Defense Character Tier List

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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.
  • 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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RatingFireWaterEarthWindLightDark
9.5 Sara iconA.jpg Juliet iconA.jpg
9.0Societte (Fire) iconA.jpg Yngwie iconA.jpg Razia iconA.jpg Gawain iconA.jpg
8.0Sutera (Fire) iconA.jpg Anre iconA.jpgKatalina (Summer) iconA.jpg Sara (Summer) iconA.jpg
7.5Agielba iconA.jpgNaoise (Fire) iconA.jpg Airi Totoki iconA.jpgGaladar (SR) iconA.jpg Naoise iconA.jpg Zaja iconA.jpg
7.0 Baotorda iconA.jpg
6.5 Pengy iconA.jpgVane iconA.jpgVane (Event) iconA.jpg Paris (Event) iconA.jpg Farrah (Event) iconA.jpg Soriz (Event) iconA.jpg
5.5 Pengy (Event) iconA.jpg Volenna (Event) iconA.jpg Cordelia iconA.jpg
5.0 Galadar iconA.jpgVolenna iconA.jpg
4.5 Sara (Event) iconA.jpg
4.0 Deliford iconA.jpg Hazen iconA.jpgPavidus iconA.jpg
IconNameTypeRatingRemarks
Agielba iconA.jpg
Agielba Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
7.5

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Airi Totoki iconA.jpg
Airi Totoki Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Does surprisingly high amounts of damage between her buff and Body Heat mechanic.
  • Brings a little utility in Charm and a team heal.
  • Can die easily if attacked with too many Body Heat stacks.
Anre iconA.jpg
Anre Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Harvin.png
8.0
  • Role: Defender
  • His
    Status Dmg Cut 100.png100% DMG CutTaking 100% less DMG

    Damage Cut reducing damage taken.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
    skill was buffed and now has a reasonable cooldown.
  • High damage nuke with a high damage cap of 1.16 million. However, it requires the enemy to be in Overdrive.
  • While his
    Status Dmg Cut 100.png100% DMG CutTaking 100% less DMG

    Damage Cut reducing damage taken.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
    is unique and powerful, his role is taken up by Holy Sabers and Spartans in raids.
Baotorda iconA.jpg
Baotorda Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
7.0
  • Role: Defender
  • Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
    and Status Counter.pngCounter can completely negate a normal enemy turn.
  • Only has a randomly-activating 30% Damage Cut against enemy special attacks.
  • Has Attack Up and Strength, allowing him to inflict heavy damage on his counter turn.
  • Poor Bahamut Weapon synergy due to a lack of Light Draphs.
Cordelia iconA.jpg
Cordelia Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
5.5

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Deliford iconA.jpg
Deliford Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
4.0

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Farrah (Event) iconA.jpg
Farrah Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Galadar iconA.jpg
Galadar Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
5.0

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Galadar (SR) iconA.jpg
Galadar Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
7.5
  • Role: Tank/Defender
  • He's a quintessential tank and he does it quite well.
  • Completely outclassed by Sara, but Galadar is a suitable alternative if you don't have her.
Gawain iconA.jpg
Gawain Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0
  • Role: Defender
  • Wind's premiere defender. Great at mitigating damage with Attack DOWN and Damage Cut.
  • Team-wide Enmity nuke synergizes well with a Tiamat Bolt Omega grid.
  • His 5* upgrades puts him on relatively equal utility with Holy Saber.
Hazen iconA.jpg
Hazen Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
4.0

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Juliet iconA.jpg
Juliet Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5

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Katalina (Summer) iconA.jpg
Katalina Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0
  • Role: Support/Defender
  • Slightly higher stats and a better heal than her story version.
Naoise iconA.jpg
Naoise Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5
  • Role: Support
  • One of few Light characters with
    Status DefenseUp.pngDMG CutTaking less DMG

    Damage Cut reducing damage taken.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
    and
    Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
    .
  • Very useful as a tank for more challenging content.
  • No particular weaknesses, does not rely on other party members.
Naoise (Fire) iconA.jpg
Naoise Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5

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Paris (Event) iconA.jpg
Paris Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Pavidus iconA.jpg
Pavidus Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
4.0

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Pengy iconA.jpg
Pengy Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Pengy (Event) iconA.jpg
Pengy Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
5.5

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Razia iconA.jpg
Razia Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
9.0

Role: Attacker/Support

  • Protects allies with
    Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
    .
  • Has a very strong nuke, capping out at 2.7m damage.
  • Rage works well in Earth parties.
  • While strong, she's not exceptional within Earth.
  • Good firepower when you need some defense on the team.
Sara iconA.jpg
Sara Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5
  • Role: Tank/Defender
  • Granblue Fantasy's pinnacle tank character; all other defensive characters are compared to Sara.
  • Can work in any element's party composition due to her defensive abilities.
  • Usefulness extends from early game all the way to end game.
  • Damage output is not that great unless at extremely low health.
Sara (Event) iconA.jpg
Sara Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
4.5

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Sara (Summer) iconA.jpg
Sara Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0

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Societte (Fire) iconA.jpg
Societte Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.0

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Soriz (Event) iconA.jpg
Soriz Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5
  • Role: Defender
  • SOIYA!
  • All of his skills give
    Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
    , and he gains stacking Attack Up when hit.
  • His Attack Up passive also lowers his defense until you use his first skill.
  • Requires careful usage due to high cooldowns and every skill requiring charge bar.
  • Some memorization is required since all of his skill icons are the same.
Sutera (Fire) iconA.jpg
Sutera Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Erune.png
8.0
  • Role: Support/Defender
  • Can use
    Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
    +Status DefenseUp.pngOther Self to completely nullify some enemy Charge Attacks.
  • Strong team-wide double attack buff complements personal Jade Crest bonus damage effect.
  • Falls off when Jade Crests aren't available.
Vane iconA.jpg
Vane Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Vane (Event) iconA.jpg
Vane Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Volenna iconA.jpg
Volenna Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
5.0

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Volenna (Event) iconA.jpg
Volenna Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
5.5

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Yngwie iconA.jpg
Yngwie Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0
  • Role: Defender/Attacker
  • Synergizes with
    Status DoubleUp.pngDA UpDouble attack rate is boosted
    and
    Status TripleUp.pngTA UpTriple attack rate is boosted
    buffs as well as other buffs, as it applies to his free attack ability.
  • Pairs well with Izmir, who wants to stack her Status Icy Blade5.pngIcy Blades. Tough Guy mode can draw away hits from her.
  • Hits hard in Tough Guy mode in conjunction with his Status Bonus Damage.pngBonus Water Damage ability.
  • His unique ability set and Tough Guy mode consuming increasingly more charge bar can be difficult to manage for new players.
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.