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Dragon City

Guide to Combat

Dragon City Walkthrough and Guide

by Mongoose General  

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Guide to Combat

Combat is an important part of Dragon City if you want to earn enough Gold and Gems to keep things moving in your city. The combat works based on a series of strengths and weaknesses that each Dragon possesses. Learn this, and you unlock the key to doing well in battle.

Having built the Stadium, you are then able to take part in combat tournaments. These involve you picking 2 or 3 dragons on your team, to fight against an opponent with the same number. You take it in turns to have an attack. As you will see below, it is important to pick a balanced set of dragons so that you have some that are strong against a variety of opposition. You can fight in one tournament every 12 hours and can also battle other players by selecting the Globe icon and choosing Combat World. You can play in Combat World three times every 6 hours, so much more regularly than the tournaments.

The basics:

Essentially, each dragon just attacks until one runs out of health. There is no way to reduce the speed at which your dragon gets damaged, by increasing defense, for example. Each type of Dragon varies in terms of its maximum health and its resistance to certain types of damage, but once the dragon has been born, you have no control over this.

If you come up against a dragon and your current one is weak against it, you can swap it out for another in your team, at the cost of a turn. It depends on just how weak the dragon is as to whether this is worth it or not.

Level your dragons up to get access to new, stronger attacks!


When attacking, you have a chance of dealing a certain multiplier on the standard attack amount. For example, a Critical hit, given by a dragon that is strong against another which is weak, will earn 2x damage. You can see the other similar effects that it is possible to get below:

Normal Damage:

Critical Damage:

Weak Damage:


As stated above, the type of dragon you are using and the type you are up against effects which of these you receive.

Picking the Right Dragon


Making sure you are sensible in your choice of dragon before going into battle will help avoid any silly losses. Each dragon has strengths and weaknesses, and you can see these in the table below:

Earth Dragons:
Strong Against: None
Weak Against: Ice, Water and Metal
Resistant To: Electric and Fire
Resisted By: Metal and Water

Water Dragons:
Strong Against: Earth, Fire and Electric
Weak Against: Fire and Dark
Resistant To: Earth, Water and Plant
Resisted By: Ice

Fire Dragons:
Strong Against: Ice, Water and Plant
Weak Against: Water and Electric
Resistant To: Ice, Metal, Plant and Fire
Resisted By: Metal, Earth and Fire

Metal Dragons:
Strong Against: Ice and Earth
Weak Against: Electric
Resistant To: Fire, Earth and Metal
Resisted By: Electric and Fire

Ice Dragons:
Strong Against: Earth
Weak Against: Fire and Metal
Resistant To: Water
Resisted By: Fire

Plant Dragons:
Strong Against: Water
Weak Against: Earth and Ice
Resistant To: Dark
Resisted By: Fire

Electric Dragons:
Strong Against: Fire and Metal
Weak Against: Water
Resistant To: Electric and Metal
Resisted By: Earth

You can find out the element for your dragon by looking at its stats screen. The element you want to pay attention to is the one that is shown first on the stats screen. This should allow you to pick your dragon sensibly.

Legendary Dragons


Legendary Dragons do not have weaknesses. They are resistant to any normal attacks (shown with a fist in game) and do not have weaknesses to any element attacks.


