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A villager may teach a reaction after calling out to the player

Reactions are a selection of expressions available in New Horizons, obtained by speaking to residents of the player's island. After a few days on the island, a resident will teach the player 4 initial reactions, while the remaining 40 are taught randomly on subsequent days. Only one Reaction can be learned per day, with the Reaction learned being based on the personality of the resident that teaches you the Reaction. Each personality type has 5 Reactions assigned to it, and one of the Reactions of each type may only be obtained if the player is best friends with that villager.

Two new Reactions, Haunt and Scare, were added in the 1.5.0 Fall Update. Nine new Reactions—Sit Down, Wave Goodbye, Take a Picture, Sniff Sniff, Work Out, Yoga, Here You Go, Excited, and Ta-da—have been added in the 1.6.0 Free Winter Update. Four new Reactions—Feelin' It, Let's Go, Viva, and Confetti—have been added in the 1.7.0 Free Festivale Update.

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Cranky[]

Jock[]

Lazy[]

Normal[]

Peppy[]

Sisterly[]

Smug[]

Snooty[]

Halloween reactions[]

In the 1.5.0 Fall Update, two new Halloween-themed reactions were introduced: "Haunt", and "Scare". To access Haunt, the player must obtain it from Jack by giving him a piece of candy on Halloween. Scare is obtained by the first villager who you give a candy to. These special Reactions also appeared in Pocket Camp during October 2020.

Winter[]

The following 9 Reactions were added in the 1.6.0 Winter Update. These are unlocked by redeeming 2,700 Nook Miles at the Nook Stop in Resident Services. Like the Halloween Reactions, you can use them whenever once you obtain them, and they are not limited to events.

Festivale Reactions[]

The following 4 reactions were added alongside the 1.7.0 Free Update for the Festivale event. The set can be purchased at Nook's Cranny for 19,800 Bells. They are only obtainable from February 1st to February 15th.

Free Update[]

For the 2.0 update, multiple new reactions have also been added, and can be obtained via New Reactions Notebook, or by completing 50 group stretching every day:

  • Posture Warm-Up
  • Arm Circles
  • Side Bends
  • Body Twists
  • Wide Arm Stretch
  • Upper-Body Circles
  • Jump
  • Double Wave
  • Stretch
  • Jammin'
  • Listening Ears
  • Say Cheese
  • Behold
  • Eager
  • Flex
  • Work It
  • Act Natural
  • Hula

Other new reactions not listed here are exclusive to the Happy Home Paradise DLC.

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Trivia[]

  • Reactions were known as "Emotions" prior to New Horizons.
  • There are several reactions in the game that can only be accessed by hacking. They appear to be villager or special character-exclusive reactions, such as shuffling cards (villagers at the campsite), sitting with a crossed leg (K.K. Slider), talking like villagers or NPCs, or lying on the ground (like Gulliver and Gullivarrr). Though, if your character gets stung by a scorpion or tarantula, they briefly fall to the ground and end up lying down in the same position like both of the seagulls do. Here is video footage of the reactions.
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