Defense 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

Rating range for each rarity[edit]

SSR Characters[edit]

SSR characters score 7 to 10 points.
However, only characters that affect the balance of the game as a whole may score 10 points.

For SSR characters an easy way to read these ratings are:

10 rating Gamebreaking
9.5 rating Vital in many team setups
9.0 rating Fills the gaps between 9.5 characters
8.5 rating Useful for specific fights or challenges
8.0 rating For teams lacking something or rare circumstances
7.5 rating Should have been an SR.
7.0 rating Garbage

SR Characters[edit]

SR characters score 5 to 8 points.
8 point characters are either as useful as an SSR character or excel in some specific way.

R Characters[edit]

R characters score 3 to 6 points.

Filtered lists[edit]

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RatingFireWaterEarthWindLightDarkAny
10 Alexiel
9.5 Vira
9.0Societte AnneVaneYngwie Sara Gawain Juliet Nicholas
8.5 Razia Baotorda
8.0AgielbaNaoiseSutera Katalina Sara
7.5 Airi TotokiGaladar Charlotta Naoise DelifordZaja
7.0 Baotorda
6.5 PengyVaneVane Paris Farrah Soriz
5.5 Pengy Volenna Cordelia
5.0 GaladarVolenna
4.5 Sara
4.0 Deliford HazenPavidus
IconNameTypeRatingRemarks
Npc m 3040017000 01.jpg
Agielba Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.0
  • Role: Attacker/Tank
  • Easily intercepts enemy attacks with
    Status AggroUpArrow.pngHostility UpMore likely to be attacked
    and
    Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
  • His Charge Attack gives him about 80% damage reduction
  • His
    Status AggroUpArrow.pngHostility UpMore likely to be attacked
    Allows him to boost the damage of his Nuke
  • Hard to keep him alive at low hp if enemy deals a lot of damage.
Npc m 3030121000 01.jpg
Airi Totoki Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.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.
Npc m 3040158000 01.jpg
Alexiel Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png Label Weapon Katana.png
10
  • Role: Attacker/Tank/Support
  • Excellent party defender with
    Status Dmg Cut 70.png70% DMG CutTaking 70% less DMG

    Damage Cut reducing damage taken.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
  • Status Mirror-Blade 1.pngMirror-BladeATK, DEF, and charge attack DMG are boosted (Can't be removed / Max: 5)
    grant considerable self-buffs
  • 1.2m nuke
  • Boosts all allies' Earth attack by 30% when they are affected by
    Status EarthAtkUp.pngEarth ATK UpEarth ATK is boosted
  • Covers multiple roles in HL raids
Npc m 3040132000 01.jpg
Anne Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
9.0
  • Role: Defender/Support
  • Requires management of
    Status Spirit (Anne) 1.pngSpiritUses 1 Spirit per skill
    stacks.
  • Passive and active
    Status AggroUpArrow.pngHostility UpMore likely to be attacked
    .
  • Party wide
    Status DefenseUp.png100% DEF UpDEF is boosted

    Strength: 100%
    Duration: 3 turns
    and
    Status Armored.pngArmoredChance of lowering DMG taken

    Duration: 5 turns
    70% chance to reduce damage taken by 30%
    allows for more survivability.
  • Self heal and full clear to help sustain.
  • Permanent
    Status C.A. DMG Up Stackable.pngC.A. DMG Up (Stackable)Charge attack DMG is boosted (Stackable/Can't be removed)

    Strength: 15%
    Duration: Indefinite
    Can't be dispelled
    up to 75% upon taking damage.
Npc m 3030053000 01.jpg
Baotorda Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Sabre.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.
Npc m 3040124000 01.jpg
Baotorda Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.5

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Npc m 3030192000 01.jpg
Charlotta Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
7.5
  • Role: Defender/Support
  • Provides party-wide DMG Cut, which is scarce among Wind characters.
  • Support skill is counterintuitive with her
    Status Repel.pngUnchallengedNext DMG received will be ineffective
    self-buff.
  • Outclassed by Gawain, but still a great character for newer Wind players working towards soloing Omega bosses.
Npc m 3020064000 01.jpg
Cordelia Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
5.5

-

Npc m 3020005000 01.jpg
Deliford Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
4.0

-

Npc m 3030188000 01.jpg
Deliford Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
7.5

-

Npc m 3030103000 01.jpg
Farrah Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
6.5

-

Npc m 3020004000 01.jpg
Galadar Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Axe.png
5.0

-

Npc m 3030094000 01.jpg
Galadar Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Axe.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.
Npc m 3040000000 01.jpg
Gawain Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Axe.png
9.0
  • Role: Defender
  • Wind's premier 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.
Npc m 3020009000 01.jpg
Hazen Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png Label Weapon Melee.png
4.0

-

Npc m 3040096000 01.jpg
Juliet Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • High damage output via 30% Unique ATK modifier, 65% charge attack bonus damage
  • High-uptime party
    Status LightAtkUp.pngLight ATK UpLight ATK is boosted
    and
    Status Dark Cut 20.png20% Dark CutDark DMG is cut

    Dark Damage Cut.
  • Can provide one ally
    Status Revitalize.pngRevitalizeRecover HP each turn. Boost to charge bar if HP is full.
    and
    Status Shield.pngShieldNext ATK received will be ineffective for a fixed amount
  • Can inflict
    Status LightResDown.pngLight DEF DownDEF is lowered for light DMG
  • Weak without Spirit Shrouds, but they are easy to maintain
Npc m 3030029000 01.jpg
Katalina Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.0

