Light 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.
  • 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.

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Last updated[edit]

Ratings were last updated December 14, 2017.

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RatingCharacters
9.5FerryHelesJeanne d'ArcJulietLucioSeruelVira
9.0AlbertClarisseMaryRosamiaSarunanSophia
8.5AmiraBaotordaDe La FilleIoMikazuki MunechikaZetaZooeyZooey
8.0De La FilleDorothy and ClaudiaErica FontaineFeatherJeanne d'ArcNicholasVermeil
7.5AlbertArushaCharlottaEzecrainFeenaNaoiseNoaRosamiaSakura KinomotoSophiaTear GrantsUzuki ShimamuraZeta
7.0AmiraBaotordaCeylanDaettaJohannLadiva
6.5FerryJohannNakoruruNoveiSophieSoriz
6.0FerryJ.J.Robomi (Event)Sachiko KoshimizuSarya
5.5CordeliaVermeil
5.0DaettaPhilosophia
4.5FeatherRosamia
IconNameTypeRatingRemarks
Npc m 3040045000 01.jpg
Albert Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • 100% Double Attack rate.
  • Very strong in the early game thanks to his 10x skill damage self-buff.
  • His
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
    can be very useful in challenging content.
Npc m 3030177000 01.jpg
Albert Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
7.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Great damage output that is comparable to his SSR version.
  • 100% double attack rate allows him to gain charge bar easily for more frequent Charge Attacks.
  • Excellent early-game Light character with potential longevity into later game stages.
Npc m 3040051000 01.jpg
Amira Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Provides very strong multi-attack and charge bar rate buffs.
  • Once transformed she's a battery for the party while still doing great damage.
  • Strong even without good party synergy.
Npc m 3030065000 01.jpg
Amira Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
7.0

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Npc m 3030036000 01.jpg
Arusha Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.5

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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 3030074000 01.jpg
Ceylan Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.0

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Npc m 3040020000 01.jpg
Charlotta Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
7.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Can generate Green Potions, useful in longer battles.
  • Provides a good 20%
    Status AttackDown.pngATK DownATK is lowered
    .
  • Hard to fit in a party as her usefulness is limited.
Npc m 3040121000 01.jpg
Clarisse Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Applies a 25%
    Status LightResDown.pngLight DEF DownDEF is lowered for light DMG
    to help cap DEF down with Miserable Mist.
  • Power Inhibitor easily caps her C.A., but needs protection on that turn due to the combination of
    Status DefenseDown.pngDEF DownDEF is lowered
    and
    Status AggroUpArrow.pngHostility UpMore likely to be attacked
Npc m 3020064000 01.jpg
Cordelia Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
5.5

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Npc m 3020024000 01.jpg
Daetta Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Axe.png
5.0

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Npc m 3030116000 01.jpg
Daetta Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Axe.png
7.0

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Npc m 3040004000 01.jpg
De La Fille Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.5
  • Role: Support
Npc m 3040014000 01.jpg
De La Fille Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.0

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Npc m 3040134000 01.jpg
Dorothy and Claudia Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Gun.png Label Weapon Melee.png
8.0

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Npc m 3030131000 01.jpg
Erica Fontaine Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Gun.png
8.0
  • Role: Healer
  • Can potentially revive an ally... provided she's in her mech.
  • Tons of healing: can heal up to 2250 HP with her Charge Attack + 1000 HP from a skill.
  • Does not get bonus stats in mech, but does get increased hostility.
  • Does not contribute to Chain Bursts.
Npc m 3030210000 01.jpg
Ezecrain Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
7.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Debuffs enemies while strengthening his damage output at the same time.
  • Great party buffs despite the randomness.
  • Overall character value largely depends on how you value his 3rd skill.
Npc m 3020020000 01.jpg
Feather Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
4.5

