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* SeaMonster: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] with the Mosasaurus, a top-tier marine build in the Cretaceous meta. One of the few varieties of lizard players, which were mostly unfavored in the archosaur matchup, to achieve top-tier status, they were a part of the monitor lizard guild, already S-tier in the modern metagame due to their high base stats. To avoid predators, these monitor players took to waters too shallow for other builds like sharks or other fish to access, and quickly developed increased mobility in the water and the ability to give birth to live young, the latter nullifying other reptiles' vulnerability to spawn-killing. Their success in the marine server allowed them to perfect their aquatic mobility and live birth perks, as well as to spec points into gigantism and their bite attack, enough to shatter even an ammonite's armor. Their size also allowed them to become expert surface hunters that can tackle even the strongest dinosaur builds and punish any pterosaur careless enough to roost near the water's surface, exploiting the vast amount of advantages to hunting builds above the surface, including a stealth bonus from the water's reflection. [[StatusQuoIsGod Then they were banned along with the dinosaurs in the K-T balance patch]].


* AnimalIsTheNewMan: Discussed in the "What if humans were nerfed?" video. It's speculated that should humans lose their viability in the meta, parrots and elephants would be the most likely non-simian candidates to unlock a society playstyle. This is due to their long lifespans, high intelligence, ability to grasp objects, and having diets that would benefit from adopting agriculture. In "Pigs used to be Overpowered", [=TierZoo=] also mentions that pigs would dominate many servers thanks to their high intelligence, fat armor, and their ability to find underground food easily. In "The Dinosaur Tier List," the A-tier Troodon was speculated to have specced into enough intelligence to become a human-like top tier had it not been banned int he K-T balance patch.

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* AnimalIsTheNewMan: Discussed in the "What if humans were nerfed?" video. It's speculated that should humans lose their viability in the meta, parrots and elephants would be the most likely non-simian candidates to unlock a society playstyle. This is due to their long lifespans, high intelligence, ability to grasp objects, and having diets that would benefit from adopting agriculture. In "Pigs used to be Overpowered", [=TierZoo=] also mentions that pigs would dominate many servers thanks to their high intelligence, fat armor, and their ability to find underground food easily. In "The Dinosaur Tier List," the A-tier Troodon was speculated to have specced into enough intelligence to become a human-like top tier had it not been banned int he in the K-T balance patch.


* TheArtifact: The general tier list still shown routinely in the videos has several aspects which later videos or WordOfGod have retconned, including swans being listed as low-tier and whales as mid-tier.

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* TheArtifact: The general tier list still shown routinely in the videos has several aspects which later videos or WordOfGod have retconned, including swans and starfish being listed as low-tier low-tier, and whales being listed as mid-tier.

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* DifficultButAwesome: The human build, for most of the game, were massive {{Fragile Speedster}}s compared to other builds, only really having a maxed Intelligence, and the Sweat ability, in a sea of disadvantages. As the meta expanded, and humans used their high Intelligence to invent greater and greater things, they eventually became the end all be all top tier of Outside.


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* MechanicallyUnusualClass: Humans don't have claws, fur, and other things that other builds spec into. That said, they're a class that's heavily based around the Tool Use skill, and they make up for any shortcomings with inventions created because of their maxed Intelligence.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Tier Zoo did a ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLL4yPpTCBA tree tier list]]'', which is the first time the tier list doesn't involve animals directly.

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* PainfulPointyPufferfish: One reason why Puffer Fish were deemed to be S-tier inhabitants of the Coral Reef meta is due to being able to inflate and hurt attackers with spines, plus their round size when inflated makes it hard to get a bite on them.


* OneHitKill: The Crocodile's [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning Death Roll]] ability is aptly described as an instant kill.

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The Crocodile's [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning Death Roll]] ability is aptly described as an instant kill.kill.
** The Sauropod build's GiantFootOfStomping was also mentioned to deal lethal damage.

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** Pufferfish in the Spongebob tier list, with excellent defenses ''and'' armor piercing capabilities despite being an unassuming species ''and'' a relatively low-key character in the show being used to pick species.


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** Underwater squirrels in his Spongebob species review. Specializing in razor sharp ever growing teeth and spending most of your time with a glass dome between your face and the world around you are not useful combination.


