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Doing better in the Colosseum nets more gems, more coins, and more XP - so naturally I want to perform as good as possible. Unfortunately, I have no idea what I can do to improve my chances. Should I choose a dragon aligned with the event, or opposed to it? Does level matter? Are hybrids or rares judged differently than the basics?

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I know you want your dragon to be the same element. And I think your dragon's level is important, but I don't know for sure. – Fluttershy Apr 5 '12 at 5:57
I'm not sure about dragon level, but I know you have to match the dragon with what it's competing for - water, fire, plant, etc. – user41120 Jan 18 '13 at 21:56
I heard that elements are random. Once I entered a Quake dragon into a metal competition and got silver. Maybe it was a bug or glitch :/ – DekuLeaf Apr 8 '13 at 19:52
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Level your dragons. Dragon level appears very significant; my level ten dragons only occasionally won Gold medals and often won Silver or even Bronze ones. Using level 15 dragons I almost constantly get Gold medals.

I'm not sure to what extent dragon type matters, and the Wiki is very wish-washy about it. I always make sure my dragons match the element of the event and they almost always get Gold at level 15. My Panlong dragons appear to do particularly well, I've suspected Hybrids do better but Level is the only thing I know matters.

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Just some additional information, you might want to edit in. I've been testing for a few weeks with level 20 Paper, Panlong, and Copper dragons - and they get 5 gems every time. My experience shows that with level 20 dragons that are the correct element you literally can't lose. – EBongo Mar 18 '13 at 1:47

The best way to increase your odds at the coliseum is to use level 20 dragons. They win gold EVERY time. Getting dragons up to this level is very expensive, but the cost can be minimized by leveling up dragons comprised of multiple elements. For example, you only need enough food for one Panlong dragon in order to win every water, earth, fire and air competition. With just a few similary versatile dragons--such as Paper, Century, Love, Butterfly, etc--that are wisely chosen, you can win all coliseum competitions.

I adopted this strategy before some multiple-element dragons came on the market, but I was able to cover all of elements involved with Panlong, Forge, Paper, and Quake.

Now start saving your food for making level 20 dragons!

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Pick the base dragon matching the type and have it the highest level you can. I get gold almost every time with that :) I don't know about hybrids for sure, but whenever I do them I only get silver (except for once, but out of almost 15 times...)

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