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


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

Rank [AA] Burst DPS Damagers

   - 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, Rapier, or Sword wielder that can also generate combos.
Sword Art Online: MD - Best Burst Damagers Tier List (Rank SS)



Rank [AA] Burst DPS Damagers (NO Elemental Advantage)


Yuuki [Zekken]
Yuuki [Zekken]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11414 218 2893 2214 2542 HP MP +6% Attack
Sword - Dark Element +3% MP +15% +10%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  SS3 Enhance (Attack+); BS2 Transform; Skill Damage Up (vs Holy);  Damage Down during Skill
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 4.4
[MP:120],  [11 Hits],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
Her 11 hits SS3 is full of hard hitting damages and can connect well from any position. Ideal for generating combos but be careful because she doesn't have Combo Window.

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],  [10 Hits],  [2.8 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Single Target]
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.

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],  [10 Hits],  [3.3 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Ends behind target],  [Single 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],  [9 Hits],  [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 [Born in Sakura Season]
Yui [Born in Sakura Season]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
17150 203 3397 2386 1939 MP Gain Up DMG Received Attack
Mace - Earth Element When Attacking Weak Points -30% (HP Below 50%) +12%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 3.0
[MP:120],  [10 Hits],  [3.3 Seconds],  [Self Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Sailor-Suited
SS3 connects well but sometimes misses when used from top/below of target. Excellent survival capabilities especially vs Water elemental enemies. Gets 3 Departures for Floor Clearing Events.

Philia [Blossom of Youth]
Philia [Blossom of Youth]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
12051 213 2994 2284 3037 MP Gain Up DMG Received Attack
Bow - Earth Element When Attacking Weak Points -30% (HP Below 50%) +12%
Skill Slots: Bow Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.8
[MP:100],  [7 Hits],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Self Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [Midair Attack],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Sailor-Suited
An auto-aim caster with high burst damages. Great survival capabilities especially vs Water elemental enemies. Gets 3 Departures for Floor Clearing Events.

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],  [8 Hits],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike], [100% Frame Lock],  [Single Target]
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.

Lisbeth [Smile on Waterfront]
Lisbeth [Smile on Waterfront]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
16657 224 3368 2085 1960 Atk+6% & MP Gain Up Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Mace - Water Element HP above 80% 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Fire)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.7
[MP:100],  [7 hits],  [2.6 Seconds],  [Auto-Heal],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Beautiful Girls Playing in the Water
SS3's range can be increased by turning off auto-approach but must be used directly in front or back of target to land all hits. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

Asuna [Hit Idol of Love and Effort]
Asuna [Hit Idol of Love and Effort]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10342 228 3244 1881 2426 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Wind
MP Attack
Rod - Fire Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Fire Magic Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Wind)
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 2.5
[MP:120],  [7 Hits],  [2.8 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Midair Attack],  [Wide In-line AoE],  [SS1 Team Heal]
Quick Notes
*Enduring Love from Another Space
SS3 has a nice in-line AoE range and burst damages, good for clearing out enemy mobs. Barriers could be helpful for spamming SS3s with ease. Use SS1 to heal your team if needed.

Sinon [Dangerous Kiss]
Sinon [Dangerous Kiss]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10755 221 3730 2178 2352 MP Recover MP Attack
Gun - Earth Element +10% 5 MP per 5 sec (standby) +12%
Skill Slots: Gun Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.5
[MP:70],  [4 Hits],  [1.6 Seconds],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Ends behind target],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Fairyland
SS3 has low damage output, but only uses 70 MP and has short attack animation. Could be useful for avoiding enemy attacks while dealing nice burst damages and quick debuff support.

Eugeo [Born Genius]
Eugeo [Born Genius]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
13905 213 3349 2359 2476 Critical 30+ Combo MP & Attack
Sword - Water Element +10% vs Fire Damage +10% +6%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Combo Window Up; Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 2.3
[MP:100],  [8 Hits],  [3.5 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [Wide In-line AoE]
Quick Notes
*Alicization
His SS3 is great for clearing mobs to cut more time and for building high combo counts (situational though). Pair with units that also have "Combo Window" to maintain combos. Best used vs Fire elemental enemies.

Silica [Dragon Caster]
Silica [Dragon Caster]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8517 223 3621 1748 2631 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP
Rod - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +12%
Skill Slots: Dark Magic Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy)
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.3
[MP:120],  [5 Hits],  [2.2 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [SS1 Team Heal]
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
Her SS3 packs huge burst damages, but avoid using directly top or bottom of target. Speed buff can also help increase her MP gain, but better focus on spamming SS3s. SS1 can also heal your team if needed.

Silica [Yearning Blade]
Silica [Yearning Blade]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9177 209 3197 2212 3209 Damage Up Skill at Switch Attack
Dagger - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage Up vs Neutral +12%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  MP Recovery on Parry; Combo Window Up; Damage Up (vs Neutral)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.2
[MP:100],  [5 Hits],  [2.3 Seconds],  [Ends behind target],  [Limited In-line AoE]
Quick Notes
*Medal Scout
*Sword Dance
SS3 connects well, and ends on the opposite side of target, useful for spamming SS3s. Great unit vs Neutral element enemies.

Strea [Sakura Romance]
Strea [Sakura Romance]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
14507 211 3175 2450 2427 MP Gain Up DMG Received Attack
Sword - Earth Element When Attacking Weak Points -30% (HP Below 50%) +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 2.2
[MP:120],  [6 Hits],  [2.7 Seconds],  [Self Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],  [Wide In-line AoE]
Quick Notes
*Sailor-Suited
SS3 connects well with excellent AoE range and survival capabilities, especially vs Water elemental enemies. Gets 3 Departures for Floor Clearing Events.

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],  [5 Hits],  [2.4 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Limited In-line AoE],
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. 

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],  [5 Hits],  [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.

Lisbeth [Fascinating MC Performer]
Lisbeth [Fascinating MC Performer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
15057 216 3486 2108 2106 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Water
MP Attack
Mace - Earth Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Water);  Guard Durability Up
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3+
Hit 1.7
[MP:120],  [4 Hits],  [2.3 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Enduring Love from Another Space
Damage output and burst damages are pretty high. Avoid directly top/bottom of target to minimize misses. Barriers could be helpful for spamming SS3s with ease.

Yuuki [Fledgling Tweeny]
Yuuki [Fledgling Tweeny]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11832 221 3610 2057 2639 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Earth
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Mace - Wind Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  HP&MP Recovery on Enemy Kill
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.3
[MP:100],  [4 Hits],  [3.1 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Wind Maid
SS3 connects well with added Atk+ and Speed+ buff. She'll get great survivability and better MP generation too once you are able to learn her HP&MP recovery Skill Slot.

Leafa [Sparkling Teen Idol]
Leafa [Sparkling Teen Idol]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
13094 219 3357 1999 2424 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Dark
MP Attack
Sword - Holy Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Dark)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3+
Hit 0.8
[MP:120],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike], [Teleports behind nearby target]
Quick Notes
*Enduring Love from Another Space
SS3 can instantly teleport her to a nearby enemy on-screen, dealing high burst damages. Barriers could be helpful for spamming SS3s with ease.

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.
   - 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. Combo Generation and "how easy" SS3s can be spammed will affect DPS Ratings.
   - SS3 Sec: SS3 Attack Duration in seconds (on-click until he/she can move again)
   - 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. 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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