This is a list of items that can be held by the player throughout the Animal Crossing series. Only one item may be held at a time. In City Folk, New Leaf, and New Horizons, the player can swap between handheld items by pressing left and right on the D-pad.
Not all items listed here are available in all games; several non-tool items were initially absent in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but many were gradually added in updates, with most of those also available during Fireworks Shows. Villagers can also be seen from time to time holding items, including (in New Horizons) some that the player cannot hold (often in relation to a hobby), such as snacks, drinks, books, handheld purses, dumbbells, and magnifying glasses.
- 1 Balloon
- 2 Bean-Tossing Kit
- 3 Bubble Blower
- 4 Bunny Balloon
- 5 Dandelion Puff
- 6 Fountain Firework
- 7 Ice Cream
- 8 Magic Bag
- 9 Maracas
- 10 Megaphone (New Horizons)
- 11 Pan Flute
- 12 Party Popper
- 13 Pinwheel
- 14 Roman Candle
- 15 Sparkler
- 16 Sparkling Cider
- 17 Tambourine
- 18 Tools
- 19 Tweeter
- 20 Uchiwa Fan
- 21 Umbrellas
- This section is about the handheld item that the player can hold. For the balloons that hang in the air with presents, see Balloon
Balloons are an item that the player can hold and can also be used as a decoration. If the player trips while running or falls in a pitfall (except in New Horizons) while holding a balloon, they will lose that balloon.
In Animal Crossing, balloons are given out by Redd at the Lake on July 4th. Tom Nook will also give the player a free balloon in his store during a sale (but not on Sale Day). In City Folk, balloons are obtained free of charge from Phineas in the city, while in New Leaf, they are obtained from Happy Home Showcase players. In New Horizons, balloons can be found in Nook's Cranny for 600 Bells or during the Fireworks Show from Redd for 500 Bells in red, blue, green, yellow, and pink. Balloons do not appear in the catalog, but do appear in the catalog in Animal Crossing for 40 Bells each and sell for 10 Bells each.
The Bean-Tossing Kit (known as Bean Throwing Set in Doubutsu no Mori and Beans in New Leaf) are an item that is usually obtained around Setsubun. In Doubutsu no Mori, Bean Throwing Set are obtained from Tortimer near the shrine. In New Leaf, Beans are obtained from Timmy and Tommy for 800 Bells. In New Horizons, Bean-Tossing Kits are obtained from Nook Shopping during the Setsubun seasonal event for 800 Bells. When used, the player will drop down beans to the ground.
The Bubble Blower (known as Bubble Wand before New Horizons) is an item introduced in City Folk. When used, the Bubble Blower releases bubbles to the sky. In City Folk, the Bubble Blower can be obtained from Phineas in the city on clear days. In New Leaf, the item is obtained from players within the Happy Home Showcase. In New Horizons, Bubble Blowers can be obtained from Nook's Cranny for 150 Bells or Redd during the Fireworks Show for 500 Bells. Unlike previous games, Bubble Blowers can come in stacks of ten.
Bunny Balloons are items that act similar to standard balloons. Unlike regular balloons, Bunny Balloons do not break if the player falls down or is shot with a slingshot while using Wi-Fi. In addition to this, they still maintain the shape of a balloon when placed inside the player's house, while other items obtained from Phineas do not.
In Animal Crossing, Bunny Balloons can be obtained from Redd at the Lake during the Fireworks Festival, or by Tom Nook on one of his sale days. In City Folk, they can be obtained from Phineas in the city and in New Leaf, Bunny Balloons are given out by players that update their model home frequently at the Happy Home Showcase.
Bunny Balloons are featured in the Tortimer Island slingshot tours where the player must shoot down as many balloons within a set time limit. These ones are worth three points as opposed to the regular balloons, worth one.
|Bunny B. Balloon
|Bunny C. Balloon
|Bunny G. Balloon
|Bunny I. Balloon
|Bunny O. Balloon
|Bunny P. Balloon
|Bunny R. Balloon
|Bunny Y. Balloon|
Dandelions are weeds/flowers that appear randomly in the player's town from March to November. After a few days, they turn into Dandelion Puffs, which can be held by the player. If they press "A" while holding one, the seeds will float away.
Fountain Fireworks are items in New Leaf and New Horizons. In New Leaf, Timmy and Tommy will sell them at their shop during August for 200 Bells, along Sparklers and Roman Candles. Isabelle may also give Fountain Fireworks to the player during the Fireworks Show, especially if they have no other firework-related items in their inventory. In New Horizons, Nook's Cranny will sell a Fountain Firework for 600 Bells. Redd also sells a Fountain Firework for 500 Bells during the Fireworks Show. Players drop Fountain Fireworks on the ground to use them, unlike other handheld items. After a Fountain Firework is used, it becomes a Used Fountain Firework, which is a trash item.
Fountain Fireworks also appear as Villager's up smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
A player using a fountain firework in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Ice Cream is an edible item introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. By carrying the item, the player can consume the ice cream. The ice cream can be obtained after the player has met with another player via StreetPass in the Happy Home Showcase eight times for ice cream, and nine times for soft-serve ice cream. Unlike coffee and sparkling cider, a whole ice cream can be eaten by the player at once by pressing the A button.
