Players can have up to 10 villagers on their Animal Crossing: New Horizons island. However, they don't get to choose their villagers unless they scan one of the 400+ Animal Crossing amiibo cards. Players can also use amiibo cards in other places on their own island as well as other islands in the game. These cards were initially sold in packs of six, but with the current state of things, you typically have to buy them individually from eBay if you want them. When it comes to authentic amiibo cards, the most popular villagers don't come cheap. Here are the official Animal Crossing amiibo cards with the highest price tags.
Please note: As most of these cards are rare, they may not be available through first-party sellers. Exercise caution when purchasing from a third-party source.
Happy Home buddy
This happy little lemur first appeared in the Happy Home Paradise DLC. He's upbeat and incredibly cute. It's easy to see why his is one of the most sought-after cards from the Series 5 set. Use his card to invite him out for coffee or create a dream getaway for this hard-working little guy if you have the expansion.
Oh the manatee
This blue manatee might not speak much, but he brings a huge presence to any room he enters. It's hard not to love him. Since he was created for the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise DLC, this is the first time he's ever had an amiibo made for him. You'll need it if you want to invite him to do special activities in-game.
Raymond has been one of the most popular Animal Crossing villagers ever since he was introduced in New Horizons. It wasn't until recently that he got his own amiibo card, making it easier to invite him to your island as a permanent resident or to invite him for coffee or a photo session.
6 Villagers with Sanrio decorations
The Animal Crossing Sanrio amiibo cards were released in the United States for the first time in March 2021. However, there weren't enough packages to go around at first. This pack gives you six cards that each unlock a unique villager along with Sanrio-themed decorations.
Oh so sweet
Merengue is one of the most unique-looking villagers as she's a rhino with both a strawberry and a whip cream horn on her head. On top of that, she wears an adorable chef's outfit that compliments her pink coloring and has a normal personality. Players will have to pay a pretty penny to acquire her official amiibo card.
The internet is in love with Marshal, a white squirrel with a grumpy expression and a smug personality. He thinks very highly of himself and often says hilarious things when interacting with other villagers. With his hairstyle and unenthused expression, he's kind of like the poster child for any emo villagers.
Pietro stands out from the villager crowd with his clownish getup and painted smile. Collectors are ready to snatch up his amiibo card. Whether that's because they find his appearance disturbing or love his unique look and smug personality varies from person to person.
Marina is not only super sweet but also a very rare villager. She has a normal personality, which means she gets along well with most other villagers. There are only three octopus villagers in New Horizons, and she is the only female one of the bunch. This makes her a valuable card for many collectors.
Remember how I mentioned that there are only three octopus villagers in all Animal Crossing: New Horizons? This little guy is one of them. He's a lazy personality who loves desserts and resembles one. Both the rarety of his species and his unique look make his amiibo card desirable.
It isn't too surprising that this adorable little kitty is one of the most sought-after amiibo cards out there. Lolly has a normal personality and is incredibly sweet to everyone she interacts with. Thus, her name refers to a lollipop.
Call of the wild
This villager might have a vicious name, but he's actually just a cranky wolf. Fang is a desirable choice whether you're hoping to have an island full of wolves or want to have at least one in your pack.
Are you my mummy?
Lucky looks anything but what his namesake suggests, with bandages covering most of his body and a glowing yellow eye. He's a lazy personality who loves food and sleep. Whether you love the look of his mummy-like appearance or you simply feel sorry for him, Lucky holds a special place in players' hearts.
The look of this orange tabby is definitely a play on words as well as a visual pun. Tangy often has a huge smile on her face, and her peppy personality makes her a bright addition to your village. Just don't ask her about her time spent with the astronauts.
Wolfgang is one of the many wolves you can have on your island. He shares a strong name with the classical composer Mozart and has blue-ish fur. He has a cranky personality, so he can be rather grumpy and doesn't get along as well with everyone.
