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Definitive Fate Grand Order tier list for the "grandest" heroic spirit

Definitive Fate Grand Order tier list for the "grandest" heroic spirit

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Updated on: July 5th, 2022 - re-checked the tier list, added Castoria (Caster)

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 colourful cast of characters. 

With its massive cast of 200 and more heroic spirits. We, alongside the professional opinions from the lovely community, have devised a definitive tier list to help players better micro-manage their scarce resources. There will be instances where the skill kit of a heroic spirit sounds good on paper, but in reality, its execution was botched. Note that FGO is renowned for the tradition where lower rarity can be on par or superior to its higher rarity counterparts. As a matter of fact, we are confident that 99% of the heroic spirits will see use in any part of the game’s content.

About the tier list

  • NP stands for Noble Phantasm, the ultimate skill of each servant based on their heroic deeds in the past (or legends). Each servant has a unique NP that can support the team, damage-dealing or a mix of both. This alone also adds diversity to each servant’s playstyle. It is further categorized into Single Target that focuses on debuffing or dealing very high damage to one target, followed by AoE aka Area of Effect that can hit all enemies across the field that is mostly optimal for clearing waves of mobs in farming stages. Last but not least we have the supportive NP that can cast a wide array of buffs or heal to the team, or the other way round, casting debuffs to enemies and weakening them. There is also another popular term known as NP looping, defined as the ability for a heroic spirit to quickly recharge its NP (either with skills that grant instant NP charge, or boasting spectacular NP gain with their attacks. This metric is the baseline for the de facto top tier farming support.
  • As mentioned above, this game revolves around the three card types: Buster/Quick/Arts. Buster is associated with higher damage, Arts is used to replenish NP, Quick for generation of critical stars. They define the "meta" of the entire game. Each servant's NP is grouped into one of three categories. In this list, we colour code servants according to their NP type, with green representing Quick, red representing Buster and lastly blue representing Arts
  • In light of the lack of PvP in FGO, we will rank each heroic spirit according to their performance in the game on a separate list for farming and high difficulty content, respectively. During the ranking, we set the assumptions that each servant's potential is maximized by the correct synergy of Quick/Buster/Arts meta. All 3 skills maxed out at level 10 and NP was set to level one by default, as most heroic spirits get by just fine with NP level 1 without needing to "gacha" for multiple copies of the same servant.

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Farming quest 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-favorite as it yields a surplus of essential materials) with the occassional 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 on the attributes or class they possess that make them the superior farming choice that can clear waves per turn.

SS Tier

NAME

CLASS

EVALUATION

Arash

Archer

His NP - Stella has a built-in multiplier, bolstering his damage capable of clearing waves of mobs in one fell swoop while trading his life in return. In turn, providing a free switch-in for your backline servants. His 3rd skill provides his own self 30% NP charge.

Space Ishtar

Avenger

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. She is a solid choice.

Arjuna (Alter)

Berserker

AoE Buster NP servant that deals godly damage (pun intended) directly proportional to the amount 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 bolster his Buster face cards critical damage to finish off any singular tough enemies

Altria Caster

Caster

The ultimate heroic spirit for farming thanks to her support-oriented skill kit (NP-wise) that is bested by none. Her 1st skill provides the highest party-wide charge (at 30%), totaling to 50% NP charge to a unit (thanks to her 2nd skill that provides a target-able 20% NP charge). On the offense, 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

Zhuge Liang (Waver)

Caster

A must-have for any farming decks. His skills provide 20% party wide charge (along with excellent defense and attack buffs) and a targetable 30% NP charge (along with increased critical damage) to a single servant.

Chen Gong

Caster

His NP - Kikaku Ichijin works similarly to 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 defense buff to bulk up your team. His 3rd skill aids Berserker class servants with a Buster damage up

Merlin

Caster

Buster type specialist, his 3rd skill provides a powerful Buster damage buff to an ally, while also providing a party-wide 20% NP charge along with 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.

Nitocris

Caster

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.

Scathach-Skadi

Caster

Quick type specialist, provides excellent Quick damage support to a single servant. She also 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.

