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"All of your experiences can be a source of strength for you. If you ever find yourself in a tough spot, look at your badges and remember what you're capable of!"
— Phineas, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Artwork of Phineas
Species Gender
Fur seal Male
Birthday June 20th Gemini
Favorite saying "Every adventure starts with a single step."
Role Balloons[nb 1]
Badges[nb 2]
The Roost customer[nb 3]
Main appearances

Other appearances
Name in other languages

Phineas is a fur seal in the Animal Crossing series who appears in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In City Folk, he can be found in the city and gives the player unique handheld items, while in New Leaf, he give the player badges.



Phineas is a brown fur seal with grayish-white bushy eyebrows and small round ears with reddish-orange insides. His beige muzzle has long black whiskers, small black freckles, a V-shaped upside-down mouth, and a dark-brown triangular nose with a little bit grayish-brown. There is a big dark-brown chin below his muzzle. His floppy hands and feet have dark-brown nails with brown-gray triangular linings. He always wears a small round pair of glasses with black frames and dark-gray lenses.


Phineas is portrayed as a kind-hearted individual who likes to bring joy to good children.


In City Folk[edit]

Artwork from City Folk.
Phineas in the city in City Folk.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Phineas appears at random in the city from 9 AM to 7 PM on sunny or cloudy days. If spoken to, he will give the player a handheld item; the player can receive one item per day. While Phineas is present in the city, an extra baseline track plays alongside the standard background music.

Phineas can give the player the following items in City Folk:

  • Blue Balloon
  • Cyan Balloon
  • Green Balloon
  • Indigo Balloon
  • Orange Balloon
  • Pink Balloon
  • Red Balloon
  • Yellow Balloon
  • Bunny B. Balloon
  • Bunny C. Balloon
  • Bunny G. Balloon
  • Bunny I. Balloon
  • Bunny O. Balloon
  • Bunny P. Balloon
  • Bunny R. Balloon
  • Bunny Y. Balloon
  • Blue Pinwheel
  • Cyan Pinwheel
  • Green Pinwheel
  • Indigo Pinwheel
  • Orange Pinwheel
  • Indigo Pinwheel
  • Pink Pinwheel
  • Red Pinwheel
  • Yellow Pinwheel
  • Bubble Wand

In New Leaf[edit]

Artwork from New Leaf.
Phineas introducing himself to the player in New Leaf.

Phineas returns in Animal Crossing: New Leaf as a scout leader. He gives badges to "good boys and girls," appearing in the player's town from 6 AM to 12 AM on clear or mostly sunny days if they have met the requirement for a badge.

Phineas can also appear at The Roost when the player is partaking in a part-time job, and his preferred order is Kilimanjaro beans, lots of milk, and three spoonfuls of sugar.

In New Horizons[edit]

Phineas's poster in New Horizons.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Phineas was added in 2.0 Free Update. Phineas's poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after inviting him to Photopia via his amiibo. He also can be summoned to The Roost.

In amiibo Festival[edit]

Phineas appears as a visitor in the Board Game mode of Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. If a player lands on a special-event space while he is visiting, he spins a roulette to see who wins a prize; each player has a section on the roulette, with the player who landed on the special-event space having a larger section. The player it lands on receives 2,000 to 3,000 Bells. There is also a rainbow-colored section on the roulette; if it lands on it, all players receive 5 Happy Points and 1,000 Bells.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Phineas appears as a spectator in the Town and City stage and as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.




Description NTSC-U: Phineas can sometimes be found by the fountain in the big city, usually on sunny days. He's a prize man who has fun things for everyone: round balloons, bunny balloons, spinning pinwheels, and bubble wands. So many great things! What does he ask for in return? Just a smile is all.

PAL: On sunny days near the fountain in the big city, you'll sometimes find a friendly fur seal called Phineas. He's also known as the prize man, and he's got fun things for everyone! He's got round balloons, bunny balloons, spinning pinwheels and bubble wands. How much, you ask? Why, all he wants in return is your smile.
Acquisition Random

Villager information[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Every adventure starts with a single step.


Birthday Gender Species
June 20 Gemini Male Fur seal
Pic version added Welcome amiibo update
Coffee preferences
Type of beans Kilimanjaro
Amount of milk Lots
Amount of sugar Three spoonfuls

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Every adventure starts with a single step.

Phineas's Happy Home Designer icon

Example of Phineas's Happy Home Designer house
Official example
Birthday Gender Species
June 20 Gemini Male Fur seal
Umbrella Bat Umbrella HHD Icon.png Bat umbrella
House request
Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
Favorite song  K.K. Jazz
Unlocked items
  •  K.K. Jazz
  •  Phineas's pic
  • Clothing:
  •  Explorer tee
  •  Explorer pants
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Phineas's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    In New Horizons[edit]

    Every adventure starts with a single step.


    Birthday Gender Species
    June 20 Gemini Male Fur seal
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (Green) NH Model.png  Green
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Cool - Fabric 5) NH Model.png  Cool - Fabric 5
    Happy Home Paradise traits
    Umbrella Camo Umbrella NH Icon.png Camo umbrella
    Hobby Play
    Book Play Book NH Icon.png Comic

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items

    Card profiles[edit]

    amiibo card[edit]

    304 Phineas amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #304 Phineas - Series 4
    Star sign: Gemini
    Birthday: June 20
    Dice value: 3
    Hand sign: Paper



    • Some cranky villagers believe that K.K. Slider's day job consists of being Phineas.[1]
    • In City Folk, although Phineas will usually leave the city plaza at night, he can be forced to stay if the player waits in his vicinity without reloading the area. If this is done, his music cart will play along with the versions of the city music for the other times of day, which usually cannot be heard.[2]
    • In Happy Home Designer, when Phineas is at home, he can sometimes be seen in his outfit from City Folk from when he sold balloons.
    • Phineas shares his birthday with Graham.

    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese パロンチーノ
    Palloncino, the Italian word for balloon

    Korean 파론티노
    Same as Japanese name

    Simplified Chinese 博陆恩
    Bó Lùēn
    From "balloon"

    Traditional Chinese 博陸恩

    Russian Финеас
    Same as English name

    Dutch Phineas Same as English name

    German Helios From Helios, the god of the sun in Greek mythology, or from ἥλιος hēlios, Ancient Greek for "sun"

    European Spanish Elio From Helios, the god of the sun in Greek mythology, or from Helium, a chemical element, or from ἥλιος hēlios, Ancient Greek for "sun"

    European French Hélium Helium is one of the gases used to fill balloons

    Italian Elio From elio, "helium," one of the gases used to fill balloons


    1. In City Folk only
    2. In New Leaf only
    3. In New Horizons only


    1. "No one knows where he comes from or why he does it, but sometimes there's a guy who hands out prizes. My theory is that this is K.K. Slider's day job, <catchphrase>!" — Cranky villagers in the city (City Folk)
    2. Sir Potato Bottom (September 20, 2020). "Spending the Whole Night in the City Plaza with Phineas in Animal Crossing: City Folk". YouTube. Retrieved April 6, 2021.