Sword Art Online: MD - How to Upgrade to 5 Stars, Skills and FAQs


4 Star characters will get higher stats as you upgrade them to 5 Stars, plus they'll be able to do combination attacks with your other characters to deal more damage to your opponents. If available, some of them might also get a Leader Skill that can greatly help increase your team's damage output.

You may also get some fully upgraded 5 Star Characters from Scouts with all the bonus effects and stats, Good Luck! ^^
Sword Art Online: MD -  How to Upgrade 5 Star Characters and FAQs

5-Star Characters Combination Skills


5★ Characters Can Use Combination Skills!


   - During SS3 of a 5★ Character, you can switch to a different party member to perform a combination attack or 2 SS3 attacks.
   - Combination Skills are usable with any character. However, for several characters, their SS3 animation might not be compatible with others, so make sure that all of their hits sinks in.

   - Combination Skills can't be spammed, so after a Combination Attack, start another SS3 or do a parry move to start with anyone that you like.

Other Tips for Ranking Events:


   - In ranking events, when using Combination Skills, it is sometimes better to start with a long ranged character or someone that can cast a SS3 from a distance. This will enable your Combination Partner to auto approach the target upon switch.

   - When using Combination Attacks you can technically cut the time of your initiator, so it is better to use a character that has a longer SS3 animation first.
5-Star Characters Combination Skills

5★ Characters Have Combination Partners!


   - When Combination Skills are used with anyone who meets the Combination Partner Criteria, a Combination Effect occurs. Use Combination Skills above with Combo Partners to drive more damages!

   - There are Combination Partners such as:
   - Characters = with Kirito, Asuna, and more.
   - Weapon Types = Swords, Rapier, and more.
   - Attributes/Element = Holy, Dark, Neutral Element and more.
   - *Note: Combo Partner Bonuses varies per character.

5★ Characters Have Leader Skills!


   - Simply set a 5* character as a party leader to activate his/her Leader Skill.
   - *Note: Some 5* characters doesn't have a Leader Skill, especially those upgraded ones.

How to Upgrade 5-Star Characters

How to Upgrade 5-Star Characters

Popular 4 Characters


   - Collect 10 Upgrade Crystals from limited events and use them to your upgradable 4★ characters.
   - To Upgrade, go to your character's Unlock Attribute screen. If the icon is not present, that character is not upgradable to 5★ at the moment.
Unlock Attribute screen and icon
   - Upgrade Crystals are still limited per event, so use them wisely. I would recommend using them only for your top tier characters, if you can't upgrade them yet, then reserve your Upgrade Crystals for later, just in case.

   - New 4★ Characters that can be upgraded will be announced in-game after a "Popular Vote" contest for example.

Limit Breaking a 5★ Character after an Upgrade?


   - Upgraded 4★ Characters will still require 50 Hacking Crystals for Limit Breaking, so don't worry, upgrade them whenever you like.
   - All original or scouted 5★ Characters will require 100 Hacking Crystals for Limit Breaking. It's high but bonus stats are higher too.

Special Limited Event 4 Characters

Special Limited Event 4★ Characters heathcliff

   - Some 4★ Characters that you can get from Limited Events and Ranking Events (VIP Ticket or Medal Scouts) can only be upgraded to 5★ by gathering their exclusive Upgrade Crystals.
   - These Upgrade Crystals are also limited and kinda harder to collect, so try to complete missions for points, or rank high to obtain more.

Scouting for 5-Star Characters


   - When a 5★ character appears, and if you own the same named 4★ character, the 4★ character automatically upgrades to 5★ and 50 Hacking Crystals will be given.

   - When a 5★ character appears, and if you own the same named 5★ character, then 100 Hacking Crystals will be given.

   - *Please double check and make sure that the banner scout that you want to scout on contains a fully upgraded 5★ that has a 4★ version (some will get a lower combo partner bonus), or an original 5★ character (most of them will have better combination partner bonus).


Related Sword Art Online: MD Tips & Guides:
Sword Art Online: MD - Controls, Elements and Weapon Types
Sword Art Online: MD - Terminologies and Team Building Guide
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 4-Star Characters Tier List - Rank SS
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Sword Art Online: MD - Best 5-Star Characters Tier List - Rank AA


Here's a list of 5-Star Characters that are currently rated under Rank AA! This section is the summary of all ranks and ratings given to all characters in the game, in terms of Speed Rankings, Floor Clearing capabilities or Tankiness.

