Gyroids are furniture items in the Animal Crossing series. Each gyroid moves and make noises in a rhythm, and if music is playing nearby, they will sync their movement to it. In all games, gyroids appear in dig spots the day after it rains or snows. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, they are also formed when a gyroid fragment is buried and watered.
In all games prior to New Horizons, the original 127 gyroids from Doubutsu no Mori are retained. Each gyroid is part of a family, which contains two to four sizes of gyroids that share the same design. In New Horizons, the original gyroid families are replaced by 36 all-new individual gyroids.
All gyroids sell for 828 Bells in all games, a reference to the Japanese pronunciation of "828" (happyaku ni juu hachi), which contains the syllables for haniwa, the Japanese name of gyroids and the real-world historical Japanese terracotta figures which gyroids are based on.
In Animal Crossing
A total of 127 gyroids appear in Doubutsu no Mori, Doubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+. Gyroids cannot spawn in the acres that contain the player houses, the wishing well, the train station, the lake, or the dump. A total of fourteen gyroids can be turned on in a single room at once.
In Wild World
All gyroids from Animal Crossing return in Animal Crossing: Wild World. A total of four gyroids can be turned on in a single room at once.
In City Folk
All gyroids from previous games return in Animal Crossing: City Folk. A total of eight gyroids can be turned on in a single room at once.
In New Leaf
All gyroids from previous games return in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, in addition to four new ones—the brewstoids—received from Brewster after working part-time at The Roost. A total of four gyroids can be turned on in a single room at once.
Four gyroids appear on the stage at Club LOL, and they can be swapped out for ones of the player's choice.
In New Horizons
Gyroids were added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the 2.0 Free Update. They can be obtained by burying a gyroid fragment, watering it, and digging it up after a day. The player will likely receive their first gyroid fragment when they meet Brewster on a boat tour island while unlocking The Roost. However, fragments can be found buried on Kapp'n's Mystery Islands even before meeting Brewster, and have a 30% chance per day to wash up on the shore of the main island. Growing at least one gyroid on the main island unlocks the ability for gyroids to spawn in dig spots on the main island on days following rainfall. Additionally, fully formed gyroids can be found on the "RareHaniwa" boat tour island type.
All gyroids in New Horizons can be placed on tables and hung on walls. Unlike in previous games, there is no limit to how many gyroids can be turned on at once.
All gyroids can also be customized at a DIY workbench for one customization kit or by Cyrus at Harv's Island for 1,000 Bells, and have at least four variations. The exception to this is the brewstoid, which has only one variation. The dootoid, petaloid, rumbloid, and spikenoid have the most variations with 7 each, and there are 189 total variations.
In Pocket Camp
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Alloids make a sound similar to a steel drum. Derived from "alloy," a metal made from two or more different metals.
Bovoids make a mooing noise, from "bovine."
Bowtoids wear bow ties. They make a fast, repetitive sound and dance.
Brewstoids make the sound of coffee pouring. They are non-obtainable prior to New Leaf. They resemble their creator, Brewster, and can be acquired only by working part-time at the Roost Cafe, and getting a certain number of customers' orders correct.
Buzzoids make a buzzing noise.
Clankoids sound like pots and pans banging. They appear to look like garbage cans.
Croakoids croak like a frog.
Dekkoids sound a little bit like they are saying "dekkai," meaning huge.
Dingloids, as their name suggests, make bell sounds. The wee dingloid is the only "wee" gyroid and is very similar to the mini dingloid, except it appears to have no mouth.
Dinkoids are a lot like sputnoids, but silver.
Drilloids make a drilling noise.
The Droploid makes a "plop, plop, plop" sound, like water falling. There is only one member of the droploid family.
Echoids make an echoing noise.
Fizzoids sound like the fizz of opening a pop bottle.
Freakoids make screaming noises. The mega freakoid is higher-pitched than the mini freakoid.
Gargloids sound like a man gargling water. Compare this to the warbloids.
Harmonoids make a sound like a steam organ.
Howloids make a screeching howl.
Lamentoids are based on the word "lament," and make rattling sounds when they spin. They do not have the same facial features as most gyroids do.
Lullaboids make a soothing sound akin to a music box.
Metatoids make a metallic rattling sound.
Nebuloids sound like a vibrating beep. Derived from "nebula," a cloud of dust floating in space.
Oboids make a sound akin to an oboe.
Oombloids make an "oom" sound.
Percoloids sound like hitting a hollow tree trunk. They themselves look like tree trunks.
Plinkoids sound like tiny wooden bells.
Poltergoids make a scary shriek. Derived from "poltergeist," a ghost that causes physical disturbances.
Puffoids sound like a person blowing on a pan flute.
Quazoids make futuristic-sounding noises. Derived from "quasar," a light-emitting active galactic nucleus.
Rhythmoids are in tune with the music (prior to Animal Crossing: New Leaf).
These make a clanking noise, like rusted metal.
Sproids make a noise similar to that of a spring.
Sputnoid, from the satellite Sputnik, make the noise of a spacecraft drifting through space. These gyroids have metallic bodies and large, colorful panels.
Squelchoid sound like squeaks.
Strumboids make sounds similar to a guitar, from the word "strumming."
Timpanoids sound like timpani drums.
Tootoids make a noise that sounds like flatulence. The mega tootoid has a higher pitch than the tootoid, which is unusual for the "mega" variant.
Warbloids sound like a woman gargling water. Compare this to the gargloid family.
Sprites and models
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