A Concise Guide to the Different amiibo Functions in Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2023)


By Joshua Whittington

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November 10, 2016


A Concise Guide to the Different amiibo Functions in Animal Crossing: New Leaf (1)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf received a big update that added amiibo support and overhauled a few of the game’s systems. There’s a bunch of different compatible amiibo that all do different things so it can all be a bit confusing, so the aim of this guide is to serve as a sort of primer to this new feature. We’ll hopefully have some more detailed videos on the way, but with new amiibo releasing this week I thought it’d be best to get something out ASAP to clear up a lot of confusion I’ve been seeing.

Getting Started

In order to access the new amiibo features you’ll first need to find Wisp in your town. After you’ve first played the game with the update applied, Wisp will begin appearing from the next day onwards. When walking around you’re town you’ll eventually be spoken to by a voice. Follow his instructions and you’ll find his lamp. You can put this in your house as a piece of furniture and interact with it to summon an amiibo character, but different amiibo do different things. You can make one request of Wisp per day.

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Good news, your Animal Crossing amiibo have become much more useful! If you tap any of them then Wisp will bring them into the new campground area of your town. They’ll park their RV at the camp, and you can go inside to visit them. When inside, you can talk to them like a normal villager and purchase their furniture using MEOW tokens. Some of this furniture is exclusive and can’t be obtained elsewhere, but you can only order three pieces of furniture from RVs per day. Be warned though, as any character you call in won’t be available at their place of work for the whole day – so if you call in Isabelle, for instance, you won’t be able to use any of the town hall’s functions. You can also use the Villager’s Smash Bros. amiibo, but it will bring Wisp’s RV to the campground.

Select non-Animal Crossing amiibo are also compatible with the game, which bring some crossover characters into your campground. Any of the Inkling amiibo will summon Inkwell the Octopus and his Splatoon-themed RV. The Squid Sisters’ amiibo will bring in a villager who has clothing and furniture themed after the respective sister. Zelda fans will be excited by all the different Zelda characters you can meet-Wolf Link, Link, and Zelda amiibo will bring in Wolf Link from Twilight Princess as a villager, Ganondorf’s amiibo will bring in Ganon,Sheik’s will summon Epona, and you can also call Medli with the Toon Link amiibo. If you imported any of the Monster Hunter Stories amiibo (that will hopefully be given a Western release) then you can use any of those to bring a Felyne into the campground. Each of these visitors has furniture themed after their respective games, but it gets even better – you can ask them to move into your village! If your village is already full then you can pick someone to move out in order to bring the new villager in.

Series 1-4 Animal Crossing amiibo Cards

Those hundreds of Animal Crossing amiibo cards you’ve collected won’t go to waste either, as each of them is compatible with New Leaf. Special Cards and normal villager cards function differently. If you tap a Special Card (the shiny ones with a non-villager NPC on themlikeK.K. or Tom Nook) then you’ll be able to receive an item from them, which is normally a picture of them that you can display in your house. The Special Cards function differently to figures of the same character – Isabelle’s figure will let you visit her RV, but her Special Cards will not. If you want to see a special NPC’s RV then you’ll need their amiibo figurine if they have one, however a different special NPCthat doesn’t have a figure of their own will appear in your campground each day in addition to any RV you summon yourself. This includes characters like Booker, Jingle and Newt.

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If you tap the card of a regular villager then you can ask them for an item too, or get them to move into your town. If your town is currently full then you can select a villager to move out in order for the new one to move in. None of the standard villagers in Series 1-4 of the amiibo cards has an RV that you can visit, which makes their interactions a bit more limited. But now I can bring Boone back and never lose him again!

New Animal Crossing amiibo Cards

From today (November 10th 2016) there are also a bunch of new amiibo cards you can purchase and use with the game. The main new series comes in red booster packs with different Welcome amiibo themed artwork that the previous series don’t have. This set contains 50 cards and each pack will give you 3 at random. Most Aussie retailers don’t seem to be advertising these cards for sale – only EB is showing them on their site at the time of writing, with a price of $4.95 a pack. Beat the Bomb had a full display box of cards for just under $100 but they appear to be sold out currently. It’s worth keeping an eye on their site because this can save you a bit of time and money, and past experiences with display boxes have been positive due to them giving a complete set most of the time. I bought boxes for all four of the previous series and I’m only missing a single card.

