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Seoul Apocalypse Tier List: A Complete Ranking of All Characters

Welcome back, survivors! This time, we’ll be talking about the cast of Seoul Apocalypse and ranking them from best to worst – subjectively, of course.

seoul apocalypse tier list

A few things before we begin:

  • This Seoul Apocalypse tier list is based on personal experience and ranking teams.
  • A lot of the wording in skills is ambiguous, for example, some skills are AOE when there’s no indication that they are. The lack of a trial mode for characters also hurts this tier list.
  • Characters are sorted by their in-game role: Attack, Tank, Support, Control, and Heal. This makes it easier to sort them by their performance within their own niches.

Characters will be listed in descending tiers, with S as the highest and D as the lowest. In a nutshell, each tier means:

  • S-Tier: Excellent in their selected role, very few cases in which you won’t want to use this character.
  • A-Tier: Boasts good, consistent performance. Could be a little better, but generally will not disappoint.
  • B-Tier: Middle of the line. Could be better, could be worse.
  • C-Tier: Gimmicky or incoherent skill set. Doesn’t offer much in their role that another person can do better.
  • D-Tier: Just plain bad at their role. Replace ASAP; keep them in at your own risk, and I hope you know what you’re doing.

Finally, this Seoul Apocalypse tier list is subjective, and is not a be-all, end-all guide to who to use.

Attack Tier List

SCrux, Bullseye, Bastard, Tiger D
AJumbo, Stone Blade, Penny
BChef Choi, Thunder, Mr. Paper
CTwo-Tone

S-Tier

Crux

crux seoul apocalypse
I AM THE STORM THAT IS APPROAAAACHING

+ High AOE and single damage output

+ Especially powerful against backrow enemies

– Melee

Of course, there’s a guy with a katana that uses Judgment Cut Beheading. Crux boasts great killing power through his normal attack and AOE damage skills. Just be wary – as a melee character, he’ll need to close in to do damage, meaning he needs the protection of a sturdy tank to do his job.

Bullseye

bullseye seoul apocalypse
Pew pew.

+ Ranged character

+ Buffs own crit rate and crit damage

“Simple and effective” is the best way to describe Bullseye. She packs a compound bow and a ton of arrows, as well as three skills that offer damage and some crowd control. Best of all, she self-buffs her own crit rate and damage.

Related: Seoul Apocalypse Beginner’s Guide: Tips, Tricks & Strategies to Level Up Fast and Crush Your Enemies

Bastard

bastard seoul apocalypse
RAAAAGE

+ Buffs own ATK

+ Gets angrier when he gets hit, increasing crit damage

– Melee

– Requires someone to boost his crit rate to get the most mileage

Yes, his name really is Bastard. Bastard boasts great snowballing ability thanks to his passive that raises his crit damage every time he gets hit – all he really needs is someone to give him more crits and he’s more than ready to go. Bastard is also a rare case in that he’s a DPS who you want to put on the frontlines to maximize his crit damage boost. He does also have decently powerful nukes at his disposal, so he’s got a way to maximize his crit damage output. Go for broke!

Tiger D

tiger d seoul apocalypse
Faster, faster, faster!

+ High-damage assassin

+ Higher ATK than most other Attackers

+ Free via release rewards and Path of the Strong

– Melee

I forgot what Tiger D’s title was: the fastest or the strongest blade. But Tiger D doesn’t disappoint in either category: he has a 300% nuke, a backstab/stun against the enemy with the least HP, and two attack speed buffs. All in all, Tiger D is a very solid character.

A-Tier

Jumbo

jumbo seoul apocalypse
Has exactly one word in his vocabulary.

+ Free

+ Buffs own ATK

+ Lots of AOE

– ATK buff could be longer and/or more substantial

Hear me out: Jumbo is actually pretty decent for a free unit. As a ranged DPS, Jumbo can pelt his enemies while his tougher allies duke it out on the front rows. Jumbo won’t just sit on the sidelines though: two of his skills dish out formidable AOE damage, and he has a self-buff to boost his already considerable attack.

Hear me out: Jumbo is actually pretty decent for a free unit. As a ranged DPS, Jumbo can pelt his enemies while his tougher allies duke it out on the front rows. Jumbo won’t just sit on the sidelines though: two of his skills dish out formidable AOE damage, and he has a self-buff to boost his already considerable attack.

Stone Blade

stone blade seoul apocalypse
Stone headgear? This ain’t Rimworld.

