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Guardian Tales Tier List: Our Picks for the Best Heroes in the Game

Guardian Tales is a unique and exciting new role-playing game on iOS and Android. Publisher Kakao Games did a really good job in crafting a world that is both humorous and interesting. With a lot of players staying for the long term in the game, a lot end up playing competitively even though they just started out to play the game as a casual player.

However, because you’ve played the game for a long time, it doesn’t meant that you’re ready to play competitively. There are some things that you will still have to prepare for. For example, you need to have a powerful hero in your team before you can hope to beat competitive players. You should also have character specific weapons that will boost the strength of your party. With these in mind, we created this Guardian Tales tier list, showcasing the best characters that are available in the game.

guardian tales best characters

As with every gacha or hero collector game, there exists a tier list for the units that we summon through our draws. These tier lists help players build up their team composition for the various content that the game has to offer. Guardian Tales’ tier list is both for breezing through the main storyline and for climbing up the PVP ladder. Always remember that even if you have a full set of S-tier heroes in your disposal, you shouldn’t mash them up into your team if their skill chains do not coincide with one another.

Related: Guardian Tales Beginner’s Guide: Tips, Tricks & Strategies to Crush Your Enemies

So aside from giving you a list of heroes that you should aim to add to your party, we will also discuss how you should build your party around them. We hope that this guide will be helpful to you, as the competition in Guardian Tales is very tough. Rest assured, knowing which heroes and weapons to take to battle will be the key to your success. Reading through this guide will instantly make you much more likely to climb the leaderboards.

Meet The Guardians: A Full List Of Heroes

There are currently 58 heroes that you can get in Guardian Tales — 21 Natural 1-Star Heroes, 27 Natural 2-Star Heroes, and 10 Natural 3-Star Heroes. Let’s start off by giving a brief overview of all the acquirable heroes alongside their specific weapon (if any) and their natural star rating.

Natural One-Star Heroes

These heroes do not have any specific weapons and are the ones you would commonly see when you draw for heroes. They’re not generally recommended for PvP battles, but they can still be used for the early stages of the storyline.

Agatha
Ailie
Blade
Bob
Davinci
Dragon
Hoshida
Hyper
Jay
Kang
Kate
Leah
Linda
Lisa
Maria
Mina
Nyan
Oralie
Peggy
Rio
Zoe

Natural Two-Star Heroes

Character Specific Weapons start appearing for 2-Star heroes. Generally, heroes with their own weapons are much stronger than the ones who don’t. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule.

As pulling 4-Star and 5-Star Character Specific Weapons are actually rarer compared to getting Natural 2-Star and Natural 3-Star heroes, it’s a good idea to focus on the heroes you currently have that you also have the character specific weapon for. Some Natural 2-Star heroes can even go toe-toe against Natural 3-Star heroes, as long as the 2-Star hero has their Character Specific Weapon, and the 3-Star hero doesn’t. Listed below are the natural two-star heroes, with their character specific weapons written in bold.

Aisha
Akayuki
Amy
Aoba
Beast
Catherine – Marauder
Coco – Witch Heart
Craig – Silence
Dolf – Helios
Elvira – Trouble Maker
Eva – Justice
Favi
Fei/Mei
Girgas
Gremory
Hekate
Karina – Crescent Moon
Knight – Libera
Lavi
Loraine
Marianne – Merciless
Marvin – Vulkan
Rachel – Blue Rose
Ranpang – Ranpang
Shapira
Sohee – Magiton Buster
Yuze – Tartaros

Natural Three-Star Heroes

3-Star heroes are, in general, astronomically better than 2-Star heroes. All of them have their own Character Specific Weapon, which means they all have the max potential for any hero you can get in your pulls. Natural 3-Star heroes can be used even if they do not have their Character Specific Weapon.

Arabelle – Genocide
Bari – Mayreel
Eugene – Brave Heart
Eva (Idol) – Angel Voice
Lahn – Pure Mind
Lapice – Innocent
Lupina – Amarok
Marina – Armada
Plitvice – Prominence
Tinia – Samga

Guardian Tales Tier S Heroes – The Cream Of The Crop

We start our lists with the best of the best. They’re the strongest heroes you can use in any situation, may it be in the single-player campaign or PvP. We discuss in these sections their primary role, their chain skill, party skill, and card suggestion which should help guide you in your party formation.

Marina

marina guardian tales

Role: Tank, DPS

Chain Skill: Blessing of the Ocean
Prerequisite status: Any
Status after cast: Injured
Inflicts 250% of DPS to enemies and creates 20% water shield around all party members

Party Skill (Full Unlock): HP +40%

Card Suggestion: Since Marina’s normal attack has a chance to taunt enemies, it’s good to give her one card to boost her attack and one card to boost her HP.

Bari

bari guardian tales

Role: DPS

Chain Skill: Rose Grab
Prerequisite status: Injured
Status after cast: Downed
Inflicts 300% of DPS and reduces earth type resistance of those hit by 30% for 5 seconds

Party Skill (Full Unlock): Skill Atk +80%

Card Suggestion: Bari is quite squishy, but her damage output is top tier. You can do two builds for Bari: Full glass cannon with two pure DPS cards, or split build with one HP and one defense card.

Lahn

lahn guardian tales

Role: Healer, DPS

Chain Skill: Fu of Balance
Prerequisite status: Airborne
Status after cast: Injured
Inflicts 400% of DPS and restores party member’s HP by 15%

Party Skill (Full Unlock): HP +40%

Card Suggestion: Healing isn’t really an ideal route for your party composition in PvP, so don’t give Lahn any cards for healing. Instead, focus on increasing her DPS, so equip one card for her attack, and another for her HP.

