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Type of Deer villager Zell der02
Artwork of Zell the Deer
Species Personality Gender
Deer Smug Male
Birthday June 7th Gemini
Favorite saying "Clothes totally make the mammal."
Catchphrase "pronk"
Clothing Arctic-camo tee[nb 1]
Gilet and shirt (Black)[nb 2]
Umbrella Zebra umbrella[nb 3]
Camo umbrella[nb 4]
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 ネルソン[nb 5]
 넬슨[nb 8]
 森森[nb 6]
 森森[nb 7]
 Зелл[nb 9]
Phrase in other languages

Zell is a smug deer villager in the Animal Crossing series. He first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and has appeared in all subsequent games. His name comes from gazelle.

In New Horizons, Zell has the music hobby and may sing anywhere without the need of a stereo.



Artwork of Zell from New Leaf.

Even though Zell is a deer, his appearance resembles a species of antelope native to India called a blackbuck from his spiral horns and black fur coloring.


Below is a brief description of the smug personality. For more information, click here.

Zell is a smug villager, meaning he will come off as gentlemanly and polite. Smug villagers are a more "clear" male counterpart to snooty villagers, and are kind and lively, but can come off as conceited. If the player is female, they will occasionally flirt. Smug villagers cannot be a starter villager, and can only move in after the player becomes mayor. They wake up at 8:30 AM.

Villager information[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Zell cannot be one of the starting villagers in the player's town.

Clothes totally make the man.



Birthday Personality Catchphrase
June 7 Gemini Smug pronk
Default clothing Arctic-Camo Tee NL Model.png Arctic-camo tee
Default umbrella Zebra Umbrella NL Model.png Zebra umbrella
Smallcheckmark.png Favorite style Modern
Smallxmark.png Least favorite style Cute
Favorite color
Siblings Second of 4 kids
Skill Calculating tips
Goal Movie director
Halloween fear Skeleton Hood NL Model.png Skeleton hood
Coffee preferences
Type of beans Blend
Amount of milk A little bit
Amount of sugar One spoonful

In New Horizons[edit]

Clothes totally make the mammal.


Birthday Personality Catchphrase
June 7 Gemini Smug (A) pronk
Default clothing Gilet and Shirt (Black) NH Icon.png Gilet and shirt (Black)
Other default clothing
  • During rain (if not using umbrella): Raincoat (Black) NH Icon.png Raincoat (Black) & Outdoor Hat (Purple) NH Icon.png outdoor hat (Purple)
  • During snow: Short Peacoat (Gray) NH Icon.png Short peacoat (Gray) & Knit Hat (Gray) NH Icon.png knit hat (Gray)
  • Sleepwear and if sick: Pajama Dress (Gray) NH Icon.png Pajama dress (Gray)
  • While exercising: Athletic Jacket (Black) NH Icon.png Athletic jacket (Black)
  • While doing yoga: Tank (White) NH Icon.png Tank (White)
  • While sunbathing: Triangle Shades (Black) NH Icon.png Triangle shades
  • Fishing Tourney: Athletic Jacket (Black) NH Icon.png Athletic jacket (Black)
  • Bug-Off: Athletic Jacket (Black) NH Icon.png Athletic jacket (Black)
  • Bunny Day: Water-Egg Outfit NH Icon.png Water-egg outfit  & Water-Egg Shell NH Icon.png water-egg shell
  • Halloween: Magic-Academy Robe (Purple) NH Icon.png Magic-academy robe (Purple) & Impish Horns (Purple) NH Icon.png impish horns (Purple)
  • Turkey Day: Straw Boater (Cream) NH Icon.png Straw boater (Cream)
  • Turkey Day (chef): Chef's Outfit (Red) NH Icon.png Chef's outfit (Red) & Chef's Hat NH Icon.png Chef's hat
  • Toy Day: Santa Hat NH Icon.png Santa hat
  • Countdown: Waistcoat (Gray) NH Icon.png Waistcoat (Gray)[nb 10]
  • Birthday & Wedding Season photoshoot: Waistcoat (Gray) NH Icon.png Waistcoat (Gray) & Balloon Hat (Blue) NH Icon.png balloon hat (Blue)[nb 11]

