Arknights Tier List – The Best Operators

BY KENNETH MITCHELL

Kenneth Mitchell

Writer and Storywriter

PUBLISHED 6 DAYS AGO

There are many Operators in Arknights, and each of them belongs to a particular class. These Classes and archetypes dictate how you’re supposed to use them in battle. As with all games, not all characters are created equal, as it would be poor game design.

Arknights Tier List - The Best Operators

If you’re looking for an Arknights tier list, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll list out all the available Operators for you to find out who’s the best. Keep on reading to find out more.

Introduction to the Tier List

There are eight Classes in Arknights, and while Classes have different Archetypes and roles within them, we’ll divide the characters based on how versatile they are overall.

It would be difficult to tell who’s the absolute best in Arknights as the game requires skillful use of all Classes and Archetypes. Therefore, we can only list out the best in each Class.

Some Operators aren’t available in the global release, but we’ll list them here all the same.

Caster Tier List

Casters are ranged units that you can only deploy on Ranged tiles. They also inflict Arts Damage, which works excellently against enemies with low-RES stats. There are at least five Archetypes, but they can vary depending on who you ask.

S-Tier

Ifrit, Mostima, Eyjafjalla, Ceobe, Dusk, Carnelian, Passenger

A-Tier

Leonhardt, Lava the Purgatory, Iris, Click, Beeswax, Mint, Amiya, Absinthe, Pith, Tomimi

B-Tier

Nightmare, Leizi, Skyfire, Gitano, Greyy

C-Tier

12F, Lava, Steward, Durin, Reserve Operator – Caster

Defender Tier List

Defenders are melee Operators and thus only get to stand in Melee tiles. Their role requires them to block enemies and attract attention.

S-Tier

Saria, Blemishine, Mudrock, Eunectes, Nian, Hoshiguma

A-Tier

Asbestos, Vulcan, Nearl, Liskarm, Croissant, Cuora, Blitz

B-Tier

Matterhorn, Gummy, Hung, Dur-nar, Bubble

C-Tier

Cardigan, Beagle, Spot, Noire Corne

Guard Tier List

Guards are melee Operators with various Archetypes. This flexibility lets players deploy them on Melee tiles for different types of strategies. It’s the most varied Class in Arknights.

S-Tier

Blaze, Surtr, Mountain, Skadi, Hellagur, SilverAsh, Thorns, Lappland, Pallas, Ch’en

A-Tier

Specter, Broca, Savage, Amiya (Guard), Astesia, Flint, Indra, Cutter, Tachanka, Franka, Flamebringer, Utage, Ayerscape, Whislash, Bibeak, Akafuku

B-Tier

Estelle, Mousse, Sideroca, Jackie, Beehunter, Matoimaru, Conviction, Melantha, Arene

C-Tier

Swire, Popukar, Castle-3, Frostleaf, Midnight, Dobermann

Medic Tier List

As the name suggests, Medics are the healers of Arknights. Other Classes have healers too, but these Operators are the best for keeping units alive.

S-Tier

Nightingale, Ptilopsis, Shining, Warfarin, Kal’stit

A-Tier

Perfumer, Breeze, Silence, Tuye, Sussurro, Whisperain, Touch

B-Tier

Folinic, Myrrh, Gavial, Purestream, Ceylon

C-Tier

Hibiscus, Lancet-2, Ansel, Reserve Operator – Logistics

Sniper Tier List

Against aerial foes, Snipers are the best counters. They deal Ranged Physical Damage and have to stay in Ranged tiles. Most Snipers have an extended range except for a few.

S-Tier

Rosmontis, Ash, Exusiai, Archetto, W, Schwarz, Rosa (Poca)

A-Tier

Firewatch, Blue Poison, Platinum, April, GreyThroat, Meteorite, Sesa, Provence, Andreanna, Pinecone, Executor, April, Toddifons

B-Tier

Vermeil, May, Meteor, Jessica, Shirayuki, Aciddrop, Ambriel, Aosta

C-Tier

Catapult, Rangers, Adnachiel, Kroos, Reserve Operator – Sniper

Specialist Tier List

Specialists are a mixed bag, with some Operators getting to stay on both Ranged and Melee tiles. Others can only be deployed on one or the other. They mainly deal Physical Damage and are for highly specialized functions.

S-Tier

Phantom, Weedy, Aak, Gladila

A-Tier

Jaye, Mr. Nothing, Projekt Red, Gravel, Kafka, Cliffheart, Snowsant, FEater, Manticore, Robin, Frost, Kirara

B-Tier

Waai-Fu, Rope, Shaw, Ethan

C-Tier

THRM-EX

Supporter Tier List

Supporters provide utility in combat scenarios while the main damage-dealers fight. Of course, that’s why they’re in this Class.

S-Tier

Angelina, Suzuran, Magallan, Skadi the Corrupting Heart

A-Tier

Sora, Shamare, Pramanix, Glaucus, Istina, Scene, Mayer

B-Tier

Deepcolor, Podenco

C-Tier

Earthspirit, Orchid, Tsukinogi

Vanguard Tier List

Vanguards produce DP, which allows for quicker Deployment. While they get deployed first, players usually let them retreat after the DP requirements are met.

S-Tier

Bagpipe, Saga, Siege, Elysium, Myrtle

A-Tier

Reed, Vigna, Grani, Texas, Zima, Chiave

B-Tier

Scavenger, Courier, Beanstalk

C-Tier

Plume, Vanilla, Fang, Yato, Reserve Operator – Melee

Standing by for Combat

The eight Classes and many Archetypes in Arknights allow limitless combinations, even if it’s just one stage. Even though some Operators rank high on the tier list, they don’t always fit in the situation. Always deploy them based on the battlefield’s needs and not their tier ranking.

What’s your favorite Class in Arknights? Which S-tier Operators do you have? Let us know in the comments section below.

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