The basic gameplay for Dragon City is pretty standard in terms of the players’ goals. The trickiest part about playing this game is setting up your early game well enough so that your account can get a strong start. New players might find it difficult to move in the right direction when there are so many things that players can do at the beginning of the game. There are only a few things that new players need to keep in mind, which we’ll cover in this beginner’s guide.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Dragon City

Having a strong start gives players a better chance to raise better dragons earlier. Factors such as resources, countdown timers, and egg chances can make the game very difficult to grind out if the player doesn’t manage them properly early on. Unlike a lot of other games, the resources given to the player during the early game are extremely limited. This adds to the challenge of creating an advantage in the game that will practically set you up for the rest of your experience playing.

Setting Up Your Resource Production

Gold and food are the two most important resources in the game that dictate the rate at which you progress. Gold is used to upgrade or construct buildings; it can even buy dragon eggs that can be used for breeding or to add to your team. This resource is produced by your dragons while they’re in their habitat. The higher the dragon’s level, the more gold they’ll produce – this should be the player’s priority when trying to stack up their economy.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Dragon City

In order to maximize gold production, it’s a good idea to breed a large number of dragons and place them in multiple habitats. Upgrading the habitat will increase the number of dragons that you can place there as well as increase the maximum gold limit. Once you have a steady supply of gold, you can invest in better crops to grow on the farms. Build as many farms as you can and make sure to buy the best harvest per gold value included in your current level so that your food supply will never run dry.

Managing Space

Space is another important resource that players need to keep in mind. To manage space, players need to purchase expansions. Additionally, they need to clear out the junk that’s laid out on the map,as that junk makes it difficult to build more buildings. New players might think it’s a waste of gold to spend a ton of gold to remove rocks, boulders, trees, and bushes, but having the extra space will allow the player to build more habitats, which will easily earn back the money the player invested on clearing.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Dragon City

During the early stages of the game, beginners shouldn’t worry too much about the aesthetics of their base. Cramping together so many buildings inside such a small floating island might not look all that great, but it gives the player the ever-significant advantage of ramping their gold supply. Once you maximize your gold supply, you’ll be able to buy new islands, which will free up a lot of space. In turn, such space will eventually allow the player to organize their buildings to fit whatever aesthetic they want.

Breeding and Hatching

Dragons are the centerpiece of the game. Players are in charge of taking care of dragons that they acquire either from the game, store, or by breeding. Dragons are categorized by their elemental affinity and their rarity. Rarity is the most important factor in determining how strong a dragon is because of the increased base stats that dragons have naturally when they are of a higher rarity. 

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Dragon City

Dragon Rarity: Common (C), Rare (R), Very Rare (VR), Epic (E), Legend (L), Heroic (H)

The best way to get higher rarity dragons aside from spending real money in the shop is to constantly breed dragons. Breeding may take a while to complete, but by relentlessly breeding high-rarity dragons, the chances of getting dragons that are Legend and higher will also increase. The ultimate goal for a dragon tamer is to create a team consisting of Heroic rarity dragons to be able to stand against other players’ dragons with the best chances of winning the fight.

Caring For Your Dragons

Dragons aren’t just in the game to be bred. Players also need to take care of their dragons to maximize the bonuses that they get from having those units. Dragons have two primary functions in the game aside from breeding: battle and gold production. As mentioned in the first part of this beginner’s guide, dragons produce gold depending on their rarity and level. Leveling up your dragons will ensure that you produce gold a lot faster so that you can spend more later on.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Dragon City

Battling is a main feature in Dragon City. Once you reach the higher rankings, there are a lot of factors that players need to keep in mind before entering a battle to stand a chance against more serious players. Aside from leveling up dragons, players also need to empower and rank them up. Empowering requires a resource called Dragon Orbs, which you get from chests and events. Ranking up simply requires the dragon defeating others in battle to increase their stats.

Joining an Alliance

Alliances are an important feature in Dragon City that’s unlocked once the player reaches Level 16 and higher. Joining an alliance can be very difficult, especially if you’re trying to join an active one that will help you. There are a lot of benefits to joining an alliance, but the most important reason for beginners to join is because being a member of an alliance allows them to get upgraded options on farming crops in the game.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Dragon City

Players part of an alliance can also trade dragon orbs with each other so that they can rapidly gain the chance to unlock strong dragons. When you’re a member of an active alliance, make sure to give back to the alliance by also trading back some dragon orbs that you have no plans of using so that you won’t get kicked out for being a leech. Also, strive to join an alliance that has a very high activity level so that you can fully reap the benefits.