Balance Character Tier List

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  • The value and usefulness of a character varies based on your rank, your team, fight length, fight mechanics and how you play.
  • Each element is evaluated on its own. A 9.5 rating in Fire is not the same as 9.5 in Water.
  • The rating reflects the median usefulness of a character. A character may lose points for being hard to use or fit in a team, or gain points for being strong against Magnas. Judging a character by HL usefulness alone may be unhelpful as HL teams tend to deviate from other content.
  • At the end of the day this is just a tool to help you find useful characters.

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Last updated[edit]

Ratings were last updated February 24th 2017.

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10 Ferry (SSR) iconA.jpg
9.5Tien iconA.jpgYuel iconA.jpg Altair iconA.jpgKatalina (Grand) iconA.jpg Andira iconA.jpgLecia (Grand) iconA.jpg Heles (Summer) iconA.jpgJeanne d'Arc iconA.jpgLucio iconA.jpgTweyen iconA.jpg
9.0Anila iconA.jpg Lady Katapillar and Vira iconA.jpgRomeo iconA.jpg Yuisis iconA.jpg Rosamia (SSR) iconA.jpg
8.5Percival (Summer) iconA.jpg Charlotta iconA.jpg Metera iconA.jpgPetra (SSR) iconA.jpg Io (Grand) iconA.jpgZooey iconA.jpg Katalina (Dark) iconA.jpg
8.0 Katalina iconA.jpgMina iconA.jpg Christina iconA.jpg Nicholas (Event) iconA.jpgVermeil (SR) iconA.jpg Cagliostro (Halloween) iconA.jpg
7.5 Herja (SR) iconA.jpg Helnar iconA.jpgSutera iconA.jpg Albert (Event) iconA.jpgArusha iconA.jpgRosamia (SR) iconA.jpgTear Grants iconA.jpgUzuki Shimamura iconA.jpg
7.0Carren iconA.jpgMio Honda iconA.jpgSutera (Event) iconA.jpgTherese iconA.jpg Ange iconA.jpgEjaeli iconA.jpgNaga the Serpent iconA.jpgSahli Lao iconA.jpg Lamretta iconA.jpg Andira (Event) iconA.jpgArisa iconA.jpgFeena (Event) iconA.jpgTsubasa Kashiwagi iconA.jpg Tanya (Summer) iconA.jpgTanya (SR) iconA.jpgWill (SR) iconA.jpg
6.5Jessica (Event) iconA.jpgLina Inverse iconA.jpgMary (SR) iconA.jpg Milleore iconA.jpg Juri iconA.jpg Eso (SR) iconA.jpgJin (Wind) iconA.jpgKeehar iconA.jpgLecia (Summer) iconA.jpgSakura Shinguji iconA.jpg Stan (Event) iconA.jpgZehek (Event) iconA.jpg
6.0 Romeo (Event) iconA.jpg Eugen iconA.jpgFarrah (SR) iconA.jpg Aster (Event) iconA.jpg
5.5 Lecia iconA.jpgRosetta iconA.jpg Vermeil iconA.jpg
5.0Flesselles iconA.jpgKarva iconA.jpg Joel iconA.jpg
4.5Mary (Summer) iconA.jpg Garma iconA.jpgHerja iconA.jpg Rosamia iconA.jpg Bakura iconA.jpgTanya iconA.jpg
4.0Mary iconA.jpg Yodarha iconA.jpg Farrah iconA.jpgWalder (Summer) iconA.jpgWalder (Christmas) iconA.jpgWalder iconA.jpg Leonora iconA.jpg
IconNameTypeRatingRemarks
Albert (Event) iconA.jpg
Albert Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Great damage output that is comparable to his SSR version.
  • 100% double attack rate allows him to gain charge bar easily for more frequent Charge Attacks.
  • Excellent early-game Light character with potential longevity into later game stages.
Altair iconA.jpg
Altair Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5
  • Role: Buffer/Debuffer
  • Greatly increases Water team damage output with his buffs, debuffs, and charge bar generation.
  • His debuff is very inaccurate until Lvl 90.
  • His Lvl 95 support skill helps other members of the team in landing their debuffs.
  • Fits in almost any Water team composition.
Andira iconA.jpg
Andira Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.5

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Andira (Event) iconA.jpg
Andira Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
7.0
  • Role: Healer/Buffer
  • Puts herself to
    Status Sleep.pngSleepCan't attack and takes big DMG (Ends upon taking DMG)
    , but still an excellent buffer.
  • Status Sleep.pngSleepCan't attack and takes big DMG (Ends upon taking DMG)
    is clearable with skills which lessens one of her biggest disadvantages.
  • Has a good heal, but be mindful of the
    Status DefenseDown.pngDEF DownDEF is lowered
    .
Ange iconA.jpg
Ange Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Anila iconA.jpg
Anila Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Draph.png
9.0

