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


Here's a list of 4-Star Characters that are currently rated under Rank AA! This section is the summary of all ranks and ratings given to all characters in the game, in terms of Speed Rankings, Floor Clearing capabilities or Tankiness.

Rank [AA] Overall Characters

   - For beginners with limited number of characters, aim for a high ranked Dagger, Lance, Rapier, or Sword wielder that can also generate combos, as your 1st character and main DPS unit.

Other Helpful Lists:

   - Character List (Element, Stats and Info)
   - Burst DPS Tier List (Ranking Events)
   - Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 4-Star Characters Tier List - Rank A

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.re spaced out.
   - *Ratings are mostly based under "NO Elemental Advantage", so DPS ranks below can go higher when used against their counter element.

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Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Sinon [Stillroom Maid] Sinon
[Stillroom Maid]
Wind
Bow
11 Hits
2.0sec
(5.5)

SS

SS

SS

B
*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.
Yui [All Aboard] Yui
[All Aboard]
Neutral
Sword
7 Hits
2.1sec
(3.3)

SS

S

S

A
*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.
Eugeo[Surfer] Eugeo
[Surfer]
Wind
Sword
10 Hits
3.1sec
(3.2)

S

S

S

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
Combo Window: Passive Wide In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Ends behind target],  [Instant SS3 upon Switch],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are possible to spam, just time it well.
Leafa [Ephemeral Feelings] Leafa
[Ephemeral Feelings]
Water
Dagger
4 Hits
2.7sec
(1.5)

S

S

AA

A
*Nuker
*Mob Clearer
*Debuffer
Combo Window: Passive Wide AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are fairly good to spam (turn off auto-approach to increase range), just watch for auto-aim attacks because of the little delay at the end.

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).
   - *Ratings are mostly based under "NO Elemental Advantage", so DPS ranks below can go higher when used against their counter element.

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Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Kirito [Tropical Beach Boy] Kirito
[Tropical Beach Boy]
Dark
Dual
16 Hits
2.8sec*
(5.7)

SS

A

A

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Ends behind target],  [Instant SS3 upon Switch],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Silica [Attention Please] Silica
[Attention Please]
Neutral
Dagger
11 Hits
2.4sec
(4.6)

SS

A

A

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

A

B

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.
Leafa [Aries] Leafa
[Aries]
Fire
Sword
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

S

AA

A

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
*Crit+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are a bit hard to spam. Turn off Auto-Approach to turn her into an Auto-Aim Caster but will only deal 60%. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Asuna [Libra] Asuna
[Libra]
Fire
Lance
7 Hits
2.0sec
(3.5)

S

AA

A

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
*Crit+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Decent AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Stacks vs Clustered Mobs],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed with the help of her frame locking SS3s, just time it well to avoid interruptions. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Alice[Summer Princess] Alice
[Summer Princess]
Fire
Sword
9 Hits
2.7sec
(3.3)

S

B

B

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Ends behind target],  [Instant SS3 upon Switch],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Sinon [Victorious Girl] Sinon
[Victorious Girl]
Holy
Dagger
9 Hits
3.2sec
(3.1)

S

B

B

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed while dodging attacks, just time it well.
Suguha [Dusk Lespedeza] Suguha
[Dusk Lespedeza]
Earth
Dagger
6 Hits
2.1sec
(2.9)

SS

A

B

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [Ends behind target],  [Ends at mid ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are a bit awkward to spam because of her landing position after SS3s, but her DPS will make up for it.

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.
   - *Ratings are mostly based under "NO Elemental Advantage", so DPS ranks below can go higher when used against their counter element.

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Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Silica [My Little Lover] Silica
[My Little Lover]
Dark
Mace
8 Hits
2.6sec
(3.1)

SS

AA

A

A
*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.
Yui [Born in Sakura Season] Yui
[Born in Sakura Season]
Earth
Mace
10 Hits
3.3sec
(3.0)

A

B

AA

SS
*Water Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: None Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- Burst damages are great, but still kinda hard to spam without parrying.
Lisbeth [Smile on Waterfront] Lisbeth
[Smile on Waterfront]
Water
Mace
7 Hits
2.6sec
(2.7)

AA

B

A

AA
*Fire Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
Combo Window: While Buffed Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Auto-Heal],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3's range can be increased by turning off auto-approach but must be used directly in-line of target to land all hits. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Philia [Pure Hunter Soul] Phillia
[Pure Hunter Soul]
Water
Dagger
8 Hits
3.4sec
(2.4)

A

B

A

AA
*Fire Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
Combo Window: While Buffed Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3 is pretty much on point, so use after parry or while target is stunned. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Sinon [Leo] Sinon
[Leo]
Fire
Lance
5 Hits
2.3sec
(2.2)

