Sword Art Online: MD - Terminologies and Team Building Guide


Here are some Sword Art Online: MD terminologies used for team building and commonly mentioned from our Tier List's quick notes section.

What Is Damage Output?
   - Your character's raw SS3 damage with attack stats, self-buffs and passive effects. MP cost and crit rate are also considered.
   - Regular attacks can also contribute some damage depending on their weapon.
Sword Art Online: MD - Terminologies and Team Building Guide
What Is DPS?
   - Damage per second.
   - The overall performance of your character after considering all possible factors like damage output, MP cost, duration of SS3, speed perks, and more.
  - This Tier List is currently based on DPS: 4-Star Characters Tier List

What Is Burst Damage?
   - Burst damage refers to the damage done by your character's SS3, divided by his or her attack animation's duration (in seconds). MP cost and crit rate can also be considered.
   - So high damage output + short attack animation = high burst damage, useful to get faster clear time.

Example:
   - Kirito [OS] (sword wielder) got some high damage output, but because of his SS3's long attack animation, burst damage is a bit lower.

What Is Combo Bonus?
   - For every 10 hits or combo count that you can create, your team can get +5% damage (so a 100 hit Combo is equal to +50% damage!).
   - This is really important if you want to get faster clear time, so parry and dodge well to avoid getting hit, or else your combo count will reset to 0.

What Are These Speed Perks?
   - Refer to our separate guide here: How Weapon Speed Affects Your Playing Style

What Is a Core DPS Unit?
   - Characters with high DPS output, usually handles combo generation, and with better Speed Perks.
   - Usually a Dagger, Rapier or Sword wielder.

   - Someone that you can switch into if your team runs out of MP and the battle is still going on. Use their speed to get faster MP gain then unleash another SS3 to finish off enemies.
   - Alternatively, you can also use them longer to sink in more regular attacks and SS3s midway, then switch to your Finishers to quickly end the battle.

What Is a Burst Damager?
   - Characters that spams high SS3 burst damages until they run out MP, then switch to your Core DPS Unit. There are 2 types of Burst Damagers:

Regular Burst Damagers
   - Core DPS Units with high burst damages as well, like Asuna [OS] (rapier wielder) and Silica [OS] (dagger wielder) for example.

Support Fire Units
   - Dual Sword, Mace, Rod, Bow, and Gun wielders usually have high burst damages but not recommended (in my opinion) as Core DPS Units and do regular attacks due to their lower Speed Perks (unless they just need some few hits to fire another SS3).

   - Example: Sinon [OS] (gun wielder) and Lisbeth [OS] (mace wielder) can do higher burst damages among all OS characters and despite having lower DPS rating or score. These type of characters are also recommended to get faster clear time, and shines best if used with a team mate (Core DPS unit) that can generate faster combos for them.

What is a Support Unit?
   - A character that specializes more on supporting your team like giving team Attack+ Buffs, Speed+ Buffs, Heal, and more.
   - Some characters can also use debuffs, lowering certain stats of enemy targets like "Defense Down".

What is a Utility Unit?
   - We don't use this term much because it's very situational and some may or may not work depending on the enemy you are up against and how you execute it.
   - These are units that can do some extra effects while using their SS3s like Take Downs, Lock Downs (aka Stagger or Frame Freeze), Escape Mechanisms, Teleport behind target, and more.
   - These are pretty hard to interpret with numbers for rating, so we will just comment them up as added info.

What is a Starter/Combo Generator?
   - Units with high hits/second on their SS3s. Can be used anytime during battle, but more effective if used from the start to generate fast combos (against single targets only like bosses).
   - Usually your Core DPS Units.
   - Note that some characters with wide AoE SS3s can also be considered as Combo Generators because they can use enemy mobs instead to create high combos, like Eugeo [Born Genius].

What is a Finisher?
   - Units with average or low hits/second on their SS3s. Can be used anytime during battle, but more effective towards the end to get higher damages from combos (against single targets only like bosses).
   - Usually your Burst Damagers.

What are the Differences?
   - Assuming both units are under the same tier, then look at it this way:

At Lower Combo Counts:
   - Starters/Combo Generators: Most of them, especially Tier S or lower, needs combos to be on par with Finishers.
   - Finishers: Almost doesn't need combos to be on par, because their raw or burst damage is already high (the trend is usually this way to compensate their low hits/sec, lower speed perks, or high MP requirement).

