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


Here's a list of 5-Star Characters that are currently rated under Rank SS! 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 [SS] 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 SS

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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Thumb
Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Asuna [Promise at that Time]
5 Stars Upgradable
Asuna
[Promise at the Time]
Holy
Rapier
9 Hits
1.6sec
(5.6)

SS

AA

S

AA
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
*Stunner
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

AA

S

S+
*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: GroundEnemies]
- 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 [Fragrant Olive in June]
5 Stars Upgradable
Alice
[Fragrant Olive in June]
Holy
Sword
12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

S+

S

SS

S
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Mob Clearer
*Stunner
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.
Leafa [Summer Night Shout]
5 Stars Upgradable
Leafa
[Summer Night Shout]
Wind
Rapier
3 Hits
1.6sec
(1.9)

SS

SS

SS

SS
*Nuker
*Mob Clearer
Combo Window: Passive Massive In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Self-Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed from a ranged position, but watch out for incoming attacks.
Combo Partner: [Wind Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Earth 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.

Image
Thumb
Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Kirito
[The Will - Transcending the System]
Neutral
Dual
16 Hits
2.8sec*
(5.7)

SS+

A

A

AA
*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%.
Silica [Ingenuous Guardian] Silica
[Ingenuous Guardian]
Neutral
Dagger
14 Hits
2.5sec
(5.6)

SS+

B

B

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 on-point but still easy to spam.
Combo Partner: [Lisbeth] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Leafa [Passionate Strumming]

Leafa
[Passionate Strumming]
Earth
Sword
11 Hits
2.3sec
(4.8)

SS

B

A

S+
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Earth Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Zone
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Atk+ Zone],  [Self Heal],  [Teleports behind target at mid ranged position],  [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%.
Asuna [Enchanting Love] Asuna
[Enchanting Love]
Fire
Rapier
11 Hits
2.5sec
(4.4)

SS

A

AA

S+
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Self Heal],  [Teleports behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit well.
Combo Partner[Fire Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Wind Element.
Silica [Angel Tone] Silica
[Angel Tone]
Water
Sword
12 Hits
2.7sec
(4.4)

SS

A

AA

S+
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(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

B

A

S
*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%.
Premiere [Kagura Dance]
5 Stars Upgradable
Premiere
[Kagura Dance]
Wind
Lance
12 Hits
2.8sec
(4.3)

S+

A

S

SS
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Self-Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty much on point, Auto Approach can be turned off to increase range.
Combo Partner: [Wind Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Earth Element.
Kirito [Knights of the Blood]
Kirito
[Knights of the Blood]
NeutralShield
Blade
13 Hits
3.2sec
(4.1)

SS+

B

A

S+
*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 just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage by 10%.
Asuna [Heart of Confront]
5 Stars Upgradable
Asuna
[Heart of Confront]
NeutralRapier 12 Hits
3.0sec
(4.0)

SS

A

AA

S
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
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 attained by 5% vs Neutral Element.
Rain [Raindrops Girl]
5 Stars Upgradable
Rain
[Raindrops Girl]
Water
Dual
11 Hits
2.8sec*
(3.9)

S+

B

AA

SS
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:110],  [Self-Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction (15sec)],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- Her high damaging 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.
Kirito [Offer Lifeblood] Kirito
[Offer Blood]
Dark
Dual
6 Hits
1.6sec*
(3.8)

SS

B

A

S
*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

B

A

S+
*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%.
Yuuki [Funky Play] Yuuki
[Funky Play]
Wind
Lance
10 Hits
2.6sec
(3.8)

SS

A

AA

S+
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(30+ Combos)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Zone
Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Attack+ Zone],  [Self Heal],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Alice [Integrity Knight]
5 Stars Upgradable
Alice
[Integrity Knight]
Earth
Sword
9 Hits
2.5sec
(3.6)

SS

AA

S

S
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Decent AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Combo Partner: [Earth Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Water Element.
Kirito [Hero's Return]
5 Stars Upgradable
Kirito
[Hero's Return]
Neutral
Sword
16 Hits
4.0sec
(3.6)

SS

A

AA

S
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Buff],  [Auto-Heal],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3 auto follows enemies, pretty much on point so best used after parry or while stunned.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage attained by 5% vs Neutral Element.
Asuna [The Will - Changing the Fate] Asuna
[The Will - Changing the Fate]
Neutral
Rapier
8 Hits
2.2sec
(3.6)

SS+

A

A

AA
*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%.
Seven [Sweet Vocals]

Seven
[Sweet Vocals]
Earth
Rapier
7 Hits
2.0sec
(3.5)

SS

A

AA

S+
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Earth Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Zone
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Atk+ Zone],  [Self Heal],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [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: [Rain] - Increases damage attained by 10%.


