Animal Crossing City


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みしらぬネコ Mishiranu Neko
Gender Male
Species Cat
Service Welcoming players
Settings and options City Folk
Birthday February 1st
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Regional names Flag of France small Charly
Flag of Germany small Olli
Flag of Spain Fran
Flag of Italy small Girolamo
Flag of Quebec small Rover

"Hi! ...It's-a ME! Mya ha! Good impression, right?"
— Rover, Animal Crossing
"Haven't done this much traveling by train since 2002 or so... Man, that's weird."
— Rover, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Rover (みしらぬネコ, Mishiranu Neko?, Unknown Cat) is a special character in the Animal Crossing series. His job varies in each game, but his primary job is to set-up the playable character. He is a blue and white cat with red irises in his eyes. He also does not appear to have a nose. Despite his name, which is usually connected with dogs, he is a cat. His name, however, comes from roaming, as he is a traveler.


In Animal Forest and Animal Crossing


Rover talking to the player on the train

His role in Animal Forest and Animal Crossing is to set-up the game for the first time, by setting the time and date, the player and the town in which the player lives. In his first appearance, Rover meets the player on the train, approaching them to give a predicted time and date and asking if it is correct. He soon drums up conversation by sitting opposite the player asking questions to determine the gender and appearance, as well as asking where the player is going and setting up a house for them to stay in by talking to his friend Tom Nook. Soon after this, the train arrives at the player's town.

In Animal Crossing: Wild World

Rover does not play a main part in Animal Crossing: Wild World, instead, he is replaced by Kapp'n who takes the place of Rover and drives the taxi. Rover does play a small part such as, appearing in The Roost where the player can talk to him. Rover will say things about the player's town, such as how he has a soft spot for the player's town. He will ask the player if they have traveled anywhere for a "kick," and he will comment about how he rode on the trains a lot but that he was always so lonely. He will also ask if the player has seen a suspicious-looking cat (Blanca). He sets up Tag Mode/Contact Mode, which allows anonymous Bottle Mail to be sent to the town and to the beach.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk


Rover returns to his previous role like in Animal Crossing. He meets the player on the bus driven by Kapp'n and asks questions to determine the gender, and town name of the player. He also appears at the start-up of the game, asking if the time and date is correct and who is going to be playing the game out of four saved players, as well as other options. He also appears on the bus the first time the player goes into the city.

He turns on WiiConnect24, as well as other options such as sound options by calling him with the phone in the players attic. He sometimes appears in The Roost, talking about his travels.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf

In New Leaf, Rover plays the same role as he did in City Folk and Animal Crossing. Rover will be on the same train as the player, and asks the player questions that determine gender, the time and date, their name, and the town they are going to ("New Leaf" by default). He will also state that he "hasn't done this much traveling by train since 2002", which is a reference to the fact that he hasn't appeared on a train in-game since 2002, when Animal Crossing was released.



As with other special characters, he is available as merchandise.


Animal Forest

Animal Crossing

Wild World

City Folk

New Leaf


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