Rank [AA] Overall 5* Characters

   - For beginners with limited number of characters, aim for a high ranked Dagger, Lance, RapierDual, or Sword wielder that can also generate combos, as your 1st character and main DPS unit.

Other Helpful Lists:

   - Character List (Element, Stats and Info)
   - 4* Burst DPS Tier List (Ranking Events)
   - 5* Burst DPS Tier List (Ranking Events)
   - 4* Characters Tier List (Overall)
   - 5* Characters Tier List (Overall)
   - 4* Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
   - 5* Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 5-Star Characters Tier List - Rank A

Wide AoE Nukers and/or Combo Generators

   - Note: Units with high Hits/Sec on their SS3s are great combo builders vs mobs. The effectiveness of mob clearing units depends on how the mobs are spaced out.
   - *Ratings are mostly based under "NO Elemental Advantage", so DPS ranks below can go higher when used against their counter element.

None at the moment...
Image
Thumb
Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss

Nukers and Combo Generators

   - Units with high Hits/Sec on their SS3s. Can be used anytime during battle, but more effective if used from the start to generate fast combos (against single targets like bosses).
   - *Ratings are mostly based under "NO Elemental Advantage", so DPS ranks below can go higher when used against their counter element.

Image
Thumb
Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Kirito [Tropical Beach Boy]
5 Stars Upgradable
Kirito
[Tropical Beach Boy]
Dark
Dual
16 Hits
2.8sec*
(5.7)

S+

A

A

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Ends behind target],  [Instant SS3 upon Switch],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Combo Partner: [Dark Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Holy Element.
Lisbeth [Pumpkin Knight]
5 Stars Upgradable
Lisbeth
[Pumpkin Knight]
Dark
Lance
6 Hits
1.8sec
(3.3)

S+

B

B

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Midair Attack],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are possible to spam, but best after parrying.
Combo Partner: [Dagger] - Increases damage by 5% vs Holy Element.

Support Nukers

   - Characters with average or low Hits/Sec on their SS3s, or using slow speed weapons. Still strong characters especially against their counter elements, best played with combo generators to deal stronger nukes at higher combo counts.
   - *Ratings are mostly based under "NO Elemental Advantage", so DPS ranks below can go higher when used against their counter element.

None at the moment...
Image
Thumb
Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss

Support Characters

   - DO NOT limit your team by only using high DPS units, also consider using Support units like Debuffers. Refer here for a list of Support Units.
   - Characters that focuses on inflicting status effects like Stuns are also effective as support/utility units, depending on your current character pool and/or battle situation.

Rankings Are Based On:

Lvl 80 Character Stats (Lvl 100 for Free Characters).
   - Note that Ranking Event limited characters will get higher stat bonuses than Gacha characters when limit breaking.

SS3 Attack Duration (Seconds):
   - SS3 Attack Duration in seconds (on-click until he/she can move again)
   - #.#sec* =  Average Time. Dual Wielders will get Max/Min speed depending on combos (10~50) but will only consider their average speed and DPS.
   - (Hits/Sec) determines how fast they can generate combos "per target".

Ranking Event - Burst DPS:
   - Overall Damage Output/Sec (including buffs, defense debuffs, non-elemental damage multipliers, crit damage, and more). Tested on a null enemy (no elemental advantage) with same armor rating, without gears.
   - Combo Generation and "how easy" SS3s can be spammed will affect DPS Ratings.
   - Note: DPS rating may increase if used against their counter element.

Ranking Event - Mob Clearing:
   - Heavily based on their AoE Range (considering all skills) and Speed.

Floor Clearing Event - Mob Clearing
   - Heavily based on their AoE Range (considering all skills) + Survival Capabilities without relying on Healers. Basically, units without any survivability skills, should be paired with Healers to increase/maintain their effectiveness.
   - Based on Floor 60 onwards mob difficulty.
   - Note: Rating may increase if used against their counter element.