At Higher Combo Counts:
   - Starters/Combo Generators: The longer the battles goes, the stronger they are.
   - Finishers: Definitely weaker at this point than Starters, BUT!, if you switch them and use your Starter's Combo count bonuses, Finishers can also achieve a higher damages!

In Summary
   - Assuming both units are under the same tier.
   - Damage output is on par with each other, but starters can solo effectively because of Combo bonuses. Finishers can also effectively solo for short battles before they run out of MP, or against their counter element, but recommended with teams in general to increase their damages further at higher combo counts.

   - Both are still very useful in a way, and most of the time using both will give you faster clear time! This is also the reason why we use Tiers instead of specific ratings or numbers to rank characters, yep so many variables and situations to consider...

- General Team Building Guide -
 If you read all terminologies above, you definitely now have some ideas on how to build teams.
SAO MD General Team Building Guide
   - When choosing, also consider the element of your target to get more damage multipliers.
   - Fire > Wind > Earth > Water > Fire (Holy < > Dark) Note that OS Characters and some selected characters have a Battle Skill or Skill Slot that increases their damages against Neutral element enemies.

Doing Solo Runs (1 Strong Character)
   - Players with limited characters, usually new F2P players.
   - In general, your best choice is to play with a Core DPS unit. Finishers are also ok if used for short battles or against their counter element.

Doing Team Runs (1 or 2 Strong Characters)
   - Players with limited pool of characters.
   - Get at least 1 Core DPS Unit, the other one can be any: DPS, Burst Damager or Support unit (preferably with elemental advantage).

Doing Team Runs (3 Strong Characters)
   - Get at least 1 Core DPS Unit, then customize your team the way you like it, according to your play style on how to defeat bosses.

- Other Terms and FAQs -

What is Auto-Approach?
   - It is an option from the Menu that can be turned off or on while in battle.
   - Some characters will get longer SS3 range when turning off Auto-Approach. Some can also get extra effects like teleporting behind enemy when used from a far.

What is Parry+Switch Tactics?
   - After parrying an attack, you can switch to your other characters to use their SS3 with 100% crit rate! Just make sure that they have enough MP though, or else they will just do a regular attack or their SS1.
   - This is a good tactic to maximize your SS3's damage and to avoid misses, ideal for burst damagers.

What is Meta? or Meta Game?
   - Something that you should aim for, the objective of the game, or an idea where you can base your team upon.

Old Meta Game
   - Just tap tap tap attack and spam SS3s, let the healers do their job~LOL!

New Meta Game
   - Fast clear time with zero damage taken! So now you need to learn and memorize boss attack patterns, how to parry and dodge well, and more (even if you are not into ranking events, you still need these to complete some missions with nice rewards like Daimonds, Medals, and more).
   - Player skill also comes in play now.

Future Meta Game
   - Probably the same, team composition is where things will change depending on the new units' SS3 effects and capabilities.


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Sword Art Online: MD - How to Defeat Ranking Event Bosses (Master+1)


Here's a list of video links recorded by players from the action RPG - Sword Art Online: MD mobile game app.

IMPORTANT NOTES!
   - There are a lot of videos out there that are probably better than the ones listed below, but should be enough to get ideas on how to effectively parry and dodge enemy attacks. Watch, learn and memorize boss attack patterns or animations (including how wide the area of effect is and if it can be parried or not), this is the main purpose of this guide.
Quick Tips
   - For best results, use Characters that can counter the Element of the enemy Boss.
   - Upgraded Gears will also affect completion time, so make sure that you have the best possible gears that you can equip. Featured farmable items that can increase your damage (+%) for the next ranking event is also a good choice (accessory most of the time).
   - Boss attack patterns are not always exact as the videos below, because sometimes you need a bit of luck.
   - Team composition will also affect results, so check that too if you have the characters used.
   - Above all, player skill is the most important factor!

Coming Soon! (Master +1)
   - If you want your video or any related links to be added here, contact us or just add the link to the comments section below (must be under Master+1, at least 60 seconds clear time and zero damage taken. Global characters only, even better if the characters used aren't on the list yet. ^^).
   - Suggestion: Also include info of your equips and character lvl to your videos, that would be very helpful to all viewers.

