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For the villager whose Japanese name is Ken, see Dobie.

Artwork of Ken the Chicken
Species Personality Gender
Chicken Smug Male
Birthday December 23rd Capricorn
Favorite saying "C'est la vie!"
Catchphrase "no doubt"
Clothing Ninja costume (Dark blue)[nb 1]
Umbrella Bat umbrella[nb 2]
Paper parasol[nb 3]
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 クロベエ[nb 4]
 오골[nb 7]
 乌骨鸡[nb 5]
 烏骨雞[nb 6]
 Кен[nb 8]
Phrase in other languages
 pôt pôt
 это точно

Ken is a smug chicken villager in the Animal Crossing series. He first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and has appeared in all subsequent games. He is the only smug chicken in the series. His favorite saying, "C'est la vie!", is French for "that is life." His name may be a play on both his species name and "shuriken," since he initially wears a ninja costume.

In New Horizons, Ken has the education hobby and can be seen wearing rimmed glasses, reading a novel while outside, and using a magnifying glass when near certain objects.



Artwork of Ken from New Leaf.

Ken is a black chicken with blue highlights, and teal lines separating the blue parts of his body from the black parts. He has pink circles on his cheeks, making him appear to be blushing. His eyes are simple white eyes with black pupils. His beak is a light yellow, and his feet are light yellow with darker stripes. Ken is similar in appearance to a ninja, or a person skilled in the Japanese art of ninjutsu. He could also be based off of the Svart Hona breed of chicken.


Below is a brief description of the smug personality. For more information, click here.

Ken is a Smug villager, meaning he will come off as gentleman-like and polite. Smug villagers seem to be a mix between some personalities, and are kind, lively but can come off as conceited. Regardless of gender, they will occasionally flirt with the player. Smug villagers cannot be a starter villager, and can only move in after the player becomes mayor. They wake up at 8:30 AM.

Villager information[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Ken cannot be one of the starting villagers in the player's town.

C'est la vie!



Birthday Personality Catchphrase
December 23 Capricorn Smug no doubt
Default clothing Ninja Shirt NL Model.png Ninja shirt
Default umbrella Bat Umbrella NL Model.png Bat umbrella
Smallcheckmark.png Favorite style Iconic
Smallxmark.png Least favorite style Cute
Favorite color
Siblings Fifth of 6 kids
Skill Clearing my plate
Goal Architect
Halloween fear Monster Mask NL Model.png Monster mask
Coffee preferences
Type of beans Blue Mountain
Amount of milk The regular amount
Amount of sugar Two spoonfuls

In New Horizons[edit]

C'est la vie!


Birthday Personality Catchphrase
December 23 Capricorn Smug (A) no doubt
Default clothing Ninja Costume (Dark Blue) NH Icon.png Ninja costume (Dark blue)
Other default clothing
  • During rain (if not using umbrella): Raincoat (Blue) NH Icon.png Raincoat (Blue) & Bamboo Hat NH Icon.png bamboo hat
  • During snow: Short Peacoat (Navy Blue) NH Icon.png Short peacoat (Navy blue) & Knit Hat (Blue) NH Icon.png knit hat (Blue)
  • Sleepwear and if sick: Pajama Dress (Navy Blue) NH Icon.png Pajama dress (Navy blue)
  • While exercising: Athletic Jacket (Blue) NH Icon.png Athletic jacket (Blue)
  • While doing yoga: Tank (Navy Blue) NH Icon.png Tank (Navy blue)
  • While sunbathing: Triangle Shades (Black) NH Icon.png Triangle shades
  • Fishing Tourney: Athletic Jacket (Blue) NH Icon.png Athletic jacket (Blue)
  • Bug-Off: Athletic Jacket (Blue) NH Icon.png Athletic jacket (Blue)
  • Bunny Day: Water-Egg Outfit NH Icon.png Water-egg outfit  & Water-Egg Shell NH Icon.png water-egg shell
  • Halloween: Magic-Academy Robe (Purple) NH Icon.png Magic-academy robe (Purple) & Impish Horns (Purple) NH Icon.png impish horns (Purple)
  • Turkey Day: Straw Boater (Cream) NH Icon.png Straw boater (Cream)
  • Turkey Day (chef): Chef's Outfit (Blue) NH Icon.png Chef's outfit (Blue) & Chef's Hat NH Icon.png chef's hat
  • Toy Day: Santa Hat NH Icon.png Santa hat
  • Countdown: Waistcoat (Navy Blue) NH Icon.png Waistcoat (Navy blue)[nb 9]
  • Birthday & Wedding Season photoshoot: Waistcoat (Navy Blue) NH Icon.png Waistcoat (Navy blue) & Balloon Hat (Blue) NH Icon.png balloon hat (Blue)[nb 10]

