Bluestacks 3: [SOLVED] Lags with Black Characters, Objects or Images


If you are experiencing too much lag while playing, having black screens, black characters, objects or images while playing Android games through Bluestacks, then you might want to refer to our best solution below.

*Note that all PC specs stated below have been tested by multiple players, and the solutions presented are one of the best ways to solve this problem.
Bluestacks 3: [SOLVED] Lags with Black Characters, Objects or Images

Playing Android Games with Bluestacks 2

Example PC Specs: Playable

   - OS: Windows 7 32-Bit (x86) or higher
   - 4GB RAM
   - 2GB DDR3 Video Card or better

The Good Old Stuffs

   - If you still run the above example PC specs (or close), most game apps like those "2D mobile games" or simple "3D games" can still run smoothly.
   - Bluestacks 2 is also one of the few Android Emulators that can run without virtualization support which is good.

Now the Problem:

   - The first problem is, you'll eventually need to install newer versions like the Bluestacks 3 to be able to play those new and upcoming mobiles games, that Bluestacks 2 can't.
   - Also, Bluestacks 2 can't be upgraded to Bluestacks 3, you need to fresh install newer versions to enjoy these new features, major improvements and more.

Using Above PC Specs with Bluestacks 3

RAM Problem and It's Effects

   - Now this is a problem especially for long time PC users, because any Operating System as long that it is a 32-Bit (x86) version, is no longer recommended because it will only cap your RAM to 3.5GB or even lower!
   - Bluestacks 3 needs more RAM to smoothly run newer games these days.
   - Note: Tweaking Bluestacks' RAM via "regedit" won't solve this problem either.

Black Screens, Characters, Objects or Images

   - This is primarily caused by insufficient RAM, so better upgrade your PC to be able to play your favorite mobile game and all other future games.
   - Installing big games will also fail during data downloads because of the lag and low overall PC performance, and even if you are successful, you'll still experience too much lag when playing.

   - Note: Disk Space also contributes to this problem, so make sure to free up at least 20% or 1/3 of total space.

Extreme Lag!

Virtualization Technology

   - Another thing to check out why you are experiencing too much lag, is because Bluestacks 3 now requires virtualization technology support. You can check this from your BIOS if it is enabled.
   - For Intel, the BIOS option is VT-x and/or VT-d  = Enabled
   - for AMD, AMD-V = Enabled

   - If none, then most probably your PC hardware parts needs some upgrades.
   - Search for online tutorials on how to check your PC's BIOS if you need help.

   - Note: Disk Space also contributes to this problem, so make sure to free up at least 20% or 1/3 of total space.
Bluestacks 3: [SOLVED] Lags with Black Characters, Objects or Images

Playing Android Games with Bluestacks 3

Example PC Specs: Quick Recommendations

   - OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (x64) or higher (would recommend Windows 10 64-Bit). This will remove the RAM cap and enable you to use over 3.5GB of RAM.

   - Get a x64-based Processor, and a Motherboard that can support that Processor (best if you can verify that they have virtualization support too, most new computer parts these days have this technology).
   - Note: Virtualization Technology Support will dramatically increase speed, but if you are using hypervisors like VirtualBox or VMWare, they might cause speed problems, so it is recommended to turn them off.

   - 8GB RAM
   - 2GB DDR3 Video Card or better (optional, update drivers too)
   - Disk Space must not be full, free up at least 20% or 1/3 of total space. Bluestacks 3 recommends at least 40GB of free space.

RAM Settings

   - Check the settings section in Bluestacks to adjust RAM, example setting: 1800MB.
   - Congratulations, you now have a sweet running Android emulator for your PC!
   - Good luck! ^^

Dungeon Chronicle: Character Build, Skill Combos, and Set Gears


Here's an example character build for the dungeon crawling action RPG mobile game Dungeon Chronicle. Available to download from the App Store and Google Play.

Example Build for Dungeon Chronicle

   - This build will focus on easy to use skills with good accuracy and DPS.
   - Skills that will allow you to move freely are highly recommended, to avoid dangerous skills and traps that can kill your character in seconds!

