The Dog Tier List


This episode was sponsored by Audible. *overwatch music plays* I’ve made it pretty clear that I see house cats and domestic dogs as top tier, but although I’ve made videos already on the non-domestic felines, I haven’t done the same for canines yet. Canines are some of the most successful builds ever, despite being relatively new to the competitive scene. They debuted in the oligo scene expansion, but they really hit their stride in the Miocene because the devs nerfed the dominant herbivore factions that had previously been untouchable. Canines had great matchups against the new, less tanky herbivores like deer, cows and horses, and so canines were able to expand from North America and become a part of the meta on every single server other than Antarctica, but enough about the patch notes, let’s get back to present-day. All canines may seem similar, and they are, but there are some awesome unique attributes and abilities that are worth discussing, as well as some misconceptions worth dispelling, so without further ado, let’s get into it, so one of the key components to a successful canine build is teamplay. Hunting in packs and having a defined social structure turns what normally would be a pretty average build into a truly dominant one, and so the dogs that are the lowest on the tier list are of course gonna be the ones that don’t do this, or do this poorly. At the bottom of the tiers we have the maned wolf. Now it’s hard to look at this build and not think: “Wow, that’s really cool.” The maned wolf is the tallest canine in the current expansion, Which gives it a bonus against stealth because it can see over tall grass. It’s also the only one with a mane, a rare attribute that’s usually only seen on lions and horses, and while manes do provide some protection against critical hits, it doesn’t do much else. The maned wolf is also the biggest outlier of the dog faction in that it has a completely solitary playstyle. As a result it doesn’t have near the same PvP potential that the more social dogs do. Despite being the tallest of canines, it has to settle for hunting small targets. Since those aren’t a very good source of XP, it actually has to make up for it by eating a lot of plants and fruit. It’s good that it’s omnivorous, as being able to function as a scavenger is great, but there’s no ignoring that this build could have a much higher potential if it utilised team strats. One step up on this list and we have the coyote, or for the non-American players, the jackal. A build that honestly just needs a slight buff in order to be really strong, but at the moment isn’t in the greatest spot in the meta. Even with solid team plays coyotes just don’t do enough damage to score eliminations on targets that aren’t already super weak. For example in this clip here we can see a team of coyotes diving on this low-level deer player, but they’re actually unable to get the pick before the rest of the deer team rallies and chases them off. If coyotes were to spec into some longer, more dagger-like teeth, I could see them being better suited for this, but for now they just aren’t threatening enough. They tend to have equal or possibly favorable matchups against lynx and bobcat players, but lose hard against cougars, so I think this puts them at the high end of D tier definitively. One step higher and we’ve got the fox. Now I know most of us are used to seeing fox at the top of most tier lists, but in outside they are a lot more balanced. They have extremely similar base stats to coyotes, but also have a few unique abilities of their own. They’ve got extremely strong perception abilities that allow them to deal with stealth strategies employed by their targets, and their precision pounce attack is extremely useful for picking off targets they discover hiding under the snow. Some foxes have also specced into climbing abilities which is really useful for getting out of reach of the more powerful players. While their higher agility can help them avoid land predators, their smaller size does make them a target for raptors, so it’s a bit of a trade-off. Coyotes and foxes both utilize team play, but in a very disorganized fashion. Unlike the higher tier builds, they don’t have an established pecking order or coordinated strategies. They sort of just band together and use numbers to their advantage, sort of like social spiders, which I cover in my spider video. Next up we’ve got the wolf. The wolf is one of the cornerstones of the forest meta and pioneered the technique that most pack hunting builds use today. The wolf hunting technique has been dissected and analyzed to an incredible degree, so here’s a rundown of the strat, plus a few tips on how to counter it. The basic wolf strat is a five step plan that utilizes every ability in the wolf’s arsenal, and it goes like this. Step one is locating the target: Wolf players will use perception abilities like smell, sound and footprint tracking to locate a potential bounty. What’s found, they gather the pack and move on to step two. In step two all wolves go into stealth mode and attempt to get as close as possible to the target without alerting it. Once the target detects them, they move on to step three. Step three is the defining moment in the hunt, and the success depends on what the target does here. Once the target detects the wolves, it can either charge, stand or flee. The wolves will only proceed to step four once the target flees. If the target chooses to stand its ground, the wolves must use intimidation abilities like growling and barking in order to reduce the target’s resolve. If the intimidation succeeds and the target flees, step four is triggered. Step four pits the mobility stat against the mobility stat of the wolves. This step is also when the wolves will attempt to isolate the target player from their group if they’re in one. If the wolves managed to catch up to the target, the final step begins. Step five is the actual attack. Wolves rely on their bite move to inflict damage, and the size of their target determines where they’ll try to land the hit. Against midweights, wolves will go for a crit by attacking the throat. If this succeeds, it should result in a one-shot kill. Against heavies, they actually won’t go for a crit at all, because heavies can one-shot wolves if they aren’t careful. Going for a crit puts them in the range of an attack, so usually wolves will opt to attack the hindquarters since it’s safer. Since they can’t crit by attacking the hindquarters, it generally takes three successful bites in order to deal enough damage to inflict the bleed status effect. This drains the target stamina and health over time, eventually leading to a game over for them. It’s awesome that Wolf mains have made their strategy guide available to new players, but doing so also allows players to learn the matchup and develop counter play options. Here are some of the best ways to combat the five step wolf strat. The first is to spec into some high level stealth abilities. Wolves actually have a relatively weak sense of smell, so camouflage is actually really useful against them. A good stealth player will be able to stop the hunt at step one. If stealth doesn’t work with your build, you can stop the hunt at step two by detecting them during their stealth phase. Strong perception abilities will easily cause the wolf’s mediocre stealth to fail against you. For example, wolves would pretty much never be able to successfully get within a dangerous range against a giraffe, but if they do manage to sneak up on you, the most important counter play option is to stand your ground. Wolves will only move to their attack phase if their target opts to flee. A player who opts to defend drastically increases their chances of success, since the wolf’s only option at that point is to use its rather weak intimidation abilities. If wolves had access to roar, like lions and tigers do, they’d be really tough to deal with, but since they don’t, it’s pretty easy to resist the intimidation attempts, especially in a group. In fact a heavy player can end the encounter pretty quickly by using their own intimidation abilities, like charge. So even though wolves do have a pretty solid offensive strategy, players with good fundamentals and matchup experience will be able to thwart their plans most of the time, and so wolves, much like birds of prey, function as the gatekeepers to the higher tier, and are placed solidly in A tier. The highest-ranked canine build, other than domestic dogs of course, which I’ve already covered in another video, is the African painted hound. This build follows a very similar strategy to the wolf, but has stats and abilities much better suited for it. It’s higher stealth allows it to get closer before being detected, and it’s higher speed reduces the chance that its target outruns it. Their sharper teeth deal more damage, and they’re highly sophisticated social structure is actually built around propping up the weaker members, rather than simply funneling the best loot to the highest ranking members. Considering that these players succeed in a meta that contains some of the most powerful builds in the game, it’s tough to deny that African painted hounds are top tier. If you’d like to learn more about how canines evolved to become some of the most successful builds of all time, I highly recommend the book “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)” by Lyudmila Trut and Lee Alan Dugatkin, which you can listen to on Audible, the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet. Audible is offering our listeners a free audiobook with a 30-day trial membership. Just go to audible.com/tierzoo and brow the unmatched selection of audio programs. Download a free title and start listening. It’s that easy. Go to audible.com/tierzoo or text TierZoo to 500-500 to get started today.

