In Azur Lane, you have new ships being released on an occasional basis and fixes/tweaks taking place every so often. Regardless of who you are, if you play Azur Lane, you’re going to want to build the perfect fleet.
There are so many unique ships in the game, so you will always have something new to test.
Mind you; there’s no such thing as a perfect ship in Azur Lane, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. When you set out to build your ultimate fleet, there are some things you should consider.
This guide right here has been written to help you put together the best fleet you can in Azur Lane.
A Short Rundown
We want to give you an introduction to all the things you should consider when putting together your fleet in Azur Lane.
Variety of Ships – Starting, it’s a good idea to have a variety of ship types by your side. We recommend a variety because it will help give you a balanced fleet with defense, damage, and support (everything you need).
When you have different ship types, you will be prepared to take on all enemies because this will give you access to other weapon types, like AoE, high single target damage, and air damage.
Oil Efficiency – Often, we find the Azur Lane community talking about oil because this is a super valuable resource.
As you may have guessed, when you have a fleet that consists of ships, having high oil efficiency will help you in terms of farming and progress. Most of the strong ships in the game have high oil costs, which is why you will find players trying to bring a balance of high and low oil cost ships.
Some Ships are Better than Others- As with most games, there are individual ships in Azur Lane that are better than others.
Variety of Ships
In Azur Lane, like we previously mentioned, you have more than one type of ship. They are different in terms of weapon slots, stat distribution, and playstyle of the individual ship.
To make sure you have enough defense, damage, and utility in battle, it would be a good idea to build a fleet that has a nice balance of ship types. You will need to have sufficient defenses so that the enemy doesn’t take you out by burst attacks, but at the same time, you will need to have enough damage so that you can take them down – this is why we stress just how important balance is.
Having at least one support ship in your fleet can do wonders for the rest of your fleet, so keep that in mind.
In your main fleet, also referred to as the backline of your fleet, you should have at least one Battlecruiser or Battleship and one Aircraft Carrier.
Battlecruisers and Battleships deal a significant amount of damage to an entire area. Aircraft Carriers, on the other hand, will deal a lot of damage to a large area.
In your Vanguard, we suggest bringing at least one Destroyer and one Cruiser.
Destroyers are great because they have high burst damage, but at the same time, they are squishy, so you will need something to balance this out.
Then, on the other hand, you have Cruisers. These are great ships because they have higher defenses, but their damage output is much lower than the Destroyers. The damage output, however, is more consistent.
Therefore, to have a well-balanced frontline, you should bring both to the party. This way, you will be able to pick away at those tanky enemies while tolerating their attacks and burst down those powerful foes.
Different Types of Weapons
To increase your chances of defeating an enemy and make the most out of your time in Azur Lane, you should bring different weapon types with you.
Having a wide array of different weapon types can be achieved by having a variety of ships on your fleet. This is because the ship types influence the weapon slots of ships.
We recommend different weapon types because each one is different in its own way. So that you can have a better understanding of this, let’s take a look at the significant attack types and where they rule superior.
Let’s say you’re dealing with enemies that are sending a lot of ships in your direction and these ships are coming at you all at once. These ships are spread apart, making it hard to take them all at one time. When this scenario takes place, airstrike attacks are a great option. Airstrike attacks are useful because they’re capable of hitting everything with their AoE.
The last battle of every stage will have at least one boss, and as you may have guessed, that boss is going to have a whole lot of HP for you to work your way through. You will want to take out these bosses before they wipe your fleet out. To do this, you will need to be able to deal a lot of damage, which is why salvo attacks from Battlecruisers and Battleships are essential.
Mind you; Salvo attacks don’t have a big area effect, so they’re not going to help you much if you have more than one ship coming your way. However, if you’re dealing with one enemy that has a large amount of HP, then salvo attacks would be your best bet.
Lastly, if you want to burst down enemies, then torpedo attacks will do the trick. If you move right up to an enemy ship, you will be able to strike them with every torpedo you have, which means you will be dealing a large amount of damage.
If you need AoE damage, then you should move your ship away from the enemy and start firing torpedos. During this time, the torpedos will split up before they reach the enemy, causing them to hit more than one enemy at a time.
In Azur Lane, you will hear the term “oil efficient fleet.” This is a term that players use when they’re describing a fleet that doesn’t have a high oil cost.
When you have a low oil cost team, you will have a major advantage when it comes to farming and moving through the game because you will be able to take part in a lot more battles using the same amount of oil.
Most of the heavy cruisers/battleship that can be a deciding factor in battle is going to have the highest oil cost, so they’re not considered an oil efficient team. Due to this reason, you should have a backup high oil cost team that is capable of eliminating powerful enemies once you have farmed enough using your low oil cost team.
If you only plan on building a single fleet, then you should keep those oil costs in mind and balance those low and high oil cost ships. If you’re looking to create a single team, balancing them out is the best way to go about oil efficiency. This way, you will have powerful ships, but you won’t instantly use up all of your oil.
Best Teams Examples
We want to take this a step forward and give you some inspiration to help you build the perfect fleet. We went out and searched the web for some top-tier fleets that have been created by top players on Azur Lane.
- Warspite (Retrofit)
- Saint Louis
This is a well-balanced fleet that was put together by WhiteCrow720, and I must say, it’s pretty powerful. It combines both AoE attacks for waves of enemy ships and serious single-target damage for bosses with high HP.
As you see, this fleet right here consists of both cruisers and destroyers, making it a well-balanced vanguard with defenses, burst damage, and continuous damage.
Plus, you also have to consider the fact that Yukikaze is an excellent supportive ship that will help out the whole fleet.
Vieille’s Garde’s Fleet
- King George
- Warspite (Retrofit)
- If you plan on taking down a strong boss that has a lot of HP to go through, then this fleet will get the job done.
- Having three high-damage battleships on the backline, each with a salvo attack of their own is great for bosses.
- The vanguard features a destroyer, and two cruisers, so the fleet does offer some AoE damage with the torpedo attack from Yukikaze.
Fleet by Rorona
- San Diego (Retrofit)
- With this fleet, you’re going to get a lot of AoE damage. This fleet has two powerful aircraft carriers on the backline.
- When dealing with an enemy that sends out a lot of ships all at once, they’re going to have a difficult time with this fleet.
- The vanguard has three cruisers, meaning the team will have great defenses that are capable of sustaining the enemy out.
Fleet by Dazilla
- Warspite (Retrofit)
- This is a fleet that no boss wants to go up against due to the large number of salvo attacks coming from the backline. This fleet consists of one battlecruiser and two battleships.
- Adding support to the backline and the rest of the vanguard, you have the Yukikaze, which has a lot of utility.
- The remaining two ships that are in the vanguard are both cruisers.
Now that you’re armed with some excellent fleet building tips and some examples of the top fleets in Azur Lane, you’re ready to start putting together your own epic fleet.