+ Buffet of self-buffs

+ Tons of debuffs

+ Pseudo stun

– Low multipliers on his skills

If you look at the rankings on your server, you’ll likely see the same faces in the top places, and one of those faces is Stone Blade. While he doesn’t have the same killing prowess as other heroes such as Crux or Tiger D, he has a ton of both self-buffs and debuffs. What seals the deal for Stone Blade is his Flame Petrification skill, which removes the enemy with the highest ATK for up to 6 seconds!

Penny

penny seoul apocalypse
Phoenix Wright, is that you?

+ Crit damage up self-buff

+ Reduces enemy Blunt Defense with ultimate

+ Durable

– Melee

While Penny has some decent skills on his own, what sets him apart is the Blunt Defense reduction he has, which paves the way for your other damage dealers.

B-Tier

Chef Choi

chef choi seoul apocalypse
Fresh meat!

+ Self-sustain and heals his allies

+ High damage on his ult with a powerful bleed

– Melee

– DOTs aren’t exactly the best way to kill enemies

Chef Choi may be a sick puppy in the story, but as a playable character, he’s pretty decent. He boasts up to 300% damage on his ultimate, along with a very respectable 40% bleed. Chef Choi also functions as an off-healer by giving allies a regen buff.

Thunder

thunder seoul apocalypse
Bonk.

+ Lots of damage skills

+ Free

– Melee

– Lacks a way to capitalize on his damage skills

Thunder is…Thunder. There’s not much to say about him, other than he’s squarely in the middle of the road. Could be better, could be worse.

Mr. Paper

mr paper seoul apocalypse
I think I saw this in an anime once.

+ Powerful ATK buff

+ Can shield allies

+ Strong bleed effect

– Low ATK multipliers on skills

– ATK buff only lasts until an enemy dies

Mr. Paper is like a ranged version of Chef Choi – powerful bleeds and some sustenance for his allies. The problem with Mr. Paper is that while he has a very respectable passive ATK boost (up to 20%!) it only lasts until an enemy dies. This means that for most of the fight, this boost won’t be active – and I’ll be honest, the ATK boost is pretty much the main draw to Mr. Paper.

C-Tier

Two-Tone

two-tone seoul apocalypse
Good old fisticuffs.

+ Great ATK boosting passive

– ATK boost passive only kicks in at less than 30% HP

– DEF buff from getting knocked down is chance based

Look: if your whole shtick is that you’re a martial artist who doesn’t give up, you’d better be sure that your rebound skill activates all the time and not at a measly 20%. Oh, and it buffs DEF too, so it means that it doesn’t help you kill faster.

Technically, Two-Tone counters teams that use a lot of knockdowns, but there aren’t too many of those, and again, his rebound skill is based on luck. I really can’t get over that.

Tank Tier List

SYelena
AScar
BLucky, Big Bear

S-Tier

Yelena

yelena seoul apocalypse
Is the Brute Squad.

+ Powerful healing and shielding capabilities

+ Meaty ATK down debuff

– DEF passive kicks in late

Yelena is another face you’ll commonly see on top rankers, and for good reason. While she does lack a taunt, Yelena offers your team both healing and shields, which I would argue are more useful than a taunt in a game like Seoul Apocalypse. These shields give Yelena a consistency that’s very hard to beat.

A-Tier

Scar

seoul apocalypse
Good old fisticuffs.

+ Has a taunt

+ Lots of healing for both self and allies

– Taunt isn’t tied to ultimate, making it harder to control

Scar is more of a traditional tank: he’s got a taunt as well as a way to mitigate damage through his self-healing. And despite his looks, this rough-and-tumble fighter has a soft side – he heals allies when he taunts, which not only takes the heat off them but also gets them ready for when the taunt fades.

B-Tier

Lucky

lucky seoul apocalypse
Not crit-based, despite his name.

+ Snowballs with his passive

+ Eats Blunt attacks for breakfast

+ Has a taunt

– Taunt isn’t tied to ultimate, making it hard to control

– Lots of damaging skills

Lucky and Big Bear share a niche as the best X damage eater – for lucky, it’s Blunt damage that he’s strong against. He also has a taunt, which helps him control the flow of combat, though, like the other taunt tanks, it’s not his ultimate. Lucky can also pull his weight in the DPS role, as his passive not only increases Blunt Defense but also seems to increase ATK if the description isn’t lying.

Big Bear

big bear seoul apocalypse
Bear hug!