Onikiri (Master +1): Guld the Ancient Ogre
Team Run
   - 17 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Yuuki [Umbral Flight], Asuna [Shinobi Slash] and Asuna [OS]
   - 17 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Leafa [Void Runner], Asuna [Shinobi Slash] and Strea [Cheer]
   - 27 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Yuuki [Umbral Flight] and Asuna [Shinobi Slash]
   - 37 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Asuna [OS] and Silica [OS]
   - 39 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Kirito [OS] and Asuna [OS]

Solo Run
   - 53 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Kirito [OS]
   - 57 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Yuuki [Zekken]

Skull Rhinoceros and Gleam Eyes Darkness (Master+1)
Team Run
   - 21 and 22 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Asuna [OS] and Sinon [OS]; then with Sinon [Cheer] and Yui [Cheer].
   - 37 and 40 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Asuna [OS]; then with Silica [OS]
   - 37 and 45 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Asuna [OS] and Yuna [OS]; then with Kirito [OS] and Philia [Treasure Hunter].

Samurai Soul (Master+1)
Team Run
   - 26 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Kirito [OS] and Asuna [OS].
   - 45 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Silica [Dragon Tamer] and Philia [Treasure Hunter].

Solo Run
   - 30 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Kirito [OS].
   - 33 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Asuna [OS].
   - 35 Seconds Clear Time
   - with Silica [OS].

*Please Note that this list doesn't show how strong a character is to another character, because they have different Lvl or Stats, Gears, and Playing Styles.


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Sword Art Online: MD - How Weapon Speed Affects Your Playing Style


Here's a guide on how Weapon Speed and Speed Buffs affects your character preference and playing style, in the action RPG mobile game - SAO: MD.

Dagger and Rapier Wielders Gets More Speed Perks!
   - This is the main reason why a lot of players prefer using Dagger or Rapier wielders (Swords are acceptable too) over Dual Blades and Mace as their melee core unit.

Speed Perk #1: Added DPS
   - As the battle goes on, Attack Speed can help you build up Combo Hits faster, which will give your character +5% damage for very 10 Hits Combo.
   - Even better if your unit's SS3 can do around 10 hits under 3 or 4 seconds.
   - Note: Max Combo bonus is currently capped at 200%.
Sword Art Online: MD - How Weapon Speed Affects Your Playing Style
Speed Perk #2: MP Gain
   - MP gain doesn't matter much if you can take down bosses around 3 SS3s depending on the character you are using, and around 5 SS3s if you are using 2 characters and so on.

   - MP gain starts to matter, once your character/s runs out of mana and the battle is still going on. This is where Dagger and Rapier wielders starts to shine too because they can easily re-gain mana during battle and fire more SS3s (also check attack cancel below).

Speed Perk #3: Attack Cancel + Parry or Dodge
   - Attack Cancel is a trick where you can sink in some hits to the enemy then using "Block" to cancel the attack animation (best done right before the enemy starts to attack).
   - This will allow you to quickly switch from offense to defense (Dodge or Parry), and to increase or maintain combo counts.

   - This trick is doable to all types of melee weapons, but they require different playing styles or timing. Daggers and Rapiers are the best because it's easier, plus the success chance of sinking in hits for MP gain is a lot better!

Speed Perk #5: Movement Speed + Dodge
   - There are some situations where you need to dodge attacks that can't be parried, and success chances are based on your character's movement speed. Daggers and Rapiers can do this better and can even sink in 1 or 2 hits before they can get out of the boss's wide AoE attack range.

Speed Perk #5: Movement Speed + Parry
   - Have you encountered enemy bosses where you need to run fast just to parry it's first attack? or maybe after using a SS3, the boss slides back then throws a long range attack, that you can still parry but would require you to get close just to sink in another attack?

   - Yeah, the success chance of sinking in attacks are way better for Dagger and Rapier wielders, Swords are still possible at some point, but Dual Blades and Maces just won't make it most of the time due to their low movement speed. Yes of course they can sink in their attacks too ("hehe") but it will no longer stagger the boss making them vulnerable to counter attacks.

