Definitive Fate/Grand Order tier list and a reroll guide
It took a while to sort all of the characters by their respective ranks, and now you have a result of an FGO tier list.
Fate Grand Order is a popular turn-based RPG (and a juggernaut in the gacha scene) based on the Fate IP, the brainchild of Nasu Kinoko that has become a household name since 2004 and has spawned a loyal following in the Nasuverse. It is renowned for going above and beyond to expand on its original Nasuverse by introducing a brand new plot filled to the brim with climaxes that lead to entertaining pay-offs and memorable boss fights, further enhanced by its colorful cast of characters.
For more tier lists containing characters from the Fate IP, do hop over to our carefully prepared Battle Cats tier list whereby they have had a collab with Fate Stay/Night.
With all that out of the way, let's begin our Grand Order and take back humanity's future. Click on the big blue button below.Original article by Andrson Han, updated by Mihail Katsoris.
SSS tier - Best characters in FGO
Finest heroic spirits of all
The servants categorized at the top of FGO tier list are in a league of their own. They are exceptional because they form the quintessential pillar of the core gameplay. They are considered servants whose acquisition is of utmost priority (and hence, new players are highly encouraged to save and splurge their SQ savings on these servants whenever an opportune banner swings by) owing to their fantastic, flexible versatility and widespread use in all content of the game - covering both the farming and hard bits of the game. Set sail as we dive deep down the Imaginary Sea and explore the strength of these servants.
Zhu Ge Liang (Waver)
The iconic protagonist from the coveted Fate Zero. It is common to see fellow players rerolling infinitely in the game (at the beginning) to acquire one copy of him. He is a highly cherished NP battery as his skills provide a 20% party-wide charge (along with excellent defence and attack buffs) and a targetable 30% NP charge (along with increased critical damage) to a single servant, enabling them to fire off their NP instantly and key to optimal 3 turn farming strategies. In bleak situations during tough boss fights, his NP - Unreturning Formation is remarkable in stalling enemies by reducing their NP gauge and also has a high chance of stunning them.
Famed wizard from the Arthurian legends. His wizardry in lore is translated well into the game as he is reincarnated as Buster type specialist, his 3rd skill provides a powerful Buster damage buff to an ally along with increased HP, while also providing a party-wide 20% NP charge along with a significant attack buff with his 1st. His NP - Garden of Avalon further supports the team by providing a 5-turn 5% NP charge as well as continuous healing and securing a constant source of critical star generation. Remarkably, his 2nd skill can provide a one-turn invincibility buff to allies to dodge a big bullet from enemies. He also possesses exceptional Critical shenanigans.
Everyone’s favourite Lancer with a spring of Norse flavour, she is essentially the goddess for all Quick-based teams as she provides excellent Quick damage support to servants. Her third skill provides an excellent 50% NP charge to one ally to let it fire off its NP faster. Her NP can also increase attack as well as Critical strength for the party. Imperative to any Quick team. Her NP - Gate of Skye provides a party-wide Evade along with a slew of buffs (attack up, critical strength, and a niche Death Immune gimmick) and just like many others. Her main utility lies with her 1st skill which provides significant Quick damage plus critical damage.
The mascot making her debut as a Caster, having chosen mastery of magecraft over the sword. She’s undisputedly the best support servant with a robust skill set. Her 1st skill provides the highest party-wide charge (at 30%), totalling 50% NP charge to a servant (thanks to her 2nd skill that provides a targetable 20% NP charge). On the offence, she provides a multitude of steroids (buffs) such as ATK up, NP gain, and 50% arts up buffs that greatly enhance heroic spirits’ ability to NP loop. Her stellar support capabilities can also see used in fights against tough bosses. While she falters in the healing department, her NP - Around Caliburn provides a unique party-wide buff - Enforcement Defense that is essentially the perfect form of invincibility buff. On top of that, in bleak situations, her third skill can provide a targetable Invincibility buff as well as a massive damage boost against enemies associated with the trait of “Threat to Humanity” - common for bosses found in challenge quests or story mode.
