Sword Art Online: MD - Best 5* Burst Damagers Tier List (Rank SS)


This tier list will show you how good your 5 star characters are when it comes to burst damages and ranking events.

Rank [SS] 5* 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)
   - 4* Burst DPS Tier List (Ranking Events)
   - 5* Burst DPS Tier List (Ranking Events)
   - 4* Characters Tier List (Overall)
   - 5* Characters Tier List (Overall)
   - 4* Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
   - 5* Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 5* Burst Damagers Tier List (Rank SS)

SAO MD RANK SS Burst Damagers

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
Asuna [Promise at that Time] Asuna
[Promise at the Time]
Holy
Rapier
9 Hits
1.6sec
(5.6)

SS

S+

--

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
*Stunner
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off auto-approach to control range. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Combo Partner: [Krito] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
 Kirito [Promise at that Time] Kirito
[Promise at the Time]
Holy
Sword
9 Hits
2.0sec
(4.5)

SS

S+

--

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
*Stunner

Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off auto-approach to control range. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Alice [Golden Knight] Alice
[Golden Knight]
Earth
Sword
12 Hits
2.9sec
(4.1)

SS

S+

AA

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

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Critical+ Buff],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Ends behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, and can also damage enemies behind her.
Combo Partner: [Earth Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Water Element.
Alice [Fragrant Olive in June] Alice
[Fragrant Olive in June]
Holy
Sword
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

S+

S

--

S
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
*Stunner
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Wide AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Self Heal],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed thanks to her frame locks, turn off auto approach to control range. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Combo Partner: [Holy Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Dark Element.
Heathcliff [Holy Sword] Heathcliff
[Holy Sword]
Holy
Shield
Blade
3 Hits
2.1sec
(1.4)

S+

S

--

SS
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Mob Clearer
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Massive In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Auto-aim Caster],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your character and time it well.
Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage by 10% vs Dark Element.


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
Kirito
[The King of Poker]
Fire
Dual
13 Hits
2.2sec*
(5.9)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Ends behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit well.
Combo Partner[Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Kirito
[The Will - Transcending the System]
NeutralDual 16 Hits
2.8sec*
(5.7)

SS+

SS

--

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are on-point but still easy to spam.
- Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Kirito [Tropical Beach Boy] Kirito
[Tropical Beach Boy]
Dark
Dual
16 Hits
2.8sec*
(5.7)

SS

S

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
5 Stars Upgradable 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.
Combo Partner: [Dark Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Holy Element.
Rain [Blossom Shower] Rain
[Blossom Shower]
Earth
Dual
10 Hits
1.8sec*
(5.6)

SS

S+

S

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

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3 is pretty much on point, so use after parry or while target is stunned.
Combo Partner: [Earth Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Water Element.
Silica [Ingenuous Guardian] Silica
[Ingenuous Guardian]
NeutralDagger 14 Hits
2.5sec
(5.6)

SS+

SS

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are on-point but still easy to spam.
- Combo Partner: [Lisbeth] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Leafa [Flush of Youth] Leafa
[Flush of Youth]
Wind
Sword
12 Hits
2.2sec
(5.5)

SS+

SS

S+

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Teleports to nearby target],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Mid-air Attack],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, excellent starter for combination attacks too!
- Combo Partner: [Lisbeth] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [Heart Flash] Asuna
[Heart Flash]
NeutralRapier 12 Hits
2.6sec
(4.6)

S+

S

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
5 Stars Upgradable 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.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Neutral Element.
Yuuki [Celestial Dancer]
Yuuki
[Celestial Dancer]
Dark
Dual
11 Hits
2.6sec*
(4.2)

SS

S

--

B
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: While Buffed Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Self Heal],  [SS3 has Invincibility],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Dark Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Holy Element.
Yuuki [Wish Granter] Yuuki
[Wish Granter]
Dark
Sword
11 Hits
2.6sec
(4.2)

SS

S+

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Ends behind target],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are somewhat easy to spam, best used with a combo partner to avoid wide spaces.
- Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [Heart of Confront] Asuna
[Heart of Confront]
NeutralRapier 12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