SS

AA

A

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
*Crit+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Decent AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Teleports to nearby target],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are ok to spam, but needs more timing. Use after parry or when the target is about to get stunned. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Asuna [Shinobi Slash] Asuna
[Shinobi Slash]
Dark
Rapier
5 Hits
2.5sec
(2.0)

S

A

B

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: While Buffed Limited In-Inline AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff], [Ends at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- OK to spam, but needs crucial timing because of her attack range.
Asuna [Tropical Lover] Asuna
[Tropical Lover]
Earth
Dagger
4 Hits
2.1sec
(1.9)

S

B

B

B
*Nuker
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Instant SS3 upon Switch],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are possible to spam, just avoid directly top or bottom of target to avoid misses.
Asuna
[Kitchen Maid]
Wind
Rod
4 Hits
2.2sec
(1.8)

S

B

B

B
*Nuker
*Healer
Combo Window: While Buffed Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [Midair Attack],  [SS1 Team Heal],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam especially against ground based attacks, avoid fast moving targets though.
Sinon [Free Style Artist] Sinon
[Free Style Artist]
Water
Bow
5 Hits
3.0sec
(1.7)

S

B

B

A
*Nuker
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ and Speed+ Buff],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Teleports behind target],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed if timed right, animation is kinda long so be careful.
Yuuki [Sunny Summer Girl] Yuuki
[Sunny Summer Girl]
Water
Rapier
3 Hits
2.1sec
(1.4)

S

B

B

B
*Nuker
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Teleports behind target],  [Midair Attack],  [Instant SS3 upon Switch],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be used from any location and easy to spam, just time it well.
Eugeo [Blue Silver Knight] Eugeo
[Blue Silver Knight]
Water
Sword
3 Hits
2.4sec
(1.3)

SS

A

B

A
*Nuker
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Suguha [Faroff Fencer] Suguha
[Faroff Fencer]
NeutralSword 2 Hits
1.6sec
(1.3)

SS

A

B

A
*Nuker
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:110],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- High DPS damage, ideal as support nuker. SS3s are easy to spam and can be used while dodging attacks.
Yui [Angel Cheer] Yui
[Angel Cheer]
Holy
Sword
3 Hits
2.3sec
(1.3)

S

B

B

A
*Nuker
*Atk+ Buffer
Combo Window: None Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Team Buff],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3 is pretty much on point, so use after parry or while target is stunned.
Yui [Pearl Tears] Yui
[Pearl Tears]
Wind
Rapier
2 Hits
2.1sec
(1.0)

S

A

AA

A
*Nuker
*Debuffer
Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:110],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Self Heal],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- A bit hard to spam, find an opening from the start, or use after parry or stun.
Seven [Zinnia Melody] Seven
[Zinnia Melody]
Earth
Lance
2 Hits
2.5sec
(0.8)

S

A

B

A
*Nuker
*Stunner
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [Auto-aim Caster],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be easily spammed, just time it well. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s.

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.
   - Combo Generation and "how easy" SS3s can be spammed will affect DPS Ratings.
   - Note: DPS rating may increase if used against their counter element.

Ranking Event - Mob Clearing:
   - Heavily based on their AoE Range (considering all skills) and Speed.

Floor Clearing Event - Mob Clearing
   - Heavily based on their AoE Range (considering all skills) + Survival Capabilities without relying on Healers. Basically, units without any survivability skills, should be paired with Healers to increase/maintain their effectiveness.
   - Based on Floor 60 onwards mob difficulty.
   - Note: Rating may increase if used against their counter element.

Floor Clearing Event - vs Boss
   - Heavily based on their Damage Output (DPS will not be used here), Tankiness and Survival Capabilities. So, units with very high Damage Output with limited durability can still find their way to a decent rank, since we can still defeat Bosses by dodging attacks.
   - Based on Floor 60 onwards Boss difficulty.
   - Note: Rating may increase if used against their counter element. Units without any survivability skills, should be paired with Healers to increase/maintain their effectiveness.

Overall Rankings
   - Heavily based on DPS rating (Ranking Events) and Floor Clearing vs Boss (Damage Output and Survivability). So units without Self Healing or Auto-Heal are in a big disadvantage.
   - We will not consider Mob Clearing as ranking basis for now because it would be unfair for other limited ranged units.
   - NOTE: 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.

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)
   - Note that some selected characters have a Battle Skill or Skill Slot that increases their damages against Neutral element enemies.
   - Element that is in disadvantage can only deal 75% damage, so also consider that unit's current DPS rank to go down.

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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