Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villager Tier List – Best Villagers of Each Species

Okay, listen. Ranking every single Animal Crossing villager is a nearly insurmountable task. Everyone has their own opinions and comparing every single villager isn’t even the most useful idea short of knowing who’s the best of the best. Most villagers are going to fall into the mid to low ranks anyway. So we had the idea, not to make a tier list out of every New Horizons villager, but to make a tier list for each species.

What are the best Wolves to have? (You probably said Audie, didn’t you?) The idea being that it’s a lot easier to rank the animals only in comparison to others of their species. So that’s what we did. Hopefully this helps you figure out which villagers you want to pursue!

It should be obvious, but this is an opinionated tier list. I don’t claim to be the one true voice of the entire Animal Crossing community. I’ve rated all of the villagers based on a combination of their appearance, home style, community popularity, and to a lesser extent, their catchphrase. 

Here is a rough outline of what each tier means:

  • S-Tier: Super popular. Just about everyone wants them on their island.
  • A-Tier: A great villager. You should consider adding them to your island.
  • B-Tier: Above average. Has a few qualities that make them better than an average villager.
  • C-Tier: Average villager. They don’t really stand out.
  • D-Tier: Below average or awful. Some villagers in this tier are just okay. Others you’ll want to avoid like the plague lest you spend days trying to get them to leave.

Villagers inside each tier are sorted alphabetically (for the most part). For example, Del and Gayle are equal in ranking. I have not ranked Del ahead of Gayle.

This guide is long. We recommend using CTRL + F to jump to the species or characters you’re curious about. Otherwise, be prepared for a lot of scrolling.

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Animal Crossing Alligator Tier List

Sadly, the alligators in Animal Crossing: New Horizons aren’t certain to grab your attention. They mostly fall into the lower ranks of tier lists like ours. Drago is unique in that he’s supposed to be a damn dragon which is enough to get him to B-tier on our list. Del has swapped from the pirate life to the join the robot gang. And Gayle has a fondness for pink that few other villagers can rival. The rest aren’t super noticeable though. Even Alfonso can’t be saved by being a Mario reference.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B Drago Lazy burrrn
C Del Cranky gronk
C Gayle Normal snacky
D Alfonso Lazy it’sa me
D Boots Jock munchie
D Alli Snooty graaagh
D Sly Jock hoo-rah


Animal Crossing Anteater Tier List

Anteaters fall into a very similar bucket as the alligators do. Most are either entirely uninteresting or downright unpleasant. Snooty is the literal embodiment of the snooty personality and Cyrano goes around sneezing on you with every sentence. Anabelle is the lone standout since she looks like a pangolin and comes with an awesome starting shirt. Olaf is also notable since he has pants and sleeves, something few villagers have. The interesting fact here is that they remain if you change his shirt. Those clothes are apparently just part of his skin.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B AnabelleAnimal Crossing Anabelle Peppy snorty
C AnnalisaAnimal Crossing Annalisa Normal gumdrop
C AntonioAnimal Crossing Antonio Jock honk
C OlafAnimal Crossing Olaf Smug whiffa
D CyranoAnimal Crossing Cyrano Cranky ah-CHOO
D PangoAnimal Crossing Pango Peppy snoooof
D SnootyAnimal Crossing Snooty Snooty snifffff


Animal Crossing Bear Tier List

With the sheer number of bear villagers available, you’d think there would be more stellar possibilities. Megan is cute as it comes, but the rest of the bears are average at best. There’s also a whole lot of cranky folks here that you may want to avoid if that’s not your thing. We recommend Ursala as an underrated villager. Her sisterly personality is good and her house is seriously nice.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A MeganAnimal Crossing Megan Normal sundae
B UrsalaAnimal Crossing Ursala Sisterly grooomph
C Grizzlyanimal crossing grizzly Cranky grrr…
C Charliseanimal crossing charlise Sisterly urgh
C Pinkyanimal crossing pinky Peppy wah
C Tutuanimal crossing tutu Peppy twinkles
D Grouchoanimal crossing groucho Cranky grumble
D Ikeanimal crossing ike Cranky roadie
D Curtanimal crossing curt Cranky fuzzball
D Beardoanimal crossing beardo Smug whiskers
D Chowanimal crossing chow Cranky aiya
D Nateanimal crossing nate Lazy yawwwn
D Paulaanimal crossing paula Sisterly yodelay
D Klausanimal crossing klaus Smug strudel
D Teddyanimal crossing teddy Jock grooof

