A glitch is an error in a game's programming that causes unintended behavior under certain conditions. The following is a list of glitches in each game in the Animal Crossing series.
- Note that all glitch names are conjectural unless otherwise stated.
In Animal Crossing
On Sale Day, if the player purchases all three items from Redd and leaves the acre, his tent disappears. Redd then appears in another acre in front of a signpost without his tent and when talked to, walks into the sign as though he is walking into the tent. He then appears in another acre, and the glitch can be repeated indefinitely until the end of the day.
Gracie on Sign Board
If prior to Gracie's arrival, a Sign Board is placed where she stands (one space east and two spaces south of a signpost), she will stand on top of the Sign Board. She cannot be spoken to until the Sign Board is taken down, after which she falls onto the ground and functions as normal.
If the player visits another town and resets the game, the next time their save is loaded, the texture for their face is that of a Gyroid. This glitch ends the next time the player saves their game. Additionally, when resetting in another town, all items and Bells in the player's pockets disappear.
If the player drops items on the ground on Animal Island and returns to the town while saving the island data to the Game Boy Advance, returns to the island after choosing "Another island" when prompted by Kapp'n, picks up any items, returns to the town without saving the island data, and returns to the island again using the initial Game Boy Advance data, the items the player initially dropped will appear, including those picked up on the previous visit.
This glitch only occurs if the player performs the newly made table glitch with the second floating item as a stereo or storage unit. If the player then exits and re-enters the room, then moves the storage unit or stereo—now on the bottom—one space in any direction, leaves and re-enters the room again, picks up the item on top, and leaves and re-enters again, the item that was picked up will reappear.
Locked diary crash
If the player repeatedly attempts view another player's diary entry that is locked and repeatedly, bringing up the message saying "This diary is locked!", the game eventually crashes and resets.
Turnips do not spoil
If the player drops Turnips in the hut on Animal Island and does not copy the island data to the Game Boy Advance when returning to the town, the Turnips will not spoil. Additionally, if Turnips end up in the lost and found, which is possible if an NPC or building appears on top of dropped Turnips, they will not spoil.
Under certain conditions,[clarification needed] a tree can permanently stop growing before it is fully grown.
Out of bounds
If the player pushes a snowball to the beach's shoreline and drops an item in front of it, then walks toward the snowball and picks up the item, the snowball pushes then into the sea where they can walk around. Through this glitch, the player can walk through several sea acres that would never be seen in normal gameplay, and they can walk to Animal Island. If this glitch is done in Doubutsu no Mori e+ and the player visits the island for the first time, the game crashes, as the island is not loaded into the game's memory until the player visits it via Kapp'n's boat for the first time.
Preventing Franklin from changing hiding place
If, during the Harvest Festival, Franklin hides near a building and the player enters the building after gives him a Knife and Fork, he will remain in that spot instead of changing hiding places after the player exits the building and will accept more Knife and Fork sets.
Shining spot duplication
If the player digs up a shining spot in Acre F-5, saves and continues, resets the game, and travels to Animal Island and back, the shining spot reappears.
Villagers out of bounds
Walking on tables
If the player runs into a table and quickly places an item down in front of it, they will float above the item and can walk onto the table.
Newly made table
If the player drops a furniture item while standing on a table, the item appears floating above the table. If the player then picks up the table they are standing on, a furniture item can be dropped on top of the item that was floating above the table, regardless of if that item can normally function as a table. If the player leaves and re-enters the room, the items swap places.
Warp to test map
For this glitch to work, the post office must be located in either Acre A-1 or A-2, and the time must be set to the last minute before an event changes during the Sports Fair (e.g. 10:59 AM). If the player enters the post office as the music fades for the new hour, then pays off their home loan, the player will warp to a test map upon leaving the post office.
In Wild World
Birthday party crash
The game may crash after the player gives a villager a present at their birthday party. This occurs due to an error that results in the game not choosing a line for the villager to say after receiving their present.
In certain copies of the game, when opening a letter from the town hall, the game won't open but instead crashes, and since the letter is new, it cannot be thrown away until it was read, therefore locking the letter in the inventory until the player hard-resets the town.
Gulliver's UFO softlock
If the player shoots Gulliver's UFO with a slingshot and a villager's house occupies the signpost it would normally land on, the crash landing noise plays, but the screen does not fade out, softlocking the game. This glitch only occurs in the 1.0 revisions of the Japanese and North American versions of the game.
Lazy villager items
If a lazy villager attempts to give an item to the player while their pockets are full, they will say they cannot give them the item; however, in their next line, they will act as though they they did give the player the item.
No Mr. Resetti
If the player turns the game off without saving and Pete arrives with a letter from Nintendo via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection the next time they load their save, Mr. Resetti does not appear. Mr. Resetti also does not appear if the game is being played on a Nintendo 3DS and the player closes the game using the Home button.
