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Animal Crossing: New Horizons villager visits and invites

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
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On our islands, we spend a lot of time with our fuzzy residents in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and they truly do feel like friends. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons update 2.0, we'll have the opportunity to deepen our bonds even more with villagers paying us social calls at home and even inviting us to their houses. Just like Animal Crossing games past, it's great to see this lovely feature return and be able to have our best island friends spend some time in the houses we've lovingly decorated. If you're wondering how villager invites and visits work in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we've put together a helpful rundown so you know when a villager might want to come over or invite you to their homes.

 Animal Crossing: New Horizon villager visits  

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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When you're tucked up at home changing your outfits or watching TV, villagers will sometimes pop by to make a social call. You'll hear a little knock at the door before your neighbour says a greeting and asks if you're in. They'll then hang around your house for a while to spend some quality time with you. After a little while, they will leave, but you have the choice to ask them to hang out with you longer or say your goodbyes. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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On occasion when you're see a villager with three dots over their head to indicate that they're thinking, they may ask to come over to your house. If you agree, you'll immediately return home with them. During their visit, they can comment on your home decor, give you a little something for having them over, ask you to play a card game with them, and even ask for to be taken on a tour of all of your different rooms. It's all very adorable. Once they leave, you'll likely hear a little ping not unlike the sound you hear when you help out a villager, which indicates that your bond has deepened. The next day, you may also receive a letter with a gift from your visiting villager to thank you for letting them to spend time at your house. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

(Image credit: Nintendo)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons invites to your villagers' homes 

Occasionally when speak to a villager your good pals with outside, they may ask if you're busy and whether or not you'd like to pop over and spend some time with them at their house. If you accept, you'll then find yourself in their home. It's a sweet little way to hang out, and it makes a change from always having to be the one who knocks on their door to pay a visit. It's also a lovely way of making it feel like villager wants to spend time with you. 


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Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.