Water Character Tier List

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  • 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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Ratings were last updated June 30th 2017.

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RatingCharacters
9.5Npc m 3040001000 01.jpgNpc m 3040104000 01.jpgNpc m 3040119000 01.jpgNpc m 3040054000 01.jpgNpc m 3040049000 01.jpg
9.0Npc m 3040010000 01.jpgNpc m 3040116000 01.jpgNpc m 3040023000 01.jpgNpc m 3040066000 01.jpgNpc m 3040098000 01.jpgNpc m 3040044000 01.jpgNpc m 3040088000 01.jpgNpc m 3040064000 01.jpg
8.5Npc m 3040033000 01.jpgNpc m 3040100000 01.jpgNpc m 3040007000 01.jpgNpc m 3040089000 01.jpgNpc m 3040117000 01.jpg
8.0Npc m 3040030000 01.jpgNpc m 3040093000 01.jpgNpc m 3030005000 01.jpgNpc m 3030029000 01.jpgNpc m 3030176000 01.jpgNpc m 3030193000 01.jpgNpc m 3030135000 01.jpg
7.5Npc m 3030160000 01.jpgNpc m 3030150000 01.jpgNpc m 3030165000 01.jpgNpc m 3030123000 01.jpgNpc m 3030041000 01.jpgNpc m 3030106000 01.jpgNpc m 3030014000 01.jpg
7.0Npc m 3030012000 01.jpgNpc m 3030152000 01.jpgNpc m 3030105000 01.jpgNpc m 3030061000 01.jpgNpc m 3030164000 01.jpgNpc m 3030006000 01.jpgNpc m 3030069000 01.jpgNpc m 3030115000 01.jpgNpc m 3030076000 01.jpgNpc m 3030091000 01.jpg
6.5Npc m 3030098000 01.jpgNpc m 3030186000 01.jpgNpc m 3030108000 01.jpgNpc m 3030064000 01.jpgNpc m 3030002000 01.jpgNpc m 3030153000 01.jpgNpc m 3030107000 01.jpgNpc m 3030047000 01.jpg
6.0Npc m 3020062000 01.jpgNpc m 3030077000 01.jpgSig (Event) iconA.jpgNpc m 3030001000 01.jpg
5.5Npc m 3020048000 01.jpgNpc m 3030073000 01.jpgNpc m 3020070000 01.jpg
5.0Npc m 3020040000 01.jpgNpc m 3020029000 01.jpg
4.5Npc m 3020053000 01.jpg
4.0Npc m 3020005000 01.jpgNpc m 3020030000 01.jpg
3.0Npc m 3020014000 01.jpg
IconNameTypeRatingRemarks
Npc m 3020053000 01.jpg
Alistair Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
4.5

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Npc m 3040001000 01.jpg
Altair Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5
  • Role: Buffer/Debuffer
  • Greatly increases Water team damage output with his buffs, debuffs, and charge bar generation.
  • His debuff is very inaccurate until Lvl 90.
  • His Lvl 95 support skill helps other members of the team in landing their debuffs.
  • Fits in almost any Water team composition.
Npc m 3030160000 01.jpg
Anastasia Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5

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Npc m 3030012000 01.jpg
Ange Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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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 3040104000 01.jpg
Arulumaya Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
9.5
  • Role: Buffer/Debuffer
  • Strongest
    Status WaterResDown.pngWater DEF LoweredDEF is lowered for water DMG
    given by a party member at 25%.
  • Can provide great party buffs such as
    Status DoubleUp.pngDA UpDouble attack rate is boosted
    ,
    Status TripleUp.pngTA UpTriple attack rate is boosted
    , and
    Status Veil.pngVeilImmune to debuffs.
    Lasts until it resists at least 1 debuff.
    .
  • Status WaterAtkUp.pngWater ATK UpWater ATK is boosted
    given by Red Sparkle stacks with Katalina (Grand)'s
    Status WaterAtkUp.pngWater ATK UpWater ATK is boosted
    . However, it overwrites Altair's
    Status WaterAtkUp.pngWater ATK UpWater ATK is boosted
    .
Npc m 3020048000 01.jpg
Bridgette Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
5.5

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Npc m 3020062000 01.jpg
Cailana Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Erune.png
6.0

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Npc m 3030152000 01.jpg
Camieux Label Type Special.png
Label Race Draph.png
7.0

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Npc m 3040010000 01.jpg
Charlotta Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
9.0
  • Role: Defender/Attacker/Debuffer
  • Solid defensive character; party
    Status DefenseUp.pngDMG CutTaking less DMG

