A perfect town refers to when the player's town is in perfect condition. To get a perfect town, your town must have a specific amount of trees and flowers to achieve the perfect town status. In games before Animal Crossing: New Leaf the condition is based on an acre system that divides the town into acres (16x16 squares), and each acre must have a specific amount of trees and flowers.
To check a town's status, talk to Pelly or Phyllis at the civic center in the town hall (WW)/(CF), or talk to Isabelle in the town hall (NL). The main purpose for getting a perfect town is to obtain a gold watering can. In New Leaf the player can get a Town Hall renovation and a Flower Clock if a "perfect town" status is achieved for just 1 day, but to get the golden watering can you must maintain the perfect town status for 15 days.
In all games, a perfect town is required for Jacob's Ladder to appear in the town, but existing ones will not wilt if the status is lost again.
Tips to get a perfect town
These conditions should be met at 6am to achieve perfect town status:
- Plant enough trees and flowers in your town. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you need 110-200 trees and over 75 flowers in your town. In games with the acre system you need 12-16 trees and 6-10 flowers planted in each acre. For more variety, add coconut/banana trees and fruit trees where available. Rivers count too, so instead of estimating the space in the river, start from the other side of town.
- Remove weeds. About 3-4 weeds spawn daily. Leaving weeds to grow will negatively affect the town status. Dandelions and clovers do not bring negative effects to the town's status.
- Pick up items lying on the ground outdoors. They are considered trash and affect the town status. Seashells and fruit do not affect this, although you may want to if you want your town to look tidy.
- You will need a normal/silver can to water your flowers everyday to prevent wilting. Wilted flowers will affect the town status. Like weeds, 3-4 flowers also spawn daily.
- In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Public Works Projects affect the town status. You will need at least 10 projects in your town to acheive the perfect town status, not counting projects in the Main Street or Town Hall/Station upgrades.
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, a windmill can help the town status. To get one, first donate 200,000 Bells to the town fund to get a bridge, then donate 500,000 Bells to get a fountain, and lastly, 1,000,000 Bells to get a windmill, or you may select a lighthouse instead.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, enacting the Beautiful Town ordinance makes it much easier to reach and maintain a perfect town, since flowers won't wilt and less weed will spawn. Add in Leif's Weed-Pulling service and it can be done with minimal player input (you'll still need to play every day for it to count, though).
Town Status Ratings
Animal Crossing: Wild World
- Pelly: “This one is from someone who'd rather remain nameless ... "Ugh! This place is the worst! Seriously, what's up with this town?! Here, there, everywhere! Everything I see looks terrible!" You know, I think if we added some green, it would really help ...
Advice: Not only do you need to add more trees, but there’s something seriously wrong with your town. Chances are there’s trash, weeds, or a rafflesia present. Make sure you get rid of these things!
- Pelly: “It feels odd to write this but…can’t you take better care of our town?” That’s what the message says. He was holding back, but his sadness is clear. You know, I think if we added some green, it would really help.
Advice: This is an extreme message conveying that a particular area needs more trees. This message was triggered after all the trees were removed from a particular acre.
- Pelly: “Hmm… Well, it’s not passing, but it’s not failing either. Like more than milk, but not quite a milk shake, know what I mean?!” Hmm… Sounds like there’s nothing this resident likes or dislikes in particular. You know, I think if we added some green, it would really help…
Advice: This message appears when there is an acre with too little greenery in it. In testing, this message was triggered by having acres with less than 10 trees and no flowers. Locate the acre that does not meet perfect conditions and plant additional trees and flowers. It is important to note that if there is a single acre with too many trees and an acre with too few trees, Pelly will tell you that there are “too many trees.” The “too many trees” message overrides the “too few trees” message. Thus, if you immediately chop down a tree to satisfy the “too few trees” message, do not automatically assume that chopping down that tree caused the problem. There likely are too few trees in a different acre.
- Pelly: “Hmm… Well, it’s not passing, but it’s not failing either. Like more than milk, but not quite a milk shake, know what I mean?!” Hmm… Sounds like there’s nothing this resident likes or dislikes in particular. Hm, I’ll bet the problem is that there are too many trees…
Advice: In general, this is triggered when a single acre contains more than 17 trees. Flowers do not contribute to this message. Locate the acre with the excess trees and remove some. There may be some acres in double river towns that may have a lower tree threshold. If you cannot locate an acre with more than 17 trees, check acres where there are “islands” or river forks.
- Pelly: “Hmm… Well, it’s not passing, but it’s not failing either. Like more than milk, but not quite a milk shake, know what I mean?!” Hmm... 'Sounds like there’s nothing this resident likes or dislikes in particular. I'll bet the problem is there's too much stuff on the ground...
