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10 best online multiplayer PvP games for Android

People are really getting in to duking it out online. Join the fun with the best online multiplayer PvP games for Android.
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May 28, 2022
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Online multiplayer PvP is kind of a big deal these days. The genre saw a massive surge in the last couple of years. There are a variety of genres where an online battler can take place. There are strategy games like Clash Royale, MOBAs like Onmyoji Arena, card games like Hearthstone, and auto-battlers (auto-chess) like Dota Underlords. The games give you the same rush no matter your poison. It’s you and another player duking it out for supremacy in quick battles that often last less than five minutes. It’s a diverse genre, but we think we found the best online multiplayer PvP games for Android. 

We also encourage you to check out our broader multiplayer games list here as well for more ideas.

The best online multiplayer PvP games for Android

Apex Legends Mobile

Price: Free to play

Apex Legends Mobile is one of the hottest games of 2022. It’s an online multiplayer shooter. There is a battle royale mode along with a classic deathmatch mode. Players choose a Legend that has specific abilities and then duke it out against other players. Most battle royale games feature 60 players across 20 squads so you have a team to work with you. It’s fairly new so there isn’t a lot there yet. However, it should expand a lot over time.

Clash Royale

Price: Free to play

Clash Royale is one of the biggest online multiplayer PvP games right now. It’s a tower assault game where two players face off to see who can take the other’s side. Players collect various characters, build decks with them, and do battle against the opponent. There are also various potions and spells to help swing the match. The game has been around for a while and some of its players are a bit burned out. However, there is a healthy player base and plenty of updates to bring new content.

Dead by Daylight Mobile

Price: Free to play

Dead by Daylight Mobile is an asymmetrical online multiplayer game. It pits four players against a solo player. The solo player is a monster hunting down the group of four who are also hunting the solo monster. It has survival horror elements because the monster has some abilities that make killing it rather difficult. This is something a lot different from your typical online PvP game and the uniqueness makes it a great choice for this list. The game has some bugs here and there but it’s generally pretty fun. The full version on PC is even better.

Dota Underlords

Price: Free to play

Dota Underlords is a variant of Dota 2’s Autochess game mode. Players collect characters, form a team, and duel it out with other players. Each character you recruit creates an alliance with other characters you have. You get the best teams by stacking characters that ally with each other. The game also includes ranked matchmaking, leaderboards, a spectator mode, and a seasonal rotation that sees some content leave and other content return.

Gwent

Price: Free to play

Gwent is a mobile version of the card game from The Witcher series. It plays very much like the version you play in the game. Players collect cards, build decks, and duel it out with the game’s unique rules. The developers try to make skill matter a little more than luck and there are several different ways to build your decks and play. The controls could be a little better, but the content is actually quite good and this is a solid game, especially for fans of The Witcher.

Hearthstone

Price: Free to play

Hearthstone is the granddaddy of card dueling games on mobile. It’s still super popular despite its age and there is a metric ton of cards to collect. Players collect cards, build decks, and duel each other. The characters all come from the Warcraft universe. Additionally, the game has single-player missions, support for six languages, and you can play it on PC as well as mobile with its cross-play feature. You don’t get as much action as Clash Royale, but the strategy elements are definitely still there.

Legends of Runeterra

Price: Free to play

Legends of Runeterra is a card dueling game from Riot Games, makers of League of Legends. It works a lot like Hearthstone with a few big changes. Players not only build decks from an existing collection of cards, but also choose a champion to build the deck around. From there, you duel it out against other players. It’s not at a breakneck pace, but it’s definitely fast enough to be enjoyable. The game also includes social gaming features, decent mechanics, and plenty of cards to collect. This one is relatively new so it’ll build out even more over time.

Onmyoji Arena

Price: Free to play

Onmyoji Arena is arguably the best MOBA available right now. MOBAs are relatively simple to understand. You and a team face off against an opposing team. The winner is the one that comes the closest to capturing the other’s side. The game has five versus five battles along with 3v3v3 (nine total players). The heroes (Shikigami) are relatively well-balanced although some are definitely better than others. Usually, we’d put something like Vainglory or Arena of Valor in this spot, but both of them are having problems as of the time of this writing so we wanted to recommend something that was actually good.

PUBG: New State

Price: Free to play

PUBG: New State is the latest game in the PUBG mobile universe. It takes place after the events of the first game so it is an actual sequel. This one has more game modes than the original, including a 64-player battle royale, survival, deathmatch, and more. The newer game also comes with more modern mechanics like dodge rolls and more unique stuff like drone strikes. This competes favorably with Apex Legends Mobile in the online PvP shooter arena and you can play whichever one you like more.

Teamfight Tactics

Price: Free to play

Teamfight Tactics is another online PvP game from Riot Games. We usually dislike double-dipping developers (since Legends of Runeterra is also here) but this one is actually good enough to be here on its own. This is an auto-battler. Players put pieces on the board and they go at it until they win or lose. Players deploy and upgrade units as the match goes. This one is kind of awesome because it has cross-platform support with the PC version and since the controls translate well, there isn’t much of a difference between the two. You can easily play on both platforms with the same profile if you want.


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