Reactions

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Nibbles and Sylvia reacting to a player's emotion in New Leaf

Reactions (known as emotions prior to Animal Crossing: New Horizons) are gestures used by both the player and non-playable characters, mainly villagers. The purpose of various reactions is to display or emphasize various moods or feelings of the user without the use of words or text.

Villagers' Reactions[edit]

Aside from expressing reactions when in conversation, villagers may also show a reaction when walking about town.

  • A dark purple cloud with a swirl means the villager is either sad or sick (indoors only).
  • An exclamation mark above a villager's head appears either when they are realizing something or, if not talking to anyone, wanting to talk to the player.
  • If steam is coming out of a villager's head, they are angry.
  • When they are singing, that means the villager is happy.
  • Villagers may also clap when a player catches a rare fish or insect or sometimes when fireworks go off in Wild World and City Folk. They react in shock if the player catches a piece of trash instead.
  • Only in New Leaf sometimes villagers may show the 'thought' emotion and stop in place requesting they are not spoken to, as they are too deep in thought. This emotion usually happens when the player talks too much to the villager and takes a while for them to "reset" and will be "social" again.
  • When hit with the Toy Hammer, they react with a shocked emotion.

Conversations with villagers and players sometime cause a villager's emotion to change from normal to happy, sad, or angry. Conversations cannot be started if a villager is angry or sad - the villager will tell the player they do not feel like talking. In Animal Crossing, peppy villagers will sometimes cheer themselves up when players talk to them.

Villagers can use the Mayor's emotions while using Amiibo Camera in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo. Strangely, villagers can use emotions they cannot normally use here, such as smug villagers using the Angry and Outrage emotions.

Learning Reactions[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

The player can get emotions from Dr. Shrunk in a random encounter with him when he is walking around their village.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

Dr. Shrunk is found in the city's theater, where emotions can be learned for 800 Bells. He is very rarely replaced by Frillard, who teaches emotions unknown to Dr. Shrunk. A player can retain up to four emotions at a time. If a fifth emotion is to be learned, one of the previous four must be forgotten.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

The Emotion tab in New Leaf

Dr. Shrunk can be found in Club LOL every day, however, if the player visits him after 12 PM and before the club's opening at 8 PM, he will offer to perform for the player in exchange for some Fruit or a food item. Being a former stage comedian, Dr. Shrunk's performances consist of him telling a joke and demonstrating the related emotion for the player to learn. Upon learning an emotion, the player can access it for use from their joke book, which is given to them by Dr. Shrunk after his first performance. Unlike the previous game, the player can store more than four emotions, up to the total number of 40.

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer[edit]

Emotions can be unlocked by completing a client's house. There are 48 emotions, with 8 emotions new to the game.

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[edit]

Some emotions can be triggered by tapping the player or villager using the Campsite Camera in the campsite or cabin.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

Villagers can teach Reactions to the player randomly. The player can learn one reaction per day. Certain Reactions can only be learned by villagers with certain personalities. Some of them require high friendship with the villager.

Unlike in previous titles, Reactions stay active as long the player doesn't touch the controls; this is most likely for taking photos with Camera app.

Reactions[edit]

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This is a list of reactions that the player can learn throughout the Animal Crossing series.

Emotion Aggravation NH Icon cropped.png Aggravation NH Player Aggravation.png

Wild World (Anger)
City Folk (Anger)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Peppy villagers)

Emotion Agreement NH Icon cropped.png Agreement NH Player Agreement.png

Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Cranky villagers)

Emotion Amazed NH Icon cropped.png Amazed NH Player Amazed.png

Wild World (Surprise)
City Folk (Surprise)
New Horizons
(learned from Snooty villagers)

Emotion Icon - Anger (NL) cropped.png Anger NL Player Anger.png

Wild World (Irritation)
City Folk (Irritation)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer

Emotion Apologetic NH Icon cropped.png Apologetic NH Player Apologetic.png

Happy Home Designer (Apologize)
New Horizons
(learned from Sisterly villagers)

Emotion Bashfulness NH Icon cropped.png Bashfulness NH Player Bashfulness.png

Wild World (Shyness)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Lazy villagers)

Emotion Bewilderment NH Icon cropped.png Bewilderment NH Player Bewilderment.png

Happy Home Designer (Amazed)
New Horizons
(learned from Cranky villagers)

Boy's Pose HHD Player Boy's Pose.png

Happy Home Designer

Emotion Cold Chill NH Icon cropped.png Cold Chill NH Player Cold Chill.png

Wild World (Blankness)
City Folk (Disinterest)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Sisterly villagers)

Emotion Confident NH Icon cropped.png Confident NH Player Confident.png

New Horizons (learned from Sisterly (high friendship) villagers)

Emotion Curiosity NH Icon cropped.png Curiosity NH Player Curiosity.png

Wild World (Confusion)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Peppy villagers)

