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.

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 A
Rank [A] Characters
   - Highly recommended characters that can make your gameplay much easier.
   - Limit Break/Hack them if you have a good amount of hacking crystals.
   - Well rounded solid stats, notable DPS, and with very useful extra effects like team heals.

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).

Silica [Flower Peach Baby]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11267 221 3054 1921 3585 Mp Gain Up MP Attack
Dagger - 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 3.7
MP:120 Shoots a flower like shock wave after continuous attacks. Also enhances movement speed.
Quick Notes
*Hina-Matsuri
Her 11 hits SS3 packs a good damage output, but avoid using from the top/bottom area of your target (-40% dmg output). Speed buff will greatly increase her fast attack and move speed making her a nice combo generator!

Yuuki [Zekken]
Yuuki [Zekken]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11414 218 2893 2214 2542 HP MP Attack
Sword - Dark Element +3% +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  SS3 Enhance (Attack+)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 4.4
MP:120 Increase your attack and deal ten hits in the shape of a cross, followed by a powerful attack to it's center.
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
Her 11 hits SS3 is full of hard hitting damages and can connect well from any position. Ideal for generating combos with nice burst damages because of her SS3+'s short attack animation!

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).

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 A sword skill. Use your dagger to block an attack, counter, and lower their defense.
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, has low hit count so consider using her as finisher.

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 A sword skill that delivers combo and swings a dagger as a finishing stroke, increasing attack of all party members by cheering.
Quick Notes
*Cheer Girls
Rank A- unit. SS3 has decent damage that can be increased further with team Atk+ buffs, passives, and high crit rates. Burst damage is low so she is mainly used as support buffer. Note that attack+ buffs doesn't stack and only lasts 15 seconds.

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
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.3
MP:100 It's a sword skill that gives long range slash after giving rapid shots.
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). Great for parry+switch tactics especially vs Neutral bosses.

Premier [Pudding Rather Than Praise]
Premier [Pudding Rather Than Praise]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11481 242 3051 2050 3218 Mp Gain Up MP Attack
Rapier - Wind Element vs Earth Elem +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth Element)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.6
MP:120 Performs a spinning slash which spills her hidden desserts. Enhances movement speed by eating the desserts.
Quick Notes
*Hina-Matsuri
A Rank A+ character. SS3 is easy to use with added Speed buff paired to her rapier's fast attack speed. Attack animation is also short, allowing her to deal high burst damages (only 4 hits so use as finisher).

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 A sword skill that delivers combo by a rapier and pompons.
Quick Notes
*Cheer Girls
Same with Sinon [Victorious Girl].

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
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:45
SS3
Hit 0.9
MP:100 Hack down with sword with with blazing fire. Mad fire blows up smashing the enemy.
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 finishing bosses. Avoid top/bottom of target to avoid misses, great for parry+switch tactics especially vs Wind elemental bosses.

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 A sword skill that delivers powerful combo taught by her daddy, increasing attack of all party members by cheering.
Quick Notes
*Cheer Girls
Rank A+ unit. SS3's damage output is pretty high but only has 3 hits and must be used directly in-front or back of target. Best used after parrying, and to buff your team with extra attack+. Note that attack+ buffs doesn't stack and lasts 15 seconds.

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)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.0
MP:100 Slice enemy by summoning avatars, and give one large blow to finish off. Enhances your speed and critical rate.
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
SS3 has a pretty high base damage but her long attack animation killed it. Despite that, burst damages are still pretty high, so it's best to use her after parrying (or for parry+switch tactics) and as a finisher. Maces are still slow even with Speed buffs.

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: Rod Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy)
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.3
MP:120 Summoned Pina divides, and delivers large amount of Dark Breath to an enemy. Your Speed and Critical increases.
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
Rank A+ unit. Her SS3 packs huge burst damages (almost 2 sec cast time!), but avoid using directly top or bottom of target. Speed buff can also help increase her MP gain, but better focus on SS3 spams and use her as finisher. SS1 can also heal your team if needed.

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 Increase your attack power and fire a phantasmal gunshot at an enemy .
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
A decent alternative if you don't have OS Sinon. SS3+ will upgrade her gun's firepower and turn her bullets into homing bullets, great burst damages, suitable as finisher.

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
   - 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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