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Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) - How to Get New Villagers to Move In

Increase the number of villagers in your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) via Mystery Tours or through inviting Campsite visitors with amiibo or random visits. Learn more about getting new villagers to move in, with our handy dandy guide!

How Many Villagers Can You Have in ACNH?

You Can Have a Maximum of 10 Villagers

ACNH - List of Villagers on Map

There is a maximum of 10 villagers on an island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Once you reach 10 villagers, you'll need to move a villager out if you want to move a new villager in!

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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

ACNH - Campsite visitor moves in

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

You can't forcibly kick out villagers by talking to Isabelle, hitting the villagers with nets, or trapping them in pitfall seeds.

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 visitors in your campsite to stay on the island
  • 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

ACNH - Inviting Villagers from Mystery Island Tours
When you have less than 10 villagers on your island, you can come across random villagers during a Mystery Island Tour.

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

Mystery Island Tours

Invite Visitors in the Campsite to Stay

ACNH - Purl at campsite

After upgrading Resident Services, you can build the Campsite, which allows you to receive visitors you can convince 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)

ACNH - Invite to campsite via amiibo
You can also call villagers and invite them to your Campsite using Amiibos.

List of amiibos and Compatibility

Amiibo Visitors Request Souvenirs

Amiibo villagers will request a souvenir from your island for a total of three times on three separate days. These items are always craftable objects, the visiting villager will provide 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.

Wait for a Villager to Move into a Vacant House Plot

ACNH - Freya moving into a vacant plot

Upgraded Resident Services is required to use this feature.

You can also talk to Tom Nook to put up land for sale using the 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 From a Friend's Island to Move into Your Island

ACNH - Grizzly in boxes
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

ACNH - A vacant lot

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.

How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits

Random Villagers Will Move in Empty Lots

ACNH - A resident receives mail informing them someone has moved in
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

ACNH - A player visits another resident

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

ACNH - Eugene moving into a vacant plot

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 into 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

Even if you lose the card game, 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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