Animal Crossing Birds Tier List

Fans of Animal Crossing will already know that Jacques is the most popular of the birds. Most of the birds as a whole are fine and good additions to your island. As a whole, the birds are largely ranked based on their appearance, though Jacques has a cool diner house while Lucha has a literal wrestling ring.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A Jacquesanimal crossing jacques Smug zut alors
B Luchaanimal crossing lucha Smug cacaw
B Piperanimal crossing piper Peppy chickadee
C Anchovyanimal crossing anchovy Lazy chuurp
C Jayanimal crossing jay Jock heeeeeyy
C Midgeanimal crossing midge Normal tweedledee
D Admiralanimal crossing admiral Cranky aye aye
D Jacobanimal crossing jacob Lazy chuuuuurp
D Jittersanimal crossing jitters Jock bzzert
D Peckanimal crossing peck Jock crunch
D Robinanimal crossing robin Snooty la-di-da
D Sparroanimal crossing sparro Jock like whoa
D Twiggyanimal crossing twiggy Peppy cheepers

Animal Crossing Bulls Tier List

Bulls can be hit or miss depending on what you like. None of them are really cute, but Stu is at least colorful. He’s also one of the few villagers who has a modern outdoors setting inside of his house. He lives in an alleyway which opens up some cool possibilities for gift ideas!

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B Stuanimal crossing stu Lazy moo-dude
C Rodeoanimal crossing rodeo Lazy chaps
C Vicanimal crossing vic Cranky cud
D Angusanimal crossing angus Cranky macmoo
D Coachanimal crossing coach Jock stubble
D T-Boneanimal crossing tbone Cranky moocher

Animal Crossing Cat Tier List

Everybody likes cats so it should come as no surprise as to how highly ranked many of these villagers are. Raymond has been the face of Animal Crossing since New Horizons came out with some paying up to 15 million Bells to get their hands on him. They’re all solid grabs, but I’m still struggling to figure out why Moe’s eyes are the way they are.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Ankhaanimal crossing ankha Snooty me meow
S Raymondanimal crossing raymond Smug crisp
A Bobanimal crossing bob Lazy pthhhpth
A Felicityanimal crossing felicity Peppy mimimi
A Lollyanimal crossing lolly Normal bonbon
A Punchyanimal crossing punchy Lazy mrmpht
B Kabukianimal crossing kabuki Cranky meooo-OH
B Merryanimal crossing merry Peppy mweee
B Rosieanimal crossing rosie Peppy silly
B Tangyanimal crossing tangy Peppy reeeeOWR
C Kattanimal crossing katt Sisterly purrty
C Kid Catanimal crossing kid cat Jock psst
C Kikianimal crossing kiki Normal kitty cat
C Mitzianimal crossing mitzi Normal mew
C Oliviaanimal crossing olivia Snooty purrr
C Purrlanimal crossing purrl Snooty kitten
C Tomanimal crossing tom Cranky me-YOWZA
D Kittyanimal crossing kitty Snooty mrowrr
D Moeanimal crossing moe Lazy myawn
D Moniqueanimal crossing monique Snooty pffffft
D Rudyanimal crossing rudy Jock mush
D Stinkyanimal crossing stinky Jock GAHHHH
D Tabbyanimal crossing tabby Peppy me-WOW

Animal Crossing Chicken Tier List

None of the chickens in New Horizons really stand out. They’re all average at best. Becky gets bonus points for a super classical house which is hard to come by.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
C Beckyanimal crossing becky Snooty chicklet
C Kenanimal crossing ken Smug no doubt
C Knoxanimal crossing knox Cranky cluckling
C Pluckyanimal crossing plucky Sisterly chiky-poo
D Avaanimal crossing ava Normal beaker
D Benedictanimal crossing benedict Lazy uh-hoo
D Broffinaanimal crossing broffina Snooty cluckadoo
D Egbertanimal crossing egbert Lazy doodle-duh
D Goose Jock buh-kay

Animal Crossing Cow Tier List

You only have four options when it comes to cows. We recommend Naomi just because she’s the most colorful and has the most personality. Unfortunately though, her house is full of antiques and the opposite of her bright appearance.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B Naomianimal crossing naomi Snooty moolah
C Normaanimal crossing norma Normal hoof hoo
D Pattyanimal crossing patty Peppy how-now
D Tipperanimal crossing tipper Snooty pushy

Animal Crossing Cub Tier List

While there are always villagers that stand out in each species, Judy is unique in all of Animal Crossing. Her colors and eyes have made her one of the most in demand villagers. Honestly there are so many cute cubs to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong. Unless you go with Barold. Listen, if you opt for him, good for you. But he will not be invited to my island.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Judyanimal crossing judy Snooty myohmy
S Stitches Lazy stuffin
A Bluebearanimal crossing bluebear Peppy peach
A Juneanimal crossing june Normal rainbow
A Mapleanimal crossing maple Normal honey
A Cherianimal crossing cheri Peppy tralala
B Pekoeanimal crossing pekoe Normal bud
C Oliveanimal crossing olive Normal sweet pea
C Ponchoanimal crossing poncho Jock li’l bear
C Tammyanimal crossing tammy Sisterly ya heard
D Baroldanimal crossing barold Lazy cubby
D Chesteranimal crossing chester Lazy rookie
D Kodyanimal crossing kody Jock grah-grah
D Murphyanimal crossing murphy Cranky laddie
D Pudgeanimal crossing pudge Lazy pudgy
D Vladimiranimal crossing vladimir Cranky nyet

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Animal Crossing Deer Tier List

As a whole, Nintendo has done a great job with the deer in Animal Crossing. Not a single one is worse than the average. Pick whoever you want, it’s hard to go wrong!

