CR Non-Hybrid Skills Tournament: Top 25 Dinos according to the Sims

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Common and Rare Skills Tournament

Hello, again Explorers! It looks like we have another skill tournament set for this weekend. It is similar to the tournament we saw last month, except there are no hybrids allowed this time around. 

Tournament Info

CR No Hybrid Tourney Requirements


  • Creatures
    • Common
    • Rare
    • Regular
  • Level
    • All creatures are set to Tournament Level (26)
  • Stat Boosts
    • Disabled


CR No Hybrid Tourney Rewards

These rewards are pretty underwhelming compared to what we have seen in the past (with top prizes being in the 30,000 range). The top prize HC barely buys you one boost or epic scent and you can get more coins from simply maxing out the daily supply drops. It seems these tournaments with the lower level creatures are more aimed at newer players so maybe they will have more of a chance to compete. 

Best Common and Rare

Even though the pool is limited to only commons and rares, there are a LOT of dinos to choose from for this skills tournament. They are very likely dinos that you haven't played with for a while as well. In total, there are 75 different creatures you can play with. 

So which Dinos are the best?

To answer that we went back to our Battle Simulator tool and did a simulation of all common and rare dinos against each other. 

Before we reveal the results though, our usual disclaimer. This tool is a great way for us to see how creatures do in a 1v1 situation, but keep in mind we play with a 4 dino team. This simulator takes into account swap out move damage, but the dino doesn't actually swap out to another dino. And it only uses swap in moves about 50% of the time. So any creature with a swap in or swap out move may not show favorable and could still be a good option on your team. 

So without further ado, here are the top 25 Common and rare non-hybrid dinos ranked in order according to the simulator we ran:

Top 25 Common and Rare Non-Hybrid Dinos
Name Rarity WinPercent LossPercent TiePercent
1 Ornithomimus Rare 82.51 17.47 0.00
2 Giraffatitan Rare 81.24 17.13 1.59
3 Wuerhosaurus Rare 78.35 17.90 3.70
4 Miragaia Common 79.33 20.65 0.00
5 Postosuchus Rare 78.47 21.53 0.00
6 Proceratosaurus Rare 78.11 21.89 0.00
7 Marsupial Lion Rare 77.09 22.77 0.14
8 Purussaurus Rare 73.94 25.99 0.07
9 Dimetrodon Rare 73.60 26.40 0.00
10 Tenontosaurus Rare 71.29 26.17 2.21
11 Tyrannosaurus Rex Gen 2 Rare 71.62 26.85 1.53
12 Ophiacodon Common 71.62 28.38 0.00
13 Erlikosaurus Gen 2 Rare 69.19 28.38 2.43
14 Koolasuchus Gen 2 Rare 67.80 27.86 4.16
15 Entelodon Rare 68.60 29.57 1.82
16 Kelenken Rare 68.65 31.33 0.02
17 Nodosaurus Rare 65.23 31.59 3.00
18 Nasutoceratops Rare 64.62 32.31 2.31
19 Dsungaripterus Rare 65.65 34.28 0.00
20 Edmontosaurus Rare 65.51 34.28 0.00
21 Amargasaurus Rare 63.24 35.32 1.44
22 Carnotaurus Rare 63.16 36.75 0.00
23 Tuojiangosaurus Rare 61.93 35.83 2.14
24 Elasmotherium Rare 62.19 36.25 1.31
25 Allosaurus Common 61.35 37.12 1.53

Dracorex Gen 2

Once again, one of our favorite dinos to hate, Dracorex Gen 2 (or the OG rat), isn't listed anywhere on the top 50 results. Since this dino solely relies on its swap in damage, for the most part, it doesn't do well in the simulator results. However, that doesn't mean it isn't a good option in this tournament. 2400 swap in damage is nothing to scoff at and something to think about when building the rest of your team. 

Building your team

First of all, don't just pick the top 8 and go with those. As we mentioned, the sim is a head to head match up visualization so there are plenty of dinos that work well on a team that may not necessarily be in the top 25. And some of them may just end up being set up fodder for the next dino. There is a LOT of dinos to choose from in this tournament so experiment and see what works best for you. Ideally, you want a diverse group so you need speed, armor, tanks and probably a couple of counter attackers as well.

Ornithomimus, the OG dodgestrich, seems to be back on top. The buff to evasive dinos really helps this bird dodge its way to victory in head to head matchups. It has speed, immunity, and an instant distraction move that can take down a big hit. You'll want to think about running at least one nullifying dino on the team to help deal with the evasive strike move. 

As mentioned above, Dracorex Gen2 (DG2) is probably going to be very prevalent in this tournament. Keep that in mind when selecting your team because anything that has less than 2400 HP (like the Raptors) has a chance to immediately get one shot. Unlike its hybrid Dracoceratops, DG2 is also very unlikely to be able to get in and out of a match easily. So use it wisely if you do decide to put it on your team.

Since we'll have DG2 running around everywhere, you might want to think about running something that can take it out after it comes in. Postosuchus is a guaranteed kill on DG2. Marsupial Lion can take it out in 2 turns with Minor Rend and then Rending Takedown. 

Also worth mentioning is Giraffatitan. Girrafatitan is a big tank with a swap in slow move as well as Bellow and Superiority Strike so it has the opportunity to always be a step ahead of the enemy. It also has a rampage move that can put out a whopping 2040 damage. With 5550 HP you are going to run a chomper or 2 in order to take this beast down. 

With all the creatures there are to play with, feel free to change your team to suit your needs and playstyle. There will be a lot of variance in the top teams so go with what works for you, not just what other people are using. And make sure to practice! Some of these are newer creatures with moves you might not be familiar with. Grab an alliance mate and do some friendlies so you get familiar with the team you plan to run. 

Concluding Thoughts

It seems this tournament is more geared towards newer players to the game (with the rarity and prizes), so we hope people take advantage of the opportunity to play with some different creatures. While the simulator isn't the end all be all, it should help you get an idea of what dinos might be good to use. Since this is a skills tournament, all the creature levels are set and friendly battles will be a great way to practice. Try a variety of different dinos and see what works best for you. Most importantly, have fun! Make sure to join our discord to get in on the discussion as well! 

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