How to Get More Villagers
As you develop the island, more villagers will want to make their home there. But you get a say in who moves in and where they live. If you want a villager to move in, pick a spot for a future home to be built.
First thing to note, as you naturally progress through unlocking new features on the island, Tom Nook will eventually have you build and help furnish three houses for incoming villagers. Once you’ve built and placed all the furniture for once house and check in with Tom Nook, you’ll see a “sold” sign appear on the lot with the name of the incoming villager.
This may seem randomized, but you do have a chance at reserving a spot for a specific villager. Use the Nook Miles Tickets to fly to Mystery Islands, and if you see a random villager camping out that you like, tell them to visit your island next – and there’s a big chance they’ll be the ones reserving a spot in the furnished houses.
However, once these spots are taken, you won’t be able to get new villagers for a little bit longer. Once Resident Services has been upgraded to a building, talk to Tom Nook again about more plans for developing your island, and he’ll have to look into crafting a Campground.
With the Campground, a random villager can come visit your town – and Isabelle will announce if there’s currently anyone occupying the camp site. Unfortunately, the villager that shows up the day after the campground is built will join your town no matter what, so hopefully you like them.
Once that’s done, you’ll get two additional ways to get villagers to come to your town: Amiibo, and reserving lots.
Tom Nook and Isabelle will unlock amiibo functionality on the resident services terminal, allowing you to essentially summon any applicable villager from an amiibo card to appear immediately at your campground. By doing this, you can then talk to them, and try to convince them stay. This may involve building them several DIY souvenirs, and may take a few repeat visits over 3 days at the most.
Once they’re sold on the idea, they’ll need a place to stay – which is where reserving lots come in. By talking to Tom Nook about the infrastructure of your island, you can put down a plot of land for 10,000 bells where interested parties can reserve a home to move into. If you’ve convinced a camper via amiibo cards to come, they’ll need one of these lots to move into – but the lots can also attract the attention of random villagers to come move in.
Because of this, you may not want to build a plot if you’re trying to get a specific villager to come – until you know they’re ready, otherwise a day you spend waiting to try convincing them may be all it takes for some other villager to move in. You can have up to 10 villagers in your town at once, and having a better looking town will help raise your villager count faster if looking for random people to come, so be sure to decorate your island!