Ni No Kuni Tier List – All Familiars Ranked

Not sure which familiar to use in Cross Worlds? Our Ni No Kuni tier list can help with that. Our guide ranks all of the familiars from the heights of S tier to the depths of D tier, allowing you to pick …

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Not sure which familiar to use in Cross Worlds? Our Ni No Kuni tier list can help with that. Our guide ranks all of the familiars from the heights of S tier to the depths of D tier, allowing you to pick only the best. We keep it updated too, alongside balance patches and new familiar introductions, so we recommend bookmarking this page and checking back soon. That way, you’ll always know what’s best.

Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds is a mobile MMORPG that takes place in the Studio Ghibli-inspired JRPG universe. You create a character from a variety of different classes then set out on a massive adventure across an open world, levelling up, and meeting new familiars.

You can learn more about the game on the official site. If you’re a fan of mobile MMORPGs, make sure to check out our Noah’s Heart tier list, The Legend of Neverland tier list, and Tower of Fantasy tier list.

Ni No Kuni Tier List

Last updated on January 26.

Tiers Explained

Before we move onto the tier list though, we thought we’d quickly explain what our tiers mean:

  • S Tier: These are the best characters currently available in the game, and you should definitely aim to add them to your party. They should also be the first choice to level up and gain access to equipment.
  • A Tier: These characters are perfect for filling gaps in a party – particularly when you haven’t unlocked enough S tiers, or there aren’t enough S tiers to fill a party in the first place. You should investigate these characters and see which one will counter your party’s weakness.
  • B Tier: Characters in this tier can really help during the early phases of the game, when you haven’t unlocked many characters, but they fade later on. Definitely use them when you lack S and A characters, but swap them out as much as possible.
  • C Tier: The only real difference between C and D tier is that C tier characters can occasionally have niche uses. They may be great at a particular game mode, or be exceptionally powerful early on. A late-game party shouldn’t have any though.
  • D Tier: We don’t recommend using these characters under any circumstance, unless you absolutely have to because you have nothing else. They underperform at all stages of the game, and in all game modes.

Now, we’ll rank all of the Ni No Kuni familiars from the heights of S rank to the depths of D rank.

S Tier

These are the best familiars in the game, and well worth pursuing and using.

  • Dinoceros
  • Hog-Goblin
  • Mite
  • Oroboros
  • Petal
  • Sparkee
  • Suiryu
  • Hippocampus

A Tier

These familiars are still great, and worth using until you unlock an S rank.

  • Crab-O-Lantern
  • Molten Lion
  • Penguicorn
  • Rimu
  • Shrimpaler
  • Splisher
  • Stagthorn
  • Thumbelemur

B Tier

Solid and reliable familiars that will power you through the early game. Use them until you unlock an S or A.

  • Arachnes
  • Bunnybot
  • Byrde
  • Crowhawk
  • Draggle
  • Ebon Taurex
  • Flutterby

C Tier

These familiars can be useful in niche circumstances, but are otherwise worth avoiding.

  • Disbeleaf
  • Hooray
  • Naja
  • Petromaton
  • Prince of Whales
  • Rambunctus
  • Whambat
  • Worker Bumbler

D Tier

These familiars are worth avoiding if it all possible.

  • Bonehead
  • Jabber
  • Mandragorer
  • Pipsqueak
  • Ruff
  • Shellraiser
  • Sillymander
  • Stitcher
  • Taurex

Ni No Kuni Tier List FAQ

Now, we’ll answer a bunch of questions you may have about Ni No Kuni or tier lists in general.

What Is A Tier List?

A tier list is a list of characters that you can unlock in a game – particularly a gacha game – ordered from best to worst. We rank from S tier to D tier, with S being best and D being worst.

The purpose of a tier list is to help you, the player, determine who the best characters to unlock are, so you can save time and money. Once you know who the best characters are, you can form a party out of them and ignore the others.

How Did We Pick Our Ni No Kuni Tier List?

We used a combination of the following factors when deciding on our Ni No Kuni tier list:

  • Personal experience
  • Community feedback
  • General consensus from other tier lists

However, it’s worth noting that tier lists are subjective by nature. This is based on our experience with the game, but yours may vary. So, we recommend that you take this with a pinch of salt and play Ni No Kuni for yourself.

How Often Do We Update Our Ni No Kuni Tier List?

We update this tier list regularly to ensure that it always follows the latest meta. Typically, you can expect an update around the following happenings:

  • A new character releases
  • Balance changes

There may be a small delay between the above two events as we’ll return to the game to check out the new character for ourselves, or to see how the balance patches have affected things.

But that’s going to do it for our Ni No Kuni tier list. Make sure to grab the game via the links at the top of this page, check out our related content in paragraph three, and bookmark this page to keep an eye on the meta.

Head of Editorial
Glen has over a decade's worth of experience in gaming journalism, writing for Pocket Gamer, Pocket Tactics, Nintendo Life, and Gfinity. When he's not badgering everyone about the dangers of passive text, you can probably find him playing Wild Rift.