There have been a few updates and additions to the library, so there is enough content there for me to put my take on things.
I'll go through each book, and try to highlight groups of monsters per book. Also this post will be divided into two sections, offense and defense.
Updated to Version 5.6
Excludes: Families, Team Wars, Exclusive
-Bold texts are updated picks due to the new book additions
Crossed out text are monsters removed from the category due to book additions
-If i forget to mention a monster, just remind me and I'll look over it to see if he indeed was omitted/misplaced
-Some monster maybe considered a 1st Tier category but not be listed in the notes due to other stronger monsters fulfilling the role
-Yes, some monsters do overlap in categories.
-Categorization is based off 130 v 130 combat, less relevant to 100v100 combat where fights are shorter(less HP scaling)
Most value(appears in other books) and is a decent choice in those other books, generally a balance between an economical choice and a powerhouse.
example: G Nishant is in wings and evil legion but i wouldn't consider him to be high value because of his niche role as a defender and is somewhat outclassed in evil legion
Powerhouse: (a dominant monster) I would consider these the top picks of that book. They are usually a strong/counter to other monsters of that book, they have good synergy with popular monsters of other books, and/or an exceptional defender in that book.
Economical (breedable, teamshop) pretty straight forward, good option for f2p/small spenders and are relativity easy to get but are still very much an effective choice in wars. They are by no means weak, but generally less flexible in their roles.
Honorable mentions solid monsters that are still good and competitive, just not quite the best in my opinion or has a huge disadvantage ex: El Dino Volador(nature) in dragon book(mostly fire)
-Attackers that have +turn skill with buffs, can kill their own element and a threat to the counter element. ex: Shallinar, OHK fires and water
-Denial with more than 1 denial type, has above average accuracy on skills, and/or exceptional speed. Ex: Mommy, Thetys, Krampus, Hackster
-Support has exceptional traits/counter trait, ability to transfer turns, debuff removal, unique protective skills, and/or synergy with many teams
-Attackers that are a threat to only their own element, counter element, or book. Sometimes has a denial attached to their attacks.
-Denial with only single denial type but has AOE and single target options.
-Support excels exceptional well at only 1 or two support qualities
-Attackers that cannot OHK other monsters very easily, often has decent damage skills with a semi denial effect such as daze, bleed, poison etc.
-Denial with only 1 type of denial and can only do an AOE disable or has a reliable single target denial
-Support excels exceptional well at only 1 support skill and has glaring deficiencies
-Most Value: Greedy Dragon
-Powerhouse: Darmith's Bodyguard, Frostwrath, Lucifire the Hopefreezer, Darmith's BG, Eggeater
-Economical: G. Darmith/BG
-Most Value: G. Darmith/Pet
-Powerhouse: Learnean, Lucifire the Hopefreezer, Dracontium
-Economical: G. Darmith/Pet/BG
Goran, Megaosteum, Petro Loa, El Dino Volador
- Notes: 2nd Tier Attackers/2nd & 3rd Tier Denials
-Hope Freezer and Frostwrath owns this book now, they do short work of the fire dragons and are exceptionally fast.
-Learnean is not fire and is able to defend against the two ice dragons. Terrifying defender that does not require strength to be effective.
-Darmith's BG, turned out to be a surprisingly good shop monster that "counters the counters" with his water protection buff.
-Dracontium is there because its a bias pick on defense due to my bad experience getting ulted by his fight ending special.
-Most Value: Uriel, Scryb, Goldfield, G. Uria
-Powerhouse: 1A- Samael the Plague Carrier, 1B- Samael the Fever Scatter, Baba Yaga,
-Economical: G. Uria/Pet, GoldField
-Most Value: G. Uria/Pet, Noctum
-Powerhouse: Samael the Fever Scatter, G. Uria, Noctum, Faunger
-Economical: G. Uria/Pet, GoldField
Uru, Uriel, Glitch, tempest, Tesaday
- Notes: 1st Tier Support/3rd Tier Denials
-The book went from "0 to hero" because of the dark nemesis. Plague Carrier(Metal) is superior on offense. PC is faster and has a better buff for offense. While Fever Scatter(Light) is better on defense because the light version maybe the only shred of hope the defense has to counter Plague Carrier
-G. Uria and Goldfield will continue to impact wars. G. Uria is a high health defender with tough trait. Goldfield is stun immune and provides guaranteed wins on offense vs stun reliant defenses.
