Arena Offense Tier List Patch Notes

02/10/2018 - Tier List Patch Notes

Placed:

  • Lilina: Blush of Youth has been placed in Tier 3
  • Roy: Youthful Gifts has been placed in Tier 2
  • Lyn: Wind's Embrace has been placed in Tier 2
  • Hector: Just Here to Fight has been placed in Tier 1
     

Explanations regarding these placements can be found on the main tier list page here.

Promotions:

  • Marth: Altean Prince has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
  • Lucina: Future Witness has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 3)
  • Marth: Engimatic Blade has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
  • Alm: Hero of Prophecy has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 5)
  • Raven: Peerless Fighter has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
  • Felicia: Maid Mayhem has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)
  • Hinoka: Warrior Princess has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
  • Zephiel: The Liberator has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
  • Caeda: Talys’ Heart has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)
02/04/2018 - Tier List Patch Notes

Placed:

  • Ike: Vanguard Legend has been placed in Tier 1
  • Marisa has been placed in Tier 4

Explanations regarding these placements can be found on the main tier list page here.

Promotions:

  • Seth has been promoted to Tier 4  (from Tier 5
  • Karel has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)
  • Summer Xander has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)
  • Navarre has been promoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 6)
  • Fir has been promoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 6)
  • Lachesis has been promoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 6)

Demotions:

  • Joshua has been demoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
1/27/2018 - Tier List Patch Notes

Placed:

  • Myrrh has been placed in Tier 1
  • L’Arachel has been placed in Tier 3
  • Eirika (Sacred Memories) has been placed inTier 2
  • Lyon has been placed in Tier 3

Explanations regarding these placements can be found on the main tier list page here.

Promotions:

  • Tiki (A) has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Sigurd has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Soleil has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Chrom (Winter Festival) has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Robin (Winter Festival) has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Lissa (Winter Festival) has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Elise has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Sanaki has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
  • Gwendolyn has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
  • Sheena has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
  • Priscilla has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
  • Gunnthra has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)

Demotions:

  • Zephiel has been demoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Gaius has been demoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)

Class Type Tier Lists

  • Gunnthra has been placed in Tier 1
  • Eirika (Sacred Memories) has been placed in Tier 1
  • L’Arachel has been placed in Tier 2
01/20/2018 - Tier List Patch Notes

Promotions: 

  • Amelia has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Reinhardt has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Zephiel has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)
01/16/2018 - Tier List Patch Notes

Placed:

  • Micaiah has been placed in Tier 2
  • Sothe has been placed in Tier 3
  • Zelgius has been placed in Tier 1
  • Oliver has been placed in Tier 5
  • New Year Corrin has been placed in Tier 4

Explanations regarding these placements can be found on the main tier list page here.

Promotions: 

  • Winter Tharja has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Ephraim has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)

Class Type Tier Lists

Armor Placements:

  • Zelgius has been placed in Tier 1

Armor Demotions:

  • Black Knight has been demoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)
01/03/2018 - Placement Update

Placed:

  • Gunnthrá has been placed in Tier 3
  • New Year Azura has been placed in Tier 1     
  • New Year Camilla has been placed in Tier 2
  • New Year Takumi has been placed in Tier 3

Explanations regarding these placements can be found on the main tier list page here.

12/24/2017 - Tier List Patch Notes - 2.0 Update

Tier List Changes:

  • Tier 1 has been added

Tier 1 serves two primary functions: the first is to allow Tier 1 to be more inclusive, and the second is to give due recognition to the units that perform far above and beyond their peers. This is more of an extension of Tier 1 rather than a new tier in itself, to highlight units that overperform.

  • Healers have been added back into the Tier List

The 2.0 update introduced enough new tools for healers to make a return to the Tier List. Though some of them still pale in comparison to other units from a combat perspective, they are far more viable than they were in the past.

  • All units will receive updated explanations over the coming week

In order to fix outdated and missing descriptions, we'll be working on updating these over the next week or so. The plan is for every unit to have a unique, updated description before New Year's.

New Unit Placements:

  • Fjorm has been placed in Tier 3
  • Siegbert has been placed in Tier 2
  • Soleil has been placed in Tier 2
  • Shiro has been placed in Tier 3
  • Rhajat has been placed in Tier 2
  • Winter Lissa has been placed in Tier 2
  • Winter Chrom has been placed in Tier 2
  • Winter Robin has been placed in Tier 2
  • Winter Tharja has been placed in Tier 2

Explanations regarding these placements can be found on the main tier list page here.

