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


Here's a list of 4-Star Characters that are currently rated under Rank S! 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 S
Rank [S] 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!

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).
   - Refer here for more info: Terminologies and Team Building Guide

Silica [Dragon Tamer]
Silica [Dragon Tamer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10094 208 2806 2178 3291 Critical +3% MP Attack
Dagger - Neutral Element Damage Up 1.5x vs Neutral +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  BS1 Transform;  SS3 Enhance (Reduced Required MP)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3+
Hit Na
MP:80 Summon Pina, whose breath replenishes your HP and temporarily boosts your attack (1.8x). Reduced MP.
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
Great DPS and survivability. After using SS3, use SS1 to defeat enemies. Lacks combo generator so mix in some regular attacks and rely on crits for added DPS. Although she can heal, still dodge attacks that can't be parried.

Leafa [Void Runner]
Leafa [Void Runner]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10660 205 3512 1910 2868 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP
Sword - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 3.0
MP:100 The sword skill combo slashing up on the enemy's back by madness shadow. Enhances your speed and critical rate.
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
She is a "void runner", to do that you need to turn off auto-approach then fire her SS3 from the start, 2nd attack will teleport her behind the enemy, helpful for cutting more time! Time it well and you can also use her SS3 to attack and dodge at the same time.

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).
   - Refer here for more info: Terminologies and Team Building Guide

Eugeo [Born Genius]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
13905 213 3349 2359 2476 Critical 30+ Combo MP & Attack
Sword - Water Element +10% vs Fire Damage +10% +6%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Combo Window Up; Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 2.3
MP:100 Release the hidden memory of "Blue Rose Sword", and freeze the vicinity completely. Regenerates HP and raise ATK.
Quick Notes
*Alicization
His SS3 is great for clearing mobs to cut more time and for building high combo counts (situational though). Best paired with units that also have "Combo Window" to maintain combos.

Lisbeth [Efficient Smith]
Lisbeth [Efficient Smith]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
15991 239 3397 2665 1980 Damage Up 30+ Combo Attack
Mace - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.9
MP:100 Strike the ground and make an explosion giving successive hits. Increase your attack and auto heals HP.
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
Excellent tank (handles agro and parry jobs) that can heal and buff attack! Combo generation is a bit shaky but her SS3 can still deal A LOT of damage (one of the best burst damage dealers!). Best used after parrying, or for parry switch tactics.

Sinon [Progressive Gunner]
Sinon [Progressive Gunner]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9290 213 3831 2091 2847 Damage Up 30+ Combo MP
Gun - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Gun Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.8
MP:100 Put a electromagnetic bullet in the gun and shoot. Increase your attack and auto heals HP.
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
Her SS3 has a very high burst damage with nice buffs, while her SS1 also has a notable DPS and can abuse all combo damage bonuses (multiplayer). Great support fire unit or as a finisher (best with characters that has "Combo Window" for combo chain).

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 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: Limited characters that can be obtained via Medal Scouts (ranking events).
   - Limited Events: Free 4* characters via limited events.


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