Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Make Villagers Move Out and Leave

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A character, the Resident Representative, stares at the sunset off the coast of their island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are over 350 villagers that can end up living on your island. While they all have a general appeal, with some villagers being super popular and cherished within the community, there is always the chance you may have that one villager that you just can't stand. In this guide, we discuss how to get a villager to move out and leave your island.

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How To Evict Villagers and Make Them Move Out

The best way to get villagers to leave and move out in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is just to flat-out ignore them; do not talk to them or complete their requests. Be sure to talk to all other villagers regularly for the next several days and weeks. Once you've done this, observe their behaviour and look out for that villager wandering around with a thought bubble above their head. If you see this, talk to them. They may also run up to you, shouting your name.

This often means that they have a dilemma and will seek advice from you. It won't always be the case, however, and they may have a task or want to teach you something. If they are contemplating leaving your island, you will need to encourage or discourage them from leaving. This can be a very long process, so be prepared for a hefty wait.

A character, the Resident Representative, sits alone on a log seat on the beach in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Potentially, you can use an Amiibo card to make a new villager appear at the Campsite and convince them to move in. After satisfying their needs, you can prompt an opportunity for them to take someone's spot.

The downfall of this, however, is that while the Amiibo villager will replace somebody already living on your island, you cannot choose who they replace. So, they could take the spot of that one pesky villager you wish to evict, or they could do the opposite, replacing a villager that you cherish. Take caution!

Does Reporting Villagers Get Them to Leave?

Reporting villagers to Isabelle does not help get them evicted or prompt them to move out. This is more of a reset button that will reset their behaviour and clothing. Abusing your fellow villager, by hitting them or running into them, will not get them to move out either. This will just temporarily annoy them.


Of course, if you want the best villagers, we've laid out a tier list of popularity, so you know which ones are more popular than others in the New Horizons community. Alternatively, you can make your own decisions on whom the best villagers are by checking out how many villagers you can encounter in New Horizons here!

This article was updated on 1st November 2021 by Kelsey Raynor.