    Damage Cut reducing damage taken.
    Warning! Does not work for Plain Damage!
    is potent with a fairly short cooldown.
  • Her
    Blue Moon250%-300% Water damage to one enemy and inflict
    Status DefenseDown.png20% DEF DownDEF is lowered

    Strength: 20%
    Probability: 80%
    .
    Level 55: Damage increased to 300%-350%.
    Level 90: Damage increased to 350%-450%. Debuff success rate increased to 100%.
    was recently buffed, giving her greater accuracy once she reaches level 90.
  • Her extra damage on Charge Attack is now more potent with her recent buff.
  • A good early-game character for Water teams.
Npc m 3040093000 01.jpg
Chat Noir Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0
  • Role: Support/Debuffer
  • Has a good array of utility such as
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
    and dispel.
  • Unreliable debuffer; can randomly inflict
    Status Blind.pngBlindedAttacks have a slight chance to miss
    ,
    Status Charm.pngCharmedAttacks are slightly limited
    , or
    Status Paralysis.pngParalysisCan't attack
    after a long set-up time.
  • Dependent on his unique self-buffs for dealing damage.
  • Overall, a decent debuffer if his debuffs land, but overshadowed by other characters with reliable kits and better damage.
Npc m 3030105000 01.jpg
Chun-Li Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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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 3030150000 01.jpg
Diantha Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5

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Npc m 3040119000 01.jpg
Drang Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.5
  • Role: Debuffer/Attacker
  • Brings potent but simple debuffs.
  • Fool You ThriceRemove 1 buff effect from one enemy. Inflict
    Status AttackDown.png25% ATK DownATK is lowered

    Strength: 25%
    Probability: 80%
    Duration: 180 seconds
    Single-sided
    and
    Status DefenseDown.png25% DEF DownDEF is lowered

    Strength: 25%
    Probability: 80%
    Duration: 180 seconds
    Single-sided
    .
    debuff is single sided, meaning it stacks with Miserable Mist and other similar abilities. Extremely short cooldown for a dispel.
  • Has Superstar's Soul Soloist as a skill. Very useful to land other debuffs. Has a heal as an added bonus.
  • Is able to increase his damage and/or go on the defensive over time.
Npc m 3030061000 01.jpg
Ejaeli Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0
  • Role: Support
  • Provides team
    Status DoubleUp.pngDA UpDouble attack rate is boosted
    buff which is fairly uncommon in water.
  • Three double attack EMP nodes and her buff give her good multiattack potential.
  • Her
    Status Heal.pngRefreshHP is restored on every turn
    is decent sustain but not enough against large damage bursts.
Npc m 3030164000 01.jpg
Erin Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Unknown.png
7.0

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Npc m 3040033000 01.jpg
Feower Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
8.5
  • Role: Buffer/Debuffer/Attacker
  • The only water SSR whose weapon preference is daggers.
  • Has the unique ability to extend all allies' buffs by 1 turn (Excludes 1-turn buffs).
  • A strong, but unreliable debuff skill, due to being random. In High Level raids, landing the wrong debuff may be detrimental to the success of the raid.
  • Damage on his skills easily hits the damage cap due to multiple low damage hits.
  • Utility is hampered due to average debuff success rate.
  • Rating is for the 4★ version.
Npc m 3030006000 01.jpg
Io Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Npc m 3040100000 01.jpg
Izmir Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • MASSIVE Charge Attack damage with each
    Status Icy Blade1.pngIcy BladeBoost to charge attack DMG and charge attack DMG cap based on number of Icy Blades
    stack she gains. Extremely high cap at around 2.5~(3.5~ vs Fire) million at full stacks.
  • Squishy; requires defenders due to her low defense, but her attack power outweighs this drawback.
  • Stacking Status Icy Blade5.pngIcy Blades requires an entirely different play-style and time consuming.
  • Charge Attack damage is still very good at 3 stacks.
  • Passive does not stack with Wand of Gabriel (SR) square.jpg Wand of Gabriel (SR)
Npc m 3020040000 01.jpg
Joel Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
5.0

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Npc m 3030098000 01.jpg
Kaoru Sakuraba Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Npc m 3030005000 01.jpg
Katalina Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0
  • Role: Support/Defender
  • The Queen of story mode; her kit stays useful for a very long time.
  • Status Veil.pngVeilImmune to debuffs.
    Lasts until it resists at least 1 debuff.
    is always useful. Learn what it does.
  • Heal and Charge Attack buffed to be up to the current SR Character standards.
Npc m 3040054000 01.jpg
Katalina Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker/Healer/Buffer/Defender
  • Incredibly versatile; a core character in almost every Water party.
  • Her Charge Attack buffs the party with a potent
    Status WaterAtkUp.pngWater ATK UpWater ATK is boosted
    that stacks with most other similar buffs.
  • Short cooldown on her defensive ability makes her reliable against big boss attacks.
  • Provides party-wide
    Status Veil.pngVeilImmune to debuffs.
    Lasts until it resists at least 1 debuff.
    .
Npc m 3030029000 01.jpg
Katalina Label Type Defense.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0

