Rover

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"Wow, it's nice to know there are still plenty of rude people in the world. Know what? I'm sitting here anyway!"
— Rover, Animal Crossing
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Rover xct
Artwork of Rover
Artwork of Rover from Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
Species Gender
Cat Male
Birthday February 1st Aquarius
Favorite saying "Always trust a smiling cat."
Role Welcoming players[nb 1]
Settings[nb 2]
May Day[nb 3]
Main appearances

Other appearances
Name in other languages
 みしらぬネコ
 낯선고양이
 Girolamo
 Olli
 陌陌
 Charly
 Fran
 Rover
 陌陌
 Charly
 Fran
 Ровер

Rover is a cat in the Animal Crossing series. His job varies in each game, but his primary job is to set up the playable character. His name likely comes from roving, meaning "to travel without a set destination," which reflects his role in the games.

Characteristics[edit]

Appearance[edit]

Artwork of Rover from Doubutsu no Mori.

Rover is a blue and white cat with red irises and black vertical pupils in his eyes. He wears a yellow-lined sweater with a repeating red and black diamond pattern.

Personality[edit]

Rover likes talking to the player, whether they are rude or polite to him, while riding on trains or buses.

Appearances[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Rover talking to the player on the train in Animal Crossing.

Rover makes his 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.

In Wild World[edit]

Rover appearing after the player selects Tag Mode from the title screen in Animal Crossing: Wild World.

Rover makes a minor appearance in Animal Crossing: Wild World. He can occasionally be found drinking coffee at The Roost on any day from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. He also begins Tag Mode for the player, appearing when the player selects the option from the title screen.

In City Folk[edit]

Rover talking to the player on the bus in Animal Crossing: City Folk.

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 giving access to 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.

In New Leaf[edit]

Rover talking to the player on the train in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

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.

In New Horizons[edit]

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

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Rover was added in the 1.2.0 April Free Update alongside May Day, an event that runs from April 29 to May 7. He is invited by Tom Nook to celebrate May Day, and he can be found at the goal of the May Day Tour. If the player reaches him, he will congratulate them and give them a prize: Rover's briefcase or Rover's photo.

Rover's poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after inviting Rover to Photopia via his amiibo.

Prior to its removal in version 2.0, when the player scans Rover's amiibo card and tries to invite him, he will say:

Hello! Player? Yeah, it's totally me! What's on your mind?
You have a campsite?! Sounds like fun! Too bad I'm busy right now on an island far, far away from yours.
Not that I can tell you what I'm up to. Mya ha ha! Till next we meet! Bye!

In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise, Rover can be invited as a client via his amiibo after becoming a "famous designer." Like in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Rover has no required theme to his house.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Rover appears in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and is only available if his amiibo is scanned. In this game, it is hinted that he has a crush on Katrina.

In Pocket Camp[edit]

Artwork of Rover from Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Rover will occasionally host a garden 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.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Rover appears as a collectible sticker.

#517

Rover
Rover

Effect Fighters
[Slash] Attack +10 All fighters

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

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

#613

Rover

Rover

Description 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"?!
Acquisition Random


In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Spirits[edit]

#835

Rover
Rover

Category Class Slot cost
Support Spirit Ace (★★★) 2 (⬢⬢)
Ability Ice-Floor Immunity
Acquisition
  • Battle via World of Light (The Light Realm)
  • Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 6000G
  • Scan the Rover amiibo
  • Battle information
    Enemy fighters
  • Indigo Sheik
  • Cyan Villager
  • Chartreuse Villager
  • Type Shield
    Power 8,800
    Stage Spirit Train
    Rules N/A
    Conditions Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle
    Music Title Theme - Animal Crossing: Wild World

    Villager information[edit]

    In Happy Home Designer[edit]

    Rover
    Always trust a smiling cat.

    Rover's Happy Home Designer icon


    Example of Rover's Happy Home Designer house
    Official example
    Rover
    Birthday Gender Species
    February 1 Aquarius Male Cat
    Umbrella Flame Umbrella HHD Icon.png Flame Umbrella
    House request
    Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
    Favorite song  My Place
    Unlocked items
    Furniture:
  •  My Place
  •  Rover's Pic
  • Clothing:
  •  Cat Cap
  •  Flame Umbrella
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Rover's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    RV in Welcome amiibo[edit]

    Exterior of Rover's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Interior of Rover's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Description: Rover loves meeting new people so camping next to strangers is right up his alley. He doesn't even mind when people forget that they've met him before.
    Items:
    Wall:  Train-Window Wall
    Floor:  School-Hall Floor
    Music: K.K. Jazz NL Texture.png K.K. Jazz