** Sauropods in the Mesozoic era lacked special offense or defence abilities like claws, massive bite force, sharp teeth, armor, horns, or very high intelligence. Instead, they opted for being ''very huge'' with long necks and tails and traveling in herds. Their size allowed them to stomp for massive damage, gave them high HP, and made sneaking on them nearly impossible. Their tails gave them a massive [[InstantDeathRadius attack radius]] with their TailSlap. Finally, traveling in herds allowed them to protect members that were under attack. All this allowed them to be the only S-tier Dinosaurs.

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** Sauropods in Sponges take this to the Mesozoic era lacked special offense or defence abilities like claws, massive bite force, sharp teeth, armor, horns, or very high intelligence. Instead, they opted for being ''very huge'' with long necks and tails and traveling in herds. Their size allowed them extreme. They have the simplest game plan of any animal, having no brain, no ability to stomp for massive damage, gave them high HP, and made sneaking move on them nearly impossible. Their tails gave them a massive [[InstantDeathRadius attack radius]] with their TailSlap. Finally, traveling in herds allowed own, no camouflage, and no attacks of any kind. However, they are still fairly effective B-tier builds because any player who tries to eat them to protect members that were under attack. All this allowed them to be the only S-tier Dinosaurs.would get injured by their spicules and, in some cases, by their poisons.


** The cheetah was placed in the F-tier in the Cat Tier List video because it lacks the physical strength to fight more powerful players trying to steal their kills, and has a staggeringly high noob death rate ([[http://www.sciencemag.org/news/1998/08/cheetahs-adapt-cub-deaths just 5% make it to late-game]]). It is [[http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/10/02/cheetahs-prosper-new-study-debunks-more-old-myths/ not true]], however, that cheetahs frequently lose their kills to lions or hyenas - they lose only about 1 kill for every 10 made, can recoup such losses by simply hunting again, and can even kill jackals on occasion (which were listed as D-tier in the Dog Tier List). They're best played not as brawlers, but as high-mobility rogues who avoid losing kills simply by not making any when competitors are around. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Tierzoo/comments/7kkh3v/rethinking_cheetahs_competence_ignored/ This has been acknowledged by the creator on the Reddit,]] though he still views cheetahs as bottom-tier in terms of PvP due to their FragileSpeedster nature.

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** The cheetah was placed in the F-tier in the Cat Tier List video because it lacks the physical strength to fight more powerful players trying to steal their kills, and has a staggeringly high noob death rate ([[http://www.sciencemag.org/news/1998/08/cheetahs-adapt-cub-deaths just 5% make it to late-game]]). It is [[http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/10/02/cheetahs-prosper-new-study-debunks-more-old-myths/ not true]], however, that cheetahs frequently lose their kills to lions or hyenas - they lose only about 1 kill for every 10 made, can recoup such losses by simply hunting again, and can even kill jackals on occasion (which were listed as D-tier in the Dog Tier List). They're best played not as brawlers, but as high-mobility rogues who avoid losing kills simply by not making any when competitors are around. [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Tierzoo/comments/7kkh3v/rethinking_cheetahs_competence_ignored/ This has been acknowledged by the creator on the Reddit,]] though he still views cheetahs as bottom-tier in terms of PvP [[PlayerVersusPlayer PvP]] due to their FragileSpeedster nature.

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** Gorillas, the second highest-ranked primate after humans, have very high stats across the board (aside from stealth) along with a strong social structure, making them basically untouchable so long as they stay with the group.

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** In the Cat Tier List, the S-ranked cat was neither the Lion nor the Tiger, but the smaller and comparatively weaker Jaguar. This was due to its being the only cat able to OneHitKill any other animal on its server (lions and tigers are both hard-countered by elephants and some other large herbivores), and being able to dominate on land, in water, ''and'' in the trees, while other cats can only hunt in at most two of the three.

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** Squid have high attack power owing to their piercing beak, but at the cost of low defence and HP, meaning that if a predator manages to land a hit on them, it's almost always Game Over.


** Builds like the Great White Shark, Kodiak Bear, and Orca which get into S tier by just taking their base class, and raising the stats as high as they can go without incurring some form of penalty.

