― Wisp, City Folk
Wisp (ゆうたろう, Yūtarō?) is a spirit special character that appears in the Animal Crossing series in the early hours of the morning, usually between 12am and 4am; in New Horizons, he appears between 8pm and 4am. He is absent in Animal Forest, Wild World, and initially New Leaf, though was added later to New Leaf in the Welcome amiibo update.
Wisp is a white ghost roughly spherical in shape, about the same size as the player. What he was before he became a ghost is unknown. For an unspecified reason, he can only appear at night. In City Folk and New Leaf, Wisp is connected to a genie lamp. Wisp works for an unspecified location and is said to have a scary boss, who he is afraid of. Wisp often needs the player to collect five spirits that are roaming around the town. In Hohinda Mura Dayori, villagers describe Wisp's spirit orbs as being cold and refreshing, and that could be used instead of an air conditioner. Between New Leaf and New Horizons, Wisp found himself stranded alone on the deserted island.
As a reward, he gets rid of all weeds in town, paints the player's roof, gives out an item, or in later versions of the game, kills all the roaches in the player's house.
In Animal Crossing
In Animal Crossing, the player will need to capture 5 spirits roaming around the town, and return them to Wisp (who stays in the same acre he is found in). He will only appear if there are 8 or more weeds around town. His reward is one of three things:
- He will remove all the weeds in the player's town.
- He will give the player a randomly selected item (furniture, clothing, wallpaper, flooring, or gyroid) that they don't yet have in their catalog.
- He will re-color the roof of the player's house.
In City Folk
In City Folk, the player will have to find the empty lamp somewhere in the town. The rewards Wisp gives are essentially the same as in Animal Crossing, only the roof painting was changed to the ability to smash roaches, as the roof paint could be bought from all of Tom Nook's stores (apart from Nook's Cranny), and the random item reward has been updated to give the player a chance to get a random accessory or hat, which they may not already have available in their catalogue. However, the item is usually not rare. Also, if the player doesn't have it in their catalog and they select hat then Wisp will give the player a turban instead.
In New Leaf
About a matter of 1-4 days after the update is downloaded, unknown circumstances while the player is wandering around their town can cause Wisp's voice to call for them. If they follow his voice, they will discover his lamp, which he asks them to take to a private place (their house) to be opened. The lamp functions as a piece of furniture and can be placed upon tables. If it's interacted with, Wisp will emerge. However, he is unable to stay outside of his lamp without possessing the body of a villager, so he requests that the player scans an amiibo. If the amiibo is compatible, Wisp will turn into that character.
What happens next depends on the type of amiibo scanned. If amiibo Cards from the Welcome Amiibo series or figures based on characters from the Splatoon, Monster Hunter, and The Legend of Zelda series are scanned, Wisp will give two options for a wish: "Come play" or "Give me something". If "Come play" is selected, the character will appear inside of an RV at the campground. If "Give me something" is selected, Wisp will give the player an item.
If a villager amiibo Card from the Animal Crossing series is scanned, Wisp will give two options for a wish: "Move in" or "Give me something". If "Move in" is selected, the villager will move into the player's town. If the town is currently full, Wisp will give the option of asking one of the villagers to move out, giving a random suggestion of who could be asked. If "Give me something" is selected, Wisp will give the player an item and 5 MEOW Coupons.
If a special character's amiibo Card from the Animal Crossing series is scanned, Wisp will give the player the option to either receive the character's picture or to receive an item.
If an Animal Crossing series amiibo figure is scanned, Wisp will give one option for a wish: "Come and visit". If this option is selected, the character will appear at the campground in an RV. If the player visits this character's workplace while they're camping, they will be replaced with Wisp. However, Wisp cannot do their job and asks that the player return when the right person is back.
If the Super Smash Bros. series Villager amiibo is scanned, Wisp will argue that he is too legendary to be possessed, though if begged, he will offer to try and get the villager in question to come and visit and ask the player to meet him at the campground. Wisp's RV will then appear at the campground. When spoken to, Wisp will apologize for not being able to get the villager but explains that he found various items loosely related to the character, which can be purchased like all other items found at the campground.
Note: Wisp can only accept one request from the player per day (e.g. one item, one invitation to the campground etc.) After that he cannot be summoned until the next day.
In New Horizons
On certain nights between 8 pm and 4 am, sometimes multiple nights in the same week, the player will encounter Wisp on a random part of the deserted island. Ironically, Wisp is afraid of ghosts and will confuse the player for one when approached, causing him to become startled and his spirit to split into 5 spirit pieces that scatter around the island. In the first encounter, Wisp will explain that he has been alone on the island for a very long time, and the player is the first person he has met there, hence his surprise.
At every meeting, Wisp will ask the player to retrieve his 5 spirit pieces in exchange for a reward. The spirit pieces can be captured with a Net, but they are not stationary and will slowly drift about the island. After the player returns to Wisp with all 5 pieces, he will then ask if the player wants an expensive item (worth 10,000 bells or less) for the reward, or an item they do not currently own (1,500 bells or less, item not in catalog). Wisp will always announce if the item he is giving is clothing, furniture, or flooring. Choosing an expensive item does not guarantee a valuable reward, and a cheap item or one the player already has maybe given instead; Wisp warns that he has difficulty discerning the value of things. Wisp will occasionally also mention that the item will be chosen from a specific theme, such as flooring or furniture. Once all is done, Wisp says he hopes to cross paths with the player again and disappears.
If the player has already obtained a ladder, Wisp will only spawn on elevated areas.
If the player logs off (saves and quit) the game during Wisp's quest, the game will act as if the player never talked to Wisp at all when the player relogs, requiring the player to start Wisp's quest again. Any spirit pieces will disappear in the player's inventory if the game is closed.
If the player completes Wisp's quest and logs on as another resident, then Wisp will respawn for the other player to initiate Wisp's quest. Should the player initiate party play after completing Wisp's quest, Wisp will also respawn. In this case, Wisp will not lose his spirit if he is talked to by a resident who has completed his quest on the same day but will for residents who have never completed his quest. Only the resident who started the questline can catch Wisp's spirit pieces.
- In Animal Crossing, Wisp will mutter something about a master and what he will do if the spirits aren't recovered.
- In City Folk, Wisp says that he is scared of ghosts, even though as a lamp spirit he resembles one.
- In New Horizons, Wisp mistakes the player for a ghost, startling him.
- In New Leaf, the player can get an unlimited amount of Magic Lamps by picking it up when he is encountered, then giving it to another player. He will appear in a different lamp after about 3 days.
- In New Leaf, a weed-removing function can be accessed through Leif once Timmy and Tommy's store upgrades to T.I.Y., in which the player can pay him Bells so that he will remove all of the town's weeds, essentially making Wisp's weed removing reward useless.
- Wisp looks similar to Boos from the Super Mario series. His German name, 'Buhu' is even based on 'Buh Huh', the German name of the Boos.
- In New Leaf, Wisp has the voice of a lazy villager.
- Wisp is only one of four visible NPCs (the others being Jack, Farley, and Lloid) who isn't an animal or doesn't resemble an animal of any kind.
- It could be likely that his Japanese name "Yutarou" and his appearance alone could be a reference to Q-Tarou the Ghost from the old 1960's anime and manga "Obake no Q-Tarou".
- In New Horizons, when you hit him with a net while he's spiritless, he will say not to confuse him with his pieces.