5 rarest villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Rarest villagers players can encounter in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Image via Nintendo)
Rarest villagers players can encounter in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Image via Nintendo)

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons players will be able to interact with over 400 different villagers. These villagers are nothing but animals, who have their unique islands in the game. Each villager has a unique personality. Depending on this personality type, players can invite them to their island. The villager appears on the island a day or two after they've been invited.

Ideally, there are no "rare" villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, since players have an equal chance of encountering every villager in the game. However, some animal species have fewer villager variants than others, so they are often referred to as the rare villager type.

Rarest villager types in Animal Crossing: New Horizons


The game's progression is tied to inviting new villagers to their island. When a player first starts their adventure, they'll have just one or two villagers on their island. However, to turn their piece of land into a happening place, players will be required to invite other villagers. This can either be done by exploring other islands, building a campsite, or using aiimbo cards. The busier the island, the more crowd it'll attract in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Unlike the players, these villagers don't have the option to expand their houses. Most of their dialogues revolve around what they've done that day, and what the player has done for them. In certain cases, interacting and speaking to a villager can trigger a mission, that usually requires players to run errands for the said villager.

1) Octopus

Octopi are the rarest villager species in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Although they have been represented in every title in the franchise, there are only three different octopus villagers who have appeared in New Horizons, namely, Octavian, Marina, and Zucker.


Octavian is the only octopus villager to have appeared in every Animal Crossing title. Although this doesn't amount to much, it's an interesting bit of trivia that everyone should know.

2) Cows

Cows are the second most uncommon villager type present in New Horizons, having only four representatives in the title. Of these, there are two snooty villagers, one peppy villager, and one villager with a normal personality type. These four cows are named Naomi, Tipper, Patty, and Norma, respectively.

3) Bulls

The male counterparts of cows are just as difficult to find in New Horizons. The number of bulls in the game is just slightly more than the number of cows, since there are 6 bulls in New Horizons. Apart from the smug personality type, there are bulls of all other personality types in the franchise.

The bulls in New Horizons are named Angus, Coach, Rodeo, Stu, T-Bone, and Vic.

4) Rhino

There are nine rhino villagers in the entire Animal Crossing franchise, of which seven have made their appearance in New Horizons. There are rhino villagers of every personality type except for peppy and smug.

The rhino villagers in New Horizons are named Azalea, Hornsby, Merengue, Renee, Rhonda, Spike, and Tank.

5) Alligator

There are nine alligator villagers in the franchise, of which eight have appeared in New Horizons. Apart from sisterly and peppy personality types, there is at least one alligator villager for every personality type in the game.

The alligator villagers in New Horizons are as follows: Alfonso, Alli, Boots, Del, Drago, Gayle, Roswell, and Sly.

These are the rarest villager types in New Horizons. Although players have an equal chance of running into them like any other villager in the game, they hold a more special place due to the scarcity of their numbers. Moreover, since they have different personalities, their interactions with players are really unique.

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Edited by Adam Dickson
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