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Please Note: Dragons are placed in their tier, but their placement within the tier is alphabetacle. This does not reflect their power within the tier. All dragons in a similar tier are considered similarly useful.

This tier list can be seen as a guide to which dragons are the safest, most broadly useful investment. A higher tier dragon is going to be useful on more Adventurers and will be able to help you clear harder content. It is far safer to use Sunlight Stones on a tier 1 or 1.5 Dragon than it is on a tier 3 Dragon, but individual preferences and needs are still important. 

Also note that the tier list is heavily segregated by element. As different elements have different access to dragons, their power levels can vary wildly. 

Tier 1 - Meta

A Dragon in the top tier is one that sees heavy usage in end game content (Primarily Master or Expert Agito). It's widely considered to be the optimum dragon for a number of Adventurers in their element. They should also not require any specific team build, instead being generally useful to most of their elemental Roster. Generally, only DPS focused Dragons are found in this tier as the majority of Adventurers are DPS focused and most content calls for more DPS Adventurers than support or defensive ones. 

Tier 1.5 - Near Meta

Placement in tier 1.5 indicates that a Dragon is very useful for progression, having a wide range of applicability on multiple Adventurers, as well as being powerful enough to clear the hardest content. Often the difference between these dragons and the very best is one of minor degrees, but in end game progression every little bit counts. 

Tier 2 - Off Meta

These are older dragons that have simply been eclipsed by newer ones. They're still good enough to clear content, but it's going to be harder and sometimes pugs will start to avoid you for using a dragon that is simply no longer at the top of their game. 

Tier 3 - Sub-optimal

These are dragons that are just not the best around. Lower rarity gatcha dragons like Juggernaught belong here, along with the better F2P dragons like High Mercury or Mini-mids. There are also some dragons, like Primed Dragons, that while higher rarity are just not good enough. 

Tier 4 - Not for Progression

These dragons are simply not what you want to use to clear content. They are either F2P dragons or low rarity dragons and just don't cut it for serious content, or designed for farming resources. 

 

Unlike Adventurers, some Dragons in Dragalia Lost are simply more effective than others. While you can debate the merits of Noelle vs DY!Xainfried as they both do different things, it's hard to argue that Stribog is in any world better that Garuda. Note that we assume the dragon is MUB and fully leveled. Obviously, a MUB Ifrit is superior to a 0UB Cerberus, even though Cerberus is ranked higher. 

That said, individual Dragons have certain pairings that are better for them. You are encouraged to check out an Adventurers and a dragons page to see who they would go best with. Tier Lists are misleading when taken literally, so readers are encouraged to seek out guides to Void BattlesImperial OnslaughtThe Mercurial Gauntlet and Advanced Dragon Trials for more details on picking the right characters for specific content.

Factors included in the ranking are:

  • The primary factor is how represented the character is in the games current "meta," or in other words how popular a Dragon and their paired Adventurers are for clearing end game content (primarily High Dragon Trials, Mercurial Gauntlet, and Agito)
  • Damage based on theoretical simulation data.
  • Synergy with a large number of Adventurers of the same element
  • Attack combo effectiveness and active skills.
  • Status Afflictions and Boss resistances where applicable. When opposite-element bosses are immune to a Dragon's skill's Affliction, that’s a poor matchup counting against that character.

February 5th, 2020

  • Dreadking Rathalos placed in tier 1. DK Rath may be the most overpowered dragon ever released to this point. His drawback is virtually nonexistant, and he offers a 55% Strength boost AND a 60% Force Strike Boost. He's a monster, pure and simple. 
  • Cerberus, Agni, > Tier 2. DK Rath is so much better than these two it's astounding. They no longer have any place in the top end meta, so thoroughly have they been eclipsed. This is a trend that is likely to continue for older dragons. While Zephyr and Cupid still have a niche thanks to their special abilities, other older dragons will not be so fortunate. 

