There are an absolute ton of gacha games on mobile. In fact, it might well be the biggest genre on iOS and Android, with games featuring enormous franchises from Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, and more. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start; particularly for those that haven’t played a gacha game before.
But that’s where we come in, with this list of the best gacha games mobile has to offer. We’re something of an expert on the genre, with many tier lists, reviews, and guides on the biggest gacha games, so our list is pretty definitive. We’ll continue adding to it as more games join the gang, so we recommend bookmarking this page and checking back often.
If it’s more lists you’re looking for, we’ve put together the best mobile has to offer in our best iOS games and best Android games lists. We’ve also got a few genre lists, including best mobile RPGs, best mobile strategy games, and best mobile roguelikes. Now, let’s take a look at the best gacha games.
The best gacha games:
Though it doesn’t feature characters from a huge franchise, like many of the options on this list, AFK Arena has established itself as one of the finest mobile gacha games thanks to, primarily, its fairness to those who play for free.
Developed by classic JRPG talent who worked on the likes of Chrono Trigger, Another Eden is the closest you’ll get to a AAA mobile-exclusive JRPG. Much like AFK Arena, it also features gameplay that’s very fair to those who play for free.
Mixing traditional gacha mechanics with tower defence gameplay, Arknights brings something a little different to the mix. It’s one of the most strategic options on this list, so relies a lot less on autoplay.
Check out our Arknights tier list before you get started.
Blending together RPG, bullet hell, and naval warfare, Azur Lane is certainly one of the more unique entries on this list. Rather than collect characters, you collect ships, each of which has its own stats and skills.
Build a party out of your favourite Bleach characters in this hit action RPG. The story takes place alongside the anime, and there’s PvP for those that like to compete with others.
One of the more recent gacha games to hit mobile, Date a Live: Spirit Pledge is also based on a hit anime series. We’ve put together a Date a Live: Spirit Pledge guide, Date a Live: Spirit Pledge tier list, and Date a Live: Spirit Pledge codes list for those who want to get started.
Nintendo waded into the world of mobile gacha games in a brand new IP, Dragalia Lost. It’s regarded as one of the more free-to-play friendly options, and features an action-packed combat system.
Despite pinning the yarn of new character, erm, Shallot, Dragon Ball Legends nonetheless allows you to create a powerful party of your favourite characters from the franchise’s history.
The art style is the main appeal of Epic Seven, which draws its influence from anime. There’s a ton of gameplay options too, from the labyrinth, to PvP battles, to a world boss mode.
One of the more visually-appealing gacha games is Exos Heroes, which wouldn’t look out of place on a console or PC. It also features a wide-open world to explore, which is rather unique for the genre.
Yet another mobile gacha RPG by Nintendo, Fire Emblem Heroes brings together your favourite characters from the long-running strategy RPG franchise.
It might look like Breath of the Wild, but don’t let that put you off. Genshin Impact is a visually-stunning new gacha game that challenges you to explore a wide open world, battle through dungeons, and collect the game’s numerous characters.
This gacha game plays like it’s 1991, drawing liberal inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Explore dungeons, solve puzzles, and recruit characters to join your party. We’ve put together a Guardian Tales tier list, Guardian Tales update tracker, and Guardian Tales guide for those just getting started in Guardian Tales.
This gacha RPG draws inspiration from classic startegy RPGs like Fire Emblem and Langrisser. The visual style is all chibi, though, with adorable characters that feature massive heads. If you’re just getting started with Kingdom of Heroes, check out our Kingdom of Heroes tier list.
One of the best gacha games on Android and iOS has to be Marvel Strike Force, which allows you to recruit your favourite superheroes like Spider-Man, The Hulk, and Iron Man, and create the ultimate team out of them.
Yes, there is an official Pokémon gacha game on mobile. Pokémon Masters has you collecting sync pairs, which are combinations of your favourite trainers and Pokémon from the franchise’s history. We’ve got a Pokémon Masters guide, Pokémon Masters tier list, and Pokémon Masters update tracker to make your time with the game much easier.
Yet another anime that takes place in the universe of a popular anime, Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross is absolutely stunning. If you’re a fan of the anime, this is a must play.
No best gacha games list would be complete without the game that arguably started it all, Summoners War. Though it shows its age now, Summoners War laid the groundwork for many of the games on this list.
Based on the popular Tales series, Tales of Crestoria brings together your favourite characters from the series’ history. We’ve got a Tales of Crestoria review and Tales of Crestoria tier list for those that are interested.
Taking popular characters from Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, and The Division, Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad is certainly one of the more interesting options. It also features an interesting spin on autoplay. Get started with our Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad tier list, Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad guide, and Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad review.