JWA Common & Epic Skills Tournament: Top Dinos in the Sims

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Common & Epic Skills Tournament

Hello, again Explorers! we have yet another skills tournament this weekend and it will feature Common & Epic dinos. This is a little different since it completely skips a rarity and no hybrids are allowed so it should still be different than the Epic Tournament we had not too long ago. Here are the details on it:

Tournament Info

common and epic


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



You will get your money back (plus some!) if you place in the top 20,000 and that is very doable with a couple of battles so this one is a good opportunity to join and make some game cash while you are at it. 

Best Common & Epic Dinos

This tournament has 2 different rarities so there are a LOT of creatures to choose from. You'll probably mostly see epic creatures, but there might be some commons that surprise you. In total, there are 63 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 non-hybrid epic 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 is a new and updated simulator that we hope will bring more accurate results to our analysis. We have created a new field that analyzes swaps. In the previous iteration of the simulator, a dino that has a swap out move would perform that move but, stay in the battle and that could skew some of the results. Now, if a dino performs a swap out move the battle will end and a score is applied based on a complex formula we won't bore you with. In the image below, you will see dinos like Paramoloch that have a 0% loss rate and that is because they always swap out in the simulator to save itself and never technically die because the battle ends at that point. Swapping isn't a good or a bad thing as it solely depends on the course of the battle and what creature is being swapped in to. The sim still 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. Y.

Because we love infographics, we created one to show the top 20 Common and Epic creatures. Below each image, you will see the win (green), loss (red), and swap out (blue) percentages. The swap-out percentage is when either dino swaps out of the match and the battle essentially ends.

So without further ado, here are the top 20 Common and Epic creatures ranked in order according to the simulator we ran:

Dracorex Gen 2 

As usual, Dracorex Gen 2 isn't listed anywhere on the top 20 results. Since this dino solely relies on its swap in damage, it doesn't do well in the simulator results. The change to Swap in Savagery really changed the role this dino plays. Remember that the swap in does 40% of the maximum Health of the creature it is swapping in to. And it won't go through Armor or Shields. It could still work on something like a swap heavy team, but since it can't regen and leave like its legendary hybrid, it is best to keep at the end of the battle if you do decide to use it on the team. 

Even more Data

In addition to the new swap mechanics, we also implemented some additional data called "Win Quality". This is basically the percentage of health left of the dino that won. This is really useful information to see that while that certain dino might have a great win percentage, the HP is pretty low and it might be a setup opportunity for the next dino that comes in. Below are the Win/Loss/Swap out results for all of the creatures as well as the Win Quality. 

