Players begin Dragon Mania Legends with one dragon, but can recruit more by building additional habitats and breeding their starter units (or purchasing dragons from the store with coins used in the game or premium currency, gems, that cost real money). Players can upgrade their dragons by feeding them, and will produce dragon feed in their farms. Feed production, breeding and other tasks take time to complete, but players can speed this up by spending premium currency.
Players spend energy to enter turn-based battles, with battles seeing players drag a dragon’s element on top of an enemy to attack. This begins a meter, and players are challenged with tapping when the meter is in either the gray (normal attack) or green (perfect attack) areas. If players stop the meter in the red area, their attack misses.
Battles continue until all enemy units have been defeated, and players earn items like experience points and dragon feed after each victory. Players can spend premium currency on a VIP upgrade to unlock additional rewards after these battles. VIPs also have the ability to complete more battles before waiting for their energy to recharge, and can participate in VIP-only events. VIP accounts aren’t permanent, but rather last for a limited amount of time, in relation to their cost.
In addition to the game’s single-player story mode, gamers can enter the Arena to face off against other players for exclusive rewards. The players can login with Facebook to receive a free, exclusive dragon for their habitat. There are many dragons, each one has 1, 2, or 3 elements. There is Fire (1st dragon in-game), Wind (2nd in-game.) and many others, but in the tutorial you get the basic dragons for free and get guided with a To-do list. There are 6 structures named ruins and can be explored: The Mystic Cave, Ghost Ship, Wildfire Marsh, Skull Gate, Ancient’s Palace and Magma’s Lair. Each structure can give you a seal. When you have 3 shards, the structure you used to get those shards will now be complete. You will then be able to forge the seal go 6 hours ahead of time. That will help speed things up, including being able to finish things. Once you have 6 seals, a dragon called “Chronos” will appear on top of the Mystic Cave, which will crack and open him. He speeds up 6 hours of time each 4 days.
Various applications and websites have been developed around the game, that can help to select a team or to breed specific dragons.
Dragon Mania Legends contains 10 islands in its archipelago;