February 2nd, 2020

  • Rathalos placed in tier 2. Since Rathalos is a free mixed dragon with similar boosts to High Brunhilda, he gets a tier 2 placement for his ease of use and minimal investment for adequate results. 
  • Fatalis placed in tier 2. Despite his power, Fatalis has a huge drawback gimmick that really hurts how usable he is in a number of situations. 

January 24th, 2020

  • Garland placed in tier 1. Garland is a second generation dragon, offering an 80% Strength Boost with an easy to meet conditional, and provides a solid form of damage mitagation. 
  • Zephyr moved to tier 1.5. In a trend that is likely to continue, the first generation strength dragon no longer stacks up to the second generation dragon. Unlike Cupid, who has a useful active skill, Zephyr is simply inferior to Garland in most circumstances. 

January 4th, 2020

  • Ebisu placed in tier 2. An HP bonus in Shadow just isn't very good.
  • Daikokuten placed in tier 1. The new optimum Light DPS dragon, though he doesn't completely outmode Cupid.

December 18th, 2019

  • Tier List Dramatically Overhauled. 
    • Tier list now heavily favors dragons that see the most play across the most Adventures, specifically in HDT and MG 51+.
    • Certain Dragons, such as Skill Haste Dragons, have risen dramatically given their usefulness.
    • Other dragons, especially gatcha mixed dragons, have fallen as they simply are outmoded. 
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Tier 1

Daikokuten
With a 55% Strength passive and a 25% Flurry bonus, Daikokuten is the first of a new wave of Dragons that looks to push the power level higher. He's nearly comparable to a pure Strength dragon like Cupid, but his potential output is far higher.
With powerful Skill Fill and a great strength bonus, there are few situations where Big Chungus is not the right dragon for the job.
Gala Cat Sìth
Gala Sith is the cat's meow, and frankly puts to shame all other dragons in the entire game. She's so much better than even Gala Mars in her own element that's actually pretty silly. The only Adventurers who don't want her at all are those like Durant who can't use her insane skill damage boost.
Gala Mars
Mars is so far head and shoulders above all other Dragons that he very nearly went into tier 0. He's that good. He's the new gold standard for what a dragon should be, and reigns supreme for Flame Dragons.
Gala Thor
Gala Thor is an incredible dragon with a built in Jojo reference. A good chunk of his damage comes from his dragon form, so he's best used with maxed out Light Dracolith facilities.
With a powerful aura and a skill that reduces enemies resistance to wind for the rest of the quest, Midgard Zero is easily the best dragon in wind at the moment.

Tier 1.5

AC-011 Garland
As a 2nd Generation Dragon, Garland offers a total of 80% Strength boost, far out performing previous offerings. He even offers reliable damage mitigation that can save a run with his shield, though it's best not to break it if possible.
Konohana Sakuya
As a skill dragon, Sakuya is easily the best dragon for the vast majority of the Flame roster. On certain Adventurers or certain team comps she can be outshone, but for the most part she's the go to pick and should be the first Flame Dragon you consider MUBing with stones.
Tie Shan Gongzhu
Siren
As a Skill Dragon, Siren is incredibly powerful. However, unlike in most elements, she has harsh competition from the Strength dragon, Leviathan. Still, with a skill boost skill and her powerful boosts, she's still a top choice for Water DPS and an excellent choice for a dragon to invest in.
Shinobi
Shinobi reins supreme as the Shadow dragon of choice thanks to his massive buff to Skill damage, great attack modifiers, and excellent skill. He's the first dragon you should MUB for your Shadow stable in the vast majority of cases.
Pop-Star Siren
Pop-Star Siren has proven to be a multi-element, multi-format All Star. Her skill is such a great team buff that even off element supports want to shift to her to provide bonus damage when it counts. She doesn't do a whole lot for the Adventurer using her, but if you need extra burst for a healer or buffer and they can afford to give up a dragon aura, Pop Star's the best.
Pazuzu
As a Punisher dragon, Pazuzu is extremely good in his niche, which is on Poison reliant Adventurers against bosses with a low resistance. Outside of that he's a little lackluster, but he's still a decent option.
Nimis
Nimis is a slightly different flavor of Crit Dragon from Dragonyule Jeanne, but there are certain situations where he's better, mostly if you have a sufficiently high crit rate already.
Long Long
Long Long is actually pretty niche, with Critical Damage being strong only on Crit-based Wind Adventurers such as Lin You. Still, those who do mesh with him enjoy incredible offense and brutal Criticals.
Leviathan
Leviathan earns his place in Tier 1 for both his Strength boost and Tidal Stream, a very broad attack that inflicts Bog.
Horus
Apollo
Apollo has a decent niche as a good pick for Burn Punisher groups, especially in Mercurial Guantlet groups running Elegant Escort. Outside of dedicated burn groups he's overshadowed by Sakuya or Strength dragons.
While Maritimus offer's no direct DPS upgrade, his Skill haste makes him excellent for buffers and healers alike. For most Adventurers he's outshone by other offensively oriented dragons though.
Freyja