+ Buffs allies

+ Eats Slash attacks for breakfast

– Lots of damaging skills with no way to capitalize on them, unlike Lucky

– Taunt isn’t tied to ultimate, making it hard to control

Big Bear is the premiere anti-slash tank, and he’s purely defensive. Unlike Lucky, Big Bear’s passive is dedicated entirely to eating up Slash attacks, with a bigger bonus cap and a DEF boost instead of an ATK one (again, if the tooltips aren’t LYING). Like other taunt tanks, Big Bear suffers from his taunt not being his ultimate, but he does make up for it by buffing his allies with extra ATK and DEF.

Support Tier List

SJacket
AMoses, Lee Ga
BKendo

S-Tier

Jacket

jacket seoul apocalypse
“Have you been getting those weird phonecalls too?”

+ Regen on demand

+ Generates rage and shields allies from debuffs

Let me start by saying this: Seoul Apocalypse blurs the line between support and control, with a lot of characters being labeled control when they’re support. I didn’t make the game, so there’s nothing I can do.

Jacket is one of the characters who’s a straightforward support. The main reason he’s the highest on this list is that his support skill, a regen buff, is tied to his ultimate. This means that you can toggle it manually when you need it the most. Jacket also grants his allies free Rage (which is much better than stripping enemies of it, IMHO) and at max level, it also gives them debuff immunity.

A-Tier

Moses

moses seoul apocalypse
No Red Sea here.

+ Great heal and ATK party buff

– Buff isn’t tied to his ultimate

Moses is largely held back by his powerful buff being held back by not being tied to his ult. While there’s no questioning the efficacy of the buff, the fact that it isn’t controllable is a big disappointment.

Lee Ga

lee ga seoul apocalypse
A bit of this, and a bit of that.

+ Buffet of buffs and debuffs

– Low multiplier on most of his buffs and debuffs

If you want someone that vomits both buffs and debuffs, Lee Ga is your guy. All of his skills have a buff or debuff tied to them, meaning that all combatants will almost certainly always have some form of boost or hindrance. The problem with Lee Ga is that neither his buffs nor debuffs are particularly potent – though it’s hard to compete with him in this role.

B-Tier

Kendo

kendo seoul apocalypse
Bonks with finesse.

+ Good accuracy debuff and great move speed debuff

– No buffs at all

– Melee, so move speed debuff isn’t particularly relevant.

Kendo’s main contribution in the support role is to hit enemies with an admittedly good accuracy debuff (20%) as well as a great move speed debuff (40%!). The problem? Kendo himself is melee, meaning that even if he hits someone with that big move speed debuff, it won’t really do much as they’ll probably already be fighting Kendo and thus have no reason to move around. Kendo also has zero supportive buffs, so he has fewer use cases than any other support on this list.

Control Tier List

SMr. Pump, Needle
APwangko
BMechanic D, Crown, Emma, Jin
CRacket

S-Tier

Mr. Pump

+ Generates Rage just by existing

+ Silences enemies

All you have to say is “Mr. Pump generates rage just by being on the field” and that’s enough to propel him to S-Tier. You’ll see his face a ton in the teams of high-ranking players, and for good reason: more rage means more ultimates, which translates into faster kill time. As if that wasn’t enough, he silences too, giving him great hard CC potential.

Needle

needle seoul apocalypse
Begin stitching.

+ Traps and pulls enemies

Needle is the other S-Tier support Kiz on this list, and just like Mr. Pump, expect to see him in every high-ranked player’s team. While Mr. Pump helps his team passively, Needle uses his needles (what did you expect?) to control enemy movement by either stitching them into the ground and making them easy pickings for your ranged characters, or by pulling enemies closer.

A-Tier

Pwangko

pwangko seoul apocalypse
For the record, pool cues do not make good weapons.

+ Reduces DEF

+ Versatile self-buff allows him to either tank or DPS

+ Repositions enemies

Pwangko is blessed with a versatile buff that gives him a 19.5% increase to either ATK or DEF, depending on where he’s placed. However, the real reason most people use Pwangko is his Follow Shot, which has the short and sweet effect of dealing AOE damage and dropping DEF. Add his ability to regroup enemies like a second Needle and you’ve got a pretty sweet deal.

B-Tier 

Mechanic D

mechanic d seoul apocalypse
Someone call for a buffer?

+ Lowers enemy ATK and DEF

+ Buffs allies

Mechanic D has a simple moveset largely consisting of debuffs for enemies and buffs for allies. Her kit is simple, yet effective: if all you really need are buffs and debuffs, Mechanic D is a great character.

