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Epic and Rare Skills Tournament: Top 25 Dinos according to the Sims

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Epic and Rare Skills Tournament

Hello again Explorers! We have another skills tournament slated for this weekend and it is going to feature Rare and Epic dinos. Here are the details on it:

Tournament Info

RE Skills Tournament Info

REQUIREMENTS

  • Creatures
    • Rare
    • Epic
    • Regular and hybrids
  • Level
    • All creatures are set to Tournament Level (26).
  • Stat Boosts
    • Disable

Rewards

RE Skills Tournament Prizes

Best Epic and Legendary Dinos

Just like last weekend, there are a LOT of dinos to choose from for this skills tournament. And once again they could be dinos that you haven't played with for a while. I personally remember running out of the house for an Erlikosaurus Gen 2 in the very early part of the game because that thing ruled the lower arenas. And with the lower rarity requirements, this tournament should be available to more players overall.  In total, there are 88 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 epic and legendary 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. 

Because we love infographics, we created one to show the top 25 rare and epic creatures. At the top of each image, you will see the win (green) | loss (red) percentages based on the simulator. Not all of them will add up to 100% because there were some situations where there was a draw. Draws occur when either the match exceeds a certain maximum number of moves or (more often) when a bleed causes both dinos to be dead at the end of a match. 

So without further ado, here are the top 25 Rare and Epic dinos ranked in order according to the simulator we ran:

top 25 Epic and Rare Dinos

Rounding out the top 50

Just to give a perspective of who made the top 50 cut here is rank 26-50. 

Rare and Epic Dinos Rank 26-50
Rank Name Rarity Win Perecntage Loss Percentage
26 Alanqa Epic 59.52 37.08
27 Kelenken Rare 60.14 37.89
28 Postosuchus Rare 60.23 38.25
29 Proceratosaurus Rare 59.20 37.44
30 Ornithomimus Rare 59.89 40.09
31 Stegoceratops Epic 57.32 40.73
32 Dimetrodon Rare 57.39 42.61
33 Wuerhosaurus Rare 55.85 41.63
34 Tyrannosaurus Rex Epic 55.33 43.69
35 Giraffatitan Rare 54.75 43.81
36 Spinotahraptor Epic 49.38 40.33
37 Entelodon Rare 53.78 45.65
38 Tyrannosaurus Rex Gen 2 Rare 51.88 47.00
39 Maiasaura Epic 51.35 47.60
40 Spinosaurus Gen 2 Epic 44.21 40.75
41 Erlikosaurus Gen 2 Rare 49.53 47.34
42 Blue Epic 48.94 47.87
43 Tenontosaurus Rare 49.10 48.84
44 Purrusaurus Rare 48.74 49.07
45 Diplotator Rare 47.47 51.38
46 Monolophosaurus Epic 47.80 52.20
47 Koolasuchus Epic 45.63 51.02
48 Pyroraptor Epic 45.79 53.18
49 Elasmotherium Rare 45.21 53.27
50 Utahraptor Rare 45.04 53.74

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.

We can probably guarantee that Procerathomimus (or Yoshi as we like to call it) is going to be on every team. Immune, high HP with 2 distracting moves, it is a tough one to counter. You'll probably want to bring your own Yoshi to try and win the speed tie. Another option is Carbonemys. With a regen/shield move in Dig In and 60% armor Yoshi shouldn't be able to do enough damage to take it out. 

Brontolasmus is also a great option. It has armor, a shield, a slowing move, and access to 2 rampage moves. It can hit hard and take a beating along the way. Its rending attack takes out 40% of your max HP so keep that in mind when figuring out how to counter it. DOT dinos such as Thylacotator and Suchotator can be a good way to bleed it out. Chompers like Allosaurus Gen 2 might also be able to take it down with its own Rending Move.

Indominus Rex has the highest turn 3 damage when it is able to successfully stack Mutual Fury and Cloak. How do you do that? First, you must be slower than your opponent. Then you use Mutual Fury, Cloak, and then any additional attack (Armor Piercing Rampage for the biggest hit). Since Indom2 is immune, it can't be distracted. It does have a shield breaking move with Definite Strike as well so keep that in mind when trying to use a shielding dinos. Honestly, the best way to counter it would be to make sure it doesn't get off the lethal 3 turn combo. Creatures that can nullify or have a definite move of their own would help with that situation.

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

While there is a division of opinions on skills tournaments, this does give everyone a fair chance to make it to the top of the leaderboard. Our discord has already been buzzing about their teams and what will be the best dinos to have. While the simulator isn't the end all be all hopefully it helps 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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