   - This is very important especially for ranking events, to cut more time.

So Dual Blades and Mace Wielders Are Worthless?

Multiplayer and Story/Event Modes
   - Not really, like I said under "Speed Perk #2: MP Gain" above, Damage Output can override Mp gain or even all Speed Perks, if the target boss can be taken down within few SS3s (especially Multiplayer).

Ranking Events
   - For ranking events, the current meta is "faster completion with minimum damage as possible" so Maces and Dual Blades are in a disadvantage when used as solo. Maces usually have high damage output and short attack animations so they can still be great if used as burst damager for parry+switch tactics.

   - Dual Blades on the other hand is kinda unreliable at the moment because of their SS3's long attack animation. Yup, burst damage is only good if it's under 4 seconds (depends per character though), and you know it's bad if it's more than 4 seconds).

Using Team Speed+ Buffs
   - This is one possible solution, but I still doubt it though, unless it's Speed Buff and duration is a lot higher...also considering switch time and cast time when it comes to ranking events.

Your Only Hope: New Skill Slots!
   - Yup, Skill Slots can still make them stronger, like maybe a huge buff on their damage output and/or Speed. A Dual Blade wielder that attacks like a Rapier or close would be interesting!

How About Rods, Bows and Gun Wielders?
   - These ranged units will get a different approach when it comes to speed, and since they can't parry attacks.
   - Requires player skill if played solo, but mostly used as Support or for Burst damages.


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Sword Art Online: MD - How to Unlock Skill Slots and Stats Per Lvl


Here's a list Skill Slots and their stats or effects per Lvl. Skill Slots are extra stats that can be unlocked once the requirements are met, upgrade them to get added stats, buffs, debuffs, and other useful effects for your characters.

Skill Slots (I guess), are mainly used by game devs to buff up or re-balance characters as the game goes, so even a 4* character that is in a disadvantage could become more useful with Skill Slots.
Sword Art Online: MD - Skill Slots Info and Stats Per Lvl
Materials: Unlocking Skill Slots
   - First, you need to unlock the required Battle Skills from your character's Attribute Matrix, then upgrade them to max level if needed.
   - Collect required materials (rarity varies per item).

Shards and Crystals
   - Collect from daily or limited events. Farm them too from story mode stages, refer here for a list of stages and their guaranteed drops: Shards, Crystals and Holy Farming Locations

Common Medallions
   - Void, Fire, Wind, Earth, Water, Holy, and Dark Medallions drops from various limited events.
   - Available Medallions depends on the current featured event.

Uncommon Medallions
Knight's Medallions
   - Knight's Medallions for example can only be obtained from limited events.

Rare Medallions
SAO: MD Rare Medallions
   - Rare materials like Sword Dance Medallions, can only be obtained from Ranking Events (1st~3rd place rewards).
   - These Medallions, are the only way to unlock the Skill Slots of exclusive characters from Medal Scouts. Highly recommended that you keep them until a strong unit appears.

Essence and Candyboxes
Essence and Candyboxes
   - Rainbow Essence
   - Rainbow Candybox

All Materials Can Be Obtained From:
   - Limited Events - Quest Completion Rewards (check Missions List Section).
   - Score and Ranking Rewards (Limited Ranking Events, aim for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd to get rare materials).
   - Drops from various Limited Event Bosses, check event details for more details.

Known Skill Slot Stats and Effects
   -*Note that these upgrade caps will be lifted higher as the game goes, but only the game devs knows when.

[Character Weapon] Skills
   - Lvl 1 = Attack and Crit +50
   - Lvl 2 = Attack and Crit +100
   - Lvl 3 = Attack and Crit +150
   - Lvl 4 = Attack and Crit +200
   - Lvl 5 = Attack and Crit +250
   - *Note: some characters are capped at Lvl 5.
   - Lvl 6 = Attack and Crit +300
   - Lvl 7 = Attack and Crit +350
   - Lvl 8 = Attack and Crit +400
   - Lvl 9 = Attack and Crit +450
   - Lvl 10 = Attack and Crit +500

Battle Skill 1 Transform
   - Overrides your character's Battle Skill 1 with a new one.
   - Lvl 1 = Increase Damage vs Neutral enemies by 1.5x.

