How to get a villager to move out in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Every Animal Crossing player knows the pain of having an unwanted villager move into their town, and figuring out how to get villagers to move out can undoubtedly be a tricky situation. Luckily, there’s a couple of ways to force them out in ACNH. 

There’s no greater pain in Animal Crossing than seeing a new villager decide to move into your town, only to check the nameplate on the plot of land and they’re someone you really don’t want.

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Luckily, there’s hope in New Horizons. One simple trick in the game can force any undesirable inhabitants off of your island, giving you room for someone you like to take their place.


Vesta in Animal Crossing: New HorizonsNintendo
We all have that one villager we wish would leave.

How to get a villager to move out in ACNH

The technique involves time traveling, though, so if don’t want to use this method, there’s not much you can do other than wait for the villager to leave willingly by themselves.

  1. Set your Switch’s system clock date 10 days in the future, between 12 and 3 PM.
  2. In-game, find a villager with a speech bubble above their head.
  3. If it’s not the villager you want, tell them you’d like to stay.
  4. If no villager has a speech bubble, time travel forward one day at a time until someone does.
  5. Rinse and repeat until the villager you want out has the speech bubble above their head.

This method will take a lot of time, but there is one more method you can utilize if you want to get that pesky villager out in a flash.

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A screenshot showing using Amiibo cards to move out a villager in ACNHNintendo
An amiibo card will help to get a villager to move out in Animal Crossing.

How to make a villager move out with amiibo cards

Another easier way to accomplish this is by using an amiibo card for the character you want. For this method, simply:

  1. Scan the card into your Switch using the machine within your Town Hall.
  2. Visit the villager’s tent.
  3. Complete their DIY request (you’ll have to do this three times on separate days).
  4. If you have all 10 houses on your island filled, you’ll be able to pick which villager moves out.

So, there you have it. All you need to know on how to get those unwanted villagers to move out in Animal Crossing.

Looking for more tips and tricks covering all things New Horizons? Take a look at our other guides:

5 of the funniest Villager catchphrases | Gift guide for Villagers | How to get Iron Nuggets fast | How to stop Villagers moving out | Terraforming ideas | How to get the Shell Arch

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