Fate Grand Order 5* characters tier list
Farming tier list. As a traditional practice in gacha games, FGO requires players to grind stages repeatedly to acquire resources like EXP cards and ascension materials to unlock their servants’ maximum potential. This will include the daily farming quests located in Chaldea Gate, Free quests, Event farming quests (with lottery farming quests being the fan-favourite as it yields a surplus of essential materials) with the occasional Raid quests containing a singular Raid boss providing a stage for ST servants to shine. In this list, we will rank each servant based on how well they perform based on their skill kit using the attributes or class they possess that make them the superior farming choice that can clear waves per turn.
|SSS||Altria Caster, Merlin, Scathach-Skadi, Zhuge Liang (El-Melloi II)|
|SS||Arjuna (Alter), Kama, Sima Yi (Reines), Space Ishtar, Tamamo-no-Mae|
|S||Altria Pendragon (Archer), Ashiya Douman, Enkidu, Leonardo da Vinci (Rider), Senji Muramasa, Super Orion, Galatea, Leonardo da Vinci (Caster), Shuten-Douji (Assassin), Jeanne d'Arc (Ruler)|
|A||Achilles, Beni-Enma, Dioscuri, Edmond Dantes, Altria Pendragon, Himiko, Ibuki-Douji, Jeanne d'Arc (Archer), Miyamoto Musashi (Berserker), Miyamoto Musashi, Sitonai, Sakata Kintoki, Sessyoin Kiara, Sessyoin Kiara (Moon Cancer), Van Gogh, Qin Shi Huang, Quetzalcoatl, Jack the Ripper, Ozymandias, Meltryllis, Ishtar, Mysterious Heroine X (Alter), Cu Chulainn (Alter), Nero Claudius (Bride), Nikola Tesla, Okita Souji, Vlad III, Gilgamesh, Bunbun, Heaven-Sent Kurama Child, Taira-no-Kagekiyo, Caren C. Hortensia, Altria Pendragon (Saber), Miyamoto Musashi (Saber), Vlad III (Berserker), Yan Qing (Assassin of Shinjuku), James Moriarty (Archer of Shinjuku), Miss Crane, Mordred (Saber), Queen Medb (Rider)|
|B||Ivan the Terrible, Brynhild, Cleopatra, Xuanzang Sanzang, Vritra, Francis Drake, Voyager, Caster of the Nightless City, Yang Guifei, Napoleon, Romulus-Quirinus, Mordred, Murasaki Shikibu, Leonardo da Vinci, Katsushika Hokusai, Sherlock Holmes, Minamoto-no-Raikou, Shuten-Douji, Scathach|
|C||Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, Astolfo (Saber), BB (Summer), Bradamante, Europa, First Hassan, Ganesha (Jinako), Hijikata Toshizo, Jeanne d'Arc, Jeanne d'Arc (Alter), Karna, Li Shuwen (Assassin), Mysterious Heroine X, Nero Claudius (Caster), Orion, Odysseus, Ryougi Shiki (Saber), Sei Shounagon, Xiang Yu|
|D||Altera, Altria Pendragon (Rider Alter), Altria Pendragon (Lancer), Abigail Williams, Ereshkigal, Illyasviel von Einzbern, Iskandar, Kingprotea, Nemo, Osakabehime, Semiramis, Tamamo-no-Mae (Lancer)|
|F||Abigail Williams (Summer), Altria Pendragon (Ruler), Amakusa Shirou, Archer of Shinjuku, Arjuna, Arthur Pendragon (Prototype), Nightingale, Demon King Nobunaga (Oda Nobunaga), Okita Souji (Alter), Queen Medb, Sigurd|
Space Ishtar - Being able to freely switch the typing of her formidable NP - Edin Shugurra Quasar allows her to synergize well with any team, coupled with naturally high damage output (thanks to multiple buffs by her own skill set and 1.1x damage modifier courtesy of her class) and an instant 50% NP charge makes her top tier. Well, not at the very top of the FGO tier list, but a close second place.
Arjuna (Alter) - AoE Buster NP servant with a unique gimmick, allowing him to deal godly damage (pun intended) directly proportional to the number of debuffs stacked on enemies with his 1st skill. His powerful NP - Mahapralaya further reduce enemies' resistance to any attacks of Buster type. His 2nd skill bolsters his Buster face cards' critical damage to finish off any singular tough enemies.
Leonardo Da Vinci (Rider) - Her 3rd skill casts a party-wise NP overcharge (along it is a nice little 10% NP charge), while her AoE NP - Beautiful Journey deals significant damage, it also provides a party-wide 20% NP charge. To top it all off, her 1st skill makes her NP spammable as it provides a 20% self-charge for 3 turns consecutively. All in all, a compact NP battery can deal serious damage if needed.
Sakata Kintoki - A ST NP servant with an impressive 50% NP charge, excellent at dealing with singular mobs with high HP in farming stages in events or raid-boss style farming stage (seen in Lady Reine’s Case File Events and Rashomon for instance).
Sima Yi (Reines) - She offers a party-wide 10% NP charge and a targetable 20% NP charge to an ally. It comes with a targetable invincibility buff that can withstand two hits for 3 turns with her 3rd skill. Her NP - Unspoken Formation offers a unique buff to your allies that negates any class disadvantage to your allies, meaning your Lancer won’t take super-effective damage from a sabre.