Skill Damage Up (or vs a certain Element)
   - Lvl 1 = Increases Skill Damage by 5%.
   - Lvl 2 = Increases Skill Damage by 10%.

Combo Window Up
   - Lvl 1 = Increases window to continue a combo by 3 seconds.
   - Lvl 2 = Increases window to continue a combo by 5 seconds.

Combo Damage Up
   - Lvl 1 = Increases damage for 30-hit+ combos by 5%.
   - Lvl 2 = Increases damage for 20-hit+ combos by 5%.

Battle Healing
   - Lvl 1 = 600 HP every 10 seconds.

Emergency Heal
   - Lvl 1 = Restores MP every 10 seconds during standby.

MP Recovery on Parry
   - Lvl 1 = +5 MP

Sword Skill 3 Enhance
   -*Note that all characters will eventually get their own set of Skill Slots, and all existing characters with Skill Slots might also get more slots or Lvl upgrades as the game goes.

Attack+ Buff
   - Increases damage done, some SS3s will also get a faster animation speed once learned.

Speed+ Buff
   - Increases Attack and Movement Speed, which will also affect MP gain, parry speed, dodging speed and DPS.

Increased Number of Hits
   - SS3 will get an increased number of hits which will generate more damage output. Additional hits depends per character.

Reduced Charge/Cast Time
   - Reduces animation lags or casting time. Some will get reduced damages though due to re-balancing issues (I guess).

Reduced MP Requirement
   - Decreases the MP required to cast SS3, this is will greatly affect SS3's damage output and MP cost.

Added Elemental Effect
   - SS3 will get a new element, but DPS will somewhat drop due to re-balancing, to avoid getting it too overpowered against a certain element (I guess).

Reduce Enemy Defense 
   - SS3 will get a nice support debuff.

Other SS3 Enhancements
   - and more SS3 enhancements, like Homing Bullets!

*If you have info on missing stats or effects above, feel free to share below, thanks! ^^


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Sword Art Online: MD - Limit Breaking and Which Stats to Choose


Here's a guide on how to Limit Break or Limit Hack your characters in the action RPG mobile game - Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag. Limit Breaking characters will increase their Lvl caps, and will also receive bonus stats depending on which path you choose.

Limit Break Characters!
   - In the Attribute Matrix, Hacking Crystals can be used to perform Limit Breaks. Doing so will raise the upper limit of a character's level, allowing for more ability enhancements.
Sword Art Online: MD - Limit Breaking and Which Stats to Choose
   - After performing a Limit Hack, you can choose to increase Attack, HP/Defense, or MP.
   - Note: You can change the stat whenever you like, but you need to obtain the requirements again.
   - It is highly recommended that you only do this to your core 4* characters, to increase their Max Lvl to up to Lvl 100.
SAO MD - Hacking Crystals
Hacking Crystals
   - Required items for Limit Breaking your characters.
   - When scouting characters, if one you already own appears, you can receive Hacking Crystals instead. The number of crystals received depends on the rarity of the character.
   - 2* Characters = x1
   - 3* Characters = x2
   - 4* Characters = x50

How To Increase Your Chances?
   - One tip is to spend your Diamonds on Scout Banners that features only around 4 characters.
   - Check the "Characters and Rates" option to double check, if there are only around four 4* characters on the list, then that's the banner that you should try pulling.
   - Some banners will also give higher chance to some selected 4* characters. This is ok, but the above option is better.

   - Note that Scouting requires a lot of Diamonds, because the percentage chance of getting a 4* character is only 4%. The more you collect though, the better, so it's ok to pull 2* and 3* units too.

Limit Breaking Event Based Characters!
   - Free characters from events like Kirito [Fairy Dance] and Asuna [Captive Princess] can be limit broken by using some farmable hacking shards, crystals or items from limited events.
   - Note: Only the game devs knows when these limited events will return, but highly recommended that you max limit break them before the event ends.

Limit Breaking Medal Scout Characters!
   - Characters that you get from the Medal Scouts can only be limit broken by using a special kind of Hacking Crystal, exclusive only to them.
Limit Breaking Medal Scout Characters
Medal Scout Exclusive Character Limited Hacking Crystals
   - Similar to the regular Scout, these type of Hacking Crystals can only be obtained by scouting duplicate characters using Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medals under Medal Scouts (available only during Ranking Events).
   - Note that Limit Breaking these characters will also get higher stats increase than regular Scout units.

