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"Always trust a smiling cat."
— Rover, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Rover xct
Rover AF.png
Species Gender
Cat Male
Birthday February 1st Aquarius
Role Welcoming players[nb 1]
Tag Mode[nb 2]
May Day[nb 3]
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese みしらぬネコ
Korean 낯선고양이
Italian Girolamo
German Olli

Simplified Chinese 陌陌
French Charly
Spanish Fran
Dutch Rover

Traditional Chinese 陌陌
Quebec French Charly
Latin American Spanish Fran
Russian Ровер

Rover is a special character in the Animal Crossing series. His job varies in each game, but his primary job is to set up the playable character. He is a blue and white cat with red irises and blue pupils in his eyes. Despite his name, which is usually connected with dogs, he is a cat. His name, however, actually comes from "roving," meaning "to travel without a set destination," which reflects his role in the games.


Doubutsu no Mori and Animal Crossing[edit]

Rover talking to the player on the Train in Animal Crossing

Rover makes his official debut in Doubutsu no Mori and Animal Crossing, serving to set up the game for the first time. In his first appearance, Rover meets the player on the Train, when he approaches the player asking if he has the correct date and time, before asking if he can sit adjacent to them, promising that he isn't crazy. Regardless of whether the player rejects him or not, He will sit in the row across from the player and drums up conversation by asking questions to determine the gender and appearance, as well as asking where the player is going, and setting up a house for them to stay in by talking with his friend, Tom Nook. Soon after this, the train arrives at the player's town.

The Player can also meet Rover again when traveling to another Town, though he will not ask questions to the player.

Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

Rover returns in Animal Crossing: Wild World to set up Tag Mode/Contact Mode, which allows anonymous Bottle Mail to be sent to the town and land on the beach. Rover also occasionally appears drinking coffee at The Roost.

Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Rover returns to his previous role from Animal Crossing, by setting up the player for the first time they play. He meets the player on the bus driven by Kapp'n and asks questions to determine the gender and town name of the player. Rover also appears whenever the game is booted up, asking if the time and date is correct and who is going to be playing the game out of four saved players, as well as other options.

Rover also turns on WiiConnect24, as well as other options, such as audio options, by calling him with the phone in the player's attic. He sometimes appears in the Roost, talking about his travels.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Rover yet again sets up the player similarly to previous games. He meets the player on the train before it pulls into town, similar to the original Animal Crossing. Yet, when the player starts the game thereafter, Isabelle greets them, not Rover.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

Rover talking to the player on the May Day Tour in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Rover appears during the May Day event that runs from May 1 to May 7, which was added in the Version 1.2.0 update on April 23, 2020. He was invited by Tom Nook to celebrate the May Day. He can be found at the goal of the May Day Tour. If the player can reach him, he will congratulate them and give them a prize - Rover's Briefcase.

Other appearances[edit]

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Rover hosts the Garden Safari event, when the player can plant seasonal flowers and catch rare butterflies near them. For the captured butterflies, players will get rewards, including Rover-style furniture. Players can also share butterflies with other players.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U[edit]

Rover appears as a trophy in both versions of the game.

Rover SSB4 Trophy (Wii U).png #613 Rover
NTSC-U: This kitty is very outgoing, always looking to meet and learn about new people. He'll ask you all sorts of questions the first time you meet. Hopefully you don't respond with random nonsense, since you'll be stuck with your answers. Who wants to live in a town called "AAAAAAA," anyway?

PAL: Always thrilled to meet new people on the move, he'll ask you your name and where you're moving to. Don't just answer with random nonsense, though. After all, you'll be stuck with the answers you give, and who wants to live in a town called "AAAAAAAA"?!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]


Rover NL.png Rover
Support Spirit

Class: ★★★

Ability: Ice-Floor Immunity
* Battle via World of Light (The Light Realm)
  • Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 6000G
  • Scan the Rover amiibo

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer[edit]

Rover reappears in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, only available if one scans his amiibo figure/card. In this game, it is hinted that he has a crush on Katrina, regardless if the player has unlocked her or not. Most of his furniture is train based, owing to his like of trains and traveling.

Card profiles[edit]

Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

Animal Crossing-e card
#002 Rover - Series 1
Gender: Male
Species: Cat
Sign: Aquarius
Password: Z3qsb4KhUxVN#V
Animal Crossing-e 1-002 (Rover).jpg
001 K.K. Slider Animal Crossing-e cards
#002 Rover
003 Porter

Happy Home Designer amiibo card[edit]

Animal Crossing amiibo card
#201 Rover - Series 3
Type: Special
Star sign: Aquarius
Birthday: February 1st
Dice value: 6
Hand sign: Scissors
201 Rover amiibo card NA.png
200 Rocket List of amiibo cards
#201 Rover
202 Blathers


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese みしらぬネコ
Mishiranu neko
Strange cat

Korean 낯선고양이
Unfamiliar cat

Simplified Chinese 不认识的猫 (iQue)
Bù rènshì de māo
Unknown cat

Simplified Chinese 陌陌
Mò mò
From 陌生 (mòshēng, stranger)

Russian Ровер

German Olli

European Spanish Fran Common diminutive of Francisco

European French Charly from Charlie.

Italian Girolamo From girare, informal way to say "to roam".


  • After meeting Rover in City Folk, the player can continue to contact him with their phone, located in the attic.
  • When creating a new character in New Leaf, Rover will say that he "hasn't done this much traveling by train since 2002 or so", a reference to the North American release date of the original Animal Crossing, which is the only other game outside of Japan in which Rover is met on a train. This only appears in the English version of the game.
  • In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, it is suggested that he has a crush on Katrina.
  • If the player continues talking with Rover after completing the May Day Tour in New Horizons, he may say that he isn't really used to travel by plane, being more fascinated by trains - another reference to his original role in the original Animal Crossing and New Leaf.


  1. All games except Wild World and New Horizons
  2. In Wild World only
  3. In New Horizons only