Know Your Opponents Weaknesses
Every dino in each of your parks has a weakness. Knowing and exploiting each dinos weakness is essential for tournament success. For example: the TRex is vulnerable to a "bite" attack, so ONLY use the "bite" attack against your opponents TRex. The Dryosaurus is vulnerable to "swipe", so ONLY "swipe" your opponents Dryosaurus. By using ONLY the appropriate attacks against your opponents dinos, you will do the maximum amout of damage to your opponent. A full list of each dinosaur in all 3 parks as well as their stats and weaknesses can be found in the Creature Statistics pages.
Generally speaking, blocking with your strongest dino (most health OR strongest attacker depending on your strategy) on the team is the best option. Why protect your weakest when you can protect your strongest? The creatures with the most health often do a decent amount of attack damage, so keeping them alive can only help your odds of winning. Obviously the same is true for your strongest attack dinos. Keep in mind the possibility that your opponent may switch dinos on occasion. If you use a block and instead of attacking, your opponent switches dinos, you have just wasted a block. Opponents generally only swap dinos when their first dino is at or less than around 40% health.
First of all, it is strongly recommended that you do not use any specials until your opponent has used all of their blocks. If you use a special and you're opponent has any unused blocks, you run the risk of your special attack being blocked. Translation: you have wasted a special. Another good way to waste specials is by using them went just a regular attack will finish off your opponent. Also, keep your dinos individual stats in mind when you are using your specials. Using your specials only with the strongest attackers on your team will maximize the damage you do to your opponent.
Strategy: Making A Clean Sweep
This strategy is more commonly known as the meatsheild tactic and it works well. The objective here is to allow your opponent to use their specials and blocks on your weaker dinos on your team. Then when your opponent has used all their blocks and is therefore vulnerable, your strongest attacker comes up and makes a clean sweep by using a few specials and if needed, blocks. With this strategy, it is not unlikely that you're first 2 dinos are killed and your last comes up when you're opponents second dino is at or near full health. This is very much a "big comeback" type strategy and is therefore quite entertaining.
▪ Build and balance your teams then arrange them so that your strongest attacker fights last and your weakest attacker fights first.
The first dino should be the weakest attacker on the team. Never use any specials with this dino, your specials will do more damage when used by your stronger dinos later in the lineup. If you choose to use a block with this dino, block only if you're confident that you'll be blocking a special. By using your team's weakest dino first, it acts much like a sponge and its objective is simple.... absorb a few of your opponent's blocks and specials.
The second dino should be strong in both its attack and health capabilities. This dino should be capable of fully absorbing 2 of your opponents specials and have some health to spare. If you know your opponent is about to use a special, a successful block can be beneficial here but it is not necessary. If you choose to use any specials with this dino, remember not to use any specials until your opponent has used all of their blocks.
This is your powerhouse. You are strongest attacker. This is where to use your specials because #1 they do the most damage and #2 your opponent has likely used all of their blocks by now. By waiting until your opponent has used all of their blocks, you have guaranteed yourself that your specials will do maximum damage because they can't be blocked. It's recommended that you save at least two blocks for this creature. Because he is your powerhouse, his health stat might not be the best and some protection might be necessary.
Strategy: The Blocker
This approach is very different than the strategy outlined above. This is also an extremely effective strategy. Instead of making a clean sweep with your final dino, with this strategy your objective is to take down your opponents first dino before your opponent takes down your first dino. You accomplish this by using your blocks on your first dino. The result is that you have exhausted most, if not all of your opponent's blocks and specials and make the first attack on your opponent's second and third dinos.
▪ Build and balance your teams then arrange your teams so that your dino with the strongest health plays first and the dino with the least health plays last.
Your first dino should have the strongest amount of health. Block 2 of your opponent's first 3 attacks. Chances are you will have blocked at least 1 special and with any luck you will have blocked 2 specials. You're goal with this dino is to take down your opponents first dino before your opponent takes down your first dino. If you successfully achieve this, winning should be easy. Often times winning is possible without the use of specials.
2ND & 3RD DINOS
Most of this strategy lies within the first dino. Your second and third dinos just finish the job, which should be easy if you get the first attack on your opponent's second and third dinos. If for some reason you fall behind, specials can be used to catch up (as long as your opponent has used all of their blocks).
Strategy: The Great Wall of Dinosaur
This is a strategy that I have been migrating towards and in doing so I've realized more & more just how effective it really is. Its kind of a mix between the two stratagies mentioned above. With this strategy, you play your creature with the strongest health second and the creature with the least health last (which, in my case, is usually a good "sweeper"). The overall goal is to keep your 2nd dino alive as long as you possibly can so you get the 1st hit on your opponents 3rd dino. I call it the great wall of dinosaur because its like your 2nd dino is a wall that your opponent can not get past. Heres how it works...
• Build and balance your teams, then arange them with strongest health creature second, least health last and the middle health creature first.
This creature, much like the 1st creature used in the clean sweep strategy, is there simply to absorb as may blocks and specials your opponent is willing to throw at it. Don't use any specials here. If you block, use no more than 1 block with this dino.
With this dino I continue to absorb my opponents attacks until I'm down to about 25% health. Then I go block, special, block, special (using specials only if opponent has used all their blocks) and if needed 1 more block and/or special. The objective here is to take the 1st shot against your opponents 3rd dino and take that shot with your 2nd dino. If you accomplish this, winning is almost a guarantee. SPECIAL NOTE: If your opponent still has any specials available to use when their final dino comes up and you are still on your 2nd dino, your opponents 1st attack with their third dino will be a special almost 100% of the time. Meaning the bot can be tricked into wasting a special if you play this strategy correctly.
This dino just cleans up after your second dino. If I find that I'm falling behind or if I can tell that it's going to be a close match, I will allow my 2nd dino to die and use my blocks and specials with this dino, making this strategy nearly identical to the clean sweep (meatshield) strategy. In many cases, however, I haven't needed this creature at all.
Note: To get the most out of the strategies listed above, use them as a baseline and build your own strategy from there. The most successful strategy is one that has been adapted to fit each individual players skill level and follows the flow of each tournament your play in.
Tip: There are instances when allowing yourself to get hit by a special is better strategy than blocking it. For example, if your playing against a level 40 Shunosaurus & a level 40 T-Rex, the Shunosaurus's special attack does less damage than the T-Rex's normal attack. Therefore it would be more beneficial NOT to use ANY blocks when your opponents Shunosaurus is in play and save them for when your opponents T-Rex is in play.