Thanks to her Skill Haste, Frejya is the top choice for Support Adventurers such as Noelle or Lowen. She might not have much in the way for DPS focused Adventurers, but for those more concerned with healing or buffing, she's easily the top wind pick.

Fatalis
As a 2nd Generation Dragon that provides a blanket 50% boost to all Adventurers and provides a massive 80% to Shadow Adventurers, you'd think Fatalis would end up at the top of the tier list. Sadly, he comes with the crippling drawback of inflicting Curse if you ever shapeshift. This means you must either forgo your dragon mode, or you must equip A Suit of Midnight to prevent the affliction. Either way, that's a lot of hoops to jump through and it hurts Fatalis' placement.
Epimetheus
As a Poison Punisher dragon in a Shadow Poison Meta, Epimetheus has a lot of Adventurers who can find a use for him. He loses out to Fatalis in the sheer numbers department, but not Curse locking your Adventurer is a big bonus.
As a 2nd Generation Dragon, Dreadking Rathalos was certain to be powerful. Just how powerful is now fully understood, with 55% Strength and 60% Force Strike Damage, Gauge Inhibitor and Striking Haste. Dreadking does it all. He has a laughable drawback that you will barely notice, and his damage output is insane. If he could be used cross Element, he'd be the first Tier 0 dragon, but as it stands he's simply amazing in Flame.
Dragonyule Jeanne fills a small niche-- being for Crit-based Water Adventurers-- but is the best in slot for them. For Orsem, her bonuses consistently outpace even Leviathan.
Cupid
On top of his Strength boost, Cupid raises the Critical Rate of an entire team with his active Skill. Although there aren’t a whole lot of Crit-based Light Adventurers, the boost is high enough that anyone’s offense can benefit from it.
Azazel
Ariel
With 50% Strength and 30% Skill haste, Ariel is a great choice for a lot of Adventurers, especially buffers like Tobias and Noelle. Freyja is also an option however, though with the changes to Coability's that isn't as much the case now.
Vayu
Thanks to his massive Skill Damage boost and the nature of Wind DPS, Vayu has mostly replaced Zephyr as the absolute top Wind dragon, though the two are mostly comparable. He's an excellent choice to invest in for all manner of Adventurers and has excellent attack modifiers.