Leonardo Da Vinci (Rider)

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 that can deal serious damage if needed

Sakata Kintoki

Berserker

A ST NP servant with an impressive 50% NP charge, he's 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)

S tier - second to best

S tier

NP type

Name

Buster

Ishtar, Gilgamesh, Nikola Tesla, Karna, Ereshkigal, Spartacus, Romulus Quinirus, BB (Summer), Summer Nero Claudius, Xuanzang Sanzang

Quick

Summer Ishtar, Kama, Parvati, Sei Shonagon, Achilles

Arts

Shuten Doji, Jeanne d’Arc (Archer), Leonardo Da Vinci, Mysterious Alter-Ego Lambda, Fionn mac Cumhailll, Helena Blavatsky, Murasaki Shibuku, Sieg, Sima Yi (Reines), Katsushika Hokusai, Miyamoto Musashi (Berserker)

A tier - still stellar in their own way

A tier

NP type

Name

Buster

Francis Drake, Artoria (Lancer Alter) , Suzuka Gozen, Artoria Pendragon (Alter), Artoria Pendragon (Lancer), Mordred, Cleopatra, Asagami Fujino, Minamoto-no Raikou, Semiramis , Altera, Avicebron, Paul Bunyan, Emiya
Quetzalcoatl (Samba/Santa), Osakabehime (Archer), William Shakespeare, Nezha, Ivan the Terrible, Cu Chulainn (Alter), Tawara Touta, Napoleon
Iskandar, Amakusa Shiro, Jeanne D'Arc Santa Lily, Circe, Ozymandias, Artoria Pendragon (Saber), Proto Arthur, Okita Soji (Alter), Artoria Pendragon (Lancer), Oda Nobunaga (Berserker), Enkidu, Li Shu Wen (Assassin)
First Hassan

Quick

Astolfo, Sakata Kintoki (Rider), Lancelot (Berserker), Bradamante, Edmond Dantes , Ushiwakamaru, Atalante, Xiang Yu

Arts

Mordred (Rider), Artoria Pendragon (Archer), Nitocris (Assassin), Tamamo No Mae, Gilgamesh (Caster), Sitonai, Ryougi Shiki (Saber), Odysseus, Thomas Edison , Helena Blavatsky(Archer), Nero Claudius (Bride), Chloe von Einzbern, Katsushika Hokusai (Saber), Ryougi Shiki (Assassin), Li Shu Wen (Assassin)

B tier - Average Jane/John that gets the job done

B tier

NP type

Name

Buster

Yu Mei-Ren, Queen Medb, Christopher Columbus, Hector, Passionlip, Edward Teach, Oda Nobunaga (Archer), Arjuna, Elizabeth Bathory, Bedivere, Grey, Kato Danzo, Saint Martha, Kid Gilgamesh, Gawain, Darius, Europa, Mecha Eli-chan Mk I/II, Kijyo Koyo, Ashwatthama, Kiara Sessyoin, Minamoto no Raiko (Lancer), Penthesilea, Gorgon, Miyamoto Musashi (saber), Oda Nobunaga (Avenger), Cha Cha, Tomoe Gozen, James Moriarty, Hijikata Toshizo, Quetzalcoatl, Jeanne d’Arc (Alter), Siegfried, Kingprotea, Eric Bloodaxe, Lu Bu Fengxian, Abigail Williams, Tamamo no Mae (Lancer), Jeanne d’Arc (Berserker Alter), Kiyohime, Cu Chulainn (Caster), Caenis

Quick

Medusa, Santa Altera, Scathach (Assassin), Scathach, Fuuma Kotarou, Alexander, Meltryllis, Okita J. Souji (Assassin), Lakshimibai, Jack the Ripper, Julius Caesar, Carmilla (Rider), Nightingale (Santa), Mysterious Heroine X (Alter), Tristan, Frankenstein, Dioscuri

Arts

Nursery Rhyme, Jason, Paracelcus, Nightingale, Yang Gui Fei, Sakamoto Ryoma, Mochizuki Chiyome, Queen of Sheba, Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, Medea, Mysterious Heroine XX, Orion, Euryale, Nagao Kagetora, Nero Claudius, Chiron, Queen Medb (Saber), Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart

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High difficulty quests tier list

High end difficulty quests tier list. To provide some brain-racking stimulus to challenge-seeking enthusiasts, FGO contains some of the most difficult boss fights throughout the story mode. In addition, challenge quests are frequently found in many events and contain in-game lucrative rewards. So, in this tier list, we will take into account how each servant fares against these high end difficulty quests, including story boss fights, memorial quests and challenge quests.