Healer Placements:

  • Elise has been placed in Tier 2
  • Clarine has been placed in Tier 3
  • Priscilla has been placed in Tier 3
  • Azama has been placed in Tier 4
  • Genny has been placed in Tier 4
  • Lucius has been placed in Tier 4
  • Bride Lyn has been placed in Tier 4
  • Maria has been placed in Tier 4
  • Serra has been placed in Tier 4
  • Sakura has been placed in Tier 5
  • Lachesis has been placed in Tier 6
  • Lissa has been placed in Tier 6
  • Mist has been placed in Tier 6
  • Wrys has been placed in Tier 6

Explanations regarding these placements can be found on the main tier list page here.

Unit Promotions:

  • Ayra has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 1)

Ayra has consistently performed above the standard of all other sword-infantry. Even her closest rival, Mia, fails to compete thanks to her unique special skill Regnal Astra. Ayra’s Slaying Edge+ build is what sets her leagues apart from the competition, granting her a place in this tier.

  • Nowi has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 1)

Weapon refinery gave dragons a huge new boon to all of their breath attacks, and they remain the strongest counter to Brave Lyn. Lightning Breath+ remains the safest choice for an all-rounder build, though Dark Breath+ deserves honourable mention for its fantastic debuff effect. Steady Breath and Quick Riposte make for a frightening combo, and Nowi’s exceptional attack, respectable bulk and salvageable speed make her one of the strongest choices for the build.

  • Hector has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 1)

Though Hector’s competition has grown considerably since launch, the built-in effect of Armads and his stellar stat-line allows him to stand the test of time. With that said, his lead as ‘best in role’ is weaker than that of Ayra or Brave Lyn, with Dorcas, Brave Ike and Winter Chrom all challenging his place at the top.

  • Brave Lyn has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 1)

Brave Lyn is undeniably one of the most oppressive units in the game. Access to both Firesweep Bow+ and Sacae’s Blessing gives her unrivalled coverage, and an effective five tile range allows her to engage any enemy unit with ease. Her Brave Bow+ and Mulagir builds are still incredibly effective as well.

  • Elincia has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)

Firesweep Sword+ grants Elincia an exciting new option for Player Phase oriented builds. Moreover, her exceptional offensive stats and unrestricted mobility make her a particularly powerful offensive unit.

  • Black Knight has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)

Alondite and Black Luna remain incredibly powerful tools, and Black Knight’s solid stat-line complements the skills well. The only thing holding him back is the lack of boon/bane stats and limited merge potential.

  • Tiki (Y) has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)

New breath upgrades grant Tiki (Y) a much more powerful role as a baiter/Enemy Phase unit. Being a red unit still leaves her vulnerable to the blue mages that are common on defense, but she has solid match-ups against the majority of green units, and many red unit as well. The scarcity of Falchion users in defense helps her a great deal as well.

  • Tana has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)
  • Cordelia has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)

Both of these fliers have strong Player Phase builds, thanks to their offensive stats of 34/36 and 35/35 respectively. Tana has a slight edge thanks to Vidofnir and higher speed, but the difference is minimal.

  • Fae has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)

Same as the other dragons: new breath upgrades make her much more formidable.

  • Halloween Jakob has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)

Bold Fighter and Vengeful Fighter grant fantastic Player Phase and Enemy Phase ability respectively. Slaying Bow+ and Guard Bow+ forges also give him an array of competitive builds.

  • Draug has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 4)

Forge options and the new armor skills gave Draug a much-needed boost. +Spd and a speed-forged Slayind Edge+ allows him to hit a solid 38 speed, enough to avoid many follow-up attacks. Vengeful Fighter is also a great new tool in his arsenal.

  • Eldigan has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)

Mystletainn’s upgrade gives Eldigan more stats all across the board, and allows for some more interesting A slot skills. He can choose to double up on Fury, or alternatively, pick up skills such as Heavy Blade.

  • Ephraim has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)

With Siegmund’s upgrade enabling follow-up attacks when initiating from high HP, it’s much easier for Ephraim to pick fights he can win. High attack and physical bulk ensures he can KO most enemies with ease.

  • Performing Arts Shigure has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)

Dancers have been brought to Tier 2 on the merit of Dance alone: it is undeniably the strongest support skill in the game. Refinery upgrades to Dancer’s Score grant a nice upgrade to his bulk as well, though Blárraven remains a compelling choice.

