Luck

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The player tripping is a visible indicator of bad luck.

In the Animal Crossing series, luck is a game mechanic which can influence the player's interactions in the town they are in. The available types of luck differ per game. The player's fortune can be obtained from Katrina at her Fortune Shop.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

The player's luck can be obtained from Katrina, who will set up her Fortune Shop at a random date. She will also be available on New Year's Day. The following fortunes are possible:

  • Neutral - Nothing unusual will happen.
  • Love - Villagers of the opposite gender of the player will follow them around frequently.
  • Unpopular - Villagers may act coldly towards the player and refuse to talk.
  • Lucky Finances - Trees will drop 1,000 Bells rather than 100, and the money rock and glowing spot will give much more money.
  • Lucky Materials - Trees and villagers will drop/give rarer items more often.
  • Unlucky - The player will trip and fall regularly.

If the player doesn't talk to Katrina the player's luck for that day will be neutral.

In Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

Katrina will set up her Fortune Shop in front of the Town Hall at a random day of the week. The following fortunes are possible:

  • Neutral - Nothing unusual will happen.
  • Good luck - Villagers may give gifts when talked to, rather than giving the player the usual 'Talk to me!' or 'Never mind' options.
  • Bad luck - The player will trip and fall when running. If the player took out accident insurance with Lyle, he will mail the player 100 Bells.

If the player doesn't talk to Katrina, the player's luck for that day will be neutral. If the player's luck turns out to be bad, Katrina will offer them a way to "cleanse" their spirit for 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10000 Bells.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

The player can ask Katrina for their luck in the Fortune Shop at the city only once a week. Only then will she grant the player a fortune which lasts for the entire day. The following fortunes are possible:

  • Nothing will happen.
  • The player can find 300 Bell coins in trees, rather than 100 Bell coins.
  • Opposite gender villagers will ping the player more often, and want to talk to the player (however, this does not result in meaningful conversations, such as trades).
  • Same gender villagers will ping the player more often, and want to talk to the player.
  • The player will occasionally trip and fall while running.
  • Villagers will refuse to talk to the player.

If the player doesn't talk to Katrina, the player's luck for that day will be neutral.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

The luck system has been overhauled, such that the luck system will affect the player every day, regardless of talking to Katrina or using the Lovely Phone. For each day until 12 AM, the Daily Luck program will be set to one of the five possible programs, and one of three levels (Good Luck, Middle Luck, or Bad Luck) will be active.

  • Money Luck: determines the amount of Bells that fall from trees and received from villagers during trades
    • Good luck:
      • trees drop 200 Bells instead of 100
      • the Money Rock's output increases to 200, 300, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 8000, and 16000 Bells
      • villagers buy items from the player for more Bells
    • Bad luck:
      • Money Rock's output decreases to 100, 100, 200, 300, 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Bells
      • villagers buy items from the player for less Bells
  • Friendship Luck: determines amiability of villagers with the same gender as of the player
    • Good luck:
      • same-gendered villagers become easier to befriend and special conversations with them are more likely
    • Bad luck:
      • same-gendered villagers become more difficult to befriend
  • Love Luck: determines amiability of villagers with the opposite gender as of the player
    • Good luck:
      • opposite gendered villagers become easier to befriend and special conversations with them are more likely
    • Bad luck:
      • opposite gendered villagers become more difficult to befriend
  • Item Luck: determines how likely items will appear
    • Good luck:
      • seashells respawn more frequently
      • receiving Saharah-exclusive wallpaper and flooring is more likely when she is in town
      • random events lean towards the player's favor (e.g., getting prize tickets for Bunny Day and Fireworks Show)
      • villagers more likely to sell items
      • Leif more likely to give rarer items
    • Bad luck:
      • seashells respawn less frequently
      • receiving Saharah-exclusive items less likely when she is in town
      • random events hinder the player (e.g., getting candy for Bunny Day)
      • villagers less likely to sell items
      • sitting in a chair results in flatulence
  • Health Luck: determines the outcome of unfortunate events
    • Good luck:
      • bees move slower, giving more time for the player to act
      • mosquitoes and jellyfish are less likely to sting the player
    • Bad luck:
      • the player may trip and fall, causing them to lose certain handheld items
      • mosquitoes and jellyfish are more likely to sting the player

For the day, the level active will either be the Middle Level, where the luck program doesn't affect the player, or the Bad Level, where the effect is negative. The player may talk to Katrina or use the Lovely Phone to determine their Lucky Item for the day, which will be a description (e.g., "women's bottoms") that the player must wear so that their luck level may be set to Good Luck. In addition, if the player's luck level is Bad, and once the Fortune Shop has been set in Main Street, Katrina may offer to sell the player one of two lucky hats.

