MissNavi’s Guide to Badges in New Leaf

There are a total of 72 badges available in the game, spread among 24 different categories. Each category has three obtainable levels - bronze, silver, and gold. Gold being the highest rank badge of that specific category. Your badges show up on the back of your TPC:

Tap the yellow circular button in the bottom left corner to flip your TPC around and display your badges; they look like this:

Badges will only be given to you on clear or mostly sunny days by Phineas (a sea lion) who will be wandering randomly through your town. You must talk to him to receive your badge(s).

Badges and Their Requirements:

  • Fish Badge
    • Fish Maniac - 50 % of fish caught (36 fish in Encyclopedia)
    • Fish Encyclopedia - 80 % of fish caught (58 fish in Encyclopedia)
    • Prof. of Ichthylogy - 100 % of fish caught (72 fish in Encyclopedia)
  • Angler Badge
    • Skilled Angler - 500 fish caught
    • Expert Angler - 2000 fish caught
    • Master Angler - 5000 fish caught
  • Insect Badge
    • Insect Maniac – 50% of bugs caught
    • Insect Encyclopedia – 80% of bugs caught
    • Prof. of Entomology – 100% of bugs caught
  • Bug-Catcher Badge
    • Skilled Bug Catcher – 500 bugs caught (36 bugs in Encyclopedia)
    • Expert Bug Catcher – 2000 bugs caught (58 bugs in Encyclopedia)
    • Master Bug Catcher – 5000 bugs caught (72 bugs in Encyclopedia)
  • Seafood Badge
    • Seafood Maniac – 50 % of seafood encyclopedia completed (15 seafood in Encyclopedia)
    • Seafood Encyclopedia – 80% of seafood encyclopedia completed (24 seafood in Encyclopedia)
    • Prof. of Seafood – 100 % of seafood encyclopedia completed (30 seafood in Encyclopedia)
  • Diver Badge
    • Skilled Diver – 100 seafood caught
    • Pro Diver 200 seafood caught
    • Dive Master – 1000 seafood caught
  • Balloon Badge
    • Balloon Hunter – 30 balloons shot
    • Balloon Buster – 100 balloons shot
    • Balloon Master – 200 balloons shot
  • Bell Saver Badge
    • Avid Bell Saver – 1,000,000 Bells in Account
    • Wealthy Bell Saver – 10,000,000 Bells in Account
    • Tycoon Bell Saver – 100,000,000 Bells in Account
  • Catalog Maniac Badge
    • Catalog Maniac Bronze – 20% of item catalog completed
    • Catalog Maniac Silver – 50% of item catalog completed
    • Catalog Maniac Gold – 80% of item catalog completed
  • Shopper Badge
    • Good Shopper – 500,000 Bells spent on Main Street
    • Expert Shopper – 2,000,000 Bells spent on Main Street
    • Master Shopper – 5,000,000 Bells spent on Main Street
  • Turnip Trader
    • Amateur Turnip Trader – 500,000 Bell profit
    • Pro Turnip Trader – 3,000,000 Bell profit
    • Master Turnip Trader – 10,000,000 Bell profit
  • Gardener Badge
    • Backyard Gardener – 100 planted trees / flowers
    • Village Gardener – 250 planted trees / flowers
    • Gardening Specialist – 500 planted trees / flowers
  • Weed Badge
    • Weed Hunter – 500 weeds pulled
    • Weed Buster – 2000 weeds pulled
    • Weed Menace – 5000 weeds pulled
  • Happy Homer Badge
    • Happy Homer Bronze – 50,000 HHA points
    • Happy Homer Silver  – 50,000 HHA points
    • Happy Homer Gold – 150,000 HHA points
  • K.K. Slider Badge
    • K.K. Slider Fan – listen to 20 songs on Saturdays
    • K.K. Slider Fanboy / Fangirl – listen to 50 songs on Saturdays
    • K.K. Slider Diehard  – listen to 100 songs on Saturdays
  • Letter Badge
    • Letter Writer – 50 letters sent
    • Letter Author – 100 letters sent
    • Postmaster – 200 letters sent
  • Medalist Badge
    • Bronze Medalist – 300 medals earned
    • Silver Medalist – 1500 medals earned
    • Gold Medalist – 5000 medals earned
  • Refurbishing Badge
    • Refurbishing Beginner – 30 items refurbished
    • Refurbishing Expert – 100 items refurbished
    • Refurbishing Master – 200 items refurbished
  • Samaritan Badge
    • Good Samaritan – 50 villager tasks completed
    • Great Samaritan – 100 villager tasks completed
    • Town Concierge – 300 villager tasks completed
  • Villager Badge
    • Village Representative – 50 hours played
    • Villager Leader – 200 hours played
    • Villager of Honor – 500 hours played
  • Dreamer Badge
    • Dreamer – visit 50 dream towns
    • Heavy Sleeper – visit 200 dream towns
    • Mr. Sandman – visit 500 dream towns
  • StreetPass Badge
    • StreetPass Beginner – 100 players StreetPassed
    • StreetPass Expert – 300 players StreetPassed
    • StreetPass Master – 1000 players StreetPassed
  • Host Badge
    • Good Host / Hostess – 50 visits by others to your town
    • Great Host / Hostess – 200 visits by others to your town
    • Goodwill Ambassador – 500 visits by others to your town
  • Traveler Badge
    • Neighborhood Traveler – 100 towns visited
    • World Traveler – 250 towns visited
    • Space Traveler – 500 towns visited

Additional Notes:

  • For the weeding badge, wilted flowers count as weeds, but clovers do not
  • DLC is not included in the cataloging badge
  • Island catches count towards your badges, as long as they are not a part of a tour
  • Balloons shot on the island do not count towards your balloon badge
  • Stores counted when shopping for the “shopper badge”: Timmy / Tommy’s, Able Sisters, GracieGrace, Kicks, Garden Shop, Museum Shop, and Redd’s Gallery
Rejected Badge Ideas

By Draco Malfoy, 4th year

I LOVE POTTER Too revealing

FUTURE MR. HARRY POTTER I said too revealing. Pull yourself together, Malfoy. Anyway, Potter will be taking my name.

POTTER IS THE CHAMPION OF MY HEART Clever, but also disgusting

I SUPPORT POTTER Wow, this is boring as fuck

POTTER IS FUCKING HOT True, but I don’t want him to think I only want him for his looks, you know?

I WISH POTTER WOULD SUCK MY COCK WOAH! Too needy!

SUCK MY COCK POTTER Better, but a touch demanding.

FUCK ME POTTER Also should consider that I will not be the only one wearing these buttons

FUCK YOU POTTER Funny! But actually, let’s leave fucking out of it. Wouldn’t want to deprive the first years of supporting Potter via button due to inappropriate language. Hmm, what else do I like about him…?

POTTER SMELLS LIKE EVERYTHING GOOD A bit of an exaggeration. I don’t want to seem too smitten. 

POTTER SMELLS GOOD True, but does a bland statement like this really deserve to grace a badge?

POTTER SMELLS LIKE QUIDDITCH Okay, now it’s too specific

POTTER SMELLS LIKE SWEAT I might be the only one who likes this smell? Does this make me weird?

(Pansy is looking. GO AWAY, BITCH!)

POTTER STINKS LIKE SWEAT Haha, right, Pansy??? He’s so gross, I hate him. This isn’t very catchy though. What about…

POTTER STINKS Short and sweet (just like Potter!!) (NOT!! lol jk Pansy! Obviously that was a joke. Potter is not sweet). Anywaaaaaay, let’s just go with this, shall we?

(from the universe created in this post)