SS Tier

NAME

CLASS

EVALUATION

Mash Kyrielight

Shielder

Starter with solid support skills. Her skill set and NP - Lord Camelot is oriented to exclusively boosts your allies’ defenses 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. However, she is inaccessible in later parts of the game (Lostbelt Arc 2) as Ortinax form takes her place for lore reasons.

Hans Christian Endersen

Caster

Versatile support unit with significant value for its rarity. His NP - Marchen Meines Lebens provides attack, defense, and healing per turn and 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.

Zhuge Liang (Waver)

Caster

Ditto to his remark in the farming section. He offers a targetable 30% NP charge to ally and party-wide 20% NP charge, along with a slew of good buffs. His NP - Unreturning Formation shines through by stalling enemies by reducing their NP gauge and also has a high chance of stunning them.

Sima Yi (Reines)

Rider

She offers a party-wide 10% NP charge and a targetable 20% NP charge to an ally. 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 saber.

Altria Caster

Caster

Her stellar support capabilities can also see use 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 target-able Invincibility buff as well as massive damage boost against enemies associated with the trait of “Threat to Humanity” - common for bosses found in challenge quests or story mode

Sakata Kintoki (Rider)

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 makes it possible to spam his ridiculously powerful NP - Golden Drive again and again, especially with how easy it is to unlock his NP’s maximum potential.

Chloe von Einzburn

Archer

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 provides an instant 50% NP charge. All while dealing exceptional critical damage. ,

Merlin

Caster

Imperative to any Buster team. His 3rd skill can significantly buff a Buster servant along with increased HP. 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. Just like the top support servants, his 1st skill provides an imperative party-wide 20% NP charge along with attack up. To top it all off, his NP - Garden of Avalon provides consistent NP charge, critical star generation and recovery.

Tamamo No Mae

Caster

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 heal 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

Scathach Skadi

Caster

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 3rd skill is straightforward as it provides an instantaneous 50% NP charge. Her main utility lies with her 1st skill that provides significant Quick damage plus critical damage up.

S tier- second to best

S tier

Class

Name

Buster

Xuanzang Sanzang, Ozymandias, Leonidas, King Hassan, Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Sakata Kintoki, Arjuna Alter, Tamamo No Mae (Lancer), Amakusa Shiro, Asagami Fujino, Tomoe Gozen, Minamoto no Raikou (Lancer), Ishtar, Romulus Quirinus, Jeanne D’Arc (Alter), Cu Chulainn (Alter)

Quick

Edmond Dantes, Jack the Ripper, Scathach, Gaius Julius Caesar, Meltryllis, Altera the San(ta), Ishtar (Rider), Kama, Cu Chulainn

Arts

Nero Claudius (Bride), Euryale, Robin Hood, Lancelot (Saber), Super Orion, Nagao Kagetora, Lanling Wang, Leonardo Da Vinci (Rider), Murasaki Shikibu, Odysseus, Jeanne D’Arc Mordred (Rider), Nagao Kagetora, Ryougi Shiki (Assassin), Helena Blavatsky, Shuten Doji, Katsushika Hokusai, Katsushika Hokusai (Saber), Beni-Enma, Qin Shi Huang, Asclepius

Multi

Space Ishtar

A tier - still stellar in their own way

A tier

Class

Name

Buster

Heracles, William Shakespeare, David, Brynhildr, Mecha Eli-chan Mk.I/II, Nikola Tesla, Miyamoto Musashi, Ereshkigal, Nero Claudius (Summer), Ibaraki Douji, James Moriarty, Oda Nobunaga (Berserker), Quetzalcoatl, Caenis, Bradamante, Hijikata Toshizo, Artoria Pendragon (Rider Alter), Gawain, Cleopatra, Queen Medb, Karna, Napoleon Bonaparate, BB (Summer), Rama, Artoria Pendragon (Alter), Jeanne D’Arc (Berserker Alter), Artoria Pendragon, Semiramis, Passionlip, Kingprotea, Kijyo Koyo, Francis Drake, Shuten Doji (Caster), Mordred, Iskandar, Vlad III (EXTRA), Saint Martha (Ruler), Suzuka Gozen

