Pocket is a cross between Mr. Game & Watch's Oil Panic and a standard Reflector. When Villager presses the Special Move button, he will reach out in front of him. Villager will then be able to grab any item or projectile directly close him or take any item he is holding and appear to put it in his pocket, as it quickly shrinks and disappears. This will not work if Villager already has an item in his pocket. This move has a special kind of vacuum hitbox that will literally "suck" the nearby item, meaning the Villager doesn't need to be directly in front of an item or projectile to grab it. Also, he cannot hold an item indefinitely; after 30 seconds the item will disappear from his pocket.
Pocket works on both solid and energy-type objects. Villager will then have the object stored in him until he decides to use it. Pressing the special move button again will release the object; if the object is a projectile, it will be automatically launched in the direction Villager is facing, and if it is a standstill item Villager will use it. If he is damaged enough, the item will be knocked out of his pocket. If he doesn't grab anything, a sound from the home game when you can't do an action will play. All projectiles the Villager throws back with his standard Neutral Special are 1.9 stronger than the original, however unlike most damage-multiplying reflectors, Pocket resets any damage multipliers when Pocketing, so players cannot continuously Pocket a projectile to build up higher damage output. Villager can Pocket continuously streaming projectiles, like Bowser's Fire Breath, but when he throws it back it will be just a single burst.
If he is already holding an item in his pocket and he is holding an item in his hand, and he uses the move, he will switch it with the previous item, making Villager the only character to be able to hold more than one item at a time, except he cannot hold Poke Balls in his pocket. This technique is useful for Fairy Bottles.
When Villager uses Pocket, it gives some invincibility frames (notable uses seen here), which can be useful when the player is trying to recover. The move is also known for negating Link's Final Smash if timed correctly, but the Villager cannot store it for later use. These invincibility frames also make this move is notable as Villager doesn't need to be facing the item directly, being able even to Pocket items from behind if timed right, as the invincibility frames will allow him to phase through projectiles and proceed to grab them.
Also, the Villager can literally "steal" some items from characters so they cannot use them again until the Villager is KO'ed, which can decrease those character's performance in battle. These include Diddy Kong's Banana Peel, Wario's Bike, R.O.B.'s Gyro, Bowser Jr.'s Mechakoopa, Wii Fit Trainer's Soccer Ball and Pac-Man's Bonus Fruit. However, like all other items the Villager can store, those will disappear after 30 seconds if the Villager does not throw them back; although the Villager can prevent this by pulling the item out and putting back in.
|Villager's Special Moves|
|Side Special||Lloid Rocket|
|Up Special||Balloon Trip|
|Final Smash||Dream Home|
The following is a list of character moves that Villager can pocket.
- Mario and Luigi's Fireballs
- Mario's F.L.U.D.D. (will return as a single burst of water)
- Peach's Vegetable and the peaches from Peach Blossom
- Bowser's Fire Breath (will return as a fireball)
- Yoshi's Egg Throw and the stars from Yoshi Bomb
- Bowser Jr.'s Clown Cannon and Mechakoopa
- Wario's Wario Bike
- Diddy Kong's Peanut Popgun, Rocketbarrel Pack (if it has flown off) and Banana Peel
- Mr. Game & Watch's Chef and the Food made from #7 Judge
- Link and Toon Link's Arrows, Boomerang, and Bombs
- Zelda's Phantom Slash
- Sheik's Needle Storm and Burst Grenade (will not explode when thrown)
- Samus' Charge Shot, Missile (both kinds) and Bomb
- Zero Suit Samus' Paralyzer
- Pit's Palutena's Arrow
- Palutena's Auto Reticle and Celestial Fireworks
- Robin's Thunder (all forms), Arcfire, Elwind, book and Levin Sword (when thrown away)
