It’s hard to pinpoint a single team as the best in Super Auto Pets because of the game’s varying metagame and the high degree of variance inherent in both what appears in the store and which teams your opponents run. That said, there are certain animals that are more likely to lead to wins. Here are some of the best animals in the two packs available in the main branch of the game.
The standard package is the basic Super Auto Pets experience. There are many paths to victory with this pack, but here are the pets you’ll want to target as you progress through the rounds.
In Tier 1, the best pets are obvious. Fish has the best stat line by far, and the ability allows you to scale it a bit even as you get deeper into the run. After the fish you have to give priority to the mosquito and the otter. Sniping the Mosquito can often turn the tide of battle, and the Otter offers one of the only scales you can get in the early game, allowing you to take one pet tall rather than being forced to build wide.
Most animals in Tier 2 are niche picks (the Hedgehog can be an off-meta build-around; Rat and Peacock synergize decently for this early in the game) but you’d better try leveling up a Tier 1 animal for early access to Tier 3 pets.
In Tier 3 you will find the Ox indispensable. Melon armor is the strongest gear in the game, and getting it this early in the game is a huge jump up the power curve. Also valuable in Tier 3: Turtle, for providing Melon armor via the sleeping pill; Rabbit and Giraffe, for offering early scaling; and Kangaroo for an offense that goes well with the Ox.
Tier 4 is where things really start to pop. Many animals in this layer offer enormous benefits. If you’ve raised your level 1 or 2 animals enough, the bison will become a powerhouse at this stage of the game. Ditto for the Penguin, which offers a wide shell that will take you over the top if you buy it early enough. The hippopotamus and rooster are great resource sponges, bringing inordinate benefits if they receive enough investment. Deer and Dolphin offer a lot of usability in the mid-game, but you’ll probably want to sell them quickly, while the Skunk’s ability scales up incredibly well in the late game.
In Tier 5, you’ll want to determine your scale if you haven’t already done so by grabbing a monkey or seal. Cow is also great if you have a flexible position on your team, but you probably won’t want to hold it for long. The same goes for the scorpion, although it has more stamina than the cow.
By Tier 6, your team should be pretty much settled. Now it’s time to push it over the top. Cat can be one of the most powerful scalers in the game. Leopard, Snake and Tiger offer fantastic usability when used properly.
Fish and mosquitoes remain powerful in the expansion pack. Beetle is also decent thanks to its stat line, and Ladybug can thrive in the early game if you buy a lot of food. In Tier 2, the Bat can add a utility that scales in the late game by removing enemy gear, and the Dromedary is quite the space filler when nothing else draws attention.
Level 3 adds several interesting pets. The Caterpillar is a gamble to power at least one other unit significantly, often at the cost of major economies of scale; it can be quite effective if you live long enough to see it pop. More directly, the Hatching Chick’s +5/+5 bonus, especially when applied to a pet with Garlic or Melon armor, can carry rounds at this stage of the game.
Level 4 represents another jump in the ability level. Self-gliders such as the bison, buffalo and llama are extremely important here, especially if you have bought a caterpillar.
If your team is diverse enough, in terms of skill level, the Poodle offers an excellent broad scale. The goat can polish your bison faster. The Seal and the Scorpion remain great options.
In Tier 6, the Tyrannosaurus joins the Leopard, Snake, Tiger and Cat as an excellent choice.
Are there other ways to get 10 wins? Of course. A microbe heading for a level three turtle, an army of hedgehogs triggering a pumped-up blowfish, a dragon supported by a goat, or a high-level swan – the possibilities are endless. But these basics should serve you well for most of your runs through the Arena.