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


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

Rank [B] DPS Characters

   - Rankings below are mainly based on their general and individual ratings, to check how good your characters are in terms of team play and burst damages, refer here: Burst DPS Tier List
   - Note: Dagger, Lancer, Rapier, and Sword wielders listed here can be used as your temporary Main Core Unit.
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 4-Star Characters Tier List - Rank B
Solo General Rating (Recommended for Beginners with few Characters)
For Team Rating (Recommended for Experienced Players), refer hereBurst DPS Tier List

Combo Generators! (NO Elemental Advantage)

   - 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).

Silica [Fairy Dragon Tamer]
Silica [Fairy Dragon Tamer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8983 219 2817 2122 3324 HP Attack MP
Dagger - Water Element +3% +6% +10%
Skill Slots: None at the moment...
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 4.4
[MP:120],  [2.5 Seconds]
Quick Notes
*ALO Reborn
Dagger + nice MP gain will enable her to spam skills and create more combos, but still be aware of her low HP and DEF. Rank B- for now because she doesn't have Skill Slots.

Rain [Multi-Wielder]
 Rain [Multi-Wielder]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11529 218 2837 2236 2672 Attack Defense MP
Sword - Earth Element +3% +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  SS3 Enhance (adds Earth Element; Hits+)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 4.0
[MP:100],  [2.5 Seconds]
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
SS3 needs to be in range because most attacks will miss if you are too near or directly above/below the enemy. Other than that, her damage output is pretty good.

Sinon [Victorious Girl]
Sinon [Victorious Girl]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10502 229 2834 2025 3585 Stat Buffs MP Attack
Dagger - Holy Element Increase Effects +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Skill Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.5
[MP:120],  [4.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Ends behind target]
Quick Notes
*Cheer Girls
SS3 has decent damage that can be increased further with buffs and crits. Burst damage is kinda low so she is mainly used as support buffer. Note that attack+ buffs doesn't stack and only lasts 15 seconds.

Asuna [Lightning Flash]
Asuna [Lightning Flash]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10898 218 2824 2064 3097 Critical +6% Attack MP
Rapier - Neutral Element Damage Up 1.5x vs Neutral +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  BS1 Transform; SS3 Enhance (Speed+)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3+
Hit 2.3
[MP:100],  [3.5 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff]
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
Focus more on her offense, and rely on your parry and dodging skills for survivability. Attack animation is still kinda long, despite having a Speed+ buff.

Support Nukers! (NO Elemental Advantage)

   - SS3s with average or low hits/sec ( Hit ). Decent characters especially against their counter elements, but best played with combo generators to deal stronger damages at higher combo counts.
   - NOTE: Do not use Parry+Switch from or to units that doesn't have a passive or active Combo Window skill, it will break your combos (unless done right). Fore more info, refer here: How to Maintain and Avoid Breaking Combos.

Silica [Foxy Priestess]
Silica [Foxy Priestess]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8334 178 3522 1871 3518 MP Critical Attack
Dagger - Fire Element +3% +6% +10%
Skill Slots: None at the moment...
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.0
[MP:120],  [3.0 Seconds]
Quick Notes
*Limited Event
SS3 connects well, but damage output and burst damages are a bit low, highly recommended that you max her out to increase her Attack and Crit rates.

Argo [Early Spring Dance]
Argo [Early Spring Dance]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11877 227 3334 2187 2737 Mp Gain Up MP Attack
Sword - Wind Element vs Earth Elem +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth Element)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.0
[MP:120],  [4.0 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Hina-Matsuri
SS3 connects well, but make sure to sink in her last hit. Attack animation is kinda long though but sill packs some nice damages.

Seven [Star Scientist]
Seven [Star Scientist]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8299 228 3012 1861 2656 Attack Critical MP
Rod - Holy Element +3% +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Holy Magic Skill;  SS3 Enhance (Attack+; Reduced Charge Time)
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 2.0
[MP:120],  [4.0 Seconds],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [SS1 Team Heal]
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
Naturally have lower HP and DEF, so learn to dodge well and time your casts, use SS1 if needed and to heal your team. SS3 has nice damages but not ideal for fast burst damages due to it's long casting time.