Tier 2

Agni
Agni is still a Flame powerhouse, even though Cerberus has a slightly more powerful Skill.
High Mercury
High Mercury is a perfectly viable alternative to Posideon, but most Adventurers will want a dragon that commits to either offensive or defensive capabilities.
Takemikazuchi
Overdrive punisher is a powerful ability for a dragon to have, and it makes Takemikazuchi a good pick to use in a variety of content. He's not quite as good as other dragons, especially since Cupid's heal is so mandatory for many teams.
Ramiel
Prometheus
Prometheus is the Dragon that has enabled many to challenge High Midgardsormr with an admirable 35-50% Strength boost and 15% Wind Res. While the offense isn’t enough to rival Agni or Cerberus, Wind Res is always relevant to Flame Adventurers, and his total bonuses add up to be even higher than others.
Marishiten
The limited New Years Dragon follows the theme of inflicting Bleed, complimenting offensive Shadow Adventurers with 40-60% Strength. Her animations are also incredibly broad, making for easy sweeping in dense battles.
High Zodiark
As a mixed Dragon, HZD is rather meh, but the fact that he's free makes him an excellent goal to grind towards.
High Midgardsormr is among the only Dragons with a bonus to Shapeshift Time, and carries a strong 20-30% boost to HP and Strength.
High Jupiter
Once again, being free takes HJP from "meh" to serviceable. Most Adventurers would prefer with a pure offensive or defensively focused dragon though.
Andromeda
High Brunhilda
With HP and Strength bonuses to rival Gacha Dragons Posiedon and Nidhogg, High Brunhilda is a solid option for balanced challenges. Access to Burn through Crimson Inferno is also a huge plus for those who have braved her High Dragon trial.
Gilgamesh

Like Prometheus, Gilgamesh is a great value for players who can’t go for the MUB. His offense isn’t as high as Cupid, but 35% Strength and 15% Shadow Res will serve most all Adventurers.

Corsaint Phoenix
Corsaint offers exceptionally high DPS when paired with specific Adventurers such as Fleur or Yachiyo, or on teams exploiting Paralysis Punisher on specific bosses. Her lack of heal puts her below Cupid in popularity, but she's still an excellent choice for the right team.
Chthonius
Chthonius is a bit odd for a dragon, essentially having the Dragon Claws passive baked in. He's be amazing for any Adventurer with a Dragonshifting centered kit, but is pretty good for any longer fight where you know you'll get in the two shifts to get to his 75% Strength bonus.
Cerberus
Cerberus has it all: a hefty 40-60% Strength boost, and her attack which debuffs Strength/Defense while inflicting Burn damage. For hurting enemies, there’s no better Flame dragon.
Arctos
Thanks to his excellent crit buffs, Arctos is actually the best dragon for a few Adventurers, notably Mikoto. In most cases though, he's slightly worse than Sakuya or a Strength dragon. Still, he's excellent all around and a good dragon to invest in.
Zephyr
Although Zephyr brings a hefty 60% Strength boost at max Unbound, his auto combos aren't impressive and his active Skill, Zephyr’s Wrath, has a fairly long animation time. For most cases of pure damage output in terms of the aura offered, Vayu has outclassed Zephyr. Nevertheless, the Stun utility from Zephyr's Wrath is worth mentioning. However, Zephyr's 60% Strength boost is no longer the best in wind, outclassed by Garland in the vast majority of circumstances.

Tier 3

Garuda

While she provides an impressive amount of HP for healers, Garuda's kit is lacking in terms of support-- especially since her active Skill only heals the user. For firing off multiple heals and Energizing the team, Freyja is a better option. Lowen players will also pick Zephyr for High Mercury to increase damage, making Garuda's niche situational at best. 

Nyarlathotep
While Nyarlathotep's bonuses are definitely lower than comparable gatcha dragons, they're still decent enough to use. His weird mixture of offensive and defensive abilities means he'll never be as good as a pure example of either in most content.
Vodyanoy
Being a purely offensive Dragon, Vodyanoy adds 30-45% to Strength and hits hard with Relentless Torrent.
Having an extremely long ramp up to a pay off that isn't that impressive (aside from making you nigh-unkillable) isn't something I'm willing to wait for, and neither should you.
Styx
Styx is so bafflingly bad it just doesn't make sense. There are no situations that will ever realistically come up where Siren is not much, much more effective.
Simurgh
Simurgh is a fantastic option for Water healers, providing 30-40% HP and a massive 40-60% bonus damage during Overdrive. Her active Skill also heals, making her a synergistic option. Still, her kit is somewhat confusing given the lack of damage from most Staff users. Increasing the survivability of an offensive character is also valid, but current content presents few opportunities to take advantage of such bonuses.
Roc
Once again, a great offensive stat boost to Strength can be found with Roc. She also has a powerful AoE attack that hits everything around her, which is helpful against moving bosses and in large groups of enemies.
Rathalos
Providing a boost the equal of High Brunhilda in most regards and being free gives Rathalos a huge leg up, as you can quickly and easily MUB him if you happened to be playing during the Monster Hunter event. He's invaluable for F2P, though he's not nearly as good as a gatcha dragon like Cerberus.
Poseidon
Poseidon is a solid equip for Water Adventurers, providing a split boost of 20-30% each to HP and Strength.
Phoenix

