Will Animal Crossing: New Horizons have new villagers?
Best answer: Yes! There are a total of 393 recruitable animal villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but eight characters are exclusive to this title. Following the free update on Nov. 5, an additional 16 new villagers will be added to the game, eight of which are brand new and New Horizon exclusive.
New in town
Villager hunting has become a favorite passtime among Animal Crossing: New Horizon players, and it's easy to see why. With over 393 different villagers, you can customize your village with whichever personalities or animals you want. While there are plenty of familiar faces, there are a handful of original NPCs that are exclusive to New Horizons.
|Audie||Wolf villager with a love for dresses and a peppy personality.||August 31|
|Cyd||A cranky, male villager.||June 9|
|Dom||A cheerful-looking male villager with a jock personality.||March 18|
|Megan||She's a sweet, purple bear with a normal personality.||March 13|
|Raymond||Fan-favorite, gray cat with a smug personality and style!||October 1|
|Judy||A snooty villager in pretty pastels with sparkling eyes.||March 10|
|Sherb||A blue, male goat with a lazy personality and a snappy sweater.||January 18|
|Reneigh||A new horse villager with an Uchi personality.||June 4|
Currently, the only way to find these villagers is through trial and error as you go on Mystery Tours and invite NPCs back to your island. There is a chance you might also start your game with one of these exclusive animals, too. However, if you don't want to put the time in searching island after island for Raymond, help is on the way. Oh, and also, more villagers!
More villagers to come soon!
If Raymond and the other villagers are old news to you, there's some exciting news around the corner. With the next update, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting 16 new villagers! While some of these villagers are from previous games, there are 8 that are brand new. We've compiled a list of every new character arriving in the Nov. 5 update.
|Sasha||A new, blue rabbit villager. New Horizon exclusive||May 19|
|Ione||A sky-blue squirrel villager. New Horizon exclusive||September 11|
|Tiansheng||An orange monkey villager. New Horizon exclusive||August 18|
|Shino||A mysterious, deer villager. New Horizon exclusive||October 31|
|Marlo||A butler-esque hamster villager. New Horizon exclusive||June 26|
|Petri||A book-worm mouse villager. New Horizon exclusive||October 23|
|Cephalobot||A robo-octo villager. New Horizon exclusive||April 1|
|Quinn||A brand new eagle villager. New Horizon exclusive||January 20|
|Roswell||This brown alligator has a lazy personality.||May 2|
|Azalea||Another returning character, Azalea is a blue rhino with a snooty personality.||December 18th|
|Frett||This bright yellow dog villager has a cranky personality.||October 30th|
|Rio||This red ostrich sports a peppy personality and a yellow star on her cheek.||September 10|
|Ace||A blue bird with a jock personality.||August 11|
|Zoe||A turquoise anteater with a normal personality.||Febuary 10|
|Chabwick||A returning villager, this blue penguin is a lazy villager.||December 24|
|Faith||This orage koala villager is another returning character with a normal personality.||March 21|
With so many new characters coming in this final free update, players can easily fill their island with a new cast of NPCs. However, if you remember how painstaking it could be to find a particular villager, you may be less inclined to jump into the search again. Don't worry; there's a way to get all of these villagers with a little luck.
A brand new series of amiibo cards
If you haven't gotten into New Horizons on Switch by now, or you've stepped away, Nov. 5 is a great time to jump back in. Not only are we getting a whole new set of characters, amazing updates, and DLC, but also a new amiibo cards! The series 5 amiibo cards is coming that same day, so you can possibly snag a card packet with your favorite.
With the right card, you can just invite one of these characters directly. This new package contains NPCs and villagers who don't have amiibos, and includes all of the new villagers coming with the update.
If you build it...they will come.
Finally! A chance to build your Animal Crossing village the way you see fit. Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you mold your tropical paradise. Fish, catch bugs, gather materials, and meet some new friends as you come back daily for new adventures.
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