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Perfect Town

Message upon getting the first perfect town report in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

A perfect town refers to when the player's town is in perfect condition. To get a perfect town, the town must have a specific amount of trees and flowers.. 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, the player 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 Animal Crossing: 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, perfect status must be maintained 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:

  1. There must be enough trees and flowers in the town. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the player needs 110-200 trees and over 75 flowers in the town. In older games which use the acre system, there needs to be 12-16 trees and 6-10 flowers planted in each acre. For more variety, add coconut/banana trees and fruit trees where available.
  2. 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.
  3. Pick up items lying on the ground outdoors. They are considered trash and affect the town status. Seashells on the beach and fruit do not affect this, although picking them up may make the town look more tidy.
  4. A watering can will prevent flowers from wilting if they are watered every day. Wilted flowers will affect the town status. Like weeds, 3-4 flowers also spawn daily.
  5. In Animal Crossing: New LeafPublic Works Projects affect the town status. There needs to be at least 10 projects in the town to achieve the perfect status, not counting projects in the Main Street or Town Hall/Station upgrades.
  6. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, a windmill can help the town status. To get one, the player must 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.
  7. 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 fewer weeds will spawn. Add in Leif's Weed-Pulling service and it can be done with minimal player input.

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 the town. She will also report if the town is developed enough. This relates to how many public works projects there are 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!"

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