  • Happy Home Paradise DLC exclusive clothing:
  • As a student for the school: School Uniform with Necktie (Navy Blue) NH Icon.png School uniform with necktie (Navy blue)
  • As the teacher for the school: Checkered Sweater Vest (Light Brown) NH Icon.png Checkered sweater vest (Light brown) & Rimmed Glasses (Black) NH Icon.png Rimmed glasses (Black)
  • As the cashier/employee for the restaurant: Café Uniform (Black) NH Icon.png Café uniform (Black)
  • As the chef/apprentice for the restaurant: Chef's Outfit (Red) NH Icon.png Chef's outfit (Red) & Chef's Hat NH Icon.png chef's hat
  • As a staff for the café: Diner Apron (Pink) NH Icon.png Diner apron (Pink)
  • As the receptionist for the hospital: Nurse's Jacket (Pink) NH Icon.png Nurse's jacket (Pink)
  • As the doctor for the hospital: Doctor's Coat (Red Necktie) NH Icon.png Doctor's coat (Red necktie)
  • As a patient for the hospital: Pajama Dress (Gray) NH Icon.png Pajama dress (Gray)
  • As the shop manager for the apparel shop: Staff Uniform (Pink) NH Icon.png Staff uniform (Pink)
  • While practicing hula: Hula Top (Purple) NH Icon.png Hula top (Purple) & Hibiscus Hairpin (Pink) NH Icon.png hibiscus hairpin (Pink)
  • While floating in the ocean: Leaf-Print Wet Suit (Purple) NH Icon.png Leaf-print wet suit (Purple) & Retro Shades (Gray) NH Icon.png retro shades (Gray)
  • During DJ KK's concerts: Paradise Planning Event Tee (Purple) NH Icon.png Paradise Planning event tee (Purple) & Neon Shades (Pink & Yellow) NH Icon.png neon shades (Pink & yellow)
  • Default umbrella Camo Umbrella NH Icon.png Camo umbrella
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (Blue) NH Model.png  Blue
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Checkered 2 - Fabric 14) NH Model.png  Checkered 2 - Fabric 14
    Favorite styles Cool and Gorgeous
    Favorite colors
    Hobby Music
    Handheld items
    Bag Veggie-print Bag NH Model.png Veggie-print
    Book Music Book Interior NH Texture.png Music
    Food Chocolate donut Food NH Model.png Chocolate donut
    Drink Tea can or yellow mug Drink NH Model.png Tea can or yellow mug
    Popsicle Orange Popsicle NH Model.png Orange
    Ideal clothing for Zell – Purple / Gray Cool and Gorgeous clothing
    Villagers prefer clothing that matches any one of their favorite colors or styles.
    For brevity, the following list only shows clothing that matches both favorite colors and one favorite style.
    Name Image Price Available from
    Edo-period merchant outfit (Purple) Edo-Period Merchant Outfit (Purple) NH Icon.png  2,080 Bells  Able Sisters
     Apparel shop
    Festivale costume (Purple) Festivale Costume (Purple) NH Icon.png  2,600 Bells  Able Sisters
    Festivale tank dress (Purple) Festivale Tank Dress (Purple) NH Icon.png  2,600 Bells  Able Sisters
    Ninja costume (Purple) Ninja Costume (Purple) NH Icon.png  2,240 Bells  Able Sisters
    More Purple Items
    More Gray Items
    More Cool Items
    More Gorgeous Items

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Thought bubble I want to feel like I'm staying at a hotel, like, all the time.
    Client's vision My Perfect Hotel
    Required items Taurus Bathtub
    Elegant Bed
    Favorite song  K.K. Cruisin'
    Unlocked items


    In New Leaf[edit]

    In New Horizons[edit]

    Exterior of Zell's house in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    Interior of Zell's house in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    Shape: House shape #4
    Roof:  Light-gray stone roof
    Siding:  Brown clay exterior
    Door:  White wooden door
    Wall:  Cityscape Wall
    Floor:  Monochromatic Tile Flooring
    Music:  K.K. Swing

    Other appearances[edit]

    In Happy Home Designer[edit]

    Clothes totally make the man.

