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


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

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


Silica [Flower Peach Baby]
Silica [Flower Peach Baby]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11267 221 3054 1921 3585 Mp Gain Up MP Attack
Dagger - Wind Element vs Earth Elem +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth Element)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 3.7
[MP:120],  [11 Hits],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Limited AoE Range]
Quick Notes
*Hina-Matsuri
Her 11 hits SS3 packs a good damage output, but avoid using from the top/bottom area of your target. Speed buff will greatly increase her fast attack and move speed.

Silica [Foxy Priestess]
Silica [Foxy Priestess]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
8334 178 3522 1871 3518 MP Critical Attack
Dagger - Fire Element +3% +6% +10%
Skill Slots: None at the moment...
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.0
[MP:120],  [6 Hits],  [3.0 Seconds],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Limited Event
SS3 connects well, but damage output and burst damages are a bit low, highly recommended that you max her out to increase her Attack and Crit rates.

Philia [Pure Hunter Soul]
Philia [Pure Hunter Soul]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
12256 227 3329 1871 3030 Atk+6% & MP Gain Up Combo Window Up While Buffed MP & Attack
Dagger - Water Element HP above 80% 3 Seconds +6%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Fire)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.4
[MP:100],  [8 Hits],  [3.4 Seconds],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Beautiful Girls Playing in the Water
SS3 connects well, but attack animation is a bit long though, giving her a lower burst damage output. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).

Lisbeth [Dark Dancer]
Lisbeth [Dark Dancer]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
12925 208 3781 1748 2038 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
Combo Window Up While Buffed MP
Mace - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 3 Seconds +12%
Skill Slots: Mace Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy); Combo Damage Up
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 2.0
[MP:100],  [7 Hits],  [3.5 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Wide In-line AoE]
Quick Notes
*Deadly Beautiful Kunoichi
SS3 has a pretty good range and high base damage but her long attack animation killed it. Despite that, burst damages are still dependable.

Premier [Pudding Rather Than Praise]
Premier [Pudding Rather Than Praise]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
11481 242 3051 2050 3218 Mp Gain Up MP Attack
Rapier - Wind Element vs Earth Elem +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Rapier Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Earth Element)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.6
[MP:120],  [4 Hits],  [2.5 Seconds],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Hina-Matsuri
SS3 is easy to use with added Speed buff paired to her rapier's fast attack speed. Attack animation is also short, allowing her to deal high burst damages.

Leafa [Swift Fast Heroine]
Leafa [Swift Fast Heroine]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
7995 242 3317 1895 2477 Mp Gain Up Skill at Switch Attack
Rod - WindElement vs Earth Elem Damage Up vs Earth +12%
Skill Slots: Wind Magic Skill;  MP Recovery while Charging; Combo Window Up; Damage Up (vs Earth)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:60
SS3
Hit 1.5
[MP:100],  [4 Hits],  [2.7 Seconds],  [Teleports behind target],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Medal Scout
*Sword Dance
A rod wielder that uses a sword to attack...but can't parry. She has a teleport ability which is good to cut some time (turn off auto-approach to increase range). Best used as a teleport unit and support nuker.

Silica [Young Idol]
Silica [Young Idol]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
12236 205 3109 1980 2998 Critical Dmg
+10% vs Holy
MP Attack
Dagger - Dark Element 1.5 to 1.6 +10% +12%
Skill Slots: Dagger Skill;  Skill Damage Up (vs Holy)
SS1
SS2
MP:50
MP:45
SS3
Hit 1.5
[MP:120],  [4 Hits],  [2.6 Seconds],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Teleports Behind Target],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Enduring Love from Another Space
SS3 will instantly teleport her behind the enemy, useful for cutting more time. Barriers could be helpful for spamming SS3s with ease.

Klein [Faithful Swordsman]
Klein [Faithful Swordsman]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
10197 213 3373 2243 2591 Mp Gain Up Skill at Switch Attack
Sword - Fire Element vs Wind Elem Damage Up vs Wind +12%
Skill Slots: Sword Skill;  MP Recovery on Parry; Combo Window Up; Damage Up (vs Wind)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:45
SS3
Hit 0.9
[MP:100],  [2 Hits],  [2.3 Seconds],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Medal Scout
*Sword Dance
SS3 has only 2 hits which is bad for combo, damage output however, can't be ignored, so use his high burst damages for nuking bosses. Avoid top/bottom of target to minimize misses.

Sinon [Goddess of Death]
Sinon [Goddess of Death]
HP MP ATK DEF CRIT Battle Skill 1 Battle Skill 2 Battle Skill 3
9038 208 3331 2201 2476 HP +3% MP Attack
Gun - Neutral Element Damage Up 1.5x vs Neutral +6% +10%
Skill Slots: Gun Skill;  BS1 Transform;  SS3 Enhance (Attack+, Homing Bullet)
SS1
SS2
MP:35
MP:45
SS3+
Hit 0.5
[MP:100],  [1 Hit],  [2.0 Seconds],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Midair Attack],  [SS3 Homing Attack],  [Single Target]
Quick Notes
*Start Dash
A decent alternative if you need a gun wielder. SS3+ will upgrade her gun's firepower and turn her bullets into homing bullets. (turn off auto-approach to increase range).

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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