I feel like no matter how much experience you have had with the Animal Crossing franchise, you have probably found yourself chatting away to a Bunny villager. From Poppy’s haunting red eyes to Sacha’s cheerful personality, Bunny villagers are another integral species to the game, which we have learned to love.
Even as early as Wild World, my first experience with the franchise, I’ve fond memories of visiting my bunny villagers’ homes without any excuse.
However, as you would any species of villager, bunny villagers have one particular frontman, which I remember most from my early days with Animal Crossing. Although her design may not have the most adorable or stereotypical bunny-like appearance regarding the species, I think Ruby can earn a soft spot in any player’s heart once you get to know her.
An Introduction to Ruby
Ruby fell into the rabbit hole of Animal Crossing when Wild World was released in 2005. So one of the reasons I may feel so attached to the character is because we shared our debut in the series.
Her name is a direct reference to a gemstone mirrored by her red eyes. However, her appearance has a much deeper meaning, but I will dive into this a little more later.
Ruby’s Japanese Name, Luna, is also an interesting reference mirrored by her appearance since it refers to the “Moon Rabbit,” a mythological creature found in Folklore.
The Moon Rabbit is said to be a companion of the Moon Goddess, which may reflect Ruby’s peppy personality and loyalty to the player when she gets to know you.
Here are some general facts about Ruby to get you started:
- Gender: Female
- Species: Rabbit
- Birthday: December 25
- Star Sign: Capricorn
- First Appearance: Wild World
- Personality: Peppy
- Catchphrase: Li’l Ears
Since Ruby is a Rabbit villager, she has incredibly rounded features and two predominant ears on the top of her head, which have pink inners. Her entire body is white, but she has a few pops of color to separate the blank shades.
As I’ve already mentioned, her eyes are a deep shade of red and appear reasonably vacant. She has a small white pupil toward the center of the eyes, which adds a cutesy look, but Ruby doesn’t look like your typical adorable rabbit villager.
Above Ruby’s eyes, she has two pale pink half-circle-shaped eyebrows, which match the small circle she has for a nose. Below Ruby’s eyes, she has three greyish-brown freckles on each side and a small grey line for a mouth.
Her vacant expression also feeds into how she doesn’t look as sweet as the other Rabbit villagers within the game, but I don’t think that makes her any less of a good villager. She may look neutral when you first meet her, but as you become friends, she becomes much more expressive.
Ruby’s entire design directly references Albinism, a condition found most commonly in rabbits. The red eyes, although they pay homage to the gemstone, are another trait of the condition and a subtle nod toward where the design for Ruby came about.
So while she doesn’t look like the perfect, cutesy Animal Crossing Rabbit you may be used to seeing, she is designed around real-world species. Even though I was a bit skeptical about her design at first, the more time I spent with her, the more I started to appreciate how unique she looks.
Ruby has a Peppy Personality, so generally speaking, she has an incredibly positive outlook and is more than happy to stop and chat with the player.
Because of this, she is straightforward to befriend and will almost appear overly excited to see the player and other villagers. Peppy villagers get on incredibly well with lazy, normal, jock, sisterly, and normal villagers, so if these personality types dominate your village or island, Ruby fits right in.
But not every personality gets along with the peppy type, and their positive outlook can get on the nerves of cranky and snooty villagers. As a result, both contrasting personality types are considered boring and old by peppy villagers, who retaliate by suggesting that Ruby’s tastes and language are childish and immature.
I struggle to get along with snooty and cranky villagers, which I’ve faced since I first played Wild World. Any villager who has a laid-back, happy outlook I tend to get on with, but because of how genuinely mean these types were in Animal Forest, it’s put me off in future games.
So as soon as a character like Ruby, who is just trying to get on with everyone, gets insulted, I take it to heart! I know that cranky and snooty villagers have received a bit of a buffer as the franchise has aged, and they are no longer as brutal, but they still dig at the more polite villagers where possible.
Due to her personality, Ruby also has a strict schedule and structures her day around waking up at 7 AM and going to bed at 1:30 AM in New Horizons, or alternatively waking up at 9 AM and going to bed at 1 AM in New Leaf.
During the day, Ruby can be found walking around the island, eating candy, or drinking coffee, and she spends a lot of time in the Able Sisters. Interestingly, Ruby is the only peppy villager within New Horizons who has a nature hobby, which also means she will spend a lot of time outside.
During conversations, Ruby will frequently talk about wanting to become famous and the magazine she is reading, which is quite similar to the normal personality type.