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Beauanimal crossing beau Lazy saltlick
S Dianaanimal crossing diana Snooty no doy
S Faunaanimal crossing fauna Normal dearie
A Deirdreanimal crossing deirdre Sisterly whatevs
A Erikanimal crossing erik Lazy chow down
B Bamanimal crossing bam Jock kablang
B Lopezanimal crossing lopez Smug buckaroo
B Zellanimal crossing zell Smug pronk
C Bruceanimal crossing bruce Cranky gruff
C Fuchsiaanimal crossing fuchsia Sisterly precious

Animal Crossing Dog Tier List

Cats clearly beat dogs when it comes to Animal Crossing. There are some goodies here, but they rank lower as a whole. As a forewarning though, Lucky does live in a graveyard this time around.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A Luckyanimal crossing lucky Lazy rrr-owch
A Cherryanimal crossing cherry Sisterly what what
B Cookieanimal crossing cookie Peppy arfer
C Bonesanimal crossing bones Lazy yip yip
C Butchanimal crossing butch Cranky ROOOOOWF
C Goldieanimal crossing goldie Normal woof
C Portiaanimal crossing portia Snooty ruffian
C Shepanimal crossing shep Smug baa baa baa
D Beaanimal crossing bea Normal bingo
D Benjaminanimal crossing benjamin Lazy alrighty
D Biskitanimal crossing biskit Lazy dog
D Daisyanimal crossing daisy Normal bow-WOW
D Macanimal crossing mac Jock woo woof
D Maddieanimal crossing maddie Peppy yippee
D Marcelanimal crossing marcel Lazy non
D Walkeranimal crossing walker Lazy wuh

Animal Crossing Duck Tier List

Someone send Ketchup to my island. Thanks.

As much as I want to deduct points from Bill and Drake for both having quacko as a catchphrase, I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A Ketchupanimal crossing ketchup Peppy bitty
A Mollyanimal crossing molly Normal quackidee
C Billanimal crossing bill Jock quacko
C Drakeanimal crossing drake Lazy quacko
C Gloriaanimal crossing golria Snooty quacker
C Pompomanimal crossing pompom Peppy rah rah
C Scootanimal crossing scoot Jock zip zoom
D Deenaanimal crossing deena Normal woowoo
D Derwinanimal crossing derwin Lazy derrrr
D Frecklesanimal crossing freckles Peppy ducky
D Joeyanimal crossing joey Lazy bleeeeeck
D Maelleanimal crossing maelle Snooty duckling
D Mallaryanimal crossing mallary Snooty quackpth
D Mirandaanimal crossing miranda Snooty quackulous
D Pateanimal crossing pate Peppy quackle
D Quilsonanimal crossing quillson Smug ridukulous
D Weberanimal crossing weber Lazy quaa

Animal Crossing Eagle Tier List

Eagles are kind of underrated in the Animal Crossing community. Most of them are good additions, but few would consider them among their favorites.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B Apolloanimal crossing apollo Cranky pah
B Celiaanimal crossing celia Normal feathers
C Ameliaanimal crossing amelia Snooty cuz
C Averyanimal crossing avery Cranky skree-haw
C Keatonanimal crossing keaton Smug wingo
C Pierceanimal crossing pierce Jock hawkeye
C Sterlinganimal crossing sterling Jock skraaaw
D Buzzanimal crossing buzz Cranky captain
D Frankanimal crossing frank Cranky crushy

Animal Crossing Elephant Tier List


Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A Tiaanimal crossing tia Normal teacup
B Cydanimal crossing cyd Cranky rockin
B Ellieanimal crossing ellie Normal li’l one
C Eloiseanimal crossing eloise Snooty tooooot
C Margieanimal crossing margie Normal tootie
C Opalanimal crossing opal Snooty snoot
D Tuckeranimal crossing tucker Lazy fuzzers
D Axelanimal crossing axel Jock WHONK
D Big Topanimal crossing big top Lazy villain
D Dizzyanimal crossing dizzy Lazy woo-oo
D Paoloanimal crossing paolo Lazy pal

Animal Crossing Frog Tier List

If you like frogs, there are some good frogs. If you don’t like frogs, the selection may seem underwhelming. Lily stands out as the one character who everyone seems to welcome. Important note: frogs should not have realistic lips. Please delete from my memory, thanks.

