VR, or Virtual Reality, is starting to get more popular these days. With the Oculus VR headsets (and the alternatives), it has now become much easier to give VR a try.
VRChat is one thing that has also grown in popularity and shown that it is here to stay.
If you don’t know what VRChat is, it is a social platform used via the Oculus Quest and other VR headsets and Windows.
In VRChat, people use 3D avatars to represent themselves. Avatars are completely customizable and can be made to look like anything or anyone. You can either find avatars within “worlds” inside of the game, or you could upload your own.
But, if you want to find your own to upload, where exactly can you find them?
We’ve put together this guide to finding the Best VRChat Avatars — and, we found both free and paid options so that you don’t have to!
Best Free VRChat Avatars
Best Free VR Chat Avatars
If you want to customize your avatar but don’t want to spend any money doing so, you’re in luck because plenty of free options are available.
Create Your Own
One of the best ways for you to get exactly what you want for your avatar is to make it yourself. If you know how to create an avatar, you can upload it to VRChat so you can represent yourself exactly how you want to. If you’re interested, we briefly touch upon how to make your own VRChat avatars below. However, if you don’t want to spend the time to create your own VRChat avatar, you don’t have to!
In The Game Itself
You can find free VR Chat avatars right within the game itself. In VR Chat, there are many worlds where you can find avatars that you can use to represent yourself. The only drawback, of course, is that there are many others who will have access to the same avatars — which means chances are, you won’t be unique.
Reddit has many threads that talk about where you can find some avatars. For example, you can take a look at this link, where the original poster asks where they can find good avatars.
If you’d rather go adventuring on your own to hopefully find an avatar you’d like to use, you can!
When navigating to a world, search for the term “avatar.” You can then use the filter for “tags” so that the search function returns worlds you can jump into and explore for your virtual character.
From Websites and Other Sources
VRChat.com itself has a page containing some avatar creation systems you can try. However, there are also other sources where you can find free-to-use avatars (although in some cases, you may be asked to credit or attribute to the artist).
One such source is Sketchfab.
Sketchfab is one of the best and most popular platforms if you want to buy 3D or AR graphics. They also have a free section with many designs that you can choose to represent you on VRChat. Sketchfab allows artists to create design portfolios with items they can sell. The platform also allows buyers to collaborate with artists on new, fully custom-made avatars.
Sketchfab also has a search function that lets you find all sorts of styles, including anime or realistic designs. Tags are there to let you narrow your search down further if you just want to browse around.
One of the best features Sketchfab has to offer is its unique 3D model viewer. With it, you can look at avatar designs within a 3D space to make sure you like it from all possible angles.
There are many other websites from where you can get free avatars, some of which are included in our list of the best VR Chat Avatar sources below.
Best Anime VR Chat Avatars
Many of the resources we’ve mentioned in this article also include plenty of anime-based designs that you can use to represent you in the game.
You can also search the VRChat subreddit to find posts like these which can tell you exactly where to find anime designs. According to that thread, you can check out Loli’s Avatar World in the VRChat to see whether there are designs that suit your tastes.
Another notable place you can get anime-based avatars from is DeviantArt, where artists share their work. Artists may choose to share their work for free, but there are also paid options on this website.
Once again, you can create your own designs, or purchase some from the websites we’ve listed below.
Where to Buy a VRChat Avatar
If you don’t feel like going hunting for free options or if you don’t want to learn how to make your own, the resources below have some of the best avatars you can find both for free and for purchase. We’ve noted which ones have free options as well.
Fiverr is almost always one of the best places to go if you want to get some custom work done and you don’t want to spend too much time looking for an artist to commission. It’s often the same place that many people go to get Twitch emotes or other stream graphics. This is also a fantastic place to find artists who can illustrate or model a fursona.
Because it has such a massive amount of freelancers and artists, Fiverr is one of the best places to go for VRChat Avatars. You can commission an artist to create one fully custom, or you can choose one from a wide range of designs. Prices on the platform vary, but they will always start at $5. For character models, the range seems to reach up to around $350. Unfortunately, there are no free models on this platform.
Many of the artists on this platform already have templates that they can customize to resemble you or the character you want to model. Getting a VRChat model in this way is much more affordable than asking an artist to design you a fully custom model.