  • Happy Home Paradise DLC exclusive clothing:
  • As a student for the school: School Uniform with Necktie (Navy Blue) NH Icon.png School uniform with necktie (Navy blue)
  • As the teacher for the school: Checkered Sweater Vest (Light Brown) NH Icon.png Checkered sweater vest (Light brown) & Rimmed Glasses (Black) NH Icon.png rimmed glasses (Black)
  • As the cashier/employee for the restaurant: Café Uniform (Black) NH Icon.png Café uniform (Black)
  • As the chef/apprentice for the restaurant: Chef's Outfit (Blue) NH Icon.png Chef's outfit (Blue) & Chef's Hat NH Icon.png chef's hat
  • As a staff for the café: Diner Apron (Blue) NH Icon.png Diner apron (Blue)
  • As the receptionist for the hospital: Nurse's Jacket (Pink) NH Icon.png Nurse's jacket (Pink)
  • As the doctor for the hospital: Doctor's Coat (Red Necktie) NH Icon.png Doctor's coat (Red necktie)
  • As a patient for the hospital: Pajama Dress (Navy Blue) NH Icon.png Pajama dress (Navy blue)
  • As the shop manager for the apparel shop: Staff Uniform (Blue) NH Icon.png Staff uniform (Blue)
  • While practicing hula: Hula Top (Purple) NH Icon.png Hula top (Purple) & Hibiscus Hairpin (Pink) NH Icon.png hibiscus hairpin (Pink)
  • While floating in the ocean: Leaf-Print Wet Suit (Purple) NH Icon.png Leaf-print wet suit (Purple) & Retro Shades (Purple) NH Icon.png retro shades (Purple)
  • During DJ KK's concerts: Paradise Planning Event Tee (Purple) NH Icon.png Paradise Planning event tee (Purple) & Neon Shades (Lime & Purple) NH Icon.png neon shades (Lime & purple)
  • Default umbrella Paper Parasol NH Icon.png Paper parasol
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (Black) NH Model.png  Black
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Traditional 1 - Fabric 12) NH Model.png  Traditional 1 - Fabric 12
    Favorite styles Cool and Simple
    Favorite colors
    Hobby Education
    Handheld items
    Bag Paper Bag NH Model.png Paper
    Book Education Book Interior NH Texture.png Novel
    Food Lollipop Food NH Model.png Lollipop
    Drink Soda can Drink NH Model.png Soda can
    Popsicle Ramune-soda Popsicle NH Model.png Ramune-soda
    Ideal clothing for Ken – Purple / Blue Cool and Simple clothing
    Villagers prefer clothing that matches any one of their favorite colors or styles.
    For brevity, the following list only shows clothing that matches both favorite colors and one favorite style.
    Name Image Price Available from
    After-school jacket (Blue) After-School Jacket (Blue) NH Icon.png  1,050 Bells  Able Sisters
    After-school jacket (Purple) After-School Jacket (Purple) NH Icon.png  1,050 Bells  Able Sisters
    Long chenille cardigan (Blue) Long Chenille Cardigan (Blue) NH Icon.png  2,000 Bells  Mabel
     Able Sisters
    Plaid puffed-sleeve shirt (Dreamy plaid) Plaid Puffed-Sleeve Shirt (Dreamy Plaid) NH Icon.png  1,200 Bells  Mabel
     Able Sisters
    Printed fleece sweater (Blue) Printed Fleece Sweater (Blue) NH Icon.png  1,260 Bells  Mabel
     Able Sisters
    Robot hero tee (Purple) Robot Hero Tee (Purple) NH Icon.png  800 Bells  Able Sisters
     Apparel shop
    Space parka (Blue) Space Parka (Blue) NH Icon.png  1,680 Bells  Mabel
     Able Sisters
    Stellar jumpsuit (Blue) Stellar Jumpsuit (Blue) NH Icon.png  1,600 Bells  Able Sisters
    Yodel sweater (Light gray) Yodel Sweater (Light Gray) NH Icon.png  1,440 Bells  Mabel
     Able Sisters
    More Purple Items
    More Blue Items
    More Cool Items
    More Simple Items

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Thought bubble I want a home that shows off how cool samurai are!
    Client's vision A Dojo for Ninjas and Samurai
    Required items Samurai Suit
    Favorite song  K.K. Khoomei
    Unlocked items
    Other items:


    In New Leaf[edit]

    In New Horizons[edit]

    Exterior of Ken's house in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    Interior of Ken's house in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    Shape: House shape #3
    Roof:  Blue tile roof
    Siding:  Standard zen exterior
    Door:  Blue latticework door
    Wall:  Standard Tearoom Wall
    Floor:  Tatami
    Music:  K.K. Rally

    Other appearances[edit]

    In Happy Home Designer[edit]

    C'est la vie!