Advice: This message can be triggered before and after a suggestion to add more greenery while at this rating. It is possible that having an abundance of fruit will trigger this, especially if you've just cut down or shaken a lot of trees without cleaning up after yourself. It is also possible that many items buried right next to each other can be to blame, even if they are all gyroids. It seems different from the message triggered by other trash items (non-fruit/flower items), which can be received in a town with the lowest possible rating.
- Pelly: “[your town] is a clean and decent place. But it feels like something’s good .” Well, at least this person sounds content. You can’t be ecstatic all the time. Everyone needs to work together if [your town] is to be the best town around!
Advice: This message can be triggered when every acre has between 15 and 19 trees (or the flower equivalent). Some acres may be perfect, but you are just shy of the magic eight that you need to get an overall perfect rating. Basically, there’s nothing offensive about your town, but it lacks that certain zing. Refer to the acre section of this guide to determine what acres you need to fix, and how.
- Pelly: “[your town] is a great place to be! It’s really come a long way!” Sounds like this resident is very happy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could keep [your town] this livable forever?!
Advice: You have met the requirement of 52 perfect acres, and 69 decent acres. You don’t have to do anything else except to make sure it stays this way.
Animal Crossing: City Folk
- The “perfect” rating -- "Fantastic! [town name] is in great shape right now! Yep, it's pretty sweeeeet!”
- The “decent” rating -- "This town is fantastic! But even so, it still seems to be missing something"
- The “so-so” rating -- "Hmm... it's not a passing grade, but it's not a failing grade either. I'd give it a D plus. Maybe a C minus on a good day."
- The “good” rating -- "I'm not sure what good it will do to write this, but... Could you do and be a bit more thoughtful about your town? Because at this rate..."
- The “worst” rating -- "This place is the pits! Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong! There's not a single thing I like in this town!"
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Isabelle will read out what the citizen-satisfaction committee says about your town. She will also report if the town is developed enough. This relates to how many public works projects you have in town.
- Isabelle: "Hmmmm... It's not a passing grade, but it's not really failing either... So middle ground!" "It's like this town is more than friends but not ready to be a couple yet. It needs real commitment!"
- Isabelle: "Well, they're certainly giving it their all! The difficult challenge is the reason town building is so worth it!
- Isabelle: "It seems that [Town Name] is starting to gain some attention as a popular sightseeing destination! I hope they continue to work hard to really keep revitalizing this town! Eek eek!"
- Isabelle: "It's great! The very best town ever! I wouldn't mind being mayor again for a town that looks like this!" "The survey also says the citizens feel [Town Name] is the best town ever! They never want to leave!"
- Isabelle: "Why, it's amazing, and I truly mean that! This town is simply the best! They've clearly worked very hard! This old man is really pleased!" '"The survey also says the citizens feel [Town Name] is the best town ever! Everyone just loves it here! Let's both do our best to ensure that [Town Name] is always a clean, happy place to live!"
- Isabelle: "Great galloping grasshoppers! Were I to give this town a rating, I'd say that it's exemplary, old bean!" '"The survey also says the citizens feel [Town Name] is the best town ever! Everyone just loves it here! Let's both do our best to ensure that [Town Name] is always a clean, happy place to live!"
- Isabelle: "Woohoo! What a glorious town! Pavé wants to just sprawl out right here and caress the ground... Viva [Town Name]!" "The survey also says the citizens feel [Town Name] is the best town ever! Everyone just loves it here! Let's both do our best to ensure that [Town Name] is always a clean, happy place to live!"
- Isabelle: "Goodness gracious! Even from an academic standpoint, I must say this town is becoming quite good! If the town grows like this, I have no doubt that its value will keep soaring even higher, eh wot?"
- Isabelle: "Goodness gracious! I can say that, even from an academic standpoint, this town is simply the best! Hoo!" "The survey also says the citizens feel [Town Name] is the best town ever! They never want to leave! Let's both do our best to ensure that [Town Name] is always a clean, happy place to live!"
Isabelle: "I think it's riding the so-so rails ... So average!"
- Isabelle: "Well, let's see now... There's still plenty to do, so you'll certainly need to work as hard as you can! This old man will be keeping an eye on things, so good luck!" "The citizens also say that they feel [Town Name] is underdeveloped. They want more public works projects! The fate of [Town Name] lies in your hands, Mayor [Player Name]. I just know you'll do us proud!"
- Isabelle: "Hmmm... When it comes to letter writing and town building, I really think that consideration is the key. Don't you think everyone in town could benefit from that little bit of good advice?" "The citizens also say that they feel [Town Name] is underdeveloped. They want more public works projects! The fate of [Town Name] lies in your hands, Mayor [Player Name]. I just know you'll do us proud!"