When it comes to catchphrases, Jeremiah isn’t the best. Nee-deep? Really? Prince is just burping and Raddle is another sneezer.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A Lilyanimal crossing lily Normal toady
B Ribbotanimal crossing ribbot Jock zzrrbbitt
C Cousteauanimal crossing cousteau Jock oui oui
C Divaanimal crossing diva Sisterly ya know
C Driftanimal crossing drift Jock brah
C Henryanimal crossing henry Smug snoozit
C Jeremiahanimal crossing jeremiah Lazy nee-deep
C Puddlesanimal crossing puddles Peppy splish
C Tadanimal crossing tad Jock sluuuurp
D Camofroganimal crossing camofrog Cranky ten-hut
D Croqueanimal crossing croque Cranky as if
D Frobertanimal crossing frobert Jock fribbit
D Gigianimal crossing gigi Snooty ribette
D Huckanimal crossing huck Smug hopper
D Jambette Normal croak-kay
D Prince Lazy burrup
D Raddleanimal crossing raddle Lazy aaach-
D Wart Jr.animal crossing wart jr Cranky grr-ribbit

Animal Crossing Goat Tier List

Sherb has taken the internet by storm, but there are other good goats too!

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Sherbanimal crossing sherb Lazy bawwww
A Pashminaanimal crossing pashmina Sisterly kidders
B Chevreanimal crossing chevre Normal la baa
B Kiddanimal crossing kidd Smug wut
C Nananimal crossing nan Normal kid
D Billyanimal crossing billy Jock dagnaabit
D Gruffanimal crossing gruff Cranky bleh eh eh
D Velmaanimal crossing velma Snooty blih

Animal Crossing Gorilla Tier List

The gorillas aren’t great honestly. Not even Louie and his reference to Donkey Kong is enough to make him popular.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
C Booneanimal crossing boone Jock baboom
C Louieanimal crossing louie Jock hoo hoo ha
D Alanimal crossing al Lazy Ayyeeee
D Boydanimal crossing boyd Cranky uh-oh
D Cesaranimal crossing cesar Cranky highness
D Hansanimal crossing hans Smug groovy
D Peeweeanimal crossing peewee Cranky li’l dude
D Rocketanimal crossing rocket Sisterly vroom
D Violetanimal crossing violet Snooty sweetie

Animal Crossing Hamster Tier List

Hamsters are great, and not just because you can show them a hamster cage and have them freak out. They’re so darn cute. Except Hamphrey and Rodney. Please come and kick them off my island.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A Appleanimal crossing apple Peppy cheekers
A Flurryanimal crossing flurry Normal powderpuff
B Hamletanimal crossing hamelet Jock hammie
C Grahamanimal crossing graham Smug indeed
C Soleianimal crossing soleil Snooty tarnation
D Clayanimal crossing clay Lazy thump
D Hamphreyanimal crossing hamphrey Cranky snort
D Rodneyanimal crossing rodney Smug le ham

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Animal Crossing Hippo Tier List

In my eyes, Bertha and Bubbles belong together outside my city hall singing a duet.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B Berthaanimal crossing bertha Normal bloop
B Bubblesanimal crossing bubbles Peppy hipster
C Bittyanimal crossing bitty Snooty my dear
D Harryanimal crossing harry cranky beach bum
D Hippeuxanimal crossing hippeux Smug natch
D Roccoanimal crossing rocco Cranky hippie
D Biffanimal crossing biff Jock squirt

Animal Crossing Horse Tier List

Julian is a damn unicorn, folks. Reneigh and Roscoe are also good, but neither can put up the popularity numbers that Julian does.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Juliananimal crossing julian Smug glitter
A Reneighanimal crossing reneigh Sisterly ayup, yup
A Roscoeanimal crossing roscoe Cranky nay
B Annaliseanimal crossing annalise Snooty nipper
B Cleoanimal crossing cleo Snooty sugar
B Coltonanimal crossing colton Smug check it
B Papianimal crossing papi Lazy haaay
C Elmeranimal crossing elmer Lazy tenderfoot
C Savannahanimal crossing savannah Normal y’all
D Buckanimal crossing buck Jock pardner
D Clydeanimal crossing clyde Lazy clip-clawp
D Edanimal crossing ed Smug greenhorn
D Peachesanimal crossing peaches Normal neighbor
D Victoriaanimal crossing victoria Peppy sugar cube
D Winnieanimal crossing winnie Peppy hay-OK

Animal Crossing Kangaroo Tier List

Just like eagles, kangaroos are still cute and a solid addition, but aren’t a super popular species. Their catchphrases are a little weird in the year of our Lord 2020. Love to have villagers going around ending ever sentence with “child,” “wee baby,” and “my pet.”

