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.

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


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],  [11 Hits],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Single Target]
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],  [12 Hits],  [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.

Kirito [Hero's Return]
Kirito [Hero's Return]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9560 228 3441 1910 2870 Damage Up 30+ Combo Attack
Sword - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 4.0
[MP:100],  [16 Hits],  [4.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
High attack stat combined with his SS3 and combo bonuses will definitely unleash devastating damages! Attack animation is kinda long though so burst damage is a bit lower.

Leafa [Aries]
Leafa [Aries]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10289 221 3433 1995 3039 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Wind
MP Attack
Sword - Fire Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Wind);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 4.0
[MP:120],  [12 Hits],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Poetry of Constellation
SS3 connects well with nice combo gen. You can turn off Auto-Approach to turn her into an Auto-Aim Caster but will only deal 60% of SS3 damage. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

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],  [7 Hits],  [2.0 Seconds],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Stacks vs Mobs],  [Decent AoE Range]
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).

Suguha [Summer Girl]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
13985 224 3371 1910 2489 Atk+6% & MP Gain Up Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Sword - Water Element HP above 80% 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Fire)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 3.3
[MP:100],  [8 Hits],  [2.4 Seconds],  [Auto-Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Wide AoE Range],  [100% Frame Lock]
Quick Notes
*Beautiful Girls Playing in the Water
SS3 is almost the same to an auto-aim caster but it has a limited range, great for mob clearing and combo building. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

Lisbeth [Efficient Smith]
Lisbeth [Efficient Smith]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
15991 239 3397 2665 1980 Damage Up 30+ Combo Attack +12%
Mace - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% Attack +20%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up;  Guard Durability Up;  BS3 Transform
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.9
[MP:100],  [8 Hits],  [2.8 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal], [Limited In-line AoE]
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
Great tank unit with high HP and Defense stats. Combo generation is a bit shaky but her SS3 can still deal A LOT of damage. Best used after parrying, or for parry switch tactics.

Sinon [Progressive Gunner]
Sinon [Progressive Gunner]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9290 213 3831 2091 2847 Damage Up 30+ Combo MP
Gun - Neutral Element 1.5x vs Neutral Damage +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Gun Skill;  Combo Window Up;  Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.8
[MP:100],  [7 Hits],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [100% Frame Lock], [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*OS Character
*Ordinal Scale
SS3s has high burst damages with nice buffs, while her SS1 also has a notable DPS and can abuse all combo damage bonuses (multiplayer). Great support nuker or as a finisher (turn off auto-approach to increase range).

Sinon [Leo]
Sinon [Leo]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9137 242 3180 1864 3330 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 2.2
[MP:120],  [5 Hits],  [2.3 Seconds],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Teleports to nearby target],  [Decent AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Poetry of Constellation
SS3 will teleport her right next to target, which might also make her vulnerable from attacks, time it well or use after parrying. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

Asuna [Kitchen Maid]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
7716 243 3539 1687 3233 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Earth
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Rod - Wind Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Wind Magic Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  HP&MP Recovery on Enemy Kill
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.8
[MP:100],  [4 Hits],  [2.2 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [Midair Attack],  [SS1 Team Heal],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Wind Maid
An auto-aim caster that can also deal high burst damages because of her high damage output and short attack animation. SS3 will let her stay in mid-air, could be useful against ground based attacks. Use SS1 to heal your team if needed.

Leafa [Ephemeral Feelings]
Leafa [Ephemeral Feelings]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8367 208 3467 1826 3219 MP Recover MP Attack
Dagger - Water Element +10% 5 MP per 5 sec (standby) +12%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Fire);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.5
[MP:120],  [4 Hits],  [2.7 Seconds],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Wide In-line AoE],  [Ends behind target]
Quick Notes
*Fairyland
SS3 is a wide in-line AoE with Atk&Defense down debuffs (turn off auto-approach to increase range), useful for clearing mobs. SS3 has a little delay at the end, that might make her vulnerable from auto-aim attacks, time it well to avoid getting hit.

Yui [Pearl Tears]
Yui [Pearl Tears]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9136 245 3369 1835 3503 MP Recover MP Attack
Rapier - Wind Element +10% 5 MP per 5 sec (standby) +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 1.0
[MP:110],  [2 Hits],  [2.1 Seconds],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [Self Heal],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Fairyland
An excellent nuker with nice survival capabilities, pair with combo generators or use solo vs Earth elemental targets to deal massive damages with bonus Atk&Defense down debuffs.

Yuuki [Eccentric Riding Hood]
Yuuki [Eccentric Riding Hood]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8367 208 3467 1826 3219 MP Recover MP Attack
Rod - Fire Element +10% 5 MP per 5 sec (standby) +12%
Skill Slots: Fire Magic Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Wind);  Combo Window Up
SS1
SS2
MP:45
MP:35
SS3
Hit 0.4
[MP:110],  [1 Hit],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Atk&Def Down Debuff],  [SS1 Team Heal],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Fairyland
SS3 has only 1 hit, which is pretty bad for combos, but her damage output and burst damages are pretty high, best paired with combo generators to exploit her high damages, with bonus Atk&Defense down debuffs. Use SS1 to heal your team if needed.

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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