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How to get Marshal in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ Marshal villager is currently the most popular villager in the game. The squirrel resident has topped the Animal Crossing: New Horizons villager tier list, being one of the most sought-after animals in the game and routinely being exchanged for millions of Bells. If you’re wondering how to get Marshal in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, then you’ll be able to pursue this goal using several methods.

How can I get Marshal in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Get Marshal in boxes

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You’ll have heard the Animal Crossing community refer to Marshall being “in boxes,” to signify that the villager is able to be distributed elsewhere. This means that Marshal is on their island, but he is packing up and ready to leave.

A villager being in boxes means that they can be communicated with by another player, and that they can be convinced to live on their island instead. Often when a popular villager is in boxes, the player who has them on their island will trade them with another player for a fee. Marshal can be traded for tens of millions of Bells and thousands of Nook Miles Tickets, given his popularity.

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If you don’t have this amount of Animal Crossing wealth, you likely aren’t able to get Marshal in this way unless you stumble across a particularly charitable player. If you do get invited to an island with Marshal in boxes, simply talk to him while he was packing away in his home and invite him to stay on your island instead. He should then move to either an empty plot on your island, or will ask another villager to leave.


Get Marshal amiibo cards

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Another way to get Marshal is to invest in amiibo cards. You can purchase these amiibo cards from Amazon, and they’ll provide you with a set of six randomized villagers and NPCs. You can then go to Resident Services to scan them, and get the villagers on the cards to visit your campsite. If you’re lucky, Marshal will be one of the villagers you pull from the pack.

Marshal can be found in the series 3 Animal Crossing amiibo cards, and he’s also available to purchase separately. However, purchasing him separately can be brutally expensive, so you may want to risk your luck by investing in random packs instead.


Get Marshal at your campsite

If you’re lucky, Marshal will pop up randomly at your campsite. Even if you have the full number of villagers in your island, you’ll still be able to convince him to stay.

Often, you’ll be asked to play a game of chance in order to convince a camper to live on your island. Even if you lose the game of chance, keep on playing until you win (or Marshal gives up and asks Resident Services if he can move in anyway). After doing so, Marshal will join your island.

Get Marshal via Nook Miles Tickets

Nook Miles Tickets will allow you to venture to faraway islands that sometimes contain new villagers. In order to come across these new villagers, you’ll need an empty home on your island. This means that you’ll need to get a villager to move out. After doing so, Nook Miles trips will allow you to come across new potential islanders you can ask to live on your island. If Marshal is on one of these islands, then you can convince him to live with you.