Sword Art Online: MD - Best Burst Damagers Tier List (Rank SS)


This tier list will show you how good your characters are when it comes to burst damages and ranking events.

Rank [SS] Burst DPS Damagers for Ranking Events

   - For best results, use vs their counter element and with teams. For beginners with limited number of characters, aim for a high ranked Dagger, Lance, RapierDual, or Sword wielder that can also generate combos.

Other Useful Lists:

   - Character List (Element, Stats and Info)
   - Overall Character Rankings
   - Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
Sword Art Online: MD - Best Burst Damagers Tier List (Rank SS)

SAO MD RANK SS Burst Damagers

Wide AoE Nukers and/or Combo Generators

   - Note: Units with high Hits/Sec on their SS3s are great combo builders vs mobs. The effectiveness of mob clearing units depends on how the mobs are spaced out.

Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak
Asuna [Promise at that Time] Asuna
[Promise at the Time]
Holy
Rapier
9 Hits
1.6sec
(5.6)

SS
+

SS

--

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
*Stunner
Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off auto-approach to control range. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Sinon [Stillroom Maid] Sinon
[Stillroom Maid]
Wind
Bow
11 Hits
2.0sec
(5.5)

SS

S

AA

SS
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
Combo Window: While Buffed Massive In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- Spam SS3s with caution, watch out for auto-aim and dashing attacks.
Alice [Fragrant Olive in June] Alice
[Fragrant Olive in June]
Holy
Sword
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

SS

S

--

S
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
*Stunner
Combo Window: Passive Wide AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed thanks to her frame locks, turn off auto approach to control range. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Yui [All Aboard] Yui
[All Aboard]
NeutralSword 7 Hits
2.1sec
(3.3)

SS
+

S

--

S
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
*Debuffer
Combo Window: While Buffed Wide In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your character and time it well.


Nukers and Combo Generators

   - Units with high Hits/Sec on their SS3s. Can be used anytime during battle, but more effective if used from the start to generate fast combos (against single targets like bosses).

Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak
Rain [Parlor Maid] Rain
[Parlor Maid]
Wind
Sword
17 Hits
3.1sec
(5.5)

SS

S

A

B
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: While Buffed Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- Animation is kinda long, so be careful when spamming SS3s without parry.
Leafa [Mellow Maid] Leafa
[Mellow Maid]
Wind
Rapier
7 Hits
1.5sec
(4.7)

SS
+

SS

S

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: While Buffed Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- Still kinda easy to spam due to her short SS3 attack animation. Turning off auto-approach will increase her range but target might get lower hits.
Silica [Attention Please] Silica
[Attention Please]
Neutral
Dagger
11 Hits
2.4sec
(4.6)

SS

S

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: While Buffed Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3 is pretty much on point, so use after parry or while target is stunned.
Asuna [Heart Flash] Asuna
[Heart Flash]
NeutralRapier 12 Hits
2.6sec
(4.6)

SS

S

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Speed+ Buff],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are a bit hard to spam or use, ideal after parrying or while enemy is stunned.
Asuna
[Time of Injection]
NeutralRapier 10 Hits
2.2sec
(4.5)

SS
+

SS

--

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: While Buffed Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be easily spammed, just time it well.
Strea [Spartan Female Teacher] Strea
[Spartan Female Teacher]
NeutralLance 9 Hits
2.1sec
(4.3)

SS
+

SS

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: While Buffed Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your character and time it well.
Asuna [Lightning Dance] Asuna
[Lightning Dance]
Holy
Sword
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

SS

S

--

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: Passive Decent AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Auto-Aim Caster],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Rain [Raindrops Girl] Rain
[Raindrops Girl]
Water
Dual
11 Hits
2.8sec*
(3.9)

SS+

S

AA

B
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Self-Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction (15sec)],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be used to dodge attacks while dealing damages, but lands at mid-ranged position, making it a bit awkward to spam.
Alice [Integrity Knight] Alice
[Integrity Knight]
Earth
Sword
9 Hits
2.5sec
(3.6)

SS

S

AA

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Decent AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Yuuki [Gemini] Yuuki
[Gemini]
Fire
Rapier
4 Hits
1.5sec
(2.7)

SS
+

S

AA

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
*Crit+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam but can also be easily interrupted by enemy attacks, so time it well. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

Support Nukers

   - Characters with average or low Hits/Sec on their SS3s, or using slow speed weapons. Still strong characters especially against their counter elements, best played with combo generators to deal stronger nukes at higher combo counts.

Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak
Yuuki
[Bouquet Toss]
Holy
Mace
11 Hits
2.6sec
(4.2)

SS

S

--

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
Combo Window: Passive Decent AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Self Heal],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Sakuya [Indoor Gamer] Sakuya
[Indoor Gamer]
Water
Bow
8 Hits
1.9sec
(4.2)

SS+

S

AA

B
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Self-Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction (15sec)],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed from a ranged position, but watch out for incoming attacks.
Yuna [Roller Waitress] Yuna
[Roller Waitress]
Neutral
Mace
8 Hits
2.1sec
(3.8)

SS
+

SS

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: While Buffed Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- Possible to spam SS3s, but needs some crucial timing.
Sinon
[Novice Police]
Neutral
Gun
7 Hits
2.1sec
(3.3)

SS
+

SS

--

B
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: While Buffed Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed from a ranged position, but watch out for incoming attacks.
Silica [My Little Lover] Silica
[My Little Lover]
Dark
Mace
8 Hits
2.6sec
(3.1)

SS

S

--

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: Passive Decent AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Auto-Aim Caster],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Sinon [Stiletto heel Bride] Sinon
[Stiletto heel Bride]
Holy
Bow
5 Hits
1.6sec
(3.1)

SS
+

S

--

B
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
Combo Window: Passive Wide In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Auto-aim Caster],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed from a ranged position, but best vs single targets. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Suguha [Faroff Fencer] Suguha
[Faroff Fencer]
NeutralSword 2 Hits
1.6sec
(1.3)

SS

S

--

A
*Nuker
Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam and can be used while dodging attacks.

Support Characters

   - DO NOT limit your team by only using high DPS units, also consider using Support units like Debuffers. Refer here for a list of Support Units.
   - Characters that focuses on inflicting status effects like Stuns are also effective as support/utility units, depending on your current character pool and/or battle situation.

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.

SS3 Attack Duration (Seconds):
   - SS3 Attack Duration in seconds (on-click until he/she can move again)
   - #.#sec* =  Average Time. Dual Wielders will get Max/Min speed depending on combos (10~50) but will only consider their average speed and DPS.
   - (Hits/Sec) determines how fast they can generate combos "per target".

Ranking Event - Burst DPS:
   - Overall Damage Output/Sec (including buffs, defense debuffs, non-elemental damage multipliers, crit damage, and more). Tested on a null enemy (no elemental advantage) with same armor rating, without gears. Elemental damage multipliers will be calculated according to their overall DPS rating.
   - Combo Generation and "how easy" SS3s can be spammed will affect DPS Ratings.

Ranking Event - Mob Clearing:
   - Heavily based on their AoE Range (considering all skills) and Speed.
   - We will not consider Mob Clearing as ranking basis for now because it would be unfair for other limited ranged units.

Support Units that can buff, debuff enemies, or heal your team won't affect their rankings for now, since these characters' effectiveness also depends on their teammates' strengths.

   - Please note that these Tier Lists are for reference only, ranking basis is a work in progress and will never be final. It's not 100% accurate, but we'll do our best to polish the guides.

Other Helpful Notes

Character Rankings: Order List

   - Ordered By: Category > Combo Generation (Hits/Sec) > Faster 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.

Elemental Bonuses and Weaknesses

   - Fire > Wind > Earth > Water > Fire (Holy < > Dark)
   - Characters with an Element that is in a disadvantage (except Holy/Dark) can only deal 75% damage.
   - 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


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).
   - 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.

Final Notes: 

   - The list above isn't absolute, if we missed some info regarding their SS3's performance like range or extra effects for example, please notify us below, thanks!
   - For new characters or banners, please check the Changelog and Updates Section.
   - Enjoy! ^^


Related Sword Art Online: MD Tips & Guides:
Sword Art Online: MD - Terminologies and Team Building Guide
- Sword Art Online: MD - How to Defeat Ranking Event Bosses (Master+1)
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