Tamamo-no-Mae - Her Skill Cooldown Reduction by 1 makes her beloved (along with her floof). She provides this via her NP - Eightfold Blessing of Amaterasu, along with continuous healing and decent party-wide NP charge. She functions well in an Arts team as her 3rd skill provides an Arts damage-up buff. Her 1st skill stalls enemies by decreasing their NP charge by 1. She's a very good team support that provides consistent healing by NP looping, her NP is also invaluable as it can reduce the skill cooldown of your allies by 1, which is a rare commodity.
Himiko - A support servant that provides one of the best Buster performance buffs to her fellow allies with her NP - Eternal Mirror that Models the Celestial Bodies, alongside the appreciated NP overcharge 2 stages. Her skill kit is self-sufficient as it cranks up critical damage output for her regular Buster cards, coupled with the imperative crit star generation buff bestowed upon her allies to secure a constant source of critical stars. True to her lore, she comes with the anti-demonic beast quirk and is ideal for a demonic class of servants/bosses.
Zhuge Liang (El-Melloi II) - The staple of any team, his skillset provides an abundance of utility, with the NP charge to your ally servants (50% to a single servant, 20% to every servant) along with valuable damage and defence buffs. To add to his arsenal, his NP has a high chance to disable enemies for a turn by stunning them with the added advantage of lowering their NP gauge by 1. Perfect for any tough challenge quests. Players commonly bring along two for farming (one from a support servant, the other one under the player’s ownership).
Achilles - The best Rider-class AoE damage dealer in this roster, suitable for farming and high-end difficulty quests. He can also act as a makeshift defence thanks to his taunt skill that directs all attacks toward him for one turn.
Altria Pendragon - Deals impressive AoE damage, and while she may not perform much in the current meta, she is poised to receive multiple game-changing buffs in the future that make her absolutely top tier. Also a bonus point for being the poster girl.
Enkidu - His skill set makes him a particularly excellent ST damage dealer that can fare well against all kinds of bulky foes in Challenge Quests, particularly enemies with the Divine trait as his NP stuns them. He has high sustainability as one of his skills can heal a whopping 10000 HP and debuff removal to keep him healthy. He can amplify his Buster/Quick/Arts damage output with his skill. Just like Jack the Ripper, his high hit counts allow him to support the team by generating a surplus amount of critical stars.
Jack The Ripper - A very powerful ST damage dealer with good NP gain, ideal for taking down bulky foes and is more effective on females - true to her lore. Her high hit counts can indirectly support the party by generating an enormous amount of critical stars. In challenge quests, she can also dispel buffs from a tough enemy. Lastly, she can also serve as a healer thanks to her skill that restore a chunk of HP to an ally.
Xuanzang Sanzang - A strong ST damage dealer that can self-charge NP by a whopping 80% while buffing allies to let them gain NP more easily. Her skill can taunt enemies and make her a punching bag. Ideal for content with a tough Assassin boss.
Francis Drake - A great AoE damage dealer ideal for farming situations thanks to her self-charge NP by 50%. Her skill offers good NP damage and Attack buffs to support allies offensively.
Mordred - Deals high AoE damage thanks to self-buffs her skill kit provides. Ideal for farming situations, her skill can generate critical stars on the spot to support the team. In the future, Artoria is the superior option but nevertheless, she is still good in her own right.
Bradamante - An AoE damage dealer primarily used for farming content, Even in hard content, any team appreciates the 60% chance to stun with her NP, as well as 20% NP charge and debuff removal to an ally as support.
Jeanne D'Arc - A bulky supporter thanks to her class as a ruler. Her NP provides a party-wide invincibility and is instrumental for a lot of challenge quests that require endurance.
Fate Grand Order 4* characters tier list
Some of the 4* characters are just as good as the 5* ones, if not better than some. They can be found and upgraded just like the others and can be crucial in some specific instances. FGO contains some of the most difficult boss fights throughout the story mode, as you may know by now. In addition, challenge quests are frequently found in many events and contain lucrative in-game rewards. So, in this tier list, we will take a look at all the 4* servants and how each one performs against these high-end difficulty quests, including story boss fights, memorial quests and challenge quests - let's take a look at the FGO tier list of the 4* servants!