Tinia

tinia guardian tales

Role: DPS

Chain Skill: Storm Arrow
Prerequisite status: Injured
Status after cast: Airborne
Shoots arrows that inflict 300% of DPS. The damage inflicted depends on the number of marks the enemy has (Marks are inflicted upon being hit with her normal attack)

Party Skill (Full Unlock): Range Atk +40%

Card Suggestion: With an amazingly high DPS, you won’t need to boost her attack anymore. She’s very fragile though, so you’ll have to use both of her cards to boost her HP.

Hekate

hekate guardian tales

Role: DPS

Chain Skill: Bullseye
Prerequisite status: Downed
Status after cast: Injured
Several shots that deal 420% of DPS.

Party Skill (Full Unlock): Crit Hit chance +24%

Card Suggestion: Hekate is the only Natural 2-Star hero in the Tier S list, and actually the only character from the 2-Star hero list that can be used in PvP. Use both of her cards to boost her HP.

Guardian Tales Tier A Heroes – Temporary Placements

The next heroes can never be true replacements of the Tier S heroes, but they’re good enough to scrape by in the leaderboards. These heroes are strong enough to hold their own in the single-player campaign, dungeons, but they are easily defeated by Tier S heroes above.

Arabelle

arabelle guardian tales

Role: DPS

Chain Skill: Plasma Shock Wave
Prerequisite status: Injured
Status after cast: Downed
Inflicts 310% of DPS Damage

Party Skill (Full Unlock): Dark Atk +40%

Card Suggestion: She’s primarily used for her DPS, but she still needs to get two ATK cards for her to be effective.

Lapice

lapice guardian tales

Role: DPS, Tank

Chain Skill: Giant Umbrella
Prerequisite status: Downed
Status after cast: Airborne
Inflicts 360% of DPS Damage

Party Skill (Full Unlock): Light Atk +40%

Card Suggestion: As Lapice can hold the line for a long time, her damage output isn’t on-par with other DPS heroes. That’s why you have to put two ATK cards for her.

Eva(Idol)

eva(idol) guardian tales

Role: Support

Chain Skill: Brave Sound
Prerequisite Status: Any
Status after cast: Downed
Inflicts 200% DPS around the target and increases party members’ Atk by 30% for 5 seconds

Party Skill (Full Unlock): Basic Atk +40%

Card Suggestion: Eva(Idol) is very fragile, so you need to make sure she survives enough to be able to use her Chain Skill. Her Chain Skill is really powerful, but you need to use either two HP cards or two Def cards to allow her to live long enough to make a difference.

Plitvice

plitvice guardian tales

Role: DPS

Chain Skill: Power Liberation
Prerequisite Status: Injured
Status after cast: Downed
Increases damage of her normal attacks by 50% and increases her defense by 50% for 10 seconds

Party Skill (Full Unlock): Fire Atk +40%

Card Suggestion: She pairs up quite well with other Fire heroes, which makes her an integral part of high DPS party compositions. With that in mind, there’s really no reason for you to invest in her survivability. Go full glass cannon with your party and give Plitvice two ATK cards.

Building Up Your Ideal Party

Aside from the tier list that would help you decide on what hero you would prioritize over the rest, there are still other things to consider whenever you are choosing your line-up: Elemental Counters, Elemental Bonuses, and Chain Skills.

Elemental Counters. While games usually only have a single triangle of elemental counters with a side-dish of Light vs Dark, Guardian Tales gives us a bonus triangle which includes Basic attacks into the mash of Light vs Dark.

elemental counters in guardian tales

Therefore, another consideration you have to take into account in making your party is this elemental system. Remember that the elements with the advantage deal 130% more damage to the weaker element, while the reverse results to only 70% damage.

There could be times that your heroes are really at a disadvantage in terms of their elemental weaknesses. In these cases, it’s even better to pick someone of the element found on the other triangle. With this, you and your opponent will give a flat 100% damage output — no amplification, but at least no damage reduction.

Elemental Bonuses

marina attributes in guardian tales

There will be times where you will not find the character specific weapon of the hero that you want to use. The best contingency plan is equipping that hero with a weapon with the same elemental attributes as the hero you chose. If ever you do not know the hero’s innate elemental attribute, just look no further than your collection book or take a gander at the character equipment screen. Equipping them with a weapon that has the same elemental attribute would lead them to deal 10% more damage. This may not much, but it might be the damage you just need in clutch moments in the PVP Arena.

Chain Skills

The last thing to consider is if the heroes’ chain skills properly mash up with each other. The maximum amount of chain that you can do (every 30s) is 4. These chains can lead to a cumulative total of 10 seconds-disable to your opponent that got hit. 10 seconds should be enough to whittle their life down to 0. With that in mind, you should also equip your main character (the one that you are currently controlling) with a weapon that has the proper skill that inflicts the proper ailment to start off your chain, else that 4 chain would never come in fruition.

Closing Words

New characters may come and go in Guardian Tales as the game evolves and new heroes are introduced in the game. With that being said, this tier list may change in the future, as the meta changes along with the heroes that are added to the game’s roster. As a competitive player, you have to pay close attention on which heroes are trending, and build your party around what’s popular. Sometimes, even the strongest team composition can be outplayed by a party that directly counters its strategy. When that’s the case, you have to know how to react, and build a counter-meta party that can deal with them.

However, some things might take more than just newly-introduced heroes to beat. For example, the game really favors high DPS party builds, and healer/sustain builds are really not advisable. Knowing this, you’ll be wise enough not to invest in new healer/sustain heroes when they come out, or at least not until you’ve seen them used by others in a very strong lineup that counters the meta.

The secret here isn’t just staying ahead of the curve. It’s being able to notice new patterns and keeping up with the meta. Your ability to be flexible in your party composition will be your biggest asset in playing competitively in Guardian Tales.

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