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"SLURRRRP! Hm? You think I'm drooling? How imaginative you are! It was probably just the sun in your eyes!"
— Nat, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Nat chm
Artwork of Nat
Species Gender
Chameleon Male
Birthday July 25th Leo
Favorite saying "Tread on a worm, and it will turn."
Role Bug-Off host (prior to New Horizons)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Name in other languages

Nat is a chameleon in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: City Folk. He is the host of the Bug-Off in City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, his role of hosting the Bug-Off is replaced by his son Flick. His name may be derived from "gnat," a type of insect, and a shortening of the real world name Nathaniel.



Nat is a green chameleon. He has eight lighter-green dots on his forehead, large yellow eyes with black pupils, and a yellow tongue. He wears an explorer hat and shirt, along with small glasses that sit on the end of his nose. In his RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, he wears a beige kimono. Nat carries a blue-rimmed bug net in his right hand and a bug cage in his left hand.


Nat often uses British colloquialisms when speaking, and he refers to the player as "old bean."

It is implied that Nat loves to eat bugs, which is the main diet of real-world chameleons, and that he eats the bugs given to him by participants in the Bug-Off. This is evidenced by him calling the bugs "scrumptious" and "delectable," and making slurping noises after receiving a bug. Despite this, he denies eating them and says that he is keeping them for purely scientific reasons.


Nat is Flick's father. However, they do not appear to get along with each other due to Flick's view on the bugs as being his artistic muse, displaying an obsession with their perceived beauty on both a physical and metaphysical level. This contrasts Nat's view on bugs, where they appear as food to him, though also attempts to study them as well.


In City Folk[edit]

During the Bug-Off in City Folk, Nat pitches a green and white tent outside the town hall at 9 AM. He waits for players and villagers to bring him different types of bugs and rates them according to rarity, luster, color, and size, and then gives them a mark using an unknown point system. For each insect players give him that is rated highly and breaks the first place record, players receive an item of furniture. Any insects given to him will not be returned, whether they win or not. He picks the winner at 6 PM, giving a total of nine hours to find insects.

The winner with the highest rating insect wins a trophy, which is sent to them in the mail by Nat for the next day; a message written by him then appears on the bulletin board.

In New Leaf[edit]

Nat continues his role in New Leaf, with a few differences. He now presents an awards ceremony, hands out trophies to the top three competitors, gives furniture from the Insect Set for record-breaking entries scoring at least 80 points, and rewards the player a golden net if they catch every type of bug.

In New Horizons[edit]

Nat's poster in New Horizons.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nat was added in an update on November 4, 2021, showing up if the player scans his amiibo card in The Roost. A photo of him can also be seen on the billboard in the laboratory-chamber of the museum's bug section. Interacting with it can show the date of donation of few bugs, like the flea or the paper kite butterfly.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise, Nat can be found outside Paradise Planning requesting to give a lecture at the school. After doing so, the player will be able to use bugs they have in their inventory to decorate the yards of any client.

Additionally, Nat's poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after inviting him to Photopia via his amiibo.

In amiibo Festival[edit]

In Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Nat comes during the warmer months to host the Bug-Off. He will judge bugs brought to him by the player, and the winner is awarded 20 Happy Points.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Nat appears as a collectible trophy.




Description NTSC-U: Bugs are like the cream in his tea, the jam on his scone! This old chameleon tasks you with catching him some bugs—for science, really! That lip smacking was just his excitement for! Go on—find some delectable specimens, won't you? Points and prizes await!

PAL: Bugs are like the cream in his tea, the jam on his scone! This old chameleon wants you to catch him some bugs - for science, of course. Think you heard him smacking his lips? Preposterous! Just be a good sport and catch him a delectable specimen, will you, old bean? And, anyway, there are points and prizes in it for you!
Acquisition Random

Villager information[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Tread on a worm, and it will turn.


Birthday Gender Species
July 25 Leo Male Chameleon
Pic version added Welcome amiibo update
Coffee preferences
Nat does not order coffee at The Roost.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Tread on a worm, and it will turn.

Nat's Happy Home Designer icon

Example of Nat's Happy Home Designer house
Official example
Birthday Gender Species
July 25 Leo Male Chameleon
Umbrella Green Umbrella HHD Icon.png Green umbrella
House request
Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
Favorite song  K.K. Calypso
Unlocked items
  •  Firefly lamp
  •  Caterpillar sofa
  •  K.K. Calypso
  •  Nat's pic
  • Clothing:
  •  Green umbrella
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Nat's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    RV in Welcome amiibo[edit]

    Exterior of Nat's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Interior of Nat's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Description: The biggest bug fan around, Nat is known for intellectual digestion-er, discussion of the insect kingdom. He travels the world in search of new bugs.
    Wall:  Jungle Wall
    Floor:  Jungle Floor
    Music: My Place NL Texture.png My Place

    Nat's "Order furniture" list in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo

    In New Horizons[edit]

    Tread on a worm, and it will turn.


    Birthday Gender Species
    July 25 Leo Male Chameleon
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (Yellow) NH Model.png  Yellow
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Cool - Fabric 15) NH Model.png  Cool - Fabric 15
    Happy Home Paradise traits
    Umbrella Mush Umbrella NH Icon.png Mush umbrella
    Hobby Nature
    Book Nature Book NH Icon.png Gardening/Bug/Fish/Fossil

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items

    Card profiles[edit]

    amiibo card[edit]

    115 Nat amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #115 Nat - Series 2
    Star sign: Leo
    Birthday: July 25
    Dice value: 3
    Hand sign: Paper



    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese カメヤマさん
    Mr. Kameyama, from カメレオン kamereon (chameleon) and 亀山 Kameyama (place name or toponymic surname).

    Korean 멜레옹
    From 카멜레온 kamelleon and 옹 (翁) ong (old man), referring to his age.

    Simplified Chinese 龙山先生
    Lóngshān Xiānshēng
    Mr. Longshan, similar to his Japanese name but with the initial character changed to 龍/龙 lóng (here a reptile name suffix) from 變色龍/变色龙 (chameleon).

    Traditional Chinese 龍山先生

    Russian Нат
    Transliteration of his English name.

    Dutch Nat Same as his English name.

    German Carleon From Chamäleon (chameleon).

    European Spanish Papilo From "Papilas gustativas" (taste buds), as he enjoys eating the insects given to him, and possibly "Papillon" (French for butterfly).

    European French Djarod -

    Italian Gustavo Male given name that puns on "gustare" (to taste), referring to his talking about how tasty the insects are.


    1. Re-Tail sell price; if item can be sold at Timmy and Tommy's store, it is 80% of the sell price; if item can be sold to Leila at Tortimer Island, it is 5% of the sell price.