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!
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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.
If you are not satisfied, you can reset by pressing the Home button.
While selecting the game, press the X button to close the game and confirm.
Start up the game again, and repeat the steps above until you are satisfied with your first neighbors!
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 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 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 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|
|Use the house kit to prepare a lot.|
|Method 1: Invite through Mystery Islands Tours
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Repeat the steps to recruit up to 3 villagers with this method.
|Method 2: Random Villager Moves In
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Repeat the steps to recruit up to 3 villagers with this method.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Press the A button on the lot to check the new owner. Again, once the game saves after this, you cannot change it anymore.
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.
|Lot 1||Lot 2||Lot 3|
The personalities of the 3rd to 5th villagers are fixed. Take note that you cannot get villagers with other personalities at this stage.
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|
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.
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
This method was done after unlocking the Island Designer app.
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.|
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.
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.
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.
|Method 1: Invite a Random Visitor
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|Method 2: Invite via amiibo
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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.
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.
Keep talking to the visitor until you get the option to invite them to your island.
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.
If you have an empty lot, they will move into your island the next day.
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.
Invite a visitor using an amiibo through the Nook Stop.
How to Make the Campsite and How to Use an amiibo
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.
Repeat steps 1 to 2 for 2 days. You must invite and give them the item 3 times before they consider moving in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have 10 residents and invite a random Campsite visitor to live on your island, they will replace your most recent 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.
|Beginner's Guide to Animal Crossing New Horizons||Unchangeable Features|
|Choosing a Hemisphere||Best Island Layouts|
|What Should You Choose to Bring to the Island?||Picking an Island Name|
|Best Tent Location||How to Cross the River and Water|
|How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits||How to Climb Cliffs|
|What Happens When You Eat Fruit?||How to Get Rid of a Bee Sting|
|What Happens When You Faint?||When Does a New Day Start?|
|How to Use the Camera||How to Use the Rescue Service|
|How to Add Best Friends||Wind and Weather|
|Tips and Tricks|
|Things to Do Every Day||All Island Shops and Facilities Upgrades|
|New Horizons 100% Checklist||Time Traveling Guide|
|How to Increase Inventory Space||How to Get Presents from Balloons|
|Max Villagers and How to Get New Villagers to Move In||How to Kick Out Villagers|
|How to Get Specific Villagers You Want||How to Raise Your Island's Star Rating|
|Infinite Tarantula Island||Art Guide | List of Artworks and Fakes|
|List of All K.K. Slider Songs||-|
|Money, Miles and Shopping|
|Nook Mileage Program Activities & Rewards List||Nook Miles+ Challenges and Rewards|
|Nook Stop Explained||Spending Nook Miles|
|How to Get Nook Miles Fast||How to Make Money Bags (Bell Bags)|
|How to Get Bells (Money) Fast||Money Rock and How to Hit the Rock 8 Times|
|How to Grow Money Trees from Glowing Spots||How to Get Bank Interest|
|Should You Use the Drop-Off Box?||How to Get the Royal Crown|
|House and Storage|
|How to Pay Off Your Loan and Upgrade Your Tent and House||How to Move Your House|
|How to Store Furniture and Other Items||Designing Your House - How to Use Storage and Decorating Mode|
|How to Raise Your Happy Home Academy (HHA) Rank||Feng Shui Color and Effect Guide|
|How to Get Rid of Cockroaches | Catching Cockroaches||How to Get Moving Wallpaper|
|How to Get Moving Flooring||List of Roof Colors|
|Reimagine Your Character|
|How To Make A Passport | Passport Title List||Changing Hair and Face|
|How to Get / Fix Bedhead||-|
|Reshape Your Island|
|How Close Can You Plant Trees?||How to Chop Wood and Pull Up Trees|
|How to Get Palm Trees on Your Island||How to Build a Bridge|
|How to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines||How to Break Rocks|
|How to Change the Island Tune||How to Use Island Designer|
|List of NookPhone Apps||Mystery Island Tour and Nook Miles Ticket Guide|
|How to Unlock Reactions||How to Send Letters and Postcards|
|Wish on a Shooting Star to Get Star Fragments||Lost Item Guide|
|Party Play | Playing on One Switch||Online Play|
|What Can You Do Online?||-|
|System Requirements||List of Controls|
|Maintenance | How to Fix an Error||How to Delete Save Data|
|How to Add or Delete Players||Can You Transfer Data From Pocket Camp?|
|amiibo Compatibility||NookLink Features|
|The Language Setting||How to Pre-Load|
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