Emotion Daydreaming NH Icon cropped.png Daydreaming NL Player Daydreaming.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Normal (high friendship) villagers)

Emotion Delight NH Icon cropped.png Delight NH Player Delight.png

Wild World (Approval)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Any (initial reactions) villagers)

Emotion Disagreement NH Icon cropped.png Disagreement NH Player Disagreement.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Sisterly villagers)

Emotion Distress NH Icon cropped.png Distress NL Player Distress.png

Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Jock villagers)

Emotion Dozing NH Icon cropped.png Dozing Nia.png

New Horizons (learned from Smug villagers)

Emotion Encouraging NH Icon cropped.png Encouraging NH Player Encouraging.png

New Horizons (learned from Jock villagers)

Emotion Flourish NH Icon cropped.png Flourish NH Player Flourish.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Jock (high friendship) villagers)

Emotion Fearful NH Icon cropped.png Fearful NL Player Fearful.png

Wild World (Fear)
City Folk (Fear)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Normal villagers)

Girl's Pose HHD Player Girl's Pose.png

Happy Home Designer

Emotion Glee NH Icon cropped.png Glee NH Player Glee.png

Wild World (Happiness)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Normal villagers)

Emotion Greetings NH Icon cropped.png Greetings NH Player Greetings.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Any (initial reactions) villagers)

Emotion Happiness NH Icon cropped.png Happiness NH Player Happiness.png

Wild World (Contentment)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Peppy villagers)

Emotion Heartbreak NH Icon cropped.png Heartbreak NH Player Heartbreak.png

Wild World (Disappointment)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Smug villagers)

Emotion Inspiration NH Icon cropped.png Inspiration NH Player Inspiration.png

Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Cranky (high friendship) villagers)

Emotion Intense NH Icon.png Intense NH Player Intense.png

New Horizons (learned from Snooty villagers)

Emotion Joy NH Icon cropped.png Joy NH Player Joy.png

Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Any (initial reactions) villagers)

Emotion Laughter NH Icon cropped.png Laughter NH Player Laughter.png

Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Sisterly villagers)

Lottie is ready! HHD Player Lottie's All Set Pose.png

Happy Home Designer

Emotion Love NH Icon cropped.png Love NL Player Love.png

Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Snooty (high friendship) villagers)

Emotion Mischief NH Icon cropped.png Mischief NH Player Mischief.png

Wild World (Scheming)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Peppy (high friendship) villagers)

Emotion Mistaken NH Icon cropped.png Mistaken NH Player Mistaken.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Lazy villagers)

Emotion Pleased NH Icon cropped.png Pleased NH Player Pleased.png

New Horizons (learned from Normal villagers)

Emotion Pride NH Icon cropped.png Pride NL Player Pride.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Lazy (high friendship) villagers)

Emotion Resignation NH Icon cropped.png Resignation NL Player Resignation.png

Wild World (Acceptance)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Smug villagers)

Emotion Sadness NH Icon cropped.png Sadness NH Player Sadness.png

Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Normal villagers)

Emotion Sheepishness NH Icon cropped.png Sheepishness SheepishnessNH.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Cranky villagers)

Emotion Shocked NH Icon cropped.png Shocked NH Player Shocked.png

Wild World (Shock)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Jock villagers)

Emotion Showmanship NH Icon cropped.png Showmanship NL Player Showmanship.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Smug (high friendship) villagers)

Emotion Icon - Shrunk Funk Shuffle (NL) cropped.png Shrunk Funk Shuffle NL Player Shrunk Funk Shuffle.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer

Emotion Shyness NH Icon cropped.png Shyness NL Player Shyness.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Lazy villagers)

Emotion Sighing NH Icon cropped.png Sighing NH Player Sighing.png

Wild World (Exasperation)
City Folk (Disappointment)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Snooty villagers)

Emotion Sleepy NH Icon cropped.png Sleepy NH Player Sleepy.png

Wild World (Fatigue)
City Folk (Sleepiness)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Peppy villagers)

Emotion Smirking NH Icon cropped.png Smirking NH Player Smirking.png

New Horizons (learned from Smug villagers)

Emotion Sneezing NH Icon cropped.png Sneezing NL Player Sneezing.png

New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Jock villagers)

Emotion Sorrow NH Icon cropped.png Sorrow NH Player Sorrow.png

Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Lazy villagers)

Emotion Surprise NH Icon cropped.png Surprise NL Player Surprise.png

Wild World (Realization)
City Folk (Realization)
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Any (initial reactions) villagers)

Emotion Thought NH Icon cropped.png Thought NH Player Thought.png

Wild World
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Snooty villagers)

Emotion Worry NH Icon cropped.png Worry NL Player Worry.png

Wild World (Discontent)
City Folk
New Leaf
Happy Home Designer
New Horizons
(learned from Cranky villagers)

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Notes[edit]

  1. Exists in game data but is unused. Plays a random emotion each time it is invoked.