Dark Character Tier List

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Source[edit]

All ratings from Icon Gamewith.png Gamewith:

Other recommended tier lists[edit]

  • GBF Gaijins Tier List - Different priorities than GameWith. Tiers for general and advanced content. Longer character descriptions and gameplay advice.

Important notes[edit]

  • 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.
  • The Eternals have their own rating system separate from other characters.
  • At the end of the day this is just a tool to help you find useful characters.

Please see this page for further notes

Last updated[edit]

Ratings were last updated December 14, 2017.

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RatingCharacters
10Zooey
9.5AzazelJeanne d'ArcNarmayaOliviaOrchidViraWulf and Renie
9.0Black KnightCagliostroJokerLady GreyNicholasVaniaVaseragaVeightZeta
8.5CerberusForteKatalinaLunaluMarquiaresRosetta
8.0BeatrixCagliostroDanuaElize LutusPredatorSarunanVaniaWill
7.5DanuaDelifordJamilMika JougasakiZaja
7.0CagliostroKoume ShirasakaLuciusRandallRanko KanzakiTanyaTanya
6.5LunaStanYuri LowellZehek
6.0AngeLunaluLunaluNarmayaShaoVira
5.5Lowain
5.0LowainLudmila
4.5BakuraRitaTanyaZehek
4.0Will
IconNameTypeRatingRemarks
Npc m 3030042000 01.jpg
Ange Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
6.0

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Npc m 3040137000 01.jpg
Azazel Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png Label Weapon Melee.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Inflicts
    Status DarkResDown.pngDark DEF DownDEF is lowered for dark DMG
    and
    Status Blind.pngBlindedAttacks have a slight chance to miss
    very reliably
  • Guaranteed critical hit damage against
    Status Poison.pngPoisonedHP is lowered on every turn
    enemies
  • Powerful burst via 3-turn
    Status DarkAtkUp.png70% Dark ATK UpDark ATK is boosted

    Strength: 70%
  • Powerful charge attack against Blind and Poisoned enemies
  • Relatively weak against enemies immune to Blind and/or Poison
  • Dagger/Fist specialty synergizes well with Celeste grids
Npc m 3020066000 01.jpg
Bakura Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Harp.png
4.5

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Npc m 3040070000 01.jpg
Beatrix Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Powerful, self-sufficient attacker with proper setup
  • Requires high external TA to be effective
  • Can protect more vulnerable party members with self DEF Up and Hostility UP
  • Very difficult to use with an underdeveloped grid
  • Rating rises considerably for late-game Atma Sword compositions
Npc m 3040082000 01.jpg
Black Knight Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png Label Weapon Gun.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.
Npc m 3040120000 01.jpg
Cagliostro Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
9.0

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Npc m 3030189000 01.jpg
Cagliostro Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.0
  • Role: Healer/Support
  • Dark-element healers are scarce and Cagliostro is one of them.
  • Has both party heal and debuff removal which is great for new Dark players.
  • Very long skill cooldowns limit her usefulness beyond early-game.
Npc m 3040062000 01.jpg
Cagliostro Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.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.
Npc m 3040016000 01.jpg
Cerberus Label Type Special.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Has several useful debuffs.
  • High innate Triple Attack rate.
  • Low attack power and no other noteworthy strengths.
Npc m 3030017000 01.jpg
Danua Label Type Special.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
7.5

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Npc m 3040055000 01.jpg
Danua Label Type Special.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Dagger.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.
Npc m 3030188000 01.jpg
Deliford Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
7.5

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Npc m 3030138000 01.jpg
Elize Lutus Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
8.0
  • Role: Support/Debuffer
  • One of the only Dark units with revive.
  • Plays multiple roles such as
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
    ,
    Status DoubleUp.pngDA UpDouble attack rate is boosted
    .
Npc m 3040086000 01.jpg
Forte Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Both high initial and long term attack power.
  • Provides 5 turns of 20%
    Status AttackUp.pngATK UpATK is boosted
    for all allies.
  • While she's a very strong attacker other Dark characters are stronger.
Jamil (Dark) iconA.jpg
Jamil Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
7.5

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Npc m 3040080000 01.jpg
Jeanne d'Arc Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Enormous damage output in Enmity grids due to her passive enmity and self-buffs
  • Inflicts
    Status DefenseDown.png30% DEF DownDEF is lowered

    Strength: 30%
    Single-sided
    (stacks with Miserable Mist)
  • 5-turn
    Status Invulnerable.pngInvulnerableCan withstand lethal DMG (Leaves 1 HP)
    can maximize enmity while avoiding the risks
  • One of the most powerful Dark attackers late-game
Npc m 3040173000 01.jpg
Joker Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png Label Weapon Gun.png
9.0

Preliminary rating. Please allow a few days for it to settle.
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Npc m 3040118000 01.jpg
Katalina Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.5

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Npc m 3030090000 01.jpg
Koume Shirasaka Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.0

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Npc m 3040005000 01.jpg
Lady Grey Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png Label Weapon Melee.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.
Npc m 3020031000 01.jpg
Lowain Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
5.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Surprisingly strong buff with excellent uptime if the rest of the team is female.
Npc m 3020041000 01.jpg
Lowain Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
5.0

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Npc m 3030033000 01.jpg
Lucius Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
7.0

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Npc m 3030185000 01.jpg
Ludmila Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Gun.png
5.0