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100 Responses

  1. crazy gamer says:

    So that is why you are not supposed to run when a dog barks at you.

  2. 19oz says:

    What is the name of the song playing at 0:25?

  3. The emerald slime gamer says:

    The next update will be
    Amazon forest de into amazon desert

    Edit AAAAAAAAA

  4. Scarlet Letter says:

    Any chance you'll be doing anything with the hyena build?

  5. unoriginalgoals says:

    I was hesitant to watch this one.

  6. Ryu Ken says:

    Actually. Coyotes are one of the most successful canines. Look into it. They're spreading everywhere

  7. Chief says:

    I think the Fox build should have a higher Stealth stat

  8. Marcos Bustos says:

    I cant hear the video

  9. Masta Theif says:

    Isn't a fox more like a cat?

  10. Devin Harrell says:

    hyena?

  11. finhippo says:

    Nah bro, just look at the range of Fox. Only s canine, it destroys the ecosystems it invades.

  12. Full Metal Jason says:

    Coyotes are the baddest.They explode TNT and drop anvils from hot air balloons

  13. Lavaot says:

    I really think they underestimated the maned Wolf, Their color makes his stealth work in the south American Server, plus his height gives him a vision buff compared to the other canines, and beeing an omnivorous really gives him a survival advantage.

  14. Ryan says:

    what about the dingo?

  15. PNW Racing says:

    Have you done a dog breed tier?

  16. Alex Leon says:

    All shnookums are good shnookums.

  17. CW Productions says:

    woah

  18. VJ CatGirl says:

    Bru that fucking bison XD he really tried to help but made everything so much worst

  19. Xgamer says:

    is this like a game?