Important Note: 
   - I will no longer explain the basics here, refer to our beginner's guide for more info on how to upgrade and stuff:
   - Dungeon Chronicle: Beginner's FAQs, Tips and Strategy Guide
Dungeon Chronicle: Character Build, Skills, and Set Gears

Weapons and Gears to Get

Weapons

   - Get 1 Great Wizard's Staff1 Marksman's Shotgun and 1 Guardian's Sword
   - Sword weapon can be any.
   - Upgrade them with Scrolls, and try to get better weapons with higher stats as you go.

Note:
   - Use your Sword to reduce incoming damages and get better and faster life steal per attack. Best used when you are totally mobbed by monsters, or if your character's HP is below 50%.
   - Use your Wand/Staff to get better and faster MP regeneration per attack (until you can buy a costume with Rubies).


Equipment

Great Wizard Set Gears
   - Get 2 "Great Wizard" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd Set Bonus)
   - This will allow you to summon all Hydras at once.

   - TIP: Getting 3 set items is also good to unlock the 4th Set Bonus. The bonus attack speed is useful for Swordsman's auto attack + life steal combo (check below skills).

Marksman Set Gears
   - Get 2 "Marksman" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd Set Bonus)
   - This will allow you to install all Sentry Guns at once, great vs mobs, excellent vs bosses.

Guardian Set Gears NEW!
   - Get 1 "Guardian" Set Item (+Weapon = Unlocks 1st Set Bonus)
   - The 1st bonus will allow you to become immune to freeze during Berserk Mode. Using auto-attacks will also give you an ability to disable invincible auras of bosses!
   - This addition will give you full control of the game now.

   - TIP: Getting 3 more set items will also unlock the 4th set bonus, that gives 4 Guardian soldiers that can fight with you as long that your Berserk Mode is active. You'll need to get a special Amulet though to use this together with the sets above, check below for more info.

Other Gears
   - For items that you still need, just go for any gear with better stats, or if you want to try other set effects, go for it. Focus more on their overall Defense stats.


Accessories

Rings
   - Any, just keep on getting better and higher stats from loots.
Dungeon Chronicle Amulet Set Skill Up
Amulet
   - Find an Amulet that can increase all Set Effects to +1.
   - Note: If you have this item, you can replace 1 item for every Set mentioned above to give you a way to experiment with other set effects.

Summary of Gears To Get (If with Amulet)

   - 1 Amulet that can increase all Set Effects to +1.
   - Get 1 Great Wizard's Staff1 Marksman's Shotgun and 1 Guardian's Sword

Great Wizard Set Gears
   - Get 1 "Great Wizard" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd Set Bonus)
   - or Get 2 "Great Wizard" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd and 4th Set Bonuses)

Marksman Set Gears
   - Get 1 "Marksman" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd Set Bonus)

Guardian Set Gears NEW!
   - Get 1 "Guardian" Set Item (+Weapon = Unlocks 1st Set Bonus)
   - or Get 2 "Guardian" Set Item (+Weapon = Unlocks 1st and 4th Set Bonuses)

*You have 1 extra item slot if you have all the set items above, this can be any gear. Feel free to experiment with other set gears too.

Skills To Learn (For This Build)

Dungeon Chronicle Skills To Learn (For This Build)
   - For early to mid game, MP is a bit short so focus on upgrading and using your main skills. Max all main skills first, then the secondary ones, or any skill that you might like to use.

Wizard Skills

Main Skill: Hydra
   - With set gears you can summon up to 3 Hydras at once, excellent skill vs mobs and bosses. Spam with Sentry Guns for maximum effect.
   - The best thing about this skill is that you can cast and run, nice for dodging dangerous skills.

Main Skill: Meteor
   - Meteor is an AoE skill with burst and area damages.
   - Best used against bosses, especially when there are no mobs around (your Hydras and Sentry Guns can help clear them). Time it well and avoid using though while the boss has damage immunity.
   - The best thing about this skill is that you can cast and run, nice for dodging dangerous skills.