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Npc m 3030078000 01.jpg
Feather Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
8.0
  • Role: Attacker
  • Stacking Attack buff lets him hit really hard in longer fights.
  • Has two nukes and decent DA for damage-per-turn usage.
  • His 5* greatly increases the amount of Charge Attacks he can put out.
  • No utility, only damage.
Npc m 3030228000 01.jpg
Feena Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Bow.png
7.5

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Npc m 3030032000 01.jpg
Ferry Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
6.0

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Npc m 3030101000 01.jpg
Ferry Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
6.5

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Npc m 3040073000 01.jpg
Ferry Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
9.5
  • Role: Support
  • Party 4-turn 100%
    Status TripleUp.pngTA UpTriple attack rate is boosted
    with Light
    Status Bonus Damage.pngBonus DMGDeals bonus DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks
  • Party 60% Status Defiance.pngCharge Attack Boost with 15% Status DamageCapUp.pngDamage Cap Up
  • Party critical hit rate via passive
  • Centerpiece of many Light parties due to her outstanding support skills
Npc m 3040091000 01.jpg
Heles Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Extraordinary burst damage via Overdrive Assassin and guaranteed TA
  • Inflicts
    Status Charm.pngCharmedAttacks are slightly limited
    and boosts ally charge bars
  • Self-sufficient even with underdeveloped teams or grids
Npc m 3040065000 01.jpg
Io Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
8.5

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Npc m 3030075000 01.jpg
J.J. Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Harp.png
6.0
  • Role: Buffer
  • Provides stacking Skill Damage, Status Resist, and Mode Bar Cut.
  • Requires tons of button pressing.
  • Actual buff effects are of questionable quality for the effort required.
Npc m 3040040000 01.jpg
Jeanne d'Arc Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support/Debuffer
  • Inflicts
    Status DefenseDown.png25% DEF DownDEF is lowered

    Strength: 25%
    Single-sided
    and
    Status AttackDown.png20% ATK DownATK is lowered

    Strength: 20%
    (stacks with Miserable Mist)
  • Provides
    Status AttackUp.png30% ATK UpATK is boosted

    Strength: 30%
    Dual-sided
    (stacks with Rage)
  • High damage output via 2-turn guaranteed TA and
    Status Strength.pngStrengthATK is greatly boosted as HP is raised
Npc m 3030195000 01.jpg
Jeanne d'Arc Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.0

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Npc m 3030140000 01.jpg
Johann Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.0

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Npc m 3030050000 01.jpg
Johann Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
6.5
  • Role: Healer/Buffer
  • Very simple healer kit; one of the oldest designed event characters in the game.
  • Difficult to sustain a whole party with his single-target heal in longer battles.
  • Brand new players may appreciate a free Light healer, but his mediocrity makes him easily replaceable.
Npc m 3040096000 01.jpg
Juliet Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
9.5
  • 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 3030109000 01.jpg
Ladiva Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
7.0

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Npc m 3040106000 01.jpg
Lucio Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Katana.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • High attack damage due to passive
    Status LightAtkUp.pngLight ATK UpLight ATK is boosted
    and
    Status Wings of Justice.pngWings of JusticeBoost to multiattack rate every turn (Ends upon taking DMG)
  • Provides a variety of powerful party and self-buffs
  • Enormous nuke damage
  • Easy to use and incredibly powerful on any team
  • Widely considered the strongest Light Premium Draw character in the game
Npc m 3040143000 01.jpg
Mary Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Gun.png
9.0

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Mikazuki Munechika iconA.jpg
Mikazuki Munechika Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Katana.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Lots of utility; DMG Cut, healing, and debuff removal
  • Great for fights which need defense.
  • Rating rises to 9.0 for beginners.
Npc m 3030174000 01.jpg
Nakoruru Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Katana.png
6.5
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Good damage dealer for early-game.
  • Loses effectiveness once she hits her skill damage caps.
  • Rage mechanic is gimmicky.
  • Rating rises to 7.0-7.5 as an early-game character.
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.
Nicholas (Event) iconA.jpg
Nicholas Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Katana.png
8.0