-

Npc m 3030000000 01.jpg
Naoise Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
7.5
  • Role: Defender/Tank
  • 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.
Npc m 3030096000 01.jpg
Naoise Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
8.0
  • Role: Defender/Tank
  • One of the few Fire 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.
  • His 5★ charge attack inflicts
    Status FireResDown.pngFire DEF DownDEF is lowered for fire DMG
    .
Npc m 3040156000 01.jpg
Nicholas Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Katana.png
9.0

-

Npc m 3030157000 01.jpg
Paris Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
6.5

-

Npc m 3020045000 01.jpg
Pavidus Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
4.0

-

Npc m 3030153000 01.jpg
Pengy Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Gun.png Label Weapon Melee.png
6.5
  • Role: Attacker/Defender
  • Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
    lets her be an effective tank.
  • Fire resistance from Pegu Pegu! makes her tankier vs Fire.
  • Oh My Bahamut! is extremely potent against raid bosses due to its 9,999,999 plain damage cap, but do note that this very rare.
Npc m 3030073000 01.jpg
Pengy Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Gun.png
5.5

-

Npc m 3040109000 01.jpg
Razia Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Gun.png Label Weapon Spear.png
8.5

Role: Attacker/Defender

  • Protects allies with
    Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
    and innate increased Hostility.
  • Works very well with Ayer for Tezcatlipoca teamcomps.
  • Has a very strong nuke, capping out at 2.7m damage.
  • Requires actually being hit for her skillset to work.
  • Good firepower when you need some defense on the team.
Npc m 3040041000 01.jpg
Sara Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
9.0
  • Role: Tank/Defender
  • Granblue Fantasy's pinnacle tank character; all other defensive characters are compared to Sara.
  • Great character for beginners.
  • Status Substitute.pngSubstituteReceives foe attack in place of an ally
    (Excludes all-foe all-ally attacks)
    and her 1000%
    Status DefenseUp.pngDEF UpDEF is boosted
    buff counters enemy single-target charge attacks, even Wind attacks.
  • Has 50% Damage Cut, which can completely shut down attacks when paired with the appropriate 3★ Carbuncle.
  • Short cooldowns on her skillset allow her abilities to be up for most (if not all) enemy charge attacks.
  • Low damage output unless she gets very low on health.
  • Powercreeped by Alexiel for on-element fights.
Npc m 3030021000 01.jpg
Sara Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
4.5

-

Npc m 3030147000 01.jpg
Sara Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
8.0

-

Npc m 3040095000 01.jpg
Societte Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
9.0
  • Role: Support
  • Gives whole team consistent multiattack buff at the price of being vulnerable.
  • Strong
    Status DefenseUp.pngDMG CutTaking less DMG

    Strength: 60%
    Damage Cut reducing damage taken.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
    .
  • Charge attack grants whole team
    Status Bonus Damage.png10% Bonus Fire DMGDeals bonus fire DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks

    Strength: 10%
    Duration: 5 turns
    .
  • Can be hard to use due to combination of
    Status DefenseDown.pngDEF DownDEF is lowered
    and
    Status AggroUpArrow.pngHostility UpMore likely to be attacked
    .
Npc m 3030117000 01.jpg
Soriz Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.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.
Npc m 3030113000 01.jpg
Sutera Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Bow.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 SelfTakes no DMG or debuffs while in effect
    to completely nullify some enemy Charge Attacks.
  • Strong team-wide double attack buff complements personal Jade Crest bonus damage effect.
  • Falls off when
    Status Jade Crest1.pngJade CrestJade Crest is casted
    aren't available.
Npc m 3030107000 01.jpg
Vane Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png Label Weapon Axe.png
6.5

-

Npc m 3030047000 01.jpg
Vane Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png Label Weapon Axe.png
6.5

-

Npc m 3040117000 01.jpg
Vane Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png Label Weapon Axe.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Status Jammed.pngJammedATK is greatly boosted as HP is lowered
    and
    Status Soul Eruption.pngSoul EruptionATK, DEF, multiattack rate, and other stats are boosted (Can't be removed)
    provide extraordinary damage
  • Breakthrough helps fulfill Soul Eruption's requirements
  • Some downtime after Soul Eruption ends
  • Can indefinitely maintain very powerful
    Status AggroUpArrow.pngHostility Up (Stackable)More likely to be attacked (Stackable)
  • Inflicts combined
    Status FireAtkDown.pngFire ATK DownFire ATK is lowered
    and
    Status AttackDown.pngATK DownATK is lowered
  • Status Jammed.pngJammedATK is greatly boosted as HP is lowered
    allows him to keep high damage even at low hp when using Varuna grids with multiple Fimbuls.
Npc m 3040141000 01.jpg
Vira Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Axe.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer/Defender/Tank
  • Can substitute all-ally attacks with 1000% bonus DEF and debuff immunity
  • Party guaranteed TA and
    Status LightAtkUp.pngLight ATK UpLight ATK is boosted
    for burst
  • Can Dispel
  • Effectively 40% increased damage against Dark enemies due to passives
  • Managing her bits can be difficult
Npc m 3020007000 01.jpg
Volenna Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
5.0

-

Npc m 3030056000 01.jpg
Volenna Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
5.5

-

Npc m 3040088000 01.jpg
Yngwie Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.png Label Weapon Gun.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 DMGDeals bonus water DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks
    ability.
  • His unique ability set and Tough Guy mode consuming increasingly more charge bar can be difficult to manage for new players.
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.