   - Tip: During Meteor, you can switch to your Sword weapon to increase survivability, letting you dive in to mobs without worry. Start auto attacking mobs or bosses to get life steals while your Meteor is pouring at them. This is great especially when you are challenging higher floors where bosses can take your HP down.
   - Combo Tip: Combo with Earthquake to stun mobs and focus your meteors in one place.

Marksman Skills

Main Skill: Sentry Gun
   - Similar to Hydra, set gears will let you summon more, excellent skill vs mobs and bosses. Spam them both for maximum effect.
   - The best thing about this skill is that you can cast and run, nice for dodging dangerous skills.

Secondary Skill: Flying Attack
   - This is great for clearing mobs, the only drawback is that you are stuck in midair which could make your character vulnerable to lightning balls, meteor strikes, and more.
   - Note: It can't hit monsters that are directly below, so give some space before using this skill.
Dungeon Chronicle Flying Attack and Earthquake
   - Combo Tip: Combo with Earthquake to gather mobs and focus your attacks in one place.
   - Combo Tip: Combo with Berserk to increase DPS.

Swordsman Skills

Secondary Skill: Earthquake
   - The main reason why I prefer this stun skill over the others, is because you can use your sword to increase survivability while your skills are raining down. Perfect for challenging higher floor levels.
   - Note: Stunned enemies will receive +20% damage.

Secondary Skill: Berserk
   - This buff can increase damage, crit rates, move/attack speed, and more.
   - Use whenever you like.

   - TIP: Get the 2nd set bonus of Guardian Set Items (swordsman class) to become immune to freeze and remove the invincible auras of bosses, while in Berserk mode.

Secondary Skill: Whirlwind
   - Use this as an emergency escape skill, if you messed up with your teleport/dodge skill.

Basic Combo Patterns (For This Build)

Dungeon Chronicle Basic Combo Patterns (For This Build)

Basic Pattern vs Mobs

   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Flying Attack
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Earthquake > Flying Attack (quickly use while enemies are stunned)
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Earthquake (enhances Meteor's DPS)
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Earthquake > Flying Attack

   - TIP: For best results, it's best to lure and mob them up first before using combos.
   - Note: Use Berserk whenever you like.

Basic Pattern vs Boss (with or without mobs)

Floor Bosses
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Earthquake (stun) > Auto Attack with Sword (life steal+MP regen). Repeat once your Sentry guns disappears.

   - Note: Use Berserk whenever you like, and Auto attacks might not be needed against easy bosses.
   - Flying Attack is only good for easy bosses, use after Earthquake if you like.

Dungeon Keeper (Can't be stunned so no Earthquake)
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Auto Attack with Sword (life steal+MP regen). Repeat once your Sentry guns disappears.

   - Note: Use Berserk whenever you like.
   - Flying Attack is only good for easy bosses, use after Meteor.
   - TIP: If the enemy is too hard for you, keep spamming your main skills (sentries and hydras) then move away. Regenerate your HP and MP using other monsters around, then repeat.

Nastiest Enemy Boss Skill!
   - Being frozen is the nastiest boss skill in the game, especially when you are playing maxed challenge mode. Once you get hit by a freezing attack, be ready to tap on the Mini-Map to escape that floor.

   - TIP: If you are having trouble with these freezing attacks, you can get the swordsman class Guardian Set's Immunity to Freeze set bonus.


That's All Guys, Good Luck! ^^
   - Feel free to modify the combo skills above,


Related Dungeon Chronicles Tips & Guides:

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


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 (Water Element)

   - 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


Neutral ElementFire ElementWind ElementEarth ElementWater ElementHoly ElementDark Element
(This Ranking Page (Burst DPS Rank SS) is divided based on Element)

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.

