Explorers, after a week of intensive calculations and testings, we’ve finally come up with the long-awaited updated tier list for Version 1.3! This list is effective as of August 18th, 2018. 

Special thanks to my team, Dwebble, Triceratops, Tehj72 and Reebecca for helping out and doing testing! Credit to Pumpkins for the Graphic!

So without further ado, the list:

*Highlighted Dinos are new Creatures in 1.3

Interpreting the Tiers

If you are familiar with tier lists, this should be pretty self-explanatory. However, I’d like to add in a precautionary note on taking this tier list as a straight-up prescription for team building. Make sure to build a balanced team and keep specific counters in mind. An all Apex-Alpha team probably won’t be bad but you may be passing up some good lower tier dinosaurs that would mesh well with your team. That being said, here is what we have in mind when putting a dinosaur in a specific tier…

Carcass – These dinosaurs are just bad. Their kits don’t work, their stats are sub-par and they are killed by most other dinosaurs. In short, they need a buff (or three).

Hatchling – Hatchlings are cute, cuddly, and not terribly threatening. These dinosaurs may not be the strongest but can be very useful early-game or when over-leveled.

Specialist – Though these dinosaurs are somewhat outclassed by others, they perform at least one role pretty well and can pull off surprise victories on occasion.

Survivor – These are solid dinosaurs that can carry your team early-game and still hold their own in higher arenas, though they become noticeably more situational.

Alpha – These dinosaurs are among the best in the game and are capable of easily defeating most of the dinosaurs in lower tiers. The only thing they really have to fear is…

Apex – These dinosaurs define the meta and can win against almost anything not in this tier. They either have a single, difficult to counter strategy or are able to tank hits and deal big damage.

Parting Words

This new shakeup in the meta sure makes it more interesting as we see the dominance of Tanks and Superiority Strike in the game. We will continue to give you detailed explanations on each tier starting next week. Follow us on Twitter and join our Discord for the latest changes or discussions on the list.


  1. I notice that these updates are not yet reflected in the Dinodex, but I assume that’s coming shortly? For example, Blue is still listed as Apex (not Alpha) and Ankyntrosaurus as Survivor (not Alpha).

  2. Why is Giraffatitan one tier below Brachiosaurus? Sure it has less speed and a (tiny) little bit less health and attack, but 10% critical is in my opinion worth more than everything else, Brachiosaurus has to offer. And after checking the Dinodex sorted by speed, there are not many dinosaurs between these two, that Brachiosaurus is outspeeding and Giraffatitan is not. So the speed difference is not really substancial.

  3. I appreciate your effort. But Stegoraurus in Hatchling Tier is just beyond any experience I had with it in the Arena. I am above 3500 trophies and I had Stego all the way up in my team from 0 Trophies on. It is immensely useful and I even kill legendaries with it. Sure it doesn’t survive round 2 but it’s a force to be reckoned with, even when it’s not overleveled.

      • It’s exactly a specialist. It’s not hatchling but if you already knew that you didnt need this hilariously inaccurate tier list.

        They used something akin to pokebattler to generate this list, no human logic was factored in so take everything with a grain of salt – but dont get salty!

  4. Excellent list! Thank you Metahub. Also note- depending on battler’s levels and how much they’ve invested in some dinos, that dino could bounce up or down on this list. So saying something like ‘XXX dino does great even though you had it in Hatchling Tier’ could be influenced by the fact that the battler could have leveled up the dino quite a ways past other dinos incountered in the arena and would then perform better.

        • Off the top of my head without going into details or even considering some dinosaurs because in high tiers other dinos just do it better….

          …(all unique apex atm)

          Indominus Rex

          (All raptors can be situational finishers and considered Alpha tier)

          • I was wondering why Monostegotops and Monomimus weren´t apex (or at least alpha in the case of the mimus). Both are the best nullifiers of the game, and in a meta filled with cloaks, ready to crush, ferocious strike, and all that kind of stuff I think that one of them should be mandatory in a roster.

      • This is my opinion and I’m still pretty inexperienced compared to most people here in (3.1k trophies) so forgive me if I get any details wrong. Posti’s damage nerf initially made me think it’s garbage, but its decent bulk, immunity and defense shattering attacks make it a great counter for stunners (especially that pesky Stegoceratops) and does decent against slow, tanky annoying speed reducers with armor like Stegodeus/Gigaspikasaurus (Hope I didn’t misspell that). It only does bad when fighting raw damagers or raptors, so it’s pretty good to have as a cheaper counter against Stegoceratops is pretty mandatory for me.

  5. Is suchotator really an alpha?! Yea it got upgraded but an alpha? It doesnt feel that strong. Also gorgosuchus is survivor tier in a tank meta? i won so many battles with it. Or it is being outperformed by other dinos in arena 8? Can someone from there comment on this?

  6. I feel like the specialist tier is what messes up the list. Some of the dinosaurs you have in Apex are really just Alpha tier Specialist dinosaurs… I think the generalization of the specialist tier needs to be separated… or just have all the dinosaurs in tiers and have something to indicate that they are specialists of that tier… instead of having a broad specialist tier.

    Also… some notable changes that should be made just from a quick glance.
    Indominus Rex -> Alpha
    Tragodistis -> Alpha
    Tryostronix -> Alpha
    Pyrritator -> Alpha
    Diorajasaur -> Apex
    Erlidominus -> Apex
    Monostegotops -> Apex
    Tuoramoloch -> Apex
    Monomimus -> Apex

  7. In my opinion, Suchotator is a great debuffer in early game to mid game but is not as usable during late game. Despite that, I still do not think it belongs in the alpha tier because it is outclassed by many other dinosaurs and is useless against dinosaurs with the immunity ability.