In every Animal Crossing series game, a red mailbox can be found outside the player's house. It is where Pete puts letters addressed to the player. When a letter arrives, a blue signal with a small blinking letter will appear on the right-top of the mailbox and will make a faint beeping sound when the player walks near it. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a full mailbox will be indicated by faster beeping, and the mailbox will shake rapidly. Only the owner of the house can open the mailbox.
In Animal Crossing
In Animal Crossing, There is a red mailbox with "POST" written on it. It may hold up to 10 letters. If a player attempts to mail something to a player whose mailbox is currently full, Pelly or Phyllis will tell the player that the other player's mailbox is full, and to ask them to clear out their mailbox. If the player is in the same acre as the houses and the clock turns to 9:00 AM or 5:00 PM, Pete will fly down and deliver any sent mail. At this time, the player may talk to him, and he may attempt to deny rumors about him having a crush on Phyllis. If there is nothing in the Post Office when the clock changes, there will be no mail to deliver, and thus Pete will not show up.
In Animal Crossing: Wild World
In Animal Crossing: Wild World, there is a red mailbox as in Animal Crossing. However, since there is only 1 player house in the town, there is only 1 mailbox that all players share. It still has a capacity of 10. The mail will go out at 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM as in Animal Crossing
In Animal Crossing: City Folk
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, the mailbox functions the same as in Wild World but since there are once again 4 separate player houses, there are now 4 mailboxes. Around 9:00 AM, the player can find Pete wandering around the town, but the player cannot find him putting mail into the mailboxes. The mailbox still holds up to 10 letters.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, different forms of mailboxes are available to buy from Tom Nook at his new shop, Nook's Homes, in a variety of different styles and colors. New mailboxes cost 3,600 Bells. There are 21 different styles to choose from. Each style has a theme, such as Fairy Tale, Antique, or Trendy. When a player's mailbox is full, it will shake violently, beep very loudly, and the flap will snap open and shut. It will shake faster and faster the closer a player walks to it. Pete the mail pelican will also tell the other players about it when they exit their house, asking them to tell their friend to clear their full mailbox. After giving the player the message, Pete will wander around for a while and can still be spoken to.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the player's mailbox shares a few traits with its New Leaf counterpart. After upgrading to include a left room from paying off their loan, the player is able to pick up the mailbox and place it wherever they would, even if it is not adjacent to their house. The mailbox can be grabbed from all sides, but it cannot be pushed or pulled in any way.
As letters are no longer stored in the player's inventory and there is no post office, the mailbox has a maximum capacity of 300 letters and is the only way to view any received mail. If the number of letters in the players mailbox reach 300, the letters at the bottom of the mailbox will disappear unless they have been favorited. It may be opened at any time. If the maximum letter capacity is reached, letters must be thrown out before the player can receive any more. The letters can be filtered via the tabs along the top of the mailbox window, and the player can even favorite letters. Items ordered via Nook Shopping are stored in cardboard packages without an accompanying letter, and will free up their slot when taken out from the mailbox. The default mailbox is a wooden one, but once a certain number of loans have been paid off, the player may talk to Tom Nook at any time to order a new custom mailbox, which will replace the old mailbox the next day.
The player is also able to receive letters when their mailbox is in their inventory. Once the mailbox is placed, it has any letters the player would have received while the mailbox was in their pockets.
In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the player has a mailbox from which they can collect rewards from completing quests.
Appearances in other games
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the trophies available features a male player, and next to him is a mailbox which holds unread mail, shown by the blue sign on the mailbox.
Names in other languages
- Animal Crossing is the only game where a player can open their mailbox even if there's nothing in it.
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