While being a 4★ Dragon means she doesn't boost HP as much as Garuda or Jeanne d'Arc, Phoenix makes a name for herself with her powerful active Skill, Regeneration Flame. Despite being of lower rarity, Phoenix does a lot for Flame Staff users and is easily upgraded using Moonlight Stones. 

 

Phantom
While Phantom provides a decent attack bonus for F2P players, just about any dragon from the gatcha will completely outperform him.
Nidhogg
Nidhogg is the premier all-rounder option for Shadow Adventurers thanks to his high 20-30% split boost and Total Eclipse.
Hastur
Primed Strength dragons are good only in solo content, and even then it's debatable as to how much better they are than just using a regular dragon on your AI.
Mini Zodi
Mini Mids
Mini Mids is in an interesting place. He is currently the only dragon that is usable on any Adventurer, regardless of their element. This comes with the drawback of reduced stats and a split HP/STR bonus, but it still makes Mini Mids a great choice for players just starting out or to slap on an AI controlled teammate.
Mini Hildy
Lindworm
Lindworm is currently one of the strongest options for offensive Light Adventurers, with a passive that adds 30-45% to Strength and Ethereal Gleam.
Liger

Being a split-bonus Dragon, Liger falls in the same category as fellow 5★ Nidhogg and Poseidon. He’s strong enough, but with full HP and full Strength Dragons available, he isn’t the best option for either DPS or healers.

Kamuy
Primed Strength dragons are good only in solo content, and even then it's debatable as to how much better they are than just using a regular dragon on your AI.
Kagutsuchi
Primed Strength dragons are good only in solo content, and even then it's debatable as to how much better they are than just using a regular dragon on your AI.
Juggernaut
Juggernaut adds 30-45% to Adventurers’ Strength, making him a top choice for offense and DPS-based Adventurers.
Jeanne d'Arc
Jeanne is the best healing Dragon for Light Adventurers, courtesy of the ample HP boost. Unfortunately, her active Skill Saint’s Banner has limited use, as healing tends to be more urgent than Defense buffs.
Ifrit
A straightforward Flame Dragon, Ifrit earns his place by being compatible with offensive Adventurers-- 30-45% is a good boost for DPS like Mikoto and Ezelith.
Yulong
A 30% Strength boost is decent enough, and if you've acquired Yulong from the event she's a decent choice for a filler dragon.

Tier 4

Astral Imp
The Astral Imp stands above other Imps for one thing: Wisdom Dance, a 20% Strength buff that lasts for 15 seconds. It’s one of the highest available Strength buffs in the game, and can turn the tide of battle if timed appropriately.
Silke
Silke’s passive adds 15-20% each to HP and Strength, a modest but versatile boost.
Pallid Imp
Although the low split boost is better than a Drake’s HP boost, the Pallid Imp carries no buffs but rather an average attack.
Parallel Zodiark
As far as F2P DPS dragons go Parallel Zodiark isn't the worst, but he's outshone by basically every gatcha option.
Pele

Although Pele’s Strength boost is lower than Ifrit’s, she does have a good attack-- Blazing Pillars-- which hits the entire surrounding area and inflicts Burn damage. Her availability is limited to those who missed the Loyalty’s Requiem event, but those who got multiple copies can increase her Strength boost and power even further.

