Azur Lane Tier List (July 2021)

Azur Lane Tier List

We are showcasing our Azur Lane Tier List in this article.

Last Updated: July 2021

Azur Lane is a side-scrolling shoot ’em up video game created by Chinese developers Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi for Android and iOS. The game was initially released in China and Japan where it found immense popularity with around 5 million active players, following which the game was released slowly into other regions such as North America and Europe by October 2019 . The game’s popularity also pushed several manga and short novel adaptations along with a complete anime television series adaptation as well.

The characters, primarily female, are considered to be human representations of world war ships, mainly from the United States Navy, Royal Navy, Imperial Japanese Navy and Kriegsmarine, with other ships from the French Navy (both Vichy and Free France flavors), Republic of China Navy, People’s Liberation Army Navy, Regia Marina, Soviet Navy and Imperial Russian Navy being added later. Players are required to collect these characters and organize them into fleets of six and confront AI-controlled enemies or other players fleets.

When preparing for the game’s main mode, players can organize two fleets consisting of a front row (Vanguard) and a back row, with three slots available in each row. There are five kinds of ships which are recommended for the Vanguard, namely,

  • Destroyers
  • Light Cruisers
  • Heavy Cruisers
  • Large Cruiser
  • Battlecruiser

and eight kinds of ships for the back row, namely,

  • Battleships
  • Aviation Battleship
  • Monitors
  • Repair Ships
  • Aircraft Carrier
  • Light Aircraft Carrier
  • Submarines
  • Submarine Seaplane Carrier

For the main PvE game mode, The map has a grid like structure similar to the game, Battleship, which consist of various nodes with each node performing a different kind of function. Players must navigate optimally and assemble their fleets tactically, to clear obstructing enemies and, using minimal movements, reach the map’s boss. For the PvP game mode, the player has to prepare a defence fleet and organize an offence fleet to challenge opposing players’ defence fleets.

Azur Lane Tier List

Azur Lane features a diverse roster of characters to choose from. Characters are mainly divided by the type of ship that they can morph into. This further determines their position and function in the map. In our tier list, we will divide the characters into S/A/B/C/D tiers with S-Tier being the strongest and the D-Tier being the weakest. As not all ships are useful in every game mode, we will present our tier list with all the types within each tier rather than separating the types. So, without further ado, lets get on with the tier list.

S-Tier

These are your strongest ships in the game. They define the meta and are a crucial part of almost any composition for any game mode. You’ll have the best experience playing this game if you have a handful of these ships at your disposal. They have excellent stats and skills that fit in most of the situations that the game throws at you.

ShipType
HelenaLight Cruiser
Friedrich der GrosseBattleship
FormidableAircraft Carrier
CentaurLight Aircraft Carrier
San Diego RetrofitLight Cruiser
I-13Submarine Seaplane Carrier
RoonHeavy Cruiser
RichelieuBattleship
U-101Submarine
GascogneBattleship
EssexAircraft Carrier
DrakeHeavy Cruiser
BaltimoreHeavy Cruiser
SeattleLight Cruiser
GeorgiaBattleship
AzumaLarge Cruiser
OdinBattleship
EnterpriseAircraft Carrier
NagatoBattleship
HoweBattleship
Warspite RetrofitBattleship
BremertonHeavy Cruiser
AyanamiDestroyer
MonarchBattleship
RyuuhouAircraft Carrier

A-Tier

While the ships in A-Tier aren’t as good as the ones in S-Tier, they are still very solid choices to have in your fleet. They have high stats and are powerful and can be used in a lot of combat situations.