List of ice cream flavors
Below is a list of ice cream flavors the player can obtain:
- Choco soft-serve
- Lemon double scoop
- Strawberry ice cream
- Swirl soft-serve
- Matcha soft-serve
- Vanilla ice cream
- Vanilla soft-serve
- Mint double scoop
The Magic Bag (known in New Leaf as Santa Bag) is an item that can obtained from Jingle to be used to deliver gifts to other villagers. The Santa Bag can be obtained if the player is dressed up as Santa in New Leaf. In New Horizons, the Magic Bag is obtained after giving Jingle three Festive Wrapping Paper. The player can only hold the bag for Toy Day only.
Maracas are an item in New Horizons that can be from Nook Shopping for 2000 Bells. The item is also obtainable from Nintendo after downloading the 1.7.0 Free Update. When used, the player will swing the maracas around to produce a shaking sound.
Megaphone (New Horizons)
- For the megaphone in New Leaf, see Megaphone.
Megaphones are an item in New Horizons. Unlike in New Leaf, the item is primarily used to for the player to shout through the Megaphone. Four variants exists for the Megaphone, including the Fiery Cheer Megaphone, the Football Cheer Megaphone, the Glittery Cheer Megaphone, and the Starry Cheer Megaphone, all obtainable during the Big Game Celebration event in Nook Shopping from January 15 to February 15.
Party Poppers are a handheld item. It is not the same as the sparkler or roman candle, as it shoots out confetti when activated and is immediately used, and neither does it come in different varieties of color. Like the roman candle and the sparkler, party poppers are given to the player during special events, including the Countdown. In New Leaf and New Horizons, party poppers can be bought from Timmy and Tommy's store for 300 Bells. However, party poppers are available all year in New Horizons, while in New Leaf party poppers are only available during December.
During ceremonies in New Leaf and New Horizons, the villagers and others will pull out party poppers to celebrate a construction being completed. They immediately use it afterwards.
The Pinwheel is an item in Animal Crossing, City Folk, New Leaf, and New Horizons. When the player is carrying it, it will spin. The pinwheel's spinning speed changes depending on the player's movement.
In Animal Crossing, pinwheels could be obtained during a sale or grab-bag day. Pinwheels come in many different colors and sizes. They can be ordered from the catalog for various prices. In City Folk, pinwheels can be obtained by speaking to Phineas in the city on a sunny or cloudy day. Pinwheels come in 8 different colors: Green, Cyan, Blue, Indigo, Pink, Red, Orange and Yellow. If the player holding a pinwheel runs into a tree, the pinwheel may break. In New Leaf, pinwheels can be obtained from players within the Happy Home Showcase. In New Horizons, pinwheels were added in the 1.4.0 Summer Update (Wave 2) and can be obtained at random from Redd's Raffle during a Fireworks Show for 500 Bells or from Nook's Cranny.
Roman Candles are a type of handheld object given to the player by Tortimer or Isabelle during special events (such as the Fireworks Show or New Year's Eve) in town. They are similar in appearance to Sparklers, but unlike Sparklers, Roman Candles glow a certain color when activated and shoot out sparkles in the direction the player is pointing them.
To get more Roman Candles, the player can drop the ones already acquired and then ask for more from Tortimer. Using this, the player can fill their whole inventory with Roman Candles twice. After that, Tortimer apologies to the player and claims that he has run out of fireworks.
Sparklers are handheld objects that are given to the player to use during special events in the Animal Crossing series, such as the weekly Fireworks Show in August, as well as New Year's Eve. A Sparkler is similar in appearance to a Roman Candle, but only sparkles until it burns out.
In New Leaf, Timmy and Tommy will sell these for a limited time along with Fountain Fireworks, Roman Candles, and Sparklers during August. They will replace the Fortune Cookies if being sold. In New Horizons, sparklers will occasionally appear in Nook's Cranny for 600 Bells or from Redd during the Fireworks Show for 500 Bells in red or blue.
A group of people setting off Roman Candles and Sparklers
The Sparkling Cider (known in European English as Fizzy Apple Juice) is an item in New Leaf and New Horizons. In New Leaf, sparkling cider can be obtained from Isabelle during the Countdown. In New Horizons, sparkling cider can be obtained for 1000 Bells in a New Year's Eve seasonal event in Nook Shopping, where the item will break if the player trips while wearing a King Tut Mask.
Tools are the most fundamental handheld items in the Animal Crossing series. Most tools can be purchased at Tom Nook's store or Timmy and Tommy's store, or in New Horizons they can be crafted with a DIY recipe.
The following items are considered tools:
- Fishing Rod
- Megaphone (New Leaf)
- Toy Hammer
- Vaulting Pole
- Watering Can
A Tweeter is a held item introduced in New Leaf. It is obtained from the Happy Home Showcase after connecting with ten people via StreetPass or from Isabelle on New Year's Eve. In New Horizons, it is obtained from Redd during the Fireworks Show for 500 Bells or from Nook's Cranny for 800 Bells. When used, the player will blow on it and it will make a tweeting sound.
Uchiwa Fans are an item introduced in New Horizons. When used, the player will fan themselves as if they're trying to keep cool. Two Uchiwa Fans exists in New Horizons, the normal Uchiwa Fan that is obtained from Nook's Cranny for 800 Bells or Redd during the Fireworks Show for 500 Bells, and the Nook Inc. Uchiwa Fan that is obtained from Nook Stop for 400 Nook Miles.
There are many different designs of Umbrella, but they are mainly used as accessories and do not serve a major function. They can, however, be used to prevent the player from getting a tan on warm summer days. Villagers will carry umbrellas when it rains.