“Zzzzzz... Weeds... Weeds everywhere...”
― Leif, New Leaf
Leif (レイジ, Reiji?) is a character introduced in New Leaf. He is the one and only sloth species to appear in the series. His name is a Norse name and a play on the word "leaf", the diet of sloths, referencing his gardening hobby. His Japanese name is the English word "lazy", which refers to the slow movement of sloths.
In New Leaf
In New Leaf, Leif runs the Gardening Store, providing seeds (both saplings and flowers), fertilizer, and house plants. Eventually, after enough upgrading, his store merges with Timmy and Tommy's store, where he will be found in the gardening section of T.I.Y. or at the lower-right corner on the first floor of T&T Emporium.
When 50 or more weeds have appeared in the player's town, he can occasionally be seen wandering around the town. When talked to, he sometimes offers to pull some of the town's weeds. Unless he is dozing, in which case he will ask the player to pick the weeds for him.
In Pocket Camp
In Pocket Camp he appears during "Leif's Spring Flower Event" in search of rare pink, yellow, purple and navy flower ladybugs to restore an ecosystem. The player has to grow white clovers as well as yellow and pink sleeping beauties in their garden in order to attract these ladybugs. Leif will reward the player with various bonuses, including new furniture, new clothing, essences, leaf tickets and even a spring flower foreground and middle ground.
In New Horizons
Leif was added as a traveling vendor to New Horizons in the 1.2.0 update. He is available from the start of the game, and is present in the Resident Services plaza from 5am to 10pm. During Nature Day, Leif becomes guaranteed to visit the island that week.
During the month of October, Leif sells pumpkin starts for half of the price of Nook's Cranny; 140 bells per start.
Leif would sell you 5 shrubs when you have money only for one. Some people say this is not a bug but is an Easter Egg.
Leif is a sloth. He has light brown fur with a white face patch. He has black spots on his eyes with a thick line that runs to the side of his face. He has pink circles on his cheeks and his mouth is clown-like. He also has small claws on his hands. For apparel, he wears a green cap with a flower print on it, orange overalls, and small green boots.
Leif often uses the word "happy" as an adjective for certain objects. In particular, this can be seen when talking about his wares where he says "happy [item name]". This may be a reference to the late painter Bob Ross.
- According to Lyle, Leif is very passionate about keeping the town weed-free and gave an inspiring speech to him, Tom Nook, and others.
- In the English version, the name Leif may be a reference to the English word "lief," meaning willing or glad. Leif is also a name of Scandinavian origin meaning "heir", "descendant" and "beloved". His name when pronounced in English sounds similar to the word "leaf", perhaps because of its relevance to the Gardening Store.
- Leif is the only character in the series to have animated fingers.
- Leif shares his birthday with Bud (August 8th).
- In New Leaf, he has the voice of a jock villager. In New Horizons, he has the voice of a smug villager.
- In the Desert Island Escape minigame from Welcome amiibo and amiibo Festival, Leif has the "Sleepy" ability, in which he sleeps an entire day giving him double energy the next. This reflects the "laziness" of real sloths.