How to Get All 16 New Villagers in Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 Update

New friends to befriend!

by Noah Nelson
Animal Crossing 16 New Villagers

There are 16 new villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! While there is a lot to be excited about in the new 2.0 update, the new villagers are definitely one to look forward to. There are eight returning friends and eight new villagers in total. Here’s how to get them all.

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The Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update was planned for Nov. 5 but is available now. It will be the last free update to the game. That means that everyone will be able to download and have access to all of the new content coming with the 2.0 update. Alongside it, there will be a premium DLC package called Happy Home Paradise. With loads of new content, an exciting new addition is 16 new villagers.

All 16 New Villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 2.0

There are 16 new villagers in the 2.0 update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and each of them is listed below.

  • Sasha
  • Ione
  • Tiansheng
  • Shino
  • Marlo
  • Petri
  • Cephalobot
  • Quinn
  • Chabwick
  • Zoe
  • Ace
  • Rio
  • Frett
  • Azalea
  • Roswell
  • Faith

How to Get the New Villagers

There are a lot of ways to get access to the 16 new villagers. And with the 16 New Villagers in Animal Crossing New Horizons, there are a total of over 400 villagers in the game. Needless to say, it can be tricky finding all 16 new villagers, but it can be done. Just like any other villager, you can invite them to your island when you find them.

One way to get a few of the new villagers is to restart your island. Just hope that they turn up as one of your starting villagers. If you don’t want to restart your island, open up a new housing plot and try your luck to get one of the 16 out of 400 villagers to meander into your island. Both of these ways rely on chance, but there are other ways.

If you like to take charge of your destiny, then go village hunting for the 16 new villagers. Travel to a new island using Nook Miles tickets. Once you’ve located a new villager that you want on your island, talk to them and invite them. Also, if you visit a friend’s island and they have a new villager moving out, you can invite them to your island. Though these are solid ways to get the new villagers, it will eat up your Nook Miles tickets, so make sure to collect those before taking off.


Another way to get the new villagers that involves a bit of luck is to talk and invite random villagers that arrive at your campsite, once you have that unlocked. And last but not least, players can purchase the Animal Crossing Series 5 amiibo cards which feature all 16 new villagers. This will be available on Nov. 5 with the Happy Home Paradise DLC.

With the 2.0 update, there is a lot on the horizon for Animal Crossing. Knapp’n will take you to a mysterious island, the Brewster and The Roost Coffee Shop are here, and Harv’s Island will have various updates just to name a few new exciting bits. Stay tuned for more Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available on Nintendo Switch.

About The Author

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From his early days of blog-style music, movie, and game reviews to working as the Esports Writer at Coastline Community College, Noah Nelson now works fulltime as a Staff Writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion. He has been helping gamers everywhere with Destiny 2 god rolls, Warzone 2 DMZ missions, and collectibles in any indie game for over a year and a half. His Bachelor's Degree in English Rhetoric and Composition with a minor in Journalism from CSULB has shaped him to be a strong writer and editor. His fondest gaming memory is playing Sly Cooper 2 after begging his mom (for hours) to play it before his birthday and he still cries myself to sleep remembering the time he accidentally saved over his 99% completion save file in Kingdom Hearts 2.