Additionally, she will make pop-culture references more than any other villager species and use a lot of slang. Peppy villagers are described as the female equivalent of Jock villagers, so aside from talking about working out, they share a lot of the same language, surprisingly.
Learning the preferences of any villager is essential if you’re looking to befriend them, making gift-giving a lot easier. That being said, villager preferences only became significant from New Horizons onward, so luckily, there are only a few things to learn and remember about the lovely Ruby.
Of course, even though she has her preferences, she is more than happy to receive any gift or generally just be thought about by the player, but if you want to impress, then this is the section for you.
Ruby’s Preferences in New Leaf are:
- Default Clothing: Bunny Tee
- Favorite Song: K.K. Ska
- Coffee Preference: Blue Mountain, Lots of Milk, Three Spoonfuls of Sugar
- Life Goal: Photography
- Skill: Doing Handstands
- Hobby: Nature
Between games, Ruby’s preferences don’t change too much. While her coffee order becomes insignificant, New Horizons leans a little more into a villager’s preferable appearances and interior designs since you will have much more control over things like this.
She wears the same clothes, which I find unusual since most villagers from older games received a revamped wardrobe, but regardless it’s still an adorable outfit.
Ruby’s Preferences in New Horizons are:
- Default Clothing: Bunny Tee
- Favorite Clothing Styles: Cute and Active
- Favorite Colors: White, Black, Grey, and Blue
- Favorite Song: Stale Cupcakes
- Life Goal: Photography
- Skill: Doing Handstands
- Favorite Interior Styles: Space, Fantasy
- Hobby: Nature
Due to her hobby, Ruby spends a lot of time outside, especially at night. If you speak to Ruby at night, she will talk incredibly affectionately about the stars and the moon, which feeds into the reference she holds to the Moon Rabbit folklore.
Additionally, her room and home design are based around space and fantasy, which is an incredibly subtle nod to the tale.
A Gift Guide for Ruby
Ruby’s peppy personality means she loves to receive presents from the player. Whether in a letter or in person, Ruby is more than happy to accept anything you have to offer, and even if it’s something as simple as an accessory, she’ll happily oblige.
However, even though she will happily accept anything, that’s not to say that she doesn’t also have her preferences.
There are two potential paths to take when it comes to gift-giving in Animal Crossing, clothing or furniture. As you begin your time with the game, clothing is a much more affordable and cheaper option, and there is always a constant opportunity to pick up something cute since the Able Sisters now have an extensive wardrobe for sale.
In terms of clothing styles, Ruby is a sucker for anything cute and active. So if you’re like me and jump at the chance to purchase anything pastel-colored and adorable within New Horizons, then Ruby will be incredibly easy to buy for, and you will probably find yourself purchasing doubles of an item and having a few too many matching outfits.
Regarding colors, Ruby loves both aqua and pink, so if you can find something that ticks all the boxes, then you’re onto a winner.
However, if you are still stuck for ideas, here is a guide to the perfect wardrobe for Ruby:
- Overall Dress (Red and Aqua) – 2,000 Bells
- Adventure Dress (Blue and White) – 2,800 Bells
- Dreamy Sweater (Pink and Aqua) – 1,440 Bells
- Pintuck-Pleated Dress (Pink) – 1,600 Bells
- Fleece PJs (Pink) – 1,800 Bells
The Adventure Dress is my favorite since giving it to Ruby would create a perfect Alice in Wonderland-inspired White Rabbit look. So if you have a fairytale-themed island, this would be the cherry on top.
Since Ruby has a variety of favorite colors and clothing preferences, if you see something and think it is particularly cute, I’m sure she will love it.
Regarding furniture, Ruby’s favorite interior styles are space and fantasy, so if you have an abundance of Celeste DIY recipes, you will be in luck, and Ruby will be one happy bunny.
Her favorite colors for furniture are Gray, Blue, Black, and White, so pretty monochrome, but there’s still a lot of opportunity to find the perfect item. Due to her specific tastes, Ruby is a hard villager to shop for in Nooks Cranny, but you may strike gold.
Here are some ideas for furniture shopping for Ruby:
- Flying Saucer – Celeste Recipe, so not purchasable.
- Tourist Telescope (White or Blue) – Nook Miles Tickets must be redeemed for this item.
