Sword Art Online: MD - How to Upgrade to 5 Stars, Skills and FAQs

4 Star characters will get higher stats as you upgrade them to 5 Stars, plus they'll be able to do combination attacks with your other characters to deal more damage to your opponents. If available, some of them might also get a Leader Skill that can greatly help increase your team's damage output.

You may also get some fully upgraded 5 Star Characters from Scouts with all the bonus effects and stats, Good Luck! ^^
Sword Art Online: MD -  How to Upgrade 5 Star Characters and FAQs

5-Star Characters Combination Skills

5★ Characters Can Use Combination Skills!

   - During SS3 of a 5★ Character, you can switch to a different party member to perform a combination attack or 2 SS3 attacks.
   - Combination Skills are usable with any character. However, for several characters, their SS3 animation might not be compatible with others, so make sure that all of their hits sinks in.

   - Combination Skills can't be spammed, so after a Combination Attack, start another SS3 or do a parry move to start with anyone that you like.
   - TIP: The only exception so far is to use a 5* character with a combination skill, and can instantly unleash SS3s upon normal switch!

Other Tips for Ranking Events:

   - In ranking events, when using Combination Skills, it is sometimes better to start with a long ranged character or someone that can cast a SS3 from a distance. This will enable your Combination Partner to auto approach the target upon switch.

   - When using Combination Attacks you can technically cut the time of your initiator, so it is better to use a character that has a longer SS3 animation first.
5-Star Characters Combination Skills

5★ Characters Have Combination Partners!

   - When Combination Skills are used with anyone who meets the Combination Partner Criteria, a Combination Effect occurs. Use Combination Skills above with Combo Partners to drive more damages!

   - There are Combination Partners such as:
   - Characters = with Kirito, Asuna, and more.
   - Weapon Types = Swords, Rapier, and more.
   - Attributes/Element = Holy, Dark, Neutral Element and more.
   - *Note: Combo Partner Bonuses varies per character.

5★ Characters Have Leader Skills!

   - Simply set a 5* character as a party leader to activate his/her Leader Skill.
   - *Note: Some 5* characters doesn't have a Leader Skill, especially those upgraded ones.

How to Upgrade 5-Star Characters

How to Upgrade 5-Star Characters

Popular 4 Characters

   - Collect 10 Upgrade Crystals from limited events and use them to your upgradable 4★ characters.
   - To Upgrade, go to your character's Unlock Attribute screen. If the icon is not present, that character is not upgradable to 5★ at the moment.
Unlock Attribute screen and icon
   - Upgrade Crystals are still limited per event, so use them wisely. I would recommend using them only for your top tier characters, if you can't upgrade them yet, then reserve your Upgrade Crystals for later, just in case.

   - New 4★ Characters that can be upgraded will be announced in-game after a "Popular Vote" contest for example.

Limit Breaking a 5★ Character after an Upgrade?

   - Upgraded 4★ Characters will still require 50 Hacking Crystals for Limit Breaking, so don't worry, upgrade them whenever you like.
   - All original or scouted 5★ Characters will require 100 Hacking Crystals for Limit Breaking. It's high but bonus stats are higher too.

Special Limited Event 4 Characters

Special Limited Event 4★ Characters heathcliff

   - Some 4★ Characters that you can get from Limited Events and Ranking Events (VIP Ticket or Medal Scouts) can only be upgraded to 5★ by gathering their exclusive Upgrade Crystals.
   - These Upgrade Crystals are also limited and kinda harder to collect, so try to complete missions for points, or rank high to obtain more.

Scouting for 5-Star Characters

   - When a 5★ character appears, and if you own the same named 4★ character, the 4★ character automatically upgrades to 5★ and 50 Hacking Crystals will be given.

   - When a 5★ character appears, and if you own the same named 5★ character, then 100 Hacking Crystals will be given.

   - *Please double check and make sure that the banner scout that you want to scout on contains a fully upgraded 5★ that has a 4★ version (some will get a lower combo partner bonus), or an original 5★ character (most of them will have better combination partner bonus).

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