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

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. His name likely comes from roving, meaning "to travel without a set destination," which reflects his role in the games.


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.

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]

Artwork of Rover from 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]

Artwork of Rover from 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.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Rover appears in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and is only available his amiibo is scanned. In this game, it is hinted that he has a crush on Katrina. Most of his furniture is train-themed, owing to his like of trains and traveling.

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. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

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




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]





Category Support Spirit
Class Ace (★★★)
Slot cost 2 (⬢⬢)
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
  • 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]

    Happy Home Designer client information
    Thought bubble:
    Client's vision: I'll leave it up to you!
    Required items: None
    Favorite song:  My Place
    Favorite saying: Always trust a smiling cat.
    Rover's Happy Home Designer icon
    Unlocked items
     My Place    Rover's Pic  
     Cat Cap    Flame Umbrella  
    Starting house: House of Rover HHD Exterior.png
    Happy Home Designer client information
    Thought bubble:
    Client's vision: I'll leave it up to you!
    Required items: None
    Favorite song: My Place (Album Cover) HHD Icon.png My Place
    Favorite saying: Always trust a smiling cat.
    Rover's Happy Home Designer icon
    Unlocked items
    My Place HHD Icon.png My Place   Rover's Pic HHD Icon.png Rover's Pic  
    Cat Cap HHD Icon.png Cat Cap   Flame Umbrella HHD Icon.png Flame Umbrella  
    Starting house: House of Rover HHD Exterior.png

    RV in Welcome amiibo[edit]

    RV of Rover NLWa Exterior.png
    RV of Rover NLWa.jpg
    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.
    Boston Bag NLWa Model.png Boston Bag Hanging Strap NLWa Model.png Hanging Strap (x2)
    Laptop NL Model.png Laptop Metal-Rim Table NLWa Model.png Metal-Rim Table (x2)
    Rolling Suitcase NL Model.png Rolling Suitcase Rover Suitcase NLWa Model.png Rover Suitcase
    Strapped Books NLWa Model.png Strapped Books Train Seat NLWa Model.png Train Seat (x2)
    Wallpaper: Train-Window Wall NLWa.png Train-Window Wall
    Floor: School-Hall Floor NLWa.png School-Hall Floor
    Music: K.K. Jazz (Album Cover) HHD Icon.png K.K. Jazz

    Card 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

    amiibo card[edit]

    201 Rover amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo card back.png

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



    • While beginning a new game in 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 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 New Leaf.

    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
    Same as 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."


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