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Npc m 3030180000 01.jpg
Luna Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.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.
Npc m 3020050000 01.jpg
Lunalu Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Staff.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
Npc m 3040172000 01.jpg
Lunalu Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
8.5

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Npc m 3020061000 01.jpg
Lunalu Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Staff.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.
Npc m 3040108000 01.jpg
Marquiares Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Can restore and maintain party HP via passive,
    Status Shield.pngShieldNext ATK received will be ineffective for a fixed amount
    , and
    Status Revitalize.pngRevitalizeRecover HP each turn. Boost to charge bar if HP is full.
  • Powerful charge attack damage via passive
  • Potential 3.5 million damage charge attack via first ability
  • Useful mix of healing and offensive abilities
Npc m 3030051000 01.jpg
Mika Jougasaki Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
7.5

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Npc m 3040063000 01.jpg
Narmaya Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Katana.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Very high damage output via
    Status Butterfly.pngButterfly EffectDeals bonus superior element DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks
    bonus damage and
    Status Defiance.pngDefianceATK is boosted for foes in Overdrive
  • Complicated kit and vulnerable due to low HP and self
    Status DefenseDownStack.pngDEF Down (Stackable)DEF is lowered (Stackable)
  • Usability varies based on enemy, team composition, and weapon grid
  • Somewhat dependent on external multi-attack
  • Especially powerful in Hades grids
Npc m 3030235000 01.jpg
Narmaya Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Katana.png
6.0

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Npc m 3040156000 01.jpg
Nicholas Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Katana.png
9.0

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Npc m 3040145000 01.jpg
Olivia Label Type Special.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Permanent bonus dark damage
  • Can Fear and prevent enemy charge attacks
  • Powerful nuke which can cast twice and inflicts
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
  • 10% Seraphic modifier against Light enemies
  • High damage, but somewhat vulnerable due to passive Light DEF reduction
  • Somewhat limited by long skill cooldowns
Npc m 3040111000 01.jpg
Orchid Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Enormous damage output via ATK, DA/TA, and critical hit rate from
    Status Puppet Strings.pngPuppet StringsStats are sharply boosted (Cancels upon exceeding DMG stack / Can't be removed)
  • Protects herself with powerful, refreshing shield
  • 1.2 million damage nuke
Npc m 3030190000 01.jpg
Predator Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
8.0

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Npc m 3030234000 01.jpg
Randall Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
7.0

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Npc m 3030162000 01.jpg
Ranko Kanzaki Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.0

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Npc m 3030054000 01.jpg
Rita Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
4.5

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Npc m 3040026000 01.jpg
Rosetta Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Dagger.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.
Npc m 3040048000 01.jpg
Sarunan Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
8.0
  • 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.
Npc m 3030124000 01.jpg
Shao Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
6.0

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Npc m 3030129000 01.jpg
Stan Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Sabre.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.
Npc m 3020015000 01.jpg
Tanya Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
4.5

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Npc m 3030167000 01.jpg
Tanya Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
7.0

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Npc m 3030084000 01.jpg
Tanya Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
7.0

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Npc m 3040057000 01.jpg
Vania Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Great utility character; dispel,
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
    , and
    Status Charm.pngCharmedAttacks 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.
Npc m 3030221000 01.jpg
Vania Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
8.0

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Npc m 3040029000 01.jpg
Vaseraga Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Axe.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker
  • Very high natural ATK stat at Lvl 100.
  • High damage to foes in Overdrive.
  • Self-buff and charge bar boost are useful.
  • Mediocre when compared to other Dark attackers.
Npc m 3040094000 01.jpg
Veight Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Dagger.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.
Npc m 3030019000 01.jpg
Vira Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.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.
Npc m 3040043000 01.jpg
Vira Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Party
    Status Veil.pngVeilImmune to debuffs.
    Lasts until it resists at least 1 debuff.
    and personal 2-turn guaranteed
    Status TripleUp.pngTA UpTriple attack rate is boosted
  • Inflicts
    Status AttackDown.png15% ATK DownATK is lowered

    Strength: 15%
    and
    Status DefenseDown.png15% DEF DownDEF is lowered

    Strength: 15%
    (stacks with Miserable Mist)
  • Bonus light damage can indirectly exceed damage cap
  • Very useful in HL content
Npc m 3020010000 01.jpg
Will Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png Label Weapon Staff.png
4.0
  • Role: Not-Healer
  • Lacks the healing that makes his SR form valuable
Npc m 3030092000 01.jpg
Will Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png Label Weapon Staff.png
8.0
  • Role: Attacker/Healer
  • Dark element healers are very rare and Will is one of them.
Npc m 3040174000 01.jpg
Wulf and Renie Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Melee.png Label Weapon Gun.png
9.5

Preliminary rating. Please allow a few days for it to settle.
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Npc m 3030081000 01.jpg
Yuri Lowell Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Katana.png
6.5

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Npc m 3030059000 01.jpg
Zaja Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Axe.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.
Npc m 3020017000 01.jpg
Zehek Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
4.5

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Npc m 3030060000 01.jpg
Zehek Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
6.5

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Npc m 3040112000 01.jpg
Zeta Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • High natural damage output.
  • Low maximum health gives her a significant vulnerability.
  • Her second skill is a decent debuff, but has a very long animation, making it unsuitable for MVP racing.
Npc m 3040092000 01.jpg
Zooey Label Type Special.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Sabre.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.