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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9.5 Npc m 3040041000 01.jpg Npc m 3040096000 01.jpg
9.0Npc m 3040095000 01.jpg Npc m 3040088000 01.jpg Npc m 3040109000 01.jpg Npc m 3040000000 01.jpg
8.5 Npc m 3040117000 01.jpg Npc m 3040124000 01.jpg
8.0Npc m 3030096000 01.jpgNpc m 3030113000 01.jpg Npc m 3040030000 01.jpgNpc m 3030029000 01.jpg Npc m 3030147000 01.jpg
7.5Npc m 3040017000 01.jpg Npc m 3030121000 01.jpgNpc m 3030094000 01.jpg Npc m 3030192000 01.jpg Npc m 3030000000 01.jpg Npc m 3030188000 01.jpgNpc m 3030059000 01.jpg
7.0 Npc m 3030053000 01.jpg
6.5 Npc m 3030153000 01.jpgNpc m 3030107000 01.jpgNpc m 3030047000 01.jpg Npc m 3030157000 01.jpg Npc m 3030103000 01.jpg Npc m 3030117000 01.jpg
5.5 Npc m 3030073000 01.jpg Npc m 3030056000 01.jpg Npc m 3020064000 01.jpg
5.0 Npc m 3020004000 01.jpgNpc m 3020007000 01.jpg
4.5 Npc m 3030021000 01.jpg
4.0 Npc m 3020005000 01.jpg Npc m 3020009000 01.jpgNpc m 3020045000 01.jpg
IconNameTypeRatingRemarks
Npc m 3040017000 01.jpg
Agielba Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
7.5

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Npc m 3030121000 01.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.
Npc m 3040030000 01.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.
  • Rating is for the 4★ version.
Npc m 3030053000 01.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.
Npc m 3040124000 01.jpg
Baotorda Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
8.5

Preliminary rating. Please allow a few days for it to settle.
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Npc m 3030192000 01.jpg
Charlotta Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Harvin.png
7.5
  • Role: Defender/Support
  • Provides party-wide DMG Cut, which is scarce among Wind characters.
  • Support skill is counter-intuitive 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
5.5

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

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

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

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

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Npc m 3030094000 01.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.
Npc m 3040000000 01.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.
Npc m 3020009000 01.jpg
Hazen Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
4.0

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Npc m 3040096000 01.jpg
Juliet Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5

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Npc m 3030029000 01.jpg
Katalina Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0

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Npc m 3030000000 01.jpg
Naoise Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.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
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.
Npc m 3030157000 01.jpg
Paris Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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

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Npc m 3030153000 01.jpg
Pengy Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.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
5.5

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Npc m 3040109000 01.jpg
Razia Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Draph.png
9.0

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
9.5
  • Role: Tank/Defender
  • Granblue Fantasy's pinnacle tank character; all other defensive characters are compared to Sara.
  • 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 MLB 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.
Npc m 3030021000 01.jpg
Sara Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
4.5

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

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Npc m 3040095000 01.jpg
Societte Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.0

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Npc m 3030117000 01.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.
Npc m 3030113000 01.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 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
6.5

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

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Npc m 3040117000 01.jpg
Vane Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
8.5

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Npc m 3020007000 01.jpg
Volenna Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
5.0

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

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Npc m 3040088000 01.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 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
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.