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


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

Rank [S] 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)



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
Alice [Golden Knight] Alice
[Golden Knight]
Earth
Sword
12 Hits
3.1sec
(3.9)

SS

AA

A

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

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Ends behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, and can also damage enemies behind her.
Eugeo[Surfer] Eugeo
[Surfer]
Wind
Sword
10 Hits
3.1sec
(3.2)

SS

AA

B

S
*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)

SS

AA

A

S
*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).

Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak
Asuna [Heart of Confront] Asuna
[Heart of Confront]
NeutralRapier 11 Hits
2.5sec
(4.4)

SS

AA

--

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

[MP:120],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be used freely thanks to her SS3's frame locks. Note that her SS3 is a Sword/Slash type not Rapier/Thrust.
Leafa
[Rainy Season Enjoyment]
Water
Sword
10 Hits
2.3sec
(4.3)

SS

AA

A

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

[MP:110],  [Self-Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction (15sec)],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed, just time it well to avoid attacks.
Silica [Augmented Tamer] Silica
[Augmented Tamer]
Neutral
Dagger
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

SS

AA

--

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

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- Great burst damages, but hard to spam, so use after parrying or while the enemy is stunned.
Kirito [Hero's Return] Kirito
[Hero's Return]
Neutral
Sword
16 Hits
4.0sec
(4.0)

SS

AA

--

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

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- Animation is too long to spam but still great to use after parry of while the enemy is stunned, to unleash high damages.
Leafa [Aries] Leafa
[Aries]
Fire
Sword
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

SS

AA

A

AA
*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).
Philia [Promise of Reunion]
Philia
[Promise of Reunion]
Dark
Dagger
7 Hits
1.8sec
(3.9)

SS

AA

--

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

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Self Heal],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Asuna [Libra] Asuna
[Libra]
Fire
Lance
7 Hits
2.0sec
(3.5)

SS

AA

A

AA
*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)

SS

AA

A

B
*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.
Silica [Blessed Breath] Silica
[Blessed Breath]
Holy
Dagger
8 Hits
2.5sec
(3.2)

SS

AA

--

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

[MP:110],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- Spam after parry or when target is about to get stunned (SS3 sometimes ends behind target). Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Leafa [The Kiss] Leafa
[The Kiss]
Holy
Sword
8 Hits
3.0sec
(2.7)

SS

AA

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Teleports behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed while dodging attacks, 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
Lisbeth [Efficient Smith] Lisbeth
[Efficient Smith]
NeutralMace 8 Hits
2.8sec
(2.9)

SS

AA

--

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

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- High burst damage, ideal as support nuker after parrying or while enemy is stunned.
Sinon [Progressive Gunner] Sinon
[Progressive Gunner]
NeutralGun 7 Hits
2.2sec
(2.8)

SS

AA

--

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

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- Can be spammed from a ranged position or while enemy is stunned, just time it well.
Sinon [Leo] Sinon
[Leo]
Fire
Lance
5 Hits
2.3sec
(2.2)

SS

AA

A

AA
*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],  [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)

SS

AA

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: While Buffed Limited In-line 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)

SS

AA

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)

SS

AA

A

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.
Yuuki [Sunny Summer Girl] Yuuki
[Sunny Summer Girl]
Water
Rapier
3 Hits
2.1sec
(1.4)

SS

AA

A

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

AA

A

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.
Yui [Angel Cheer] Yui
[Angel Cheer]
Holy
Sword
3 Hits
2.3sec
(1.3)

SS

AA

--

B
*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)

SS

AA

A

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)

SS

AA

A

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.
Yuuki [Eccentric Riding Hood] Yuuki
[Eccentric Riding Hood]
Fire
Rod
1 Hit
2.2sec
(0.4)

SS

AA

B

B
*Nuker
*Debuffer
*Healer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [SS1 Team Heal],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam from a ranged position, but watch out for auto-aim and dashing 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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