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"Every adventure starts with a single step."
— Phineas, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Welcome amiibo, and New Horizons
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Phineas bln/fsl
Phineas NLWa.png
Species Gender
Fur seal Male
Birthday June 20th Gemini
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 portrayed as a kind-hearted individual who likes to bring joy to good children.


In City Folk[edit]

Phineas 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]

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 Happy Home Designer[edit]

Happy Home Designer client information
Example of Phineas's Happy Home Designer house
Official example
Phineas's Happy Home Designer icon
Every adventure starts with a single step.
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 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.[citation needed]
    • In Animal Crossing: 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.[1]
    • 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.

    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
    Traditional Chinese
    博陆恩 / 博陸恩
    Bó Lùēn
    From "balloon"

    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. 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.