Crown

crown seoul apocalypse
Smash!

+ Packs ATK debuffs, stuns, and knockdowns

+ Passive countereffect

– Melee

– Rage reduction isn’t a very good control method

Crown has a lot of hard control abilities which allow his allies to do their jobs better. With both a knockdown, a stun, and Rage reduction (the last one of which isn’t too useful IMHO), Crown is a pretty good contender if you just want to disable your enemies.

Emma

emma seoul apocalypse
Let the show begin!

+ High multipliers coupled with decent ATK

+ Charm is a very good status

– Charm doesn’t last long

– Rage reduction isn’t a very good control method

Emma is a control/DPS hybrid that has very beefy multipliers on her skills; pair this with her decent ATK stat and watch the sparks fly. In terms of control, Emma only offers one thing, but it’s a very good thing – charm. Charmed enemies will fight on your side for a short amount of time, which not only deprives your opponent of a fighter but gives you some extra damage. On the downside, it doesn’t last very long, and Emma’s last skill, which reduces Rage, is nifty but not strictly crowd control.

Jin

jin seoul apocalypse
Mr. Generic.

+ Has an AOE knockdown for his ultimate

+ Targeted debuff that lowers damage output and lowers Blunt DEF by a large amount

– Passive boosts his damage, which isn’t important

There isn’t much to say about Jin, and simple is good. All Jin has is both an AOE knockdown and a targeted debuff against the strongest enemy, which drops both their ATK and their Blunt Defense by up to 25%. While he won’t always be in your team, Jin is perfect for clearing the way for your other character to focus down the enemy’s carry.

Jin also has a passive that boosts his attack damage when he has low health. Jin’s just here to support, not kill.

C-Tier

Racket

racket seoul apocalypse
Is actually ranged.

+ Lots of damage skills

+ Move speed debuff

– Uses a blind for CC

In the hierarchy of crowd control, blinding effects are pretty low on the list. Sure, blinds may negate an enemy’s attacks, but they’re still chance based. Blinds also do absolutely nothing against Kiz that are tanks, buffers, or healers.

On the plus side, Racket does have some damage skills coupled with their other skills, as well as a movement speed reduction. But the lack of hard CC hurts Racket’s case.

Healer Tier List

SDoctor H
AShaman
BScalpel

S-Tier

Doctor H

doctor h seoul apocalypse
Take two in the morning, and don’t come back.

+ Powerful regen buffs

+ Ultimate is a heal

+ Rage regeneration passive helps him heal more

– Regen isn’t as effective as a burst heal

Most high-ranked players use Doctor H in their team, and it isn’t hard to see why. Couple his powerful regeneration buffs with a passive that boosts his Rage gain whether he’s attacking or being attacked, and you’ve got a wonderfully consistent healer that can keep his allies topped up more regularly than anyone else. Oh, and he has an accuracy debuff too.

A-Tier

Shaman

shaman seoul apocalypse
Magic is real!

+ Powerful regen buffs

+ Ultimate is a heal

 – Regen isn’t as effective as a burst heal

haman is a serviceable healer with great regen buffs as well as some damage mitigation for her (his?) allies. Shaman also has skills that allow them to rescue allies in danger, although that’s somewhat dampened by his (her?) heals being regeneration instead of burst heals.

B-Tier

Scalpel

scalpel seoul apocalypse
Slicing for science.

+ Powerful regen buffs

+ Ultimate is a heal

+ Burst heal + regen on an ally with the least health

– Regen isn’t as effective as a burst heal

While he’s last on the Healer tier list, Scalpel does have an advantage over both Doctor H and Shaman in that he has a burst heal. Sadly, it’s tied to one of his non-ultimate skills, but I’ll take it. Apart from this, he’s pretty similar to the other two healers, except his ultimate also deals damage; I prefer Doctor H with his debuffs, but Scalpel can still find use on most teams.

Play Who You Want to Play

As I said at the beginning of this tier list, this one is subjective, and at the end of the day, you are ultimately free to play who you want to play – though hopefully, this list gave you a general overview of what each character can do, and help you look for good matches for your play style.

That concludes our Seoul Apocalypse tier list. If you have anything to add, or any tips of your own, feel free to drop us a line!

Kim Jong Un

Friday 3rd of February 2023

nice list. update pls

Raven

Wednesday 18th of January 2023

a very cool shooting list compared to others