Azur Lane Tier List - The Best Ships

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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, the ships are divided into nations, then further divided into classes that dictate what they'll be doing on the watery battlefield. As with most gacha games, eeach 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.

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To makes things simpler, we've created an overall Azur Lane tier list of strong ships, and lists 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 the game has to offer, they are a good thing to aim for if you want to create the most powerful fleet possible.

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Azur Lane Tier List

Tier Ships
SSFriedrich der Grobe, New Jersey, Ulrich von Hutten
S Champagne, Gascogne, Georgia, Howe, Marco Polo, Monarch, Odin, Richelieu, Vittorio Veneto, Warspite
AAkane Shinjo, Alabama, Amagi, Bismarck, Duke of York, Gneisenau META, Honoka, Iori Minase, Izumo, Kii, Nagato, Sovetskaya Belorussiya, Tosa
BGangut, Gascogne µ, Hood, Hyuuga, Jean Bart, King George V, Kaga, Little Renown, Littorio, Massachusetts, Nagisa, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth, Sovetskaya Rossiya, Suruga, Washington
CAmagi-Chan, Arizona, Dunkerque, Fusou, Fusou META, Ise, Misaka, Mujina, Mutsu, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Super Gamer Kizuna AI, Tirpitz, Valiant, Yamashiro
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Eagle Union Tier List

Here are the best Eagle Union ships:

Ship Type Rarity
SeattleLight CruiserPriority
San DiegoLight CruiserSuper Rare
GeorgiaBattleshipPriority
EnterpriseAircraft CarrierSuper Rare
EssexAircraft CarrierSuper Rare
MinneapolisHeavy CruiserSuper Rare
HelenaLight CruiserElite
PortlandHeavy CruiserRare
BaltimoreHeavy Cruiser Super Rare
SaratogaAircraft CarrierElite
South DakotaBattleshipSuper Rare
New JerseyIowaUltra Rare
San Diego RetrofitLight CruiserSuper Rare
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Azur Lane ship, New Jersey, posing in her portrait.
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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
King George VBattleshipSuper Rare
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Azur Lane ship, Centaur, posing in her portrait.
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Sakura Empire Tier List

Here are the best Sakura Empire ships:

Ship Type Rarity
AyanamiDestroyerElite
AkashiRepair ShipSuper Rare
NagatoBattleshipSuper Rare
AzumaLarge CruiserDecisive
SuzutsukiDestroyerSuper Rare
KitakazeDestroyerPriority
NoshiroLight CruiserSuper Rare
ShinanoAircraft CarrierUltra Rare
I-13Submarine CarrierSuper Rare
MikasaBattleshipSuper Rare
I-68SubmarineSuper Rare
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Azur Lane ship, Noshiro, 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
Z23DestroyerElite
Ulrich Von HuttenBattleshipUltra Rare
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Azur Lane ship, Ulrich Von Hutten, posing in her character portrait
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How To Get New Ships in Azur Lane

Azur Lane is slightly different to many other mobile Gacha games, and lets you build ships as a way to acquire them using cubes and coins. You can also earn ships as rewards for completing different stages in the campaign, and by completing missions. Finally, you can exchange medals for specific ships. Of course, getting top-tier units is still likely to cost you a pretty penny, but even without them, you can still get yourself a decent enough team.

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.