Animal Crossing: New Leaf Save Editor

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Save Editor lets you edit your Animal Crossing: New Leaf savegame.
Features: Please read the Instructions and the FAQ carefully.

This app can damage your savegame if not used correctly. I'm not responsible of any data lost.
Be careful when editing your savegame, always keep backups of your savegame.

How to dump and inject AC:NL savegame



You will only need to do this once.
  1. Install Homebrew Launcher from smealum using any of your available entrypoints (depending on your firmware version).
    Recommended entrypoints:
    • 9.x/10.x/11.0 users: use browserhax+menuhax or soundhax
    • 11.1/11.2/11.x users: use soundhax
    • CFW users: use hblauncher_loader
  2. Download AC:NL Save Manager and extract it to the root of your SD card (so the included 3ds folder stays on root, overwrite files if needed)

Dump savegame

  1. Open Homebrew Launcher using your entrypoint
  2. Run AC:NL save manager
  3. Wait a few seconds, and a black with white text screen will appear
  4. Press A to dump savegame
  5. Press X to exit
  6. Power down the console, take out the SD card and put in the PC

Inject savegame

  1. Open saveDataBackup/garden.dat (or garden_plus.dat) file with AC:NL Save Editor and edit it to your desire
  2. Save the edited town as saveDataBackup/garden.dat (or garden_plus.dat) in the SD (make sure you are overwriting the original file and not creating a copy)
  3. Make sure the saveDataBackup folder does not contain save files from other games (you will be safe if you didn't use Save Data Manager to dump any other game save)
  4. If you recently updated to Welcome amiibo version, you will need to the delete the old saveDataBackup/garden.dat file
  5. Insert the SD card in the console
  6. Open Homebrew Launcher using your entrypoint
  7. Run AC:NL save manager
  8. Wait a few seconds, and a black with white text screen will appear
  9. Press B to inject the edited savegame
  10. Press X to exit
  11. Run AC:NL and get ingame, your changes should be there!

Important note

The game has an anti-cheat protection, so you cannot inject an old savegame or another's player savegame.
Make sure you always inject the latest savegame, dump it before editing as it's explained here and you will be fine.
Alternatively you can use svdt which skips the anti-cheat protection for you.


I get a Missing target title error when trying to dump/inject.

It happens to a few people for some reason. Just open the normal save_manager instead, and browse using the d-pad through your games until you find AC:NL.

Will I be banned if I play online with a hacked savegame?

Yes, you might be banned from online functions if you change your TPC pic and use the Club Tortimer.

How can I rotate furniture in rooms?

Right click on the desired furniture then left click to rotate it.

How can I place perfect fruit trees?

Select the desired tree in the Current item dropdown menu, then choose Perfect 4 in the Flag 1 dropdown menu. You can even put non-native perfect fruit trees!
You can also place rare mixed perfect fruit trees (2 normal fruit+1 perfect fruit). Right click on any of your normal fruit trees in your town, choose 0x01 mixed perfect in the Flag 2 dropdown menu then overwrite it in the map (or whever you want to place it).

Can I add new buildings with the editor?

No. The option was disabled since it lead to some glitches at a later point. It's better to let the game do it by itself. Just add any new PWP (street lamp, for example) in-game with Isabelle, pay it, then wait for the next day so you can edit it in the editor.

I've injected Holden/Filly RVs, but they do not ask me to come to the town.

Both Holden and Filly are RV locked, so they cannot come to your town as villagers legally.
The only way to have Holden/Filly as villagers is to inject them directly into your town into an existing villager.

Your editor glitched my savegame!

No. It wasn't my editor, it was you.
The editor can do cool things, but it's also a dangerous tool and you are the only responsible while using it. Keep always a backup of your previous savegame.
If you think you've found a bug, post your feedback here.

Can I create building seeds like Wild World?


What can I do to ensure my savegame does not get glitched?

The game says my savegame data is corrupted. What happened? Can I restore my savegame?

That means you injected an old savegame, and the game blocked it using an anti-cheat protection system.

Do not worry, you can still restore it. You will need to update its secure NAND value.
  1. Make a backup of your old savegame you want to restore
  2. Restart your game and save. Make a dump of this new AC:NL savegame.
  3. Open the old garden.dat/garden_plus.dat savegame in the editor
  4. Go to the Other tab, click on the pencil next to Secure Value and load the newest garden.dat/garden_plus.dat here.
    That will turn your old savegame into a valid savegame for the console.
Alternatively you can use svdt which updates the NAND value for you.

What happened to the RAM hacking method?

Support for RAM method has been dropped for Welcome amiibo update. And it will never be back, sorry.
The reason is that the RAM method was only available for some outdated consoles. The amiibo update requires the console firmware to be on 11.x, which automatically kills the browser exploit that allows the AC:NL RAM hacking method.

Basically, Nintendo killed the RAM hacking method unintentionally.

Can I inject an old acnlram.bin / gardenram.dat savegame?

Yes, but only if you haven't updated to Welcome amiibo.
The editor will convert your old format savegame into a valid garden.dat, but it still needs a valid secure NAND value. Just follow the steps for recovering old savegames (see above).