Mobile game Azur Lane is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up, simulation and RPG video game with a hint of Gacha elements. While most Gacha mobile games use heroes, Azur Lane is a game that centres itself around Battleships or ship girls. You can only bring six ships into tone party, with three for the Vanguard (front row) and the Main Fleet (back row). With the game naturally limiting composition structures, certain meta strategies and obvious choices dominate the game. Although, like all Gacha games, Azur lane requires some level of adaptation to dominate the high-seas. Here is an Azur Lane tier list, ranking all the Battleships in the game from all the various in-game navies: United States Navy, the Royal Navy, Imperial Japanese Navy, Kriegsmarine, plus ships of the French, Chinese, Italian and Russian navies.\
Azur Lane Tier List Methodology
Before venturing into deeper waters, Azur Lane plays a little differently than almost every other Gacha. The mobile game is an active strategy game, where you’ll need to actively control your Vanguard (front row) and Main Fleet (back row) Battleships, avoiding map obstacles while destroying baddies in the way. Eventually, you’ll come across a boss at the end of each level. Therefore, taking a mixture of boss busters and add annihilators are all concepts to think about.
Also, there are many different types of ships in the game, hence the need to highlight the different ship types, so you can strategize based on that. The general rule of thumb is that the Destroyers, Light Cruisers, and Heavy Cruisers are considered Vanguard (front row) ships, while the Main Fleet, aka the back row, consist of the Battleships, Aircraft Carriers, Battlecruisers, Light Aircraft Carrier, Monitor and Repair Ships. Monitor and Repair ships may be listed as support vessels in the full Azur Lane tier list below.
With that said, here is how we’ll be breaking apart the different brackets within this Azur Lane Tier List. Please note that there are still many more ships to come, such as the USS Anchorage!
— Azur Lane Official (@AzurLane_EN) July 3, 2021
Azur Lane Tier List
Warspite is by far one of the most interesting characters available in the S Tier. The reason why is because Warspite is one of the best characters, especially when she is retrofitted to high hells in the late game. When she hits those breakpoints and excels into the late game, it is clear she is one of the best Battleships in the Azur lane Tier List. For example, a retrofitted Warspite can score 5k points a game, meaning she absolutely annihilates everything in her wake. However, achieving this level of power does require a lot of grinding. If grinding to make a ship one of the best in the game isn’t for you, then chances are this isn’t the style of ship you’ll want.
Other amazing retrofitted ships include the Laffey in the Destroyer section, San Diego in the Light Cruiser category, Portland in the Heavy Cruiser department and the Saratoga carrier. Ideally, focus on one retrofit at a time, as the heavy grind takes up a lot of time and is a resource sink. We recommend finding out which one of the above you prefer, then looking for alternatives for other retrofit ships from the S and A Tiers. You can always start a new retrofit project once when you have completed one project.
One of our favourite ships in the S Tier bracket is the Akashi. The Main Fleet (back row) repair ship is one of the only support ships in the games, and it is incredibly good. If you need a bit of a pick me up mid game when your comp isn’t that progressed, then this a great addition to the team. Although, if you have some heavy-hitting Vanguards, then Reload Command is a big buff. Either way, there’s a lot of utility from this that makes her worth considering into any composition. Furthermore, the ship is easy to acquire because she gets unlocked via ‘Akashi’s Quest’.
For submarines, you have two choices. The first choice is the I-13, which is a supporting submarine. By default, it sends a plane into the air, which buffs your other ships damage by 5% for ten seconds. It is a powerful method of winning the early game on any mission. Although, if you prefer a more standard Submarine, then the U-101 is not a bad shout because of the starting battle buffs through Great Shark’s Bite and All Out Assault abilities If you opt for a retrofit playstyle, we think the I-13 works well for that strategy. You can watch your retrofits blow everything up with even more damage with the buzz boy in the sky.
|Centaur||Light Aircraft Carrier|
|Friedrich der Grosse||Battleship|
|San Diego Retrofit||Light Cruiser|
|Unicorn||Light Aircraft Carrier|
— Azur Lane Official (@AzurLane_EN) June 5, 2021
One of Gaming Verdicts favourites on the A Tier is the usefulness of the Washington. Like most USS ships, she is rather average in nature. However, she has much better anti air, which is ideal for protecting her Vanguard and Main Fleet from the onslaught of aircraft. Not to mention her stats are statistically much higher than other Battleships. If you need a solid tanky option for the fleet, then Washington may be a good shout, but it is a niche strategy that sits in the A tier for now.
Also, the Bismarck is by far one of the most popular ships in the game. This Battleship is a really nice core to any force, with its critical strike bonus on Will of the Iron Blood and Wahrheit abilities, especially for other Iron Blood ships. If you like the Bismark and its crit comp focus, build yourself an Iron Blood Comp. If you do so, then this Battleship will feel like one of the best Battleships in the Azur Lane Tier List.
|Bunker Hill||Aircraft Carrier|
|Duke of York||Battleship|
|Graf Zeppelin||Aircraft Carrier|
|Jintsuu Retrofit||Light Cruiser|
|King George V||Battleship|
|Ning Hai Retrofit||Light Cruiser|
|Ping Hai Retrofit||Light Cruiser|
|Portland Retrofit||Heavy Cruiser|
|Saint Louis||Heavy Cruiser|
|Saratoga Retrofit||Aircraft Carrier|
|Yat-Sen Retrofit||Light Cruiser|
|Ark Royal||Aircraft Barrier|
|Elegant Kizuna||Heavy Cruiser|
|Hyuuga Retrofit||Aviation Battleship|
|Jeanne D’Arc||Light Cruiser|
|Little Bel||Light Cruiser|
|Mogami Retrofit||Heavy Cruiser|
|Shouhou||Light Aircraft Carrier|
|Super Garner Kizune (collab)||Battleship|
|Tokino Sora||Aircraft Carrier|
— Azur Lane Official (@AzurLane_EN) June 1, 2021
|Aniversarry Kizuna AI||Carrier|
|Newcastle Retrofit||Light Cruiser|
|Hiryuu Retrofit||Aircraft Carrier|
|Prinz Eugen||Heavy Cruiser|
|Souryuu Retrofit||Aircraft Carrier|
|Curlew Retrofit||Light Cruiser|
|Emile Bertin||Light Cruiser|
|Black Heart||Heavy Cruiser|
|Graf Spee||Heavy Cruiser|
|Black Prince||Light Cruiser|
|Curacoa Retrofit||Light Cruiser|
|Furutaka Retrofit||Heavy Cruiser|
|Green Heart (Collab)||Carrier|
|Kako Retrofit||Heavy Cruiser|
|Le Temeraire Event||Destroyer|
|little Illustrious (event)||Carrier|
|Nakiri Ayame||Heavy Cruiser|
|Ookami Mio (collab)||Carrier|
|Pamiat Merkuria||Light Cruiser|
|Prince of Wales||Battleship|
|Sendai Retrofit||Light Cruiser|
|St. Louis||Light Cruiser|
This concludes our Azur Lane Tier List. If you enjoyed this, why not check out our other Gache tier lists, such as our AFK Arena Tier List?