How to Get Specific Villagers You Want | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This is a guide on how to get any villager you want to move into your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Keep reading to learn what kind of villagers you can get for the first to the tenth resident, and later on!

How to Choose the First Two Villagers (Residents 1 to 2)

Steps
  1. Start the game and watch the scene where you see the first two starting villagers standing by the Airport.
  2. If you are not satisfied, you can reset by pressing the Home button.
  3. While selecting the game, press the X button to close the game and confirm.
  4. Restart the game and repeat the above steps until you are satisfied.

1. Watch the scene where you can see the starting villagers at the Airport

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Start the game and continue until you get to the scene where you see the starting villagers at the Airport.

Note that at this point, the earlier choices like your name, birthday, and the island layout cannot be changed.

2. If you want to start over, press the Home button.

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If you are not satisfied, you can reset by pressing the Home button.

3. Press the X button to close the game

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While selecting the game, press the X button to close the game and confirm.

4. Restart the game and repeat the steps until you are satisfied.

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Start up the game again, and repeat the steps above until you are satisfied with your first neighbors!

Starting Villagers Characteristics

  • There will always be one male and one female.
  • The male will have a Jock personality.
  • The female will have an Uchi (Big Sister) personality.
  • The interior design of their houses are fixed.

List of Starting Villagers

There will always be one male and one female

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When you first move to the island, there will be two other villagers already living there in addition to you and Nook Co. One of them will be male, and the other will be female.

The male villager will have a Jock personality

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The first male villager on your island will always have a jock personality. As you might expect from that type of character, they have a knack for talking about exercising and working out.
All Villagers with a Jock Personality

The female villager will have an Uchi (Big Sister) personality

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The first female villager will always be an uchi-type character. This type of villager is usually quite caring towards other villagers, much like a big sister.
All Villagers with an Uchi Personality

The interior design of their houses are fixed

The houses of your starting villagers will be plain-looking compared to the ones you recruit later in the game.

A villager's interior design is different when you get them as a starting villager or as a recruited villager.

Canberra's Home as a Starting Villager Canberra's Home as a Recruited Villager
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How to Choose the Third to Fifth Villagers (Residents 3 to 5)

Preparation
Use the house kit to prepare a lot.
Method 1: Invite through Mystery Islands Tours
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  1. Recruit a villager from a Mystery Island Tour.
  2. Craft and submit all the furniture for the lot.
  3. Talk to Tom Nook.

Repeat the steps to recruit up to 3 villagers with this method.

Method 2: Random Villager Moves In
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  1. Submit 1 piece of outdoor furniture and wait for the game to autosave.
  2. Submit all the required indoor furniture.
  3. Talk to Tom Nook.
  4. Quickly check the name of the new villager on the lot.
  5. If you are not satisfied, close the game, and repeat steps 2 to 4.

Repeat the steps to recruit up to 3 villagers with this method.

Place the House Kit to Prepare a Lot

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After building the first bridge, you can talk to Tom Nook, and he will give you 3 house kits for you to prepare and craft furniture for. Set up the house kits, but do not submit furniture yet.


When going for Method 2, we recommend placing the house kits near Resident Services, so you can reset faster before the game autosaves.

Method 1: Invite through Mystery Islands Tours

1. Recruit a villager from a Mystery Island Tour

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You can go to a Mystery Island Tour to recruit villagers. You can invite up to 3 villagers, and after that villagers will no longer appear in tours.

2. Craft and submit all the furniture for the lot

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3. Talk to Tom Nook

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After submitting the required furniture for the lot, talk to Tom Nook and the invited villager will move in the next day. If you've completed this for 3 lots, the villagers will move in one by one each day.

Method 2: Random Villager Moves In

1. Submit 1 piece of outdoor furniture and wait for the game to autosave

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Once the plot is set up, submit one piece of furniture, and wait for the game to autosave. The game is saving when you see a blue round marker on the upper-right of the screen.

2. Submit all the required indoor furniture

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After the game is saved, submit all the indoor furniture required for the lot to be available. Be quick as the next steps need to be done as soon as possible.

3. Talk to Tom Nook

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Go to Resident Services, and talk to Tom Nook to secure the lot. You cannot change the new villager if the game saves again, so you should be quick.

This is why we recommend placing the lot near Resident Services, so you can do this quickly before the game autosaves.

4. Quickly check the name of the new villager on the lot

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Press the A button on the lot to check the new owner. Again, once the game saves after this, you cannot change it anymore.

5. If you are not satisfied, close the game, and repeat steps 2 to 4

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If you are not satisfied, immediately close the game by pressing the Home button, and the X button to exit the game.

Repeat steps 2 to 4 until you are satisfied.

Third to Fifth Villagers Characteristics

  • The 3rd resident will have a Lazy personality.
  • The 4th resident will have a Peppy personality.
  • The 4th resident will have a Normal personality.
  • The interior design of their houses are fixed.

Villager personalities are fixed

Lot 1 Lot 2 Lot 3
Lazy Peppy Normal

The personalities of the 3rd to 5th villagers are fixed. Take note that you cannot get villagers with other personalities at this stage.

The interior design of their houses are fixed

Similar to your starting villagers, the houses of the next 3 residents will be fixed. They will look plain, with the furniture you submitted to the lot. However, you can give them gifts to display in their room.

Canberra's Home from a Set-Up House Kit Canberra's Home as a Recruited Villager
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How to Choose the Sixth Villager (Resident 6)

The Sixth Villager Cannot be Chosen

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The sixth villager will come after you have set up the Campsite. Even if you restart the game, or time-travel to the future, the visitor will not change.