Rain
[Cool Drum Beats]
Earth
Dual
8 Hits
2.3sec*
(3.5)

SS

B

A

S
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Earth Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Zone
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Atk+ Zone],  [Self Heal],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Combo Partner: [Seven] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Kirito [Stick to Your Beliefs]

Kirito
[Stick to Your Beliefs]
Neutral
Sword
8 Hits
2.3sec
(3.5)

SS+

B

B

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*MP+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [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%. [Assist] MP+ Buff
Sachi [Snow Blessings] Sachi
[Snow Blessings]
Water
Lance
8 Hits
2.4sec
(3.3)

SS

AA

S

S+
*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%.
Leafa [Sweet Monster] Leafa
[Sweet Monster]
Dark
Rapier
8 Hits
2.4sec
(3.3)

SS

B

A

S+
*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 [Howl at the Moon] Eugeo
[Howl at the Moon]
Dark
Sword
6 Hits
1.8sec
(3.3)

SS

B

A

S+
*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%.
 Asuna [Stars and Stripes]
5 Stars Upgradable
Asuna
[Stars and Stripes]
NeutralRapier 8 Hits
2.6sec
(3.1)

SS

A

S

S+
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Ends behind target at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy spam, turn off auto-approach to control range if needed.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Neutral Element.
Kirito [Swordsman in the Wilderness] Kirito
[Swordsman in the Darkness]
Neutral
Sword
8 Hits
2.7sec
(3.0)

SS+

A

B

AA
*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%.
Heathcliff [Absolute Defence]
Heathcliff
[Absolute Defence]
NeutralShield
Blade
8 Hits
2.8sec
(2.9)

SS+

B

A

S+
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal,  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage by 10%.
Alice
[Pumpkin Knight]
Dark
Sword
7 Hits
2.5sec
(2.8)

SS

A

AA

S+
*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%.
Leafa [Unfulfilled Wish] Leafa
[Unfulfilled Wish]
Fire
Sword
7 Hits
2.6sec
(2.7)

SS

A

AA

S+
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Self Heal],  [Teleports behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit well.
Combo Partner[Fire Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Wind Element.
Leafa [Splash in Dirndl]
5 Stars Upgradable
Leafa
[Splash in Dirndl]
Water
Sword
5 Hits
2.1sec
(2.4)

S+

B

AA

S
*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 Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage attained by 5% vs Fire Element.

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.

Image
Thumb
Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
Ranking
Event DPS
Floor Clear
Event
--- Roles
(Best As)
Hits/sec Burst Mob Clear Boss
Sinon [Choleric Cupid] Sinon
[Choleric Cupid]
Fire
Bow
18 Hits
2.5sec
(7.2)

SS

B

A

S+
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Self Heal],  [Teleports behind target],  [Midair Attack],  [Ends at mid ranged position],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, while dodging certain attacks.
Combo Partner[Fire Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Wind Element.
LLENN [Pink in Battle] LLENN
[Pink in Battle]
Neutral
Rifle
12 Hits
2.0sec
(6.0)

SS+

B

B

AA
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Neutral Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Ends behind target at mid-ranged position],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
 Leafa [Gale Gunner] Leafa
[Gale Gunner]
Neutral
Rifle
12 Hits
2.2sec
(5.5)

SS+

B

A

S
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Auto-Heal],  [Midair Attack],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, but watch out for incoming enemy attacks.
Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Pitohui [Toxic Gun Master] Pitohui
[Toxic Gun Master]
Neutral
Rifle
12 Hits
2.2sec
(5.5)

SS+

B

B

AA
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Neutral Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Teleports behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.

