Criteria

Because Dragons are playable for just a short time, the common perspective is that they function mainly as equipment for Adventurers.

  • Passive Abilities are a Dragon’s most important contribution to combat, since the Adventurers are in play most of the time.

  • Stats don’t vary dramatically among Dragons, but it’s the main differentiator between Gacha and Event Dragons. Even when they’re the same rarity, max Unbound, and fully leveled, event Dragons lag far behind in terms of HP and Strength bonuses.

  • Active Skills are considered in terms of status effects, damage, healing, effects, and the animation itself. Some hit a greater area than others, are easier to execute, or provide more useful buffs.

  • Attack Combos also vary between Dragons.

  • Finally, availability is factored in. 5★ event Dragons and 3★ Gacha dragons are assumed to be max Unbound, as that is often necessary for them to compare to other Gacha dragons.

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Tier 1

These are the most versatile Dragons in the roster, with bonuses that are beneficial to most Adventurers. Most have the maximum amount of Strength available as a passive, while Phoenix earns a place here with exceptional healing. 

Agni
Agni is still a Flame powerhouse, even though Cerberus has a slightly more powerful Skill.
Cerberus
Cerberus has it all: a hefty 40-60% Strength boost, and her attack which debuffs Strength/Defense while inflicting Burn damage. For hurting enemies, there’s no better Flame dragon.
Cupid
On top of his Strength boost, Cupid raises the Critical Rate of an entire team with his active Skill. Although there aren’t a whole lot of Crit-based Light Adventurers, the boost is high enough that anyone’s offense can benefit from it.
Leviathan
Leviathan earns his place in Tier 1 for both his Strength boost and Tidal Stream, a very broad attack that inflicts Bog.
Marishiten
The limited New Years Dragon follows the theme of inflicting Bleed, complimenting offensive Shadow Adventurers with 40-60% Strength. Her animations are also incredibly broad, making for easy sweeping in dense battles.
Phoenix
Even though she’s a 4★ Dragon with a smaller HP boost, Phoenix is easily the game’s strongest healing Dragon with her active Skill, Regeneration Flame.
Zephyr
Zephyr brings not only the highest Strength boost to Wind Adventures, but also a powerful AoE Skill with Zephyr’s Wrath. This attack hits everything around him and inflicts Stun.

These Dragons are seen as side-grades to the above Tier 1 Dragons-- Their passives are equal to or greater than pure Strength when paired with the right characters, but are otherwise less effective. Powerful HP Dragons, who greatly benefit healers, are also included here.

Dragonyule Jeanne fills a small niche-- being for Crit-based Water Adventurers-- but is the best in slot for them. For Orsem, her bonuses consistently outpace even Leviathan.
Garuda
Garuda follows as the best option for Wind healers and even restores the user’s HP with her active Skill, Tempestuous Kiss. Still, due to her lack of a teamwide heal, she pales in comparison to the 4★ Phoenix.
Gilgamesh

Like Prometheus, Gilgamesh is a great value for players who can’t go for the MUB. His offense isn’t as high as Cupid, but 35% Strength and 15% Shadow Res will serve most all Adventurers.

Jeanne d'Arc
Jeanne is the best healing Dragon for Light Adventurers, courtesy of the ample HP boost. Unfortunately, her active Skill Saint’s Banner has limited use, as healing tends to be more urgent than Defense boosts.
Long Long
Long Long is actually pretty niche, with Critical Damage being strong only on Crit-based Wind Adventurers such as Lin You. Still, those who do mesh with him enjoy incredible offense and brutal Criticals.
Nyarlathotep
Pazuzu
Prometheus
Prometheus is the Dragon that has enabled many to challenge High Midgardsormr with an admirable 35-50% Strength boost and 15% Wind Res. While the offense isn’t enough to rival Agni or Cerberus, Wind Res is always relevant to Flame Adventurers, and his total bonuses add up to be even higher than others.
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Tier 2

Dragons here are typically either pure Strength or balanced for offense and defense. Most anyone can safely equip these, but neither bonus is as strong as those of higher-tier Dragons.

High Brunhilda
With HP and Strength bonuses to rival Gacha Dragons Posiedon and Nidhogg, High Brunhilda is a solid option for balanced challenges. Access to Burn through Crimson Inferno is also a huge plus for those who have braved her High Dragon trial.
High Mercury
High Midgardsormr is among the only Dragons with a bonus to Shapeshift Time, and carries a strong 20-30% boost to HP and Strength.
Ifrit
A straightforward Flame Dragon, Ifrit earns his place by being compatible with offensive Adventurers-- 30-45% is a good boost for DPS like Mikoto and Ezelith.
Juggernaut
Juggernaut adds 30-45% to Adventurers’ Strength, making him a top choice for offense and DPS-based Adventurers.
Liger

Being a split-bonus Dragon, Liger falls in the same category as fellow 5★ Nidhogg and Poseidon. He’s strong enough, but with full HP and full Strength Dragons available, he isn’t the best option for either DPS or healers.

Lindworm
Lindworm is currently one of the strongest options for offensive Light Adventurers, with a passive that adds 30-45% to Strength and Ethereal Gleam.
Nidhogg
Nidhogg is the premier all-rounder option for Shadow Adventurers thanks to his high 20-30% split boost and Total Eclipse.
Poseidon
Poseidon is a solid equip for Water Adventurers, providing a split boost of 20-30% each to HP and Strength.
Roc
Once again, a great offensive stat boost to Strength can be found with Roc. She also has a powerful AoE attack that hits everything around her, which is helpful against moving bosses and in large groups of enemies.
Vodyanoy
Being a purely offensive Dragon, Vodyanoy adds 30-45% to Strength and hits hard with Relentless Torrent.