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Npc m 3040116000 01.jpg
Lady Katapillar and Vira Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Self heal and reset cooldown on skills so you can chain nukes on the same turn.
  • Can inflict
    Status FireAtkDown.pngFire ATK LoweredFire ATK is lowered
    , which stacks with normal
    Status AttackDown.pngATK DownATK is lowered
    debuffs for further mitigation.
  • Immunity to
    Status Blind.pngBlindedAttacks have a slight chance to miss
    or
    Status Charm.pngCharmedAttacks are slightly limited
    depending on her position in the team.
  • Not as useful against non-Fire enemies.
Npc m 3030186000 01.jpg
Lamretta Label Type Special.png
Label Race Draph.png
6.5

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Npc m 3040023000 01.jpg
Lancelot Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Debuffer
  • Top class Water attacker; high double attack rate, and Lvl 95 support skill also increases all allies double attack rate.
  • His debuffs stacks with Dark Fencer's Miserable Mist and is fairly accurate.
  • Consistent and reliable attacker with no other drawbacks.
Npc m 3030108000 01.jpg
Lancelot Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
6.5

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Npc m 3040066000 01.jpg
Lilele Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
9.0
  • Role: Buffer/Healer
  • Lilele's buffs are unique, thus it stacks with all other buffs.
  • Increased effectiveness for male party members means choosing male characters for optimal utility.
  • Her Charge Attack's
    Status Charm.pngCharmedAttacks are slightly limited
    debuff has poor accuracy.
Npc m 3040007000 01.jpg
Lily Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Unknown.png
8.5

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Npc m 3030165000 01.jpg
Lily Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Unknown.png
7.5

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Npc m 3030123000 01.jpg
Lowain Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
7.5
  • Role: Support/Tank
  • His Charge Attack deals no damage and instead provides a random effect to all allies or all enemies.
  • Cannot contribute to Chain Bursts, but his buffs/debuffs can potentially make up for it.
  • His ATK self-buffs are quite potent. His kit is designed to work with Katalina and all-female parties.
  • Can attain very high DEF with his self-buffs.
  • Dagger affinity means he'll benefit more from Leviathan Gaze Omega square.jpg Leviathan Gaze Omega weapon grids.
  • Overall, a decent Water support character for new players, but his Charge Attack may not suit some playstyles.
Npc m 3030064000 01.jpg
Milleore Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
6.5

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Npc m 3030176000 01.jpg
Mina Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0
  • Role: Attacker/Support
  • Good support in
    Status WaterAtkUp.png10% Water ATK UpWater ATK is boosted

    Strength: 10%
    Duration: 3 turns
    and Status FireResUp.pngFire Res Up.
  • Her 3 turn
    Status WaterAtkUp.png10% Water ATK UpWater ATK is boosted

    Strength: 10%
    Duration: 3 turns
    is on a short 5 turn cooldown.
  • Good damage output with guaranteed TA and
    Status Bonus Damage.pngBonus Water DMGDeals bonus water DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks
    .
Npc m 3030193000 01.jpg
Minami Nitta Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
8.0
  • Role: Buffer/Debuffer
  • In general,
    Status CriticalUp.pngCritical Hit Rate UpDMG is slightly boosted for critical hits
    buffs are very strong when fighting on-element.
  • Her buffs have relatively low modifiers, but substantial when multiple are up at the same time.
  • Very useful debuffs.
  • Excellent kit for new Water teams.
Npc m 3030002000 01.jpg
Mishra Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
6.5

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Npc m 3030069000 01.jpg
Mizuki Kawashima Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Npc m 3030135000 01.jpg
Morphe and Phoebe Label Type Special.png
Label Race Unknown.png
8.0

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Npc m 3030115000 01.jpg
Naga the Serpent Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
7.0

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Npc m 3040089000 01.jpg
Narmaya Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Draph.png
8.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Powerful Break assassin with strong self-buffs, but low defense.
  • Excellent damage even outside of Break mode.
  • Slow build up; requires enough turns to improve her skill effectiveness and power.
  • Difficult for beginners if they don't have other characters to protect/support Narmaya.
  • Rating rises to 9.5 if she is used with a fully-built Varuna weapon grid.
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

-

Npc m 3020070000 01.jpg
Randall Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
5.5

