Azur Lane Tier List

Win those battles in Azur Lane with ease. Here is the ultimate Azur Lane tier list to help you win more battles.

Win those battles in Azur Lane with ease. Here is the ultimate Azur Lane tier list to help you win more battles.

Azur Lane is a charming mix of side-scrolling shooting and RPG with a sprinkle of gacha elements on top.

In this game, you collect human representations of World War II warships called “shipgirls”.

If that’s not enough of a head-turner, you’ll be happy to know that the game also has unique battle mechanics.

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How Battles Work In Azur Lane

In Azur Lane, you position your ships in two rows: the front row (Vanguard) and the back row. There are 3 slots for each of these rows, so you have to strategize which ships you’ll bring and how you’ll place them for the incoming encounter.

Note that certain ships can only be deployed in front while others are the opposite.

Once the placements are finished, the map starts scrolling and enemies will appear in front of the player’s fleet. The player must navigate their ships to destroy enemies and obstacles while mitigating damage on their side. The goal of every encounter is to reach the boss at the end of the level.

Now that you have an overview of how battles work in Azur Lane, you probably have a clearer idea of how you’ll structure your game. Without further ado, let’s dive into the tier list.

S-Tier

Azur Lane Tier List S Tier

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.

ShipTypePlacement
AyanamiDestroyerVanguard
AzumaLarge CruiserVanguard
BaltimoreHeavy CruiserVanguard
BremertonHeavy CruiserVanguard
CentaurLight Aircraft CarrierBack Row
ChapayevLight CruiserVanguard
DrakeHeavy CruiserVanguard
EnterpriseAircraft CarrierBack Row
Formidable  
Friedrich der GrosseBattleshipBack Row
GascogneBattleshipBack Row
GeorgiaBattleshipBack Row
HelenaLight CruiserVanguard
HoweBattleshipBack Row
I-13Submarine CarrierBack Row
MonarchBattleshipBack Row
NagatoBattleshipBack Row
OdinBattleshipBack Row
RichelieuBattleshipBack Row
RoonHeavy CruiserVanguard
RyuuhouAircraft CarrierBack Row
San Diego RetrofitLight CruiserVanguard
SeattleLight CruiserVanguard
U-101SubmarineSupport
Warspite RetrofitBattleshipBack Row

A-Tier

Azur Lane Tier List A Tier

A-Tier ships are good and powerful. They’re not top-of-the-class ships like those in S Tier, but still rank quite high in our list.

ShipTypePlacement
AkashiRepair ShipBack Row
AlabamaBattleshipBack Row
AmagiBattle CruiserBack Row
An ShanDestroyerVanguard
BismarckBattleshipBack Row
Bunker HillAircraft CarrierBack Row
CheshireHeavy CruiserVanguard
Duke of YorkBattleshipBack Row
EldridgeDestroyerVanguard
EssexAircraft CarrierBackline
Graf ZeppelinAircraft CarrierBack Row
I-168SubmarineSupport
IllustriousAircraft CarrierBack Row
IntrepidAircraft CarrierBack Row
Jean BartBattleshipBack Row
Jintsuu RetrofitLight CruiserVanguard
King George VBattleshipBack Row
KitakazeDestroyerVanguard
Laffey RetrofitDestroyerVanguard
MinneapolisHeavy CruiserVanguard
MontpelierLight CruiserVanguard
NeptuneLight CruiserVanguard
Ning Hai RetrofitLight CruiserVanguard
NoshiroLight CruiserVanguard
PerseusAircraft CarrierBack Row
Ping Hai RetrofitLight CruiserVanguard
Portland RetrofitHeavy CruiserVanguard
Saint LouisHeavy CruiserVanguard
Saratoga RetrofitAircraft CarrierBack Row
SwiftsureLight CruiserVanguard
TashkentDestroyerVanguard
TosaBattleshipBack Row
U-47SubmarineSupport
UnicornLight Aircraft CarrierBack Row
VestalRepair ShipBack Row
Yat-Sen RetrofitLight CruiserVanguard
YukikazeDestroyerVanguard
Z23 RetrofitDestroyerVanguard
ZaraHeavy CruiserVanguard

B-Tier

Azur Lane Tier List B Tier

In this tier, we have ships that constitute the game’s current meta.

