Read this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide on how to increase friendship level with villagers! Learn how to raise and check friendship level, presents, & rewards!
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Actions That Affect Friendship Level
Actions That Change Friendship Level
How To Increase Friendship Level
- Talk to them
- Send a letter and get a reply
- Give a present
- Give them an item they want
- Do favors for them
How To Decrease Friendship Level
- Give them garbage or weeds
- Hit them with a Net repeatedly
- Push them
There's No Point In Lowering Friendship Level
There are no benefits of lowering a villager's friendship level. It has no effect on whether or not a villager moves off of your island, so we encourage you not to bully your poor animals. If there's a Villager you don't like, simply have them move away!Check Out How To Make Villagers Leave Here
How To Efficiently Increase Friendship Level
Talk To Them Every Day
If you want to increase a certain villager's friendship level, make sure to talk to them every day! By simply doing this their friendship level will increase, making this a really easy and efficient method. It is rather slow, however, so if you'd like something faster try the alternatives below.
Once you're able to give presents to Villagers, purchase some wrapping paper from Nook's Cranny and use it on your present. This will increase the amount of friendship points the villager gets from receiving a present.
Send A Letter With A Present Attached
You can only give a present to a villager directly once per day. If you want to increase your friendship even more, try sending them presents via the mail!
Do Favors For The Villagers
If one of your villagers needs something or is in trouble, help them out! There are various types of requests you'll get from villagers, so whenever you have the chance make sure to listen to them and help them out, as that will increase your friendship levels with them.
List Of Villager Requests
|Request||What To Do|
|Catch Fish||Give the villager a specific fish|
▶Full List Of Fish
|Catch Bugs||Give the villager a specific bug|
▶Full List Of Bugs
|Lost Items||Hand over a lost item to its rightful owner|
|Find Treasure||Find treasure that's been buried somewhere on the island|
|Get-Well Visit||Give medicine to a villager who has a cold|
How To Check Friendship Level
Stage 1: Just Talk To Them
When a villager first moves to your island, you won't be able to do anything except talk to them since your friendship level is so low. However, if you talk to them every day this level will go up and you'll eventually advance to the next stage.
Stage 2: Able To Give Them Presents
Once your friendship level reaches Stage 2, you'll be able to give villagers a present once you talk to them. Try to give them something that they love in order to get the maximum friendship level boost.
Stage 3: Get Pictures
At Stage 3, you'll be able to get pictures from the villagers. To get to this level you'll have to give them presents and greet them many, many times, so make sure that doing so is a regular part of your routine.
Benefits Of Raising Friendship Level
Get Pictures Of The Villagers
By maxing out friendship level with a villager you'll get a picture of them as a present! This is a sign of the bond between you and that animal, so if there's a villager you are particularly fond of, try to get their picture!Check Out Villager Pictures Here
Change How They Speak And Greet You
By getting closer to Villagers, you'll be able to change the very way that animal speaks, including the way it greets you. Villagers will propose this idea to you themselves, so once your friendship is high enough just wait until one of them approaches you with the topic. Note that certain phrases you set have a chance of spreading to other villagers too, so be forewarned!