-Noctum is scary on defense, ignore it and that 5% special will seem like it triggers every time
-Most Value: Greedy Dragon, Uriel, G. Ingvar
-Powerhouse:1A- Samael the Plague Carrier, 1B- Samael the Fever Scatter
G. Ingvar, Caillech, Greedy Dragon
-Economical: G. Ingvar, Arch Knight,
-Most Value: G.Nishant, G. Ingvar
G. Ingvar, Caillech, Samael the Fever Scatter
-Economical: G. Ingvar, G.Nishant
- Notes: 1st Tier Support/2nd Tier Denial/2nd Tier Attacker
-Plague Carrier and Fever Scatter now owns this book. PC is the best support monster in the game.
-With the new book additions, Greedy is no longer a powerhouse in the weaker books as there is likely to be better attackers in the other two restrictions of a war
-G. Ingvar, G.Nishant are battle tested defenders that continue to hold their own against even the newer monsters. Ingvar is still a god at support for offense.
-Most Value: G. Thetys,
-Powerhouse: Cavenfish, G. Thetys, Famperium, Blob, Hydratila(all)
-Economical: G. Thetys
-Most Value: Will Razor Face, G. Thetys
-Powerhouse: Cavenfish, Famperium, Blob, Hydratila(all)
-Economical: Thety's Pet
Sphynus, Anton Acorne, Varuna, Nautilus-1
- Notes: 1st Tier Denial/2nd Tier Attackers
-The standard monsters we are all familiar with dominate this book. Thetys' guaranteed denial, Caven with multi turn denial, and Hydratila to counter the Thetys and Caven.
-Most Value: Demise,
-Powerhouse: Barbatos, Demise, Metalhead,
-Economical: Nishant's pet
-Most Value: Greedy Dragon, Kaih
-Powerhouse: Kaih, Ouros
-Economical: Nishant's pet
Lumoona, The Ringer, Ophiuchus
- Notes: 1st Tier Attackers/1st Tier Support
-This book belongs to Demise on offense, if opponent is defending with Ouros, Barb does short work of him, he is still one of the most reliable and hardest hitting monsters to this day.
-Hope SFB combo misses Kaih or does not do enough to kill Ouros, they can punish an offense if it does.
-Lumoona is an interesting monster with a very unique skill set, will be testing her out in future wars to determine her placement
-Most Value: Kiradar,
-Powerhouse: Timerion, Copperbeard, Hackster
-Economical: Exo Skeel, Master Skeel, Ultrabot
-Most Value: Kiridar,
-Powerhouse: Copperbeard, Timerion
-Economical: G. Holter
HipHopotamus, Mr. Scratch, D. Vice, M2 Wyvern, Rofl, Stinger S-1, Sentinel, Nautilus
- Notes: 1st Tier Support/1st Tier Denial
-At a glance it seems like a weak book, flips to the last page, ahh it makes sense now, Timerion is carrying it. Though he is more of a force of nature in rarity wars(c,uc, r and e), Timmy's effectiveness does diminish a little in Legends v Legends, but in the right hands a Timmy offense rarely loses.
-Copperbeard is a new addition that may be able to defend vs the army Timerions, but not likely vs a well rounded offense
-Hackster is an excellent alternative to Timerion on offense, a fast denial with two different denial types, both of which are 95% accuracy aoes.
-Most Value: Zyla, Demise, G. Thetys, Baba Yaga
-Powerhouse: Demise, Zyla,
Shallinar, G. Thetys
-Economical: G. Thetys
-Most Value: Zyla, G. Thetys, Kiridar
-Powerhouse: No real good defense against this book.. but here are the best options - Zyla, G. Thetys, Basthet , Kassia, Gretchen
-Economical: G. Thetys, G. Shannara
Lumoona, Crissandre, Bella Baal, Sarah, Mommy, Shallinar, Caillech, Lau Lau, Icognita, Shallinar, Queen Luthien
- Notes: 1st Tier Support/1st Tier Attacker/1st Tier Denial
-Just get Zyla and either Demise or Thetys, I don't think there is a single defensive set up that can withstand a Zyla offense. You stack life runes, the opponent will just match accordingly to counter and still go first
-New additions of Baba and Kiradar are there if you are bored of using Zyla/Demise.
