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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
|C||Shep||Smug||baa baa baa|
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.
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.
Animal Crossing Elephant Tier List
TIA IS A TEA KETTLE.
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.
Animal Crossing Goat Tier List
Sherb has taken the internet by storm, but there are other good goats too!
|D||Gruff||Cranky||bleh eh eh|
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.
|C||Louie||Jock||hoo hoo ha|
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.
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Animal Crossing Hippo Tier List
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
|D||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.
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!
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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
|D||Renee||Sisterly||yo yo yo|
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.
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.
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.
|C||Claudia||Snooty||ooh la la|
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.