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.

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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
Asuna [I'm not a kid] Asuna
[I'm not a kid]
Wind
Dagger
14 Hits
1.6sec*
(8.8)

SS+

SS

SS

AA
*LS:+10% Atk
(Wind Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer


Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [100% Frame lock],  [Ends behind target at mid-ranged position],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Yuuki] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Suguha [Unrequited Love] Suguha
[Unrequited Love]
Fire
Dagger
11 Hits
1.7sec*
(6.5)

SS+

SS

SS

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Fire Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Zone

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Zone],  [Auto Heal], [Teleports to nearby target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam (turn off Auto-Approach to increase range), watch out for mid-air targets to avoid misses.
Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage by 10%.
Kirito [Fellowship on the Field] Kirito
[Fellowship on the Field]
Neutral
Sword
9 Hits
1.5sec*
(6.0)

SS+

SS

--

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Neutral Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Ends behind target at mid-ranged position],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, best used with combinations.
- Combo Partner: [Guns] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon [Illusion Killer] Sinon
[Illusion Killer]
Dark
Sword
13 Hits
2.2sec*
(5.9)

SS+

SS

--

B
*LS:+10% Atk
(Dark Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Crit Dmg+ Buffer


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Crit DMG+ Team Buff],  [Midair Attack],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Dark Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Yuuki [Feels like a big sis] Yuuki
[Feels like a big sis]
Wind
Sword
12 Hits
2.1sec*
(5.7)

SS+

SS

S+

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


Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Teleports behind target],  [100% Frame lock],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [Flash with Wind] Asuna
[Flash with Wind]
Wind
Sword
10 Hits
1.8sec*
(5.6)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Wind Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Crit Dmg+ Buffer


Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Crit DMG+ Team Buff],  [Teleports behind target at mid-ranged position],  [Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Wind Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [Nimble Slash] Asuna
[Nimble Slash]
Water
Rapier
9 Hits
1.8sec*
(5.0)

SS+

SS

S+

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

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Trap Zone],  [Teleports behind target],  [Midair attack],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Kirito] - Increases damage by 10%.
Asuna [Unrestrained Emotion] Asuna
[Unrestrained Emotion]
Fire
Rapier
9 Hits
1.9sec*
(4.7)

SS+

SS

SS

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Fire Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Zone

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Zone],  [Auto Heal], [Teleports behind target at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Leafa] - Increases damage by 10%.
Rain [Fluttering Petals] Rain
[Fluttering Petals]
Fire
Dual
8 Hits
2.1sec*
(3.8)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Fire Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Zone

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Zone],  [Auto Heal],  [Midair Attack],  [Ends behind target at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Lisbeth] - Increases damage by 10%.
Yuuki [Zekken in the Wilderness] Yuuki
[Zekken in the Wilderness]
Neutral
Sword
8 Hits
2.1sec*
(3.8)

SS+

SS

--

B
*LS:+10% Atk
(Neutral Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well
- Combo Partner: [Guns] - Increases damage attained by 10%.

Support Nukers

   - Characters with average or low Hits/Sec on their SS3s, or using long 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
Sinon [Sky Bow] Sinon
[Sky Bow]
Holy
Bow
17 Hits
2.1sec*
(8.1)

SS+

SS

--

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

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Trap Zone],  [Midair attack],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed, just avoid directly top/bottom of target.
Combo Partner: [Leafa] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
LLENN [Little Beauty] LLENN
[Little Beuty]
Water
Rifle
13 Hits
1.8sec*
(7.2)

SS+

SS

SS

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

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Teleports behind target],  [Likely to Stun],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off Auto-Approach to increase range.
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage by 10%.
Pitohui [Charming Look] Pitohui
[Charming Look]
Water
Rifle
11 Hits
1.6sec*
(6.9)

SS+

SS

S+

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

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Midair Attack],  [Likely to Stun],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage by 10%.
Strea [MHCP on the Frontline] Strea
[MHCP on the Frontline]
Neutral
Rifle
13 Hits
2.0sec*
(6.5)

SS+

SS

--

B
*LS:+10% Atk
(Neutral Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, but avoid using from top/bottom of target.
- Combo Partner: [Swords] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
LLENN [Pink in Battle] LLENN
[Pink in Battle]
Neutral
Rifle
12 Hits
2.0sec
(6.0)

SS+

SS

--

B
*LS:+10% Atk
(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%.
Pitohui [Toxic Gun Master] Pitohui
[Toxic Gun Master]
Neutral
Rifle
12 Hits
2.2sec
(5.5)

SS+

SS

--

B
*LS:+10% Atk
(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%.
Lisbeth [Hopeful Smile] Lisbeth
[Hopeful Smile]
Fire
Mace
11 Hits
2.1sec*
(5.2)

SS+

SS

S+

AA
*LS:+10% Atk
(Fire Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Attack+ Zone

Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Attack+ Zone],  [Auto Heal],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Rain] - Increases damage by 10%.
Leafa [Magic Bullet] Leafa
[Magic Bullet]
Neutral
Gun
12 Hits
2.3sec*
(5.2)

SS+

SS

--

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Neutral Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Crit Dmg+ Buffer


Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Crit DMG+ Team Buff],  [Midair Attack],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, watch out for incoming attacks though.
- Combo Partner: [Neutral Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon [Leaning on my Fellow Soldier] Sinon
[Leaning on my Fellow Soldier]
Neutral
Gun
8 Hits
2.0sec*
(4.0)

SS+

SS

--

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Neutral Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Debuffer


Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Def Down Debuff],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
- Combo Partner: [Swords] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Sinon [Accompanied By Animals] Sinon
[Accompanied By Animals]
Holy
Rod
6 Hits
1.6sec
(3.8)

SS+

SS

--

A
*LS:+6% Atk
*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%.

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! ^^


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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