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SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Wisp gst
Wisp NH.png
Artwork of Wisp from Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Species Gender
Ghost Male
Birthday February 26th Pisces
Role Items[nb 1]
Roof painting[nb 2]
Weed removal[nb 3]
Cockroach removal[nb 4]
amiibo scanning[nb 5]
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
"Spirit" redirects here. For the collectible in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, see Super Smash Bros. Ultimate § Spirits.
— Wisp, Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Wisp is a ghost in the Animal Crossing series. He first appeared in Animal Crossing and appears in all subsequent games except Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: New Leaf prior to the Welcome amiibo update. 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.


In Animal Crossing[edit]

Artwork of Wisp from Animal Crossing.

In Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, Wisp is depicted wearing a hitaikakushi and can appear in a random acre between 12 AM and 4 AM. In order for Wisp to appear, the town must have 8 or more weeds. Once this requirement is met, Wisp will appear on a random night in 2 to 4 days. The weed requirement does not have to be maintained between meeting it and Wisp's appearance. When the player first enters the acre where Wisp is, he is not visible, but makes himself known by calling out to the player. With Wisp's name appearing as "??????", he says "Ooo... Can I ask you something...?" If the player gets near Wisp, he tells the player that he must collect five Spirits that have wandered into the town by 4 AM or he is in big trouble and The Ghost League will punish him horribly. He asks the player to catch them with a Net because he has seen how good the player is at catching insects and offers a reward in return. Wisp will return every night for 4 days until his Spirits are caught and returned to him. Once his Spirits are returned or 4 days pass without doing so, Wisp will appear again in 2 to 4 days as long as the town has 8 or more weeds.

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 calculated again when that acre is entered. The Spirits initially only appear within acres in the B, C, D, or E rows; but can appear in any acre, including ones within the A and F rows, if they are relocated due to the player either leaving an acre without catching one or low town rating. Spirits cannot appear in an acre where another Spirit resides or where the player is moving into.

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 that they have not obtained before, 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. If the player has obtained all of these items, Wisp instead gives them a Peach.

In City Folk[edit]

Artwork of Wisp from City Folk.

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).

In 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 Villager amiibo is scanned, Wisp will appear at the campground in an RV.

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.

In New Horizons[edit]

Wisp mistaking the player for a ghost in New Horizons.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Wisp returns to a form closer to his original appearance, once again donning a hitaikakushi. On certain nights from 8 PM to 5 AM, 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 Wisp Spirit Pieces 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.

Chance rates[edit]

Depending on the player's housing status, Wisp will give the player a random item from each of these four categories.

Category Tent House
Furniture 75% 40%
Wallpaper 0% 24%
Flooring 0% 24%
Clothing 25% 12%
"Something new"[edit]

If the player chooses "something new", Wisp gives the player the following item within the pricing range.

Category Min Max
Furniture  300 Bells  2,499 Bells
Wallpaper  300 Bells  2,499 Bells
Flooring  300 Bells  2,499 Bells
Clothing  300 Bells  1,999 Bells
"Something expensive"[edit]

If the player chooses "something expensive", Wisp has a chance of 90% to give a random item from Table 1 and 10% chance to give a random item from Table 2, both within the pricing range.

Category Min Max
Table 1
Furniture  2,000 Bells  14,999 Bells
Wallpaper  1,850 Bells  9,999 Bells
Flooring  1,850 Bells  9,999 Bells
Clothing  1,800 Bells  9,999 Bells
Table 2
Furniture  10 Bells  14,999 Bells
Wallpaper  10 Bells  2,999 Bells
Flooring  10 Bells  2,999 Bells
Clothing  10 Bells  2,999 Bells
Prior to 1.3.0[edit]
"Something new"[edit]
Category Min Max
Furniture  300 Bells  2,499 Bells
Wallpaper  300 Bells  2,499 Bells
Flooring  300 Bells  2,499 Bells
Clothing  300 Bells  1,999 Bells
"Something expensive"[edit]
Category Min Max
Table 1
Furniture  2,000 Bells  14,999 Bells
Wallpaper  1,850 Bells  9,999 Bells
Flooring  1,850 Bells  9,999 Bells
Clothing  1,800 Bells  9,999 Bells
Table 2
Furniture  10 Bells  14,999 Bells
Wallpaper  10 Bells  2,999 Bells
Flooring  10 Bells  2,999 Bells
Clothing  10 Bells  4,999 Bells
Prior to 1.2.0[edit]
"Something new"[edit]
Category Min Max
Furniture  0 Bells  1,999 Bells
Wallpaper  0 Bells  1,499 Bells
Flooring  0 Bells  1,499 Bells
Clothing  0 Bells  1,499 Bells
"Something expensive"[edit]
Category Min Max
Furniture  0 Bells  14,999 Bells
Wallpaper  0 Bells  14,999 Bells
Flooring  0 Bells  14,999 Bells
Clothing  0 Bells  14,999 Bells

In Pocket Camp[edit]

Wisp's Willow Tree in Pocket Camp.

Wisp makes a cameo in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, sometimes floating around Wisp's Willow Tree, a furniture item that was available for a limited time from August to October 2020.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Wisp appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.




Description 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?
Acquisition Random

Villager information[edit]

RV in Welcome amiibo[edit]

RV of Wisp NLWa Exterior.png
RV of Wisp NLWa.jpg
Description: 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...
GameCube Drawer NLWa Model.png GameCube Drawer NDS Lite Bench NLWa Model.png NDS Lite Bench
Nintendo Bench NLWa Model.png Nintendo Bench Villager Statue NLWa Model.png Villager Statue
Wii Remote Cabinet NLWa Model.png Wii Remote Cabinet Wii U Console NLWa Model.png Wii U Console
Wallpaper: Lunar Horizon NL.png Lunar Horizon
Floor: Galaxy Floor NLWa.png Galaxy Floor
Music: I Love You (Album Cover) HHD Icon.png I Love You

Card profiles[edit]

Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

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Card back

Animal Crossing-e 4-255 (Wisp - Back).jpg

#255 Wisp - Series 4
Gender: Male
Sign: Pisces
Profile: You'll have to stay up late if you want to meet Wisp. This friendly (but very, very timid) ghost only visits during the darkest hours of night. But if you can stay up for him, he'll give you a special treat in return for your help.
Password: G&td8fius2@@Kx

amiibo card[edit]

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Card back

Amiibo card back.png

#419 Wisp - Series 5
Star sign: Pisces
Birthday: February 26



A NookPhone with Wisp's datamined fabric pattern.
  • In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, although it is not possible to make Wisp perform the "Take a Picture" reaction, datamined information for his NookPhone exists and uses the "FtrCmnFabricSkull01" fabric pattern, a white design with black skull and crossbones.[1] The motif is likely a reference to the fact that Wisp is not alive because he is a ghost.

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 is used in compounds for "ghost" and "spirit"

Russian Уисп
Transcription of English name

Dutch Wisp Same as English name

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."


  1. In Animal Crossing, City Folk, and New Horizons
  2. In Animal Crossing
  3. In Animal Crossing and City Folk
  4. In City Folk
  5. In Welcome amiibo