Quick

Sasaki Kojiro, Frankenstein, Achilles, Parvati, Mysterious Heroine X Alter, Tristan, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne (Saber), Okita Souji, Alexander, Calamity Jane, Lakshimabai, Ushiwakamaru (Assassin), Wu Ze Tian, Valkyrie, Sei Shonagon, Astolfo (Saber), Nightingale (Santa)

Arts

Astraea, Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart, BB, Sherlock Holmes, Thomas Edison, Nero Claudius, Medea Georgios, Hassan of the Hundred Faces, Sakamoto Ryoma, Li Shuwen (Assassin), Houzoin Inshun, Medea Lily, Okada Izo, Mandricardo, Yang Gui Fei, Chiron, Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, Mochizuki Chiyome, Kiara Sessyoin, Salome, Helena Blavatsky (Archer), Nightingale, Chevalier d’eon, Mysterious Alter Ego Lambda, Mysterious Heroine XX, Orion, Dioscuri

B tier - Average Jane/John that gets the job done

B tier

Class

Name

Buster

Altera, Okita Soji (Alter), Oda Nobunaga, Elizabeth Bathory (Brave), Mori Nagayoshi, Arjuna, Emiya, Martha, Jaguar Warrior, Ibaraki Doji (Lancer), Quetzalcoatl (Samba/Santa), Artoria Pendragon (Lancer), Minamoto no Raikou, Arthur Pendragon (Prototype), Carmilla, Christopher Columbus, Jeanne d’Arc Alter Santa Lily, Nezha, Ivan the Terrible, Gorgon, Asvatthaman, Abigail Williams, Avicebron, Gray, Emiya Alter, Elisabeth Bathory, Osakabehime (Archer) , Penthesilea, Artoria Pendragon (Lancer Alter), Stheno

Quick

Atalante Alter, Marie Antoinette, Astolfo, Voyager, Lancelot (Berserker), Hassan of Cursed Arm, Fuuma Kotarou, Osakabehime, Paris, Ushiwakamaru, Cu Chulainn (Prototype), Carmila (Rider), Mysterious Heroine X

Arts

EMIYA (Assassin), Sieg, Miyamoto Musashi (Berserker), Li Shuwen (Lancer), Hassan of the Serenity, Jeanne D’Arc (Archer), Yagyu Munenori, William Tell, Shiki (Saber), Jason, Erice Utsume, Queen Medb (Saber), Nitocris, Gilgamesh (Caster), Sitonai, Benkei, Mata Hari, Caligula, Chen Gong, Vlad III

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Bonus : SSR selection

SSR ticket selection - guide and recommendation

As with other gacha games, to celebrate its’ 17 million download milestone, each player is awarded an SSR selection ticket that runs from 14th April until May 30th. Newcomers can grasp this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire an SSR heroic spirit from a pool of 25 to kick start their journey. However, to further enhance the bonds between Master and heroic spirit, several conditions have to be met in order to make them a permanent addition to your roster and these include: Performing at least one ascension, taking your shiny SSR off into quests and reaching bond 5, rest assured this is easy to do within a day.

To commemorate this occasion, we have also prepared this list to solve a dilemma for newcomers. We thoroughly examined who has the best performance throughout the game.






NAME CLASS EVALUATION
Zhuge Liang (Waver) Caster 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 defense 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 support servant, the other one under the player’s ownership)
Tamamo No Mae Caster A very good team support that provides consistent healing by NP looping, her NP is also invaluable as it can reduce skill cooldown of your allies by 1, which is a rare commodity.
Achilles Rider 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 defense thanks to his taunt skill that directs all attacks toward him for one turn.
Artoria Pendragon Saber Deals impressive AoE damage, and while she may not perform much in 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 Lancer 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.
NAME CLASS EVALUATION
Xuanzang Sanzang Caster 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.
Jack The Ripper Assassin 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 through 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.
Francis Drake Rider 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 offensively support allies.
Mordred Saber Deals high AoE damage thanks to her 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 Lancer 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 Ruler 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.
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