SS

S+

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
5 Stars Upgradable 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.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Neutral Element.
Asuna [Lightning Dance] Asuna
[Lightning Dance]
Holy
Sword
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

SS

S+

--

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
5 Stars Upgradable 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.
- Combo Partner: [Holy Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Dark Element.
Leafa [Beauty in Secluded Hot Springs] Leafa
[Beauty in Secluded Hot Springs]
Water
Sword
10 Hits
2.5sec
(4.0)

SS

S+

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Combo Partner[Silica] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon [Looking Back Beauty] Sinon
[Looking Back Beauty]
Earth
Lance
10 Hits
2.5sec
(4.0)

SS

S+

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [Midair Attack],  [Ends behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off auto-approach to increase range of SS3s.
Combo Partner[Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Rain [Raindrops Girl] Rain
[Raindrops Girl]
Water
Dual
11 Hits
2.8sec*
(3.9)

SS

S

AA

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

[MP:110],  [Self-Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction (15sec)],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be used to dodge attacks while dealing damages, but lands at mid-ranged position, making it a bit awkward to spam.
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage attained by 5% vs Fire Element.
Silica
[Autumn Leaf Bath Beauty]
Fire
Dagger
9 Hits
2.3sec
(3.9)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit well.
Combo Partner[Leafa] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Kirito [Offer Lifeblood] Kirito
[Offer Blood]
Dark
Dual
6 Hits
1.6sec*
(3.8)

SS+

SS

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are spammable with frame locks, but best used with a combo partner or after parry.
- Combo Partner: [Eugeo] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Silica [Witchy Kitty] Silica
[Witchy Kitty]
Dark
Dagger
8 Hits
2.1sec
(3.8)

SS

S+

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Teleports to nearby target],  [Midair Attack],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are somewhat easy to spam, must rely on her frame locks, or use after parry.
- Combo Partner: [Sinon] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Yui [Go for the Top] Yui
[Go for the Top]
Wind
Dagger
7 Hits
1.9sec
(3.7)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Def Down Debuff],  [SS3 has Invincibility],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty much on point, so rely on her frame locks (turn off AP to increase range).
- Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Kirito [Hero's Return] Kirito
[Hero's Return]
Neutral
Sword
16 Hits
4.0sec
(3.6)

SS

S+

--

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
5 Stars Upgradable 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.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Neutral Element.
Asuna [The Queen of Hearts]
Asuna
[The Queen of Hearts]
Fire
Rapier
9 Hits
2.5sec
(3.6)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Teleports behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit well.
Combo Partner[Kirito] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [The Will - Changing the Fate] Asuna
[The Will - Changing the Fate]
NeutralRapier 8 Hits
2.2sec
(3.6)

SS+

SS

--

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turning off Auto-Approach will let her teleport to a nearby target.
- Combo Partner: [Kirito] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Leafa [The Blade] Leafa
[The Blade - Facing the Feelings]
Wind
Sword
8 Hits
2.2sec
(3.6)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Teleports behind target],  [Midair Attack],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Sinon] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Yuuki [The Bunny Ace]
Yuuki
[The Bunny Ace]
Fire
Sword
9 Hits
2.5sec
(3.6)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [Midair Attack],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit well.
Combo Partner[Sinon] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [Heartful Water Fairy] Asuna
[Heartful Water Fairy]
Water
Rapier
9 Hits
2.6sec
(3.5)

SS

S+

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Yuuki] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna
[Reach the Finish Line]
Wind
Rapier
6 Hits
1.7sec
(3.5)

SS+

S+

S+

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer


Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Def Down Debuff],  [SS3 has Invincibility],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Yui] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [The Glossy Goddess] Asuna
[The Glossy Goddess]
Holy
Rapier
8 Hits
2.3sec
(3.5)

SS

S+

--

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Teleports behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Sinon] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Alice
[Fragrant Olive Integrity Knight]
Earth
Sword
7 Hits
2.0sec
(3.5)

SS

S+

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Eugeo] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Lisbeth [Pumpkin Knight]
Lisbeth
[Pumpkin Knight]
Dark
Lance
6 Hits
1.8sec
(3.3)