It is speculated that the player's luck depends on the day they are playing, their star sign and gender, such that two players in different save files that have the same parameters will have the same luck.

Lovely Phone poems[edit]

The player consulting the Lovely Phone for their fortune.

Unlike Katrina, the Lovely Phone does not directly say what type and level of luck they have, and instead tells the player a message which they should interpret. The following is a list of those messages:

  1. Disaster on relationships program: Your natural passion causes you to show your claws! Avoid trouble when you can, and stay relaxed!
  2. Good friendships program: Don't hold it all in! Sharing your concerns with friends may bring you closer together!
  3. Good love program: By opening up your strike zone by one inch, you open yourself up to many new opportunities for love.
  4. Disaster on health program: Your health luck is on a downturn. Be careful not to put too much soap in your bubble bath today!
  5. Good wealth program: Your luck in spending money has improved! Earning points with friends and neighbors will help!
  6. Good items program: You may finally find that thing you've been looking for! If it's not in the fridge, check the freezer!
  7. Good health program: How about taking the stairs from time to time? The key is to take life one step at a time.
  8. Good friendships program: If you need to apologize, now may be a good time! Don't be stubborn! Openness will be your ally today!
  9. Disasters and broken hearts program: Take a moment when you get upset. Speaking in anger will only yield undesirable results by day's end.
  10. Good love program: Your physical appeal is on the rise! Someone who loves your cute face may soon enter the picture!
  11. Good wealth program: It's a great day to start saving! If you're saving in your dresser, the second drawer is your best choice!
  12. Good items program: You may finally get that thing you've been waiting for! The secret to happiness is staying positive!
  13. Good health program: You might have so much energy that you burst into dance! Be sure to let this side of you flourish more often!
  14. Disaster on wallet program: You might spill some change by forgetting to close your wallet. Be sure to keep an eye on it!
  15. Good friendship program: If you want someone to love you, be honest about who you are. Show them your true self today!
  16. Good health program: If you find a hill, why don't you climb it? Increase your luck as you increase your altitude!
  17. Good wealth program: Biting into a kiwi while facing west by southwest may improve your financial luck today!
  18. Disaster on health program: Sometimes everybody needs time to rest. Treat yourself to a day without worry or stress to recover.
  19. Good love program: A fateful encounter may just await you on your path today. Don't look down at your phone - look ahead!
  20. Good love program: The mall holds many opportunities for romantic meetings. Don't avoid it just because of the crowds!
  21. Good friendship program: Listen to the advice of your elders! There's a reason for their longevity and it's not just because of luck!
  22. Good items program: If you really want something, get up the courage and grab it! The spoils always go to the victor!
  23. Good health program: Your health luck is now on the rise! Participate in this weekend's (one of 45 sport options) tournament! Note: the sport option will change each time you call, even within the same day. Sport options include: curling, wrestling, canoeing, snowboarding, baseball, badminton, snooker, football, ice skating, roller skating, jujitsu, golf, power lifting, softball, rugby, bocce, body building, surfing, step aerobics, arm wrestling, cricket, table tennis, muay Thai, racquetball, hockey, wrestling, skiing, swimming, soccer, volleyball, kung fu, tap dancing, water skiing, dodgeball, rock climbing, bowling, basketball, hot yoga, hula dancing, skateboarding, capoeira, boxing, tennis, archery, karate...
  24. Good wealth program: Your financial luck may be at its peak! To the left of the front door is a good place for a gold luck cat!
  25. Disaster on health program: Something simple like stomach crunches may feel like a chore. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
  26. Disaster on wallet program: You might end up spending money frivolously because you're trying to impress someone. Don't be fooled!
  27. Good friendship: A new acquaintance may bring good things! How about stopping at that corner café you've been eyeing?
  28. Good items: Your favorite artist may announce a new single! If you're going to a live show, preparation is key!
  29. Disaster and broken hearts: Be wary of curfews when on a date. Breaking the rules can cause big problems for more than just you!
  30. Good health: Ever trained in an indoor pool? If provides high resistance but low impact on your muscles!
  31. Good friendship: Singing loud and proud may bring happiness! Who knows, it may even bring a talent scout to your door!
  32. Good health: If you want to build stamina, how about some early-morning training to K.K. (random K.K. tune)?