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
C Carrieanimal crossing carrie Normal little one
C Rooneyanimal crossing rooney Cranky punches
C Sylviaanimal crossing sylvia Sisterly boing
D Astridanimal crossing astrid Snooty my pet
D Kittanimal crossing kitt Normal child
D Marcieanimal crossing marcie Normal pouches
D Mathildaanimal crossing mathilda Snooty wee baby
D Waltanimal crossing walt Cranky pockets

Animal Crossing Koala Tier List

Koalas are average though they do get extra points for being so damn colorful. Eugene stands out as one of the most unique villagers out there.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B Eugeneanimal crossing eugene Smug yeah buddy
C Aliceanimal crossing alice Normal guvnor
C Lymananimal crossing lyman Jock chips
C Melba Normal toasty
C Ozzieanimal crossing sydney Lazy ol’ bear
C Sydneyanimal crossing sydney Normal sunshine
C Yukaanimal crossing yuka Snooty tsk tsk
D Canberraanimal crossing canberra Sisterly nuh uh
D Gonzoanimal crossing gonzo Cranky mate

Animal Crossing Lion Tier List

I’m not a huge fan of the lions’ face design and the community might not be either. None of these are super popular options.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
C Leopold Smug lion cub
C Lionelanimal crossing lionel Smug precisely
D Budanimal crossing bud Jock shredded
D Elvis Cranky unh-hunh
D Mottanimal crossing mott Jock cagey
D Rexanimal crossing rex Lazy cool cat
D Roryanimal crossing rory Jock capital

Animal Crossing Monkey Tier List

There are surprisingly few monkeys and they aren’t super popular either. Looking at their designs, at least for myself, it’s easy to see why. None of them land particularly well.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
C Delianimal crossing deli Lazy monch
C Nanaanimal crossing nana Normal po po
C Sharianimal crossing shari Sisterly cheeky
D Eliseanimal crossing elise Snooty puh-lease
D Flipanimal crossing flip Jock rerack
D Montyanimal crossing monty Cranky g’tang
D Simonanimal crossing simon Lazy zzzook
D Tammianimal crossing tammi Peppy chimpy

Animal Crossing Mouse Tier List

The mice are super cute, but don’t quite land in my books. There are simply better options out there though I don’t actually dislike most of them. Someone needs to tell me what’s going on with Rizzo and Limberg though, they’re straight up creepy looking.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B Doraanimal crossing dora Normal squeaky
C Bellaanimal crossing bella Peppy eeks
C Bettina Normal eekers
C Breeanimal crossing bree Snooty cheeseball
C Penelopeanimal crossing penelope Peppy oh bow
C Rodanimal crossing rod Jock ace
C Samsonanimal crossing samson Jock pipsqueak
D Anicottianimal crossing anicotti Peppy cannoli
D Broccoloanimal crossing broccolo Lazy eat it
D Candianimal crossing candi Peppy sweetie
D Chadderanimal crossing chaddar Smug fromage
D Gretaanimal crossing greta Snooty yelp
D Limberganimal crossing limberg Cranky squinky
D Mooseanimal crossing moose Jock shorty
D Rizzoanimal crossing rizzo Cranky squee

Animal Crossing Octopus Tier List

I understand why Zucker is popular, he’s takoyaki after all. All of these are among the most sought after villagers, likely because there are only three of them available.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Marinaanimal crossing marina Normal blurp
S Zuckeranimal crossing zucker Lazy bloop
A Octaviananimal crossing octavian Cranky sucker

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Animal Crossing Ostrich Tier List

Flora wins the popularity battle here which should come as no surprise, she’s not even an ostrich! The rest don’t fare as well, but we’re fans of Blanche too.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B Blancheanimal crossing blanche Snooty quite so
B Floraanimal crossing flora Peppy pinky
B Phoebeanimal crossing phobe Sisterly sparky
C Cranstonanimal crossing cranston Lazy sweatband
C Gladysanimal crossing gladys Normal stretch
C Juliaanimal crossing julia Snooty dahling
D Philanimal crossing phil Smug hurk
D Queenieanimal crossing queenie Snooty chicken
D Sandyanimal crossing sandy Normal speedy
D Sprocketanimal crossing sprocket Jock zort

Animal Crossing Penguin Tier List

Despite winning over the entire internet prior to the launch of New Horizons, Roald has fallen in the popularity charts. He’s still a champion in our minds, though we weren’t happy to find out that his default catchphrase is so bad.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A Roaldanimal crossing roald Jock b-b-buddy
A Sprinkleanimal crossing sprinkle Peppe frappe
B Auroraanimal crossing aurora Normal b-b-baby
C Frigaanimal crossing friga Snooty brrmph
C Gwenanimal crossing gwen Snooty h-h-hon
C Hopperanimal crossing hopper Cranky slushie
D Boomeranimal crossing boomer Lazy human
D Cubeanimal crossing cube Lazy d-d-dude
D Floanimal crossing flo Sisterly cha
D Igglyanimal crossing iggly Jock waddler
D Puckanimal crossing puck Lazy brrrrrrrrr
D Texanimal crossing tex Smug picante
D Wadeanimal crossing wade Lazy so it goes

