Dead Cells Tier List: Ultimate Ranking

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Dead Cells is a roguelike video game which is published and developed by Motion Twin. The developers gave early access to the game to the players one year before releasing it officially on platforms. It was released on the seventh of August in 2018 for Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation. It was released on mobile platforms afterward. On Android on the third of June in 2020 and for iOS as a port on the 29th of August 2019. And this Dead Cells Tier List will be ranking all Skills, Mutations, Shields, and Weapons used in the game by the player character.

The article and its components are all ranked into five different tiers from the best to worst. Everything is ranked according to our research, gameplay, and experiences of the game to which the audience may not agree because ranking is very subjective and can vary from person to person. For the die-hard fans and new players in the game, we have ranked all the Skills, Mutations, Weapons, and Shields from the best to worst.


Key Points

  • The article is based on Version 3.2 of the game.
  • Our article includes each and every single powerup in the title.
  • Some of the best weapons are the Magnetic Grenade and the Cluster Bomb.
  • Among the lowest tiers, you will find the likes of the Night Light.

Summary

We will quickly list all of the entries in our article in a short table.

Tier CategoryS RankA RankB RankC RankD Rank
Skills• Magnetic Grenade
• Aura of laceration
• Death Orb
• Cluster Bomb
• Fire Grenade
• Ice Grenade
• Flashbang
• Biter Swarm
• Toxic cloud
• Bear Trap
• Corrupted Power
• Phaser
• Horizontal Turret
• Meat Grinder
• Ivy Grenade
• Oil Grenade
• Ceiling Turret
• Tonic
• Infantry Grenade
• Vampirism
• Night Light
Mutations• Soldier’s Resistance
• Berserker
• Vengeance
• Melee
• Open Wounds
• Recovery
• Emergency Triage
• Velocity
• Frenzy
• Parting Gift
• Tranquility
• Ripper
• Ranger’s Gear
• Porcupack
• Blind Faith
• Counterattack
• What Doesn’t Kill Me
• Dead Inside
• Alienation
• Barbed Tips
• Point Blank
• Networking
• Crow’s Foot
• Necromancy
• Extended Healing
• Gastronomy
• Acrobatipack
• No Mercy
• Instinct of the Master of Arms
• Spite
• Frostbite
• Heart of Ice
• Kill Rhythm
• Armadillopack
• Acceptance
• Masochist
• Disengagement
Weapons• Giantkiller
• Scythe Claws
• Flint
• Heavy Crossbow
• Barrel Launcher
• Nutcracker
• Rhythm n’ Bouzouki
• Spite Sword
• War Spear
• Valmont’s Whip
• Spiked Boots
• Assassin’s Dagger
• Impale
• Repeater Crossbow
• Blowgun(TBS)
• Lightning Bolt
• Marksman’s Bow
• Vorpan
• Symmetrical Lance
• Frantic Sword
• Crowbar
• Meat Skewer
• Broadsword
• Flawless
• Rapier
• Hayabusa Gauntlets
• Twin Daggers
• Sadist’s Stiletto
• Oiled Sword
• Tentacle
• Flashing Fans
• Swift Sword
• Nerves of Steel
• Explosive Crossbow
• Infantry Bow
• The Boy’s Ax
• Quick Bow
• Electric Whip
• Wrenching Whip
• Balanced Blade
• Shrapnel Axes
• fire blast
• Hemorrhage
• Pyrotechnics
• Sonic Carbine
• Bow and Endless Quiver
• Spartan Sandals
• torch
• Bloodsword
• Ice Shards
• Hokuto’s Bow
• Throwing Knife
• Alchemic Carbine
• Firebrands
Shields• Rampart
• Old Wooden Shield
• Greed Shield
• Cudgel
• Assault Shield
• Blood Thirsty Shield
• Punishment
• Spiked Shield
• Knockback Shield
• Frontline Shield
• Ice Shield
• Thunder Shield
• Force Shield
• Parry Shield

Learn more about each entry below.

Dead Cells Skills List

Dead Cells Skills Tier List
Skills.

