- "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
|Favorite saying||"Tread on a worm, and it will turn."|
|Role||Bug-Off host (prior to New Horizons)|
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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.
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 colloquilisms 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.
In City Folk
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
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
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.
In amiibo Festival
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.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Nat appears as a collectible trophy.
In Happy Home Designer
RV in Welcome amiibo
In New Horizons
In Happy Home Paradise
- In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Nat has a picture in his tent of himself next to a Birdwing Butterfly.
- After catching a few insects, he says, "Hunt bugs in the fields! Hunt bugs in the hills! Hunt bugs in the streets! You must never surrender!" This is based on the famed peroration from British prime minister Winston Churchill's 1940 "we shall fight on the beaches" speech.
- In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Nat's eyes will occasionally twitch. This is no longer the case in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
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