If you’ve barely caught your breath after the first tournament in Jurassic World Alive, we’re with you. But it appears Ludia has plans, and they aren’t slowing down.

I certainly am thankful for it. It’ll be nice to have a tournament where cheaters are banned from the get-go. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about today. Instead, I’m here to tell you what type of team you’ll probably need to get above 4250 trophies.

(If you missed it, click here for our coverage on Tournament Season Two)

Breaking The 4,250 Trophy Mark

There are a few dinosaurs that will change the game for you as you pass from arena to arena. Many players of the game will see this as they progress. There’s the moment you realized you needed a Stegoceratops if you wanted to continue to rise in arena ranks. There was definitely a moment when you realized that if you didn’t have an Indominus Rex, you definitely needed at least something with a shield to beat it.

And it is true, at each arena level, there are these benchmark dinosaurs — the dinosaurs that seem to be make-or-break for your progress.

So breaking the 4,250 trophy mark and getting yourself into the reward tiers for Tournament Season 2 may seem like an insurmountable task, but there’s definitely a way to do it. And don’t feel like it needs to happen today. You’ve got until October 22nd, so let’s talk about how to make the most of your time.

Focal Points

Before I get into the list of dinosaurs you should be aiming to unlock to make the cut, I want to remind you of a few things.

  • Good strategy goes a lot farther than high level dinosaurs.
  • Balanced teams go a lot farther than high level dinosaurs.
  • Be contrarian. If you see a vast majority of players using one thing, or you see yourself constantly losing to one thing, build your team around that weakness.
  • When all else fails, aim for a high average level of dinosaurs on your team for the most damage output and the strongest showing you can manage.

If you want to make it into the top 50, you’re probably going to need an average dinosaur level of around 25 to do it. Most of the players up in that range will have a few key dinosuars close to level capped or level capped.

If you want to break the top 500, you’ll probably want to aim to have an average dinosaur level of around 20.

For the 4,250 mark, I’d aim for an average level of 18 at worst. Bring your level 20’s and your level 16’s, but make sure you even out around that 18ish mark at least. Even better if you’re higher.

Benchmark Dinosaurs

You’re not going to need every one of these on your team, but having these dinosaurs is going to make you a contender and get you cruising up through the ranks.



With all the tanks around these days, you’re going to want this bad boy on your squad to lay the hurting on those pesky Stegodeus, Tragodistis, and Stegoceratops. Having something that breaks shields and gets a free turn of priority due to the newly buffed Instant Charge is going to help you out of a lot of holes.




Speaking of big-bad-and-mean, Stegodeus gives your team a lot of beef and a lot of teeth. Not only will this monster help you with those pesky Velociraptors and Utahraptors and Pyroraptors, but it’ll give your team survivability against the big bad wolves of Indominus Rex, Gorgosuchus, and the like. Oh, and as far as legendary dino’s go, it’s about the easiest one to make and level up.


Indominus Rex

Indominus Rex

Speaking of nasty cloaking monsters, having something on your team that can cloak is going to make or break your team. Better to have something like this at a higher level (thinking 19+) but even at 16, 17, or 18, this beast can make or break your games. Even when facing some of the best counters, Indominus Rex can still leave a lasting impact on the opponent.



This one might be a tough ask, but having a Monomimus on your squad means you will likely outspeed your opponents, have the benefit of Evasive Stance, and be able to nullify Indoraptor and Indominus Rex when they use Cloak or Evasive Stance. Monomimus isn’t exactly the dinosaur to lead a team to victory, but this nimble fighter will often save your bacon near the end of a battle.



The skeletal reaper, as I like to call ’em, is another real asset on any team aiming for the top. The combination of Ready to Crush and Defense Shattering Rampage can be hard to pull off, but it can decimate a team. Just remember the golden rule. Only use Ready to Crush when you’re faster. Use Ferocious Strike + Defense Shattering Rampage when you’re slower, and you’ll do plenty of damage.