No point specials or spotlight items
Town bell sound
If the player saves while the town bells are ringing at the top of an hour, the bells continue ringing as the game is saving.
Turnips do not spoil
If turnips are placed on a table or in the lost and found, they will not spoil.
Walking through tables
In multiplayer, if the player places an item such as fruit, a tool, or a shell on a table in their house, then another player walks in, the table will not appear, allowing them to walk where it would be. From the first player's perspective, the second player will be walking through the table. This glitch is fixed when the visiting player exits and re-enters the room.
In City Folk
Get on top of windmill
If the player runs into one of the bottom corners of the windmill during online multiplayer, they can get on top of it. Due to the discontinuation of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in 2014, this glitch is no longer possible to perform.
If the player visits another player's town, drops items on the ground, then returns to the gate and when Copper is connecting to Nintendo WFC, resets the game, when they load their save, the items dropped reappear in their pockets while still being on the ground in the other player's town. Due to the discontinuation of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in 2014, this glitch is no longer possible to perform.
Out of bounds in museum
If the player runs into the sign for The Roost in the museum from above during online multiplayer, they may be pushed through the museum wall. Due to the discontinuation of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in 2014, this glitch is no longer possible to perform.
If the player uses a watering can and presses the Home button, the watering can does not produce a sound.
In New Leaf
ABD balance reset
In the Welcome amiibo update, if the mayor sells their town to Tom Nook, any non-mayor players with Bells deposited at the ABD will have their balances remain when second, third, or fourth players move into the new town. Additionally, the balances remain even if the players are deleted; any new players will have the balance from the first town's player.
Cannot dig up sapling
If a Sapling or Cedar Sapling is planted on the last tile between the shore and the water, it cannot be dug up.
If a bench public works project is under construction, villagers may sit on the construction zone before the bench is actually built.
Merge with villager
If a villager is on the north edge of a river and the player digs holes to the north, west, and east of them, then uses an out of bounds glitch to get into the river and walk directly south of the villager, if they save and continue, they will appear on the land occupying the same space as the villager. This glitch ends when the player fills in one of the holes.
No heavy snow during Fishing Tourney
If a Fishing Tourney falls on December 10, the heavy snow that is normally scripted to occur on that day will not occur; despite this, snow still appears on the ground the next day.
Out of bounds
Out of bounds glitches in New Leaf allow the player to go on top of buildings, on the train tracks, on the cliffs at the edges of the town, and into rivers and ponds. If the player uses an out of bounds glitch to go into the sea, they will swim as if they were wearing a wet suit. There are two out of bounds glitches.
If the player holds the A button while a net is equipped while moving extremely slowly, they can pass over barriers.
Tripping into a river
If the player digs two holes next to each other on the diagonal part of a river, then buries an item in one, stands between the two, and digs up the item, they will be standing between the two holes. If they then trip by either having a bad fortune or wearing the King Tut Mask, they will fall into the river, where they can walk around. This glitch was patched in the Welcome amiibo update.
If the player uses a tweeter or Beans while another player is pushing them against a barrier, they will pushed through the barrier.
A player out of bounds near the entrance to the Happy Home Showcase
A villager can get stuck on the wall of the cliff,[clarification needed] where they will walk in place until the player leaves the area.
Fall below the map
If the player goes out of bounds at the train tracks, then walks off of the back of the bridge over the sea, they will fall beneath the map and can walk around. The only way to return above ground is to save the game.
Underground bug catch
If the player walks to the beach while underground and catches a bug, as long a A is repeatedly pressed they will continue to catch the same bug over and over until their pockets are full.
In New Horizons
Claude's DIY Workbenches
Clip into items and bodies of water
If the player climbs up or down a cliff while a flat furniture item (such as the Unfinished Puzzle) is placed where they will climb up or down to, the player will stand on top of it and can walk into items or bodies of water adjacent to the item. This glitch was discovered in version 1.10.0.
Happy Home Paradise save corruption
Prior to version 2.0.1, if the player had unlocked the ability to remodel villagers' homes and tries to remodel one while their airport gate is open before manually saving or leaving the house (which autosaves the game) then their save data would become corrupted. This glitch could be prevented if the player force closed the game without exiting the villager's house or saving.
Invisible Clumps of Weeds
Prior to version 1.1.1, if two players stood next to an item placed on a 1.0×1.0 surface, with one player repeatedly rotating the surface and the other picking up the item on top, the item would go into the player's pockets while still remaining on the surface.
Villager floating up cliff
Portia out of bounds
Prior to version 2.0.1, If the player entered Portia's house, the villager may go out of bounds.
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