Guide to Combat

Dragon City Walkthrough and Guide

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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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Where do you tell me how to change the original battle dragon

Added 28th Nov 2015, ID #629396

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?

Added 27th Nov 2015, ID #628806

What does it mean when your dragon's rank needs -1 more victories to get stronger?

Added 23rd Nov 2015, ID #627901

What does it mean when your dragon's rank needs -1 more victories to get stronger?

Added 23rd Nov 2015, ID #627900

Very bad cheats

Added 23rd Nov 2015, ID #627714

How do I edit my team?

Added 21st Nov 2015, ID #627124

How do i choose dragons for defense (dragons friends see when they battle from the ranking menu)?

Added 6th Oct 2015, ID #614348

What is a speed dragon's weakness?

Added 17th Sep 2015, ID #609172

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.

Added 19th Jul 2015, ID #586340

lengendary types

Added 23rd Aug 2015, ID #601446


Added 6th Jul 2015, ID #580796

What is the benifits of having two of the same dragon?

Added 1st Jul 2015, ID #578222

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.

Added 20th Jun 2015, ID #573170

How do I achieve the battle 20 people says 6 of 20. Can't figure out where i went wrong.

Added 20th Jun 2015, ID #573167

How to train the dragon?

Added 11th Jun 2015, ID #568657

First you have to build the training grounds available at about lvl22 then get dragon to lvl15 then train

Added 9th Jul 2015, ID #582300


Added 29th May 2015, ID #562871

Why so long and boring?

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Added 18th Mar 2015, ID #530197

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

Added 14th Mar 2015, ID #528312

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!

Added 20th Jun 2015, ID #573050

I can't win combats anymore, gas the game change as to make it more difficult to win?

Added 3rd Mar 2015, ID #523875

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.

Added 28th Jul 2015, ID #590667


Added 1st Feb 2015, ID #510073

how do you fight your friends on dragon city on facebook with going to the thing were u have to use combats.

Added 28th Jan 2015, ID #508449

I need help fighting the legend drag and eind drag what 3 drags shuld i use

Added 25th Jan 2015, ID #507359

how to get gems 984

Added 13th Dec 2014, ID #484246

how to get gems

Added 13th Dec 2014, ID #484245

gummy+cool fire=mirror or wind

Added 9th Dec 2014, ID #482486

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

Added 29th Nov 2014, ID #477887

Where are the solutions to all these comment questions?

Added 11th Nov 2014, ID #470263

Earth dragons are strong against Nature dragons !!

Added 19th Oct 2014, ID #460260

dragon city on facebook>com o[size=12][/size] asu

Added 9th Oct 2014, ID #456313

I want to use a millenium dragon, a pure dark dragon, and a legendary dragon, but i don't have it

Added 16th Sep 2014, ID #448665

How do you upgrade dragons at a quicker speed

Added 15th Sep 2014, ID #448207

Which legend dragon I should level up for fighting? Which has the most life? Please answer if u know.

Added 15th Sep 2014, ID #448009

steampunk dragon sucks

Added 5th Sep 2014, ID #444630

I wnat to know if my team is good. I use: Apocalypse Dragon lvl.20, Supersonic dragon lvl.21
and blacksmith dragon lvl.20

Added 28th Aug 2014, ID #441790

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

Added 26th Aug 2014, ID #441114

How can I get -1victory to make my dragons stronger

Added 19th Aug 2014, ID #438327

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

Added 13th Aug 2014, ID #435749

Think it so easy to as change dragons...

Added 10th Aug 2014, ID #434403

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!

Added 28th Jun 2014, ID #408402

I'm on level 28 and stuck fighting someone on level 41, my dragons level 15 his 20 +need help
Added 12th Jun 2014, ID #398341

Dragons get their fourth attack at level 15

Added 23rd May 2014, ID #387238

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

Added 22nd Apr 2014, ID #377648

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

Added 17th Apr 2014, ID #375717

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

Added 5th Apr 2014, ID #371621

What level does a dragon learn its 4th move? HELP ME!!!!

Added 17th Mar 2014, ID #365302

I ran into this one prick who had infinity life in the combat world what are you suppose to do then

Added 6th Mar 2014, ID #361586

Crital for gold dragon is electric attacks critical hits sure

Added 1st Mar 2014, ID #359922

How do I get a nirobi dragon

Added 1st Feb 2014, ID #350565

What about dark dragons?

Added 11th Jan 2014, ID #342478

I am lvl I have 3 hybrid rare dragon..I want to breed hybrid rare to get legendary..but I cant buy legendary habitats bcoz my lvl still low..need to wait until lvl 38. =.=

Added 1st Dec 2013, ID #324176