There is a variety of skills in the game which play an important role and when used correctly by the players can save their lives. They usually help a player in the offensive gameplay rather than specific attacks.

The Dead Cells Skills tier list ranks all the skills in the game according to how helpful can they be for a character in different tiers.

S Tier

All the skills which are considered to be the best are ranked in the S Tier. These skills are fabulous and help the player to stand out against enemies by giving them a tough time. The S Tier skills include.

NameWhere To Get?Description
Magnetic GrenadeGrenadier’s DropIt allows the player character to do a blast attack then pull the enemies towards the blast while doing rapid attacks at a large area.
Aura of lacerationBy completing five daily runsIt allows the player character to continuously deal with the enemy damage in a specific area around them for five seconds.
Death OrbMeat Grinder’s DropIt allows the player character to fire a slow orb that deals with attack and anything it passes through unless it hits a wall.
Cluster BombSlasher’s DropIt allows the player character to kill many enemies by burst damage as a result of a cluster that is unfocused.

A Tier

The skills ranked in the A Tier are considered to be overall good and can do a lot of damage to the enemies in different ways. The A Tier skills include.

NameWhere To Get?Description
Fire GrenadeGrenadier’s DropIt allows the player character to damage and even burns enemies.
Ice GrenadeNoneIt allows the player’s character to damage freeze the enemy characters.
FlashbangNoneIt allows the player character to damage and stuns enemies.
Biter SwarmUgly Worm’s DropIt allows the player’s character to bring biters in the battle who distract and attack enemies.

B Tier

All the skills ranked in the B Tier are considered to be above average with decent damage to the enemies but not as much as the S and A Tier skills. The B Tier skills include.

NameWhere To Get?Description
Toxic cloudZombies Drop in the GraveyardIt allows the player’s character to make a cloud around them that functions to deal with the damage over time.
Bear TrapNoneIt allows the player character to trap the enemies in a blast attack by immobilizing them and dealing with the damage.
Corrupted PowerDefender’s DropIt allows the player character to increase the damage of their weapons, lasts eight seconds, and increases the damage the player takes by 30%
PhaserDropIt allows the player character to teleport them behind a close-range enemy and increases the damage of the player’s next attack by 150%
Horizontal TurretZombie’s DropIt allows the player character to deploy a turret that damages the close-range enemies who are horizontal to the turret which keeps attacking the enemies until they are dead.

C Tier

All the skills ranked in the C Tier are considered to be average and should be used if the high tier skills are not unlocked by the player yet. The C Tier skills include.

NameWhere To Get?Description
Meat GrinderPhazer’s DropIt allows the player character to deploy blades where it lands and kills the enemies that walk or fly on top of them.
Ivy GrenadeTimer door in transition after the Black Bridge within 10 minutes and 30 secondsImmobilizes enemies caught in the blast while dealing damage over time.
Oil GrenadeRunning Zombies dropIt allows the player character to damage the oiled enemies that are caught in the blast attack.
Ceiling TurretThornie’s DropIt allows the player character to damage enemies from the ceiling where they can be attached.
TonicWatcher DropIt heals the player makes the player character invulnerable for ten seconds.

D Tier

All the skills ranked in the D Tier are considered weak and are very basic as compared to other tier skills. These skills should only be used to learn the basic mechanism. The D Tier skills include.

NameWhere To Get?Description
Infantry GrenadeNoneIt allows the player character to damage enemies.
VampirismDropped by inquisitorsIt allows the player character to heal a huge amount of health points on every melee hit while active and lasts six seconds.
Night LightNoneIt allows the player character to have a blue lamp in front of them and has a long cooldown.

Dead Cells Mutations List

Dead Cells Mutations Tier List
Mutations.

Mutations allow the player character to enhance their abilities in different ways. Mutations can be unlocked by spending cells but first, the players need to collect the blueprints for them and bring them to the Collector. There is a total of forty-nine mutations ranked in the Dead Cells Mutations tier list.

The mutation list ranks all forty-nine mutations in five different tiers from best to worst.

S Tier

The best mutations among all are ranked in the S Tier based on how they enhance the abilities of the player characters. The S Tier includes the following mutations.