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Feb 14th 2016 Guest
How do you change your battle team
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Dec 11th 2015 Guest
How do you choose the battle order/what dragons will fight
ID #632557
Nov 28th 2015 Guest
Where do you tell me how to change the original battle dragon
ID #629396
Nov 27th 2015 Guest
latest upgrade does not let you choose own first dragon. It demands that you have the element in the dragon they demand. If not you cannot play. Ice and Flame are on one of these (cool fire or soccer) but these are both unbreedable so if you do not already have them combat is impossible. Preventing you to move on. I guess if you have one of these a few games later you will come across the same thing but with another element type. Is this to try to force you to purchase?
ID #628806
Aug 19th 2016 Guest
those arny unbreadable I have 40 of them that I breed
ID #676088
Apr 9th 2016 Guest
U can breed cool fire and soccer for free using hybrid though u will habe to try a few times.(alpine and volcano)
ID #646272
Nov 23rd 2015 Ibsturtle
What does it mean when your dragon's rank needs -1 more victories to get stronger?
ID #627901
Nov 23rd 2015 Guest
What does it mean when your dragon's rank needs -1 more victories to get stronger?
ID #627900
Sep 1st 2016 Guest
If you win battles with that dragon it get stronger. When starting I battle my friends I know who have weak dragons or only started then never played game. Easy wins for dragon. This will get you to three gold stars.
ID #679177
Sep 11th 2016 Guest
I cant quite understand your answer .
Can you please make it clear ?
I already got to 3 star max
But " your dragon needs -1 more victory
To reach the next level "
That's what written
So i battle with my friend whom I havent
faught yet but its still the same
What do I do ?
ID #681264
Nov 23rd 2015 Guest
Very bad cheats
ID #627714
Nov 21st 2015 Guest
How do I edit my team?
ID #627124
Oct 6th 2015 Guest
How do i choose dragons for defense (dragons friends see when they battle from the ranking menu)?
ID #614348
Sep 17th 2015 Guest
What is a speed dragon's weakness?
ID #609172
Jul 19th 2015 Guest
So how would you win an attack with a Legendary Dragon. I did read statement above, but doesn't state what might win a fight.
ID #586340
Jul 18th 2016 Guest
A pure dragon will win almost every battle
ID #667872
Aug 23rd 2015 Guest
lengendary types
ID #601446
Jul 6th 2015 Guest
ID #580796
Sep 12th 2016 Guest
ID #681464
Jul 1st 2015 Guest
What is the benifits of having two of the same dragon?
ID #578222
Jun 20th 2015 rogerpaul
I have 3 of 5 in family achievement can't finish because I don't know what dragons I used. How can I start it over.
ID #573170
Jun 20th 2015 Guest
How do I achieve the battle 20 people says 6 of 20. Can't figure out where i went wrong.
ID #573167
Jun 11th 2015 Guest
How to train the dragon?
ID #568657
Jul 9th 2015 Guest
First you have to build the training grounds available at about lvl22 then get dragon to lvl15 then train
ID #582300
May 29th 2015 Guest
ID #562871
May 8th 2015 Guest
Why so long and boring?
ID #553438
Mar 18th 2015 Guest
ID #530197
Mar 14th 2015 Guest
How do you battle in achiements where it say battle on fire battle 20 players and also we are family hatch 5 dragons of the same element in a row I have 3/5but I don't know how I did the 3 can anyone help
ID #528312
Jun 20th 2015 Guest
Basically, have 5 water type eggs, or any other single element. I used terra eggs for this achievement since they are cheap and quick. The way you got 3 was most likely because you just hatched 3 of a si gle element in a row. Hope this helps!
ID #573050
Mar 3rd 2015 Guest
I can't win combats anymore, gas the game change as to make it more difficult to win?
ID #523875
Jul 28th 2015 Guest
I had a problem that sounds like yours. Every time I would battle game would shut down. Tried to get help from social point. 2 times. No help. Trying to free up space on my tablet, I cleared my cache and it fixed my problem. Maybe it can fix your problem. Good luck.
