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"A li'l wind goes a long way."
— Kapp'n, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Welcome amiibo
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Kapp'n wip/kpp
Kapp'n aF.png
Species Gender
Turtle Male
Birthday July 12th Cancer
Role Transit to the unique locations
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Kapp'n is a green turtle[nb 1] in the Animal Crossing series who serves as a driver of various forms of transport. He has been known to row boats, drive taxis, and also drive buses. Kapp'n himself is a sailor at heart, referring frequently to his life on the sea and speaking as a pirate would. He also expresses a fondness for women, cucumbers, and singing old sea shanties.

The word "kappa," from which Kapp'n is derived, is the name for a river yokai (supernatural creature) in Japanese folklore. They are mischievous in nature and reptilian in appearance. His name also plays on how a sailor would pronounce "captain," abbreviating certain sounds so that it becomes a phonetic pronunciation. His name reflects the way he speaks; he talks like a stereotypical pirate, saying things like "yar!", "sprat," and "garr," and he will sometimes refer to the player as a fish or sea creature, such as "scallop," "sea bass," or "urchin."


In Animal Crossing[edit]

Artwork of Kapp'n in his boat from Animal Crossing.

In Animal Crossing, he is the ferry operator who rows visitors and the player to the island through the Game Boy Advance cable. During the voyage to the island, he sings a sea shanty, usually about his life on the sea and women.

In Wild World[edit]

Artwork of Kapp'n from Animal Crossing: Wild World.

In Wild World, he drives the black taxi to the town and acts as the introducing character responsible for the gender and appearance of the playable character, as well as the name of the town. This is a role he takes on from Rover. He can sometimes be seen in the The Roost drinking coffee. He will talk about his life at sea upon talking to him.

In City Folk[edit]

In City Folk, he first appears driving the bus to the town, while Rover talks to the playable character determining the gender, birthday, and appearance of the character, as well as the name of the town. He will then appear again driving the bus to the city when going to the Bus Stop. During the journey to the city, he will talk about women, the city, and modern-day youngsters to male players. If the player is female, he will subtly flirt with them, calling them 'cute,' 'pretty,' and that a 'manly bus-driver is available.' If the player does not respond, he will begin to whistle his sea shanty.

He also appears in The Roost, as he did in Animal Crossing: Wild World, where he will talk about his life in more detail.

In New Leaf[edit]

Artwork of Kapp'n in his boat from Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Kapp'n returns to his roots in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, this time with a motorboat. He will sing and joke to the player on the way to Tortimer's Island and will flirt with female players. Approaching Kapp'n with friends will allow up to four players to travel to an island for local multiplayer gameplay. Once on the island, Kapp'n's wife Leilani, mother Grams, and daughter Leila also make an appearance, running a souvenir shop and providing tours of the island which take the form of minigames.

In New Horizons[edit]

Kapp'n's Poster in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Kapp'n will be added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the update scheduled for November 5, 2021. In addition, Kapp'n's Poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after attempting to invite him to Photopia via his amiibo.

In Animal Crossing Plaza[edit]

Kapp'n appears as a Miiverse stamp in Animal Crossing Plaza.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Kapp'n appears as one of the player's clients, although he allows the player to customize freely without any specific vision.

In amiibo Festival[edit]

Kapp'n appears as a playable character in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, entering the game if his amiibo character is scanned into the game.

In Pocket Camp[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Kapp'n has hosted two Garden Events. He first hosted the Bloomin' Booty with Kapp'n Garden Event, requesting players to capture ladybugs in exchange for sunflower-themed items. It ran from July 6, 2018 to July 16, 2018. He then hosted the Kapp'n's Summer Resort Vacation Garden Event, which ran from June 29, 2021 to July 10, 2021.

In Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori[edit]

Artwork of Kapp'n from 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori.