5 Stars Upgradable
Philia
[Spirited Chocolatier]
Water
Bow
11 Hits
2.2sec
(5.0)

SS

A

AA

S
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Healer
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.
Pitohui [Toxic Beauty] Pitohui
[Toxic Beuty]
Neutral
Rifle
14 Hits
2.4sec
(4.8)

SS+

B

A

S+
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Neutral Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Crit+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self-Heal],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed from a ranged position but watch out for incoming attacks.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sakuya [Indoor Gamer]
5 Stars Upgradable
Sakuya
[Indoor Gamer]
Water
Bow
9 Hits
1.9sec
(4.7)

SS

B

AA

S+
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
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.
Silica [Dragon Tamer in the Wild] Silica
[Dragon Tamer in the Wild]
Neutral
Rifle
12 Hits
2.6sec
(4.6)

SS+

B

A

S
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Auto-Heal],  [Teleports behind target],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, and can also dodge certain attacks.
Combo Partner: [Lisbeth] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [Flash Shooter] Asuna
[Flash Shooter]
Neutral
Rifle
11 Hits
2.5sec
(4.4)

SS+

B

A

S
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Auto-Heal],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Leafa] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
LLENN [Itsy-Bitsy Heroine] LLENN
[Itsy-Bitsy Heroine]
Neutral
Rifle
10 Hits
2.3sec
(4.3)

SS+

B

A

S+
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Neutral Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Crit+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self-Heal],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Midair Attack],  [Crit+ Team Buff],  [Teleports to nearby target],  [SS3 has Invincibility],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.

5 Stars Upgradable
Yuuki
[Bouquet Toss]
Holy
Mace
11 Hits
2.6sec
(4.2)

S+

AA

S

S
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner
Combo Window: Passive Decent AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Self Heal],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Likely to Stun],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well. Stun chance triggers after a set number of SS3s (usually 2 or 3).
Combo Partner: [Holy Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Dark Element.
Asuna [Sweet Voice]
Asuna
[Sweet Voice
Holy
Rod
10 Hits
2.6sec
(3.8)

SS

B

A

S+
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(30+ Combos)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Zone
*Healer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Attack+ Zone],  [Self Heal],  [SS1 Team Heal],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Yuuki] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon [Accompanied By Animals]
Sinon
[Accompanied By Animals]
Holy
Rod
6 Hits
1.6sec
(3.8)

SS+

A

B

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
*Healer
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Speed+ Buff],  [SS1 Team Heal],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Dagger] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Lisbeth
[Stout Heart in the World of Steel]
Neutral
Rifle
9 Hits
2.5sec
(3.6)

SS+

A

AA

S+
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Auto-Heal],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Silica] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon [Sniper in Love] Sinon
[Sniper in Love]
Neutral
Gun
9 Hits
2.5sec
(3.6)

SS+

B

B

AA
*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 [Perfect Play]

Sinon
[Perfect Play]
Earth
Gun
9 Hits
2.5sec
(3.6)

SS

B

A

S
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Earth Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Zone
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Atk+ Zone],  [Self Heal],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Combo Partner: [Leafa] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Lisbeth [Groovy Sound] Lisbeth
[Groovy Sound]
Dark
Mace
9 Hits
2.6sec
(3.5)

SS

B

A

S+
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(30+ Combos)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Zone
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Attack+ Zone],  [Self Heal],  [Teleports behind target at mid-ranged position],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Silica] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon [Clear a Path to Your Future] Sinon
[Clear a Path to Your Future]
Neutral
Gun
8 Hits
2.3sec
(3.5)

SS+

B

B

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*MP+ Buffer
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Midair Attack],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target at mid-ranged position],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s must be executed in-line or far from target to avoid misses.
Combo Partner: [Kirito] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] MP+ Buff
Lisbeth [Harmony Keeper] Lisbeth
[Harmony Keeper]
Neutral
Mace
8 Hits
2.6sec
(3.1)

SS+

B

B

AA
*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%.
Yui [Born in Sakura Season]
5 Stars Upgradable
Yui
[Born in Sakura Season]
Earth
Mace
10 Hits
3.3sec
(3.0)

S

B

AA

S+
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Self Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- Burst damages are great, but still kinda hard to spam without parrying.
Combo Partner: [Earth Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Water Element.
Asuna
[Midnight Temptation]
Dark
Rod
9 Hits
3.4sec
(2.6)

SS

B

A

S
*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

AA

S

S+
*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

B

A

S+
*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%.
Silica [Platonic Love] Silica
[Platonic Love]
Fire
Dagger
4 Hits
1.9sec
(2.1)

SS

A

AA

S+
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer
Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Self Heal],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner[Fire Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Wind 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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