Mutation NamesTypes
Soldier’s ResistanceSurvival
BerserkerSurvival
VengeanceBrutality
MeleeBrutality
Open WoundsBrutality
RecoveryColorless
Emergency TriageColorless
VelocityColorless
FrenzyBrutality
Parting GiftTactics
TranquilityTactics

A Tier

The mutations ranked in the A Tier are considered to be quite good but not as amazing as the mutations ranked in the S Tier. The A Tier mutations include the following.

Mutation NamesTypes
RipperTactics
Ranger’s GearTactics
PorcupackBrutality
Blind FaithSurvival
CounterattackSurvival
What Doesn’t Kill MeSurvival
Dead InsideColorless
AlienationColorless

B Tier

The mutations ranked in the B Tier are considered to be above average but not as amazing as the mutations ranked in the S and A-Tier. The B Tier mutations include the following.

Mutation NamesTypes
Barbed TipsTactics
Point BlankTactics
NetworkingTactics
Crow’s FootTactics
NecromancySurvival
Extended HealingSurvival
GastronomySurvival
AcrobatipackTactics

C Tier

The mutations ranked in the C Tier are considered to be average and are decently enhance the abilities of the player’s character. The C Tier mutations include the following.

Mutation NamesTypes
No MercyColorless
Instinct of the Master of ArmsColorless
SpiteSurvival
FrostbiteSurvival
Heart of IceSurvival

D Tier

The mutations ranked in the D Tier are considered to be basic and should be only used at the initial stages by the new players who do not have the high-tier mutations unlocked. The C Tier mutations include the following.

Mutation NamesTypes
Kill RhythmSurvival
ArmadillopackSurvival
AcceptanceColorless
MasochistColorless
DisengagementColorless

Dead Cells Weapon List

Dead Cells Weapon Tier List
Weapons.

The weapons used in Dead Cells include Melee and Ranged weapons and are mostly the main source of the player character to do damage to the enemies. These weapons can be used without any limitations, unlike skills. The Melee weapons allow the player character to damage multiple enemies at a single time if they are within the range of the player character and have their combos.

To initiate the melee combo the player characters have to perform jumps and rolls as each melee weapon has its skill. The ranged weapons can do ranged damage to the enemies and generally the ranged weapons can only target a single enemy unless it is not an explosion.

The Dead Cells Weapon tier list ranks all the weapons in the game from best to worst in different tiers for the players to choose the best weapon for themselves.

S Tier

The S Tier ranks all those melees and ranged weapons that are considered to be the best in the game due to the damage they do to the enemies.

Weapon NameWeapon TypeUnique DPS Base
GiantkillerMelee465 Critical DPS
Scythe ClawsMelee430 Critical DPS
FlintMelee400 Critical DPS
Heavy CrossbowRange560 Critical DPS
Barrel LauncherRange514 Critical DPS

A Tier

The A Tier ranks all the weapons which are considered to be the all-rounders in the game and allows the player character to do a lot of damage to the enemies.

Weapon NameWeapon TypeUnique DPS base
NutcrackerMelee386 critical DPS
Rhythm n’ BouzoukiMelee378 critical DPS
Spite SwordMelee347 critical DPS
War SpearMelee306 critical DPS
Valmont’s WhipMelee305 critical DPS
Spiked BootsMelee303 critical DPS
Assassin’s DaggerMelee300 critical DPS
ImpaleMelee300 critical DPS
Repeater CrossbowRange404 Critical DPS
Blowgun(TBS)Range343 Critical DPS
Lightning BoltRange331 Critical DPS
Marksman’s BowRange327 Critical DPS

B Tier

The B Tier includes all those weapons which considered to be above average and can do decent damage to the enemies. These weapons are not as good as the S and A Tier weapons but still are considered to be good picks.

