Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Get All Reactions and Use Them

A player using the Sit Down reaction in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

A player using the Sit Down reaction in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there is a wealth of things for players to do to truly make their experience as unique as possible. Players can terraform their islands, decorate them however they please, and form friendships with their villagers and other unique characters. One important part of these friendships is conveying emotions; what better way to do that than using unique Reactions around your villagers and friends?

In this guide, we've explained how to get new Reactions, use them, and provided you with a list of all the Reactions that there are to unlock in New Horizons.

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How to Get New Reactions

A player using the Thought reaction on a beach in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Unlocking new Reactions in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is easy. Simply, don't neglect your villagers! Whenever you see one of your villagers with a speech bubble above their head beckoning you to go and talk to them, accompanied by them performing a Reaction themselves, it usually means they're going to teach you one. By speaking with them immediately after seeing them do this, they'll teach you a new Reaction to add to your roster.

However, this won't always result in them teaching you a new Reaction. They may instead simply have something to give you or request that you carry out a task for them. Either way, there will usually be something in it for you too. So, always speak with your villagers when that speech bubble appears!

Some additional Reactions can be unlocked from the Nook Stop Terminal in the Resident Services building using Nook Miles, so be sure to go and check you have this Hip Reaction Collection purchased. Another set of Reactions can be purchased from Nooks Cranny, but only during February 1st to February 15th; this is called the Viva Festivale Reaction Set.

The final assortment of Reactions that there are to be unlocked can be unlocked during the Halloween Night event by giving pieces of Candy to villagers or to Jack. This unlocks the Haunt and Scare Reactions specifically, perfect for trick or treating!

How to Use Reactions

A player with the menu for using reactions open in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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In order to use one of your many reactions in Animal Crossings: New Horizons, press the ZR button to open the menu of your registered Reactions. You can then use the right analog stick to select a reaction, and press A to use it!

As shown above, if you wish to change which Reactions are on your roster, press X to open the full menu of all the Reactions you have unlocked (shown in the below image). From this menu, you can try out different Reactions and select your favourite ones to have ready to use and show off whenever.

All Reactions in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A player with the full menu of reactions open in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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To know which Reactions you have unlocked, and which ones you are yet to unlock, we have listed all of them below:

  • Joy
  • Greetings
  • Delight
  • Surprise!
  • Pleased
  • Fearful
  • Glee
  • Sadness
  • Daydreaming
  • Happiness
  • Mischief
  • Aggravation
  • Sleepy
  • Curiosity
  • Amazed
  • Sighing
  • Thought
  • Intense
  • Sit Down
  • Love
  • Cold Chill
  • Laughter
  • Apologetic
  • Disagreement
  • Confident
  • Bashfulness
  • Shyness
  • Pride
  • Shocked
  • Encouraging
  • Sorrow
  • Mistaken
  • Sneezing
  • Distress
  • Flourish
  • Inspiration
  • Sheepishness
  • Worry
  • Agreement
  • Bewilderment
  • Heartbreak
  • Showmanship
  • Dozing
  • Resignation
  • Smirking
  • Ta Da
  • Yoga
  • Wave Goodbye
  • Take A Picture
  • Work Out
  • Sniff Sniff
  • Here You Go
  • Excited
  • Feelin' It
  • Viva
  • Let's Go
  • Confetti
  • Haunt
  • Scare

When it comes to sharing your feelings with the inhabitants of your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, that's all you need to know — good luck unlocking them and have fun showing them off!

If you're looking for more ways to make your island experience unique and personal to you, we recommend taking a look at how to get new DIY Recipes and how to get the Star Wand. The Star Wand is key for a unique way to show off your New Horizons outfits!

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