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Npc m 3030039000 01.jpg
Noa Label Type Special.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.5

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Npc m 3030142000 01.jpg
Novei Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Harp.png
6.5

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Npc m 3020039000 01.jpg
Philosophia Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
5.0

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Robomi (Event) iconA.jpg
Robomi (Event) Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Gun.png
6.0

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Npc m 3020018000 01.jpg
Rosamia Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
4.5

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Npc m 3030049000 01.jpg
Rosamia Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
7.5

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Npc m 3040087000 01.jpg
Rosamia Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
9.0

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Npc m 3030120000 01.jpg
Sachiko Koshimizu Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Axe.png
6.0
  • Role: Defender
  • Can draw fire with her skill 1 (Hostility Up+Other Self), but can't attack in the meantime.
  • Using her nuke may require using Wings Alight afterwards due to Anger.
  • You thought it was a flip, but it was me, Sachiko!
Npc m 3040136000 01.jpg
Sakura Kinomoto Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.5
  • Role: Support/Debuffer
  • Good party buffer despite the randomness.
  • Can't normal attack and her Charge Attack deals no damage which are large drawbacks.
  • Her unique
    Status Chains of Binding 1.pngChains of BindingCan't do special attacks / Slight chance to not attack
    debuff may be useful depending on the boss.
  • Rating rises to 8.0 for beginners.
Npc m 3040008000 01.jpg
Sarunan Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
9.0
Npc m 3030209000 01.jpg
Sarya Label Type Special.png
Label Race Draph.png
Label Weapon Gun.png
6.0

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Npc m 3040013000 01.jpg
Seruel Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Erune.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Only source of
    Status Veil.pngVeilImmune to debuffs.
    Lasts until it resists at least 1 debuff.
    in Light (where Veil is especially important)
  • Support EMP skill provides up to 30% permanent Unique ATK
  • High, consistent damage and party uplift at 5★
Npc m 3040024000 01.jpg
Sophia Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
9.0
  • Role: Healer
  • Archetypal RPG healer; she heals, removes debuffs, and revives allies.
  • Lacks any team damage contribution outside of her normal attacks and Charge Attack.
  • She's more useful in the back line since she can revive front line allies after they're KO'd.
  • Very useful character for HL content.
Npc m 3030225000 01.jpg
Sophia Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.5

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Npc m 3030082000 01.jpg
Sophie Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Unknown.png
Label Weapon Melee.png
6.5

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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 3030137000 01.jpg
Tear Grants Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Staff.png
7.5

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Npc m 3030040000 01.jpg
Uzuki Shimamura Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
7.5

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Npc m 3020054000 01.jpg
Vermeil Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Dagger.png
5.5

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Npc m 3030183000 01.jpg
Vermeil Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.0

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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 3030231000 01.jpg
Zeta Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
7.5

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Npc m 3040056000 01.jpg
Zeta Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
Label Weapon Spear.png
8.5

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Npc m 3040150000 01.jpg
Zooey Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Gun.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker / Support
  • Powerful nuke which can cast multiple times upon dodging
  • High uptime personal
    Status DoubleUp.pngDA UpDouble attack rate is boosted

    Duration: 3 turns
    and
    Status TripleUp.pngTA UpTriple attack rate is boosted

    Duration: 3 turns
  • Protects party with personal
    Status Shield.pngShieldNext ATK received will be ineffective for a fixed amount
    ,
    Status AggroUpArrow.pngHostility UpMore likely to be attacked
    , and
    Status Dodge.pngDodge Rate BoostedImmune to DMG and debuffs for a fixed amount while in effect
  • Party 5-Turn 100% ATK/DEF and
    Status Drain.pngDrainDamage dealt is partially absorbed to HP
    special buff with massive nuke
  • Special buff has an initial lockout and long cooldown
Npc m 3040078000 01.jpg
Zooey Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Primal.png
Label Weapon Sabre.png
8.5

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