    Ken's Happy Home Designer icon

    Example of Ken's Happy Home Designer house
    Official example
    Birthday Personality Catchphrase
    December 23 Capricorn Smug no doubt
    Default clothing Ninja Shirt HHD Icon.png Ninja shirt
    Umbrella Bat Umbrella HHD Icon.png Bat umbrella
    House request
    Thought bubble I want a room dedicated to the coolness of the martial artists known as ninja.
    Client's vision A ninja hideout.
    Required items White katana
    Black katana
    Ninja sword
    Favorite song  Pondering
    Unlocked items
  •  Zen streetlight
  •  Zen clock
  •  Tall garden rock
  •  Garden rock
  •  Zen garden
  •  Paper lantern
  •  Blossom lantern
  •  Black katana
  •  White katana
  •  Ninja sword
  •  Pondering
  •  Ken's pic
  •  Ogre mask
  •  Female mask
  •  Elder mask
  • Interior:
  •  Rock-garden rug
  •  Exotic wall
  •  Gold screen wall
  •  Red-carpet floor
  • Clothing:
  •  Ninja shirt
  •  Ninja pants
  •  Ninja hood
  •  Ninja sandals
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Ken's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    In amiibo Festival[edit]



    Birthday Personality Catchphrase
    December 23 Capricorn Smug no doubt
    Clothing Ninja Shirt HHD Icon.png Ninja shirt
    Umbrella Bat Umbrella HHD Icon.png Bat umbrella
    amiibo card traits
    Dice value 1
    Hand sign Rock
    Desert Island Escape traits
    Movement Desert Island Escape movement icon.png ×3
    Hunger Desert Island Escape hunger icon.png ×2
    Vision Desert Island Escape vision icon.png ×2
    Favorite fruit Desert Island Escape favorite fruit icon.png Coconut

    In Pocket Camp[edit]

    Ken was added to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on December 24, 2023.

    C'est la vie!


    Birthday Personality Catchphrase
    December 23 Capricorn Smug no doubt
    Default clothing Ninja shirt
    Description Ken is fascinated by ninjas and wishes he could be one himself. If only he wasn't so fidgety. Sometimes he makes a racket just by standing still.
    Preferred theme Harmonious
    Primary reward Wood
    Version added 5.5.0b
    Date unlocked December 24, 2023
    How to invite  Blathers's Treasure Trek (map obtained on Ken and Pals' Island)
    Friendship rewards
    Level 7 Ninja shirt
    Sparkle stones
    Level 9 Sparkle stones
    Level 15 Crafting request:
    Ninja sword
    Level 20 Ken's pic
    Sparkle stones
    Level 25[nb 11] Sparkle stones

    Card profiles[edit]

    amiibo card[edit]

    225 Ken amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #225 Ken - Series 3
    Star sign: Capricorn
    Birthday: December 23
    Dice value: 1
    Hand sign: Rock


    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese クロベエ
    From "黒 (kuro)," meaning "black"

    Korean 오골
    From "오골계 (ogolgye)," Korean name for "silkie" (a breed of chicken known for their black skin)

    Simplified Chinese 乌骨鸡
    Wū gǔ jī
    Silky fowl

    Traditional Chinese 烏骨雞
    Silky fowl

    Russian Кен
    From English name

    Dutch Ken Same as English name

    German Hannes -

    European Spanish Pichón -

    European French Ken Same as English name

    Italian Alligalli -

    See also[edit]


    1. Called "ninja shirt" prior to New Horizons
    2. Prior to New Horizons
    3. New Horizons
    4. Kurobē
    5. Wū gǔ jī
    6. Wū gǔ jī
    7. Ogol
    8. Ken
    9. Ken's headwear during the Countdown can either be the New Year's silk hat or the New Year's hat, each rotating every year. The hat's variation will vary depending on what variations Tom Nook is selling at his stand.
    10. If it is Ken's birthday, his headwear will be replaced with the birthday hat (Blue variation).
    11. Repeats for levels 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, and 75