My Animal Crossing: New Leaf village has a surplus of ugly villagers. I like to call them the uggos. Most tragic is the fact that many of them have been with me since the beginning. I’ve been forced to stare at these abominations for weeks. Well, stare no longer! I’ve had it, and begun a forceful mission to escort all the uggos out of my otherwise happy town. Pack your bags Astrid, Coach and Chester! You’re joining Truffles, Rocket and Prince on the train to anywhere but here!
Now, encouraging animals to move in any Animal Crossing game is a tricky thing, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf is no different. There’s no proven way to really guarantee the creature you hate most in this world is going to go. Still, I’ve found that going out of my way to make certain neighbors’ lives miserable goes a long way in encouraging them to get off of my property! Does that make me a virtual bully? Perhaps, but it also makes my town a better place to live, so I say the ends justify the means.
Some people will say ignoring animals is key. I say, you have to be more proactive. If you ignore an animal, they may still consider you a “friend” and not know how much you despise them. For me, bullying seems to be the most effective course of action. Push animals into pitfalls. Push them around until they exclaim in fury, then get depressed. Mail them the garbage you fish out of the streams and oceans. I also very highly recommend swatting them with a bug net, even if they don’t have fleas. One of my favorite moments during my “Chase Chester Away” campaign was swatting him with a bug net any time I’d see him, because he’d get all sad and say he felt someone hitting him, then ask what was in my hand.
Doing these nasty things doesn’t guarantee these animals will be the next to go. However, with my systematic hassling of my Animal Crossing: New Leaf uggos, I’ve had a 80%-ish success rate in getting those creeps out of my town. My only failure thus far has been Coach. Let me relate this story to you, as it may help.
I’d been systematically bullying Coach for the longest time. About 3 whole days. Then, one morning, I’m talking to Kabuki and he said he heard a rumor that Coach is moving out of town. Huzzah! Happy day! I then made a point of walking past Coach in town, so he’d get that surprised look over his head that would indicate he had something to say. Finally, it happened. He said he’d be moving out. I then had two dialogue options. I could say the equivalent of, “Good riddance!” or “Please stay!” I told him not to let my net hit him (again) on the way out.
He changed his mind.
Let me repeat that, he changed his freaking mind.
So there’s another lesson for you. If one of your animals tells you another is taking off, then ignore the uggo animal like it’s a plague carrying rat. (Which, I suppose, could actually happen here.) Otherwise, you might talk to him and inadvertently change his or her mind, resulting in more quality time with one of the nastiest beasts in existence.
Hopefully, these little tips help you out. Remember, swat your unwanted animals with nets, push them into pitfalls and mail them garbage. But, if one of the other villagers says that one’s moving, avoid him or her like the plague so it can swiftly slip from both your town and your memory.