When Will Villagers Ask to Leave in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Answered

Getting an Animal Crossing: New Horizons villager to leave can be a patience testing effort. At times you may feel like your efforts are getting you no where. But you may also find yourself wondering whether or not your villagers will ask to leave even though you have good relationships with them. The short answer is yes. But read on for details!

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How to Make A Villager Leave

As we mentioned, ignore the villager as much as possible. Simply talking to them gives you more friendship points. Instead give them garbage or spoiled turnips as a gift. With this method you should be able to get a completely new villager to move out in about five to six days. The process obviously takes longer for someone you’re well established with. 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 is often rumored to make them 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.

When Will Villagers Ask to Leave?

Villagers have a higher chance of asking to leave if you have a bad relationship with them. However, it’s always possible for them to ask to leave if you have the maximum of ten villagers on your island.

According to community tracking efforts, it must be at least two weeks after the last villager moved out. If a villager asks to move out and you convince them to stay, this extends the grace period by one week and you’ll have to wait at least seven days before you’ll be asked again.

Does Friendship Level Affect This?

Not that we can tell! We haven’t had a best friend ask to move out yet, but we’ve certainly had good friends talk about leaving our islands.

So if you’re wondering whether your best friend Raymond might ask to move out, chances are the answer is yes. It seems relatively random as to who asks to move out. My villager was easily the one I had the most interactions with and yet she still wanted to move on.

The good news is you can just ask them not to leave and they won’t. But if you’re patiently waiting for the next villager to move out, just try and keep track of time. You’ll save yourself those first two weeks of frustration wondering why nothing is happening.


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. You can find him on Twitter @Squiblon.

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