Animal Crossing KappnSource: iMore

It's time for Animal Crossing: New Horizons fans to get excited. Nintendo announced during the September 2021 Nintendo Direct that changes were on the way, and then teased the arrival of two long-awaited NPCs: Brewster and Kapp'n. Well, the wait is over! These two fan-favorites are coming to Animal Crossing: Horizons in a major update on Nov. 5.

So, hop on board as we explore who Kapp'n is and what impact he could have on New Horizons.

Who is Kapp'n?

Animal Crossing New Horizons KappnSource: Nintendo

Those familiar with the series will instantly recognize this green sea turtle. Kapp'n has a distinctive character design, from his crinkly mouth to the bald spot on his head. Sporting a green shell and a heavy accent akin to pirates or an ol' salt of the sea sailor, he is an equal mix of creepy and codger. Oh, and don't forget about all the sea shanties he sings!

Fun fact: Kapp'n is loosely based on a Japanese mythological creature called the Kappa. Kappas are mischievous, reptilian river demons known for taking children unless you gift them with cucumbers. While he may not be as nefarious as his namesake, he does love cucumbers. He also takes on the role of a ferryman of sorts, transporting players in several Animal Crossing titles. He drives taxies, rowboats, buses, and more, and usually sings as the new scenes load.

His costume changes depending on which game you're playing, but he's been seen in a bus driver uniform and a more relaxed flower-print button-down. And he has his own amiibo, though it's not super rare.

Kapp'n's role in Animal Crossing

Kapp'n Boat Ride New LeafSource: @slurpbert on YouTube

Kapp'n has worn many hats over his Animal Crossing tenure, but he mostly does the same thing. He transports the player between loading screens and gets them where they need to go. He'll sing, make inappropriate comments, and get you there safely.

His mode of transportation changes between games. In the original game, Kapp'n served as the ferryman transporting players to a special island, provided you had a Game Boy Advance and a link cable. Players could head to this new island and get exclusive fruits and animal friends.

In Wild World, Kapp'n drove a taxi to town. He took over Rover's role, the cat from the first game, and would ask players a handful of questions that determined their look. You also found him having a cup of joe in the Roost now and again.

In City Folk, Kapp'n drove the bus from the town to the city, allowing the player to complete a bunch of fun activities. The city was the place to be and buy clothes, attend auctions or the theater, or just get your hair done. Kapp'n also made regular appearances at the Roost in this title, as well.

Finally, his role in New Leaf had Kapp'n boating to a specialty island once again. For a small fee, Kapp'n would speed players off in his motorboat to Tortimer Island. Players could gather at Tortimer Island with other players and participate in minigames to earn prizes. Or, if you are more of a solo player, you could chill at the tropical paradise and farm difficult-to-find fish and insects for big bells. When not waiting for customers, you could also find Kapp'n at the Roost.

What does this mean for New Horizons?

Animal Crossing Kappn AmiiboSource: iMore

So, what will Kapp'n do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? He's back doing what he loves best: Boat Tours! For a small fee of 1,000 bells, he will take you on island tours to exclusive islands. If Dodo Airline tours were getting a bit stale, this is a great way to shake things up.

Kapp'n will take players to islands with mysterious new plants, different seasons, and times of day, and will sing all the way! This is a great opportunity to mix up daily island life, and experience different seasons without waiting a year — no time travel required.

All aboard!

The wait is over...well, almost. Kapp'n will be added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons when the update drops on Nov. 5. However, as this is the last big free update from Nintendo, any future events with Kapp'n may be behind a DLC wall, like the Happy Home Paradise DLC. For now, we can celebrate knowing that he is on his way!

The Animal Crossing: New Horizon will launch on Nov. 5 on Nintendo Switch.

An ol' sea turtle

Kappn Amiibo Render

Kapp'n amiibo

For Wii U

A cute and fun amiibo, the Kapp'n is always ready to take you where you need to go. While he doesn't do much for New Horizons right now, you can still get a sweet poster.

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