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"Which do you want?"
— Wisp, Animal Crossing: City Folk
Wisp NL.png

Species Gender
Service Spirit Beggar, Genie of the "Empty" Lamp
Birthday February 26th
Star sign Pisces Pisces
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

Wisp is a character in the Animal Crossing series. He is absent from Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and was initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Leaf until the Welcome amiibo update. In the earlier installments, he is a spirit, while in Animal Crossing: City Folk, he is a genie. He appears at night, usually between 12 and 4 a.m. (8 p.m. to midnight in Animal Crossing: City Folk).[citation needed]


Animal Crossing[edit]

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In Animal Crossing, Wisp's appearance is governed by a player's play history, and if certain conditions are met he will appear in a random acre between 12:00 AM and 4:00 A.M. Wisp can appear concurrently alongside other special visitors such as Katrina, and must be sought out by the player when in town; Copper will not mention anything about Wisp. To determine whether or not Wisp will appear the game keeps track of how often the player loads their game within a given time period. While the exact algorithm used to determine Wisp's appearance is unknown, the following logic provides an approximate representation:

The game checks the value of the 'Wisp counter'. If this value is 3 or greater, Wisp will appear. The value of the counter starts at 0, and increases by 1 the first time the game is loaded and saved on a given day. The value is reset if: the player time travels backwards any length of time, the player goes more than 7 days without loading their game, the month changes, or the player finds Wisp and captures all five spirits.

Therefore, it is possible to see Wisp at maximum every three days. This also means that the player is in direct control of Wisp's appearance and it is not based on specific dates, nor is it random, and it is not affected by extraneous factors such as town status, or the amount of weeds in a player's town.

Wisp's request[edit]

Main article: Spirit

Wisp will not be initially visible when the player enters the acre in which he is hiding. He makes himself known by calling out to the player, and will only appear when the player reaches the spot he is hiding at. Wisp will ask the player to catch five spirits found around town with their net. After the player catches the five spirits, Wisp will offer them one of three rewards as thanks:

  • Pull Weeds! - Wisp will remove all the weeds in the player's town, once they enter and exit a building.
  • Paint my roof! - Wisp will repaint the roof the player's house in a color of their choosing.
  • Give me stuff! - Wisp will give the player a random furniture, gyroid, wallpaper, flooring or clothing item. Usually this is an item that is not currently in the catalog, and can even include rare and unorderable items such as those from Gracie, Sahara, and Wendell.

Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

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In Animal Crossing: City Folk, on certain nights the player can find an Empty lamp somewhere in the town. After the player finds the lamp and returns it to Wisp, the genie will ask the player to rub the lamp in their attic, where he will offer to grant them one wish. The player does not have to rub the lamp straight away, and can save the wish for later use. As in his original appearance, Wisp will offer three choices:

  • Weed! - Wisp will remove all the weeds in the player's town, excluding clovers and dandelions.
  • Smash Roaches! - Wisp will remove all the cockroaches in the player's house.
  • Give me stuff! - Wisp will give the player the choice of a random furniture, accessory, hat or clothing item. Usually this is an item that is not currently in the catalog (excluding rare items).

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo[edit]

Wisp in New Leaf's amiibo update.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, a magic lamp will appear randomly while walking around town. If the player places the lamp in their house, Wisp will appear. Unlike Animal Crossing and Animal Crossing: City Folk, Wisp helps with amiibo. Wisp can only be used once a day. While Wisp did not appear in Animal Crossing: New Leaf at the game's launch, he was added as a major character in the Welcome amiibo update. When the player rubs the lamp, Wisp will appear and the player can use an amiibo card. When the amiibo is scanned, the player can choose for the villager to move to their town or to get something, usually furniture.

Villager Info[edit]

RV Description[edit]

When visiting Wisp in the Villager RV at the campground, the bottom screen will display the following:

"He's used to living inside a tiny lamp and is uncomfortable with wide-open spaces and strangers. So why is he camping? He must be here for some reason..."

Other Appearances[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

WispTrophyWiiU.png #550 Wisp
NTSC-U: Cute li'l Wisp is first met when he shyly asks for your help in collecting five spirits before the sun rises. Who would have thought the simple bug net would be able to catch them? Cool! When you next meet him, in Animal Crossing: City Folk, he becomes a lamp spirit that's scared of ghosts. Don't judge him! Ghosts are scary!

PAL: When cute lil Wisp shows up in the first Animal Crossing, he shyly asks players to help him collect five spirits before dawn. Surprisingly, you can just use any old bug net for the job! In Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City, he appears as a lamp spirit with a fear of ghosts. Odd thing for a spirit to be scared of, don't you think?

Card Profiles[edit]

Animal Crossing e-Reader Card[edit]

Animal Crossing-e card
#255 Wisp - Series 4
Gender: Male
Species: Spirit
Sign: Pisces
Password: G&td8fius2@@Kx
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254 Valise Animal Crossing-e cards
#255 Wisp
256 Don Resetti


For this subject's image gallery, see Wisp/Gallery.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Italian Spirideo From spirito, "spirit", and deo, Latin for "god".
Korean 깨빈
from "도깨비(ghost/monster)"
Russian Уисп
Transcription of English name


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