Sword Art Online: MD - Best 5-Star Characters Tier List - Rank S


Here's a list of 5-Star Characters that are currently rated under Rank S! This section is the summary of all ranks and ratings given to all characters in the game, in terms of Speed Rankings, Floor Clearing capabilities or Tankiness.

Rank [S] Overall 5* Characters

   - For beginners with limited number of characters, aim for a high ranked Dagger, Lance, RapierDual, or Sword wielder that can also generate combos, as your 1st character and main DPS unit.

Other Helpful 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-Star Characters Tier List - Rank S

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.
   - *Ratings are mostly based under "NO Elemental Advantage", so DPS ranks below can go higher when used against their counter element.

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Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Alice [Golden Knight]
5 Stars Upgradable
Alice
[Golden Knight]
Earth
Sword
12 Hits
2.9sec
(4.1)

SS

S

AA

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
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.
Heathcliff [Holy Sword]
5 Stars Upgradable
Heathcliff
[Holy Sword]
Holy
Shield
Blade
3 Hits
2.1sec
(1.4)

S+

SS

SS

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Mob Clearer
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).
   - *Ratings are mostly based under "NO Elemental Advantage", so DPS ranks below can go higher when used against their counter element.

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Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Kirito
[The King of Poker]
Fire
Dual
13 Hits
2.2sec*
(5.9)

SS+

A

B

AA
*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%.
Rain [Blossom Shower]
5 Stars Upgradable
Rain
[Blossom Shower]
Earth
Dual
10 Hits
1.8sec*
(5.6)

SS

A

B

A
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
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.
Leafa [Flush of Youth] Leafa
[Flush of Youth]
Wind
Sword
12 Hits
2.2sec
(5.5)

SS

B

B

AA
*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%.
Yuuki [Celestial Dancer]
5 Stars Upgradable
Yuuki
[Celestial Dancer]
Dark
Dual
11 Hits
2.6sec*
(4.2)

S+

B

A

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer
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

B

B

AA
*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%.
Silica [Augmented Tamer]
5 Stars Upgradable
Silica
[Augmented Tamer]
Neutral
Dagger
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

S

A

AA

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

SS

AA

AA

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
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

A

B

AA
*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

A

B

AA
*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%.
Silica
[Autumn Leaf Bath Beauty]
Fire
Dagger
9 Hits
2.3sec
(3.9)

SS

B

B

AA
*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%.
Yui [Go for the Top] Yui
[Go for the Top]
Wind
Dagger
7 Hits
1.9sec
(3.7)

SS

B

B

AA
*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%.
Asuna [The Queen of Hearts] Asuna
[The Queen of Hearts]
Fire
Rapier
9 Hits
2.5sec
(3.6)

SS+

B

B

AA
*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%.
Leafa [The Blade] Leafa
[The Blade - Facing the Feelings]
Wind
Sword
8 Hits
2.2sec
(3.6)

SS

B

B

AA
*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+

B

B

AA
*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

A

A

AA
*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

AA

A

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Ends behind target],  [SS3 has Invincibility],  [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

A

B

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

A

A

AA
*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%.
Eugeo [Blue Rose Integrity Knight] Eugeo
[Blue Rose Integrity Knight]
Water
Sword
7 Hits
2.1sec
(3.3)

SS

A

A

AA
*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%.
Lisbeth [Never Give Up] Lisbeth
[Never Give Up]
Wind
Lance
6 Hits
2.2sec
(2.7)

SS

A

B

AA
*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.
   - *Ratings are mostly based under "NO Elemental Advantage", so DPS ranks below can go higher when used against their counter element.

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Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Sinon [The Wild Joker] Sinon
[The Wild Joker]
Fire
Bow
8 Hits
1.9sec
(4.2)

SS+

B

B

AA
*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
[The Archer - Overcoming the Past]
Water
Bow
8 Hits
2.4sec
(3.3)

SS

B

B

AA
*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%.
Strea [Abounding Spring Water ]
5 Stars Upgradable
Strea
[Abounding Spring Water]
Wind
Mace
7 Hits
2.5sec
(2.8)

S+

A

B

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: While Buffed 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.

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.
   - Combo Generation and "how easy" SS3s can be spammed will affect DPS Ratings.
   - Note: DPS rating may increase if used against their counter element.

Ranking Event - Mob Clearing:
   - Heavily based on their AoE Range (considering all skills) and Speed.

Floor Clearing Event - Mob Clearing
   - Heavily based on their AoE Range (considering all skills) + Survival Capabilities without relying on Healers. Basically, units without any survivability skills, should be paired with Healers to increase/maintain their effectiveness.
   - Based on Floor 60 onwards mob difficulty.
   - Note: Rating may increase if used against their counter element.

Floor Clearing Event - vs Boss
   - Heavily based on their Damage Output (DPS will not be used here), Tankiness and Survival Capabilities. So, units with very high Damage Output with limited durability can still find their way to a decent rank, since we can still defeat Bosses by dodging attacks.
   - Based on Floor 60 onwards Boss difficulty.
   - Note: Rating may increase if used against their counter element. Units without any survivability skills, should be paired with Healers to increase/maintain their effectiveness.

Overall Rankings
   - Heavily based on DPS rating (Ranking Events) and Floor Clearing vs Boss (Damage Output and Survivability). So units without Self Healing or Auto-Heal are in a big disadvantage.
   - We will not consider Mob Clearing as ranking basis for now because it would be unfair for other limited ranged units.
   - NOTE: 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.

Weapon Type Weaknesses (Floor Clearing Event)

   - To find which characters are effective to a certain floor, refer below.
   - Slash - Swords and Dual Blades
   - Effective against soft-bodied enemies such as Mantises, Slimes and Gerberas (plant monsters).
   - Not effective against tough-skinned enemies such as Lizardmen.
   - Strike - Mace and Guns
   - Effective against hard-bodied enemies such as Elementals and Skeletons.
   - Not effective against soft-bodied enemies such as Mantises, Slimes and Gerberas (plant monsters).
   - Thrust/Pierce - Rapiers, Lances, Daggers, and Bows.
   - Effective against tough-skinned enemies such as Lizardmen.
   - Not effective against hard-bodied enemies such as Elementals and Skeletons.
   - Magic - Rods
   - Deals more damage to a certain element than the usual elemental affinity bonus damage.

Elemental Bonuses and Weaknesses

   - Fire > Wind > Earth > Water > Fire (Holy < > Dark)
   - Note that some selected characters have a Battle Skill or Skill Slot that increases their damages against Neutral element enemies.
   - Element that is in disadvantage can only deal 75% damage, so also consider that unit's current DPS rank to go down.

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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