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Not to be confused with Frank.
"Eat or be eaten."
— Franklin, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Welcome amiibo
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Franklin tuk
Franklin NLWa.png
Artwork of Franklin from Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo.
Species Gender
Turkey Male
Birthday October 10th Libra
Role Harvest Festival
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.


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]

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.

In Animal Crossing Plaza[edit]

Franklin appears as a Miiverse stamp in Animal Crossing Plaza.

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 Happy Home Designer[edit]

Happy Home Designer client information
Thought bubble:
Client's vision: I'll leave it up to you!
Required items: None
Favorite song:  K.K. Étude
Favorite saying: Eat or be eaten.
Franklin's Happy Home Designer icon
Unlocked items
 Turkey    K.K. Étude  
 Franklin's Pic  
 Chef's Hat    Modern Umbrella  
Starting house: House of Franklin HHD Exterior.png
Happy Home Designer client information
Thought bubble:
Client's vision: I'll leave it up to you!
Required items: None
Favorite song: K.K. Étude (Album Cover) HHD Icon.png K.K. Étude
Favorite saying: Eat or be eaten.
Franklin's Happy Home Designer icon
Unlocked items
Turkey HHD Icon.png Turkey   K.K. Étude HHD Icon.png K.K. Étude  
Franklin's Pic HHD Icon.png Franklin's Pic  
Chef's Hat HHD Icon.png Chef's Hat   Modern Umbrella HHD Icon.png Modern Umbrella  
Starting house: House of Franklin HHD Exterior.png

RV in Welcome amiibo[edit]

RV of Franklin NLWa Exterior.png
RV of Franklin NLWa.png
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!
Chef's Outfit HHD Icon.png Chef's Outfit Harvest Chair NL Model.png Harvest Chair (x2)
Harvest Clock NL Model.png Harvest Clock Harvest Wall Lamp NL Model.png Harvest Wall Lamp
Kitchen Island NL Model.png Kitchen Island Kitchen Refrigerator NLWa Model.png Kitchen Refrigerator
Pancakes NLWa Model.png Pancakes Potato Gratin NLWa Model.png Potato Gratin
Stewpot NL Model.png Stewpot Weeping Fig NL Model.png Weeping Fig
Wallpaper: Harvest Wall NL.png Harvest Wall
Floor: Harvest Rug NL.png Harvest Rug
Music: K.K. Country (Album Cover) HHD Icon.png K.K. Country

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



  • If the player cuts down any trees Franklin is hiding behind, Franklin will be frightened.
  • 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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese フランクリン
Same as English name

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."


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