  • Corrin (F) has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)

Forged breath attacks targeting the lower defensive value goes a long way in fixing Corrin’s poor attack stat. Dark Breath+ affecting the target is another huge improvement for those who want an alternative to Lightning Breath+.

  • Minerva has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)

Hauteclere’s refinery upgrades gives Minerva a massive boost to her offensive or defensive power. The increased special damage complements the -1 cooldown count very well, though the extra points in speed or defense are viable alternatives.

  • Halloween Henry has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)

New armor skills give Henry new options for offensive and defensive builds. Weapon refinery helps patch up his low defense as well, granting much improved mix bulk.

  • Performing Arts Olivia has been promoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 3)

Dance alone gives PA!Olivia unrivalled utility, and her stats are specialised for an anti-mage niche as well. Weapon refinery grants a generous boost to her bulk as well.

  • Hinata has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)

Hinata benefits greatly from an upgraded Slaying Edge+, thanks to his strong physical defense.

  • Eliwood has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)

Blazing Durandal makes Eliwood much more viable as an offensive unit. Though still outclassed by his son, +Spd gives him an offensive spead of 34/33 with a built-in Heavy Blade effect.

  • Gwendolyn has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)

New armor skills.

  • Summer Robin has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)

Summer Robin’s naturally low HP stat makes her one of the greatest triumphs of weapon refinery. A Slaying Lance+ with a speed refinement makes her a much more formidable lancer.

  • Summer Tiki has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)

Like Robin, Summer Tiki benefits a great deal from weapon refinery thanks to her low HP pool.

  • Michalis has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)

Hauteclere upgrades help his tanking ability a great deal. The lack of boon/bane still hurts, but the increased damage output helps to compensate.

  • Cecilia has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)

Though Cecilia hasn’t gained much in recent updates, we felt her strength was more in-line with Tier 3 units.

  • Faye has been promoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 4)

Faye can become a defensive powerhouse with a Guard Bow+, and forging helps patch up her somewhat lacking defense stat.

  • Selena has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)
  • Saber has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)
  • Palla has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)
  • Caeda has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 6)
  • Cain has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 6)

All of these heroes gain massive benefit from a forged Wo Dao+ or Slaying Edge+, which can help patch up awkwardly low stats or mediocre statlines.

  • Seliph has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 6)

Not only did 2.0 grant Seliph an upgraded Tyrfing, but it also lets him throw out his family’s sacred heirloom entirely, in favour of a forged Slaying Edge+!

  • Oboro has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)

Oboro benefits from a forged Slaying Lance+, much the same way Hinata benefits from a Slaying Edge+.

  • Beruka has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)

A Slaying Axe+ improves her tanking capability considerably, and her ability to use a defense boon gives her a small victory over Michalis.

  • Niles has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)

Slaying Bow+ fixes his lousy damage output somewhat, and can patch up his defense if desired. Guard Bow+ is another decent option, allowing him to completely almost nullify magic attacks.

  • Saizo has been promoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)

A defense forged Smoke Dagger+ gives Saizo a solid niche in baiting enemy archers, who he can cripple with debuffs after the first round of combat. Weapon refinery has made him a much more effective debuffer.

  • Tobin has been promoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 6)
  • Raigh has been promoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 6)
  • Florina has been promoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 6)

Weapon refinery has given these heroes more options to salvage their awkward stat-lines.

  • Jaffar has been promoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 6)

The upgrade to Deathly Dagger makes Jaffar much more competitive, but he still suffers from an unbefittingly low attack power.

Unit Demotions:

  • Eirika has been demoted to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)

With Ephraim’s weapon upgrade, Eirika’s role as a buffer has been further usurped, ironically by her own brother. Until she sees an upgrade to Sieglinde, it’s hard to recommend Eirika due to her low attack, and the fact that her main utility can be acquired through Sacred Seals.

  • Karel has been demoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)

Karel’s bloated HP stat and mediocre offensive stats simply fail to impress in the current meta. Wo Dao+ and Reprisal/Vengeance is a powerful combination, but it’s simply way too unreliable.

  • Luke has been demoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)

Luke’s major selling point was a Brave Sword+ build thanks to his high attack. With Brave weapons starting to fall from favour, Luke’s low speed becomes more and more problematic, and this can only be improved so far with weapon refinery.

  • Anna has been demoted to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)

No merge potential and the lack of a boon/bane stat really hurts Anna’s usefulness. Noatun has not aged well, and is worth replacing with a Slaying Axe+, but even then, Anna struggles to make a considerable impact.

