Living on an idyllic paradise and socializing with friendly neighbors is one of the many joys of the Animal Crossing franchise. And with the new Switch release, there is more to do than ever before when it comes to handing out with your digital friends. You can only have up to 10 neighbor NPCs on any given island though, and that will inevitably lead to the choice being made to remove NPCs from your town. This is not an easy decision, and it’s not as simple as making a menu selection. The Animal Crossing franchise has always been about building social relationships.
With all that said, there is a way to get rid of those you don’t want hanging around. The first thing you will need to do is stop talking to them. Under normal circumstances, you need to go visit with your neighbors and build relationships with them. Not in this case. You need to actively avoid them, if they come to talk to you, ignore them and run away.
Go and visit Isabelle at Resident Services. Select “Discuss a Resident” that pops up. You will have to do this for several days in a row, while also being distant with that particular NPC. Of course, you will have to upgrade Resident Services first to be able to do this.
The time you have to invest in the process of getting an NPC to leave scales with the degree of your connection to them. So even if you’re giving them the cold shoulder and being mean to them, they might stick around a while longer if you previously spent a ton of time making nice with them.
After some time, the resident will come to speak to you and ask if you want them to leave the town. Sometimes, if you don’t log in to the game for some time, you could come back to find that the residents of the town have left on their own. It’s unclear if this still a thing though, as it was a mechanic from the older games which may be present in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.