Spend any time in Sorna Marshes and you’ll see your fair share of Indoraptors. The hard truth is, Indoraptor is a gatekeeper dino. She’s often the first unique to be unlocked, and the easiest to obtain (easy being a relative term with unique dinosaurs), and frankly you’re going to struggle if you don’t have her on your team. She just does a heck of a lot of damage and she’s wicked fast.



Honorable Mentions

Diloranosaurus, even post update, is a favorite around Metahub. Her kit is just too good and her speed makes for some rough matchups.

Tragodistis is still a great tank. That instant invincibility can be a lifesaver against things that can’t break a shield, and Tragod can sure take a beating.

Stegoceratops still has a place on a lot of arena teams, even with the recent nerf. Her kit is such that you’re already going to use Slowing Impact on pretty much anything you fight anyways, so being a little slower didn’t do too much to her.

Monostegotops can save your bacon here and there as well. Often she needs a critical hit at the same level as some of the tougher dinos like Indominus Rex and Indoraptor in order to win a match, but you get those 20% of the time with Monostego so you might luck out.

Pyrritator is another real pain, and the speed makes her extra dangerous. In the right matchups (anything without superiority strike) she’ll prove lethal. Especially when you can combine Ready to Crush with either of her rampages.

Paramoloch has a lot more utility now too with those double stun moves. She’s got the highest chance to string stuns together in the game, so she’s certainly worthy of consideration on a 4,250 team.

Spinotasuchus is another great dino, especially when leveled a bit. It can really annoy an Indoraptor user that has already used Cleansing Impact, by causing them to die in a few turns and forcing a swap.

In Conclusion

Work with what you’re given. Don’t pile up a bunch of legendary dinosaurs just because they’re legendary. I used Einiasuchus until it hit level 23 because it was a damage machine for quite a while. If you’ve got a rare or epic or even a common dinosaur that’s been overleveled, adding it to your team isn’t a bad idea. I’ve seen people with Allosaurus at level 26 or 27 in top 100 teams just because they desperately needed an armor piercing shield breaker at a high enough level to deal with Stegodeus and Tragodistis and they hadn’t yet unlocked some of the really incredible counters like Magnapyritor or Trykosaurus.

Point being, focus on what works for you. If you’re losing matches to the same dinosaurs, try to figure out what niche role that dinosaur fits and why it keeps crushing your teams. Then build your team around that. Sometimes a team with a slightly lower average level but more balance can really do much better in the arena.

Now get out there and do some battle! Good luck to you all! I’ll be in the trenches with you.

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  1. What’s been working for me is opening with an Effect-Immune creature, so you step out with your best foot forward- either my Postimetrodon (or Tryostronix if I had one) or Indominus.
    Keep your special moveset dinos in reserve in case of emergencies (Gorgo when you need tank buster, Trago for indominus cloak + raptors, Mono for those special effect boyes)

    You need to change your strategy somewhat per battle. Look at the dinos you’ve been given. Don’t throw out your tank first if you’ve only been dealt one. Don’t throw out your only tank-buster first if you’re only dealt one.
    Try and keep a faster dino or hella-tank dino for last, for those hail-mary passes.

    • Excellent gameplan. I do the same thing, start with an immune dino. Hands down the best passive moveset. Boggles me how a lot of players throw out Stegod first. And i’ve learned that it’s best to never let Indominus die and just hold him until the end, especially if you need that hail mary cloak pass.

      • I’m there with you about how many throw Stegodeus out there for their first dino. Another thing I’ve been finding that works surprisingly well a lot of times is Megalosuchus, once she’s leveled up a few times. Seems that most people don’t understand how play against one with a Stegodeus and mine has taken out a good number that’s 3-4 levels over my Megalosuchus. Something that’s been working for me at least!

