- "Have you ever seen those Gyroids up on the stage at the club? It's weird, but I didn't actually put them there. They just appeared out of the blue one day. How bizarre!"
- — Dr. Shrunk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Gyroids (はにわ, Haniwa) are furniture items in the Animal Crossing series, primarily used as furniture inside the player's house. They spawn randomly buried in the ground, like fossils, but only after rainy or snowy days—lazy villagers in New Leaf claim that they must like the rain.
The name "Gyroid" likely originates from the word "gyrate," meaning to spin, referencing the motion that Gyroids make.
Each and every Gyroid is unique in its own way: the way it sounds, how fast the tempo is, and pitch all depend on the size of the Gyroid and which family it belongs to. If one of K.K. Slider's songs is played on a stereo, the Gyroid will match the tempo of the song so that they synchronize.
A number of Gyroids may be active at a time before one of them automatically turns off:
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, upon befriending Brewster in The Roost, he will allow the player to store Gyroids with him, freeing up space from the player's storage. This is not available in other games.
List of Gyroids
There are 127 Gyroids available since Animal Crossing. The Brewstoid family was added in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, bringing the number to 131. Not all Gyroid families have all the sizes of Gyroids, and a few do not have a neutral size.
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 sound like crying babies.
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.
- Gyroids, known in Japan as haniwa, are funerary objects from the Kofun period buried with the dead and thought to serve as a container and protector for the soul.
- Gyroids sell for 828 Bells and score 828 HRA points. This is a reference to the Japanese pronunciation of "828" (happyaku ni juu hachi). The underlined letters indicate the sounds that spell out haniwa, the Japanese name for Gyroid.