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— Wisp, Animal Crossing: New Horizons
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Wisp gst
Wisp NH.png
Species Gender
Spirit Male
Birthday February 26th Pisces
Role Spirit Beggar[nb 1]
Genie of the "Empty" Lamp[nb 2]
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ゆうたろう
Korean 깨빈
Italian Spirideo
German Buhu

Simplified Chinese 幽幽
French Follet
Spanish Buh
Dutch Wisp

Traditional Chinese 幽幽
Quebec French Follet
Latin American Spanish Buh
Russian Уисп

Wisp is a spirit (sometimes referred to as a ghost) 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 AM and 4 AM, and rewards the player with items or services after a specific task is completed.


Animal Crossing[edit]

Wisp PG.png

In Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, Wisp is a spirit that sometimes appears in a random acre between 12:00 AM and 4:00 AM. In order for Wisp to appear, the town must have 8 or more weeds. If this requirement is met, Wisp is guaranteed to appear once every week. When the player first enters the acre where Wisp is, he is not visible, but makes himself known by calling out to the player. Wisp appears if the player gets near the spot he is hiding at. He will then ask the player to catch five Spirits found around town with a Net.

Each Wisp Spirit is placed in a different acre and does not move between acres. However, the game internally categorizes the Spirits as insects, meaning, due to the fact that having a low town rating drops the chance that a fish and insect spawn in an acre to as low as 50% chance each, it is possible in a town with low rating that a Spirit will not spawn when its acre is entered. If this happens, the Spirit is relocated to a new random acre and the chance of it spawning is rolled again when that acre is entered.

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.
  • Paint my roof! - Wisp will repaint the roof of the player's house to a color of their choosing.
  • Give me stuff! - Wisp will give the player a random item, which can be any reorderable furniture, wallpaper, carpet, clothing, umbrella, stationery, or any of the following non-reorderable items: Wendell's wallpapers, Saharah's carpets, Gracie's clothing, or Gyroids.

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. If the player attempts to sell the Magic Lamp at Re-Tail, Reese will inform them that the lamp is valuable and will ask if they are sure they want to sell it. If the player sells it anyway, Reese will buy it for 10 Bells and it will reappear outside the next day.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

Wisp mistaking the player for a ghost in New Horizons

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 a random item not in their catalog that is worth 1,500 Bells or less and if something expensive is chosen, the item will be a random item worth 10,000 Bells or less. His design looks like it did in the original Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[edit]

Villager information[edit]

RV description[edit]

When visiting Wisp in the Villager RV at the campground in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, 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]

Wisp SSB4 Trophy (Wii U).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
Animal Crossing-e 4-255 (Wisp).jpg
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)" combined with the name "Kevin"

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.
  • 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.[citation needed]


  1. In Animal Crossing and New Horizons
  2. In City Folk and Welcome amiibo