Animal Crossing Pig Tier List

All three of our top ranked pigs are not only cute, but have decent houses too! Gala is basically living in a state house, complete with jail bars, surveillance cameras, and gold bars. Hugh has piles and boxes of food with nothing else other than a fridge, sleeping bag, and freezes. It’s kind of endearing. Agnes on the other hand has this gray/black themed abode with a black rose bed, lots of flowers, a wall-mounted TV, and more.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A Galaanimal crossing gala Normal snortie
A Hughanimal crossing hugh Lazy snortle
A Agnesanimal crossing agnes Sisterly snuffle
C Curlyanimal crossing curly Jock nyoink
C Kevinanimal crossing kevin Jock weeweewee
C Lucyanimal crossing lucy Normal snoooink
D Borisanimal crossing boris Cranky schnort
D Chopsanimal crossing chops Smug zoink
D Cobbanimal crossing cobb Jock hot dog
D Maggieanimal crossing maggie Normal schep
D Pancettianimal crossing pancetti Snooty sooey
D Peggyanimal crossing peggy Peppy scweetie
D Rasheranimal crossing rasher Cranky swine
D Sporkanimal crossing spork Lazy snork
D Trufflesanimal crossing truffles Peppy snoutie

Animal Crossing Rabbit Tier List

Coco is probably the most iconic rabbit in New Horizons. I mean just look at them! Even if their house is a bit bland, it’s unique among villager designs. Ruby is another popular choice which is great because she also comes with a space themed house! Out of all of them, I think Cole is the most underappreciated. Look at those eyes!

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
A Cocoanimal crossing coco Normal doyoing
A Rubyanimal crossing ruby Peppy li’l ears
B Bunnieanimal crossing bunnie Peppy tee-hee
B Chrissyanimal crossing chrissy Peppy sparkles
B Coleanimal crossing cole Lazy duuude
B Francineanimal crossing francine Snooty karat
B Genjianimal crossing genji Jock mochi
B Miraanimal crossing mira Sisterly cottontail
B Tiffanyanimal crossing tiffany Snooty bun bun
C Bonbonanimal crossing bonbon Peppy deelish
C Carmenanimal crossing carmen Peppy nougat
C Claudeanimal crossing claude Lazy hopalong
C Docanimal crossing doc Lazy ol’ bunny
C Dottyanimal crossing dotty Peppy wee one
C Gabianimal crossing gaby Peppy honeybun
C Hopkinsanimal crossing hopkins Lazy thumper
C O’Hareanimal crossing ohare Smug amigo
C Snakeanimal crossing snake Jock bunyip
D Gastonanimal crossing gaston Cranky mon chou
D Pippyanimal crossing pippy Peppy li’l hare

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Animal Crossing Rhino Tier List

All of the available rhinos have been overshadowed by Merengue and for a justified reason. Just look at her! She has a strawberry horn! Hornsby gains some extra points just because of his awesome shade of blue

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Merengueanimal crossing merengue Normal shortcake
B Hornsbyanimal crossing hornsby Lazy schnozzle
C Tankanimal crossing tank Jock kerPOW
D Reneeanimal crossing renee Sisterly yo yo yo
D Rhondaanimal crossing rhonda Normal bigfoot
D Spikeanimal crossing spike Cranky punk

Animal Crossing Sheep Tier List

The New Horizons sheep have something to offer everyone. Do you want a super cute, dancing sheep? Go with Dom. Muffy is a godsend for all of the goths out there. And there’s no way we couldn’t include Pietro, even if clowns aren’t for everyone.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Domanimal crossing dom Jock indeedaroo
A Muffyanimal crossing muffy Sisterly nightshade
A Pietroanimal crossing pietro Smug honk honk
C Baabaraanimal crossing baabara Snooty daahling
C Curlosanimal crossing curlos Smug shearly
C Euniceanimal crossing eunice Normal lambchop
C Fritaanimal crossing frita Sisterly oh ewe
C Stellaanimal crossing stella Normal baa-dabing
C Timbraanimal crossing timbra Snooty pine nut
C Willowanimal crossing willow Snooty bo peep
D Cashmereanimal crossing cashmere Snooty baaaby
D Vestaanimal crossing vesta Normal baaffo
D Wendyanimal crossing wendy Peppy lambkins

Animal Crossing Squirrel Tier List

Squirrels are similar to cubs in that there are a plethora of cute options. Whether you opt for Marshal’s testy facade or the excitement that Caroline exudes is up to you! By now you’ve probably noticed that I’m not a huge fan of angry looking villagers so if that’s your thing just reverse the order. Ricky and Sheldon are definitely not my thing, but maybe they’re yours.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Marshalanimal crossing marshal Smug sulky
A Poppyanimal crossing poppy Normal nutty
A Carolineanimal crossing caroline Normal hulaaaa
B Filbertanimal crossing filbert Lazy bucko
B Hazelanimal crossing hazel Sisterly uni-wow
B Mintanimal crossing mint Snooty ahhhhhh
B Staticanimal crossing statoc Cranky krzzt
C Agent Sanimal crossing agent s Peppy sidekick
C Blaireanimal crossing blaire Snooty nutlet
C Callyanimal crossing cally Normal WHEE
C Nibblesanimal crossing nibbles Peppy niblet
C Peanutanimal crossing peanut Peppy slacker
C Pecananimal crossing pecan Snooty chipmunk
C Sallyanimal crossing sally Normal nutmeg
C Sylvanaanimal crossing sylvana Normal hubbub
C Tashaanimal crossing tasha Snooty nice nice
D Rickyanimal crossing ricky Cranky nutcase
D Sheldonanimal crossing sheldon Jock cardio

