Dark 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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RatingCharacters
10Zooey (Summer) iconA.jpg
9.5Jeanne d'Arc (Dark) iconA.jpgNarmaya iconA.jpgOrchid iconA.jpgSeox iconA.jpgVania iconA.jpgVira (SSR) iconA.jpg
9.0Black Knight iconA.jpgForte iconA.jpgLady Grey iconA.jpgVeight iconA.jpgZeta (Dark) iconA.jpg
8.5Beatrix iconA.jpgMarquiares iconA.jpgRosetta (Christmas) iconA.jpgVaseraga iconA.jpg
8.0Cagliostro (Halloween) iconA.jpgDanua (Summer) iconA.jpgElize Lutus iconA.jpg
7.5Cerberus iconA.jpgDanua iconA.jpgZaja iconA.jpg
7.0Koume Shirasaka iconA.jpgLucius iconA.jpgRanko Kanzaki iconA.jpgSarunan (Dark) iconA.jpgTanya (SR) iconA.jpgTanya (Summer) iconA.jpgWill (SR) iconA.jpg
6.5Luna iconA.jpgStan (Event) iconA.jpgYuri Lowell iconA.jpgZehek (Event) iconA.jpg
6.0Ange (Halloween) iconA.jpgLunalu iconA.jpgLunalu (Summer) iconA.jpgShao iconA.jpgVira iconA.jpg
5.5Lowain iconA.jpgMika Jougasaki iconA.jpg
5.0Lowain (Summer) iconA.jpgLudmila iconA.jpg
4.5Bakura iconA.jpgRita iconA.jpgTanya iconA.jpgZehek iconA.jpg
4.0Will iconA.jpg
IconNameTypeRatingRemarks
Ange (Halloween) iconA.jpg
Ange Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.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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Beatrix iconA.jpg
Beatrix Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Very good attacker if managed well.
  • Once she gets going, she'll keep on going!
  • Difficult to master, likely a train wreck in inexperienced hands.
  • Doesn't work well with Enmity grids.
  • She doesn't provide any support, only damage.
Black Knight iconA.jpg
Black Knight Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Great utility;
    Status Petrified.pngPetrifiedStops enemy's charge diamonds from filling.
    ,
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
    and Dispel all in one.
  • Mediocre damage, but her self heal and support skill keeps her going to the end.
  • Her utility is perfect for Luminiera Omega.
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.
Cerberus iconA.jpg
Cerberus Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
7.5
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Has several useful debuffs.
  • High innate Triple Attack rate.
  • Low attack power and no other noteworthy strengths.
Danua iconA.jpg
Danua Label Type Special.png
Label Race Draph.png
7.5

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Danua (Summer) iconA.jpg
Danua Label Type Special.png
Label Race Draph.png
8.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Has her own Rain of Arrows III providing 25%
    Status AttackDown.pngATK DownATK is lowered
    (single) on all enemies.
  • ATK Down is on a short cool down in case of resists.
  • Hard to keep alive if you use her nuke.
Elize Lutus iconA.jpg
Elize Lutus Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0

-

Forte iconA.jpg
Forte Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Both high initial and long term attack power.
  • Provides 5 turns of 20%
    Status AttackUp.pngATK UpAttack is boosted
    for all allies.
  • While she's a very strong attacker other Dark characters are stronger.
Jeanne d'Arc (Dark) iconA.jpg
Jeanne d'Arc Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Powerful 30%
    Status DefenseDown.pngDEF DownDEF is lowered
    (single).
  • Double dips into Enmity in an easy-to-use manner for outstanding damage.
  • Major candidate for an attacker slot in your party, especially in the late game.
Koume Shirasaka iconA.jpg
Koume Shirasaka Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

-

Lady Grey iconA.jpg
Lady Grey Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0
  • Role: Debuffer
  • Increases debuff resistance for all allies.
  • Her 25%
    Status DefenseDown.pngDEF DownDEF is lowered
    , while excellent, is about all she's got.
  • Gets
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
    at level 100 which raises her utility a bit.
  • Will retire permanently if you have Jeanne d'Arc (Dark), unless you need Zombie for some reason.
Lowain iconA.jpg
Lowain Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Erune.png
5.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Surprisingly strong buff with excellent uptime if the rest of the team is female.
Lowain (Summer) iconA.jpg
Lowain Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Erune.png
5.0

-

Lucius iconA.jpg
Lucius Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

-

Ludmila iconA.jpg
Ludmila Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
5.0

-

Luna iconA.jpg
Luna Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5
  • Role: Intentionally knocking out allies
  • Requires knocking out allies to use her skills.
  • Difficult kit to use in general situations.
  • Soul Conversion can act as a pseudo-Tactical Relocation, allowing for specialized setups without needing Nighthound.
  • Gimmick character, but not completely useless.
Lunalu iconA.jpg
Lunalu Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
6.0
  • Role: Mimic
  • Facsimile causes Lunalu to repeat the next skill your team casts (although it can fail).
  • When combined with Threo, can delete every Hard raid in two buttons for fast farming.
  • 20% self Attack buff helps make up for R-level stats
Lunalu (Summer) iconA.jpg
Lunalu Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
6.0
  • Role: Mimic
  • Instead of a self-buff, she can decrease the failure rate of Facsimile (at the cost of a self-Burn)
  • Otherwise, she's the same as her original version.
Marquiares iconA.jpg
Marquiares Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Rare full party heal and regen.
  • Can do 2.5m+ damage charge attacks with self-buff.
  • Skill restrictions make him harder to use.
  • Does not work well in Enmity parties.
Mika Jougasaki iconA.jpg
Mika Jougasaki Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
5.5