  2. Hello. Continue all to insist on the fact that cheats have disappeared in the game; but do not motivate in any way whatsoever what you deduce it to be as you say. Instead, I see that many new players have appeared in the game, all of whom have legendary or even unique dinosaurs at very high levels. If this means that the cheaters have disappeared, then we have two different concepts of the thing! Rajakilosaurus at level 25? Monomimus at level 27? Indoraptor at level 26? Explain to me how to make dinos so high, if the base DNA of these dinos is very rare? Only cheating can be done in my opinion, especially if done in a few months!
    In conclusion, the cheaters have not disappeared at all, they simply changed nick 😉

    • Well, yes and no. MANY cheaters have been banned. Many have been removed from the game. Some have tried to start up new accounts and cheat again and a second ban wave went out to remove many of these cheaters too.

      But what you’re underestimating is that of the many hundreds of thousands of players that play a game like this, that none of them would spend a LOT of money on it. Which is silly. That’s how you get Monomimus at level 27 or Indoraptor at 26 or Rajakilo at level 25. Now with the epic scents, spending to level is even easier (if you understand the neighborhoods and how spawns function).
      The idea that no one would spend money on a highly-addictive game like this (and spend a LOT of money on it) is simply incorrect. And we’ve certainly witnessed first-hand that a whole lot of spoofers were banned.

      • Of course, you’re right about the fact that almost no player would spend so much money on a game, but if the money you spend is fictitious, ie you can have all the money you want with some trick, then everyone would spend so much money on a game! Also for cheating, there is not only the trick of endless money, but there are, as you know, even other tricks, such as fake gps and even emulators, which allow you to be set up to always collect the maximum DNA for every dinosaur with a single shot (just turn on youtube to get an idea of ​​what I say).
        Take for example the teams of the first 3 players in the current ranking: on this site it is claimed that they are regular and are also interviewed, as if they were authentic phenomena; but I want to ask you a question: if I gave you a million dollars of my pocket and you had the chance to play this game 12 hours a day, you would be able to make all the dinosaurs that they have in such a short time all to almost maximum levels? If it is true that they are legit players, why do not they authorize Ludia to publish their purchases in the app? I would really like to see how much real money has been spent (zero, of course, but they have only used ignoble tricks)!

        • Yeah wrong… But hey, you believe what you want. I’ve been in the top 50 ranked players since this game began. I’ve spent a little money on one time offers, and I play about 4 hours a day. My team isn’t really all that much worse than those at the top of the leader board. I can see how a few more hours of playing a day or a few more incubator purchases would get me there easily enough.
          But the funny thing is, it doesn’t matter. Even sharing my own purchases, you’d brand me a cheater apparently. Because that’s the competitive nature of things. You get angry when someone beats you or someone is better than you or someone has more than you and you cry foul.
          The fact is, the youtube videos you are watching have been proven to fake the display on your phone, not what is passed to the server. You can’t actually purchase anything with all that fake-displayed hard cash or fake displayed coins. Ludia still has your real dollar amount and real coin amount saved. And we do know 100% by looking at the code exactly how they know who is spoofing and who is not. But again, I could share all this and you’d still say it was lies and believe what you want.
          Not my job to convince you myself or anyone else is legitimately playing this game. But somehow Ludia made 25 million dollars in the first 4 months of this game’s release… Do the math. A few people are spending quite a lot of money on this game. You’d probably have me believe that’s fake money too.

          • You say that your team is not very different from those of those who are at the top in the standings? But what you’re saying? By chance do you have all the legendary and / or the only ones at level 30 or almost? By chance do you also have all or almost all the dinosaurs released so far at level 30 or almost? I do not believe propio, but not because you are not capable, but simply because, playing honestly, it is simply impossible!
            You say that you can not buy anything with fake money; and I tell you that it is possible and that many do, as you can use an emulator to always get the most DNA with each capture. And this is also known by LUDIA, because he replied to me by e-mail saying that I am aware of the fact that there are several cheaters in the rankings that use different ways to cheat and who are doing everything to understand how to counter them (so what I say is the truth is not the fruit of my frustration)!
            If then you are one of those who still believe in the Befana, then needless to keep talking 😉