  33. Good love: That special someone will appear before your eyes! If you're going out, be sure to look your best!
  34. Good items: Your shopping luck is high! If you're going to a sale, remember to warm up and stretch before going in!
  35. Disaster and broken hearts: There's a storm brewing in your love life! If you sense tension, you would be wise to back off a little.
  36. Disaster and broken hearts: Beware the love letter written late at night. Always reread it once in the morning before sending it off!
  37. Good health: Sports may just be your new thing! Remember though, you have to stick with it if you plan to get anywhere!
  38. Good friendship: Overhauling your look may have positive results! Expect a popularity boost on account of your new look!
  39. Good love: You're suddenly very lucky in love! Throw it in top gear and speed down the road to great happiness!
  40. Good items: A surprise present may await you. Just act super surprised and excited to make everyone involved happy!
  41. Disaster on wallet: Your spending money is in jeopardy! If you see something in the store, hold off on purchasing until later.
  42. Disaster on relationships: You might want to transform, but that's just fleeing reality. Time to take a good, hard look at yourself!
  43. Good love: The aquarium might be a better date spot than a farm! Sushi will benefit you over corn today!
  44. Disaster on relationships: Try to avoid rushing around because you're late all the time. It's best to give yourself time to enjoy life!
  45. Disaster on items: You might be saving too much junk in your house! Clean up before your floor finally gives out!
  46. Good wealth: If Joan appeared in your dream, you should buy turnips tomorrow! Go to bed early! Don't miss out! [Given on a Saturday]
  47. Disaster on relationships: Don't poke your nose in where it doesn't belong! You might learn something you didn't want to.
  48. Good wealth: Increased income surely expected! The coins sitting in your wallet may soon summon their friends!
  49. Disasters and broken hearts: Just because you get along doesn't mean you should cling together! Everything has a time and a place!
  50. Disaster on wallet: Your financial fortune may be in a downturn...Think about saving and not so much about spending!
  51. Disaster on health: Stress may cause you to overeat. Be sure to take a long walk after a large meal instead of napping.
  52. Disasters and broken hearts: A strong rival may make themselves known! Don't forget who you are and get lost in the drama, though.
  53. Good items: Your eyes may pop when you see that in-store special! Just prepare yourself before setting foot inside!
  54. Disaster on items: You might not be able to get something the day it comes out. Don't be jealous. Be patient!
  55. Disaster on relationships: The words you speak may spread like wildfire! Words carry weight, so be careful where they're thrown!
  56. Disaster on wallet: You may be tempted to buy more than you need! Be careful to keep your impulse buying in check today!
  57. Disaster on items: Don't get down if debating whether or not to buy something costs you the item. Chalk it up to experience!
  58. Disaster on health: Your stress level is on the rise. A long walk or some singing may help you blow off steam.
  59. Disasters and broken hearts: "Am I bored?" If you ever ask that, maybe visit that one special spot. It may bring back loving feelings!
  60. Good wealth: The money monkey is smiling down. Rather than holding back, maybe you should smile back at him!
  61. Disaster on health: Too much restraint is dangerous! You have to release it on occasion to decompress and relieve stress.
  62. Disaster on items: Don't go out of control. If you set your standards too high, you may end up with nothing at all.
  63. Disaster on items: Your luck is on a downturn. Be prepared to lose something you worked so hard to obtain!
  64. Disaster on relationships: A sweet invitation may leave you sick later. Make sure you have all the information before giving in!
  65. Disaster on wallet: The money game is full of dangers. If you're going for turnips, be sure to remind yourself of the risk!
  66. Disaster on health: You might trip over yourself today. Don't forget to carry a bandage with you just in case!
  67. Disaster on items: Look out for clearance sales! You may end up buying something you'll really regret later on!
  68. Disaster on wallet: An unexpected bill may hit you hard on Monday! Tuck extra money away in your dresser to be safe!
  69. Disaster on items: If you're going to a sale, keep your eyes on the prize. Sales have a way of getting even the best of us!
  70. Disaster on relationships: Being fake may just hold you back. You need to be true to everyone, including yourself, in order to grow.


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Further Details: This revision of Katrina claims that TPC and astrological signs play a role. Also what's Feng Shui's influence on the luck program?

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