A screenshot of Vainglory, one of the best MOBAs for Android
MOBAs are a relatively newer gaming genre on mobile. For those who don’t know, MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena. They came from a huge following on PC which includes the likes of League of Legends and DOTA 2. The genre is so popular that many sites cover it like a sport and teams can compete for actual cash prizes. The game style is fairly simple. You and other players must invade and take the opposing team’s side. The MOBA market on Android isn’t big yet, but there are a few decent titles to choose from. The big three right now are Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Vainglory so we recommend those first Honestly, we also think Onmyoji Arena is right up there as well. Here are the best MOBAs for Android!


Arena of Valor

Price: Free to play

Arena of Valor is one of the newer MOBAs comparatively speaking. There is a lot to like about it. It features five vs five, three vs three, and one vs one game modes. Additionally, there are over three dozen heroes, ten minute matches, co-op multiplayer, and more. This launched alongside the Razer Phone and grew in popularity rather quickly. Some have lamented the Facebook login. Otherwise, we haven’t heard a ton of complaints about this game. Like most MOBAs, some heroes are obtainable as in-app purchases.


Brave Legends

Price: Free to play

Brave Legends isn’t the most faithful MOBA in the genre. It’s a mix of a MOBA along with an action RPG. You get characters, level them up, and do battle against other players. The mixture of genres is nice if you want something a little different but not great if you want a pure MOBA experience. The game also features tons fo characters to collect, each with a bunch of skills as well as plenty of content to play through. It’s not quite a pure MOBA, but it has enough elements. Most online matches last about three minutes.


Brawl Stars or Battle Bay

Price: Free to play

Brawl Stars and Battle Bay are two much lighter MOBAs. Brawl Stars is a new game by Supercell, makers of Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and Boomb Beac. Battle Bay is by Rovio and everyone knows Rovio. These games aren’t necessarily hardcore MOBAs on the face of it. However, they contain enough MOBA elements to consider them a part of the genre. These games have a much lighter tone than other MOBAs on this list. Of course, the lighter tone means a less intense, simpler game. If that sounds up your alley, give them a try.


Heroes Arena

Price: Free to play

Heroes Arena is a less popular, but still somewhat decent MOBA. The game features 1v1, 3v3, and 5v5 modes so you can choose how long your matches are. Additionally, there are the usual array of heroes, a reasonably decent level of pre-game customization, and some other elements. The game attempts a faster style of game play by letting players do things like buy equipment mid-battle without returning to base. The game is surprisingly easy and maybe a little bit too easy. This is a decent option for beginners to the genre.


Heroes Evolved

Price: Free to play

Heroes Evolved is a fairly popular MOBA. It also has some of the most unique features. The basic experience is pretty good, too. It features over 40 heroes, a clan system, short match options, and more. It also includes a Chaotic Strike game mode. You have no mana to manage and faster cooldowns. It’s actually quite fun. There aren’t a ton of MOBAs like this one. It might even be good for eSports someday.



Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Price: Free to play

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is one of the oldest MOBAs on mobile. In terms of sheer download numbers, it’s also the most popular. The game features five vs five battles, simple controls, ten minute match lengths, and more. The Google Play description boasts ten second matchmaking wait times. That’s a bit exaggerated. Everything else is top notch, though. Players who are disconnected can rejoin the same battle. We thought that was kind of cool. It’s definitely right up there among the best MOBAs.


Onmyoji Arena

Price: Free to play

Onmyoji Arena is NetEase’s MOBA with their Onymoji series serving a character base. It works a lot like other MOBAs, but with a couple of unique differences. This one has a three versus three versus three triple battle royale mode that is surprisingly fun and chaotic. The game has a history of problems with AFK players and the occasional loading issue, but by and large it’s a positive experience.


Planet of Heroes

Price: Free to play

Planet of Heroes is an up-and-coming MOBA. In terms of features, it’s fairly decent. The game includes three difficulty modes for AI combat, RPG elements, three vs three combat, and seven minute match lengths. It’s probably not good enough for eSports. It leans a bit too casual for that. However, there is a lot of potential for it to become that hardcore. You can play as often as you want and the developers boast as fair of an experience as any. It’s also one of the few MOBAs with a single-player campaign mode. Neat!


Paladins Strike

Price: Free to play

Paladins Strike is another newer MOBA. It features most of the basic stuff, including quick five vs five matches, 15 champions, multiple game modes, and more. The MOBA element isn’t the game’s mainstay as other game modes include various mechanics like escorting a payload through the bad guys. It’s a nice middle ground for people who like MOBAs, but don’t just want a plain Jane MOBA game. That said, there is an esports element if you want to compete on that level. It’s a reasonably decent MOBA, although it does have a few bugs here and there.


Vainglory

Price: Free to play

Vainglory exploded on to the mobile scene in 2015 and it’s easily among the most popular mobile MOBAs. It boasts a roster of over 25 heroes. That’s a fairly decent selection. Matches can be set for seven minutes for quick plays. There is also an option for 25 minute matches for all-day slugfests. In terms of mechanics and game play, Vainglory boasts 60fps game play and 30ms control responsiveness. That caters to the hardcore MOBA fans quite well. It’s one of the most popular MOBAs on Android for a reason. Its popularity also makes match wait times pretty low.


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