- Telescope (White and Black) – 5,600 Bells
- Papa Bear (Beige) – 8,500 Bells
- Double-Edged Sword (Grey and Blue) – 130,000 Bells
It’s safe to say that Ruby’s taste in furniture is undeniably more specific than her taste in clothes, so if you’re a bit strapped for some extra cash and turnip stocks haven’t been in your favor, then it’s best to focus on clothing gifts for the time being.
But, as I said, if you have a lot of Celeste Recipes and have Star Fragments stashed away in your home storage, then your best bet would be to focus on the Space aspect of her personality. If you are familiar with Filbert’s home, which is also predominantly space-themed, then Ruby’s will be almost identical.
Since her debut in Wild World, Ruby has had a space-themed home with a few unique twists. Even though furniture options in Wild World were pretty limited, she still found a way to make it work. The exterior of her home had a purple roof and white walls, and the interior showcased the Moon Flooring and Lunar Horizon Wallpaper.
But these are the only items she has related to space. Instead of having things like a flying saucer or lunar lander, she has a selection of the lovely furniture set alongside two gyroids. The clash of the pink furniture against the blue walls looks incredibly tacky, but I can’t blame her for Wild World’s interior design limits.
In New Leaf, her home received a massive upgrade yet maintained the same purple roof and white walls in Wild World. During this transition, she loses the entire lovely furniture set and gains the majority of the space-themed collection, including the moon, meteor, and space suit. I think this design much better suits Ruby and her space-obsessed personality.
Although the lovely furniture mirrored Ruby’s favorite colors and clothing styles, it seemed so out of place, and I much prefer how they developed her personality through her design skills.
However, in New Horizons, her home begins to shine. As I mentioned in the gift guide section, the Celeste DIY collection helped encourage the space theme.
While it’s pretty simplistic in design, with only a few items on display, I’d argue that it’s the most accurate depiction of what Ruby is most passionate about and hints toward the Moon Rabbit folklore again.
She has the same Moon Flooring and Space-Themed wallpaper and a large moon at the back of the room. Toward the doorway, two astronauts stand guard with meteors behind them.
She also has a space shuttle in the corner and a workbench opposite which is substituted for a kitchen when she is willing to share a cooking recipe rather than a DIY.
The exterior of her home also received an upgrade and no longer showcases a purple roof. Instead, the purple is replaced with a grey thatched roof and still has white walls.
If anything, I believe this home design looks slightly like a rocket ship, which might be the look they are going for to echo the interior. But, of course, if you don’t like this design, you can always change it with the Happy Home Paradise DLC.
Ruby in Pocket Camp
Ruby made her debut in Pocket Camp quite late, which is surprising considering how long she has been a part of the Animal Crossing franchise. But due to her late arrival, she was added as part of Blathers Treasure Trekking mechanic, which I find incredibly unfortunate.
Although it’s a fun initiative, it costs a lot of materials, and there is never a guarantee that you will get the reward you want.
Ruby’s Map is a reward for the Huck and Pals island, which costs 140 Points and takes six hours to travel unless you are willing to sacrifice some of your leaf tickets to speed things up.
There are seven potential rewards for this island, three being villagers and Ruby included. So if you are looking to invite her to your camp, there is a chance that you will have to re-visit their island a few times before you secure her Map.
However, if you do, each roll will cost you 12 Cute Essence, and there are 20 spaces to travel. Across the Map, you will be able to collect a variety of bronze, silver, and gold treats to gift your villagers before you reach Ruby.
To make things easier, her Map also only has one spot, which will take you back two spaces, so no matter the size of your roll, you’ll likely progress rather than return on yourself.
One perk of finding a villager through Blathers Treasure Trekking is that you won’t need a base friendship level before you can invite them over.
So for Ruby, there’s no need to increase your friendship level and craft a selection of furniture before you can host her at your camp. Like every other villager, once invited, you will be able to increase your friendship with her, and she is more than happy to reward you for your efforts.
Ruby will reward you as follows during every friendship milestone:
- Level 7: 1x Bunny Tee and 1x Sparkle Stone
- Level 9: 1x Sparkle Stone
- Level 15: Ruby will craft you to make a moon.
- Level 20: 1x Self Portrait and 1x Sparkle Stone
- Level 25-65: Every 5 Levels, she will reward you with 1x Sparkle Stone
Ruby’s Lunar Cookie
Despite being added to the game incredibly late, Ruby eventually received a Fortune Cookie in 2022, ideally suited to her preferences. Ruby’s Lunar Cookie hit the market stall on September 20, 2022, and was available for sale until November 30, 2022.
