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The dragon tier list is currently formatted around highlighting Dragons who are best to pull for and upgrade given content in the game currently. Because they are playable for only a short time, dragons are valued mainly for passives applied to Adventurers.

  • Relevance: Not only should the dragon be compatible with strong Adventurers, but also useable in the game’s latest content. With the time restrictions of most quests, damage is favored over HP and healing bonuses. It’s also worth noting that at any given time, the elements in the game are lopsided with regards to bonuses available and relative options. 

  • Investment: Lower-rarity dragons sometimes provide a better value for the resources used to summon and unbind them. 

  • Active Skills: Specials and Combo Chains don't determine placements, but they do differentiate Dragons within each tier. 

  • Stats mainly affect Event dragons, who have low stats relative to their rarity.

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Tier 1

These are the most versatile Dragons in the roster, with Strength and Skill Damage bonuses applicable to the majority of the roster.

Agni
Agni is still a Flame powerhouse, even though Cerberus has a slightly more powerful Skill.
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.
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.
Konohana Sakuya
Leviathan
Leviathan earns his place in Tier 1 for both his Strength boost and Tidal Stream, a very broad attack that inflicts Bog.
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.
Shinobi
Siren
Vayu
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, and the base 60% Strength aura is still the highest offered for Wind Adventurers.

These Dragons are seen as side-grades to the above Tier 1 Dragons-- Their passives are equal to or greater than Strength or Skill Damage when paired with the right characters, but are otherwise less effective.

Apollo
Arctos
Chthonius
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.
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.

Hastur
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.
Pazuzu
Pop-Star Siren
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.
Takemikazuchi

Tier 2

Dragons here are typically either pure Strength or balanced for offense and defense. Most anyone can safely equip these, but neither bonus is as strong as those of higher-tier Dragons.

Freyja

Although she's at the top of her class as a healing dragon, Freyja is placed awkwardly with the Wind element. Water High Mercury has high damage demands, making Zephyr a better choice for top healers such as Lowen. In a vacuum however, Skill Haste and Recovery Potency are amazing passives that enable frequent support and augmented healing. 

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.

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.
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. 

 

Nyarlathotep
Nidhogg
Nidhogg is the premier all-rounder option for Shadow Adventurers thanks to his high 20-30% split boost and Total Eclipse.
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.
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.
High Zodiark
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 Mercury
High Jupiter
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.
Vodyanoy
Being a purely offensive Dragon, Vodyanoy adds 30-45% to Strength and hits hard with Relentless Torrent.

Tier 3

Tier 3 Dragons make for solid team options.

Erasmus
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. 

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.
Mini Mids
Parallel Zodiark
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.

Phantom
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.
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.
Yulong

Tier 4

A few distinctions within this Tier: Brunhilda and Zodiark are the most powerful for Strength, while Sylvia and Peng Lai are the best healers. The hatchlings lag behind with their Strength bonuses, but are an upgrade over Drakes, Imps and Fafnirs. 

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.
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.
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.
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.
Peng Lai
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.

Silke
Silke’s passive adds 15-20% each to HP and Strength, a modest but versatile boost.
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.
Zodiark
Zodiark is similar to Brunhilda with the 15-20% Strength boost. It’s small, but appreciated by offensive Shadow Adventurers.

Tier 5

These dragons are typically used as filler on elemental teams. This Tier also includes utility dragons not used for combat, such as Fafnirs.

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.
Bronze Fafnir
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.
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.
Gold Fafnir
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.
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.
Mercury
Mercury’s stat boost is modest, and being for only HP, it puts her below the rest of the story Dragons.
Midgardsormr
Midgardsormr gives an 8-10% boost to HP and Strength, decent enough on a Wind team but outclassed by more specialized dragons.
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.
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.
Silver Fafnir
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.
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.