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


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

Rank [A] 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 A
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).

Leafa [Storm Mage]
Leafa [Storm Mage]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11587 208 2810 2247 2607 Attack +3% HP MP
Sword - Wind Element Attack +18% +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  SS3 Enhance (Whirlwind Hits+; Speed+); BS1 Transform
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 3.7
[MP:100],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff], [100% Frame Lock], [Decent AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
Casting SS3 needs some practice, too near or directly above/below the enemy isn't ideal. Step back before using then quickly regain MP using her Speed. [Candidate for Rank Down!]

Asuna [Prestige Vice Commander]
Asuna [Prestige Vice Commander]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10127 223 3207 2081 3034 Damage Up Skill at Switch Attack
Rapier - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage Up vs Neutral +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  MP Recovery on Parry; Combo Window Up; Damage Up (vs Neutral)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.3
[MP:100],  [3.0 Seconds]
Quick Notes
*Medal Scout
*Sword Dance
Upgraded version of Asuna [Lightning Flash], SS3 has lower MP req with nice burst damage, but avoid using if directly above/below the target (-60% dmg output).

Strea [Sakura Romance]
Strea [Sakura Romance]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
14507 211 3175 2450 2427 MP Gain Up DMG Received Attack
Sword - Earth Element When Attacking Weak Points -30% (HP Below 50%) +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 2.2
[MP:120],  [2.7 Seconds],  [Self Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],  [Wide In-line AoE]
Quick Notes
*Sailor-Suited
SS3 connects well with excellent AoE range and survival capabilities, especially vs Water elemental enemies. Gets 3 Departures for Floor Clearing Events.

Support Nukers! (NO Elemental Advantage)

   - SS3s with average or low hits/sec ( Hit ). Still strong characters especially against their counter elements, but best played with combo generators to deal stronger nukes 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

Yui [Born in Sakura Season]
Yui [Born in Sakura Season]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
17150 203 3397 2386 1939 MP Gain Up DMG Received Attack
Mace - Earth Element When Attacking Weak Points -30% (HP Below 50%) +12%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 3.0
[MP:120],  [3.3 Seconds],  [Self Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction]
Quick Notes
*Sailor-Suited
SS3 connects well but sometimes misses when used from top/below of target. Excellent survival capabilities especially vs Water elemental enemies. Gets 3 Departures for Floor Clearing Events.

Philia [Blossom of Youth]
Philia [Blossom of Youth]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
12051 213 2994 2284 3037 MP Gain Up DMG Received Attack
Bow - Earth Element When Attacking Weak Points -30% (HP Below 50%) +12%
Skill Slots: Bow Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.8
[MP:100],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Self Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [Midair Attack]
Quick Notes
*Sailor-Suited
An auto-aim caster with high burst damages. Great survival capabilities especially vs Water elemental enemies. Gets 3 Departures for Floor Clearing Events.

Asuna [Hit Idol of Love and Effort]
Asuna [Hit Idol of Love and Effort]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10342 228 3244 1881 2426 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Wind
MP Attack
Rod - Fire Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Fire Magic Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Wind)
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 2.5
[MP:120],  [2.8 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Midair Attack],  [Wide In-line AoE],  [SS1 Team Heal]
Quick Notes
*Enduring Love from Another Space
SS3 has a nice in-line AoE range and burst damages, good for clearing out enemy mobs. Barriers could be helpful for spamming SS3s with ease. Use SS1 to heal your team if needed.

Sinon [Dangerous Kiss]
Sinon [Dangerous Kiss]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10755 221 3730 2178 2352 MP Recover MP Attack
Gun - Earth Element +10% 5 MP per 5 sec (standby) +12%
Skill Slots: Gun Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.5
[MP:70],  [1.6 Seconds],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Ends behind target],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Fairyland
SS3 has low damage output, but only uses 70 MP and has short attack animation. Could be useful for avoiding enemy attacks while dealing nice burst damages and quick debuff support.

Silica [Dragon Caster]
Silica [Dragon Caster]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8517 223 3621 1748 2631 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP
Rod - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +12%
Skill Slots: Dark Magic Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy)
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.3
[MP:120],  [2.2 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [SS1 Team Heal]
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
Her SS3 packs huge burst damages, but avoid using directly top or bottom of target. Speed buff can also help increase her MP gain, but better focus on spamming SS3s. SS1 can also heal your team if needed.

Lisbeth [Dark Dancer]
Lisbeth [Dark Dancer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
12925 208 3781 1748 2038 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP
Mace - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +12%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy); Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.0
[MP:100],  [3.5 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Wide In-line AoE]
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
SS3 has a pretty good range and high base damage but her long attack animation killed it. Despite that, burst damages are still dependable.

Lisbeth [Fascinating MC Performer]
Lisbeth [Fascinating MC Performer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
15057 216 3486 2108 2106 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Water
MP Attack
Mace - Earth Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);  Guard Durability Up
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 1.7
[MP:120],  [2.3 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Enduring Love from Another Space
Damage output and burst damages are pretty high. Avoid directly top/bottom of target to minimize misses. Barriers could be helpful for spamming SS3s with ease.

Yuuki [Fledgling Tweeny]
Yuuki [Fledgling Tweeny]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11832 221 3610 2057 2639 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Earth
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Mace - Wind Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  HP&MP Recovery on Enemy Kill
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.3
[MP:100],  [3.1 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Wind Maid
SS3 connects well with added Atk+ and Speed+ buff. She'll get great survivability and better MP generation too once you are able to learn her HP&MP recovery Skill Slot.

Klein [Faithful Swordsman]
Klein [Faithful Swordsman]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10197 213 3373 2243 2591 Mp Gain Up Skill at Switch Attack
Sword - Fire Element vs Wind Elem Damage Up vs Wind +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  MP Recovery on Parry; Combo Window Up; Damage Up (vs Wind)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:45
SS3
Hit 0.9
[MP:100],  [2.3 Seconds]
Quick Notes
*Medal Scout
*Sword Dance
SS3 has only 2 hits which is bad for combo, damage output however, can't be ignored, so use his high burst damages for nuking bosses. Avoid top/bottom of target to minimize misses.

Leafa [Sparkling Teen Idol]
Leafa [Sparkling Teen Idol]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
13094 219 3357 1999 2424 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Dark
MP Attack
Sword - Holy Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Dark)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3+
Hit 0.8
[MP:120],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike], [Teleports behind nearby target]
Quick Notes
*Enduring Love from Another Space
SS3 can instantly teleport her to a nearby enemy on-screen, dealing high burst damages. Barriers could be helpful for spamming SS3s with ease..

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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