Floor Clearing Event - vs Boss
   - Heavily based on their Damage Output (DPS will not be used here), Tankiness and Survival Capabilities. So, units with very high Damage Output with limited durability can still find their way to a decent rank, since we can still defeat Bosses by dodging attacks.
   - Based on Floor 60 onwards Boss difficulty.
   - Note: Rating may increase if used against their counter element. Units without any survivability skills, should be paired with Healers to increase/maintain their effectiveness.

Overall Rankings
   - Heavily based on DPS rating (Ranking Events) and Floor Clearing vs Boss (Damage Output and Survivability). So units without Self Healing or Auto-Heal are in a big disadvantage.
   - We will not consider Mob Clearing as ranking basis for now because it would be unfair for other limited ranged units.
   - NOTE: Support Units that can buff, debuff enemies, or heal your team won't affect their rankings for now, since these characters' effectiveness also depends on their teammates' strengths.

   - Please note that these Tier Lists are for reference only, ranking basis is a work in progress and will never be final. It's not 100% accurate, but we'll do our best to polish the guides.

Other Helpful Notes

Character Rankings: Order List

   - Ordered By: Category > Combo Generation (Hits/Sec) > Faster Weapon Type > Name
   - Characters under same rank are not always treated as on par, because they also have different roles, which will also require different playing styles.

Weapon Type Weaknesses (Floor Clearing Event)

   - To find which characters are effective to a certain floor, refer below.
   - Slash - Swords and Dual Blades
   - Effective against soft-bodied enemies such as Mantises, Slimes and Gerberas (plant monsters).
   - Not effective against tough-skinned enemies such as Lizardmen.
   - Strike - Mace and Guns
   - Effective against hard-bodied enemies such as Elementals and Skeletons.
   - Not effective against soft-bodied enemies such as Mantises, Slimes and Gerberas (plant monsters).
   - Thrust/Pierce - Rapiers, Lances, Daggers, and Bows.
   - Effective against tough-skinned enemies such as Lizardmen.
   - Not effective against hard-bodied enemies such as Elementals and Skeletons.
   - Magic - Rods
   - Deals more damage to a certain element than the usual elemental affinity bonus damage.

Elemental Bonuses and Weaknesses

   - Fire > Wind > Earth > Water > Fire (Holy < > Dark)
   - Note that some selected characters have a Battle Skill or Skill Slot that increases their damages against Neutral element enemies.
   - Element that is in disadvantage can only deal 75% damage, so also consider that unit's current DPS rank to go down.

Recommended Guides To Read


How To Obtain Specific 5* and 4* Characters?

   - Mostly from Gacha Scout (check "characters and rates" option under the featured banners for more info on which characters are available).
   - Medal Scout/Ticket Scout: Limited characters that can be obtained from Ranking Events (gets a different image thumbnail).
   - Limited Events: Free 5* and 4* characters via limited events.

Final Notes: 

   - The list above isn't absolute, if we missed some info regarding their SS3's performance like range or extra effects for example, please notify us below, thanks!
   - For new characters or banners, please check the Changelog and Updates Section.
   - Enjoy! ^^


Related Sword Art Online: MD Tips & Guides:
Sword Art Online: MD - Terminologies and Team Building Guide
Sword Art Online: MD - How to Defeat Ranking Event Bosses (Master+1)
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Once Upon a Tower: FAQs, Tips, and Strategy Guides


Once Upon a Tower is a fun tower smashing endless runner arcade game presented by Pomelo Games, available to download from the App Store and Google Play.

Once Upon a Tower is an action game where you play as a princess trapped in a tower after being kidnapped by a big red dragon. Instead of waiting for her prince charming to come and rescue her, she uses a war hammer that is left behind by a brave knight instead, to fabricate her own escape. On her way out of the tower, she will face several enemies and obstacles until she stands before her final hurdle: the mighty dragon.
Once Upon a Tower: FAQs, Tips, and Strategy Guides

Game Objectives:

   - This awesome game is pretty easy to learn and play, just plan your moves ahead, observe your enemy's movements, attack patterns of obstacles, then proceed.

Capture Fireflies and Collect Coins!

   - Capture Fireflies and defeat enemies along the way to collect Coins, use them to purchase Power-Ups between stages.
   - Collect Fireflies and fill up the bottle to 100% to unlock a new character!

Complete Challenges!