Peng Lai
Poliʻahu
Poli'ahu is another moderate split boost dragon, though notably Lilinoe’s Mist inflicts Freeze which synergizes very well with Adventurers such as Lily and Celliera who have similar skills.
Shishimai

50% Critical Damage is a massive boon. Unfortunately, this comes without the means to improve Critical Rate, or the frequency of critical hits. Without a high probability to land Criticals, the benefits of high Critical Damage may never be seen.

 

In addition, the Light element lacks high-rarity Dagger and Blade users with Critical Rate bonuses outside their Co-Ability, so implementation of Shishimai’s massive power becomes tricky in practice. Assuming a 10-15% Critical Rate with Wyrmprints and Allied Co-Abilities, Shishimai’s damage increase is comparable to a 20-30% Strength buff.

Silver Fafnir
Fafnir dragons are good only for farming resources. In silver's case, that's mana. Otherwise, they're totally useless.
Midgardsormr
Midgardsormr gives an 8-10% boost to HP and Strength, decent enough on a Wind team but outclassed by more specialized dragons.
Snow Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15% to HP. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Stribog
A defensive dragon, but his HP boost has a decent magnitude of 30-45%. It’s not as useful as Strength, but Wind-type healers will enjoy the increase to outbound healing.
Sylvia
Being an HP boost Dragon, Sylvia is lackluster amongst the Wind element. She is also hurt by a slow attack animation and straight attack, which falls short compared to Dragons like Roc and Pele who hit the radius around them. Still, for Wind healers, she's among the better options for increasing outgoing healing.
Tsumuji
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Unicorn
Unicorn is the budget Jeanne D’Arc for those who still like having high HP but prefer Unicorn's attack over a Defense buff.
Wellspring Imp
A defensive buff isn’t as necessary in a game centered around offense, and the stat boost granted by Wellspring Imp is minimal.
Zephyr Imp
Affinity Dance provides a small boost to Crit Rate, which Dagger and Blade teams can benefit from. Otherwise, Zephyr Imp offers little in terms of stat boosts.
Moon Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15%. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Mercury
Mercury’s stat boost is modest, and being for only HP, it puts her below the rest of the story Dragons.
Barbatos
Gloom Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15%. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Bronze Fafnir
Fafnir's are for farming resources, in Bronze's case, that's Adventurer XP. Bronze also has a somewhat useful active skill that provides a Strength buff, which in some cases can be usable, but most of the time you're better off with any other dragon.
Brunhilda
Brunhilda provides a small stat boost, but it’s all in Strength, which still helps with offense. Being a story Dragon also means extra copies for Unbinding, which makes the 20% buff more accessible.
Cinder Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15%. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Ebisu
A pure HP F2P Dragon, Ebisu offers only a measly 30% boost. In an element dominated by high damage dealers, most Adventurers would far prefer someone else.
Erasmus
As a free dragon, a 30% Strength bonus is alright, but you should replace Erasmus with a gatcha option as soon as you can.
Fubuki
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Gold Fafnir
Fafnir's are for farming resources, in Gold's case, that's rupees. Otherwise, he's nearly useless.
Maritimus
An easily unbound moderate split boost and 5* rarity make Martimus a solid all-rounder option for Shadow characters. However, his stats remain lower than Silke's.
Gust Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15%. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Halloween Silke
Similar to Shadow-type Silke, but with a useful debuff attack-- Pumpkin Prank reduces enemy Strength by 10%, providing a small boost to survivability to the team. Her ranged attack and smaller-than-average size also allow her to stay in the fight longer than other options that may receive a larger number of incoming attacks.
Hikage
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Hinata
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Homura
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Jupiter
Provides a small 8-10% boost to HP and Strength. He’s not a bad option if filling out a Light team, but other dragons can serve a more specialized role.
Kindling Imp
Although the low split boost is better than a Drake’s HP boost, the Kindling Imp carries no buffs but rather an average attack.
Zodiark
Zodiark is similar to Brunhilda with the 15-20% Strength boost. It’s small, but appreciated by offensive Shadow Adventurers.

Tier 5

Divine Dragon
Puppy
Rush
Rush is who Megaman always "transforms" into. He is not obtainable, nor usable by other Adventurers.

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