    "Order furniture" in Rover's RV

    Item Image Type Buy price Sell price Available from Colors HHA theme Style Customizable Size
    Train-Window Wall Train-Window Wall NL Model.png Wallpaper  3 MEOW Coupons -  Rover's RV
    - - - - -
    School-Hall Floor School-Hall Floor NL Model.png Flooring  3 MEOW Coupons  210 Bells  Raddle's RV
     Rover's RV
    - - - - -
    Boston Bag Boston Bag (Camel Colored) NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  400 Bells  Rover's RV
    Orange / Brown - - Yes 1.0 x 1.0
    Hanging Strap Hanging Strap NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  700 Bells  Rover's RV
    - - - No 2.0 x 1.0
    Laptop Laptop (Black) NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  500 Bells  Cleo's RV
     Rover's RV
    Black (x2) - - Yes 1.0 x 1.0
    Metal-Rim Table Metal-Rim Table (Red) NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  400 Bells  Rover's RV
    Red / Gray - - Yes 1.0 x 1.0
    New Nintendo 3DS New Nintendo 3DS (White - White) NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  4,320 Bells Fortune Cookie
     Rover's RV
     Tom Nook's RV
     Blathers's RV
     Reese's RV
     Cyrus's RV
     Celeste's RV
     Resetti's RV
     Kapp'n's RV
     Digby's RV
     Kicks's RV
    White (x2) Toy Shop Modern Yes 1.0 x 1.0
    Rolling Suitcase Rolling Suitcase (Yellow) NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  250 Bells DLC
     Rover's RV
    Yellow / Gray - - Yes 1.0 x 1.0
    Rover Suitcase Rover Suitcase NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  3,000 Bells  Rover's RV
    - - - No 1.0 x 1.0
    Strapped Books Strapped Books NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  300 Bells  Hornsby's RV
     Leopold's RV
     Rover's RV
    - - - No 1.0 x 1.0
    Train Seat Train Seat (Red) NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  800 Bells  Rover's RV
    Red / White - - Yes 2.0 x 1.0
    Wii U Console Wii U Console (White) NL Model.png Furniture  3 MEOW Coupons  8,100 Bells Fortune Cookie
     Hopkins's RV
     Isabelle's RV
     Rover's RV
     Tom Nook's RV
     Blathers's RV
     K.K.'s RV
     Mabel's RV
     Reese's RV
     Cyrus's RV
     Celeste's RV
     Timmy and Tommy's RV
     Resetti's RV
     Kapp'n's RV
     Digby's RV
     Kicks's RV
     Wisp's RV
     Lottie's RV
    White Toy Shop Modern Yes 1.0 x 1.0
    The player can only order from campers up to three times per day. The items arrive via mail.
    Includes data sourced from the Data Spreadsheet for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, compiled by TimeSword3D, AlexBot2004, AlgebraManiacABC, Chubby Bub, Cuyler, HylianAngel, Kalina70, PanchamBro, SuperHamster, and vmario.

    In New Horizons[edit]

    Rover
    Always trust a smiling cat.

    Rover

    Birthday Gender Species
    February 1 Aquarius Male Cat
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (Red) NH Model.png  Red
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Checkered 1 - Fabric 5) NH Model.png  Checkered 1 - Fabric 5
    Happy Home Paradise traits
    Umbrella Orange Umbrella NH Icon.png Orange Umbrella
    Hobby Music
    Book Music Book NH Icon.png Music

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Rover
    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items
    Furniture:

    Card and figure profiles[edit]

    Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

    Animal Crossing-e 1-002 (Rover).jpg

    Card back

    Animal Crossing-e 1-002 (Rover - Back).jpg

    #002 Rover - Series 1
    Gender: Male
    Sign: Aquarius
    Profile: Rover is what you'd call a high-class hobo. He and his cell phone ride the rails from town to town, which explains why he's so well connected. He's happiest when he's sticking his nose in other people's business.
    Password: Z3qsb4KhUxVN#V
    S6LhyDCl2K&8dv

    amiibo card[edit]

    201 Rover amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #201 Rover - Series 3
    Star sign: Aquarius
    Birthday: February 1
    Dice value: 6
    Hand sign: Scissors

    amiibo figure[edit]

    Rover amiibo Figure.jpg

    Packaging

    Rover amiibo Figure Packaging.jpg

    Rover - Wave 3
    nintendo.com description: "This kitty is very outgoing, always looking to meet and learn about new people. In the Animal Crossing: New Leaf game, 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?"
    Release dates: United States of America March 18, 2016
    Japan March 24, 2016
    Europe March 18, 2016
    Australia March 19, 2016

    Gallery[edit]

    Trivia[edit]

    • In the first popularity poll held on the Doubutsu no Mori website, Rover ranked as the 5th most popular character with 168 votes, ranking above Bob but below Bunnie.[1]
    • In a second popularity poll held on the Doubutsu no Mori+ website, Rover ranked as the 12th most popular character with 1,165 votes, ranking above Tortimer but below Aurora.[2]
    • Rover appears in the Japanese e-Reader card artwork for "K.K. Chorale."
    • While beginning a new game in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Rover says 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.
    • If the player continues talking with Rover after completing the May Day Tour in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, he may say that he isn't really used to travel by plane, being more fascinated by trains — a reference to his original role in the original Animal Crossing and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
    • In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Rover has the voice of a smug villager.

    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese みしらぬネコ
    Mishiranu neko
    Strange cat

    Korean 낯선고양이
    Natseon'goyangi
    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)

    Traditional Chinese 陌陌
    Unknown

    Russian Ровер
    Rover
    Same as English name

    Dutch Rover Same as his English name.

    German Olli -

    European Spanish Fran Common diminutive of Francisco

    European French Charly From Charlie

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

    Notes[edit]

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

    References[edit]

    1. Nintendo. "キャラクター人気投票結果発表/上位20位". nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved May 4, 2022.
    2. Nintendo. "キャラクター人気投票結果発表!". nintendo.co.jp. Archived from the original on November 8, 2020. Retrieved November 8, 2020.