When you’re hiring an artist to create your design, make sure to tell them it’s for VRChat so you can get it in the right size and format. We also recommend that you check reviews and chat with the artist before you decide to hire them.
Unity Asset Store
If you’re looking for ready-made VRChat avatars, the Unity Asset Store has plenty to offer. There is such a huge selection of 3D assets here that it can quickly become overwhelming. Thankfully, this platform has a robust search function with many filtering options so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Once you find something, it’s relatively easy to download it for use.
Designs on the Unity Asset Store are usually already set up and ready to download and install into VRChat.
When you’re searching for a design, make sure that the one you choose has fewer than 70,000 triangles, otherwise, you won’t be able to upload it into VRChat. If you’re playing on the Oculus Quest, that number goes down to 10,000 triangles.
If you’re looking for FREE options, VRCMods is one of the best places you can go — especially since it appears that all of the designs on this website are available for free. In fact, there are over six thousand designs to choose from. However, it’s important to note that all of the designs here are premade, so this isn’t the place to go if you want something custom.
The premade designs on VRCMods are all ready to download and upload to your game. The website shows how many people have downloaded the design in the past. Again, designs are free to use, but you may be asked to credit or attribute artists, so make sure to read the descriptions of the designs you download.
Unfortunately, the search function on this platform isn’t exactly the best — there aren’t many filtering options but hey, it’s free. Finding quality designs can be a bit challenging on this platform, but browsing around can usually get you a few good options. Plus, VRCMods has many meme avatars you can use if you find those humorous.
VRCMods was originally a Discord server (and it still is!). You can join the server if you’d like — there’s also a chance you might find an artist to commission in there. Just be careful of who you trust, since direct commissioning people can be risky if you don’t know their reputation.
VRCMods is not always well-liked by the community. Because it is a free platform where anyone can upload a design, sometimes art thieves may upload stolen designs here. However, the mods and admins have been careful enough to delete stolen designs as soon as they are reported.
Ready Player Me
Ready Player Me is a unique platform from which you can get your VRChat avatars. This is because here, you can create your avatar based on a photo.
Ready Player Me allows you to upload a photo to their platform then build your avatar from it. It could be your own photo or someone else’s if you prefer. You can also edit features like eyes, hair, accessories, clothing, and more.
One of the great things about this platform is that the avatars you create aren’t strictly for VRChat. You can also use them on other VR games — including the Metaverse!
DeviantArt has been around for a very long time — at least when portfolio and design gallery websites are concerned. This website is a great place for artists to showcase their work in portfolios and galleries or keep private galleries that show a record of their progress as an artist or designer.
On this platform, you can find backgrounds and assets to make VRChat avatars. You can also find actual avatars to download, of course. There are free options available here, though many of the designs are paid. When purchasing a design, you may be redirected to another website to complete your purchase.
When looking for avatars on this platform, you’ll have to be more discerning since some avatars are ready to be uploaded and installed, while others still need to be set up properly to be VRChat-ready.
How to Create Your Own VRChat Avatar
Creating your own VRChat avatar may sound fun and exciting, but unfortunately, it does require a certain set of skills and has quite a learning curve.
Before you can create a VRChat avatar, first you’ll need to know how to create your 3D character using 3D modeling software, such as:
- Blender (recommended) is a free and open-source 3D modeling app. It’s extremely accessible, provided you have a computer that is capable of running it. The great thing about blender is there are tons of resources available online to help you learn the app for free, such as on YouTube. You can also purchase a course on Udemy.
- Houdini by SideFX is an intuitive-to-use professional software, but unforunately it is not free.
- Maya 3D by Autodesk is a premium software that has advanced tools. It lets you create worlds, characters, objects, and more.
How to Import a VRChat Avatar
Once you have your avatar or character model, you’ll have to make sure that it is the right size in Unity. If you want to do this, make sure that you have an up-to-date version of the software.
The VRChat Learning Channel has some easy-to-follow and recent tutorials that you can take a look at to help you import your first avatar.
VRChat avatars are a fantastic way to showcase your personality and interests. Luckily, there are tons of free options you can start with if you aren’t ready to commit to buying a model just yet.
When you’re ready, you can choose one of the choices in this article to purchase a ready-made design or get an artist to create one from scratch!
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