Animal Crossing Tiger Tier List

Tigers, like the Lions, fail to impress as a whole. Some of them are cute, but their houses are pretty bland and again, don’t stand out.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
B Bangleanimal crossing bangle Peppy growf
B Biancaanimal crossing bianca Peppy glimmer
C Claudiaanimal crossing claudia Snooty ooh la la
C Rolfanimal crossing rolf Cranky grrolf
D Leonardoanimal crossing leonardo Jock flexin
D Rowananimal crossing rowan Jock mango
D Tybaltanimal crossing tybalt Jock grrRAH

Animal Crossing Wolf Tier List

So funny story. When I first started looking for my villagers, I encountered Skye. Since she’s super cute, I took her in. But I’m trying to keep a balance where I only have one of each villager species at a time. So when I encountered Audie, I passed her up not realizing she was new and one of the best villagers in the game. Don’t be like me. If you see Audie, take her.

Tier Villager Personality Catchphrase
S Audieanimal crossing audie Peppy Foxtrot
S Whitneyanimal crossing whitney Snooty snapppy
A Freyaanimal crossing skye Snooty uff da
A Skyeanimal crossing skye Normal airmail
B Chiefanimal crossing chief Cranky harrumph
B Fanganimal crossing fang Cranky cha-chomp
B Wolfganganimal crossing wolfgang Cranky snarrrl
C Loboanimal crossing lobo Cranky ah-rooooo
D Dobieanimal crossing dobie Cranky ohmmm
D Kyleanimal crossing kyle Smug alpha
D Viviananimal crossing vivian Snooty piffle



Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games.

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  1. I think Coco should be S tier. Straight up the best villager ever on my island. I think Melba should be bumped up. She’s as down to earth and sweet as Coco. I had Flora for months now and she wanted to leave. I got Judy to replace her so I’m excited about that.

  2. How dare you rate Raddle a D???!!!! He’s my absolute favorite villager!!! I begged him to stay multiple times. He always makes me laugh and he had the best presents. Bless him and his hypochondria!

  3. TBH Tex deserves better. He’s got a pretty cool DJ house made of ice! Also I just got Bam and he needs at least an A Rank.

  4. Why Fuchsia, Peanut, Tipper, Angus, Chadder, Vivian, Kid Cat, Agent S, Tangy, Big Top, Chadder, Lolly, Fang, Dobie, Wolfgang, Static, O’hare, Bunnie, and Rudy? 😰

  5. Mira should be at least A-Tier and no one can tell me differently she is literally my big sister and when she calls me cottontail my heart melts, how dare you?

  6. OH MY GOD DORA IS HORRIBLE AND YOU RANKED HER OVER CHADDER? ]::: but atleast my queen apple and ankha are at the top. OMG APOLLO SHOULD ALSO BE S ):<

  7. How dare you give Jacob, Bud & Canberra a D? Just because they’re unpopular and not as pretty as the rest? Wtf.

  8. Wendy should be ranked higher she is so freakin cute I have her on my island she soooo nice I love her🐏

  9. Why is olive just c?? She is really cute and in my opinion cuter than Marina (and I have both on my island). Plus Raddle D? That doesn’t make sence at all since he is way cooler than that stupid goat sherb (seriously, why do people like him, there is nothing cute or cool about him)

    1. Yeah, I understand the love for Audie, Dom, and Judy (mostly) but why does anybody care about Sherb?? They did my boi Raddle very, very wrong! I would take him over Sherb any day of the year! Poor Ribbot (and Sprocket) got screwed to. And Lucky at an A! I’m getting off on a tangent here.

      I do think comparing Olive to Marina is kind of apples and oranges. But I would definitely compare Olive to Maple and I definitely don’t see what makes one much better than the other.

  10. Since Dillon asked, Risso is a take off Raizo of the Mist from ONE PIECE, the clothing Risso is wearing is based off the Wano arc. Think he needs to be bumped up in this Tier list

    1. He could be! The list only goes as far as which letter ranking the villager is in. Beyond that, it’s alphabetical ~

  11. what i dont understand is why Wendy is in D. she is an angel!! she’s like a grandma
    and why yall getting rid of villagers? i can understand the snooty ones, but can’t with the rest of them. they all have their own personalities and having an entire island being one or two types of personalities is boring af. have some diversity

    1. Yeah honestly I have Wendy and she is such a queen who deserves better, coming from somebody with Sherb, merengue, Zucker, bob, and Ankha

  12. Audie, Whitney and Skye are better than most other villagers, if you get a chance grab all three, when you walk past your town square one day and see them all working out like they are about to eat all the other villagers you will be glad you did

    1. Haha I have them all! Got Audie completely by chance (didn’t even know she was that popular) and Whitney & Skye are personal favourites

  13. Klaus doesn’t deserve a D. I hang Out with him the most in his Greek inspired bathhouse. He’s awesome!

    But Truffles I wholeheartedly agree… that’s a scary pig!

