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.

Rank [S] 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 also be used as your Main Core Unit.
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 4-Star Characters Tier List - Rank S
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).

Sinon [Stillroom Maid]
Sinon [Stillroom Maid]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8231 237 3327 1810 3708 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Earth
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Bow - Wind Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Bow Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  HP&MP Recovery on Enemy Kill
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 5.5
[MP:100],  [2.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Wide In-line AoE]
Quick Notes
*Wind Maid
Her SS3's high hits/sec is where she shines best (11 hits), to further increase her own and her teammate's DPS as well. Great mob clearer, and combo builder.

Leafa [Aries]
Leafa [Aries]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10289 221 3433 1995 3039 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Wind
MP Attack
Sword - Fire Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Wind);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 4.0
[MP:120],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun]
Quick Notes
*Poetry of Constellation
SS3 connects well with nice combo gen. You can turn off Auto-Approach to turn her into an Auto-Aim Caster but will only deal 60% of SS3 damage. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

Kirito [Hero's Return]
Kirito [Hero's Return]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9560 228 3441 1910 2870 Damage Up 30+ Combo Attack
Sword - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 4.0
[MP:100],  [4.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal]
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
High attack stat combined with his SS3 and combo bonuses will definitely unleash devastating damages! Attack animation is kinda long though so burst damage is a bit lower.

Alice [Golden Knight]
Alice [Golden Knight]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
13789 221 3315 2224 2476 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Water
MP Attack
Sword - Earth Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 3.9
[MP:100],  [3.1 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Wide In-line AoE],  [Ends behind target],  [100% Frame Lock]
Quick Notes
*Alicization Vol.2
This 2nd version of Earth Alice is more focused as an anti-Water and mobs unit (can also damage enemies behind her). Great unit to get if you still don't have any Earth Element character.

Yuuki [Natural Pop Star]
Yuuki [Natural Pop Star]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
12549 211 3235 1980 2972 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Earth
MP Attack
Rapier - Wind Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  Emergency Heal (MP)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 3.6
[MP:120],  [2.8 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike]
Quick Notes
*Enduring Love from Another Space
SS3 connects well, but still avoid directly top/below of target to avoid misses. Barriers could be helpful for spamming SS3s with ease. No Combo Window so use as starter, or do quick attack cancel to parry, so you won't lose combos.

Suguha [Summer Girl]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
13985 224 3371 1910 2489 Atk+6% & MP Gain Up Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Sword - Water Element HP above 80% 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Fire)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 3.3
[MP:100],  [2.4 Seconds],  [Auto-Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Wide AoE Range],  [100% Frame Lock]
Quick Notes
*Beautiful Girls Playing in the Water
SS3 is almost the same to an auto-aim caster but it has a limited range, great for mob clearing and combo building. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2).

Yuuki [Umbral Flight]
Yuuki [Umbral Flight]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9992 208 3440 1871 3259 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP
Dagger - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +12%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy); Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 3.0
[MP:100],  [3.3 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Ends behind target]
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
Speed and Crit buff + Dagger can maximize all of her Speed perks. She has lower burst damages compared to most Kunoichis, but shines best as your core DPS unit for fast combo counts. Turn off auto-approach to increase her SS3's range and close in fast.

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); Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 3.0
[MP:100],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Teleports behind target]
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
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.

Yui [Up-and-Coming Tiny Idol]
Yui [Up-and-Coming Tiny Idol]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9577 211 3344 1960 2784 Damage Up MP Attack
Rapier - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Neutral);  Battle Healing;  Emergency Heal (MP)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 2.7
[MP:100],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike], [100% Frame Lock]
Quick Notes
*Ticket Scout
*Idol Series
Barriers could be helpful for spamming SS3s with ease. Best used after parrying for better crit rates. Parry+Switch is still viable if you can do quick attack cancel to parry, so you won't lose combos.

Seven [Omniscient Maid]
Seven [Omniscient Maid]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9054 221 3363 1954 3800 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Earth
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Dagger - Wind Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  HP&MP Recovery on Enemy Kill
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 2.1
[MP:100],  [2.4 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Limited AoE Range],
Quick Notes
*Wind Maid
Her SS3's damage output is pretty high, paired to her high crit rates and decent attack animation, DPS is a breeze. 

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.

Silica [My Little Lover]
Silica [My Little Lover]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11060 245 3418 1922 2335 MP Recover MP Attack
Mace - Dark Element +10% 5 MP per 5 sec (standby) +12%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 3.1
[MP:100],  [2.6 Seconds],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [100% Frame Lock], [Auto-Aim Caster],  [Decent AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Fairyland
An auto-aim caster that can also inflict Atk&Defense down debuffs. Crit rate is kinda low so better use her SS3s after parrying, or simply spam SS3s from a ranged position, best vs Holy element targets.

Sinon [Leo]
Sinon [Leo]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9137 242 3180 1864 3330 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Wind
MP Attack
Lance - Fire Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Lance Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Wind);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:35
SS3
Hit 2.2
[MP:120],  [2.3 Seconds],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [Teleports to nearby target]
Quick Notes
*Poetry of Constellation
SS3 will teleport her right next to target, which might also make her vulnerable from attacks, time it well or use after parrying. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

Asuna [Shinobi Slash]
Asuna [Shinobi Slash]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10127 208 3548 1772 3284 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP
Rapier - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 2.0
[MP:100],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff], [Ends at mid-ranged position],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
Base damage is high so the more buffs and bonuses she gets the better! SS3 has a wide attack range, nice for closing in fast. Shines best as a burst damager because of her short attack animation and very high damage output.

Leafa [Ephemeral Feelings]
Leafa [Ephemeral Feelings]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8367 208 3467 1826 3219 MP Recover MP Attack
Dagger - Water Element +10% 5 MP per 5 sec (standby) +12%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Fire);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.5
[MP:120],  [2.7 Seconds],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Wide In-line AoE],  [Ends behind target]
Quick Notes
*Fairyland
SS3 is a wide in-line AoE with Atk&Defense down debuffs (turn off auto-approach to increase range), useful for clearing mobs. SS3 has a little delay at the end, that might make her vulnerable from auto-aim attacks, time it well to avoid getting hit.

Eugeo [Blue Silver Knight]
Eugeo [Blue Silver Knight]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9502 208 3624 1864 2575 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Fire
MP Attack
Sword - Water Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Skill Damage Up (vs Fire)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:45
SS3
Hit 1.3
[MP:100],  [2.4 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Limited AoE Range],  [Ends behind target]
Quick Notes
*Alicization Vol.2
His SS3's damage output and burst are pretty high, but has low hits/sec so it is best to use him as a support nuker at higher combo rates, or as a solid burst damager vs Fire elemental enemies.

Yui [Pearl Tears]
Yui [Pearl Tears]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9136 245 3369 1835 3503 MP Recover MP Attack
Rapier - Wind Element +10% 5 MP per 5 sec (standby) +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 1.0
[MP:110],  [2.1 Seconds],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Self Heal],  [Limited AoE Range],
Quick Notes
*Fairyland
An excellent nuker with nice survival capabilities, pair with combo generators or use solo vs Earth elemental targets to deal massive damages with bonus Atk&Defense down debuffs.

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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