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.

Rank [SS] 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: Daggers, Lances, Rapiers, and Sword wielders listed here are the best Main Core Units!
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 4-Star Characters Tier List - Rank SS
Solo General Rating (Recommended for Beginners with few Characters)
For Team Rating (Recommended for Experienced Players), refer here: Burst 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).

Rain [Parlor Maid]
Rain [Parlor Maid]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10289 221 3433 1995 3039 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Earth
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Sword - Wind Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  HP&MP Recovery on Enemy Kill
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 5.5
[MP:100],  [3.1 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock]
Quick Notes
*Wind Maid
Her SS3's high hits/sec is where she shines best (17 hits), to further increase her own and her teammate's DPS as well. Three SS3s will give your party +25% Dmg from Combo Bonuses.

Leafa [Mellow Maid]
Leafa [Mellow Maid]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9775 221 3469 1851 3647 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Earth
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Rapier - Wind Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  HP&MP Recovery on Enemy Kill
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 4.7
[MP:100],  [1.5 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Wind Maid
Rank SS+ unit! DPS is OP because of her high dmg output, crit rate, and only 1.5 seconds to fire! Combo generation is super fast too even if her SS3 only has 7 hits. Highly recommended character, especially vs Earth Element!

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],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [100% Frame Lock]
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
SS3 is similar to Yuuki [Zekken] (Sword/Slash type not Rapier/Thrust), 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.

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],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
Her SS3 is full of high burst damages that can be increased with combo bonuses for more DPS. 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.

Asuna [Lightning Dance]
Asuna [Lightning Dance]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10892 228 3343 2112 2632 MP Recover MP Attack
Sword - Holy Element +10% 5 MP per 5 sec (standby) +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Dark);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 4.0
[MP:100],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [100% Frame Lock], [Auto-Aim Caster],  [Decent AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Fairyland
An auto-aim caster that can parry and inflict Atk&Defense down debuffs with her SS3s. Excellent hits/sec enabling her to generate quick combos from a ranged position.

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],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [Auto-Aim Caster], [100% Frame Lock],  [Decent AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Alicization
An auto-aim 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.

Asuna [Libra]
Asuna [Libra]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
13375 221 3281 2270 3064 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 3.5
[MP:120],  [2.0 Seconds],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock]
Quick Notes
*Poetry of Constellation
SS3 connects well in a weird way, use her SS3s above/below target or vs short ranged attacks to dodge incoming attacks while dropping damages. Great for mob clearing. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

Yuuki [Gemini]
Yuuki [Gemini]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9775 221 3469 1851 3647 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Wind
MP Attack
Rapier - Fire Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Wind);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.7
[MP:120],  [1.5 Seconds],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [Wide In-line AoE],  [Ends behind target]
Quick Notes
*Poetry of Constellation
Rank SS+ unit! DPS is high because of her high dmg output, crit rate, and only 1.5 seconds to fire! Nice quick buff for auto-aim casters. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

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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