How to Remove Villagers in Animal Crossing New Horizons

There’s a limited amount of villagers you island can hold in Animal Crossing New Horizons. With that in mind, a lot of folks are interested in ways to remove unwanted villagers from their little capitalist utopia. Getting rid of existing tenants to allow better ones to move in is a crucial tenet of being a landlord, so it’s no surprise that there is a way to do this. This guide is going to show you how to remove villagers in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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How to get rid of villagers?

Thankfully, it’s nothing as grim as the picture above would lead you to believe. You can’t just whack a villager on the head and bury their lifeless body in that one spot you know where the ground is soft, wrapped in a carpet you’ve painstakingly crafted yourself.

Instead, what you’ll want to do is go to resident services and talk to Isabelle. One of the options she offers is to discuss a resident. Pick that and make a complaint. After a while, this will make the landlords evict said villager, and you’ll be free to invite another in their stead. If you’re impatient, you can try making several complaints in a row.

If you have no idea who Isabell is, you probably haven’t progressed through the story enough. She appears after a certain point and takes over Resident Services after you’ve upgraded it.

While you’re waiting for security to throw out the poor bastard, you can kill time by trading turnips on the Stalk Market, trading fruit using Dodo codes, or catching wasps and selling them for profit. Although why anyone would buy wasps is entirely beyond me, the Nooks seem to be happy with buying suspicious amounts of the aggressive little critters. Those people are up to something.



  1. M

    This isn’t correct. Complaining to Isabelle just resets clothing and catchphrases that the villager may have picked up. Ignoring villagers is how you get rid of them. Please make sure you’re publishing correct information.

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