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** Builds like the Great White Shark, Kodiak Bear, and Orca Gorilla which get into S tier by just taking their base class, and raising the stats as high as they can go without incurring some form of penalty.



** Orcas are another example, possessing extremely high power, intelligence, defence and HP while also having solid mobility and stealth.

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** Orcas are another example, possessing extremely high power, intelligence, defence and HP while also having solid mobility and stealth. They are considered the second best build in the game because of this, surpassed only by humans.
** Most of the big cats qualify. Tigers, despite not having any unique special abilities, rank in high A-tier due to being this, having very high stats across the board. Lions are even more so, possessing similar stats to the tiger plus being able to hunt in packs. The best of all is the Jaguar, which not only has very high stats across the board, but also has great eyesight allowing it to see through almost all forms of camouflage, and is just as capable of hunting in the trees or the water as on the ground.


** The Poison Dart Frog is considered low-tier despite having one of the deadliest toxins, since it specced pretty almost all of its points into poison and coloration while still having the weaknesses of the low-tier amphibians. Poison ability also requires that it ''actually take a hit'' from an attacker, and due to its tiny size it would get killed very easily too.

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** The Poison Dart Frog is considered low-tier despite having one of the deadliest toxins, since it specced pretty almost all of its points into poison and coloration while still having the weaknesses of the low-tier amphibians. Poison ability also requires that it ''actually take a hit'' from an attacker, and due to its tiny size it would get killed very easily too.



** Subverted by the porcupine. Its design is entirely oriented around blocking attacks with its quills, at the expense of having low attack power, speed, and stealth, and mediocre intelligence. However, its quills are such a hilariously effective defence that it doesn't really need anything else.

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** Subverted by the porcupine. Its design is entirely oriented around blocking attacks with its quills, at the expense of having low attack power, speed, and stealth, and mediocre intelligence. However, its quills are such a hilariously effective defence that it doesn't really need anything else.still manages to rank in S tier.



** Baleen Whales in general are a subversion. They can only farm krill with their baleen, which is useless against anything bigger. However, this one strategy is ''so effective'' against their very abundant prey that they don't need any other strategy to gain experience.

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** Baleen Whales in general are a subversion. They can only farm krill with their baleen, which is useless against anything bigger. However, this one strategy is ''so effective'' against their very abundant prey that they don't need any other strategy to gain experience.experience, and since they're too big to be threatened by anything other than humans, they rank in A tier.



** Subverted by the electric eel. It put almost all its points into discharging electric shocks, giving up intelligence, mobility, and aesthetics in the process. However, since this discharge is highly effective both on offence and defence and is almost impossible to counter, the eel is still quite an effective build and ranks in high A-tier.



* MasterOfAll: Humans. Sure, they may lack strength, durability, speed or stealth compared to other animals, but thanks to having the ''best'' intelligence in the "game" bar none, they can invent and build things that give them far greater stats in those areas (with the exception of health).

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* MasterOfAll: MasterOfAll:
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Humans. Sure, they may lack strength, durability, speed or stealth compared to other animals, but thanks to having the ''best'' intelligence in the "game" bar none, they can invent and build things that give them far greater stats in those areas (with the exception of health).



** Hippopotamuses have high stats among the board with their lowest stats being above average intelligence and stealth (which is very high for a large build), have very powerful abilities with little to no drawbacks. Tier Zoo considered all of them S-Rank.

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** Hippopotamuses have high stats among across the board with their lowest stats being above average intelligence and stealth (which in the latter case is very high for such a large build), have very powerful abilities with little to no drawbacks. Tier Zoo considered all of considers them S-Rank.S-Rank.
** Orcas are another example, possessing extremely high power, intelligence, defence and HP while also having solid mobility and stealth.



** The Spinosaurus, a D-tier dinosaur build, faces a similar problem as its investment into aquatic abilities like swimming and electroreception cost it the necessary stats to hold its own on land, resulting in it getting bodied against other land carnivore builds in the area.

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** The Spinosaurus, a D-tier dinosaur build, faces a similar problem as its investment into aquatic abilities like swimming and electroreception cost it the necessary stats to hold its own on land, resulting in it getting bodied against other land carnivore builds in the area.area, and outran by most herbivores.

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