Sword Art Online VS Tier List – Best Characters to Use

Feature image for our Sword Art Online VS tier list. It shows a promotional image, with Kirito, Asuna and Sinon.

Spoiled for choice in Sword Art Online VS? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In our Sword Art Online VS tier list, we rank all of the characters into tiers, S is the best, and D is the worst. We’ll keep it updated as often as new characters drop, and alongside balance changes. So, bookmark this page and check back for reference.

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown is an action RPG released to mark the 10-year anniversary of the anime phenomenon, Sword Art Online. In VS, Kirito and his crew discover a new game, called Cross Edge, which appears to be having strange effects on its players out in the real world. Getting to the bottom of the mystery means action-packed battles and the help of some familiar faces.

Building more RPG team rosters? Take a look at our Eternal Evolution, Dear, Ella and Memento Mori tier lists.

Sword Art Online VS Tier List

Now, let’s take a look at the rankings.


The best of the best.

  • Kirito


Very good workhorse characters.

  • Asuna


Solid and dependable.

  • Lisbet


Useful situationally.

  • Leafa
  • Silica



  • No D-Tier characters yet!

Sword Art Online VS Tier List FAQ

Now that you’ve seen the tiers and characters, let’s tackle questions.

How do Our Tiers Work?

Our tiers run from best to worst and rank the general usefulness of the characters.

  • S Tier: The must-have characters. If you can get hold of one, don’t hesitate. Prioritize developing these ones if you can.
  • A Tier: These are excellent performers and will make a great addition to your lineup. They might not be as desirable as the S Tier, but they’re definitely worth your time.
  • B Tier: Solid characters who can pull their weight. They won’t hold you back, but are probably worth swapping out if something better comes along. 
  • C Tier: Underachievers who won’t hold up terribly well, unless you have them for a specific use.
  • D Tier: Practically useless. Avoid like the plague.

How Did We Decide on the Rankings?

We try and draw from a number of sources when composing tier lists. We draw lists from our own gameplay, but the aim is to try and create lists that cater to as broad a range of playstyles as possible. For that reason, we also like to draw information from other players’ rankings within the game community. 

When Do We Update Our Sword Art Online VS Tier List?

We try and update the list regularly to reflect new character releases and rebalances. For that reason, it’s best to check back from time to time if you want to know the latest ranking.  Keep an eye on the official Facebook page for news on updates.

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