ID #590667
Feb 1st 2015 Guest
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Jan 28th 2015 Guest
how do you fight your friends on dragon city on facebook with going to the thing were u have to use combats.
ID #508449
Jan 25th 2015 Guest
I need help fighting the legend drag and eind drag what 3 drags shuld i use
ID #507359
Dec 13th 2014 Guest
how to get gems 984
ID #484246
Dec 13th 2014 Guest
how to get gems
ID #484245
Dec 9th 2014 Guest
gummy+cool fire=mirror or wind
ID #482486
Nov 29th 2014 Guest
I'm on lol 34 I keep using my dark fllame pure and pirate but my opponents are on Lviv 89 and 99 2 on 99 1 on 89
ID #477887
Nov 11th 2014 Guest
Where are the solutions to all these comment questions?
ID #470263
Oct 19th 2014 Guest
Earth dragons are strong against Nature dragons !!
ID #460260
Oct 8th 2014 Guest
dragon city on facebook>com o[size=12][/size] asu
ID #456313
Sep 16th 2014 Guest
I want to use a millenium dragon, a pure dark dragon, and a legendary dragon, but i don't have it
ID #448665
Sep 15th 2014 Guest
How do you upgrade dragons at a quicker speed
ID #448207
Sep 15th 2014 Guest
Which legend dragon I should level up for fighting? Which has the most life? Please answer if u know.
ID #448009
Sep 5th 2014 Guest
steampunk dragon sucks
ID #444630
Aug 28th 2014 Guest
I wnat to know if my team is good. I use: Apocalypse Dragon lvl.20, Supersonic dragon lvl.21
and blacksmith dragon lvl.20
ID #441790
Aug 26th 2014 Guest
Need some help can't seem to get into the combat thing. I have picked dragons but won't let me do anything now what am I doing wrobg
ID #441114
Aug 19th 2014 Guest
How can I get -1victory to make my dragons stronger
ID #438327
Aug 13th 2014 Guest
I'm stuck in my tournament/stadium,i am using two mirror dragon level 20 and 24 and pure dark dragon level 20. The opponent is ice&fire dragon level 36, pure ice dragon level 38, and dujur dragon level 37. I almost beat them,but my dragons level is too low for my level
ID #435749
Aug 10th 2014 Guest
Think it so easy to as change dragons...
ID #434403
Jun 28th 2014 Guest
I dont know how to unselect a dragon... I am on world 2 and my dragons kinda stink, it says to cclick on your dragons but that doesnt work! Please Help me!
ID #408402
Jun 12th 2014 [email protected]
I'm on level 28 and stuck fighting someone on level 41, my dragons level 15 his 20 +need help
ID #398341
May 23rd 2014 Guest
Dragons get their fourth attack at level 15
ID #387238
Apr 22nd 2014 gary1r
i'm now in League 81 with Octopus Dragon(20), Shogun Dragon(22), Blue Dragon(20). Doing not bad consider my dragon level is too low for current league. Next will train up my Aztec Emperor Dragon & Nightwind dragon to replace Octopus dragon & Blue dragon
ID #377648
Apr 16th 2014 Guest
To much I want I want fight level up with Xp points and breed good dragons
always train and punch if attacks not work olefins weakest 1 bail of hay and done.

Stop wish wish and do something Think I can bear 99 all day with right attack
ID #375717
Apr 5th 2014 BlueDragon88
Some dude in league 28 is lvl 99 with 3 lvl 25 legendarys and I have been stuck fighting him for like 2 weeks, I need help!!! I use frankinstine (20) cloud (20) & whihte knight (19) all with 3-4 trained attacks. But they keep doing rainbow attacks that take me out with 2 hits per dragon
ID #371621
Jul 8th 2016 Guest
insted of using white night use the black night ok then level 20
ID #665227
Mar 17th 2014 Guest
What level does a dragon learn its 4th move? HELP ME!!!!
ID #365302
Jun 14th 2016 Guest
you have to level up that dragon to level 15 before the dragon acceses its 4rth attack
ID #658848
Mar 6th 2014 Guest
I ran into this one prick who had infinity life in the combat world what are you suppose to do then
ID #361586
Mar 1st 2014 Guest
Crital for gold dragon is electric attacks critical hits sure
ID #359922
Feb 1st 2014 Guest
How do I get a nirobi dragon
ID #350565