If you’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons for any amount of time, you’ve probably come across Ankha. She’s one of the most iconic Villagers in the series and a firm favorite among fans. In fact, she’s been in the top tier of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villager popularity list since the game launched. In this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Ankha Villager Guide we’re going to cover everything there is to know about Ankha. Hopefully, you’ll learn something.

Who is Ankha?

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The first thing you need to know about Ankha is that she’s actually a snooty cat Villager, not a sphinx as her looks would suggest. She’s appeared in every Animal Crossing game apart from Pocket Camp, Wild World, and Animal Forest.

Ankha’s name has shifted slightly over the years from ‘Ankh’, which is actually an Egyptian hieroglyph. This is where her name is believed to originate from though, since it means life. Given that the Animal Crossing series are life simulators to some degree, this would fit with the themes presented by the series.

However, her name also fits within that of the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Her appearance resembles the tomb he was found in, adding yet more evidence to the pile that suggests she is inspired by Ancient Egypt.

Interestingly, her Japanese name is ‘Nile’, as in the River Nile. Her German name is ‘Kleo’ after ‘Kleopatra’. Both of these have Egyptian connotations. It’s uncommon for a Villager to have so many different names across several regions, but it must be to bring her in line with what is widely known as Egyptian in each.


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The most important piece of information in this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Ankha Villager Guide is her birthday. It’s September 22, when she’ll be hiding out in her home. You should go and visit her on this day because she’ll give you cake. You might also advance your relationship with her as well.

Ankha’s Personality

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As I’ve already mentioned, Ankha has the snooty personality. This means that she loves to gossip and make herself look beautiful. At first she might appear rude to players, but after some time she’ll warm up to them.

She’ll get on well with cranky and normal Villagers. This is because they are also rude, and anyone who is rude will love Ankha.

Unfortunately, Ankha is going to rub most other Villagers up the wrong way. Lazy and jock Villagers will be high on her list of Villagers to hate, because they’ll ask her about her appearance. She hates that.

Ankha’s House

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The exterior of Ankha’s house is very normal. There’s nothing to hint at what madness lies inside. Take a step into the interior though, and you’ll be greeted with a tomb full of Egyptian furniture. It’s quite simple, with a little bit of furniture here and there. The massive pyramid in the middle of the room is quite hard to ignore though. It’s quite creepy really. It’s almost like Ankha is ready to be buried alive in her home.

That’s all there is to know about Ankha in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If there’s something you think we missed, let us know what it is in the comments.