocket Camp[edit]

Franklin was added to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on October 28, 2021, he appears for a seasonal garden event around Harvest Festival.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Franklin appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.




Description 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.
Acquisition Random

Villager information[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Eat or be eaten.


Birthday Gender Species
October 10 Libra Male Turkey
Pic version added Welcome amiibo update
Coffee preferences
Franklin does not order coffee at The Roost.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Eat or be eaten.

Franklin's Happy Home Designer icon

Example of Franklin's Happy Home Designer house
Official example
Birthday Gender Species
October 10 Libra Male Turkey
Umbrella Modern Umbrella HHD Icon.png Modern umbrella
House request
Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
Favorite song  K.K. Étude
Unlocked items
  •  Turkey
  •  K.K. Étude
  •  Franklin's pic
  • Clothing:
  •  Chef's hat
  •  Modern umbrella
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Franklin's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    RV in Welcome amiibo[edit]

    Exterior of Franklin's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Interior of Franklin's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Description: A talented chef who visits the town each year for Harvest Festival, Franklin only uses the best ingredients—even outdoors. No campfire beans for him!
    Wall:  Harvest Wall
    Floor:  Harvest Rug
    Music: K.K. Country NL Texture.png K.K. Country

    Franklin's "Order furniture" list in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo

    In New Horizons[edit]

    Eat or be eaten.


    Birthday Gender Species
    October 10 Libra Male Turkey
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (Yellow) NH Model.png  Yellow
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Playful - Fabric 2) NH Model.png  Playful - Fabric 2
    Happy Home Paradise traits
    Umbrella Maple-Leaf Umbrella NH Icon.png Maple-leaf umbrella
    Hobby Nature
    Book Nature Book NH Icon.png Gardening/Bug/Fish/Fossil

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items

    Card profiles[edit]

    Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

    Animal Crossing-e 2-118 (Franklin).jpg

    Card back

    Animal Crossing-e 2-118 (Franklin - Back).jpg

    #118 Franklin - Series 2
    Gender: Male
    Sign: Leo
    Profile: 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.
    Password: EXLWUX%OlwrBCp

    amiibo card[edit]

    216 Franklin amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #216 Franklin - Series 3
    Star sign: Libra
    Birthday: October 10
    Dice value: 5
    Hand sign: Scissors



    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese フランクリン
    Same as English name

    Simplified Chinese 富蓝
    Fù Lán
    From Japanese name

    Traditional Chinese 富藍

    Russian Франклин
    Same as English name

    German Gernod -

    European Spanish Guindo From guinda meaning "cherry," a common turkey stuffing.

    European French Dindou Twist on the French word "Dindon" meaning "Turkey."

    Italian Cedrone From gallo cedrone, "grouse," and cedro, "cedar tree" or "citron."


    1. Re-Tail sell price; if item can be sold at Timmy and Tommy's store, it is 80% of the sell price; if item can be sold to Leila at Tortimer Island, it is 5% of the sell price.


    1. YouTube (November 17, 2020). "Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Free Winter Update – Nintendo Switch". YouTube. Retrieved November 17, 2020.