- Duck Hunt's Trick Shot, Clay Shooting and the bullets from Wild Gunman
- The energy wave from Kirby's Final Cutter
- King Dedede's Gordo and the stars from Super Dedede Jump
- Fox and Falco's lasers from Blaster, Up Throw and Back Throw
- Pikachu's Thunder Jolt and Thunder
- Charizard's Flamethrower (will return as a fireball) and Rock Smash (the debris, not the actual rock)
- Lucario's Aura Sphere
- Greninja's Water Shuriken, Hydro Pump (will not affect Greninja) and Substitute (either the Pokédoll or the wooden log)
- R.O.B.'s Robo Beam and Gyro
- Ness' and Lucas' PK Fire and PK Thunder
- Villager's Dash Attack, Side Smash, Forward Aerial, Back Aerial, Lloid Rocket and Timber (both the tree and the debris can be pocketed, as well the water from the watering can)
- Olimar's Pikmin Throw (the Pikmin will immediately die after being returned, and does not latch onto its target, but rather causes set knockback as well as the type of damage that it causes)
- Wii Fit Trainer's Sun Salutation (lauching the projectile will heal the Villager) and Header
- Dr. Mario's Megavitamins
- Dark Pit's Silver Bow arrows
- Pac-Man's Bonus Fruit, Power Pellet (will only heal the Villager), and Fire Hydrant (as well as the water spray)
- Mega Man's Metal Blade, Crash Bomber, Rush Coil, Leaf Shield, Neutral Attack, Forward Smash, Neutral Aerial, Up Aerial, and Down Aerial
- Mewtwo's Shadow Ball, Disable and mini Shadow Balls from Forward Throw
- Ryu's Hadoken and Shakunetsu Hadoken
- Cloud's Blade Beam (both normal and Limit version)
- Corrin's Dragon Fang Shot
- Bayonetta's bullets from Bullet Climax (both charged and uncharged)
- Mii Brawler's Shot Put
- Mii Swordfighter's Gale Strike, Shuriken of Light, and Chakram
- Mii Gunner's Gunner Charge, Laser Blaze, Grenade Launch, Flame Pillar, Stealth Burst, Gunner Missile, Lunar Launch, Bomb Drop, Forward Aerial, and Forward Smash
- Master Hand's Finger Gun and Fireballs
Garden is Villager's Neutral Special Move that can be used via customization. Villager can only pocket items in front of them, but can also put damaging flowers on opponents' heads.
- Plants a flower on the enemy's head, dealing damage over time.
- Is great for racking up damage.
- Is the only form of Pocket that deals damage directly.
- Very short range for pocketing items; results in often being unable to pocket a projectile or item and getting hit.
Garden does deal damage, as the flower planted on opponents is very useful for racking up damage on them before hitting them with an attack. However, its range is severely decreased and the window is shortened, making it much more difficult for Villager to pocket objects. Villager should not try to pocket something coming from long-range; though he has more time to react, the window for pocketing is very small and he will often not be able to pocket it.
Pocket Plus is Villager's other customizable Neutral Special Move. Villager can now pocket items at a wider range, but their effectiveness is decreased.
- Pocketing range increased, making pocketing easier.
- Items and projectiles that are pocketed don't deal quite as much damage.
- Some ending lag on the move.
Pocket Plus has an increased range for pocketing items and projectiles that can prove to be quite useful. Though the projectiles don't deal quite as much damage, this difference isn't noticeable when it is taken into account that the increased pocketing range is better for Villager's defensive game, keeping him safer from incoming items and projectiles. The ending lag isn't much longer than the regular Pocket, so Pocket Plus' strengths possibly outweigh its weaknesses.
|Villager's Custom Special Moves|
|Custom 1||Custom 2|
|Standard Special||Garden||Pocket Plus|
|Side Special||Liftoff Lloid||Pushy Lloid|
|Up Special||Extreme Balloon Trip||Balloon High Jump|
|Down Special||Timber Counter||Super Timber|
In the Animal Crossing games, the player can keep the items they are holding in their pockets. In Animal Crossing, Wild World, and City Folk, the player has 15 slots, but in New Leaf, the player has 16. In this game, the player only has one.