For me, I’d say:
Maritumus: 4 -> 5
The only dragon I have a problem with, yes he is the free budget for those without the MUB Silke, but he’s basically shadow og Midgard, and yes he’s slightly better than that statwise, but he also inflicts freeze, which is weird and off element, meaning all he has in a practical sense is a skill with controllable direction.
Ku Hai: 5 -> 4
Double wyrmprints will give the critical chance support he needs, the cap of 15% is still fine, its not like a dagger user getting to 35-40% but it still works since he has the chance up on the second skill and the super critical damage up skill.
Estelle: 6-> 4-5
Yes, she has a weird Force Strike boost unlike Ricardt’s defense passive, but we’ve also gotten two free light weapons, yes they are 3*, but Estelle is a good budget option for starting players.
Due to the double wyrmprint and the ability to mix critical chance up and critical damage up and overdrive punisher and more, daggers in general will do better and a few others like Ku Hai I mentioned before will also benefit for the same reasons, all enough to overcome individual shortcomings or restrictions by debuff resist and purpose:
Orsem: 3 -> 2
Melsa, Fritz, Musashi, Luther: 4 -> 3
Melody & Aoi: 4 -> 3.5, really on the fence, not sure if inferior stats are enough to get to Tier 3.
Xainfried: 2 -> 1
Two Reasons, Gale of Beauty and Dragon Bretheren. Mix one with a broken punisher print like Indeliable Date (Free Valentines) or Worthy Rivals or One With The Shadows. The Dragon Time meme with High Mercury is upon us. Let the break state memes begin.
To Kisa: You make great points, but I’d say:
Botan should stay since she doesn’t have the same buff time up that water Elisanne does due to that Thaumian’s bane, and I don’t see the capability of bleed as enough to ignore that. Also the partial debuff resist is something to be compensated for in the double wyrmprint system, which is something that makes her plausible, but is also not optimal for builds. Same for Elisanne, though I do agree with Tier 2, but not 1.
Vixel may very well be deserving of Tier 3, but I’m real on the fence and will say 3.5, the sleep res 100% is weird.
Hawk is deserving of Tier 5, stun is the one debuff all high dragon trials will 100% resist. This relegates his usefulness strictly to IO and certain event conditions, and even then those tree trunks in water IO really get in the way, which makes melees like Addis and people with wide aoe skills that go through the tree trunks like Maribelle way better.
Everything else I agree with or have no contest to with Kisa.
Thanks for opening a space for discussion on this!