Strea [Glittering Youth]
Strea [Glittering Youth]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10842 232 3066 2001 3628 Stat Buffs MP Attack
Rapier - Holy Element Increase Effects +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.8
[MP:120],  [4.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Ends behind target]
Quick Notes
*Cheer Girls
SS3 has decent damage that can be increased further with buffs and crits. Burst damage is kinda low so she is mainly used as support buffer. Note that attack+ buffs doesn't stack and only lasts 15 seconds.

Leafa [Swift Fast Heroine]
Leafa [Swift Fast Heroine]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
7995 242 3317 1895 2477 Mp Gain Up Skill at Switch Attack
Rod - WindElement vs Earth Elem Damage Up vs Earth +12%
Skill Slots: Wind Magic Skill;  MP Recovery while Charging; Combo Window Up; Damage Up (vs Earth)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.5
[MP:100],  [2.7 Seconds],  [Teleports behind target],  [Ends at mid-ranged position]
Quick Notes
*Medal Scout
*Sword Dance
A rod wielder that uses a sword to attack...but can't parry. She has a teleport ability which is good to cut some time (turn off auto-approach to increase range). Best used as a teleport unit and support nuker.

Philia [Treasure Hunter]
Philia [Treasure Hunter]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10299 208 2765 2168 3226 MP +3% Critical HP
Dagger - Neutral Element Damage Up 1.5x vs Neutral +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  BS1 Transform;  SS3 Enhance (Lower Enemy Def)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 1.3
[MP:100],  [2.7 Seconds],  [Defense Down Debuff]
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
Philia is a nice support unit that can debuff bosses at the start of battle to lower down their defense stats. SS3+ can also deal some decent burst damages because of it's very short attack animation.

Yui [Angel Cheer]
Yui [Angel Cheer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
12746 223 3293 2006 3023 Stat Buffs MP Attack
Sword - Holy Element Increase Effects +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.0
[MP:100],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Team Buff]
Quick Notes
*Cheer Girls
SS3's damage output is pretty high but only has 3 hits and must be used directly in-front or back of target. Note that attack+ buffs doesn't stack and lasts 15 seconds.

Asuna [Undine Healer]
Asuna [Undine Healer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
7812 228 3128 1831 2562 Critical MP Attack
Rod - Water Element +3% +6% +10%
Skill Slots: None at the moment...
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.0
[MP:120],  [4.0 Seconds],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [SS1 Team Heal]
Quick Notes
*ALO Reborn
Naturally have lower HP and DEF, so learn to dodge well and time your casts, use SS1 if needed and to heal your team. SS3 has nice damages but not ideal for fast burst damages due to it's long casting time.

Strea [MHCP-002]
Strea [MHCP-002]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11819 218 2738 2202 2515 Attack +3% MP HP
Sword - Neutral Element Damage Up 1.5x vs Neutral +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  BS1 Transform; SS3 Enhance (Attack+)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 0.7
[MP:100],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff]
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
Notable wide range damage output packed with a nice take down effect from her SS3! (some higher tier bosses can't be taken down though). SS3 lacks combo generator, but still decent for boss fights.

Sinon [Goddess of Death]
Sinon [Goddess of Death]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9038 208 3331 2201 2476 HP +3% MP Attack
Gun - Neutral Element Damage Up 1.5x vs Neutral +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Gun Skill;  BS1 Transform;  SS3 Enhance (Attack+, Homing Bullet)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:45
SS3+
Hit 0.5
[MP:100],  [2.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Midair Attack],  [SS3 Homing Attack]
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
A decent alternative if you need a gun wielder. SS3+ will upgrade her gun's firepower and turn her bullets into homing bullets. (turn off auto-approach to increase range).

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.
   - Overall Damage Output (including buffs, defense debuffs, non-elemental damage multipliers, crit damage, and more). Tested on a null enemy (no elemental advantage) with same armor rating.
   - Mana Cost and potential MP Pool (including Battle Skills), SS3 Attack Duration in seconds (on-click until he/she can move again), SS3 Hits/Sec (combo generation and dmg bonus), and more.
   - Weapon Speed for Combo and MP Generation. Ability to parry, or spam SS3s without parry (crit damage depends on crit rates).
   - and many more.
   - Please note that these Tier Lists are for reference only, ranking basis is a work in progress and will never be final.


Other Notes

Character Rankings: Order List

   - Default Order: SS3 Hits/Sec > 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)
   - 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/Ticket Scout: Limited characters that can be obtained from Ranking Events (gets a different image thumbnail).
   - Limited Events: Free 4* characters via limited events.


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