|S||Astraea, Heracles, Mash Kyrielight, Sieg, Sakata Kintoki (Rider), Yu Mei-ren (Lancer)|
|A||Assassin of the Nightless City, Atalante (Alter), Attila the San(ta), Chloe von Einzbern, Jeanne d'Arc (Berserker Alter), Katsushika Hokusai (Saber), Karna (Santa), Mysterious Heroine XX, Mysterious Alter Ego Λ, Nitocris, EMIYA, Nagao Kagetora, Minamoto-no-Raikou (Lancer), Nightingale (Santa), Prince of Lan Ling, Saito Hajime, Parvati, Mordred (Rider), Fionn mac Cumhaill, Ryougi Shiki (Assassin), Lancelot, Kiichi Hogen, Astolfo (Rider), Queen of Sheba (Caster of Midrash), Helena Blavatsky (Caster), Mysterious Idol X (Alter)|
|B||Astolfo, Atalante, Asvatthaman, BB, Mash (Ortinax), Murasaki Shikibu (Rider), Ibaraki-Douji (Lancer), Yagyu Munenori, Helena Blavatsky, Valkyrie, Chiron, Sakamoto Ryouma, Asagami Fujino, Mecha Eli-chan Mk.II, Mecha Eli-chan, Lancelot (Saber), Ishtar (Rider), Oda Nobunaga (Berserker)|
|C||Altria Pendragon (Lily), Altria Pendragon (Alter), Archer of Inferno, Archer of Inferno (Saber), Tristan, Quetzalcoatl (Samba/Santa), Illyasviel von Einzbern (Archer), Utsumi Erice, Calamity Jane, Ibaraki-Douji, Okita J Souji, Gray, Shuten-Douji (Caster), EMIYA (Alter), Diarmuid Ua Duibhne (Saber), Caster of Midrash, Caster of Okeanos, Frankenstein, Frankenstein (Saber), Jeanne d'Arc (Alter Santa Lily), Vlad III (EXTRA), Berserker of El Dorado, Gilgamesh (Caster), Carmilla, Nero Claudius|
|D||Altria Pendragon (Lancer Alter), Altria Pendragon (Santa Alter), Brynhild (Berserker), Kijyo Koyo, Osakabehime (Archer), Elisabeth Bathory, Carmilla (Rider), Lakshmi Bai, Queen Medb (Saber), Ushiwakamaru (Assassin), Marie Antoinette, Kiyohime (Lancer), Scathach (Assassin), Saint Martha, Saint Martha (Ruler), Nursery Rhyme, Suzuka Gozen, Passionlip, Gorgon, Gawain, Avenger of Shinjuku, EMIYA (Assassin), Li Shuwen|
|F||Assassin of Shinjuku, Stheno, Marie Antoinette (Caster), Watanabe-no-Tsuna, Caenis, Elisabeth Bathory (Brave), Assassin of Paraiso, Anne Bonny & Mary Read (Archer), Irisviel (Holy Grail), Nitocris (Assassin), Thomas Edison, Rama, Beowulf, Oda Nobunaga, Medea (Lily), Anne Bonny & Mary Read, Yu Mei-ren, Tamamo Cat, Qin Liangyu, Helena Blavatsky (Archer), Miyu Edelfelt, Chevalier d'Eon, Siegfried, Nezha, Chacha, Medusa (Lancer), Katou Danzo, Elisabeth Bathory (Halloween)|
Nitocris - Her high instant-death rate towards waves of mobs makes her AoE NP - Anpu Neb Ta Djeser a formidable tool for clearing waves of mobs, perfect for the daily farming quests, coupled with a whopping 120% NP charge that allows her to fire off her NP instantly
Mash Kyrielight - Starter with solid support skills. Her skill set and NP - Lord Camelot is oriented to exclusively boosts your allies’ defences to sky-high levels. Her second skill provides a targetable invincible buff to protect your ally from danger for a turn. Her 3rd skill taunts enemies, making her a good punching bag thanks to her one-and-only Shielder class that renders attacks from other classes neutral.
Sakata Kintoki (Rider) - A welfare servant whose damage department goes beyond ultra, can indirectly support the team with the best critical star generation with how easy it is to form Quick chains. His high hit count and great NP gain make it possible to spam his mighty NP - Golden Drive again and again, especially with how easy it is to unlock his NP’s maximum potential.
Chloe von Einzbern - Second welfare in this list whose damage potential tops even the highest rarity. She is capable of spamming NP - Tripe Cane Wings readily with her 2 Arts face card with a staggering 6 hit counts, good NP gain and 3rd skill providing an instant 50% NP charge. All while dealing exceptional critical damage.
