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 your 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.
   - 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!
Limit Breaking Event Based Characters - KiritoLimit Breaking Event Based Characters - Asuna
   - 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.

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 are 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 with the one that has the best weapon.

Which Stat or Path to Choose?
IMPORTANT NOTES:
   - Stats below are based from FREE units, Gacha characters will get higher stats (around +30%).
   - 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 or Range 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 +% 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 caster can't reach it, it might be better choose the Attack path.
   - Example #2: If you want your caster to cast her 2nd or 3rd SS3 asap and save time, then this is also a good choice. 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 Based On:
   - Overall Max Stats: This is a work in progress so ranking might change as we go.
   - Sword Skills: How well it can connect even if you are or the enemy is in an awkward position. DPS, additional effects and drawbacks will also be considered.
   - Survivability and Offensive Performance: How good are they for Solo Missions, Co-Op Matches, and other Modes.
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 4-Star Characters and Tier List - Rank S
   
      
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!

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 MP:50 A sword skill. Rush back and forth, slashing with a dagger quicker than the eye can see.
SS2 MP:45 Slash the enemy quickly four times.
SS3 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: 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 lock down enemies and to home in all Pina's attacks. She has low defense output, so still dodge attacks that can't be parried.

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 MP:50 Perform a speedy piercing attack with a rapier.
SS2 MP:45 Perform a lightning quick four-hit combo.
SS3 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: 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, time it well to get extra lock downs!

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 MP:50 Deal a single, fierce attack that hits hard and reaches far in front of you.
SS2 MP:60 A sword skill for a one-handed sword. Deal four horizontal hits to surrounding enemies.
SS3 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: Has high attack stat that can exceed over 6000 Attack without Battle Skills (viewable stats). Combined with his SS3, the damage output is definitely devastating with bonus lock downs! Even better if you can chain combos.

Other  Notes
Character Rankings: Order List
   - Ordered by Weapon Type > Element

How To Obtain Specific 4* Characters?
   - Mostly from Gacha Scout (check "characters and rates" option under the featured banners for more info). Free 4* characters can be obtained via limited events, check their "Quick Notes" above for more details.

Limited Events: Elemental Bonuses
   - For such events that recommends a specific Element to counter the Element of a Boss enemy for example, consider that character's rank to be higher than the others around 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.


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Sword Art Online: MD - List of Accessories and Stats


Here's a list of Armors and their stats, items that are currently available in the action RPG mobile game - Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag. Armors can be used by any character, but some of them are exclusive only to Male or Female characters.

Event Based Accessories
   - So far, we can only obtain Accessories through events. Check available events in-game if you can get any of them, if none, then you might need to wait for the next event, or previous events to return.
Sword Art Online: MD - List of Accessories and Stats
- Accessory List (Sortable Table) -

Accessory Name Rare Max HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill From Evo
Diamond Earrings R4 R4 26 MP+3% Event Yes
Sapphire Earrings R4 R4 846 25 HP+3% Event Yes
Augma R4 R4 444 30 100 77 77 Atk&Crit+3% (OS Character) Event Yes
Cheerleader Wristband R4 R4
37 116 Atk&Crit+3% (Holy Element Only?) Event Yes

[Daggers]   [Rapiers]   [Swords]   [Dual Blades]   [Maces]
[Rods]   [Bows]   [Guns]
-
[Armors]   [Accessories]
Other Notes:
Same Element Bonus
    - If for example, you equip a Water element accessory to any character under the Water element, that character's accessory will get a +20% bonus stats.

Battle Skills
   - BS1 = Can be unlocked once you reach [R4] max evolve.

OS Characters?
   - Based from the SAO Ordinal Scale movie.
   - OS Characters: Kirito [Hero's Return]; Asuna [Heart of Confront]; Silica [Augmented Tamer]; Lizbeth [Efficeint Smith]; and Sinon [Progressive Gunner].
   - Other OS Characters: Yuna [AR Idol]

Upgrade and Evolve Your Accessories
   - Equipment that has been upgraded to it's maximum level can be evolved at a smithy by using Col and either equipment with the same name or evolution ingots. Evolving equipment will reset their Lvl, but will increase it's rarity, stats, max level, and more.