-

Narmaya iconA.jpg
Narmaya Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • A bit complicated to use, but rewards you with high damage.
  • Her low health and self-inflicted
    Status DefenseDown.pngDEF DownDEF is lowered
    makes her vulnerable.
  • Her usability varies a lot between early, mid and late game.
  • Benefits greatly from Dark multiattack weapons.
  • The strongest Dark attacker when using a Hades grid.
Orchid iconA.jpg
Orchid Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
9.5

-

Ranko Kanzaki iconA.jpg
Ranko Kanzaki Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

-

Rita iconA.jpg
Rita Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
4.5

-

Rosetta (Christmas) iconA.jpg
Rosetta Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Unknown.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Group heal and clarity, valuable in Dark which has few healers.
  • Can provide dispel for Luminiera Omega.
  • Usually not needed since most fights don't require much healing. Heal lands before clarity which is bad for Celeste Omega.
Sarunan (Dark) iconA.jpg
Sarunan Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
7.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Has the very rare ability to remove all enemy buffs and debuffs. Can be extremely dangerous.
  • With the proper buffs, debuffs, and other support he can deal extraordinary damage.
  • Can reduce his own hp to utilise Enmity.
  • Hard to fit on a team.
  • May be useful for Luminiera (Impossible) but is in no way essential.
Seox iconA.jpg
Seox Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Innate 100% Double Attack rate.
  • Up to a 5.68x multiplier in
    Status AttackUp.pngATK UpAttack is boosted
    self-buffs as long as he doesn't get hit, stacks with other buffs.
  • Stellar damage for all fights where attacks usually miss or you can protect him.
  • The reason you got a Bahamut Dagger Coda square.jpg Bahamut Dagger Coda for Dark.
Shao iconA.jpg
Shao Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
6.0

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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.
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

-

Vania iconA.jpg
Vania Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Great utility character; dispel,
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
    , and
    Status Charm.pngCharmAttacks are slightly limited
    all in one.
  • Her charge bar generation for the whole party is valuable for Dark element parties.
  • Her Charge Attack deals 50% bonus damage on charmed enemies.
  • Excellent in boss fights such as Luminiera Omega.
  • Unknown race lets her benefit from any Bahamut Weapon.
  • Her emphasis on utility means she's less useful when she can't land her debuffs.
Vaseraga iconA.jpg
Vaseraga Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Highest natural ATK stat in the game at Lvl 100.
  • High damage to foes in Overdrive.
  • Self-buff and charge bar boost are useful.
  • Mediocre when compared to other Dark attackers.
Veight iconA.jpg
Veight Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Unknown.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Has exceptional attack power and high dodge rate while awakened.
  • Must consider team organisation, enemy composition, and rely on luck to remain awakened.
  • Losing awakened is quite bad.
Vira iconA.jpg
Vira Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
6.0
  • Role: Attacker
  • Heavy single turn burst if she casts all of her skills.
  • Gains bonus stats by having Katalina in the back row.
  • Lacks the utility of her SSR forms, only having a minor Attack DOWN.
Vira (SSR) iconA.jpg
Vira Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Guaranteed Status TripleUp.pngTriple Attack along with
    Status Veil.pngVeilPrevents 1 debuff effect
    .
  • Can provide 15%
    Status AttackDown.pngATK DownATK is lowered
    /
    Status DefenseDown.pngDEF DownDEF is lowered
    (single) and heal herself.
  • Overall usefulness improves with her final uncap.
  • Almost a requirement for some higher difficulty encounters.
Will iconA.jpg
Will Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
4.0
  • Role: Not-Healer
  • Lacks the healing that makes his SR form valuable
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.
Yuri Lowell iconA.jpg
Yuri Lowell Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Zaja iconA.jpg
Zaja Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
7.5
  • Role: Defender
  • One of the only Dark units with Substitute, and also possesses a
    Status Dmg Cut 40.png40% DMG CutTaking 40% less DMG

    Damage Cut reducing damage taken.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
    .
  • Favors Axes, giving him decent attack damage in a grid heavy on Celeste Zaghnal Omega.
  • If nothing else, he can draw Luminera Omega's entire 50% trigger to himself.
Zehek iconA.jpg
Zehek Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
4.5

-

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

-

Zeta (Dark) iconA.jpg
Zeta Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0

-

Zooey (Summer) iconA.jpg
Zooey Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
10
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Conjunction allows maximum use of Enmity which Dark has good access to. It's so good it's useful for other elements.
  • Decent attack along with her stellar support.
  • Absolutely terrifying in shorter fights and even some longer fights where it's safe to stay below 4k hp.
  • Of limited use to beginners. Strong in the mid and late game with Enmity gear, but her true potential requires insane gear.