The Best MOBAs for Android

You can't play LoL or Dota 2 on Android, but these games are just as fun

Players battle each other in the mobile MOBA Vainglory

Rogue Games

The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre has taken the gaming world by storm. League of Legends, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm, and more draw millions of players and fans. They're mostly free-to-play, so anyone intrigued by them can try them out. The gameplay, where two teams try to destroy each other's bases by leading their unique heroes and an army of automated "creeps," offers tremendous depth and complexity.

Plenty of developers are trying to make the MOBA work on mobile platforms as well. Considering how many people around the globe have mobile devices, there's no reason why the next big MOBA hit couldn't be a mobile game. While games like Clash Royale ape elements of the MOBA, other games are going for a more pure experience. Here are five of the best traditional MOBAs for Android.

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Vainglory

Vainglory
Super Evil Megacorp
What We Like
  • Exhilarating, fast-paced combat.

  • Frequently updated with new content.

  • 120 FPS support.

What We Don't Like
  • In-game tutorials could be more helpful.

  • Massive community of players to fight with and against.

  • Matches are a bit long for mobile.

Ever since its big ballyhooed launch back in 2014 and eventual Android release, Vainglory has received plenty of new characters, features, and tweaks. It offers 3-on-3 combat and 30-minute matches. Granted, that's a long time to play a mobile game, and it hurts its portability, but it's not like people don't have tablets or use their smart devices at home.

If you want to watch people play Vainglory, there are plenty of ways to do that. Super Evil Megacorp themselves run several global tournaments. And players from top-tier professionals regularly broadcast the game on streaming services. Twitch has a big relationship with Vainglory, regularly demoing it at events like PAX. While the game still isn't a huge money-maker yet, it has one of the most serious competitive scenes around. Anyone looking to play MOBAs on mobile needs to try this out.

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Arena of Valor

Players battle each other in Arena of Valor

 Tencent

What We Like
  • Shorter matches.

  • Large community.

  • Lots of character optimization options.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs some balancing tweaks.

  • Matchmaking needs improvement.

Tencent's MOBA Arena of Valor is arguably one of the biggest games in the world. Known as Honor of Kings in China, it amassed an enormous following there before launching in western markets in 2017. It offers traditional 5v5 MOBA gameplay, a roster of over 40 heroes, and 10-minute matches perfect for playing on-the-go.

Tencent is also making an effort to improve the game's community. A recent update added tougher punishment for players who use bad language, and teammates of AFK players now have a chance to not lose stars.

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Heroes of Order & Chaos

Heroes of Order and Chaos
Gameloft
What We Like
  • Received an impressive visual overhaul.

  • Addictive multiplayer combat.

  • Includes a solo mode.

What We Don't Like
  • Multiplayer mode suffers from connectivity issues.

  • Awkward touch controls.

  • Doesn't update frequently.

Gameloft's Heroes of Order & Chaos deserves some attention as well. This was one of the first MOBAs on mobile. It features incredibly lengthy matches, and 5v5 gameplay, though alternate modes for smaller matches are available. The game's been around for a long time on mobile but it's still getting updates. A massive overhaul added new heroes and revamped the look of the game. Gameloft might just figure out how to make this the longest-lasting MOBA on mobile, despite its relative lack of fanfare.

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Heroes of SoulCraft

Heroes of SoulCraft
MobileBits
What We Like
  • Perfect learning curve for MOBA novices.

  • Join matches in progress if someone leaves.

  • 5-minute matches.

What We Don't Like
  • May be too easy for hardcore MOBA players.

  • Contains lots of intrusive ads.

  • Small player base means longer matchmaking times.

The SoulCraft games are popular action-RPGs, so converting them into a MOBA feels quite natural. This game has the funniest, most shameless app description ever that's a punny work of art. What's really cool is you can play it with a controller, so you can actually enjoy it on your couch on an Android TV. It also offers an interesting hybrid between 3v3 5-minute matches and 5v5 15-minute matches. Plus, it's easy to learn, so it's a good jumping-on point for people new to the genre, although its small player base means you could wait a while for matches.

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Onmyoji Arena

Players prepare for a match in Onmyoji

NetEase

What We Like
  • Lovely Japanese art style.

  • 3v3v3 battle mode.

  • Decent balance between heroes.

What We Don't Like
  • Past issues with AFKers.

  • No role queuing.

  • Long waits for matches.

Onmyoji Arena is a MOBA from developer and publisher NetEase, and it's part of the turn-based RPG franchise of the same name. Its lovely Japanese aesthetic is based on Kyoto in the Heian era. It also features the original voice cast from the Onmyoji series.

As for gameplay, NetEase says it tries to evenly distribute power so each hero, or Shikigami, has a role to play. The game also features a 3v3v3 battle mode, which shakes up the usual MOBA formula of two teams of five players.