Explorers, after debating amongst ourselves and testing out some dinos fresh from the lab… we bring to you the Tier list for the 1.6 update! This list is effective as of February 2019.
Big thanks to the entire incredible team at Metahub: Dwebble, Pocemon, MnBrian, Reebecca, JHVS, ZhengTann, CHayes99, Professaurus, Antithesis, Temerity, and TheOnespark!
Before we look at the list itself lets outline a few things. First off, we come up with the list by looking at stats and move sets of every dino in game assuming everything is at level 26. Attainability is not a factor on this list at all, rather we put all the dinos on equal footing and compare how they stack up against each other in various situations. Head to head match-ups, strength with a turn to set up (and how easy it is to get set up in the first place), and other utility such as team play, immunity, debuffs, etc are criteria we judge by.
As a note, it may not always be advisable to build a team solely out of the highest tiers, sometimes a lower tiered dino can fill a specific spot in your team that a higher tier may not cover as well. Also, due to the nature of the game there are several instances where a dino that finds itself in a lower tier is able to defeat dinos above it. That doesn’t mean its necessarily better overall however.
Without further ado, lets get to the list! Some further explanations will be provided below as well. (There is a text list following the images, so if you’re in a hurry or struggling to find a specific dino you can search it by name)
Tyrant: Diloracheirus, Dracoceratops, Erlidominus, Magnapyritor, Trykosaurus
Apex: Indoraptor, Monostegotops, Procerathomimus, Spinotasuchus, Tenontorex, Thoradolosaur, Utahsinoraptor, Utarinex
Allosino, Ankyntrosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Diloranosaurus, Edmontoguanadon, Gigaspikasaur, Indominus Rex, Ornithomimus, Stegocera, Suchotator, Tragodistis, Tryostronix
Alankylosaurus, Diorajasaur, Grypolyth, Megalosuchus, Pterovexus, Stegodeus, Stygidaryx, Tuoramoloch
Alpha: Diplodocus, Gorgosuchus, Maiasaura, Monolometrodon, Monomimus, Nodopatotitan, Ouranosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Paramoloch, Postimetrodon, Scaphognathus, Stygimoloch, Tyrannolophosaur
Alanqa, Darwezopteryx, Delta, Dimodactylus, Einiasuchus, Kentrosaurus, Sarcorixis, Sinoceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex
Arambourgiania, Blue, Charlie, Darwinopterus, Dracorex Gen 2, Erlikosaurus, Giraffatitan, Miragaia, Postosuchus, Pyroraptor, Rajakylosaurus, Spinosaurus Gen 2, Spinotaraptor, Tanycolagreus, Wuerhosaurus
Beta: Allosaurus, Amargasaurus, Ankylocodon, Argentinosaurus, Baryonyx, Diplotator, Kaprosuchus, Koolasuchus, Nodopatosaurus, Pyrritator, Rajasaurus, Skoolasaurus, Tarbosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex Gen 2, Utahraptor
Survivor: Amargocephalus, Ankylosaurus, Baryonyx Gen 2, Carnotaurus, Concavenator, Dilophosaurus, Dracorex, Dsungaripterus, Echo, Erlikosaurus Gen 2, Euoplocephalus, Gorgosaurus, Gryposuchus, Koolasuchus Gen 2, Monolophosaurus, Nodosaurus, Proceratosaurus, Pteranodon, Purrusaurus, Quetzalcoatlus, Scolosaurus, Secodontosaurus, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Tenontosaurus, Tuojiangosaurus, Tupandactylus, Velociraptor
Scavenger: Apatosaurus, Deinocheirus, Dimetrodon,
Diplocaulus Gen 2, Edmontosaurus, Einiasaurus, Gallimimus, Hatzegopteryx, Iguanadon, Irritator, Irritator Gen 2, Majundasuchus, Megalosaurus, Nundasuchus, Parasauralophus, Purrusaurus G2, Stygimoloch Gen 2, Suchomimus, Triceratops Gen 2
Hatchling: Ankyolsaurus Gen 2, Dilophosaurus, Gen 2, Dimetrodon Gen 2, Dimorphodon, Diplocaulus, Lythronax, Majungasaurus, Monolophosaurus Gen 2, Ophiacodon, Purrolyth, Sarcosuchus.
You may notice that Apex and Alpha are broken into three groups. With this list we sorted the dinos within those tiers into a more specific groupings by strength. Orders within each individual box however, ARE NOT in relative of how strong the dinos are.
Tyrant – These dinos are the absolute hands down best in the game at this moment. They are meta defining, with few weaknesses and you are very likely to see most, if not all of them on any top level team.
Apex – While not quite as powerful as there Tyrant brethren, these dinos are likely to round out the holes left in top level teams. In this list these are what we consider to be end game viable but do keep in mind that there are three tiers within Apex to show relative strength. Several dinos in the top of this tier contended for Tyrant spots but were not agreed upon unanimously and thus ended up here.
Alpha – Previous list we claimed these dinos were also endgame viable, but with more and more powerful dinos being added each update that is no longer the case. However, that doesn’t mean these dinos cannot pull off victories against their higher tiered brethren. The biggest issue many dinos in this tier face is simply the Apex or Tyrant dinos doing what they do better or being more flexible while doing the same job.
Beta – Previously Omega, but changed due to some confusions with the name, these dinos will populate the mid tier arenas while DNA is still being gathered for stronger dinos. These dinos aren’t bad, its just the lack either the strength or flexibility to make a noticeable impact during battles. Most of them suffer from simply being a worse version of a higher tiered dino, more so than the Alpha’s above them.
Survivor – These are threatening dinos in early arenas but they just cannot go claw to claw with the competition as you climb. Most of them have a very linear strategy and either get countered hard by certain dinos or are just so niche that they cannot justify a spot in a competitive team.
Scavenger – These dinos just so not pose threat to much except each other and the hatchlings below them. You may see these in early arenas but they just cannot compete with the competition for long.
Hatchlings – Cute, cuddly but completely nonthreatening. These dinos need some big help in order to fight with anything above them. You probably won’t be seeing much of these dinos in the arena once you gain just a few hundred trophies.
Overall, not too big of a shakeup this update in terms of older dinos appearing or disappearing in high level teams. Several new dinos that enable swap heavy teams may warp meta a bit but as far as buffs and nerfs go we did not see too terribly much. That is not necessarily bad however because there is quite a large pool of dinos that are viable in end game teams.
What are your thoughts of the 1.6 tier list? Did we notice a strong dino that you overlooked or maybe vice versa? Share your thoughts and stay tuned for a couple follow up articles with a little bit of insight to why we placed some of the top tier dinos where we did!