Rover

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"Hi! ...It's-a ME! Mya ha! Good impression, right?"
— Rover, Animal Crossing
Rover
Rover NL.png
Species Gender
Cat Male
Service Welcoming players
Settings
Birthday February 1st
Star sign Aquarius Aquarius
Appearances Doubutsu no Mori,
Doubutsu no Mori+,
Animal Crossing,
Doubutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf,
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Rover (みしらぬネコ, Mishiranuneko, Stranger Cat) 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, comes from roaming, as he is a traveler.

Appearance[edit]

Rover talking to the player on the train

Doubutsu no Mori and Animal Crossing[edit]

His role in Doubutsu no Mori and Animal Crossing is to set up the game for the first time, by setting the time and date, the player and the town in which the player lives. 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. He soon drums up conversation by sitting opposite the player and 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.

Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

He sets up the 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]

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In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Rover returns to his previous role from Animal Crossing. He meets the player on the bus driven by Kapp'n and asks questions to determine the gender and town name of the player. He also appears at the start of the game, 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.

He 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 you go play again, Isabelle greets you, not Rover.

Card profiles[edit]

Animal Crossing-e card
#002 Rover - Series 1
Gender: Male
Species: Cat
Sign: Aquarius
Password: Z3qsb4KhUxVN#V
S6LhyDCl2K&8dv
Profile:
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001 K.K. Slider Animal Crossing-e cards
#002 Rover
003 Porter
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Animal Crossing amiibo card
#201 Rover - Series 3
Type: Special
Star sign: Aquarius
Birthday: February 1nd
Dice value: 6
Hand sign: Scissors
201 Rover amiibo card JP.png
GorillaSpeciesIconSilhouette.png
200 Rocket List of amiibo cards
#201 Rover
202 Blathers
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Other Appearances[edit]

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

Rover makes an appearance as a trophy in both versions of the game.

RoverTrophyWiiU.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"?!
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Fran Common diminutive of Francisco
French Charly
German Olli
Italian Girolamo
Russian Ровер
Rover
Transcription

Trivia[edit]

  • After meeting Rover in City Folk, the player can continue to contact him with his/her 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 release date of the original Animal Crossing, which is the only other game outside of Japan in which Rover is met on a train.

 
     
 
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