Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villagers Guide – How to Get More, Kick Them, Max Villager Limit

Great news, villagers! Animal Crossing is back! With Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time, once again, to gather materials, build your house, and learn the ins and outs of the game. You’ll start the game off with two villagers also hoofing it in tents of their own. But what if you don’t like them? Can you kick them off the island? How do you make villagers leave? How do you get more villagers? And is there a cap to the number of villagers you can have? Our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villagers Guide has all the details you want to know!

How to Get More Villagers in Animal Crossing

Two villagers doesn’t make an island. If you want more friends, you’ll need to use some Nook Miles Tickets to visit other deserted islands. The main player on the Switch will encounter a single villager on the mystery island. They can be invited to your island simply by talking to them. You’re under no obligation to do so, however. If it’s not someone you want to settle down with, don’t invite them.

You have to do this three times before any of them can actually move onto your island.

Once you’ve invited three villagers, Tom Nook will talk to you about placing down their houses and ask you to prepare for their arrival. Each will also need three interior and three exterior items so they aren’t moving into a completely empty building.

After you’ve done this and Resident Services has been upgraded to the full building, instead of the tent it starts off in, you can pay Nook to create plots of land for future residents. That way, if you invite villagers to come live on your island, they’ll already have a place to go.

At this point, Nook will also ask you to build a campsite. This is where villagers can come visit your island. You can talk to them repeatedly until you get a chance to encourage or discourage them from settling on the island.

What Is the Maximum Number of Villagers on One Island?

You can only have ten villagers on the island, not including yourself or any additional human players.

Can You Make Villagers Leave?

As we mentioned, ignore the villager as much as possible. Just talking to them gives you more friendship points. Instead push them around by running into them and give them garbage or spoiled turnips as a gift. With this method you should be able to get a new villager to move out in about five days. When they’re fully disgruntled, a cloud will stay over their head. This is an indicator that it’s a good time to talk to them. They may ask you if they should leave the island and you can encourage them to do so.

Hitting villagers with a net will make them leave faster, but it may also cause them to talk to you. Doing so will keep them from wanting to leave so you should not do that. The same can be said of complaining to Isabelle, this does not work either. Isabelle can only make them change outfits or their speech patterns, neither of which is effective at making people leave.

And that’s it! Hopefully this helps you get settled into your new Animal Crossing: New Horizons island!


Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games.

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  1. On my island I have invited 3 villagers via mystery tours (nook miles tickets) and now I cant find any more on the mystery nook miles tours. Is this a bug or do I just have to do something about it?

    1. Hi! So you will only find potential villagers on the nook miles islands if you have a plot available. This means you have to speak to Tom nook first get a plot from him and then choose somewhere to put it. Once’s you have done that villagers will appear on the nook islands again x

  2. Just like all of you, I started the game with two villagers. I bought my nook miles ticket and invited TWO villagers but wasn’t confused when they did not move in. I read this and then went to another random island but NO ONE was there. Mind you this is three months after I invited the other two villagers. How am I supposed to invite three villagers if no more are so showing up??!

  3. You don’t need to invite three animals to your island to get any to move in. I only invited one before Tom Nook said he had three people wanting to move in. Coincidently, the second person I invited told me they had already gotten permission from Nook to move in, so they were one of the three new residents.

  4. I have a big family, with six playable islanders, and I still have a full roster of 10 animal islanders! 10 is the max no matter how many playable islanders you have 🙂

  5. It does! ^ I had my sibling living on my island and I couldn’t build any more plots after the ninth villager. Promptly deleted sibling! 🙂

  6. Complaining to isabelle doesn’t actually have any effect. She’s just there to reset then in case someone gives them swears as a catchphrase or they ouch up offensive clothing patterns from custom clothing.

    And humans have never counted towards the total. That would mean 18 villagers total, 10 animals and 8 humans is the max, and there’s more than enough room for it.

  7. Would love to know the answer to that too! Whether or not having local multiplayer people living on your island as residents will take away from the max amount of animal villagers that could possibly live on the island too. If not, then what is the total amount of island inhabitants possible, including both real people and NPC animals combined? 🙂

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