Kapp'n appears as a minor character in 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori. Near the beginning of the film, he drives Ai to Animal Village in his black taxi, like the one in Animal Crossing: Wild World. He appears later on in the film during the Fireworks Festival, as a member of the audience listening to K.K. Slider singing.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]




Description A taxi driver in Animal Crossing: Wild World who drives the player into town for the first time. His questions determine the appearance of the player and sometimes come off as a bit rude. In the original Animal Crossing, you could travel to an island by boat. Kapp'n was the guide who ferried the player to that island and is remembered for his unique speech and salty songs.
Acquisition Get a total of 300 feet combined Swim Distance with all characters

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Kapp'n is a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. He also appears as a background character in the Tortimer Island stage.




Description NTSC-U: This turtle ferries you out to the tropical island. In the past he's been seen driving a taxi and a bus, and now he's the captain of a little boat. Or maybe he just wanted to sing his songs—it's only right to be sailing while singing sea shanties, after all!

PAL: Kapp'n is a man of many talents: taxi driver, bus driver, and now sailor of the boat that takes tourists to Tortimer Island. He loves taking people places, no matter what the method, but now he's back to his roots. You might assume that his favourite letter is the letters arrr, but you'd be wrong: his one true love is the C.
Acquisition Random

In Super Mario Maker[edit]

Kapp'n's costume in Super Mario Maker.

Kapp'n appears as an unlockable costume in Super Mario Maker.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Artwork of Kapp'n from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Kapp'n makes a minor appearance as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, revealed in the August 8th Nintendo Direct, where he will appear with his bus from Animal Crossing: City Folk. Upon being summoned, Kapp'n will get in his bus and drive around the stage, sometimes making the bus jump. Should the bus make contact with a fighter, he will put them in his bus, and drive toward the edge of the screen, KO'ing the fighter in the bus if they don't jump out in time.

Kapp'n also makes an appearance in two separate Animal Crossing spirits.





Category Support Spirit
Class Ace (★★★)
Slot cost 1 (⬢)
Ability Easier Dodging
  • Battle via World of Light (The Light Realm)
  • Battle via Spirit Board (unlocked after obtaining spirit once)
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 6000G (unlocked after obtaining spirit once)
  • Scan the Kapp'n amiibo
  • Battle information
    Enemy fighter Iggy
    Type Grab
    Power 9,600
    Stage Wuhu Island (Rocks at sea)
  • Buoyancy Reduced
  • Hazard: Heavy Wind
  • Conditions
  • You can't swim
  • Dangerously high winds are in effect
  • Music Kapp'n's Song


    Kapp'n (Wild World)

    Category Support Spirit
    Class Advanced (★★)
    Slot cost 1 (⬢)
    Ability Dash Attack ↑
  • Battle via World of Light (The Light Realm)
  • Battle via Spirit Board (unlocked after obtaining spirit once)
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 1000G (unlocked after obtaining spirit once)
  • Battle information
    Enemy fighter 140 HP Yellow Luigi
    Type Grab
    Power 3,600
    Stage New Donk City Hall (Hazards off)
    Rules Assist Trophy Enemies (Kapp'n)
  • Stamina battle
  • Hostile assist trophies will appear
  • Music Kapp'n's Song

    Villager information[edit]

    In Happy Home Designer[edit]

    In Happy Home Designer, Kapp'n will share a house with Leilani, Leila, and Grams.

    Happy Home Designer client information
    Thought bubble:
    Client's vision: I'll leave it up to you!
    Required items: None
    Favorite song:  Marine Song 2001
    Favorite saying: A li'l wind goes a long ways.
    Kapp'n's Happy Home Designer icon
    Unlocked items
     Marine Song 2001    Kapp'n's Pic  
     Blue Aloha Tee    Kappa Cap  
     Blue Umbrella  
    Happy Home Designer client information
    Thought bubble:
    Client's vision: I'll leave it up to you!
    Required items: None
    Favorite song: Marine Song 2001 (Album Cover) HHD Icon.png Marine Song 2001
    Favorite saying: A li'l wind goes a long ways.
    Kapp'n's Happy Home Designer icon
    Unlocked items
    Marine Song 2001 HHD Icon.png Marine Song 2001   Kapp'n's Pic HHD Icon.png Kapp'n's Pic  
    Blue Aloha Tee HHD Icon.png Blue Aloha Tee   Kappa Cap HHD Icon.png Kappa Cap  
    Blue Umbrella HHD Icon.png Blue Umbrella  