Tier 3

Tier 3 Dragons make for solid team options, with moderate Strength and high HP bonuses. Of these, Phantom and Pele are the strongest for damage, while Stribog and Unicorn are adequate on healers.

Halloween Silke
Similar to Shadow-type Silke, but with a useful debuff attack-- Pumpkin Prank reduces enemy Strength by 10%, providing a small boost to survivability to the team. Her ranged attack and smaller-than-average size also allow her to stay in the fight longer than other options that may receive a larger number of incoming attacks.
Pele

Although Pele’s Strength boost is lower than Ifrit’s, she does have a good attack-- Blazing Pillars-- which hits the entire surrounding area and inflicts Burn damage. Her availability is limited to those who missed the Loyalty’s Requiem event, but those who got multiple copies can increase her Strength boost and power even further.

Phantom
Poliʻahu
Poli'ahu is another moderate split boost dragon, though notably Lilinoe’s Mist inflicts Freeze which synergizes very well with Adventurers such as Lily and Celliera who have similar skills.
Shishimai

50% Critical Damage is a massive boon. Unfortunately, this comes without the means to improve Critical Rate, or the frequency of critical hits. Without a high probability to land Criticals, the benefits of high Critical Damage may never be seen.

 

In addition, the Light element lacks high-rarity Dagger and Blade users with Critical Rate bonuses outside their Co-Ability, so implementation of Shishimai’s massive power becomes tricky in practice. Assuming a 10-15% Critical Rate with Wyrmprints and Allied Co-Abilities, Shishimai’s damage increase is comparable to a 20-30% Strength buff.

Silke
Silke’s passive adds 15-20% each to HP and Strength, a modest but versatile boost.
Simurgh
Simurgh is a fantastic option for Water healers, providing 30-40% HP and a massive 40-60% bonus damage during Overdrive. Her active Skill also heals, making her a synergistic option. Still, her kit is somewhat confusing given the lack of damage from most Staff users. Increasing the survivability of an offensive character is also valid, but current content presents few opportunities to take advantage of such bonuses.
Stribog
A defensive dragon, but his HP boost has a decent magnitude of 30-45%. It’s not as useful as Strength, but Wind-type healers will enjoy the increase to outbound healing.
Unicorn
Unicorn is the budget Jeanne D’Arc for those who still like having high HP but prefer Unicorn's attack over a Defense buff.

Tier 4

A few distinctions within this Tier: Brunhilda and Zodiark are the most powerful for Strength, while Sylvia and Peng Lai are the best healers. The hatchlings lag behind with their Strength bonuses, but are an upgrade over Drakes, Imps and Fafnirs. 

Brunhilda
Brunhilda provides a small stat boost, but it’s all in Strength, which still helps with offense. Being a story Dragon also means extra copies for Unbinding, which makes the 20% buff more accessible.
Fubuki
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Hikage
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Hinata
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Homura
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Maritimus
An easily unbound moderate split boost and 5* rarity make Martimus a solid all-rounder option for Shadow characters. However, his stats remain lower than Silke's.
Peng Lai
Sylvia
Being an HP boost Dragon, Sylvia is lackluster amongst the Wind element. She is also hurt by a slow attack animation and straight attack, which falls short compared to Dragons like Roc and Pele who hit the radius around them. Still, for Wind healers, she's among the better options for increasing outgoing healing.
Tsumuji
The baby dragons all provide 10-15% Strength boosts, which are decent filler on an elemental team. Being common and easy to unbind means essentially a free 15% Strength boost, which is on par with single copies of the story Dragons.
Zodiark
Zodiark is similar to Brunhilda with the 15-20% Strength boost. It’s small, but appreciated by offensive Shadow Adventurers.

Tier 5

These dragons are typically used as filler on elemental teams. This Tier also includes utility dragons not used for combat, such as Fafnirs.

Astral Imp
The Astral Imp stands above other Imps for one thing: Wisdom Dance, a 20% Strength buff that lasts for 15 seconds. It’s one of the highest available Strength buffs in the game, and can turn the tide of battle if timed appropriately.
Bronze Fafnir
Cinder Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15%. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Gloom Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15%. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Gold Fafnir
Gust Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15%. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Jupiter
Provides a small 8-10% boost to HP and Strength. He’s not a bad option if filling out a Light team, but other dragons can serve a more specialized role.
Kindling Imp
Although the low split boost is better than a Drake’s HP boost, the Kindling Imp carries no buffs but rather an average attack.
Mercury
Mercury’s stat boost is modest, and being for only HP, it puts her below the rest of the story Dragons.
Midgardsormr
Midgardsormr gives an 8-10% boost to HP and Strength, decent enough on a Wind team but outclassed by more specialized dragons.
Moon Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15%. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Pallid Imp
Although the low split boost is better than a Drake’s HP boost, the Pallid Imp carries no buffs but rather an average attack.
Silver Fafnir
Snow Drake
Drakes suffer from having the least useful boost in low magnitude, only 10-15% to HP. This makes other dragons, even the baby ones, easily better options.
Wellspring Imp
A defensive buff isn’t as necessary in a game centered around offense, and the stat boost granted by Wellspring Imp is minimal.
Zephyr Imp
Affinity Dance provides a small boost to Crit Rate, which Dagger and Blade teams can benefit from. Otherwise, Zephyr Imp offers little in terms of stat boosts.