None at the moment...
Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak


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
Silica [Lovely Chocolatier] Silica
[Lovely Chocolatier]
Water
Dagger
9 Hits
1.8sec
(5.0)

SS

SS

S

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

Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Midair Attack], [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off Auto-Approach to increase range.
Combo Partner[Lisbeth] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] Heal; Crit Dmg+ Buff
Premiere
[Goddess' Blessing]
Water
Rapier
12 Hits
2.5sec
(4.8)

SS

S+

S+

A
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Water Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Ends behind target (situational)],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s can make or break depending on the target, and ends behind if timed right.
Combo Partner[Lance] - Increases damage by 10%. [Assist]: MP+ Buff
Asuna [Ocean Resort] Asuna
[Ocean Anchor]
Water
Rapier
8 Hits
1.7sec
(4.7)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Water Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer


Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [Ends behind target at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well, best with combinations.
- Combo Partner: [Yuuki] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Philia [treasure Hunter's Blessing] Philia
[Treasure Hunter's Blessing]
Water
Dagger
13 Hits
2.8sec
(4.6)

SS

S+

S

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


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Speed+ Buff],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty much on point, best used after parry or combinations.
- Combo Partner: [Sword] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] MP Recovery 
Eugeo [Trusted Sword] Eugeo
[Trusted Sword]
Water
Sword
7 Hits
1.6sec*
(4.4)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS+10% Atk
(30+ Combos)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Trap Zone

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Auto-Heal],  [Trap Zone],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner[Alice] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Silica [Angel Tone] Silica
[Angel Tone]
Water
Sword
12 Hits
2.7sec
(4.4)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(30+ Combos)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Zone

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Self Heal],  [Attack+ Zone],  [Self Heal],  [Ends behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner[Lisbeth] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Kirito [Guide in Snow] Kirito
[Guide in Snow]
Water
Dual
8 Hits
1.9sec*
(4.2)

SS

S+

S

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

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Self Heal],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty straight forward, use his frame locks or after a successful parry.
Combo Partner[Water Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [Affectionate Chocolatier] Asuna
[Affectionate Chocolatier]
Water
Rapier
7 Hits
1.7sec
(4.1)

SS

SS

S

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 pretty easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner[Yuuki] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] Heal; Crit Dmg+ Buff
Asuna [Votive Prayers] Asuna
[Votive Prayers]
Water
Rapier
7 Hits
1.7sec
(4.1)

SS

SS

S+

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

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Teleports behind target],  [Midair Attack],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty easy to spam, and fast too!
Combo Partner[Alice] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
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%.
Yuuki [Innocent Chocolatier] Yuuki
[Innocent Chocolatier]
Water
Sword
7 Hits
2.0sec
(3.5)

SS

SS

S

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

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Teleports behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off Auto-Approach to increase range.
Combo Partner[Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] Heal; Crit Dmg+ Buff
Sachi [Snow Blessings] Sachi
[Snow Blessings]
Water
Lance
8 Hits
2.4sec
(3.3)

SS

S+

S

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

Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Self Heal],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, kinda teleports behind target then ends at mid ranged position.
Combo Partner[Water Element] - 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%.

Support Nukers

   - Characters with average or low Hits/Sec on their SS3s, using ranged or 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
Philia
[Spirited Chocolatier]
Water
Bow
11 Hits
2.2sec
(5.0)

SS

S+

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Healer
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Team Heal],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s must be spammed from a ranged position (in-line with target), to sink all hits.
- Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage attained by 5% vs Fire Element.
Fukaziroh [Storm Baby] Fukaziroh
[Storm Baby]
Water
Rifle
10 Hits
2.1sec*
(4.8)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Water Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner

Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [Likely to Stun],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage by 10%.
Sakuya [Indoor Gamer] Sakuya
[Indoor Gamer]
Water
Bow
9 Hits
1.9sec
(4.7)

SS

S+

S+

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

[MP:100],  [Self-Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction (15sec)],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed from a ranged position, but watch out for incoming attacks.
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage attained by 5% vs Fire Element.
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 [Pure Hearted Chocolatier] Lisbeth
[Pure Hearted Chocolatier]
Water
Mace
8 Hits
2.6sec
(3.1)

SS

SS

S

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

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Teleports to nearby target],  [Midair Attack], [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off Auto-Approach to increase range.
Combo Partner[Silica] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] Heal; Crit Dmg+ Buff
Yuuki [Sunny Summer Girl] Yuuki
[Sunny Summer Girl]
Water
Rapier
4 Hits
2.1sec
(1.9)

SS

S+

S

B
*Nuker
5 Stars Upgradable 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.
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Fire 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 (and some units) 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! ^^


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