    RV in Welcome amiibo[edit]

    RV of Kapp'n NLWa Exterior.png
    RV of Kapp'n NLWa.jpg
    Description: Kapp'n traded his taxi and bus for the open sea, but he still likes to get behind the wheel of his old camper van. "The horn toots louder'n I do. Yar!"
    Banana Flower Basket NLWa Model.png Banana Flower Basket Blue Aloha Tee HHD Icon.png Blue Aloha Tee
    Daimyo's Tray NLWa Model.png Daimyo's Tray Durian Flower Basket NLWa Model.png Durian Flower Basket
    Floor Seat NLWa Model.png Floor Seat Futon Mattress NLWa Model.png Futon Mattress
    Model Bus NLWa Model.png Model Bus Model Sailor NLWa Model.png Model Sailor
    Red Aloha Tee HHD Icon.png Red Aloha Tee Sushi Platter NL Model.png Sushi Platter
    Wood-Plank Table NLWa Model.png Wood-Plank Table
    Wallpaper: Cabana Wall NL.png Cabana Wall
    Floor: Cabana Flooring NL.png Cabana Flooring
    Music: Marine Song 2001 (Album Cover) HHD Icon.png Marine Song 2001

    Card profiles[edit]

    Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

    Animal Crossing-e 1-010 (Kapp'n).jpg

    Card back

    Animal Crossing-e 1-010 (Kapp'n - Back).jpg

    #010 Kapp'n - Series 1
    Gender: Male
    Sign: Cancer
    Profile: Even though he acts like an old man, Kapp'n is still just a young sea turtle. He's a little rough around the edges, but he's got a good heart, and he'll sing a sea shanty for anyone who asks. (Even if they don't!)
    Password: vPNi#CJW5yevsZ

    amiibo card[edit]

    005 Kapp'n amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo card back.png

    #005 Kapp'n - Series 1
    Star sign: Cancer
    Birthday: July 12
    Dice value: 5
    Hand sign: Scissors



    • While rowing to Animal Island in Animal Crossing, Kapp'n sings one of a few random songs. A line to one of his songs is that he sings better than Mario.
    • One of his sea shanties is about cucumbers. In Japanese folklore, cucumbers were thrown into rivers for Kappa to eat with the names of children and/or families on. This would spare a family when bathing in a river. Children, and sometimes adults, are believed to be one of their favorite foods–cucumbers being their favorite. They would also help humans and not break an oath. This may relate to how friendly he is towards humans in the Animal Crossing series.
    • If in City Folk the player leaves the game idle long enough on the bus, Kapp'n will begin to whistle Totaka's Song, which also appears as "K.K. Song."
    • While riding on the bus, in City Folk, Kapp'n is interested in celebrity gossip and will question the player for juicy secrets, shortly before arriving at the city.
    • In a character popularity poll for Animal Crossing held by Nintendo in Japan, Kapp'n ranked 6th with 1,572 votes, above Mitzi and below Sable.[1]
    • Kapp'n appears on the album cover of "Marine Song 2001."
    • A NookPhone with Kapp'n's placeholder fabric pattern.
      Although Kapp'n is physically absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, placeholder data for his NookPhone exists and uses the "FtrCmnFabricHibiscus01" fabric pattern, a dark blue design with light blue hibiscuses.[2]
    • In the Spanish version of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, lazy villagers may mention Kapp'n.[3] However, the original Japanese dialogue uses the word senchō-san (船長さん), which literally translates to "captain," rather than using Kapp'n's Japanese name, "Kappei" (カッペイ).

    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese カッペイ / かっぺい
    From 河童 kappa

    Korean 갑돌 / 운전수 (Wild World)
    Gapdol / Unjeonsu
    갑돌 is a common fictional name for male characters in Korea
    Means "Driver"

    Simplified Chinese 航平
    háng píng

    Russian Кэпн
    Transcription of English name

    Dutch Kapp'n Same as English name

    German Käpten Low German form of Kapitän (Captain)

    European Spanish Capitán Captain

    European French Amiral Admiral

    Italian Remo Given Italian name. It also means "oar."


    1. In Japanese releases, Kapp'n is instead a kappa.

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