ShipType
NeptuneLight Cruiser
YukikazeDestroyer
CheshireHeavy Cruiser
ChapayevLight Cruiser
AmagiBattle Cruiser
IllustriousAircraft Carrier
MontpelierLight Cruiser
Z23 RetrofitDestroyer
BismarckBattleship
EldridgeDestroyer
KitakazeDestroyer
SwiftsureLight Cruiser
TosaBattleship
PerseusAircraft Carrier
Ping Hai RetrofitLight Cruiser
Ning Hai RetrofitLight Cruiser
TashkentDestroyer
Yat-Sen RetrofitLight Cruiser
Bunker HillAircraft Carrier
AkashiRepair Ship
U-47Submarine
ZaraHeavy Cruiser
Saint LouisHeavy Cruiser
VestalRepair Ship
Laffey RetrofitDestroyer
NoshiroLight Cruiser
Saratoga RetrofitAircraft Carrier
Graf ZeppelinAircraft Carrier
Duke of YorkBattleship
Portland RetrofitHeavy Cruiser
MinneapolisHeavy Cruiser
Jintsuu RetrofitLight Cruiser
An ShanDestroyer
IntrepidAircraft Carrier
I-168Submarine
AlabamaBattleship
King George VBattleship
UnicornLight Aircraft Carrier

B-Tier

The ships in B-Tier aren’t as overpowered as the ones over in S-Tier and A-Tier but given the correct player, these ships will shine. Playing these ships effectively requires the player to have a decent amount of experience with the game. They can be considered meta choices provided you know what you are doing.

ShipType
Jean BartBattleship
BirminghamLight Cruiser
AlbacoreSubmarine
Mogami RetrofitHeavy Cruiser
ShouhouLight Aircraft Carrier
Hyuuga RetrofitAviation Battleship
HoodBattle Cruiser
Z1 RetrofitDestroyer
CasablancaAircraft Carrier
Queen ElizabethBattleship
HermioneLight Cruiser
ClevelandLight Cruiser
KagaAircraft Carrier
HanazukiDestroyer
Little BelLight Cruiser
LondonHeavy Cruiser
Jeanne D’ArcLight Cruiser
ValiantBattleship
LittorioBattleship
AuroraLight Cruiser
IbukiHeavy Cruiser
TirpitzBattleship
North CarolinaBattleship
ColumbiaLight Cruiser
JavelinDestroyer
Ark RoyalAircraft Barrier
Nicholas RetrofitDestroyer
CavallaSubmarine
ChampagneBattleship
DidoLight Cruiser
U-81Submarine

C-Tier

The ships in C-Tier are what I would consider to be average. They have nothing too extraordinary to boast about and have considerably lower stats than the ships already mentioned in the list. They could be considered in a few niche scenarios but apart from that you should consider replacing these ships if you have them in your roster.

ShipType
Newcastle RetrofitLight Cruiser
KawakazeDestroyer
Souryuu RetrofitAircraft Carrier
VictoriousAircraft Carrier
BelfastLight Cruiser
ZuikakuAircraft Carrier
IzumoBattleship
Kagerou RetrofitDestroyer
GangutBattleship
Little RenownBattleship
AlgerieHeavy Cruiser
ArizonaBattleship
SiriusLight Cruiser
Kizuna AlDestroyer
Prinz EugenHeavy Cruiser
EskimoDestroyer
RenoLight Cruiser
ShoukakuAircraft Carrier
KinuLight Cruiser
Hiryuu RetrofitAircraft Carrier
Curlew RetrofitLight Cruiser
SurugaBattleship
SheffieldLight Cruiser
WichitaHeavy Cruiser

D-Tier

These ships are to be just plain avoided. We hate to say it but these ships have the lowest stats and are the worst in the game right now. Only play them if you have nothing else in your disposal but drop it as soon as you get one of the ships from the higher tiers.

ShipType
Curacoa RetrofitLight Cruiser
MikasaBattleship
FumiruiruAircraft Carrier
BataanAircraft Carrier
U-556Submarine
CarabiniereDestroyer
NaganamiDestroyer
EagleAircraft Carrier
BiloxiLight Cruiser
Shangri-LaAircraft Carrier
AkagiAircraft Carrier
TaihouAircraft Carrier
Sendai RetrofitLight Cruiser
U-73Submarine
TanikazeDestroyer

Conclusion

And that’s our Azur Lane Tier List done and dusted. The game can be overwhelming with its large roster of characters and we hope that our tier list helps you navigate through the game with a lot more ease. Azur Lane is popular for all the right reasons, its won multiple awards and has been rated very highly by its playerbase as well. Its available for both Android and iOS and we recommend that you give it a shot if you haven’t already done so.

If you liked this tier list, make sure to check out our Summoners War: Lost Centuria Tier List as well.


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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