How to Make Villagers Leave in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Looking to kick out one of your villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? You’ve come to the right place.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is generally filled with loads and loads of adorable animal villagers for you to befriend and fall in love with. But sometimes one of those villagers might just get on your nerves. So, how do you get villagers to leave once you’ve had enough of them? There’s really only one way.

And that one way is achieved by first having a full island. That means that you have to have ten houses and ten villagers living in them. From there you can either, ask a villager at a mystery island if they’d like to move in or call in a villager with an amiibo. Once you have a new villager ready to move in, one will have to go.


If you meet a villager on a mysterious island you can ask them to move in and they’ll mention that maybe they can convince one of your current villagers to move out. Unfortunately, the villager that they choose will be random, you won’t be able to choose which villager moves out so this might not be the ideal plan.

When you use an amiibo card the process is about the same. You’ll invite a villager over three times, crafting them something that they request each time and on the third go ’round they’ll be so enamored with your island that they simply have to move in. You’ll then be able to decide which villager you’d like to move out. Clearly the easier choice in this case, but if you don’t have any amiibos, then option 1 is the only course of action for you.

I like to annoy my villagers the old fashioned way – by pushing them around, beating them with my net, surrounding their house in trees so that they can’t leave and/or digging holes around them so they get stuck in a shame corner. Unfortunately, this has never actually been proven to work, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop.

And that’s how to kick a villager off your island. It’s a tough world out there for villagers but with upwards of 400 villagers to choose from, it’s worth it to kick some out every now and again to get some new ones.