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Npc m 3020014000 01.jpg
Richard Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
3.0

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Npc m 3030041000 01.jpg
Rin Shibuya Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5

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Npc m 3040098000 01.jpg
Romeo Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker/Defender
  • Massive 1-turn burst damage potential and overall attack power.
  • Potent
    Status WaterResDown.pngWater DEF LoweredDEF is lowered for water DMG
    .
  • Playstyle requires micromanaging
    Status Spirit5.pngSpiritUses 1 Spirit per attack (Spirits recover every 5 turns)
    stacks. Poor stack management heavily penalizes Romeo's stats.
  • His
    Status Fire Cut 80.png80% Fire CutFire DMG is cut

    Fire Damage Cut.
    party buff is very strong, but requires consuming
    Status Spirit5.pngSpiritUses 1 Spirit per attack (Spirits recover every 5 turns)
    stacks.
  • Difficult to play as a defensive character and is better suited as an offensive damage dealer.
Npc m 3030077000 01.jpg
Romeo Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Human.png
6.0

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Npc m 3030076000 01.jpg
Sahli Lao Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
7.0

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Npc m 3030106000 01.jpg
Sig Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
7.5

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Sig (Event) iconA.jpg
Sig Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
6.0

-

Npc m 3040049000 01.jpg
Silva Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Human.png
9.5
  • Role: Attacker
  • Pure attacker; is able to hit up to ~2.5 million Charge Attack damage in combination with her
    Status Defiance.pngC.A. DMG BoostedCharge attack DMG is boosted
    and
    Status CriticalUp.pngCritical Hit Rate UpDMG is slightly boosted for critical hits
    abilities. Character EMP can bump this to nearly 3 million.
  • Easy character to play and manage.
  • Excellent as a sub member after a main party member has been KO'd with her 100% charge bar ability.
  • Overly reliant on charge attacks and no multi-attack self-buffs.
  • 5★ upgrades makes her competitive with other top-tier Water attackers.
Npc m 3040044000 01.jpg
Societte Label Type Special.png
Label Race Erune.png
9.0
  • Role: Debuffer/Healer
  • Good early on with her
    Status Gravity.pngDelayReduces foe Charge Diamonds by 1
    and Miserable Mist-like ability while you're getting the Dark Fencer class.
  • Opening Dance: KaguraHeal one ally up to 2000 HP. Grants
    Status Revitalize.pngRevitalizeRecover HP each turn. Boost to charge bar if HP is full.

    Strength: 500 HP or 10% charge bar
    Duration: 3 turns
    and 10%
    Status Bonus Damage.pngBonus Water DMGDeals bonus water DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks

    Strength: 10%
    Duration: 3 turns
    .
    is low cooldown, high single target HP heal and giving them
    Status Revitalize.pngRevitalizeRecover HP each turn. Boost to charge bar if HP is full.
    and
    Status Bonus Damage.pngBonus Water DMGDeals bonus water DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks

    Strength: 10
    Duration: 3
    .
  • Her Charge Attack causes
    Opening Dance: KaguraHeal one ally up to 2000 HP. Grants
    Status Revitalize.pngRevitalizeRecover HP each turn. Boost to charge bar if HP is full.

    Strength: 500 HP or 10% charge bar
    Duration: 3 turns
    and 10%
    Status Bonus Damage.pngBonus Water DMGDeals bonus water DMG for one-foe one-ally attacks

    Strength: 10%
    Duration: 3 turns
    .
    to apply to the whole party.
  • Abilities overlap with the Dark Fencer class; she also doesn't have the debuff success rate of a Dark Fencer on her abilities.
  • Her Extended Mastery can improve her success rate and healing.
Npc m 3020029000 01.jpg
Suframare Label Type Heal.png
Label Race Harvin.png
5.0

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Npc m 3030091000 01.jpg
Suframare Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
7.0

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Npc m 3030001000 01.jpg
Therese Label Type Special.png
Label Race Human.png
6.0

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Npc m 3030014000 01.jpg
Ulamnuran Label Type Special.png
Label Race Harvin.png
7.5

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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 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 3020030000 01.jpg
Yodarha Label Type Balance.png
Label Race Harvin.png
4.0

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Npc m 3040064000 01.jpg
Yodarha Label Type Attack.png
Label Race Harvin.png
9.0
  • Role: Attacker
  • Can deal 999,999 damage at Lvl 1 at the cost of being a glass cannon.
  • The King of early game; trivializes early game grinding and story quests.
  • Low shroud count and defense penalty with no shrouds makes him difficult to keep alive in prolonged battles.
  • A solid character choice for new players buying a Beginner's Draw Set.