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Medicine (New Leaf icon)
Medicine is an item that can heal sick villagers and cure bee stings. One dose is available from Tom Nook's store every day for 400 Bells.

Villager sickness

A villager that is sick will stay inside their house. Purple and black swirls (which can also be seen when a villager is sad or upset during a conversation with the player or another villager) appear around their heads as they walk. They are likely to shiver when they stand still. When the player speaks to the villager, an extra conversation option appears that lets the player offer them some medicine. If the player gives the villager a dose of medicine, they are grateful and will give the player a gift once they've recovered.

Bee stings

If the player accidentally shakes a bee hive out of a tree, a swarm of bees will appear and chase the player. One way to outrun the herd of bees is to find the nearest building before they can get to the player. If stung, there will be a hive shaped wound on the right section of the player's eye. The sting can be hidden with sunglasses or a Mii Mask. Without the medicine, the sting will heal within a day. Medicine can be used to cure the sting; however, saving the game and restarting has the same effect without the need to spend 400 Bells.

New Leaf

Medicine is not available in stores initially. Nookling Junction must be upgraded before the player can purchase medicine.

New Horizons

Medicine can be obtained as a DIY recipe after the player is stung by wasps and talks to any villager they encounter. They will give the player the recipe which requires a wasp nest and weeds to craft. After Nooks Cranny is updated the player can buy Medicine from the cabinet individually or in bulk. Medicine can be given to sick villagers where you may receive a gift in exchange.



  • Some villagers might say the medicine tastes like a certain flavor.
  • Sisterly villagers will often give the player medicine if they are stung by a bee/wasp.
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