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Arisa iconA.jpg
Arisa Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Unknown.png
7.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Her Charge Attack can deal up to ~1.7 million damage.
  • Useful early-game healer.
  • Benefits from any Bahamut Weapon.
  • Excellent in long battles, but less effective in short battles.
Arusha iconA.jpg
Arusha Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
7.5

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Aster (Event) iconA.jpg
Aster Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
6.0

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Bakura iconA.jpg
Bakura Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Draph.png
4.5

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Cagliostro (Halloween) iconA.jpg
Cagliostro Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0
  • Role: Support/Debuffer
  • Group heal and clarity, valuable in dark which has few healers.
  • Can apply 10%
    Status DefenseDown.pngDEF DownDEF is lowered
    on all foes and provide several offensive buffs.
  • The 12 turn cooldown on her clarity is unusually long.
Carren iconA.jpg
Carren Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Charlotta iconA.jpg
Charlotta Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
8.5
  • Role: Defender/Attacker/Debuffer
  • Solid defensive character; party Status DefenseUp.pngDamage Cut is potent with a fairly short cooldown.
  • Can provide
    Status DefenseDown.pngDEF DownDEF is lowered
    debuffing, but with average accuracy.
  • Dealing damage not her strong point; competes for a party spot against other more effective Water attackers.
  • A good early-game character for Water teams.
Christina iconA.jpg
Christina Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0

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Ejaeli iconA.jpg
Ejaeli Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0
  • Role: Support
  • Provides team
    Status DoubleUp.pngDA UpDouble attack rate is boosted
    buff which is fairly uncommon in water.
  • Three double attack EMP nodes and her buff give her good multiattack potential.
  • Her
    Status Heal.pngRefreshHP is restored on every turn
    is decent sustain but not enough against large damage bursts.
Eso (SR) iconA.jpg
Eso Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Eugen iconA.jpg
Eugen Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.0
  • Role: Attacker
  • Can fill his charge bar at-will with Ignition
  • Intercept lets him dodge normal enemy attacks while dealing damage in return
  • Low stats, as is the norm for story SRs.
Farrah iconA.jpg
Farrah Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
4.0

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Farrah (SR) iconA.jpg
Farrah Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.0

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Feena (Event) iconA.jpg
Feena Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Ferry (SSR) iconA.jpg
Ferry Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
10
  • Role: Support
  • 4 turn 100%
    Status TripleUp.pngTA UpTriple attack rate is boosted
    with Light
    Status Bonus Damage.pngBonus DMGDeals bonus DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks
    .
  • 60% Status Defiance.pngCharge Attack Boost with 15% Status DamageCapUp.pngDamage Cap Up.
  • Increased Critical Hit rate for all allies.
  • Her outstanding support skills will make her the go to choice for your Light parties.
Flesselles iconA.jpg
Flesselles Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
5.0

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Garma iconA.jpg
Garma Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Draph.png
4.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Has Break Assassin, giving him one turn of big damage
Heles (Summer) iconA.jpg
Heles Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.5

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Helnar iconA.jpg
Helnar Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
7.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Requires all of his 5★ upgrades to be useful.
  • Party-wide
    Status TripleUp.pngTA UpTriple attack rate is boosted
    is an amazing buff on an SR character.
  • Can inflict both
    Status Lock.pngBreak Boosted (Time)Break mode time is extended
    and
    Status Lock.pngBreak Boosted (DMG)DMG needed to switch to normal mode is boosted
    , which is somewhat rare on characters.
  • His utility rivals that of some SSR Wind characters.
Herja iconA.jpg
Herja Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
4.5

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Herja (SR) iconA.jpg
Herja Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Gains Status AttackUpStack.pngATK Up (stackable from a skill and charge attack.
  • Single target
    Status Uplift.pngUpliftedCharge bar is boosted on every turn
    buff.
  • Decent attack power, break assassin and goes well in many SSR parties.
  • Can compete with SSRs in earth for a party slot.
Io (Grand) iconA.jpg
Io Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.5

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Jeanne d'Arc iconA.jpg
Jeanne d'Arc Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5

-

Jessica (Event) iconA.jpg
Jessica Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Jin (Wind) iconA.jpg
Jin Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Joel iconA.jpg
Joel Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
5.0

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Juri iconA.jpg
Juri Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