   - Complete Challenges to increase the Firefly Multiplier at the end of your run.
   - If you can't complete a certain quest because that item or monster is nowhere to be found, well, just try and go deeper to unlock more nasty enemies and obstacles.

Power-Ups and Other Freebies:

Once Upon a Tower - Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune (Free draw after watching an Ad)

   - Available at the start of the game, and appears randomly in-between stages.
   - Watch an ad to receive a Companion, or a random Power-Up, try your luck!

   - Getting a Power-up ain't easy because those Power-Ups are really good if you can get them from the start of your run.
   - Also note that you can also receive a random "box" at the start of each run.

What's the Chicken For?

   - Used to complete certain challenges like "Complete a Level with a Chicken".
   - You may also use them as cannon fodders against those spiky objects, or as decoys for some enemies.
Once Upon a Tower - Chicken

List of Power Ups and Their Uses:

   - Note: Prices of Power-Ups increases as you clear more stages. So plan ahead or skip some stages and earn more Coins.

Bomb (Consumable x1); Pack of Bombs (Consumable x3)
   - Covers open and spaces and blows up breakable obstacles or objects.
   - Recommendation: Always carry a bomb with you, also recommended as your first Power-Up purchase after the first stage, just in case.

Firefly Magnet (Passive Buff)
   - For collecting Fireflies that you can't reach, only works 1 block away from your character though.
   - Recommendation: Not really recommended, as you can reach most of them anyways.

Parachute (Passive Buff)
   - Allows air control, and will let you reach certain areas that can't normally reach.
   - Recommendation: Very situational, could be useful for certain stages as you go deeper, and will require player skill to accurately pinpoint where to land.

Hammerfall (Passive Buff)
   - Hits nearby enemies upon landing (1 block from your character only).
   - Only works against enemies, except those spiky ones, they can hurt you.
   - Recommendation: Pretty good if you don't have any better Power-Ups to get.

Hard Boots (Passive Buff)
   - Has a pretty good buff to let you ignore those spiky obstacles or enemies!
   - Recommendation: Grab it whenever possible.

Fire Hammer (Passive Buff)
   - Increase your attack range, very useful for most situations!
   - It can help you hit floating Fireflies 2 blocks above you, or hit those pesky enemies from a distance. You can also use this to clear out any obstacles or enemies below you while falling down.
   - Recommendation: Grab it whenever possible.

Armor (Consumable x1)
   - Saves you from harm once. Not cheap, but still highly recommended to get.
   - Recommendation: Grab it whenever possible.

Other Helpful Tips:


   - Just before the start of your fall, you can also hit other enemies that you can reach, including those that are above you.
   - Once you land, watch out for enemies that might drop from above you, spam some upward attacks to cover you character.

   - You can push those wheelbarrows or crates to destroy spikes and enemies. Be aware though because dragons and other enemies or obstacles can also use these items to hurt your character.
   - Avoid or quickly escape levels where the dragon can unleash it's fire breathing attack.
   - You can hit back those fireballs to destroy those fire throwing obstacles.

   - You can use the "Save Me" option once to continue your progress.

Re-roll Power-Ups Trick
   - Sometimes when the Wheel of Fortune in-between stages doesn't work, the Power-Ups that you can choose from will refresh to a different set after the game restarts (only works once).
   - So if you don't like the current set, try to hit that ad if it's available.

*Got some awesome tips too? Feel free to share them below too! ^^


Related Once Upon a Tower Tips & Guides:
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Sword Art Online: MD - Best 5* Burst Damagers Tier List (Rank S)


This tier list will show you how good your 5 star characters are when it comes to burst damages and ranking events.

Rank [S] 5* Burst DPS Damagers for Ranking Events

   - For best results, use vs their counter element and with teams. For beginners with limited number of characters, aim for a high ranked Dagger, Lance, RapierDual, or Sword wielder that can also generate combos.

Other Useful Lists:

   - Character List (Element, Stats and Info)
   - 4* Burst DPS Tier List (Ranking Events)
   - 5* Burst DPS Tier List (Ranking Events)
   - 4* Characters Tier List (Overall)
   - 5* Characters Tier List (Overall)
   - 4* Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
   - 5* Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 5* Burst Damagers Tier List (Rank SS)

SAO MD RANK SS Burst Damagers

Wide AoE Nukers and/or Combo Generators

   - Note: Units with high Hits/Sec on their SS3s are great combo builders vs mobs. The effectiveness of mob clearing units depends on how the mobs are spaced out.