  14. I love your disclaimer at the top of the article, but I had a qualm about a part of the rankings. One of the ranking criteria you have listed is Community Popularity. Historically, Apollo, Goldie, Rosie, etc. have been ranked at the top of crowdsourced/ community tier lists influenced by Amiibo card demand but they have an average to slightly above average Tier on this list. How did the community popularity factor in, as these villagers are still widely beloved by the community.

    I do not have any personal attachments to Apollo, Goldie, or Rosie per say but was curious how the Community Popularity factor was considered.

      1. Then you clearly didn’t look, because Rosie was the face of the franchise before Isabelle came along. In Japan Rosie was so popular she was featured in more screen time than any other in the Animal Crossing movie.

        1. Well with more newcomers to the series the popularity of some characters have shifted drastically for better or worse

  15. If the card is not listed here, does that mean you cannot invite them to New Horizons via amiibo card?

    1. he is nice, but he ALWAYS talks about exercising, biceps, and muscles. not the best convos. & his house house isn’t impressive. i had him and wasn’t very sad when i traded him for agent s.

  16. I’m usually a very open minded person, and I don’t mind most of your takes here, even on my absolute favorite villager. But everything has their limits. Mine is that you put Cube in D Tier. CUBE, IN D TIER. CUBE THE PENGUIN. IN D. Have you no shame? I assume you’ve never had Cube in a town before, that’s the only way I could even conceive of someone putting the almighty Cube so low. Cube makes Roald look like a piece of sushi. The girl penguins grovel at his webbed feet, and other lazy villagers weep that Cube is their competition. Cube is an S-Tier, mega-chad. I can accept people liking Roald better, he’s a meme. But to have any other penguin above Cube is despicable. He is the One. You could’ve put him in A tier, maybe even B, and I would’ve been satisfied. But D? This is undoubtedly the worst take in this entire list, maybe that I’ve ever seen. This is Top 2 Worst Animal Crossing Takes for me. I say top 2 out of hope I find something worse. I suggest finding an amiibo of him and learning for yourself.

    (ok but fr why you do my man cube this way)

  17. ok i originally made a super mad comment but then i remembered ur in fact a real person so im just gonna say ur takes r not very good pls put vesta in atleast b tier everyone likes vesta and the ones who dont will be sacrificed to our sheep lord

  18. Guess this is your personal preference list? Because Kyle is one of the most popular smug characters together with Raymond and Marshall.
    Oh and Julia did not deserve that level of shade, she is queen

  19. imagine putting antonio, charlise, nate, jay, angus, rosie, tangy, kid cat, olivia, fuchsia, tipper, goldie, shep, scoot, freckles, apollo, amelia, eloise, opal, nan, al, peewee, savannah, walt, melba, deli, shari, limberg, phoebe, queenie, tex, cobb, dotty, hopkins, curlos, hazel, and nibbles in b tier and below. you utter fool. you have incurred the wrath of the earth, of the very ground you stand on with your pathetic little feet. soon it shall swallow you whole, dooming you to an eternity of darkness and painful reflection on your abysmal animal crossing villager taste. prepare yourself for the storm.

    1. you utter fool. you have incurred the wrath of the earth, of the very ground you stand on with your pathetic little feet. soon it shall swallow you whole, dooming you to an eternity of darkness and painful reflection on your abysmal animal crossing villager taste. prepare yourself for the storm.

  20. Everyone is upset over Kyle, but honestly? Justice for Dobie. He’s an old man wolf with a cute sweater vest and a cool house that even has some detective vibes. He’s awesome 🙁

  21. Why D for Kyle?? He is one of my favorites!! I am a little shocked on Tank as well. He is my #1 favorite on my island.

  22. Tammi might look a little scary but she’s so fun & nice :(((( at least a B rank chara!! Honestly she’s one of my faves now and I want her on my island forever 😭❤️

  23. sORRY But putting ANY of the wolves below B tier is BLASHPEMY. Thank you for reading. #justiceforkyle



      1. A lot of people love Kyle. He’s the underrated smug villager for people that dgaf about raymond/marshal. Instead of having a weird business vibe like Raymond, Kyle’s attribute is that he’s a muso punk rock nerd that think’s he’s real cool (but he’s just a dork). Thank u for listening to my ted talk.

    1. Tia is so cute she is definitely my favorite I have her on my island she is by far my favorite villager ever

  25. Damn I know my opinions on some villagers are terrible but I actually got angry about some of the rankings. how could you rate CHOPS over literally any other pig villager

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