Evolve 2* Accessory [R2]
   - Max Lvl 20; Requires 2 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.
Evolve 3* Accessory [R3]
   - Max Lvl 30; Requires 3 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.


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Sword Art Online: MD - List of Armors and Stats


Here's a list of Armors and their stats, items that are currently available in the action RPG mobile game - Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag. Armors can be used by any character, but some of them are exclusive only to Male or Female characters.

Event Based Armors
   - So far, we can only obtain Armors through events and story mode drops. Check available events in-game if you can get any of them, if none, then you might need to wait for the next event, or previous events to return.
Sword Art Online: MD - List of Armors and Stats
- Armor List (Sortable Table) -

Armor Name Rare Max HP DEF Battle Skill From Evo
Coat of Midnight R4 R4 3098 749 HP+3% Event Yes
Aquamarine Robe R4 R4 3022 770 MP+3% Event Yes
OS Battle Coat (M) R4 R4 3133 1052 HP&MP+3% (OS Character) Event Yes
OS Battle Dress (F) R4 R4 3207 1020 HP&MP+3% (OS Character) Event Yes
Cheerleader Uniform (F) R4 R4 3652 911 HP&MP+3% (Holy Element Only?) Event Yes

[Daggers]   [Rapiers]   [Swords]   [Dual Blades]   [Maces]
[Rods]   [Bows]   [Guns]
-
[Armors]   [Accessories]
Other Notes:
Armor List
   - List above will only include armors that can be upgraded to 4* or [R4]. Farmable armors from the Story Mode are ok, if you don't have any better alternative at the moment.
   - To sort the table, click/tap on the headers.

Same Element Bonus
    - If for example, you equip a Water element armor to any character under the Water element, that character's armor will get a +20% bonus stats.

Battle Skills
   - BS1 = Can be unlocked once you reach [R4] max evolve.

OS Characters?
   - Based from the SAO Ordinal Scale movie.
   - OS Characters: Kirito [Hero's Return]; Asuna [Heart of Confront]; Silica [Augmented Tamer]; Lizbeth [Efficeint Smith]; and Sinon [Progressive Gunner].
   - Other OS Characters: Yuna [AR Idol]

Upgrade and Evolve Your Armors
   - Equipment that has been upgraded to it's maximum level can be evolved at a smithy by using Col and either equipment with the same name or evolution ingots. Evolving equipment will reset their Lvl, but will increase it's rarity, stats, max level, and more.

Evolve 2* Armor [R2]
   - Max Lvl 20; Requires 2 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.
Evolve 3* Armor [R3]
   - Max Lvl 30; Requires 3 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.


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Sword Art Online: MD - Weapons List and Stats for Bows


Here's a list of Bows and their stats, weapons that is currently available in the action RPG mobile game - Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag. Bows are for range class units, it can't parry attacks but can do focused fires.

Notes:
Shopping For Weapons
   - You may only buy up to 4* weapons from the weapon shop. To reach [R5], you need to get 4 copies to upgrade your [R4] weapon (applies only to weapons that can be upgraded to 5*).
   - Chances: [R4] weapons = 4%; [R3] weapons = 25%; [R2] weapons = 71%.
Sword Art Online: MD - Weapons List and Stats for Daggers
- Weapons List: Bows (Sortable Table) -

Weapon Rare Max ATK CRIT BS1 BS2 From Evo
L'arc Qui ne Faut R5 R5 1480 1735 Atk+6% Crit+6% Evolve Yes
L'arc Qui ne Faut R4 R5 1088 1276 Atk+6% Shop No
Falcon Shooter R3 R4 844 1082 Atk+3% Shop No
Petra Bow R3 R4 828 1283 Atk+3% Shop No
Chivalrous Bow R3 R4 819 1090 Atk+3% Shop No
Infernal Longbow R4 R4 779 788 Atk+3% Event Yes
Aqua Spread R3 R4 582 822 Evolve Yes
Flame Shooter R2 R4 468 617 Shop No
Dark Bow R2 R4 468 563 Shop No
Aqua Spread R2 R4 436 616 Shop No
[Daggers]   [Rapiers]   [Swords]   [Dual Blades]   [Maces]
[Rods]   [Bows]   [Guns]
-
[Armors]   [Accessories]
Other Notes:
Weapons List
   - List above will only include weapons that can be upgraded to 4* and 5*. Farmable weapons from the Story Mode are ok, if you don't have any better alternative at the moment.
   - To sort the table, click/tap on the headers.

