Max Villagers and How to Get New Villagers to Move In | How to Invite Campers | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This guide to increasing the number of villagers on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) will teach you how and when you can get more villagers. Methods such as using amiibos to invite campers or meeting potential villagers during a mystery island tour will be explained as well. Read on to find out more!

How Many Villagers Can You Have?

You Can Get Up to 10 Villagers

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You can have up to 10 villagers on your island once you get a 3-Star rating on your island.

You can achieve this rating by getting 6 villagers on your island.

How to Raise Your Island Star Rating (3 Stars & 5 Stars)

At Max Numbers, You Cannot Get a New Villager Until 1 Moves Out

Once you reach the maximum of 10 villagers, you can't get a new villager unless an existing one moves out.

Force-Kick Out a Villager through the Campsite

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Villagers in the Campsite, whether coming as visitors or invited via Amiibo, can replace an existing resident on your island.

How to Kick Out Villagers

How to Get More Villagers in Animal Crossing

Methods of Getting New Villagers
  • Invite villagers you meet on a Mystery Tour
  • Invite campers randomly visiting your island to stay
  • Call whatever villagers you like via amiibos (Campsite)
  • Wait for a villager to move into a vacant house plot
  • Invite a villager (in boxes) from another island to move in

Invite Villagers from Mystery Tours

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When you have less than 10 villagers on your island, you may come across a villager during a Mystery Island Tour.

Talk to them two times to invite them to your island and they will agree to move in.

Mystery Island Tours

Invite Campers Visiting Your Island to Stay

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After upgrading Resident Services, you can set up a Campsite where visitors can randomly drop by on your island.

You can then convice Campsite visitors to live on your island. You may need to play a few card games before the visitor agrees to move in.

Note: This method is the only way to get new villagers when you have the maximum 10 villagers already living on your island.

How to Make the Campsite and How to Use an amiibo

Call Villagers You Like via amiibos (Campsite)

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You can also call villagers and invite them to your Campsite using Amiibos.

List of amiibos and Compatibility

Amiibo Visitors Request Souvenirs

Campsite Villagers that you call using amiibos will request a souvenir from your island. These items are always craftable objects, and the visiting villager will also provide you the DIY if you don't know the item.

Note: Crafting and gifting souvenirs to amiibo villagers is the only way to ask them to move in to your island.

Amiibo Visitors Need to Visit 3 Time

Villagers that you call using amiibos need to visit your island 3 times on 3 separate days before they agree to move in. You also need to gift them souvenirs each day to convince them.

Wait for a Villager to Move into a Vacant House Plot

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Upgraded Resident Services is required to use this feature.

You can also talk to Tom Nook to put up land for sale using Housing Kit. These kits cost 10,000 Bells, and you can only set up a new plot of land if you have less than 10 villagers.

Once you've put up a plot of land, a random villager will move in the following day. You'll also get mail about your new villager and receive 1,000 Nook Miles.
How to Get More Housing Kits | Selling Plots of Land

Invite a Villager in Boxes to Move into Your Island

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You can also invite a villager from another island when they're in boxes or moving out of their current island the next day.

Make sure that you also have an empty plot for the villager to move in. If you talk to the villager twice, you can ask them to move in.

How to Invite Villagers from Other Islands
1 Secure a vacant house plot.
2 Visit the island with the villager who's ready to move out (items are in boxes).
3 Invite the villager to your island.
4 The villager will move in the next day.

When Do New Villagers Move In?

First 3 Villagers Will Move in after Setting Up Their Houses

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Before new villagers can live on your island, Tom Nook will give you a Housing Kit that you can use to set the location of their house.

A villager who wants to move in will call Tom Nook to request to move there, and once their house is built, they will move into your island.

How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits

Random Villagers Will Move in Empty Lots

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After setting up plots of land, a villager will move in 1 to 2 days, or even the next day right away if you have invited someone via the methods above.

When a villager moves out, the plot of land will be available for others to move in.

Invited Villagers Will Move In the Next Day

If you invite a villager to move in, they will move to your island the next day and Isabelle will make an announcement.

You can visit your new villager in their house while they are unpacking and moving in, and will start living the island life the next day.

Tips and Tricks When Getting More Villagers

Villagers Will Not Appear on Mystery Island Tours if there is No Vacant Plot

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Before you spend your Nook Miles to get tickets, make sure that you have an empty plot on your island. If not, villagers will not appear on Mystery Island Tours.

Be careful of random villagers moving in

Random villagers can move intp empty lots, so if you plan to invite via Mystery Island Tour, make sure to invite a new one while the lot is still empty.

Don't Give Up on Campsite Visitors

Losing the mini-game Trying again and winning

Visitors at the Campsite might refuse your invitation multiple times. Keep talking to them and they'll ask you to play a card game that decides whether they'll move in or not**.

If you lose, simply keep talking to the villager and they'll eventually ask you to play another card game. Keep trying until you win the game!

Note: Villagers may also ask to move in even if you don't win the card game.

How to Get Specific Villagers You Want

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