-

Karva iconA.jpg
Karva Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Draph.png
5.0

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Katalina iconA.jpg
Katalina Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0
  • Role: Support/Defender
  • The Queen of story mode; her kit stays useful for a very long time.
  • Status Veil.pngVeilImmune to debuffs.
    Lasts until it guards against at least 1 debuff.
    is always useful. Learn what it does.
  • Heal and Charge Attack buffed to be up to the current SR Character standards.
Katalina (Dark) iconA.jpg
Katalina Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.5

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Katalina (Grand) iconA.jpg
Katalina Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Healer/Buffer/Defender
  • Incredibly versatile; a core character in almost every Water party.
  • Her Charge Attack buffs the party with a potent
    Status WaterAtkUp.pngWater ATK UpWater ATK is boosted
    that stacks with most other similar buffs.
  • Short cooldown on her defensive ability makes her reliable against big boss attacks.
  • Provides party-wide
    Status Veil.pngVeilImmune to debuffs.
    Lasts until it guards against at least 1 debuff.
    .
Keehar iconA.jpg
Keehar Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
6.5

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Lady Katapillar and Vira iconA.jpg
Lady Katapillar and Vira Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Self heal and reset cooldown on skills so you can chain nukes on the same turn.
  • Can inflict
    Status FireAtkDown.pngFire ATK LoweredFire ATK is lowered
    , which stacks with normal
    Status AttackDown.pngATK DownATK is lowered
    debuffs for further mitigation.
  • Immunity to
    Status Blind.pngBlindedAttacks have a slight chance to miss
    or
    Status Charm.pngCharmAttacks are slightly limited
    depending on her position in the team.
  • Not as useful against non-Fire enemies.
Lamretta iconA.jpg
Lamretta Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Draph.png
7.0
  • Role: Veil
  • Can do some decent damage with self buffs
Lecia iconA.jpg
Lecia Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
5.5

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Lecia (Grand) iconA.jpg
Lecia Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5
  • Role: Buffer
  • Status Jammed.pngJammedATK is greatly boosted as HP is lowered
    and low-health shields give her great Enmity synergy.
  • Can Dispel on Charge Attack for more utility.
  • Weakish early game: Her signature skill is locked deep in the story and can be teamcomp dependent.
  • Powerful effects if you can stack an order up to level 5, although Debuff and Heal can be difficult to build.
  • Attack Orders 5 is very powerful at endgame to push beyond the damage cap.
  • Balance unit for the commonly-used Cosmic Rifle square.jpg Cosmic Rifle BAL
Lecia (Summer) iconA.jpg
Lecia Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Leonora iconA.jpg
Leonora Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
4.0

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Lina Inverse iconA.jpg
Lina Inverse Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5
  • Role: A bit of everything
  • Two plain damage nukes make her great for hunting slimes.
  • Can debuff Attack/Defense and heal, but the numbers on both are weak.
  • Requires a lot of button pressing to boost charge attack damage.
  • Base charge animation is 25 seconds long (on 1x battle speed). Uncapping her to 3* is practically required.
Lucio iconA.jpg
Lucio Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Primal.png
9.5

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Mary iconA.jpg
Mary Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
4.0

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Mary (SR) iconA.jpg
Mary Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5
  • Role: Support
  • 1st skill applies Bounty Hunter II on all foes, but with a longer cooldown and lacking Hawkeye/Bandit Tycoon hitrate
  • Good for material farming in SR-Only quests
  • Only combat utility is a
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
Mary (Summer) iconA.jpg
Mary Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
4.5

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Metera iconA.jpg
Metera Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
8.5

-

Milleore iconA.jpg
Milleore Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
6.5

-

Mina iconA.jpg
Mina Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Good support in
    Status WaterAtkUp.png10% Water ATK UpWater ATK is boosted

    Strength: 10%
    Duration: 3 turns
    and Status FireResUp.pngFire Res Up.
  • Her 3 turn
    Status WaterAtkUp.png10% Water ATK UpWater ATK is boosted

    Strength: 10%
    Duration: 3 turns
    is on a short 5 turn cooldown.
  • Good damage output with guaranteed TA and
    Status Bonus Damage.pngBonus Water DMGDeals bonus water DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks
    .
Mio Honda iconA.jpg
Mio Honda Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Naga the Serpent iconA.jpg
Naga the Serpent Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

-

Nicholas (Event) iconA.jpg
Nicholas Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0

-

Percival (Summer) iconA.jpg
Percival Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.5

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Petra (SSR) iconA.jpg
Petra Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.5

