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"Eat or be eaten."
— Franklin, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Franklin tuk
Franklin NLa.png
Species Gender
Turkey Male
Birthday October 10th Libra
Role Harvest Festival
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese フランクリン
Korean 프랭클린
Italian Cedrone
German Gernod

Simplified Chinese 富蓝
French Dindou
Spanish Guindo
Dutch Franklin

Traditional Chinese 富藍
Quebec French Dindou
Latin American Spanish Guindo
Russian Франклин

Franklin is a turkey in the Animal Crossing series who appears during the Harvest Festival. After his debut in Animal Crossing, Franklin appears in all subsequent games except Wild World. While currently absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Franklin appears in a graphic promoting events in future updates for the game in the February 2020 Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct, suggesting he will be added in a later update.

Franklin was not available in Doubutsu no Mori nor Doubutsu no Mori+, instead debuting in Animal Crossing, making him and Farley the only special characters in the series to be given this treatment.


Animal Crossing[edit]

Franklin PG.png
Artwork of Franklin from Animal Crossing.

Franklin makes his debut in Animal Crossing. He was added by the North American localization team instead of Nintendo EAD, who developed the original Japanese game. Tortimer, the mayor, invites him for dinner, or rather, to be dinner. 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.

Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

Franklin CF.png
Artwork of Franklin from Animal Crossing: 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 unchanged in this game. The only differences being the dialog, and that Franklin's voice is now much deeper in a similar manner to cranky villagers. Besides this, no significant changes are made.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

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 right, while the cornucopia is obtained after the player makes all of the dishes.

Card profiles[edit]

Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

Animal Crossing-e card
#118 Franklin - Series 2
Gender: Male
Sign: Leo
Password: EXLWUX%OlwrBCp
Animal Crossing-e 2-118 (Franklin).jpg
117 Olive Animal Crossing-e cards
#118 Franklin
119 Tom Nook

Happy Home Designer amiibo card[edit]

Animal Crossing amiibo card
#216 Franklin - Series 3
Type: Special
Star sign: Libra
Birthday: October 10th
Dice value: 5
Hand sign: Scissors
216 Franklin amiibo card NA.png
215 Isabelle List of amiibo cards
#216 Franklin
217 Jingle

Other appearances[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Franklin appears as a collectible trophy.

Franklin SSB4 Trophy (3DS).png #623 Franklin
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.


Sprites and models[edit]



  • If the player cuts down any trees Franklin is hiding behind, Franklin will be frightened.
  • Franklin is likely named after Benjamin Franklin, who supposedly preferred the Wild Turkey to the Bald Eagle as the national bird of the United States.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese フランクリン

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
富蓝 / 富藍
Fù Lán
From Japanese name

German Gernod -

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

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