    Zell's Happy Home Designer icon

    Example of Zell's Happy Home Designer house
    Official example
    Birthday Personality Catchphrase
    June 7 Gemini Smug pronk
    Default clothing Arctic-Camo Tee HHD Icon.png Arctic-camo tee
    Umbrella Zebra Umbrella HHD Icon.png Zebra umbrella
    House request
    Thought bubble You know what'd be cool? Living in one of those fancy, themed hotels!
    Client's vision A themed hotel.
    Required items Taurus Bathtub
    Rococo Bed
    Favorite song  K.K. Cruisin'
    Unlocked items
  •  Rococo Bed
  •  Mermaid Statue
  •  Pantheon Post
  •  Corinthian Post
  •  Merlion
  •  Taurus Bathtub
  •  Virgo Harp
  •  Capricorn Ornament
  •  Zell's Pic
  •  Leo Sculpture
  • Interior:
  •  White Square Rug
  •  Palace Wall
  • Clothing:
  •  Concierge Shirt
  •  Arctic-Camo Tee
  •  Mailman's Hat
  •  Hotel Doorman's Hat
  •  Zebra Umbrella
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Zell's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    In Pocket Camp[edit]

    Zell was added to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on May 25, 2018.[1]

    Clothes totally make the man.


    Birthday Personality Catchphrase
    June 7 Gemini Smug pronk
    Default clothing Arctic-Camo Tee
    Description Zell often says things that would put most people on edge. But if you get past all that posturing, and then some more, he's really hard to dislike.
    Preferred theme Modern
    Primary reward Steel
    Version added 1.4.2
    Date unlocked May 25, 2018
    How to invite Required friendship level: 5

    Espresso Maker
    Study Rug
    Gorgeous Counter

    Friendship rewards
    Level 7 Arctic-Camo Tee
    Sparkle stones
    Level 9 Sparkle stones
    Level 15 Crafting request:
    Taurus Bathtub
    Level 20 Zell's pic
    Sparkle stones
    Level 25[nb 12] Sparkle stones
    Related items for Zell
    Scrapbook Memory appearances
    Name Image Required?
    Almost the Ocean Almost the Ocean PC.png No
    Belles and Spells at the Ball Belles and Spells at the Ball PC.png No

    Card profiles[edit]

    amiibo card[edit]

    159 Zell amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #159 Zell - Series 2
    Star sign: Gemini
    Birthday: June 7
    Dice value: 5
    Hand sign: Rock



    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese ネルソン

    Korean 넬슨

    Simplified Chinese 森森

    Russian Зелл
    From English name

    Dutch Zell Same as English name

    German Walter -

    European Spanish Corvilo -

    European French Régis French given name, possibly a play on the word réglisse, meaning "licorice," as a reference to his coloring

    Italian Antilio A play on antilope, "antelope," and Attilio, a male given name

    See also[edit]


    1. Prior to New Horizons
    2. New Horizons
    3. Prior to New Horizons
    4. New Horizons
    5. Neruson
    6. Sēnsēn
    7. Sēnsēn
    8. Nelseun
    9. Zell
    10. Zell's headwear during the Countdown can either be the New Year's silk hat or the New Year's hat, each rotating every year. The hat's variation will vary depending on what variations Tom Nook is selling at his stand.
    11. If it is Zell's birthday, his headwear will be replaced with the birthday hat (Blue variation).
    12. Repeats for levels 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, and 65


    1. Bri Bri (May 25, 2018). "Carmen and Zell Are Here!". Japanese Nintendo. Retrieved October 27, 2020.