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Romeo iconA.jpg
Romeo Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Defender
  • Massive 1-turn burst damage potential and overall attack power.
  • Potent
    Status WaterResDown.pngWater DEF LoweredDEF is lowered for water DMG
    .
  • Playstyle requires micromanaging
    Status Spirit5.pngSpiritUses 1 Spirit per attack (Spirits recover every 5 turns)
    stacks. Poor stack management heavily penalizes Romeo's stats.
  • His Status FireResUp.pngFire Resist UP party buff is very strong, but requires consuming
    Status Spirit5.pngSpiritUses 1 Spirit per attack (Spirits recover every 5 turns)
    stacks.
  • Difficult to play as a defensive character and is better suited as an offensive damage dealer.
Romeo (Event) iconA.jpg
Romeo Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.0

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Rosamia iconA.jpg
Rosamia Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
4.5

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Rosamia (SR) iconA.jpg
Rosamia Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5

-

Rosamia (SSR) iconA.jpg
Rosamia Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0

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Rosetta iconA.jpg
Rosetta Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Unknown.png
5.5

-

Sahli Lao iconA.jpg
Sahli Lao Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
7.0

-

Sakura Shinguji iconA.jpg
Sakura Shinguji Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Stan (Event) iconA.jpg
Stan Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
6.5
  • Role: Defender
  • Provides a three-turn
    Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
    to a single ally.
  • Being hit improves the damage of his nukes and Charge Attack.
  • Lacks defense buffs to help him survive while tanking.
  • Generally only sees play with Seox.
Sutera iconA.jpg
Sutera Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
7.5

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Sutera (Event) iconA.jpg
Sutera Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
7.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Decent debuff coverage with
    Status Blind.pngBlindedAttacks have a slight chance to miss
    ,
    Status AttackDown.pngATK DownATK is lowered
    , and
    Status DoubleDown.pngDA DownDouble attack rate is lowered
    .
  • Decent normal attack and Charge Attack damage with
    Status Jade Crest1.pngJade CrestJade Crest is casted
    stacks.
  • Status Dodge.pngDodge Rate BoostedImmune to DMG and debuffs for a fixed amount while in effect
    for all allies can be useful, but shouldn't be relied on.
  • Falls off when
    Status Jade Crest1.pngJade CrestJade Crest is casted
    aren't available.
Tanya iconA.jpg
Tanya Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
4.5

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Tanya (SR) iconA.jpg
Tanya Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Tanya (Summer) iconA.jpg
Tanya Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Tear Grants iconA.jpg
Tear Grants Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5

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Therese iconA.jpg
Therese Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0
  • Role: Attacker
  • Generates 15% charge bar for the whole team every 9 turns.
  • Solid damage due to multiattack buff and Enmity support skill.
Tien iconA.jpg
Tien Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Guaranteed 3 stacks of Status Treasure1.pngBounty Hunter with her skill; can apply Status Treasure9.pngBounty Hunter by herself.
  • Excellent Break assassin.
  • Great back line party member since her support skill increases item drop rate.
  • Her 100% Status Treasure1.pngBounty Hunter success rate only affects herself.
  • Mediocre damage outside break.
Tsubasa Kashiwagi iconA.jpg
Tsubasa Kashiwagi Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Tweyen iconA.jpg
Tweyen Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5

-

Uzuki Shimamura iconA.jpg
Uzuki Shimamura Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5

-

Vermeil iconA.jpg
Vermeil Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
5.5

-

Vermeil (SR) iconA.jpg
Vermeil Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
8.0

-

Walder iconA.jpg
Walder Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
4.0

-

Walder (Christmas) iconA.jpg
Walder Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
4.0

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Walder (Summer) iconA.jpg
Walder Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
4.0

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Will (SR) iconA.jpg
Will Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0
  • Role: Attacker/Healer
  • Dark element healers are very rare and Will is one of them.
Yodarha iconA.jpg
Yodarha Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
4.0

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Yuel iconA.jpg
Yuel Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Buffer/Healer
  • Due to her utility, Yuel fits into almost all Fire party compositions.
  • Excellent damage output for a healer; increases overall party damage with buffs.
  • Needs to be Lvl 100 to unlock her full potential.
Yuisis iconA.jpg
Yuisis Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.0
  • Role:Attacker/Defender
  • Her kit seems complex, but is quite easy to learn and manage even for beginners.
  • Very high burst damage with her Charge Attack when given time to set up.
  • Good defensive utility versus single-target enemy attacks.
  • Competes with Gawain for a Wind defender party spot.
Zehek (Event) iconA.jpg
Zehek Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Zooey iconA.jpg
Zooey Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Primal.png
8.5

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