-Kassia is still in testing, so for has yielded exceptional results vs Demise. Doesn't do a thing vs Zyla.
-Most Value: Baba Yaga, Nox
Will Razor Face, Noctum, Harusami
-Powerhouse: Akhenotep, Baba Yaga, Ra'zhul, Scryb, Nox
-Most Value: Nox
-Powerhouse: Akhenotep, Nox
Harusami, Will Razor Face, Basthet, Mr. Flaky, Megaosteum, Victor,
- Notes: 2nd Tier Denial/2nd Tier Attackers
-The strongest monster in UD are either stun immune or possession immune. Akhenotep's blind,daze, dmg reduction skill bypasses those immunities.
-Though the book is infested with dark, Baba Yaga's skill set & stats are too good to ignore.
-Nox is a terrifying defender, and can also be used on offense
-Most Value: Kiridar, G. Ingvar, Hydratila(all), G. Uria,
-Powerhouse: Brontes, Gregor, Hydratila(all), Valgar, Bo Tai, G. Atum , Shakti,
White Pandalf, Laomu, Alces' pet
-Economical: Laomu, Alce's Pet, Uria's Pet,
Atum's pet, Arch Knight, G. Shannara, G. Ingvar, G. Atum
-Most Value: G. Uria, G. Ingvar,
-Powerhouse: Osur, Uther, Valgar, Hydratila(all), Patrion, Crissandre, Gregor, The Keeper, G. Ingvar, G. Atum
-Economical: G. Atum, G. Ingvar, G. Uria, G. Alces
Ingvar's BG, Jakugan, Layth, Deadwolf, White Pandalf
- Notes: 1st Tier Denial/2nd Tier Attackers/ 2nd Tier Support
-Good Legions is a defender's paradise. Unless the war involves Sammael, Demise, and/or Zyla, expect long/risky battles.
-Shakti deserves recognition, with all these VIP & Tough traits, Shakti is basically the most reliable denial for this book.
-Gregor is the hardest hitter in this book and has defensive skills that can keep him alive to take the punishment
-Atum and Ignvar are still exceptional generals for both sides of a war
-Powerhouse: Zyla, Jasastur, Warhawk Mountainsplitter/Sunbringer
-Economical: Goldfield, Darmith's BG
-Most Value: Kaih
-Powerhouse: Zyla, Burotgor(Burrito), Jasastur, Warhawk Mountainsplitter/Sunbringer, Krampus, Kaih, Igurus, Faugnar(Foggy), Scarr
-Economical: G. Holter, Darmith's BG
Krubo, Roxen Cox, Harusami, Hydrok, Ra'zhul, Nexor Cox, Taiga
- Notes: 1st Tier Attackers/2nd Tier Denial/2nd Tier Support
-Zyla is the king of damage in a book filled with killers.
-New additions are all devastating attackers in their own right like warhawk and burrito. They have high value because they have the chance to stop a Zyla cold.
-Kaih remains a strong defender, damage over time effects can end a zyla assault if the ignite sticks.
-Most Value: Kiridar
-Powerhouse: Voltaik, Gregor, Mercurius, El Dino Volador
-Most Value: Kiradar
-Powerhouse: Gregor, Mercurius, Voltaik, El Dino Volador, Sphyrnus
Malair, Cyan, Hercule,
- Notes: 1st Tier Attackers/2nd Tier Denial
-An underdeveloped book, will add more info when updated
-Voltaik is the dominant monster in this book, old but still relevant and devastating
-Gregor can punt voltaik away with any of his earth skills and stick the DOT effect. Does not need a strength rune to stop a voltaik dead in its track.
-El Dino Volador and Sphyrnus are the denial in this book, decent but nothing top shelf