These new cards have expanded functionality compared to the previous series due to being designed with the Welcome amiibo update in mind. They function like the Animal Crossing figures, bringing a villager and their RV into your campground where you can meet them and order their furniture (with the same 3 orders per day limit). However, as these characters are actual villagers you can also ask them to move into your town. If your town is full then you can select another villager to move out to make room for the new character. Noneof the characters on these new cards has appeared in New Leaf previously, so you might find some old favourites from previous games in this set.

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There’s also one very special pack of cards that can only be obtained through theNintendo AUNZ eBay Store. This pack contains six Sanrio crossover cards, each of which features a villager with clothing and furniture themed after different Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty. You get all the cards in a single pack, so you only need to order one (and in fact, can only order one!). The pack costs $9.95 + $6.95 shipping. It’s unknown how limited these are, so you may want to be quick. These cards function just like the other Welcome amiibo cards – bring the villagers to your campground in an RV, then you can order their furniture or invite them to stay in your town.

amiibo Camera Mode

There’s one final amiibo feature added by the new update, called amiibo Camera. This lets you pose and position characters from the game in your photos. You can alter their size and rotation to make them better fit into a scene, and then select from different poses and any emotions that you’ve unlocked through playing the game. Only Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards can be used in this mode, which will add them to the picture ready to be manipulated. However you can also add any of the characters currently in your village to the photo as well. I rushed this one this morning, showing my character and Isabelle meeting some of their Toys to Life friends:


It turns out there was one aspect I was unaware of when I originally published the guide – minigames! There’s two minigames added with this update: Animal Crossing Puzzle League and Desert Island Escape. These can be played with the new 3DS and Wii U furniture items, respectively. They have different uses of amiibo that I’m in the process of documenting, and will update the guide when I’m comfortable in the information.

Hopefully that clears a few things up! If you have any questions then pop them in the comments below or head over to our Twitter account.

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Thanks Lila for helping with screenshots!



What do the different Animal Crossing Amiibos do? ›

What Do the Animal Crossing amiibo Cards Do? (Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer) The Animal Crossing amiibo cards can be used to call your favorite villagers into your Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game and allow you to decorate the homes of the villagers on the cards.

What is the functionality of the amiibo in New Leaf? ›

Functionality. Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo is compatible with all Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards. Scanning a figurine or card in Welcome amiibo now allows players to invite a villager to a new RV campsite, interact with them, and ask them to move into your town.

Which amiibo works with Animal Crossing: New Leaf? ›

Animal Crossing amiibo cards series 1-5 are compatible with the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. Animal Crossing amiibo cards series 1-4 are compatible with the Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival games.

How do I use an amiibo for Animal Crossing: New Leaf? ›

All Animal Crossing amiibo cards and figures are compatible with Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo.
  1. Scan Animal Crossing amiibo figures to invite them to the Campground area in the game. ...
  2. Scan Animal Crossing amiibo cards to invite the pictured character to come to your town.

What is rarest amiibo? ›

The rarest and most expensive amiibo figures, explained
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  • Inkling Girl (Green)
  • Inkling Squid (Orange)
  • Inkling Boy (Purple)
  • Mii Brawler.
  • Mii Swordfighter.
  • Mii Gunner.
  • Mega Yarn Yoshi.
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What do Isabelle Amiibos do? ›

Isabelle is the mayor's highly capable secretary from the Animal Crossing: New Leaf game. She can be forgetful sometimes, but you can always count on her for information about the town, and she's happy to cheer you on in all your mayor-ly duties.