Same Element Bonus
    - If for example, you equip a Fire element weapon to any character under the Fire element, that character's weapon will get a +20% bonus stats.

Battle Skills
   - BS1 = Can be unlocked once you reach [R3] (note: [R4] for event weapons).
   - BS2 = Can be unlocked once you reach their Max Rarity (except event weapons). Also note that [R2] weapons from shop won't get a BS2 even if you evolve it to [R4].

Upgrade and Evolve Your Weapon
   - Equipment that has been upgraded to it's maximum level can be evolved at a smithy by using Col and either equipment with the same name or evolution ingots. Evolving equipment will reset their Lvl, but will increase it's rarity, stats, max level, and more.

Evolve 2* Weapon [R2]
   - Max Lvl 20; Requires 2 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.
Evolve 3* Weapon [R3]
   - Max Lvl 30; Requires 3 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.
Evolve 4* Weapon [R4]
   - Max Lvl 40; Requires 4 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.

Note:
   - If you have an evolved weapon that came from the Shop, please share their MAX stats and Battle Skill bonus/es here, to help other players as well ~ thanks! ^^
   - Note that you can view the next MAX stats and new BS info of your fully maxed weapon via the "Evolve" option when visiting the smithy.


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Sword Art Online: MD - Weapons List and Stats for Guns


Here's a list of magic Guns and their stats, weapons that is currently available in the action RPG mobile game - Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag. Guns are for range class units, it can't parry attacks but can do focused fires.

Notes:
Shopping For Weapons
   - You may only buy up to 4* weapons from the weapon shop. To reach [R5], you need to get 4 copies to upgrade your [R4] weapon (applies only to weapons that can be upgraded to 5*).
   - Chances: [R4] weapons = 4%; [R3] weapons = 25%; [R2] weapons = 71%.
Sword Art Online: MD - Weapons List and Stats for Daggers
- Weapons List: Guns (Sortable Table) -

Weapon Rare Max ATK CRIT BS1 BS2 From Evo
Advancer R4 R5 1335 1039 Atk+10% Required MP-10%
(HP Above 80%)
Shop No
Hecate II R4 R5 1312 720 Atk+6% Shop No
Long-Range Barrett R4 R4 1159 499 Atk+3% Crit+3% Evolve Yes
Long-Range Barrett R3 R4 951 410 Atk+3% Shop No
Behemoth Sniper R3 R4 933 512 Atk+3% Shop No
Pale Shooter R3 R4 924 546 Atk+3% Shop No
Precision Rifle R3 R4 689 297 Evolve Yes
Double-Stack Magazine R3 R4 676 371 Evolve Yes
Precision Rifle R2 R4 516 222 Shop No
Double-Stack Magazine R2 R4 507 278 Shop No
Stealth Rifle R2 R4 502 297 Shop No
[Daggers]   [Rapiers]   [Swords]   [Dual Blades]   [Maces]
[Rods]   [Bows]   [Guns]
-
[Armors]   [Accessories]
Other Notes:
Weapons List
   - List above will only include weapons that can be upgraded to 4* and 5*. Farmable weapons from the Story Mode are ok, if you don't have any better alternative at the moment.
   - To sort the table, click/tap on the headers.

Same Element Bonus
    - If for example, you equip a Fire element weapon to any character under the Fire element, that character's weapon will get a +20% bonus stats.

Battle Skills
   - BS1 = Can be unlocked once you reach [R3] (note: [R4] for event weapons).
   - BS2 = Can be unlocked once you reach their Max Rarity (except event weapons). Also note that [R2] weapons from shop won't get a BS2 even if you evolve it to [R4].

Upgrade and Evolve Your Weapon
   - Equipment that has been upgraded to it's maximum level can be evolved at a smithy by using Col and either equipment with the same name or evolution ingots. Evolving equipment will reset their Lvl, but will increase it's rarity, stats, max level, and more.

