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— Wisp, Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Japanese ゆうたろう Korean 깨빈 Chinese 幽幽
French Follet Italian Spirideo Spanish Buh
German Buhu Dutch Wisp Russian Уисп
Wisp NL.png

Species Gender
Birthday February 26th Pisces
Service Spirit Beggar, Genie of the "Empty" Lamp
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 Animal Crossing and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, he is a spirit, while in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, he is a genie. He appears at night, usually between 12 A.M. 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]

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 and returns 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]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, 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. If a special character's amiibo is scanned, that character's RV will appear at the campground with special items that can be bought with MEOW Coupons. Wisp will take over running buildings if the usual proprietors are in their RVs; however, he will not be able to fulfill some roles, such as Isabelle's, preventing the player from using their services for the day.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, on certain nights, the player can find Wisp wandering around the island. If talked to, Wisp will mistake the player as a ghost and get scared, which leads to his five spirits scattering across the island. Similarly to Animal Crossing, the player can find and catch the five spirits using the net and return them to Wisp. After the spirits are returned, Wisp will offer the player the choice of receiving an item they have not had before or something expensive. If the player chooses something new, Wisp will give them an item for 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells or less and if something expensive is chosen, the item will be for 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 10,000 Bells or less.

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 Lil 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


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ゆうたろう
From 幽霊 yūrei (ghost) and 太郎 tarō (male name suffix)

Korean 깨빈
From "도깨비(ghost/monster)"

Simplified Chinese 幽幽 (iQue)
Yōu You
幽 meaning "ghost"

Russian Уисп
Transcription of English name

Dutch Wisp

German Buhu

European Spanish Buh From "Bu", word used to scare people

European French Follet From feu follet for will-o'-the-wisp.

Italian Spirideo From spirito, "spirit", and deo, Latin for "god".


  • In Animal Crossing, Wisp will mutter something about a master and what he will do if the spirits are not recovered, implying there may be more of his species.
  • Wisp resembles Boo, an enemy featured in many Mario games.
  • Due to his appearance and Japanese name, Wisp could possibly be a reference to Q-taro from the Fujiko Fujio manga Obake no Q-taro