Azur Lane is a very popular game centered around Waifus. The game has a good gameplay mechanism, similar to world war 2 Gacha game, but over here, the gameplay mechanics aren’t the focal point. The main center of attention is the Waifus, and in our Azur Lane Tier List, we will rank them from the best ships to worst.
The Azur Lane has very simple gameplay. Your team consists of starter ships turned in Waifus and have FFFF elements from other similar world war 2 games.
There are basically seven ships that you have to deploy in a 3-1-3 formation. The backline consists of the main waifu, the middle has the flagship waifu, and the front has three vanguard ships, but these battleships are not all the same, and they overpower others, thus, picking the right ones is the key to winning battles. For this, we have ranked them in tiers to help you.
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Azur Lane Tier List
This Tier List is highly subjective and is a result of our time in the game. You have every right to comment on this, but it is not open to criticism as the nature of the tier list is based on no absolute truth. All things aside, starting with S-Tier, you will find Best Azur Lane Ships, and going down, there will be slightly worse battleships.
Unlike many other F2P games, the Azur Lane has an excellent system where you can easily unlock powerful characters, navigate easily in the battle, and have high stats.
The S Tier of our Azur Lane Tier List consists of the most useful Waifus in the game, making it an experience with minimal grinding. On top of that, these are some of the most skimpy-looking characters & ships whose designs can give you concupiscent dreams.
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|Warspite Retrofit||Battleship||Back Row|
|San Diego Retrofit||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Ryuuhou||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|I-13||Submarine Carrier||Back Row|
|Friedrich der Grosse||Battleship||Back Row|
|Formidable||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Enterprise||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Centaur||Light Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Shinano||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Perseus||Light Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
Unlike the S Tier, the A Tier does have characters that are somehow on par in the majority of the aspects with the superior or best ships tier, but they do have some minor drawbacks, which makes you grind a little more in battles. These characters also have great looks and look amazing, but they aren’t as raunchy as the S Tier characters.
|Yat-Sen Retrofit||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Vestal||Repair Ship||Back Row|
|Unicorn||Light Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Saratoga Retrofit||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Saint Louis||Heavy Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Portland Retrofit||Heavy Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Ping Hai Retrofit||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Ning Hai Retrofit||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|King George V||Battleship||Back Row|
|Jintsuu Retrofit||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Jean Bart||Battleship||Back Row|
|Intrepid||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Illustrious||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Graf Zeppelin||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Duke of York||Battleship||Back Row|
|Bunker Hill||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Amagi||Battle Cruiser||Back Row|
|Akashi||Repair Ship||Back Row|
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The B-Tier of our Azur Lane Tier List consists of the average Waifu ships that you can unlock. They are not far away from the S and A tier characters. This tier list doesn’t follow the general trend, like in our Brawlhalla Weapon Tier List, where there is a huge gap between S and B Tier in terms of abilities because, as we said above, this game is more waifu centric than gameplay centric. Since it is a very good F2P with the aim to make the player grind as little as possible, the C-Tier is exactly for those casuals who just want characters with good abilities and don’t want amorous feelings (not sure any waifu fans would want that).
|Newcastle Retrofit||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Little Bel||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Jeanne D’Arc||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Columbia||Light Cruiser||Elite (Special)|
|Shouhou||Light Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Mogami Retrofit||Heavy Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Queen Elizabeth||Battleship||Back Row|
|North Carolina||Battleship||Back Row|
|Hood||Battle Cruiser||Back Row|
|Hyuuga Retrofit||Aviation Battleship||Back Row|
|Kaga||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Casablanca||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Ark Royal||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Akagi||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
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From this tier onwards, the abilities tend to go down, and the gap between the Waifus in the upper tier and here becomes visible. These characters are average in the navigation and their overall abilities in the battles. They, despite this, are good, and if you have played the game enough, you can win battles, and yes these Waifus are not as hot as the ones in the upper tiers of our Azur Lane Tier List.
|Shangri-La||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Little Renown||Battleship||Back Row|
|Shoukaku||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Souryuu Retrofit||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Victorious||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Zuikaku||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Curacoa Retrofit||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Curlew Retrofit||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
|Prinz Eugen||Heavy Cruiser||Vanguard|
These are below average Waifus, and they do fall short in battles. There are some Waifus that one can debate being in the upper tier because of their abilities, but the way they are designed is, in less harsh words, a disgrace to the Waifus. Thus we had to put them in D tier.
|Akagi||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Bataan||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Eagle||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Fumiruiru||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Hiryuu Retrofit||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Taihou||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Sendai Retrofit||Light Cruiser||Vanguard|
The tier that you would want to avoid. The way the Waifus are designed is way below par, and they aren’t blessed by the developers with the strength, vigor, and punch to make you a victor during battles.
|Anniversary Kizuna Al||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Chaser||Light Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
|Zeppy||Aircraft Carrier||Back Row|
Azur Lane Tier List Criteria
The Waifus in the Azur Lane is ranked in our tier based on two things where we have assigned different weightage to each. The first thing is how well the Waifus are designed, while the other aspect is their stats because this is a great freemium game, where you don’t need to spend to win.
Thus we have assigned 70% of the weight to the design of the Waifus and the remaining 30% to the overall abilities.
Ranking Based on Experience and Research
We have put a lot of our time into playing the Azur Lane. There was a clear pattern observed in our experience in the game and the research on the past behavior of the Waifus in the game.
The pattern leads us to the conclusion that the players of the game are more interested in how the developers and the graphic teams have paid homage to the basic purpose of the Waifus, which is how skimpy they are and the titillation you experience from them.
That is why the game is not like other freemium games, where you unlock special abilities with real-life money to win. In this game, the difference between the Waifus is not that big. The major way the developer of the game makes money is through skins and other things that make the Waifus look more attractive.
Why Trust Us?
We have played the game for very long and have taken into account not just the current situation of the game but the past as well. After conducting qualitative research online, we found the ranking factors and assigned knowledge according to that. We made sure we take into account that there is no one absolute truth when it comes to perception and then added our own experience in the game into the mix to derive a meaningful conclusion.
Shinano is the best ship in the game; it has dethroned many famous waifu ships in the game like Essex, Formidable, and U-101.
Shinano is the best aircraft carrier in the game with her best proc skill and how she damages others in the game and has great defensive abilities.
Nagato is the best battleship in the game and is above every other battleship in many aspects.
Z23 is a great offensive destroyer and can grant you victory in no time.
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