  20. Gentlemen #rEkCaH01 Plays says:

    Foxes aren’t Canine. Their Vulpes.

  21. Fang says:

    The thing about Coyote is that they have bread with wolves creating a new playeble creature called Eastern Coyote or Coywolf. They take advantage of the wolves strength and pack coordination with the Coyotes speed, intelligence and there abilitiy to live in human based areas. And there have been reports of them attacking domestic cat's and dog players and even managing to kill human players, and has been speculated that they have unlocked the boldness against humans traigh.

  22. robert h says:

    That bison needs shot for that smh

  23. James H. says:

    Where was the Dingo?

  24. Raymond Ertel says:

    3:32 popo’s pecking order
    It goes
    You
    The dirt
    The worms inside the dirt
    Popo’s stool
    Kami
    And popo

  25. Garret Phegley says:

    Did you really put Coyotes a tier below Fox's?

  26. aran anduyo says:

    Being a wolf main, i was initially pissed the build was only tiered as an A, then i saw a the painted hound at S, not gonna lie; i wasnt even mad bro

  27. Remus says:

    You went into the "wild" section with this one and totally missed the ploint.
    What do most people consider a "dog" ? I do ask you of this.

  28. Hubert Boisvert Boucher says:

    Would have liked to hear your thoughts about the Hyena class. Mixing scavenging, pack and intimidation abilities to steal loot from higher level players could have ranked maybe a B or even A tier, no ?

  29. Justin Worley says:

    Wolves are surprisingly easy to intimidate out of an attack. They have a natural fear of humans due to us being bipedal (most animals fear bipedalism as if gives constant defensive and offensive use of the hands) but the ones that do decide to prey on humans in areas frontier areas usually never go through with it due to humans standing their ground more often than not and the use of firearms to injure members of the pack or to just scare them like a roar would.

  30. SamuelTheFox says:

    Jackals and coyotes are NOT the same

  31. The All Knowing Ankylosaurus says:

    In my opinion, maned wolves don’t deserve F tier. They don’t really have any bad match-ups, do they? It’s just a build with little potential as a canine not necessarily worthy of being low tier trash.

  32. kat chan says:

    you should put Dhole in this list, those players could defeat a tiger

  33. josethemanftw says:

    So where do dingos lie on this list

  34. Jake says:

    Pugs are S tier. They have very low stats in the traditional sense but:

    Pugs are able to attain food, shelter, and security despite having almost no points in power, defense, mobility, and HP. They actually have a severe stealth debuff as most builds can hear their heavy breathing from several feet away. Their intellegence is moderate though and have learned skill Begging, which is buffed significantly by the Adorable perk (A very smart pick, and crucial to this dog build). This allows the Pug to fall under the complete protection of the OP Human builds. Their alliance with the Human faction is what knocks them up to S Tier.

  35. dougersten stanhopson says:

    Hyenas…?

  36. Your momツ says:

    Please keep making these animals they are awesome

  37. Digicraftmon the Crystal Gem says:

    Even though the alpha Wolf thing might be a myth.

  38. Zander Swon says:

    I like that imaginenary places background music my friend

  39. Clay Hackney says:

    How does fox have such low stealth?! There can be dozens within a mile of your house and you will never see them.

  40. King Sarues says:

    You missed dingoes

  41. Oof Ninja Toad says:

    The cringe

  42. garbageknights says:

    Yes the lion's roar

  43. Maxwell Santre says:

    This shit was so funny. Thanks for the good laughs

  44. Sub Tyrant says:

    0:16 teamkiller!

  45. Lil Angel says:

    0:19 get team killed noob

  46. Craig Drury says:

    Wait does he compare the world to a game?

  47. Peniche94 says:

    As always, the african meta in S tier.

  48. Althrui says:

    That dark souls reference XD

  49. PhoenixofPrometheus says:

    What about hyenas?

  50. Icy Fox says:

    I love the fox cause they are lone lads

  51. Snoozin' Ghost says:

    RIP Ginganz13
    Murdered lawfully by tierzoo for being a smug man.
    2028-2019

  52. The Dark Master The Dark Master says:

    the female rpg joke wasn't funny

  53. Dries Van Royen says:

    I personally would put the wolf in S tier

  54. Morpyoto says:

    I live where there are a ton of coyotes and I think a lot of people overestimate them. They’re predators for sure but they’re surprisingly small and harmless, all they can really kill is rabbits.

  55. Yexin says:

    Just a question: do you not get copyright claimed for the use of the super smash brothers theme?

  56. Eloisa Dela Cruz says:

    Who's ginganz?

  57. Marekx Kuzinski says:

    What about hyenas

  58. DL Noir says:

    no hyena?