Can amiibo villagers move in New Leaf? ›

Amiibo from the Animal Crossing series, as well as amiibo from several other Nintendo franchises, are compatible. Villagers can be brought into New Leaf by summoning Wisp, who will prompt them to scan a character's amiibo to make him transform into said villager.

Is welcome Amiibo the same as New Leaf? ›

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo has the following additional features. Other than this, the games are exactly the same. amiibo Compatibility: all existing Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards are compatible with Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo.

How do I use my amiibo? ›

Aim the sphere where you want the amiibo item to be, then hold the amiibo figure over the right control stick to scan it. The amiibo item will appear there. Some amiibo items (like Epona) will only appear randomly. If you don't get what you want one day, you can try scanning the amiibo again the next day.

Can I use Zelda amiibo on Animal Crossing? ›

According to Nintendo Japan, as translated by GoNintendo all Amiibo and Amiibo cards are supported but they have different functions and won't all be available at launch. This means you will be able to use all 16 Animal Crossing Series Amiibo and the Animal Crossing Super Smash Bros.

What villagers are amiibo exclusive? ›

Are there villagers that can only be obtained via Amiibo? Yes. The six Sanrio villagers (Marty, Rilla, Chelsea, Toby, Etoile, and Chai) can only be obtained by scanning their Amiibo into your campsite. They cannot be adopted legitimately, and upon their move-out they do not go into the move-out queue.

Does the type of amiibo matter? ›

Some amiibo are figures, while others are cards, but they act the same way and can do the same things no matter which form they're in! If you have a compatible amiibo, you can tap it while playing compatible software to power up your gameplay in different ways!

What does Wolf amiibo do? ›

By tapping the Wolf Link Amiibo during play, you will be able to summon a Wolf Link partner character from Twilight Princess to assist you. Wolf Link will help out both in combat and in scavenging, and will even hunt and track down other wildlife to provide you with food.

What does peach amiibo do? ›

This amiibo will give the player a Life UP Heart. This amiibo can be used to receive 10 coins once per day in an amiibo space on Minigame Island. If the player runs out of lives, then this amiibo can be used to revive the player once per day. A Peach design pattern for shirts and bags will be unlocked.

What is the oldest amiibo? ›

Amiibo toys were first released in North America on November 21, 2014, in Europe on November 28, 2014, and in Japan on December 6, 2014, along with the release of Super Smash Bros.

Do amiibo still learn after 50? ›

One major change at Level 50 is that your amiibo will now learn more from being defeated than it did from Levels 1-49.

Which Amiibos are discontinued? ›

Only a few weeks after the launch of the first wave of Amiibo Figurines, it was discovered that certain Amiibo were discontinued because of character popularity, prompting questions concerning Amiibo rarity. From the first wave, Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, and Villager are no longer being stocked on store shelves.

What does Timmy and Tommy amiibo do? ›

If you happen to have this amiibo in your collection, when you scan it, it will unlock Timmy & Tommy's shop. After you've done this, head over to the Spirits mode and then enter the collection menu. You'll see there's now a shop icon in the menu. Here you can purchase new items and spirits.

What does the Fox amiibo do? ›

Using the Fox amiibo will unlock a retro arwing from the SNES game.

What does Katie amiibo do? ›

In amiibo Festivaledit

If the player does not have any cards, Katie draws a move card. She then asks the player if they think the next card she draws will have a higher or lower die value. If the player is correct, Katie gives the player the second card. If the player is incorrect, nothing happens.

Can you marry villagers in Animal Crossing: New Leaf? ›

If the wedding is going to be scheduled on a festival day or villager's birthday, then the ceremony will be pushed to normal day afterward. The wedding will take place in front of Town Tree. Tortimer will presides the ceremony and other villagers of New Leaf Town will be there to witness our wedding ceremony.

Do villagers leave new leaf? ›

Once the maximum of 15 villagers is reached, villagers will begin to "naturally" move out at a regular interval to make room for new villagers. Unlike in later games, villagers do not let the player know they are leaving, and they do not pack up.