Sixth Villagers Characteristics

  • They will always come from the Campsite.
  • They will have a Smug personality.

They will have a Smug personality

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The 6th villager will have a Smug personality. If you are lucky, you may even get Raymond, a new villager in New Horizons, who is popular with fans. There is 1 in 34 chances that you can get him.
All Villagers with a Smug Personality

How to Choose the Seventh to Tenth Villagers (Residents 7 to 10)

This method was done after unlocking the Island Designer app.

Steps
  1. Set up a plot.
  2. Recruit through Mystery Island Tours.

Repeat the steps to recruit more villagers.

Note: Villagers may move into the plots on their own as time passes, if you have not recruited anyone yet.

1. Set up a plot

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Before anything else, make sure that you have secured a lot for the new resident to move in. If you have already have the maximum number of residents (10), you can kick out a villager to secure a spot.

How to Kick Out Villagers

2. Recruit a Villager through Mystery Island Tours

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Use a Nook Miles Ticket to go on a Mystery Island Tour, and invite villagers you like. If you are not satisfied, you can go back home and repeat this step to see another villager.

Note that not all island tours will have villagers walking around.

Mystery Island Tours and Nook Miles Ticket Guide

Villagers May Move-In on Their Own as Time Passes

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If the next day comes, and you haven't invited a villager to move to the plot, a random villager will move in. Be sure to invite villagers before 5 am the next day.

How to Get Villagers You Want: Invite via Campsite (Residents 10 or more)

Method 1: Invite a Random Visitor
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  1. Wait until the Campsite has a visitor.
  2. If you don't like the visitor, keep traveling to the future until a visitor comes and repeat step 1.
  3. Persuade the visitor into moving into your island.
  4. Win the game they ask you to play.
  5. They will move the next day.
    If you already have 10 residents at max, you can choose to replace someone with the new villager.
Method 2: Invite via amiibo
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  1. Invite a visitor to the Campsite using an amiibo.
  2. Craft and give them the item they are asking for.
  3. Repeat steps 1 to 2 for 2 days.
  4. On the 3rd day, you can convince them to move in, and they will move in the next day.
    If you already have 10 residents at max, you can choose to replace someone with the new villager.

Method 1: Invite a Random Visitor

1. Wait until the Campsite has a visitor

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When there is a visitor in the Campsite, Isabelle will announce it.

Even if you reach 10 residents at max, animals can still come to visit the Campsite.

2. If you are not satisfied, travel to the future until a visitor comes

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If you are not satisfied, you can quit the game and advance the time to check for new visitors. We recommend advancing to 10 days, then advancing one day at a time.

3. Persuade the visitor into moving into your island

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Keep talking to the visitor until you get the option to invite them to your island.

4. Win the game they ask you to play

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The visitor will ask you to play a game, where they will move to your island if you win. If you lose, you can opt to restart the game.

There are also instances that the visitor will still move in even after you lose.

5. They will move in the next day

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If you have an empty lot, they will move into your island the next day.

If you have 10 villagers, you will replace one of them

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If you have the max number or residents which is 10, you will be asked if you want to swap them out with your latest villager. The selected villager will be in boxes and will be moving out the next day.

Method 2: Invite via amiibo

1. Invite a visitor to the Campsite using an amiibo

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Invite a visitor using an amiibo through the Nook Stop.
How to Make the Campsite and How to Use an amiibo

2. Craft and give them the item they are asking for.

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Talk to them a few times and they will ask you to craft an item for them. This is crucial because even if you invite them many times, they will not consider moving to your island if you do not comply with their requests.

3. Repeat steps 1 to 2 for 2 days

Repeat steps 1 to 2 for 2 days. You must invite and give them the item 3 times before they consider moving in.

4. On the 3rd day, you can ask them to move in

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After crafting and giving the third item, you can ask them to move in. If there is an empty lot, they will move in the next day.

Swap out a villager if you have 10 residents

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If you have the max number or residents which is 10, you will be asked if you want to swap them out with an existing resident.

From there, you can choose who you will kick out. The selected villager will be in boxes and will be moving out the next day.

Camspite Visitor Characteristics

  • Villagers whose species are different than the ones on your island are more likely to visit.
  • There are no Campsite visitors during events.
  • Visitors can still come to the Campsite even if you have 10 villagers at max.
  • If you reach max number of villagers, and you invite a random visitor, your most recent villager will be swapped out.
  • If you reach max number of villagers, and you invite via amiibo, you can swap out a villager of your choice.

Villagers whose species are different are more likely to visit

It will be difficult to find visitors of the same species as the villagers on your island, as visitors of another species will be more likely to visit. If you want to get a specific villager, it is better to have villagers different than that species, or just use an amiibo instead.

There are no Campsite visitors during events

Visitors will not come to the Campsite on the day of events such as Bunny Day, or Fishing Tourneys.

Visitors can still come to the Campsite even if you have 10 villagers

Even if you have the max number of villagers, visitors can come to the Campsite, although rarely, so you do not need to kick out villagers in advance.

Random Campsite Visitors will be swapped with your most recent villager

If you have 10 residents and invite a random Campsite visitor to live on your island, they will replace your most recent villager.

Campsite Visitos invited via amiibo will be swapped with your chosen villager

If you have 10 residents and invite a Campsite visitor using an amiibo, you can choose the villager to be replaced by the new one.

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