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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 kpp
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Species Gender
Kappa Male
Birthday July 12th Cancer
Role Transit to the unique locations
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese かっぺい
Korean 갑돌
Italian Remo
German Käpten

Simplified Chinese 航平
French Amiral
Spanish Capitán
Dutch Kapp'n

Traditional Chinese 航平
Quebec French Amiral
Latin American Spanish Capitán
Russian Кэпн

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 at heart, referring frequently to his life on the sea and speaking like a pirate would. He also expresses a fondness for women, cucumbers, and singing old sea shanties.

The word "kappa", from which Kapp'n derives, 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".


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]

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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: 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.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

Although Kapp'n has not made an appearance, a poster of him can be received by scanning his amiibo at Photopia and then ordering it from Nook Shopping.

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

Kapp'n SSB4 Trophy (3DS).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 with his bus from Animal Crossing: City Folk. Upon being summoned, Kapp'n will get in his bus and drive around 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.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer[edit]

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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.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[edit]

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Artwork of Kapp'n from Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Kapp'n is the host of the Bloomin' Beauty garden event, requesting players to capture ladybugs in exchange for sunflower-themed items.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]


Kapp'n NL2.png Kapp'n
Support Spirit

Class: ★★★

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
Kapp'n WW.png Kapp'n (Wild World)
Support Spirit

Class: ★★

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)

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
Favorite Saying: A li'l wind goes a long ways.
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*Kapp'n will share a house with Leilani, Leila and Grams.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo RV[edit]

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Style: Cabana
FallLeaf.png Banana Flower Basket FallLeaf.png Blue Aloha Tee
FallLeaf.png Driver Hat Daimyo's Tray HHD Icon.png Daimyo's Tray
FallLeaf.png Durian Flower Plant Floor Seat HHD Icon.png Floor Seat
Futon Mattress HHD Icon.png Futon Mattress FallLeaf.png Model Bus
FallLeaf.png Model SailorNew 3DS FallLeaf.png Red Aloha Tee
Sushi Platter HHD Icon.png Sushi Platter Wii U Console HHD Icon.png Wii U Console
FallLeaf.png Wood Plank Table
Wallpaper: Cabana Wall HHD Icon.png Cabana Wall
Floor: FallLeaf.png Cabana Floor
Music: Marine Song 2001

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
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004 Sable List of amiibo cards
#005 Kapp'n
006 Resetti


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

Russian Кэпн
Transcription of English name

Dutch Kapp'n

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".


  • While rowing to the 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.
Special Characters
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