Animal Crossing: New Horizons: How to Get the New Villagers

Here is how to get the new villagers in ACNH.

November 4, 2021

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 will be here in just a few days, and it’ll introduce 16 new villagers to befriend.

Say hello to 16 additional villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ 2.0 update!

The November update is set to be a massive one, bringing 16 characters into New Horizons for the first time. Eight are returning from previous Animal Crossing games while eight will be brand new.

The full Nintendo Direct showcased a few of the new villagers, but how can you get them? Read below to find the best ways to invite them to your island!

Nintendo Switch My Way | Animal Crossing | New Horizons | Just Dance 2022

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Since Nintendo is just adding the 16 villagers to the overall pool of characters, you can invite them to your island the exact same way you’d invite any other villager.

If you’ve restarted your island like many others, there’s always a chance you could luck out and they’ll be one of your starter villagers. Though, chances are fairly slim, given that there are now over 400 villagers in New Horizons.

Otherwise, if you are far enough into the game, you can open up an empty housing plot for them. You can leave it up to pure chance again and wait for a new villager to randomly move in, or you can go the more common route – villager hunting.

Using Nook Miles tickets, you can travel to various islands in search of the exact new villager you’d like. Once you find them, you can talk to them and invite them to move onto your island. You’ll most likely have to have a hefty number of Nook Miles tickets, but it’s a pretty reliable way of finding your favorite villagers.

The 16 additional villagers can also randomly appear at your campsite once you’ve unlocked it. Just like any other campsite villager, you can talk to the visitor and convince them to move in as well.

AC:NH All 16 Additional Villagers


Additionally, if an Animal Crossing friend manages to get one of the new villagers, you can adopt them when they move out. Once they have their home in boxes, you can talk to the villager and invite them to move onto your island instead. This, however, must be done by connecting with another player online.

Lastly, the simplest option is to use an amiibo card to bring your desired villager to your island. The Animal Crossing Series 5 amiibo cards will have 48 new cards, including the 16 new villagers. The cards will drop on the same day as the 2.0 update and the Happy Home Paradise DLC – November 5th.

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