Since the cookie was added incredibly recently, it’s only had one purchasable period. Still, given its already popular prizes, I would be surprised if it wasn’t remade later on in the timeline of the game.
The content of Ruby’s fortune cookie is entirely based on Observatories, Planetariums, and Space in general. I love this cookie because it reminds me of Celeste’s observatory from Wild World, which I miss in New Horizons.
The majority of prizes within this cookie are large furniture items that your campers will be able to interact with when they are on display, so if that’s something you’re looking for to bring your camp together, then this may be the cookie for you!
Ruby’s Lunar Cookie contains the following rewards:
- Observatory Telescope
- Observatory Worktable
- Observatory Orbit Lamp
- Big Full-Moon Window
- Glittering Star-Chart Rug
- Observatory Chart Stand
- Starry Skies Window
- Lunar Observation Deck
- Moongazer Hat
- Moongazer Robe
However, one thing I don’t like about the Fortune Cookies in Pocket Camp is how expensive they are. A single cookie will set you back around 50 leaf tickets, and if you have your heart set on a prize, there is a high chance you will not receive it.
Of course, you can also buy five cookies for 250 leaf tickets, or occasionally, cookies can be found on the Nooks Fortune Cookie cart for 5,000 bells, but you have to be incredibly lucky.
But if you have friends who frequently send you gifts, then there is a chance you can find Ruby’s Lunar Cookie in the Full-Moon Fall Gift or the Full-Moon Fall Gift+.
Ruby’s Amiibo Card
Since she is one of the older characters in Animal Crossing, I was surprised to find out her amiibo card was released as part of the second series rather than the first. Her card number is 170, and she is one of four rabbit villagers released in the set alongside Coco, Carmen, and Gabi.
Her features, such as the inner of her ears and eyes, appear a lot darker on her amiibo card than within the game, which is something to note if you haven’t seen her outside the amiibo picture.
Ruby isn’t too popular as a villager, so if you want to get ahold of her card, she’s not too difficult to come by, and her amiibo is frequently in circulation.
She is also available on Nookazon for an average of 850,000 bells, or 40 Nook Miles Tickets. Even though that sounds quite steep and is an expensive fee for an unpopular villager, she is frequently gifted for free, so it’s worth checking in if you’re desperate and don’t want to buy the amiibo card.
Many players are more than willing to accept offers on villagers like Ruby, so if you’ve got some extra bells and have an attitude to barter, there’s always that option. Regardless, I’d say that you should add Ruby to your island or village if you have a spare plot since she can be a wholesome friend when the going gets tough.
Question: Is Ruby’s Amiibo Card Rare?
Answer: Long story short, Ruby’s amiibo card is not rare. The only thing that makes it slightly harder to acquire than others is because of being a part of series two.
So the best place to keep an eye out for Ruby’s amiibo card is either secondhand on sites like eBay or Depop, or if you want to buy a pack and try to find her, places like the official Nintendo Shop or Amazon will send updates when they are back in stock.
Question: When does Celeste Visit the Islands?
Answer: If you’re searching for Celeste to receive some recipes to craft for Ruby, I have some bad news. Unfortunately, there is no way to track when Celeste arrives on your island. I’d go ahead and say that she is potentially the rarest NPC to stumble across. In my entire time playing New Horizons, Celeste has only visited my island a handful of times.
So if you have a lot of friends playing, the best way to gain access to her recipes is by sharing her appearance with your pals and hoping they do the same in return when she visits them.
Question: Is Huck and Pals Island Currently Available in Pocket Camp?
Answer: The Huck and Pals island is currently available in Pocket Camp, but several special islands are circulating within Blathers Treasure Trekking, so the odds of it coming up are slim.
That being said, the rewards within it aren’t particularly sought after, unlike an island like Audie and Pals, so there may be higher odds of finding Ruby this way. Since it is a special island, it will not appear again once it’s completed.
So now you know the ins and outs of everything that makes Ruby so unique, what do you think? Do you think she’s someone you would like to invite to your island? I think she would be a valuable addition to everyone’s town or island, especially with her positive outlook and enthusiastic personality when talking to the player.
Ruby is always more than happy to be the sunshine behind the cloud on particularly cloudy days.
Even though her appearance doesn’t necessarily perfectly represent the endearing nature of Animal Crossing villagers, I think, and highly recommend, you give Ruby a chance if you ever come across her. She is such a sweetheart, and having been her friend since Wild World, I can assure you with my whole heart that you can learn to love her too!