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Every 'Atelier' Game, Ranked Best To Worst

Updated October 14, 2020 562 votes 125 voters 6.2k views21 items

List RulesMajor console releases only (no spin-offs).

As one of the most prolific (and lesser-known) RPG franchises of all time, the Atelier series spans more than 20 games over the past few decades. While the earlier games were never released outside of Japan, the series has since become more popular in the West, with subsequent ports and remasters popping up on the PS4 and Switch. While each game is unique, they all center around the use of alchemy — namely, the art of crafting, combining, and collecting items to create more powerful ones. 

While the franchise has spawned several memorable sub-series, this list only features the mainline releases. That said, most of the mainline games are set within a handful of recurring series. The Iris series, for example, was pretty much exclusive to the PlayStation 2, while the Mysterious series includes a handful of Atelier games that have since been ported to the Switch and PS4.

Whether you're a new fan looking to see what's the best Atelier game to start with or are a veteran player who definitely has some opinions, check out this definitive ranking of all the Atelier games and see where your favorites stack up.

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    Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky

    Metacritic score: 79%

    Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky[a] is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd. Given the project code "A15", it is the 15th game in the official Atelier series and the second installment of the Dusk storyline.[10] Hidari remains as the character designer and the game runs on the LTGL engine.[11] It was released in Japan on 27 June 2013. An anime adaptation by Studio Gokumi aired from 10 April 2014[12][13] to 26 June 2014. It is the first, and so far only Atelier title to be adapted into an anime. A version for the PlayStation Vita titled Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky was released in January 2015 and featured new playable...  more
    • Release: 2013
    • Developer: Gust
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
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    Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland 

    Metacritic score: 65%

    Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland[a] is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd.. It first released for the PlayStation 3 on June 25, 2009, in Japan and was later re-released under the PlayStation 3 the Best label (which means it is a best-seller in Japan) on September 23, 2010. The North American release followed on September 28, 2010, along with a European release on October 22, 2010 and an Australia release on October 28, 2010....  more
    • Release: 2009
    • Developer: Gust
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
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    Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland

    Metacritic score: 78%

    Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland was released for the PS4, Switch, and Microsoft Windows in 2019. As a sequel to the Arland Trilogy, the game's main character is Elmerulia Frixell, who is the daughter of Rorolina Frixell. The game again features a mix of turn-based combat coupled with alchemy spells.

    • Release: 2019
    • Developer: Gust
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
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    Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland

    Metacritic score: 74%

    Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust. It was first released for PlayStation 3 on June 24, 2010 in Japan. Atelier Totori is the twelfth installment in the Atelier series, and it continues the series' emphasis on item synthesis. The game is the second in the Arland series and a direct sequel to Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, taking place five years after the end of Atelier Rorona. It is followed by Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland, which was released in June 2011....  more
    • Release: 2010
    • Developer: Gust
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
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