Animal Crossing: New Horizons big update 2.0 has arrived and will launch alongside a fifth series of Animal Crossing Amiibo cards. Thanks to the NFC reader in the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro Controller, these cards can be scanned into the game to invite new villagers to live on your island, arrange photo shoots with your favorite characters, and more.
There are 48 cards in the Series 5 set, including a number of brand new villagers that weren’t previously available in the game. If you’ve got your hands on some of these cards and want to invite new characters to your island, here’s a rundown on how to use Amiibo in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
New villagers Amiibo
As mentioned, New Horizons Update 2.0 introduces eight brand new villagers, all of which will be available as Amiibo cards in the Series 5 set. once you have completed the process described below.
Each pack costs $ 6 and contains six random cards. Here are all the new villagers in the Series 5 set:
- Cephalobot (octopus)
- Ion (squirrel)
- Marlo (hamster)
- Petri (mouse)
- Quinn (eagle)
- Sasha (rabbit)
- Shino (deer)
- Tiansheng (monkey)
Sanrio Amiibo cards
There are other special villagers that you can only get through Amiibo cards. The March 2021 update of New Horizons introduced several Sanrio-inspired characters that are only obtainable through Animal Crossing Amiibo Sanrio cards.
There are six cards in total, each featuring a villager (and accompanying items) inspired by a particular Sanrio character. The villagers and the characters they are based on are as follows:
- Rilla (gorilla) – Hello Kitty
- Marty (bear cub) – Pompompurin
- Étoile (sheep) – Kiki & Lala
- Chai (elephant) – Cinnamoroll
- Chelsea (deer) – My Melody
- Toby (rabbit) – Kerokerokeroppi
In addition to inviting characters to live on your island, you can scan their cards to unlock special Sanrio items. After inviting characters to your campsite, you will be able to order Sanrio-themed items in-game through the Nook Shopping catalog. These include specialty furniture, wallpapers, clothing, accessories, and more.
How to invite new villagers with Amiibo
One of the main things you can do with Animal Crossing Amiibo cards is to invite characters to live on your island, making this the easiest way to get a specific villager to relocate (provided you have their card). However, the process is a little tricky and requires you to invite the character to your campsite first. Here’s what to do.
1. Invite to the campsite
Log into the Nook Stop terminal in your Resident Services building and choose Invite Amiibo campers . Next, the game will ask you to scan an Amiibo card. Note that if another character is currently occupying your campsite, the game will ask you if you want to replace them with the villager you are trying to summon.
2. Visit the character’s tent
Once you’ve invited an Amiibo character to your campsite, you’ll need to visit their tent and fulfill a request. Talk to the character and they will ask you for a specific item. Create whatever they are looking for and show them.
3. Repeat the process two more times
Although you have fulfilled their request, you cannot yet ask the character to move to your island. You will have to invite them back to your campsite two more times and fulfill multiple requests before they decide to move.
Since you can only invite a specific character to camp once a day, the whole process will take at least three days before they finally agree to relocate (unless you speed things up by “time traveling” – a fan term for manually change your Switch’s internal calendar to change the game date).
4. Invite them to live on your island
The third time you have fulfilled the request for the camper, they will tell you that they would like to move to your island. If you already have 10 villagers – the maximum number allowed by the game – you will need to select one of your current neighbors to start before the new character can enter. Your old neighbor will leave the next day, with the new villager settling on their plot.
Note that this process only works with villager characters; you cannot invite special characters, such as KK Slider, to live on your island, although you can invite them for photo shoots. More on that below.
Other uses of Amiibo
In addition to inviting new characters to live on your island, there are a few other things you can do with Amiibo cards and figures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including creating photo shoots. To start, talk to Orville at the airport and tell him you would like to fly to Harv Island. Once there, talk to Harvey to access Photopia, a special building where you can arrange photo shoots with your villagers and Amiibo characters.
You can also use Amiibo cards and miniatures to invite characters to the, which was added to the game as part of the big 2.0 update. Using the Amiibo phone in the back corner of the cafe, you can scan Animal Crossing Amiibo cards and figures to invite those characters over for a little coffee break.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Series 5 Amiibo cards will launch on November 5th. On the same day, Nintendo will also release a paid DLC expansion for the game called Happy Home Paradise. Just like the spin-off game Happy Home Designer for Nintendo 3DS, this expansion lets you take on work designing dream vacation homes for the villagers. The DLC costs $ 25 to purchase outright, but anyone who subscribes to the Nintendo Switch online expansion plan can access it at no additional cost.