Common & Epic Skills Tournament - Full Results

Rank Name Win Percent Win Quality Loss Percent Swap Out Percent
1 Carbonemys 70.40 64.26 11.45 17.26
2 Diplodocus 82.66 42.60 9.19 6.61
3 Woolly Mammoth 77.46 44.14 8.19 14.35
4 Ouranosaurus 78.47 38.63 3.02 18.51
5 Allosaurus Gen 2 78.75 35.08 9.19 12.02
6 Stygimoloch 75.16 39.43 10.20 14.23
7 Kentrosaurus 76.17 37.04 18.39 2.50
8 Woolly Rhinoceros 73.15 40.50 14.88 11.73
9 Pachycephalosaurus 74.27 32.82 0.69 25.04
10 Smilodon 65.00 48.49 30.97 2.86
11 Secodontosaurus 68.15 40.94 25.24 6.61
12 Miragaia 67.98 35.88 26.94 4.88
13 Brachiosaurus 62.74 38.94 22.62 9.96
14 Alanqa 60.44 38.10 23.39 8.59
15 Blue 55.69 44.94 33.71 4.88
16 Pyroraptor 56.29 44.23 43.10 0.60
17 Tyrannosaurus Rex 60.73 25.27 26.77 10.89
18 Velociraptor 47.70 62.71 52.14 0.00
19 Ophiacodon 58.71 26.49 29.68 11.61
20 Erlikosaurus 44.68 38.58 1.73 53.59
21 Maiasaura 44.64 36.93 7.58 46.94
22 Monolophosaurus 44.15 45.10 45.81 7.38
23 Spinosaurus Gen 2 45.85 26.90 33.63 7.02
24 Koolasuchus 45.12 38.12 42.02 7.90
25 Concavenator 49.31 27.61 42.10 5.32
26 Gryposuchus 48.51 31.81 45.16 5.85
27 Allosaurus 49.07 25.06 40.24 9.07
28 Parasaurolophus 38.59 34.68 14.52 46.90
29 Tarbosaurus 47.90 26.31 40.24 10.24
30 Gallimimus 39.76 27.83 17.34 42.90
31 Baryonyx 42.50 35.29 50.73 6.69
32 Rajasaurus 44.80 19.87 45.81 4.23
33 Iguanodon 40.12 27.61 46.69 6.41
34 Brontotherium 35.00 41.93 45.89 14.44
35 Sarcosuchus 33.71 15.11 33.51 3.43
36 Stegosaurus 36.61 36.20 49.96 7.30
37 Triceratops Gen 2 39.48 30.06 55.04 3.95
38 Dimetrodon Gen 2 39.96 27.19 56.41 3.63
39 Scolosaurus 38.27 20.10 46.17 10.60
40 Hatzegopteryx 28.10 25.16 16.41 55.44
41 Stygimoloch Gen 2 30.00 23.98 23.55 45.08
42 Tanycolagreus 35.81 35.49 63.35 0.60
43 Dilophosaurus Gen 2 34.40 27.79 58.87 3.59
44 Diplocaulus 33.91 35.47 64.72 1.37
45 Euoplocephalus 33.02 24.59 53.06 10.04
46 Sinoceratops 24.03 32.98 31.69 12.58
47 Deinocheirus 29.27 38.49 68.95 1.53
48 Purussaurus Gen 2 33.39 15.30 64.23 2.38
49 Nundasuchus 27.82 25.92 70.12 0.20
50 Monolophosaurus Gen 2 26.73 26.64 68.71 3.06
51 Apatosaurus 27.50 22.61 66.17 2.98
52 Lythronax 24.60 17.87 63.39 5.65
53 Pteranodon 20.04 16.30 49.56 27.42
54 Einiosaurus 19.40 30.65 60.44 6.65
55 Ankylosaurus 16.29 25.60 55.44 12.34
56 Majungasaurus 18.15 16.30 69.56 7.54
57 Phorusrhacos 16.53 39.86 77.86 5.60
58 Suchomimus 8.95 14.69 71.33 0.00
59 Ankylosaurus Gen 2 13.95 18.11 72.26 7.34
60 Darwinopterus 3.27 23.99 52.18 39.72
61 Irritator Gen 2 9.80 24.82 88.75 1.45
62 Dracorex Gen 2 3.83 8.49 93.71 0.65
63 Dimorphodon 1.53 20.26 93.63 0.00

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 20. And some of them may just end up being set up fodder for the next dino (as seen by the win quality). 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.

You'll notice the swap percentage on many of the top dinos is very high so that means a swap heavy team might be the way to go with this tournament, especially with all the swap in moves available. 

Carbonemys and Woolly Mammoth are going to be tough to deal with as they were in the last epic tournament. Since both of them are immune to damage over time, it will be best to bring some teeth to deal with them.

Mammoth, in particular, can hit hard with the Persistent Ferocious Strike and Armor Piercing Rampage. You will want to try and bring something that can take it out in 2 hits, or stun it so it can't hit back. It has a decent speed at 115 so a counter attacker like Mirigaia could work well to bring down the health. 

Carbonemys has armor, Dig In, Superior Vulnerability, and a 3x Devastation move that can take almost anything out if it survives long enough to use it. It has a low speed of 104 but can gain speed control. Secodontosaurus and Ophiacodon are both immune and have critical moves so they could work well against it. If all else fails, you can also try and use stunning creatures like Stygimoloch. 

Miragaia is the highest-ranked common and shouldn't be overlooked. It has a 1x counter-attack and a regeneration that can allow it to survive to hit back one more time. It also has a shielding decelerating move that allows it to continue to keep priority. Similar, to Carbo, you'll want to chomp your way through this one or stun it so it can't hit back. Watch out for the swap on this one though. If your dino is at or below 1350 HP, your opponent might swap Mira in to absorb the hit and take you out with the counter. 

While it isn't in the top 20, Maiasaura should also get a mention. It has a swap in stun and instant rampage that can deal out 2,100 damage before you can do anything (as long as it lands the stun). It's also important to note that this will one-shot Velociraptor with the Instant Rampage. It can also run away and come back for more. You can even bring it out naturally (not relying on the stun) as Instant Rampage does not have a delay. 

Overall, there are plenty of creatures to choose from so find what works best for you and your play style. Many of these creatures have swap-in abilities so expect lots of swapping and long matches (especially when it is Turtle vs. Turtle!). 

Concluding Thoughts

There are a lot of creatures to choose from in this tourney so we hope you see some variety in the arena. 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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