16 Sep 2021 10:46 AM +00:00

Azur Lane Tier List - The Best Ships For Each Nation

Looking for an Azur Lane tier list? This naval warfare-based gacha game is all about re-imagining real historical ships as anime girls, and even though it only launched a few years back, there are already over 250 different characters. That's a lot for anyone starting the game fresh to take in.

Luckily, these ships are divided into nations, then further divided into types that dictate what they'll be doing on the watery battlefield. As with most gacha games, each ship also has a rarity, changing the likelihood you have of receiving it when you pull. But there are plenty of ways to acquire Azur Lane ships, whether through building them or special events.

To makes things simpler, we've created an Azur Lane tier list of the best ships for each of the game's four main nations. Most of these may be pretty rare, but as they represent the pinnacle of what each faction has to offer, they are a good thing to aim for if you want to create the most powerful fleet possible.

Azur Lane ship, Essex, posing alongside a plane, a flag, and an eagle
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Eagle Union Tier List

Here are the best Eagle Union ships:

Ship Type Rarity
SeattleLight CruiserPriority
San DiegoLight CruiserSuper Rare
EnterpriseAircraft CarrierSuper Rare
EssexAircraft CarrierSuper Rare
MinneapolisHeavy CruiserSuper Rare
HelenaLight CruiserElite
PortlandHeavy CruiserRare
BaltimoreHeavy Cruiser Super Rare
SaratogaAircraft CarrierElite
South DakotaBattleshipSuper Rare
Azur Lane ship, the Duke of York, with a sword and turrets.
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Royal Navy Tier List

Here are the best Royal Navy ships:

Ship Type Rarity
WarspiteBattleshipSuper Rare
Duke of YorkBattleshipSuper Rare
CentaurLight Aircraft CarrierSuper Rare
Monarch BattleshipPriority
UnicornLight Aircraft CarrierElite
SwiftsureLight CruiserSuper Rare
IllustriousAircraft CarrierSuper Rare
NeptuneLight CruiserPriority
Azur Lane ship, Nagato, with her cannon and turrets.
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Sakura Empire Tier List

Here are the best Sakura Empire ships:

Ship Type Rarity
AkashiRepair ShipSuper Rare
NagatoBattleshipSuper Rare
AzumaLarge CruiserDecisive
SuzutsukiDestroyerSuper Rare
NoshiroLight CruiserSuper Rare
ShinanoAircraft CarrierUltra Rare
I-13Submarine CarrierSuper Rare
MikasaBattleshipSuper Rare
Azur Lane ship, Prinz Eugen, posing in her character portrait
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Iron Blood Tier List

Here are the best Iron Blood ships:

Ship Type Rarity
RoonHeavy CruiserPriority
U-47SubmarineSuper Rare
Friedrich der GrosseBattleshipDecisive
Prinz EugenHeavy CruiserSuper Rare
Graf Zeppellin Aircraft CarrierSuper Rare
BismarckBattleshipSuper Rare
U-101SubmarineSuper Rare
TerpitzBattleshipSuper Rare

And that's our Azur Lane tier list for each of the main nations. If you're looking for more round-ups of characters, we have an Arknights tier list, an AFK Arena tier list, a Mobile Legends tier list, an Epic Seven tier list, and many others.