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Zell Gallery

It's so lively here! This is the best place to come when you're feeling kind of lonely.
― Zell, New Leaf

Zell (ネルソン, Neruson?, Nelson) is a smug deer villager who first appears in New Leaf. His initial catchphrase, "pronk", is a reference to the way deer may move by using all four legs simultaneously to jump up and down, and his name may derive from the word "gazelle," a type of antelope that looks similar to deer. Zell has the same birthday as the special characters, Timmy and Tommy. He has the music hobby.

He appears on the cover of K.K. Waltz.


Zell in New Leaf.

Zell, despite being a deer, has the appearance of a blackbuck antelope, including their spiraling horns. His fur is dark brown with white markings on his eyes, mouth, and right ear. He also has white hooves. His initial clothing is the Arctic-Camo Tee.


Below is a brief description of the smug personality. For more information, click here.

Smug villagers are very polite, kind, and gentleman-like. As a smug villager, Zell will get along easily with other villagers. Smug villagers get along well with most villagers, their personality appearing to be a mix of the other personality types. Smug villagers will stroke their egos from time to time, going on about how cool they are.

Generally, Zell will get along with lazy, normal, snooty and peppy villagers, and may conflict with cranky villagers.


In New Leaf, Zell has some of his furniture form the Gorgeous Series, along with a ebony piano, a billiard table, pothos, 2 stools, a vintage telephone, Dracaena, a Phonograph, and a sconce. The wallpaper he has is the Cityscape wall and he also has the Modern tile. All of this gives his house a classier look.

In New Horizons, Zell keeps the classy look along with some of the furniture. His Cityscape Wall is the same and so is his billiard table. He also still has a phonograph. Now his house contains more furniture from the Rattan series.

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New Leaf (interior) New Leaf (exterior)
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New Horizons (interior) New Horizons (exterior)

Pocket Camp

Zell was added to Pocket Camp in the May 25, 2018 update.

Zell's preferred theme is modern, and he primarily gives steel as a reward. His profile reads:

❝ Zell often says things that would put most people on edge. But if you get past all that posturing, and then some more, he's really hard to dislike.❞

Campsite Invitation Requirements

Friendship Level: 5

Furniture/Item Required Materials Price (Bells) Craft Time
Pothos 30 wood, 3 friend powder 1,090 7 hours
Espresso Maker 30 steel 840 4 hours, 30 minutes
Study Rug 30 cotton, 30 paper, 3 modern essence 1,980 11 hours
Stool 15 cotton, 15 steel 1,310 1 hour
Gorgeous Counter 30 wood, 30 steel, 3 elegant essence 1,670 10 hours, 30 minutes

Friendship Rewards

  • At level 7 friendship, he will reward the player with an artic-camo tee and sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 9, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 15, he will request the player to craft a Taurus bathtub.
  • At level 20, he will reward the player with a pic of Zell and sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 25, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 30, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 35, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 40, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 45, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 50, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 55, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 60, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).

amiibo Card

amiibo Card[1]
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#159 Zell
Type Deer
Star sign Gemini
Birthday 6/7
Roll value 5
Hand sign Rock
Request A themed hotel
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158 Timbra #159 Zell 160 Pekoe


  • In New Horizons, Zell is the last villager alphabetically to have the music hobby.

In other languages

Language Name
Japan Japanese ネルソン Neruson
France French Régis
Spain Spanish Corvilo
Germany German Walter
Italy Italian Antilio
The Netherlands Dutch Zell
China Chinese 森森 Sēn Sēn
South Korea Korean 넬슨 Nelseun (Nelson)


  1. Species navigation icons from Nookipedia by Sunmarsh, CC BY-SA 3.0


Smug Villagers (NH)