アリ Ari
Ant encyclopedia (New Leaf)
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Location Price
Candy, Spoiled Turnips, Rotten Fruit 80 Bells
Size Available in rain
5 mm Yes
Time of year Time of day
All year All day
Scientific name Formica sp.
Family Formicidae- Ants
Appearances AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Common (★)
Regional names Flag of France small Fourmi
Flag of Germany small Ameise
Flag of Italy small Formica
Flag of Spain Hormiga
"I caught an ant! I'm exuber-ant! (Well...not really...)" —New Leaf

The ant (アリ, Ari?) is a bug in the Animal Crossing series that can be found at all times of day, throughout the entire year. They swarm over spoiled turnips, rotten fruit and dropped candy and can be easily caught as they do not flee unless the item they are on is picked up. Despite the presence of a large group only one individual can be caught at a time, similar to a bee.

Donation in the museum

In Animal Crossing

When donated to the museum, Blathers will say:

"I wonder, how do you think that ants manage to search out their food? Because the question really confounds me! I mean, really. Come now. If ants were our size, the area they traverse in their search for sustenance...would FAR exceed the entire size of our fair village. Can you imagine it, wot? Hiking that far for a snack? What is going on in their tiny little ant-minds, hm? Do they have some specific target in mind? Could it be they're just wandering about aimlessly? Hoo-rrrumph! Ridiculous and revolting!"

In the bug exhibit, the ants will form a trail in the back of the display, between the trees.

In Wild World

When donating, Blathers will say:

"Tell me, did you know that ants leave scent everywhere they trundle about? Indeed, they do this in order to make sure they can get back to their nest. But from just WHERE on the ant does this stench come from? Blech. I'd rather not know..."

Once donated in Wild World, a trail of ants can be found marching amongst the trees to the left of the second room of the insect exhibit.

In City Folk

"Most people seem to regard ants as peaceful creatures, but the truth is that they're quite savage insects, wot? Indeed, when I was but a fledgling, I once sat on an ant nest by accident. The wretched things set upon me within moments. My poor tail feathers took forever to grow back.

In City Folk, ants form a trail along the path on the central terrace of the insect exhibit. The ants emerge from a hole in the wall and swarm over a pile of sugar that lies on the path some way away.

In New Leaf

Like City Folk, a trail of ants will be found traveling from a hole on the ground to a mound of sugar. The description plate in the museum will say the following:

"Ants are small but very powerful and are able to carry items far heavier than they are. In the nest, there is a queen and also worker ants, making them somewhat similar to bees. In some habitats, ants actually make up between 15-20% of the area's total terrestrial-animal biomass."

Capture quotes

"I caught an ant! My uncle will be so happy! (That doesn't even make sense!)" —Animal Crossing
"I caught an ant! Ant misbehavin'!" —Wild World
"I caught an ant! Ant ant ant ant! I am redund-ant!" —City Folk
"I caught an ant! I'm exuber-ant! Well...not really..." —New Leaf
Japanese Quotes

「アリを つかまえた! てごたえアリ!」 —Animal Forest
「アリを 捕まえた! 手ごたえアリ!」 —City Folk
「アリを つかまえた! 手ごたえアリ!」 —New Leaf

"I caught an ant! It was-ant ineffective!" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Ant (Wild World) "About 20 percent of worker ants do nothing. Lazy!"
Size 5 mm
Time All Day
Season All Year
Icon Ant (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Ant (City Folk)
"Twenty percent of worker ants actually don't do anything ... They are lazy ants."
Size About 5 mm
Time All day
Season All year

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Ant encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught an ant! I'm exuber-ant! (Well...not really...)"
Size About 5 mm
Time All day
Season All year


Further information

Real Ant

A real ant

Main article: Formica on Wikipedia

Ants, from the family Formicidae, are insects that have existed for at least 110 million years. They can be found all over the world. Ants are highly intelligent insects and form complicated colonies consisting of hundreds of thousands of insects each with a specific role: a worker, responsible for collecting food and defending the colony; a drone, responsible for starting new colonies; and a queen, of which there is only one per colony, responsible for reproducing.

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