Fly like an eagle
While there are several eagles within Animal Crossing, Apollo's amiibo card is the most valuable by far. He's another cranky villager, which means he can be a bit harder to get along with. If you like that personality, you might find what he has to say hilarious.
There are a few different wolves in Animal Crossing, but Whitney is the only female to make it on this list. She has a snooty personality, so she's obsessed with fashion and makeup. She's also cute as a button, so we can see why people are so eager to get their hands on her amiibo card.
Players have a very mixed response to Coco. Half of them are terrified of her gaping eyes and mouth — I've even seen some players give her a mask or glasses to make her look less creepy. But those who interact with her know that she is one of the sweetest villagers you can get. She has a normal personality and is easy to get along with.
Though he looks more like a gazelle, Beau is one of the prettiest deer you can get in Animal Crossing. He has a lazy personality, which means he's always thinking about two things: sleep and food. I can definitely relate and see why his card is one of the hardest to obtain.
Fauna is one of the cutest and sweetest villagers you can have. She has a normal personality, which means super nice to everyone. I love her rosy cheeks and her adorable ears; it's no wonder that everyone wants her amiibo card.
Obviously, Julian would be on this list; he's a unicorn, for goodness sake. Everyone wants one of those. And with his smug personality, he knows he's a popular villager. Plus, his catchphrase is "Glitter." You really can't get more magical than that.
Ankha's elegant headdress and majestic dress really do make her look like the queen of the Nile. It isn't surprising that she looks like royalty, considering she's a snooty villager and the ancient Egyptians worshiped cats. It seems like modern-day Animal Crossing players love her too. Thus the high pricetag of her amiibo card.
This purple kitty's pose might make him look like he has a Smug personality, but he is, in fact, a lazy villager. He loves talking about the things he's eaten or the naps he wants to take, making him seem like a real cat.
It's unclear whether Kabuki is wearing makeup, a mask, or if he simply looks eternally constipated. Either way, he's a dramatic kitty with a Cranky personality. If you bring him to your island, he's sure to stir up some interesting scenarios with your other villagers.
Diana is one of the many deer you can meet in Animal Crossing. She has white fur, pink blush, and a purple swirl on her head. She's a Snooty personality, which means she cares an awful lot about makeup and fashion. On top of that, she's an absolute cutie.
Molly is an adorable little villager with a Normal personality. Her yellow coloring gives her a duckling appearance, and those large eyes are just too cute to ignore. She gets along with most of the other villagers, so it's easy to see why so many people want her amiibo card.
Beware the pirates
Amiibo cards have lots of different functionality in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, giving them tons of value. Not only can players use amiibo at the campsite to invite villagers to live on their island, but they can also use them at locales such as The Roost café, Photopia on Harvey's island, or via the amiibo scanner to build vacation homes for characters in the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC.
When purchasing cards on the secondhand market, make sure you exercise caution and read through descriptions before buying products. Some sellers offer handmade amiibo, which are plastic cards or chips with amiibo data. They often look similar to authentic amiibo at first glance, but the differences are apparent when you look more closely. While handmade amiibo will work the same as authentic amiibo, you don't want to pay more than MSRP for a knockoff.
The village people
There are hundreds of Animal Crossing amiibo cards, but some of them are incredibly hard to find and will cost you a pretty penny to acquire. If you're thinking about purchasing one of these rare cards, we suggest our personal favorite, Merengue. She's absolutely sweet, from her personality to the strawberry horn on her head.
If a dessert rhino isn't really your style, why not go for an adorable NPC, like Niko? This happy-go-lucky worker from the Happy Home Paradise DLC is certainly worth grabbing a cup o' joe with, provided you can get your hands on the new amiibo series 5 cards.
Finally, if you're the kind of person who loves big personalities, you should get Ankha's amiibo card. This kitty has a snooty personality, is dressed like an Egyptian queen, and is loaded with character.
Don't forget to check out all of the Animal Crossing amiibo figurines as well!