Will Animal Crossing: New Horizons work with amiibo?

Animal Crossing New Horizons Amiibo Figures Nintendo Switch
Animal Crossing New Horizons Amiibo Figures Nintendo Switch (Image credit: Nadine Dornieden / iMore)

Will Animal Crossing: New Horizons work with amiibo?

Best Answer: Yes, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will support Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards.

How do amiibo work in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Acnh How To Scan Amiibo: Scan your amiibo card over the right joystick

Acnh How To Scan Amiibo: Scan your amiibo card over the right joystick (Image credit: iMore)

Your amiibo can do different things depending on where you are in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You can invite villagers to your island's campsite if you've built one. You can also visit Harvey's Island and take photos with both NPCs and villagers. As of the 2.0 update, players can invite villagers and NPCs to The Roose café to hang out and drink coffee with Brewster. You'll also be able to build vacation homes for villagers and NPCs on the island resort in the game's Happy Home Paradise DLC.

So there are both amiibo figures and cards for Animal Crossing?

Animal Crossing New Horizons All Different Amiibo Card Types

Animal Crossing New Horizons All Different Amiibo Card Types (Image credit: Nadine Dornieden / iMore)

That's correct. For Animal Crossing, there are two types of amiibo collectibles available: the standard plastic toy figures and two different series of collectible cards.

For the amiibo figures, the following characters are available at the moment:

  • Blathers
  • Celeste
  • Cyrus
  • Digby
  • Isabelle - Summer Outfit
  • Isabelle - Winter Outfit
  • K.K.
  • Kapp'n
  • Kicks
  • Lottie
  • Mabel
  • Reese
  • Resetti
  • Rover
  • Timmy & Tommy
  • Tom Nook

There are several series of amiibo cards that are compatible with New Horizons:

  • Series 1-4 amiibo cards
  • Series 5 amiibo cards
  • Welcome amiibo cards
  • amiibo Festival cards
  • Sanrio amiibo cards

The Welcome amiibo set has 50 total cards, while the regular Series collection has 100 cards in Series 1-4 and 48 cards in Series 5, creating a pool of 448 cards total. There are three cards in the amiibo Festival set for the Nintendo Wii U and six Sanrio-themed villagers that give access to some adorable furniture.

Some exclusive villagers can only be obtained with their corresponding amiibo cards. Both NPC amiibo figures and amiibo cards serve the same purpose in New Horizons. This is different from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where figures allowed players to access NPC RVs at the camping ground, while NPC amiibo cards only granted players a picture of the NPC.

Which Animal Crossing amiibo are compatible with New Horizons?

All villager amiibo cards are compatible with New Horizons. As for figures and NPC amiibo cards, only characters who organically show up in the game are compatible with the game. This means that you won't be able to scan in NPCs like Nat, Pelly, Phyllis, or Digby, for example. NPCs like Labelle, Pavé, Leif, and Sable can be summoned into the game with cards, even if they don't have corresponding figurines.

A personal getaway

While amiibo figures and cards aren't mandatory for enjoying your time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it can make things easier to invite certain villagers to your island or design vacation homes for them archipelago. Bonding with NPCs by inviting them for coffee, designing homes for them, or even taking pictures with them outside of their regular routine can also enrich your experience.

Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed. When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.