Fate Grand Order 3*,2 * and 1* characters tier list
Don't be surprised that some lower-rarity characters can rank this high! We have characters such as Arash and Chen Gong who easily place in the SS tier thanks to their versatility and downright insane AoE damage. These servants rank better than most of the 4* ones and are fairly easy to obtain. You will most likely obtain most of them through the regular gacha, as their rates as much higher than the other characters - especially the 5-star characters. They might not be at the top of the tier list for Fate Grand Order, but you should definitely not neglect them.
|SS||Arash, Chen Gong|
|S||Paracelsus von Hohenheim, Spartacus|
|A||Antonio Salieri, Euryale, Gaius Julius Caesar|
|B||Asclepius, Cu Chulainn, Georgios, Hans Christian Andersen, Hassan of the Hundred Personas, Lu Bu Fengxian, Oda Nobukatsu, Paul Bunyan, Robin Hood, William Tell|
|C||Avicebron, Bartholomew Roberts, Bedivere, David, Houzouin Inshun, Jason, Leonidas, Mandricardo, Medea, Okada Izo, Paris, Ushiwakamaru, William Shakespeare|
|D||Asterios, Alexander, Charles Babbage, Jaguar Warrior, Medusa, Tawara Touta, Hassan of the Serenity, Fuuma Kotarou, Romulus, Cu Chulainn (Prototype), Gareth, Eric Bloodaxe, Sasaki Kojirou, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
|F||Boudica, Caligula, Charlotte Corday, Charles-Henri Sanson, Cu Chulainn (Caster), Diarmuid ua Duibhne, Darius III, Edward Teach, Jing Ke, Hektor, Kiyohime, Billy the Kid, Hassan of the Cursed Arm, Red Hare, Geronimo, Mori Nagayoshi, Musashibou Benkei, Rider of Resistance, Kid Gilgamesh, Gilles de Rais, Fergus mac Roich, Salome, Mephistopheles, Mata Hari, Gilles de Rais (Caster), Henry Jekyll & Hyde, Phantom of the Opera|
Arash - Stellar Airlines - His NP - Stella has a built-in multiplier, bolstering his neutral damage capable of clearing waves of mobs in one fell swoop while trading his life in return. Thus providing a free switch-in for your backline servants. His 3rd skill provides his own self 30% NP charge.
Chen Gong - His NP - Kikaku Ichijin works similarly to Arash (high neutral damage, though slightly behind Arash) with the caveat of knocking out one servant (by default, your first servant present in the team will be killed) and provide a free switch-in. In addition, he provides a party-wide 10% NP charge, along with a defence buff to bulk up your team. His 3rd skill aids Berserker class servants with a Buster damage up.
Hans Christian Andersen - Versatile support character bringing significant value for its rarity. His NP - Marchen Meines Lebens provides attack, defence, and healing per turn and a Critical Star drop rate to every ally. He more than makes up for the low accuracy of the NP’s buffs by being able to consistently cast his NP thanks to his high NP gain and 2nd skill that offers an instant 75% NP charge.
Fate Grand Order reroll guide
In order to have the best possible start in the game, you might want to consider rerolling the moment you start playing the game. The process is fairly easy, and it's something that many players are used to in gacha games. This Fate Grand Order reroll guide will guide you step by step throughout the process, as well as which characters you should keep. Let's dive in!
While you are playing the game, you will be able to reroll for the very first time during the tutorial. This tutorial gacha is going to give you 10 servants, but the highest rarity you can get is 4*. Players can get multiple 4* servants, among which: Marie Antoinette (Rider), EMIYA (Archer), Siegfried (Saber), Chevalier d'Eon (Saber), Heracles (Berserker), Stheno (Assassin), Carmilla (Assassin), Tamamo Cat (Berserker), Elisabeth Bathory (Lancer), Martha (Rider).
The goal is to obtain at least two 4* servants, and preferably another good lower rarity. You can reroll this tutorial gacha as many times as you want for free until you acquire the character that you want.
Once you finished the tutorial gacha, assuming that you have gotten your choice of (at least two) 4* characters, it's time to move on to the actual summons. Honestly, there's not much else to add to this at this point - the entire rerolling process mainly revolves around the tutorial gacha, but once you finish it, you can start collecting quartz for the normal and special summons. Keep these until you see a gacha pool with one of the servants that you want, but keep in mind that the chances of getting 5* is rather low.
The best approach?
It would be best to upgrade the 4* and lower servants that are currently ranking high in our FGO tier list, and not spend hundreds of hours on account transfers and whatnot. You will have plenty of chances to acquire quartz during special events and whatnot, so in the meantime, we recommend sticking to your gacha pulls.
What characters to reroll for in FGO
The best 4* characters to reroll for are:
If you can pull all three of them, you should definitely keep and bind your account, because you're set up for success!