S+

S

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Midair Attack],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are possible to spam, but best after parrying.
Combo Partner: [Dagger] - Increases damage by 5% vs Holy Element.
Leafa [Sweet Monster] Leafa
[Sweet Monster]
Dark
Rapier
8 Hits
2.4sec
(3.3)

SS

S+

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Ends behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam but avoid directly top/bottom of target to avoid misses.
- Combo Partner: [Yuuki] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Eugeo [Blue Rose Integrity Knight] Eugeo
[Blue Rose Integrity Knight]
Water
Sword
7 Hits
2.1sec
(3.3)

SS

S+

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, and note that his ice attacks can auto-aim targets.
- Combo Partner: [Alice] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
 Eugeo [Howl at the Moon] Eugeo
[Howl at the Moon]
Dark
Sword
6 Hits
1.8sec
(3.3)

SS

S+

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam and can be used to dodge some enemy attacks.
- Combo Partner: [Kirito] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Kirito [Swordsman in the Wilderness] Kirito
[Swordsman in the Darkness]
NeutralSword 8 Hits
2.7sec
(3.0)

SS+

SS

--

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Crit+ Buffer


Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Critical+ Team Buff],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Sinon] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Alice
[Pumpkin Knight]
Dark
Sword
7 Hits
2.5sec
(2.8)

SS

S+

--

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Teleports behind nearby target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off auto-approach to increase teleport range.
- Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Lisbeth [Never Give Up] Lisbeth
[Never Give Up]
Wind
Lance
6 Hits
2.2sec
(2.7)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- - SS3s are easy to spam, excellent starter for combination attacks too!
- Combo Partner: [Leafa] - Increases damage attained by 10%.

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
Sinon [The Wild Joker]
Sinon
[The Wild Joker]
Fire
Bow
8 Hits
1.9sec
(4.2)

SS

S+

S+

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Teleports behind target],  [Ends at mid ranged position],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit well.
Combo Partner[Yuuki] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon [Sniper in Love] Sinon
[Sniper in Love]
NeutralGun 9 Hits
2.5sec
(3.6)

SS+

SS

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Crit+ Buffer


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Critical+ Team Buff],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s must be executed in-line or far from target to avoid misses.
Combo Partner: [Kirito] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon
[The Archer - Overcoming the Past]
Water
Bow
8 Hits
2.4sec
(3.3)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Teleports to nearby target],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s must be spammed from a ranged position (in-line with target), to sink all hits.
- Combo Partner: [Leafa] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Lisbeth [Harmony Keeper] Lisbeth
[Harmony Keeper]
NeutralMace 8 Hits
2.6sec
(3.1)

SS+

SS

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Silica] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Strea [Abounding Spring Water ] Strea
[Abounding Spring Water]
Wind
Mace
7 Hits
2.5sec
(2.8)

SS

S

AA

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Dual Blades] - Increases damage by 5% vs Earth Element.
Asuna
[Midnight Temptation]
Dark
Rod
9 Hits
3.4sec
(2.6)

SS

S+

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Healer


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [SS1 Team Heal],  [Teleports behind target],  [Midair Attack],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam and can be used to dodge most enemy attacks!
- Combo Partner: [Alice] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Yuuki [Vampire in Love] Yuuki
[Vampire in Love]
Dark
Mace
6 Hits
2.3sec
(2.6)

SS

S+

--

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Decent AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Teleports behind target],  [Midair Attack],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends at mid ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam and can be used to dodge enemy attacks!
- Combo Partner: [Leafa] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon [Spider Witch] Sinon
[Spider Witch]
Dark
Gun
7 Hits
3.0sec
(2.3)

SS

S+

--

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam from any location, but watch out for incoming enemy attacks.
- Combo Partner: [Silica] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Klein [Strong Mind] Klein
[Strong Mind]
NeutralSword 3 Hits
2.2sec
(1.4)

SS+

SS

--

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker


Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Male] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Agil [Band Together] Agil
[Band Together]
Neutral
Mace
1 Hit
1.6sec
(0.6)

SS+

SS

--

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty much on point, so use after parry, stun, or for combinations.
- Combo Partner: [Male] - Increases damage attained by 10%.

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 5* and 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 5* and 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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