Well, that was a chock full of Animal Crossing Direct, wasn’t it? Here at NLHQ, we are all frantically trying to print the ten billion things that were just announced in this 20 minute demo, and our fingers are almost falling off.
Until then, let’s take a look at all the new, returning and improved special characters for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as some of the ones we probably won’t see …
New and returning characters
With the new and improved Harv’s Island store update, the Kapp’n Islands, The Roost, and the Happy Home Paradise DLC, many characters will return to the world of Animal Crossing. Let’s see who has already been confirmed:
Ah, we already knew this, but it’s nice to finally see him in
flesh feathers. Who is this beautiful bird?
I can’t say we expected this, but it looks like Wendell the Walrus has a manatee relative named Wardell. It is very cute, round and soft, like a large sea marshmallow. It looks like it has something to do with the Happy Home Paradise DLC.
SEE HIS LITTLE HAT.
The Happy Home Paradise DLC also includes Lottie, Lyle’s niece who ran a store at Happy Home Designer, Happy Home Academy in New Leaf, and was an overall creepy (but helpful) insurance agent in Wild World. Though he doesn’t seem to be here – perhaps, like Joan, he retired to allow a new generation to live with it. But Lottie is cute. We don’t see that we miss Lyle.
Who is this little monkey? He’s everywhere in Happy Home Paradise footage … but we haven’t seen him before. New friend?? Based on the new amiibo cards, his name is Niko and we’ll probably find out more soon.
Kapp’n triumphantly returns as a ferryman, taking players to new uninhabited islands where the time of day, weather, and seasons change every time. This means it’s much easier to catch bugs and fish when you don’t have the right conditions at home!
Kappn also has a chest full of nautical chanting shacks, which – if we’re talking about New Leaf – has lyrics with a surprising amount of stories about wives and how he once evaded taxes.
Joan and Lila are nowhere to be seen, but old comrade Tortimer is still kicking. The former mayor and current turtle can be visited on Harva Island, where it looks like he will run the vault – maybe so you can still access the vault while shopping?
Harriet’s classy poodle is returning for a new shopping trip to Harv’s Island, and she’s also bringing some new hairstyles with her. There are 11 new styles to try out, but it’s unclear how many are from Harriet and how many are from the new Nook Points reward.
Look, if Lloid counts as a character, then so are these singing, all dancing little guys. Sure, they are part statues, part decoration, part creepy vows, and part … plants (you have to plant, water and grow them), but we love them and are happy to see them back. Plus, they’re now customizable and come in a pretty gorgeous new design!
The fortune teller, the occasionally screaming panther is back, she is ready to tell you all sorts of nonsense about your future. In the past, her luck has slightly influenced the gameplay – they can make the villagers love you more or less; they can lead to the player receiving more bells or rare items; but if Katrina gives you bad luck, you will be out of luck for a while and you will fall hard.
Updating existing special characters
Some of the special characters that have been in New Horizons for a while will also receive new features as part of this update!
A handsome mustachioed lloid?
Who is he? We’ve seen Lloid around town – he’s raising funds for various projects – but the Harv’s Island version seems to be following in the footsteps of the hippie Harv with a rather attractive mustache. Lloid, we love this new look.
Redd now has a permanent art store on Harwa Island, which means he no longer has to wait for the infrequent visits to his creepy little boat. Hooray!
Honestly, visits to the Sahara – especially if you have friends who will warn you when she is on their island – seem to be the most frequent of all the special characters, but it’s still nice to see her open a shop on Harva Island.
We love Leif’s little cart that he brings to the square from time to time, but we missed his New Leaf store. Luckily, Harv has room for him too, so we can buy plants more often!
Reese and Cyrus
The married couple have already participated in the game as wedding planners, but now they are back to their old habits, helping you create and customize furniture. “But I can already do it,” you exclaim, “well, the furniture they can customize will be different, and it will only be possible to customize it with them. For some reason. You can find both of them on Harva Island!
Kicks may appear in the square from time to time selling shoes, socks and bags after the Able Sisters CRUELLY took over the only clothing store in town, but now he will have a chance to kick it on Harva Island as well.
Who isn’t there yet?
Some people have favorites that aren’t in the game yet, and we don’t blame you … but we probably won’t see them unless Nintendo has surprises up its sleeve. Though maybe they will visit The Roost …
Isabelle’s younger brother has been associated with Happy Home Academy in the past, but we didn’t see him in Happy Home Paradise. Maybe the puppies fell out?
Pelly, Phyllis and Pete
The three postal pelicans haven’t been seen since New Leaf … and they’re not even there. mentioned in New Horizons. Then who had the mail?!?!
Not everyone will miss the slightly unnerving, blank-faced cat asking you to paint her face, but … well … she’s not here anymore.
Booker and Copper
Do we need cops on an island paradise? No. But they could at least run the lost property office like they used to …
Whether you like the angry mole or not, it might be nice to see his face again or visit him in his little underground hole.
Gracie has almost completely replaced the Label, so we are unlikely to see her lovely long neck anytime soon.
Kapp’n family (Leilani, Leila and Grams)
Since we get Kapp’na … maybe we can meet his wife, daughter and mom? These three kappas ran Tortimer Island and the New Leaf gift shop so they could return … or they could be at home, making a fortune with all the money you spent on Tortimer Island.
So you’ve got a ton of new animal friends coming to your Nintendo Switch on November 5th. Some of them are of course only available in paid DLC, but let us know what you think of the new additions and if you really miss some of the unconfirmed ones in the comments below!