Weapon NameWeapon TypeUnique DPS base
VorpanMelee289 critical DPS
Symmetrical LanceMelee288 critical DPS
Frantic SwordMelee285 critical DPS
CrowbarMelee284 critical DPS
Meat SkewerMelee281 critical DPS
BroadswordMelee273 critical DPS
FlawlessMelee270 critical DPS
RapierMelee268 critical DPS
Hayabusa GauntletsMelee243 critical DPS
Twin DaggersMelee238 critical DPS
Sadist’s StilettoMelee235 critical DPS
Oiled SwordMelee224 critical DPS
TentacleMelee219 critical DPS
Flashing FansMelee217 critical DPS
Swift SwordMelee208 critical DPS
Nerves of SteelRange267 critical DPS
Explosive CrossbowRange243 critical DPS
Infantry BowRange217 critical DPS
The Boy’s AxRange214 max DPS
Quick BowRange203 critical DPS
Electric WhipRange201 critical DPS

C Tier

The weapons included in the C Tier are considered to be average due to the damage they do to the enemies. These weapons should be avoided if high-tier weapons are available. The C Tier weapons include

Weapon NameWeapon TypeUnique DPS base
Wrenching WhipMelee187 critical DPS
Balanced Blade Melee 185 critical DPS
Shrapnel AxesMelee130 bonus damage
fire blastRange196 critical DPS
HemorrhageRange187 critical DPS
PyrotechnicsRange185 critical DPS
Sonic CarbineRange167 critical DPS
Bow and Endless QuiverRange133 critical DPS

D Tier

The weapons included in the D Tier of the dead cells tier list are basic and do low damage to the enemies. These weapons can help the players to learn the basic mechanism of how weapons work in the game. The D Tier weapons include.

Weapon NameWeapon TypeUnique DPS Base
Spartan SandalsMelee90 bonus damage
torchMelee15 burning DPS
BloodswordMelee5 bleeding DPS
Ice ShardsRange87 critical DPS
Hokuto’s BowRange75 DPS bonuses
Throwing KnifeRange22 bleeding DPS
Alchemic CarbineRange20 Poison DPS
FirebrandsRange19 burning DPS

Dead Cells Shield List

Dead Cells Shield Tier List
Shields.

The enemy attacks done on the player’s character are absorbed by shields in the game. At times a shield can absorb up to seventy-five percent of the damage done to the player by the enemy and can also be used by the player’s characters to deal with melee attacks. But some attacks do not activate the force field around the player character.

Dead Cells Shield tier list ranks all the shields from the best to worst in different tiers in the game based on the damage a shield can absorb and the block damage it does on an attack. The shields are ranked as follows.

S Tier

The shields ranked in the S tier are considered to be the best among all and allow the players to absorb more damage without having to worry about the health points of their characters. The S Tier shields include.

Shield NameLocationDescription
RampartShieldbearersIt allows the player character to absorb more damage and creates a force field for 2 seconds.
Old Wooden ShieldUnlockedIt allows the player character to absorb half of the damage done to the player. Players can try tapping it to absorb all the damage
Greed ShieldUnlockedIt allows the player character to knock out the teeth of enemies and also transforms arrows into gold

A Tier

The shields ranked in the A Tier of the shield tier are also overall good but still not effective in protecting the player as the S Tier shields. The shields ranked in the A Tier are.

Shield NameLocationDescription
CudgelUnlockedThis shield allows the player character to stun the enemies the stunning power of the shield can last longer if this shield is implemented correctly.
Assault ShieldPromenade of the Condenmed: Timed DoorIt allows the player character to block the attacks of the enemies while moving forward and can absorb up to seventy-five percent of the damage.
Blood Thirsty ShieldThe drops from ShieldbearerIt allows the player character to inflict bleeding on the enemies for three seconds. The effect of this shield is successful on nearby enemies.

B Tier

The shields ranked in the B Tier are considered to be above average and are helpful for the players in protecting their characters from enemy attacks up to a certain extent. These shields include the following.

Shield NameLocationDescription
PunishmentRequires the bell key to the puzzle door in the clock tower
This shield allows the player to block out enemy attacks inflicting damage to close enemies. This shield also allows the player character to do Critical Damage to the enemies.
Spiked ShieldDrops from CleaversThis shield allows the player character to inflict major damage on the enemies that are blocked.
Knockback ShieldDrops from CatchersThis shield allows the player character to do block attacks on enemies to knock them which gives them eighty-plus damage if they hit a wall.