Can you kick out a villager with an amiibo? ›

AMIIBO CARDS: The other method that can help in kicking out the villagers is Amiibo cards. These cards can be located online and are included in blind packs. Or, you can obtain specific cards from dealers on eBay. A viable option is to use an Amiibo card to substitute a character on your island.

Is Ione an amiibo? ›

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Why is amiibo so expensive? ›

There are a lot of Amiibo that didn't have a lot of copies made. That due to their rarity upon launch has caused to still be quite expensive online.

Do the Sanrio Amiibos work in New Leaf? ›

In Welcome amiiboedit

The six Sanrio villagers are introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo. If their amiibo cards are scanned, they can be invited to the campground or asked to move in.

What happens if you refuse Wisp? ›

However, Wisp will not follow players around or haunt them in Animal Crossing, so there are no actual consequences to not returning spirits to Wisp. Players must note, though, that keeping the spirits also does not bring them much of a benefit. They simply vanish from the player's inventory the next day.

Does Wisp only appear every night? ›

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.

What happens if you say Nah to Wisp? ›

We found that you can continue to refuse to give up the Wisp pieces, but eventually, you'll just be stuck in a dialogue loop. Wisp will continue to threaten you with the ominous “or E L S E” message until you finally cough 'em up (you do still get your lackluster prize, though).

Can you use amiibo without? ›

Yes, you can still play amiibo-compatible games without an amiibo. However, you won't be able to use the amiibo functionality of these games without an amiibo.

Can you register Epona? ›

Your new Epona can be registered and boarded at the stable, but in checking the stable later you'll discover that both your new and old Epona are stored.

What is the rarest villager ever? ›

1) Octopus

Octopi are the rarest villager species in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Although they have been represented in every title in the franchise, there are only three different octopus villagers who have appeared in New Horizons, namely, Octavian, Marina, and Zucker.

Is there a Leif amiibo? ›

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Do amiibo villagers stay on your island? ›

Once you've scanned the amiibo card you'll invite them to stay at your campsite and despite presumably never meeting you before they agree to come.

What is the list of every Animal Crossing amiibo? ›

The collection in alphabetical order includes Blathers, Celeste, Cyrus, Digby, Isabelle (summer and winter), K.K. Slider, Kapp'n, Kicks, Lottie, Mabel, Reese, Resetti, Rover, Timmy & Tommy, and Tom Nook.

How rare is Marina? ›

Marina is one of the rarest villagers in the game, but since she's a high quality member of the game, everyone wants her. Marina is an octopus, which only has three members. However, an octopus encounter is rare because there are so many other species.

Can I fight with my amiibo? ›

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, players can battle against amiibo fighters, team up with them, or send them in against your friends' amiibo fighters in a multiplayer battle. Players do not have direct control over their amiibo fighters in-game.

Can an amiibo be reused? ›

Yes, for games that do not save data to the amiibo figures, a single figure can be used with multiple copies of the same game.

Which villagers are amiibo only? ›

Are there villagers that can only be obtained via Amiibo? Yes. The six Sanrio villagers (Marty, Rilla, Chelsea, Toby, Etoile, and Chai) can only be obtained by scanning their Amiibo into your campsite. They cannot be adopted legitimately, and upon their move-out they do not go into the move-out queue.

How many amiibo are there in total? ›

There are currently 206 Amiibo figurines, 3 Amiibo card series, and 20 noted variants on this list.

How many gods are in Animal Crossing? ›

This ACNH guide also features a handy checklist of all 36 Gyroids. Gyroids were announced for their great return to Animal Crossing on October 15, 2021 in the special Animal Crossing Direct as part of the 2.0 Update, which is now downloadable for free.

What does Wolf Link amiibo do? ›

By tapping the Wolf Link Amiibo during play, you will be able to summon a Wolf Link partner character from Twilight Princess to assist you. Wolf Link will help out both in combat and in scavenging, and will even hunt and track down other wildlife to provide you with food.

What does the horse link Amiibo do? ›

The Horse Rider Link amiibo gives random food items, a sword, and a special saddle for your horse.


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