Class Type Tier Lists

Cavalry Placements:

  • Siegbert has been placed in Tier 1

Cavalry Promotions:

  • Eldigan has been promoted to Tier 1 (from Tier 2)

Cavalry Demotions:

  • Xander has been demoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)
  • Luke has been demoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)

Armor Placements:

  • Winter Lissa has been placed in Tier 2
  • Winter Chrom has been placed in Tier 1
  • Winter Robin has been placed in Tier 2
  • Winter Tharja has been placed in Tier 1

Armor Demotions:

  • Amelia has been demoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)
  • Arden has been demoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)
  • Halloween Henry has been demoted to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)
  • Gwendolyn has been demoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Sheena has been demoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Zephiel has been demoted to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)

With the four new armour units released in the Winter's Envoy update, Tier 1 in the Armor Tier List was getting a little cluttered. These placements are still a work in progress, but we're working on making this list more representative of all armor units.

11/21/2017 - Placement Update

Placed:

  • Joshua has been placed in Tier 3     

Explanation regarding this placement can be found on the main tier list page here.

11/17/2017 - Tier List Patch Notes

Placed:

  • Mia has been placed in Tier 1
  • Dorcas has been placed in Tier 1     
  • Lute has been placed in Tier 2

Explanations regarding these placements can be found on the main tier list page here.

Promotions:

  • Titania has been moved up to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)
  • Seth has been moved up to Tier 4 (from Tier 5)

Demotions:

  • Lucina has been moved down to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)

These tier changes have been made following the addition of a new tier from the previous update. We believe these new placements are more accurate for these units.

11/5/2017 Tier List Patch Notes
  • Tier 6 has been added to the Tier List

Previously Tier 6 was removed due to the removal of healers from the Tier List, as well as new features such as Supports and Sacred Seals. We’ve chosen to re-introduce a sixth Tier, in order to make clearer distinctions in unit quality within the top Tiers. To accommodate for this new Tier, the old Tier 4 is now Tier 5, and the old Tier 5 is now Tier 6. Unit promotions and demotions have been made to reflect the new Tier. Note: Tier numbers are not an accurate representation of unit quality alone. As always, we advise all players to read the descriptions of each Tier when using the Tier List.
 

  • Around 50+ units have received updated and/or extended descriptions.

Placed:

  • Arden has been placed in Tier 2
  • Halloween Nowi has been placed in Tier 3
  • Halloween Sakura has been placed in Tier 3
  • Halloween Jakob has been placed in Tier 2
  • Halloween Henry has been placed in Tier 3

 

Demotions:

  • Ryoma has been moved down to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)
  • Ike has been moved down to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)
  • Effie has been moved down to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)
  • Bridal Cordelia has been moved down to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)
  • Zephiel has been moved down to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Ephraim has been moved down to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Lukas has been moved down to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Nephenee has been moved down to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Sheena has been moved down to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Minerva has been moved down to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Sonya has been moved down to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Leon has been moved down to Tier 3 (from Tier 2)
  • Draug has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Karel has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Lloyd has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Hinata has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Sharena has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Ylissean Summer Robin has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Gwendolyn has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Robin (M) has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Anna has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Legion has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Spring Festival Chrom has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Boey has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Merric has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Robin (F) has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Setsuna has been moved down to Tier 4 (from Tier 3)
  • Alfonse has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Alm has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Saber has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Seth has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Navarre has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Roy has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Berkut has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Clive has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Clair has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Oboro has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Barst has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Nohrian Summer Xander has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Titania has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Rebecca has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Clarisse has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Niles has been moved down to Tier 5 (from Tier 4)
  • Jaffar has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 4)
  • Caeda has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Tobin has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Seliph has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Fir has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Raigh has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Jagen has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Florina has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Mathilda has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Sully has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Spring Festival Xander has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Odin has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Gunter has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Arthur has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Narcian has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Jakob has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)
  • Matthew has been moved down to Tier 6 (from Tier 5)

The majority of these ‘demotions’ reflect the introduction of a new Tier. All of the following adjustments have been made to accommodate for the change, and are largely reflective of the Tier List prior to this update.

 

Class Type Tier Lists

Armor Placements:

  • Arden has been placed in Tier 1
  • Halloween Jakob has been placed in Tier 1
  • Halloween Henry has been placed in Tier 1

Armor Demotions:

  • Zephiel has been moved down to Tier 2 (from Tier 1)

 

Flier Placements:

  • Halloween Nowi has been placed in Tier 1