Medals
   - Note that Medals can be obtained from ranking events and mission completion rewards.
   - Tip: Highly recommended that you earn your Medals until a Rank SS or S unit appears.

Which Character to Limit Break?
   - Actually depends on your personal preference, but if you want some advice, I would recommended checking our Tier List to check which characters we recommended to limit break right away.
   - Check our character rankings here: SAO MD Characters and Tier List
   - In case you have multiple characters under rank S or SS for example, go first with the one that has the best weapon. If you have limited resources, it is recommended that you Limit Break units that are under the Neutral, Dark, or Holy element (won't get damage reduction vs any element).

Which Stat or Path to Choose?
IMPORTANT NOTES:
   - Stats below are based from FREE units, Gacha characters will get higher stats (around +35% or higher depending on the character).
   - Total stats generated are random but still under the same range.

Attack Path
   - Attack +60 and Critical +50
   - Highly recommended, you will never go wrong here, unless you have a full support unit who doesn't attack much like Asuna [Captive Princess].

HP/Defense Path
   - HP +200 and Defense +40
   - Not really recommended, because for a game that requires heavy dodging/parrying and fast stage completion, you'll eventually find these added stats kinda lacking...honestly.
   - Even for characters that are squishy, these stats won't be enough to save them, better upgrade your gears and learn to dodge well at least.

MP Path
   - MP +7
   - This is good but situational, if you are looking here to increase your MP gain, then I won't really recommend, get the MP you need from armors and accessories instead.
   - Recommended for Casters, Range units, or for select Melee units: Get this only if you want to increase your MP pool to fire more SS3s, but before that, better max your character to Lvl 80 and equip some decent gears first (consider all Battle Skills MP+% and MP requirement -% too).

   - Example #1: Check your actual MP during battle, then calculate if you only need some few MP points to push your MP pool and cast 2 or 3 SS3s. If your character can't reach it, it might be best to choose the Attack path instead.

   - Example #2: If you want your character to cast his/her 2nd or 3rd SS3 asap and save time, then this is also a good choice. Even better if your character has a Battle Skill with high MP+%.

   - This is highly recommended though for full support units that doesn't attack much like Asuna [Captive Princess].


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Sword Art Online: MD - Best 4-Star Characters Tier List - Rank SS


Here's a list of 4-Star Characters that are currently rated under Rank SS! Together with their Stats, Skills and Character Info.

Rankings Are Mainly Based On:
   - Stats (+BS/Slots) and SS3s: DPS, MP, Animation, effects, drawbacks, how well it can connect, and more (it's a work in progress and not absolute). SS1 or 2 are situational (hard to consider them all for ranking, unless it has extra effects).
   - Weapon Type: Greatly affects MP gain, combo count, parry and dodging speed.
   - Please check below for more info on Ranking Order, Element Ranking and more.
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 4-Star Characters Tier List - Rank SS
Rank [SS] Characters
   - Highly recommended characters that can make your gameplay so much easier.
   - Definitely Limit Break/Hack them whenever possible.
   - Powerhouse Stats, Sword Skills with very useful passive effects, and many more ~ nuff said!

Starters/Combo Generators!
   - Units with high hits/second ( Hit ) on their SS3s. Can be used anytime during battle, but more effective if used from the start to generate fast combos (against single targets only like bosses).
   - Refer here for more info: Terminologies and Team Building Guide

Silica [Augmented Tamer]
Silica [Augmented Tamer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8462 228 3164 1936 3291 Damage Up 30+ Combo MP & Attack
Dagger - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +6%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 4.0
MP:100 Perform successive attack while the small dragon Pina's AI is breathing. Increase your attack and auto heals HP.
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
Has lower attack buff than Silica [Dragon Tamer], but her high DPS SS3 plus combo bonuses will definitely surpass it. Position and time it well to home in all Pina's attacks. She has low defense output, so dodge attacks that can't be parried.