Although they’re not as powerful as those above, they can still dominate the game, especially in the hands of players who know what they’re doing.

ShipTypePlacement
AlbacoreSubmarineSupport
Ark RoyalAircraft CarrierBack Row
AuroraLight CruiserVanguard
BirminghamLight CruiserVanguard
CasablancaAircraft CarrierBack Row
CavallaSubmarineSupport
ChampagneBattleshipBack Row
ClevelandLight CruiserVanguard
ColumbiaLight CruiserElite (Special)
DidoLight CruiserVanguard
HanazukiDestroyerVanguard
HermioneLight CruiserVanguard
HoodBattle CruiserBack Row
Hyuuga RetrofitAviation BattleshipBack Row
IbukiHeavy CruiserVanguard
JavelinDestroyerVanguard
Jeanne D’ArcLight CruiserVanguard
KagaAircraft CarrierBack Row
KawakazeDestroyerVanguard
Little BelLight CruiserVanguard
LittorioBattleshipBack Row
LondonHeavy CruiserVanguard
Mogami RetrofitHeavy CruiserVanguard
Newcastle RetrofitLight CruiserVanguard
Nicholas RetrofitDestroyerVanguard
North CarolinaBattleshipBack Row
Queen ElizabethBattleshipBack Row
ShouhouLight Aircraft CarrierBack Row
TirpitzBattleshipBack Row
U-81SubmarineSupport
ValiantBattleshipBack Row
Z1 RetrofitDestroyerVanguard

C-Tier

Azur Lane Tier List C Tier

Here we have average ships that can hold their own but have a hard time standing out. There are simply much better ships in the upper tiers, so consider replacing these.

ShipTypePlacement
AlgerieHeavy CruiserVanguard
ArizonaBattleshipBack Row
BelfastLight CruiserVanguard
Curacoa RetrofitLight CruiserVanguard
Curlew RetrofitLight CruiserVanguard
EskimoDestroyerVanguard
GangutBattleshipBack Row
Hiryuu RetrofitAircraft CarrierBack Row
IzumoBattleshipBack Row
Kagerou RetrofitDestroyerVanguard
Kizuna AlDestroyerVanguard
Little RenownBattleshipBack Row
Prinz EugenHeavy CruiserVanguard
SheffieldLight CruiserVanguard
ShoukakuAircraft CarrierBack Row
SiriusLight CruiserVanguard
Souryuu RetrofitAircraft CarrierBack Row
SurugaBattleshipBack Row
VictoriousAircraft CarrierBack Row
WichitaHeavy CruiserVanguard
ZuikakuAircraft CarrierBack Row

D-Tier

Azur Lane Tier List D Tier

These are poor choices if you want to build a fleet that would carry you through the game’s endgame content. Consider dropping these ships immediately once better ones come along.

ShipTypePlacement
AkagiAircraft CarrierBack Row
BataanAircraft CarrierBack Row
BiloxiLight CruiserVanguard
CarabiniereDestroyerVanguard
EagleAircraft CarrierBack Row
FumiruiruAircraft CarrierBack Row
KinuLight CruiserVanguard
MikasaBattleshipBack Row
RenoLight CruiserVanguard
Sendai RetrofitLight CruiserVanguard
Shangri-LaAircraft CarrierBack Row
TaihouAircraft CarrierBack Row
U-73SubmarineSupport

F-Tier

Azur Lane Tier List F Tier

Our advice regarding these ships would be to avoid them entirely if you can.

They have very little value except in early to mid-game. If you’re set on building the best fleet you can, then these ships should have no place in your roster.

ShipTypePlacement
Anniversary Kizuna AlAircraft CarrierBack Row
ChaserLight Aircraft CarrierBack Row
HibikiDestroyerVanguard
IcarusDestroyerVanguard
IsuzuLight CruiserVanguard
NaganamiDestroyerVanguard
TanikazeDestroyerVanguard
TartuDestroyerVanguard
U-556SubmarineSupport
ZeppyAircraft CarrierBack Row

Conclusion

So there you have all Azur Lane’s available shipgirls ranked from best to worst. Consider following this guide if you want to boost your performance in this game.

Of course, there’s more to the game than just owning powerful units.

When you have a solid core of ships, you’ll be in a good position to tweak your team to your liking, while avoiding the frustration that comes when the game’s difficulty spike kicks in.

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