Evolve 2* Weapon [R2]
   - Max Lvl 20; Requires 2 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.
Evolve 3* Weapon [R3]
   - Max Lvl 30; Requires 3 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.
Evolve 4* Weapon [R4]
   - Max Lvl 40; Requires 4 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.

Note:
   - If you have an evolved weapon that came from the Shop, please share their MAX stats and Battle Skill bonus/es here, to help other players as well ~ thanks! ^^
   - Note that you can view the next MAX stats and new BS info of your fully maxed weapon via the "Evolve" option when visiting the smithy.


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Sword Art Online: MD - Weapons List and Stats for Maces and Clubs


Here's a list of One-Handed Maces/Clubs and their stats, weapons that is currently available in the action RPG mobile game - Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag. Maces and Clubs are for melee class units that can also be used to Parry enemy attacks.

Notes:
Shopping For Weapons
   - You may only buy up to 4* weapons from the weapon shop. To reach [R5], you need to get 4 copies to upgrade your [R4] weapon (applies only to weapons that can be upgraded to 5*).
   - Chances: [R4] weapons = 4%; [R3] weapons = 25%; [R2] weapons = 71%.
Sword Art Online: MD - Weapons List and Stats for Daggers
- Weapons List: Maces/Clubs (Sortable Table) -

Weapon Rare Max ATK CRIT BS1 BS2 From Evo
Elater R5 R5 1799 1445 Atk+15% Required MP-10%
(HP Above 80%)
Evolve Yes
Atom Smasher R5 R5 1686 1126 Atk+6% Crit+6% Evolve Yes
Elater R4 R5 1322 1062 Atk+10% Required MP-10%
(HP Above 80%)
Shop No
Atom Smasher R4 R5 1240 828 Atk+6% Shop No
Star Mace R4 R5 1226 846 Atk+6% Shop No
Gale Zaghnal R4 R4 1159 499 Atk+3% Crit+3% Evolve Yes
Gridarvol R4 R5 1156 1086 Atk+6% Shop No
Gale Zaghnal R3 R4 951 410 Atk+3% Shop No
Barbarian Mace R3 R4 943 523 Atk+3% Shop No
Bloody Club R3 R4 924 523 Atk+3% Shop No
Drill Mace R4 R4 733 458 Crit+3% Event Yes
Mithril Mace R3 R4 531 301 Crit+3% Evolve Yes
Mithril Mace R2 R4 502 284 Shop No
War Pick R2 R4 497 303 Shop No
Aqua Mace R2 R4 496 251 Shop No
[Daggers]   [Rapiers]   [Swords]   [Dual Blades]   [Maces]
[Rods]   [Bows]   [Guns]
-
[Armors]   [Accessories]
Other Notes:
Weapons List
   - List above will only include weapons that can be upgraded to 4* and 5*. Farmable weapons from the Story Mode are ok, if you don't have any better alternative at the moment.
   - To sort the table, click/tap on the headers.

Same Element Bonus
    - If for example, you equip a Fire element weapon to any character under the Fire element, that character's weapon will get a +20% bonus stats.

Battle Skills
   - BS1 = Can be unlocked once you reach [R3] (note: [R4] for event weapons).
   - BS2 = Can be unlocked once you reach their Max Rarity (except event weapons). Also note that [R2] weapons from shop won't get a BS2 even if you evolve it to [R4].

Upgrade and Evolve Your Weapon
   - Equipment that has been upgraded to it's maximum level can be evolved at a smithy by using Col and either equipment with the same name or evolution ingots. Evolving equipment will reset their Lvl, but will increase it's rarity, stats, max level, and more.

Evolve 2* Weapon [R2]
   - Max Lvl 20; Requires 2 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.
Evolve 3* Weapon [R3]
   - Max Lvl 30; Requires 3 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.
Evolve 4* Weapon [R4]
   - Max Lvl 40; Requires 4 Copies (same name) regardless of Lvl.

Note:
   - If you have an evolved weapon that came from the Shop, please share their MAX stats and Battle Skill bonus/es here, to help other players as well ~ thanks! ^^
   - Note that you can view the next MAX stats and new BS info of your fully maxed weapon via the "Evolve" option when visiting the smithy.



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