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"A li'l wind goes a long ways."
— Kapp'n, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Kapp'n かっぺい

Kappn AF.png
Artwork of Kapp'n from Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival'
Species Gender
Turtle (International)
Kappa (Japan)
Service Sailor, Ferry Operator, Taxi Driver, Bus Driver
Birthday July 12th
Star sign Cancer Cancer
Debut Doubutsu no Mori+
Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo

Kapp'n is a green turtle (kappa in the Japanese versions) that features in the Animal Crossing series 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 by nature, referring frequently to his life on the sea and speaking in stereotypical pirate tones. He has also expresses a fondness for women and singing old sea shanties.

The word 'Kappa', from which Kapp'n derives, is the name for a river imp in Japanese folklore. They are mischievous in nature, and reptilian in appearance. His name could also be the sailor pronunciation of 'captain', where letters are missed out in certain words which is how sailors in the past were believed to have talked, saying things like 'yar!', 'sprat', 'garr' and will sometimes refer to the player as fish or sea creatures, such as 'scallop', 'sea bass' and 'urchin'.


Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

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Artwork of Kapp'n from Animal Crossing.

In Animal Crossing, he is the ferry operator who rows visitors and the player to the island (commonly known as Animal Island) through the GameBoy Advance cable. During the voyage to the island he sings a sea shanty, usually about his life on the sea and women.

Animal Crossing: 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.

Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

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Artwork of Kapp'n from Animal Crossing: City Folk.

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.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

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Artwork of Kapp'n from Animal Crossing.

Kapp'n returns to his roots in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, this time with a motorboat. he will flirt with all players, regardless of gender. 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.

Other Appearances[edit]

Doubutsu no Mori (film)[edit]

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Artwork of Kapp'n from Doubutsu no Mori (film).

Kapp'n is seen at the beginning of Doubutsu no Mori (film) driving 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 festival, as a member of the audience listening to K.K. Slider singing.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Kapp'n Trophy Brawl.png #287 Kapp'n
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.
Get a total of 300 feet combined Swim Distance with all characters

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Kapp'n makes a small appearance as a background character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, revealed in a screenshot, and appears as a collectible trophy.

Kapp'nTrophy3DS.png #432 Kapp'n
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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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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 at random in his bus from Animal Crossing: City Folk and grab a fighter, put them in his bus, and drive toward the edge of the screen, K'Oing the fighter in the bus.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer[edit]

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Artwork of Kapp'n from Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

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.

Animal Crossing: 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.

Villager Info[edit]

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Happy Home Designer House Info
Type: Special Kappa
Client's Vision: I'll leave it up to you!
Required Items: None
Favorite Song: Marine Song 2001
Pic Quote:
A li'l wind goes a long ways.

Card Profiles[edit]

Animal Crossing e-Reader Card[edit]

Animal Crossing-e card
#010 Kapp'n - Series 1
Gender: Male
Species: Kappa
Sign: Cancer
Password: vPNi#CJW5yevsZ
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009 Mabel Animal Crossing-e cards
#010 Kapp'n
011 Bob

Happy Home Designer amiibo Card[edit]

Animal Crossing amiibo card
#005 Kapp'n - Series 1
Type: Special
Star sign: Cancer
Birthday: July 12
Dice value: 5
Hand sign: Scissors
005 Kapp'n amiibo card NA.png
004 Sable List of amiibo cards
#005 Kapp'n
006 Resetti

Welcome amiibo Items[edit]

When a compatible amiibo figure or card is scanned, there are three things that can happen: the player can chat with them, ask them to visit their town’s Campground, or invite them to live in town permanently. Kapp'n is one of the amiibos that the player can ask to visit their town's Campground, and the player can buy items from him using MEOW Coupons. Also, he will not have the Wii U and 3DS displayed in his van, but they will be in his catalog for purchase, so the player should not panic if they enter the van and do not see these items.

Amiibo Campground Items

Item Image Collection Buy Price Sell Price Available From Color(s) HHA Theme Style Size Info Customize
1 Cabana Wall Cabanawallpapernl.png 3 MEOW Coupons 500 Kapp'n's Amiibo - Harmonious Basic - Wallpaper No
2 Cabana Flooring Cabanaflooringnl.png 3 MEOW Coupons 500 Kapp'n's Amiibo - Harmonious Basic - Flooring No
3 Banana Flower Basket Banana-flower-basket.jpg 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo Brown Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png Plant No
4 Blue Aloha Tee Blue Aloha Tee.jpg 3 MEOW Coupons 187 Kapp'n's Amiibo Blue Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png Clothing No
5 Driver Hat - 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo Unknown Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png Clothing No
6 Daimyo's Tray Daimyos-tray.jpg 3 MEOW Coupons 400 Kapp'n's Amiibo Black/Red Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png Table Yes
7 Durian Flower Plant - 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo Unknown Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png Plants No
8 Floor Seat - 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo Black/Purple Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png Chair Yes
9 Futon Mattress Futon-mattress.jpg 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo Blue Unknown Unknown MediumFurniture.png Bed No
10 Model Bus - 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown - No
11 Model Sailor - 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown - No
12 New Nintendo 3DS New-3ds-acnl.png 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo White Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png - No
13 Red Aloha Tee Red-aloha-tee.jpg 3 MEOW Coupons 187 Kapp'n's Amiibo Red Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png Clothing No
14 Sushi Platter Unknown 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo Blue Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png Food No
15 Wii U Wii-u-acnl.png 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo White Unknown Unknown SmallFurniture.png - No
16 Wood Plank Table - 3 MEOW Coupons Unknown Kapp'n's Amiibo Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Table Unknown





Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Capitán Captain
French Amiral Admiral
German Käpten Low German form of Kapitän (Captain)
Italian Remo Given italian name. It also means "oar".
Korean 갑돌 / 운전수
Gapdol / Unjeonsu
From 갑파(Kappa), a monster from Japanese folk tale. 갑돌 is a common fictional name for male characters in Korea. Originally known as 운전수, meaning a driver, in Wild World.
Russian Кэпн Kepn Transcription of English name


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  • While rowing to the Island in Doubutsu no Mori+ and 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.
  • In the middle of his songs, Kapp'n says something to the player, one time which he claims he hates squirrels.
  • He can also ask the player if he/she has ever spent the night in a Hyrulian prison.
  • Though Kapp'n says, or rather sings, that he loves cucumbers, at the end of his songs, sometimes, he sings that zucchinis give him the spooks, "Zucchini spooks".
  • 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 New Leaf, if the player is female, he will often say "Don't be gettin' the wrong idea, lassie. I be a married Kapp'n now" in the break between the verses in his song.
  • In the middle of a song in New Leaf, Kapp'n will sometimes fart.