  59. Jack Schwanke says:

    Coyotes are way bigger than fox. Coyotes are high tier they are smart and have great team play. I refute your stance on coyotes. Coyotes have spanned to Canada to South America and California to newe york

  60. Abram Escobar says:

    What game is this?! 🤬

  61. Fernando Santiago says:

    Hey now… everybody knows there are 2 coyote factions. The Eastern faction should be ranked much higher than the Western faction. They're basically wolves with much better environment adaptability and teamwork skills ( the can take down the Moose tank build if needed ) and have even put down human players when isolated.

  62. 八雲紫 says:

    Foxes are Lupine, not Canine – completely different species.
    The problem with putting more effort into sounding authoritative than being accurate is; you reveal that you are an idiot.

    There, you can pin me now, tierzoo. It's a 1:1 copy of the pinned comment that got deleted.

  63. Juan Pablo Velásquez says:

    Domestic dogs are like F tier. Just leave them alone in the woods 1 week.

  64. Juan Pablo Velásquez says:

    Large wolves actually bite with more force than a Hyena.

  65. Lukas Novella says:

    So your saying that if I, as a human, get cornered by wolves
    I’m just supposed to just stand still and shout at the wolves

  66. Ryan safar says:

    But wolves are in antratica and think he is so use to saying expect antarica he forgot about the arctic wolf

  67. TheGunDealer 7 says:

    It’s because the smaller bison had the sniper rifle

  68. DonRayPlayz Pate says:

    Who developed this game

  69. Eryn Crytzer says:

    Can someone make this a game

  70. Nano ANTARAS DZ says:

    Do the ant tier list please

  71. Nano ANTARAS DZ says:

    And the hienna???

  72. Jinwooisme says:

    I want this to be a real game

  73. Time Degner says:

    Show more pp of dog plz

  74. jayjaylito __ says:

    I thought the wolf didnt learn roar, but instead decided to branch off and create howl. Which was a support abillity not used to intimidate but to act as a sound flare, calling all nearby wolf players.

  75. C M says:

    Coyotes and jackals are not the same animal.

  76. Lisa Garza says:

    Where would you classify dingos?

  77. LucaThat says:

    im gonna use this info for dnd 😛

  78. Aiman Imran says:

    Wait. where is B!?

  79. Lucas Pg3d says:

    All dogs are s tier 💕

  80. Gustavo hernandez says:

    Coyote are the most successful k-9’s of all time. So successful that’s the government has to kill them. This channel is not creditable what’s so ever

    “Wolves have a weak sense of smell” 😂😂

  81. Game Fairy says:

    But still, they all get a super rare SSS on the good boi ranking.

  82. Mike Lewis says:

    3:51 Why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch 😂😂😂😂

  83. THE REAL C2 says:

    Me and my friends have a wolf clan we like to play in the northern Canada servers

  84. R. Eon Holt says:

    @0:16 That dude tripped his buddy. What an asshole!

  85. SovereignAure says:

    No discussion on dholes?

  86. Lightning Cayo says:

    Fox in C tier
    Melee mains: FIYAH!

  87. toxic waste says:

    Can u make a dog breeds tier list pls I have I HIV

  88. SkullHunter727 says:

    I swear to fucking Christ i saw that Brachydont nerf and thought is said Brachydios you dodged a bullet there TierZoo.

  89. Corey Slade says:

    I think coyotes' ability to grief the human players merits a bump in tier. They can essentially ignore human fences due to their ability to jump something like 14 ft from a standing start, and regularly make off with the smaller unprotected support class cat and dog players

  90. Amadis Demitrius says:

    I feel like Hyenas should have gotten a mention on this tier list.

  91. Bannana Man says:

    why my kids like the taste of cinnamon toast crunch

  92. KillBash says:

    How to hard counter a wolf.

    Be a tank main and have one friend nearby.

    Hard part? Finding a friend.

  93. Hunter x's hunting team says:

    I couldn't find ginganz13s comment

  94. JK2021 says:

    0:16 It really be your own that do it to you

  95. C. J. Warnock says:

    a coyote would get beat by a lynx

  96. Extreme Nature says:

    Coyotes should be higher tier

  97. YouCanCallMeReTro says:

    2:54 "Now I know most of us are used to seeing Fox at the top of most tier lists, but in Outside they're a lot more balanced"

    Thats an S-tier TierZoo quote right there

  98. Amal Roshan says:

    Okay does this guy talk about some game ?

  99. N McI says:

    "Canine Tier List"
    Missing Dholes, Racoon Dogs, and Bush Dogs, but I guess those weren't good boys
    Also Dholes would be a definite S-tier change my mind

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