C Tier

The shields ranked in the C Tier are considered to be average and are not as strong as the shields in the S and A Tiers. These shields can be used to protect the player’s character in situational uses and in absorbing a little damage done by the enemies.

Shield NameLocationDescription
Frontline ShieldA secret area in Ancient SewersThis shield allows the player character to do twice as much damage on an attack to the enemy for six seconds
Ice ShieldDrops from ShieldbearersThis shield allows the player character to freeze every enemy nearby and can absorb up to seventy-five percent of the damage done to the player character.
Thunder ShieldDrops from DefendersThis shield allows the player to inflict an electric attack in front of the enemies for eight seconds and can also be used again to stun all enemies.

D Tier

The shields ranked in the D Tier are considered to be the weakest among all shields. These shields should only be used by the players to understand the concept of shields and how the players can benefit from them. The shields ranked in this tier are basic and absorb even less damage than the C Tier shields. These include the following.

Shield NameLocationDescription
Force ShieldDrops from Festering ZombiesThis shield allows the player character to generate a force field when held up which regenerates slowly shield is not activated.
Parry ShieldA secret area in Stilt VillageThis shield cannot be held up and allows the player to return the blocked grenades and attacks with extra power.

Dead Cells Version 3.2 Patch Notes

The current article was made while keeping the most recent patch in mind. It introduces the following changes.

Balancing

  • Reduced modified Time Keeper’s HP.
  • Balanced modified bosses’ HP when at higher BC levels, by adding a life reduction of 5% per BC, from BC2 and onward (up to -20% in BC5).
  • Removed some mutations from Boss Rush :
    • Gastronomy
    • Alienation
    • Get Rich Quick
    • Midas Blood
    • Acceptance
  • Increased Boss Rush weapon level by +1.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a crash when entering the first door of Boss Rush.
  • Fixed the player not taking any damage when in Pollo Power.
  • Fixed being able to skip Concierge with Wings of the Crow.
  • Fixed Item Pedestals in Boss Rush sometimes not having the right color or gear level.
  • Fixed Queen sometimes being stuck after being attacked by turrets.
  • Fixed the Outfit Selection UI being broken on high resolutions.
  • Fixed Wish working on Hunter’s Grenade or Blueprint Extractor.
  • Fixed Hunter’s Grenade getting unwanted stat ups when killing a transformed enemy without using the Blueprint Extractor.
  • Fixed a crash when jumping on a Thorny with Porcupack and the Goomba Stomp affix equipped.
  • Fixed Tentacles attacking during Conjunctuvius’ scream, in Boss Rush.
  • Fixed player taking damage when Queen destroys a deployable.
  • Fixed items from the Everyone is Here lore rooms not matching the current Major Forge progress.
  • Fixed the “Shoots an arrow” affixes displaying negative damage on certain weapons.
  • Fixed scarves and capes displaying behind props and NPCs.
  • Fixed a visual problem with the Nutcracker’s animations.
  • Fixed the “+15% damage” affix not displaying in the DPS calculation.
  • Removed a small white line below some enemies’ HP bar.
  • Fixed the Git Gud lore room not spawning enemies as intended when generating in Ancient Sewers.
  • Fixed Aspects not disabling Giant’s Flawless Outfit.
  • Fixed Crowbar not getting crits when destroying a door with Lightspeed.
  • Fixed background tiles on The Crown not generating properly.
  • Fixed reforging modifiers on a two-handed weapon resetting its counterpart’s quality level.
  • Fixed Hattori’s Katana dash attack not scaling properly.
  • Fixed Challenge Rift portals visual glitch.

Verdict

That concludes our Dead Cells Item tier list, which includes the ranking of all skills, mutations, shields, and weapons used by the player’s character in the game from best to worst in five different tiers. The list is purely based on our opinion and research about the game and its items with which the audience may not agree.

Ranking of anything is it games, items, or any other category can be very subjective and vary from person to person. Hopefully, our article will help players to choose the best item for them and give information to the new players.

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