Fighter Tier Explanations

Tier 0

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Tier 1

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98 Yuri
98 Yuri
Queen of time attack, Extremely useful in PvE and TCQ. Great leader skill and core effects which give a lot of PG. She has average CD
Omega Rugal
Omega Rugal
Currently the king of PvAI Offense in global.

Pros: Super Armor, Damage Immunity, Stuns, Resets CD, ATK Buff, Stun duration decrease, Average CD (with striker), High Multipliers, High ATK
Original Zero
Original Zero
King of solo TA, King of PvE (especially when auto-ing)

Pros: Super Armor, Damage Immunity, Disables Guard, Resets CD, ATK Buff, Skill DMG Buff, High Multipliers, High ATK
Cons: Bad CD
T7 Kazuya Mishima
T7 Kazuya Mishima
King of PvAI Def, Great at PvP for non-FES, Great at TA

Pros: Unique Core that prevents death, Damage Immunity, Shock DoT, Resets CD, ATK Buff, Average CD, Very high Multipliers, High HP, High ATK, Infinite Combos
Cons: Low DEF
XIV Geese
XIV Geese
Amazing at PvAI Offense, capable of 1.10-ish records in time attack

Pros: Heals, Super Armor, Damage Immunity, Stuns, Shock DoT, ATK Buff, Skill DMG Buff, Decreases ATK SPD, Average CD, Extremely high Multipliers, Very high ATK
Cons: He does not get super armor at the beginning of his skills (or he would have been perfect)

Tier 1.5

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Lady Chang
Lady Chang
Best leader skill for female units, Great in PvP/PvAI Off, Amazing in PvAI Def, and great striker skill (stuns entire map)

Pros: Super Armor (Usable while attacked), Stuns, Resets CD, DEF to ATK Buff, Very Fast CD (with striker), Extremely high Multipliers, Very high ATK, Heavy (launches lower, falls faster), DEF Buff, Stun Immunity, Infinite Combos (Many OTGs)
Cons: Average HP, Low DEF, No Damage Immunity
Orochi Iori
Orochi Iori
Best leader skill for ATK type, Basically hits hard and capable of sub-1 min TA

Pros: Resets CD, ATK Buff, Average CD, Extremely high ATK, Decent Projectile
Cons: No interesting effects for PvP/PvAI, Multipliers are high but considered to be low among FES
Orochi Shermie
Orochi Shermie
Pros: Super Armor, Stuns, Disables Roll, Shock DoT, Drains PG, Average CD, High ATK, Stun Immunity, Freeze duration decrease
Cons: Average Multipliers (Makes up for it with DoT)
T7 Jin Kazama
T7 Jin Kazama
Great at PvP for non-FES, Great Striker Skill for TA

Pros: Super Armor, Damage Immunity, Stuns, ATK Buff, DEF to ATK Buff, Drains PG, Average CD, Very high Multipliers, Very high ATK, High DEF, Infinite Combos
Cons: Average HP
T7 Paul Phoenix
T7 Paul Phoenix
2nd Best leader skill for ATK type, Viable for PvP

Pros: Instant-cast skill 1 (castable when stunned etc.), Heals, Super Armor, Disables Guard, ATK Buff, Very high Multipliers, High ATK, Infinite Combos (Requires animation cancelling)
Cons: Bad CD

Tier 2

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Goenitz
Goenitz
Only here for his time attack potential, good unit nonetheless but bad FES.

Pros: Bleed DoT, Average CD, Very high Multipliers, Decent projectile
Cons: Average ATK
Orochi Leona
Orochi Leona
Pros: Heals, Super Armor, Disables Guard, Shock DoT, ATK Buff, Extremely Fast CD (with cores), Extremely high Multipliers, High HP, Very high ATK
Cons: Low DEF

Tier 2.5

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Hween Kula
Hween Kula
Viable in PvP, Useful striker skill for PvAI Offense, Great in PvAI Defense.

Pros: Unique core that freezes enemies that attack her, Freezes, DMG Buff when attacking frozen enemies, Skill DMG Buff, Average CD, High Multipliers
Cons: Average ATK
Ling Xiaoyu (School)
Ling Xiaoyu (School)
Great leader skill, Viable in PvP, Great striker skill (SA + Heal). Better than 97 Shermie!

Pros: Super Armor, DEF to ATK Buff, Skill DMG Buff, Average CD, Extremely high Multipliers, Very high DEF, Infinite Combos (Requires animation cancelling)
Cons: Average HP, Low ATK (If not for the low ATK she would have been an amazing char)
Orochi Chris
Orochi Chris
Pros: Super Armor, Disables Roll, Disables Guard, Burn DoT, ATK Buff, Very high Multipliers, High ATK, Very high DEF
Cons: Slow CD, Average HP
Orochi Yashiro
Orochi Yashiro
Pros: Heals, Super Armor, DEF to ATK Buff, High Multipliers, High HP, High ATK, High DEF, Infinite Combos
Cons: Bad CD
Xmas Chang
Xmas Chang
Considered very useful due to 15% gold bonus striker link with Xmas Choi, otherwise he is a bad unit.

Pros: Stuns, ATK Buff, High HP
Cons: Very Slow CD, Average Multipliers, Low ATK, Average DEF
Xmas Choi
Xmas Choi
Great free unit that's considered to be strong among 4-stars. Considered very useful due to 15% gold bonus striker link with Xmas Chang.

