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


Here's a list of 4-Star Characters that are currently rated under Rank SS! 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 SS
Rank [SS] 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 [Augmented Tamer]
Silica [Augmented Tamer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8462 228 3164 1936 3291 Damage Up 30+ Combo MP & Attack
Dagger - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +6%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 4.0
MP:100 Perform successive attack while the small dragon Pina's AI is breathing. Increase your attack and auto heals HP.
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
Has lower attack buff than Silica [Dragon Tamer], but her high DPS SS3 plus combo bonuses will definitely surpass it. Position and time it well to home in all Pina's attacks. She has low defense output, so dodge attacks that can't be parried.

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)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 3.0
MP:100 Shoots out Shurikens, and rushes to slice enemies by the power of darkness. Enhances your speed and critical rate.
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.

Asuna [Heart of Confront]
Asuna [Heart of Confront]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9840 265 2980 1980 3597 Damage Up 30+ Combo MP & Attack
Rapier - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +6%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 4.4
MP:120 Increase your attack and auto heals HP and deal ten hits in the shape of a cross, followed by a central attack.
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
SS3 is similar to Yuuki [Zekken], but with nice attack buff and heal. DPS is also notably high that can be increased further due to her high crit rates and combo bonuses (with extra lock downs too!). Highly recommended that you get her weapon, to reduce her SS3's MP requirement.

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 Rising once again in augmented reality, increases your attack and auto heals HP and a hero accelerates further to unleash this 16-hit move.
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
Has high attack stat that can exceed over 6000 Attack without Battle Skills (viewable stats). Combined with his SS3 and combo bonuses, damage output is definitely devastating! Attack animation is kinda long though so burst damage is a bit lower.

Alice [Integrity Knight]
Alice [Integrity Knight]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9617 245 3334 1977 2919 Critical 30+ Combo MP & Attack
Sword - Earth Element +10% vs Water Damage +10% +6%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Combo Window Up; Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 3.6
MP:120 Release the hidden memory of "Fragrant Olive Sword", and change the blade into thousands of Golden Flowers. Regenerates HP and raise ATK.
Quick Notes
*Alicization
A caster that can parry! Damage output, especially her burst damages are pretty high despite having 120 MP requirement. Turn-off auto-approach if you need more range, and use her SS3 to attack flying targets (sometimes misses though) or vs enemies that are weak when attacked from their backs.

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

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 Slashes on enemies overhead with teleportation Nin-jutsu. Enhances your speed and critical rate.
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 but lands at mid-ranged position. Shines best as a burst damager because of her short attack animation and very high damage output.

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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