None at the moment...
Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak


Nukers and Combo Generators

   - Units with high Hits/Sec on their SS3s. Can be used anytime during battle, but more effective if used from the start to generate fast combos (against single targets like bosses).

Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak
Silica [Augmented Tamer] Silica
[Augmented Tamer]
Neutral
Dagger
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

S

AA

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- Great burst damages, but hard to spam, so use after parrying or while the enemy is stunned.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Neutral Element.

Support Nukers

   - Characters with average or low Hits/Sec on their SS3s, or using slow speed weapons. Still strong characters especially against their counter elements, best played with combo generators to deal stronger nukes at higher combo counts.

Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak
Leafa [Rejoicing Witch] Leafa
[Rejoicing Witch]
Dark
Rod
5 Hits
1.7sec
(2.9)

S+

S

--

B
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Healer
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: None Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [SS1 Team Heal],  [Speed+ Buff],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam from a ranged position, but watch out for auto-aim and dashing attacks.
Combo Partner: [Dark Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Holy Element.

Support Characters

   - DO NOT limit your team by only using high DPS units, also consider using Support units like Debuffers. Refer here for a list of Support Units.
   - Characters that focuses on inflicting status effects like Stuns are also effective as support/utility units, depending on your current character pool and/or battle situation.

Rankings Are Based On:

Lvl 80 Character Stats (Lvl 100 for Free Characters).
   - Note that Ranking Event limited characters will get higher stat bonuses than Gacha characters when limit breaking.

SS3 Attack Duration (Seconds):
   - SS3 Attack Duration in seconds (on-click until he/she can move again)
   - #.#sec* =  Average Time. Dual Wielders will get Max/Min speed depending on combos (10~50) but will only consider their average speed and DPS.
   - (Hits/Sec) determines how fast they can generate combos "per target".

Ranking Event - Burst DPS:
   - Overall Damage Output/Sec (including buffs, defense debuffs, non-elemental damage multipliers, crit damage, and more). Tested on a null enemy (no elemental advantage) with same armor rating, without gears. Elemental damage multipliers will be calculated according to their overall DPS rating.
   - Combo Generation and "how easy" SS3s can be spammed will affect DPS Ratings.

Ranking Event - Mob Clearing:
   - Heavily based on their AoE Range (considering all skills) and Speed.
   - We will not consider Mob Clearing as ranking basis for now because it would be unfair for other limited ranged units.

Support Units that can buff, debuff enemies, or heal your team won't affect their rankings for now, since these characters' effectiveness also depends on their teammates' strengths.

   - Please note that these Tier Lists are for reference only, ranking basis is a work in progress and will never be final. It's not 100% accurate, but we'll do our best to polish the guides.

Other Helpful Notes

Character Rankings: Order List

   - Ordered By: Category > Combo Generation (Hits/Sec) > Faster Weapon Type > Name
   - Characters under same rank are not always treated as on par, because they also have different roles, which will also require different playing styles.

Elemental Bonuses and Weaknesses

   - Fire > Wind > Earth > Water > Fire (Holy < > Dark)
   - Characters with an Element that is in a disadvantage (except Holy/Dark) can only deal 75% damage.
   - 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


How To Obtain Specific 5* and 4* Characters?

   - Mostly from Gacha Scout (check "characters and rates" option under the featured banners for more info on which characters are available).
   - Medal Scout/Ticket Scout: Limited characters that can be obtained from Ranking Events (gets a different image thumbnail).
   - Limited Events: Free 5* and 4* characters via limited events.

Final Notes: 

   - The list above isn't absolute, if we missed some info regarding their SS3's performance like range or extra effects for example, please notify us below, thanks!
   - For new characters or banners, please check the Changelog and Updates Section.
   - Enjoy! ^^


Related Sword Art Online: MD Tips & Guides:
Sword Art Online: MD - Terminologies and Team Building Guide
- Sword Art Online: MD - How to Defeat Ranking Event Bosses (Master+1)
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