Pros: Heals, ATK Buff, Bleed DoT
Cons: Bad CD

Tier 3

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95 Kyo
95 Kyo
Pros: Good leader skill for blue units, Burn DoT (Bad), ATK Buff, Stun duration decrease, Average CD, Decent Projectile
Cons: Average Multipliers, Average ATK
95 Yuri
95 Yuri
Pros: Average CD, High Multipliers
Cons: Low ATK
97 King
97 King
Decent at TA, capable of sub-1.10 records. Very good at PvE

Pros: Good leader skill for yellow units, Stun duration decrease, Fast CD (with striker), High Multipliers, Decent projectile
Cons: Low ATK
99 K'
99 K'
Not a 'good' unit, valued primarily for leader skill

Pros: Good leader skill for red units, Burn DoT, ATK Buff, Freeze duration decrease, Okay projectile
Cons: Very Slow CD, Average Multipliers, Average ATK
Hween Angel
Hween Angel
Does a lot of damage, pretty useful in PvAI Offense

Pros: Poison DoT, DMG Buffs based on Crits, Average CD, Extremely high Multipliers, High ATK, Freeze duration decrease
Cons: Low HP, Low DEF
Hween Yashiro
Hween Yashiro
Great striker skill that stuns whole map which is very useful for PvAI, also he's free!

Pros: Stuns, Average CD, Extremely high Multipliers, Very high DEF
Cons: Low HP, Low ATK
Jin Kazama (Classic)
Jin Kazama (Classic)
Great free unit that's viable in PvP. Only in this tier because of his viability in PvP

Pros: Super Armor, Stuns, ATK Buff, PG at start, High HP, High ATK, Infinite Combos
Cons: Slow CD, Average Multipliers, Low DEF
Sentai Ranger Clark
Sentai Ranger Clark
Great free unit, Can pose a serious threat if he has 3 PG special and set cards to gain PG. Slightly better than Sentai Ralf.

Pros: Super Armor, Damage Immunity, Extremely high Multipliers, PG at start (with striker)
Cons: Slow CD, Average ATK
Sentai Ranger Ralf
Sentai Ranger Ralf
Great free unit, Can pose a serious threat if he has 3 PG special and set cards to gain PG. Slightly worse than Sentai Clark.

Pros: Super Armor, Damage Immunity, High HP, High ATK, PG at start (with striker)
Cons: Very Slow CD, Average Multipliers, Low DEF
T7 Heihachi Mishima
T7 Heihachi Mishima
King of PvE (Dishes crazy amounts of damage)

Pros: Shock DoT, ATK Buff, Very high Multipliers, High ATK, Infinite Combos
Cons: Bad CD, No SA/DI or he would have been amazing
T7 Ling Xiaoyu
T7 Ling Xiaoyu
Viable in PvP

Pros: Heals, Super Armor, Stuns, Disables Roll, ATK Buff, Average CD, Extremely high Multipliers, Infinite Combos (Requires animation cancelling)
Cons: Average ATK

Tier 3.5

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96 Mature
96 Mature
Free unit that is great for epic quests episode 0 chapter 3

Pros: Bleed DoT, Average CD
Cons: Average Multipliers, Low HP, Average ATK, Low DEF
T7 Armor King
T7 Armor King
Pros: Super Armor, DEF to ATK Buff, High Multipliers, Very high DEF
Cons: Slow CD, Average HP, Low ATK

Tier 4

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96 Athena
96 Athena
1 sec immunity with 94/95 Athena strikers, somewhat usable in PvAI Offense

Pros: ATK Buff, Stun duration decrease, Average CD, High ATK
Cons: Average Multipliers
96 Kyo
96 Kyo
Probably belongs in tier 4.5

Pros: Burn DoT (Bad), Average CD, High ATK
Cons: Average Multipliers, Average HP, Low DEF
96 Terry
96 Terry
Pros: ATK Buff, Stun duration decrease, Average CD, High ATK
Cons: Average Multipliers
98 Vice
98 Vice
Great free character, but the existence of many good non-FES red chars shafted her

Pros: DMG Buff on Crit, Stun duration decrease, Average CD, Extremely high Multipliers, Very high ATK
Cons: Average HP, Low DEF
99 Xiangfei
99 Xiangfei
Pros: Stun duration decrease
Cons: Bad CD, Average Multipliers, Low ATK
99 Maxima
99 Maxima
Pros: Decent leader skill for yellow units, Super Armor (Bad), Stun duration decrease, Average CD
Cons: Average Multipliers, Low ATK
Idol Athena
Idol Athena
Striker skill is okay in PvAI, but not recommended in most scenarios

Pros: ATK Buff, High Multipliers, High ATK, Very high DEF
Cons: Slow CD, Low HP
Hween Mature
Hween Mature
Pros: ATK Buff, Stun duration decrease
Cons: Slow CD, Average Multipliers, Low ATK
Hween Shermie
Hween Shermie
Pros: Extremely high Multipliers, Very high DEF
Cons: Very Slow CD, Low HP, Average ATK
Lady Billy
Lady Billy
Pros: Burn DoT, Average CD (with striker), High Multipliers, Very high DEF
Cons: Low HP, Low ATK
Xmas Leona
Xmas Leona
Pros: Heals, Shock DoT, High Multipliers, Can OTG, Has Projectile
Cons: Bad CD, Average HP, Low ATK, Low DEF
Xmas Whip
Xmas Whip
Pros: ATK Buff, High Multipliers, High HP
Cons: Slow CD, Average ATK, Low DEF
Xmas Yuri
Xmas Yuri
Pros: Chill DoT, ATK Buff
Cons: Very Slow CD, Average Multipliers, Low ATK

Tier 5

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Underworld Yamazaki
Underworld Yamazaki
Pros: Poison DoT, High HP, High ATK
Cons: Very Slow CD, Average Multipliers, Low DEF, Bad CD could be improved with Goenitz striker (which most people don't have)