Yuuki [Umbral Flight]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9992 208 3440 1871 3259 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP
Dagger - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +12%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 3.0
MP:100 Shoots out Shurikens, and rushes to slice enemies by the power of darkness. Enhances your speed and critical rate.
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
Speed and Crit buff + Dagger can maximize all of her Speed perks. She has lower burst damages compared to most Kunoichis, but shines best as your core DPS unit for fast combo counts. Turn off auto-approach to increase her SS3's range and close in fast.

Asuna [Heart of Confront]
Asuna [Heart of Confront]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9840 265 2980 1980 3597 Damage Up 30+ Combo MP & Attack
Rapier - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +6%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 4.4
MP:120 Increase your attack and auto heals HP and deal ten hits in the shape of a cross, followed by a central attack.
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
SS3 is similar to Yuuki [Zekken], but with nice attack buff and heal. DPS is also notably high that can be increased further due to her high crit rates and combo bonuses (with extra lock downs too!). Highly recommended that you get her weapon, to reduce her SS3's MP requirement.

Kirito [Hero's Return]
Kirito [Hero's Return]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9560 228 3441 1910 2870 Damage Up 30+ Combo Attack
Sword - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 4.0
MP:100 Rising once again in augmented reality, increases your attack and auto heals HP and a hero accelerates further to unleash this 16-hit move.
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
Has high attack stat that can exceed over 6000 Attack without Battle Skills (viewable stats). Combined with his SS3 and combo bonuses, damage output is definitely devastating! Attack animation is kinda long though so burst damage is a bit lower.

Alice [Integrity Knight]
Alice [Integrity Knight]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9617 245 3334 1977 2919 Critical 30+ Combo MP & Attack
Sword - Earth Element +10% vs Water Damage +10% +6%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Combo Window Up; Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 3.6
MP:120 Release the hidden memory of "Fragrant Olive Sword", and change the blade into thousands of Golden Flowers. Regenerates HP and raise ATK.
Quick Notes
*Alicization
A caster that can parry! Damage output, especially her burst damages are pretty high despite having 120 MP requirement. Turn-off auto-approach if you need more range, and use her SS3 to attack flying targets (sometimes misses though) or vs enemies that are weak when attacked from their backs.

Finishers!
   - Units with average or low hits/second ( Hit ) on their SS3s. Can be used anytime during battle, but more effective towards the end to get higher damages from combos (against single targets only like bosses).
   - Refer here for more info: Terminologies and Team Building Guide

Asuna [Shinobi Slash]
Asuna [Shinobi Slash]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10127 208 3548 1772 3284 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP
Rapier - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 2.0
MP:100 Slashes on enemies overhead with teleportation Nin-jutsu. Enhances your speed and critical rate.
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
Base damage is high so the more buffs and bonuses she gets the better! SS3 has a wide attack range, nice for closing in fast but lands at mid-ranged position. Shines best as a burst damager because of her short attack animation and very high damage output.

Important  Notes
   - Please note that these Tier Lists are for reference only, it's a work in progress and will never be final.

Character Rankings: Order List
   - Ordered by Weapon Type > Element > Name.
   - Characters under same rank are not always treated as on par in terms of overall performance, because they also have different roles like: Core units, full support/debuffer, support fire (burst damage) and tank (but mostly for burst damage), which will also require different playing styles.

Elemental Bonuses!
   - Fire > Wind > Earth > Water > Fire (Holy < > Dark)
   - For such events that recommends a specific character and Element to counter the Element of a certain Boss for example, consider that character's rank to be higher than his or her current rank!
   - Characters with an Element that is in a disadvantage (except Holy/Dark) will also get a lower Rank than his or her current rank.
   - Note that OS Characters and some selected characters have a Battle Skill or Skill Slot that increases their damages against Neutral element enemies.

Recommended Guides To Read
   - Terminologies and Team Building Guide
   - How Weapon Speed Affects Your Playing Style
   - How to Unlock Skill Slots and Stats Per Lvl

How To Obtain Specific 4* Characters?
   - Mostly from Gacha Scout (check "characters and rates" option under the featured banners for more info on which characters are available). Note: Some limited characters only appears once or twice a year, and only the game devs knows when will they come out.
   - Medal Scout: Limited characters that can be obtained via Medal Scouts (ranking events).
   - Limited Events: Free 4* characters via limited events.


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