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Arknights Operator Tier List

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  • Many low rarity Operators are worth investing in to fill roles until players can find higher rarity replacements or on maps with tight Deployment Point constraints. See a guide on them below.

Introduction

  • Tier lists for Arknights are often considered to be difficult to create, as many Operators have very specific situations in which they excel to such a degree that they would be a top pick for a certain map but not for others. Tier Lists are not a substitute for game knowledge!
  • It is commonly agreed that having a balanced roster that covers multiple niches is the best way for players to build their team. However, there are some standout Operators that appear within each sub-role. As a result, the tier list compares Operators within general class roles rather than across classes and roles.
  • Lower rarity Operators are still useful in certain situations, generally due to their lower deployment costs. They are also much cheaper to develop, making them good choices to develop early to progress through the game faster.  Low rarity Operators that are good choices to develop early are indicated by a red border.  The Operators marked are typically easy to acquire, being 3 Star or available for purchase in shops.
  • Since every tier list needs a baseline with which to compare, this tier list compares units at their full development (their highest promotion stage and maximum Operator and Skill level)

Legend

These Operators can be easily recruited or obtained for free (without having to rely on the gacha) and are good investments.
Blue Borders represent Operators especially worth considering for Promotion to Elite 2 (E2). For more details on why, and which to promote first, check out the Elite 2 Priorities Guide!

YES!: I need you NOW - With these Operators, you will feel the difference of their E2 gains immediately. New doors of power will open, the sun will rise in radiance, and you will fall deeper in love. These Operators tend to be the best immediate “Return on Investment” of the Promotion materials.
Mastery: Masters of Specialization - These are Operators that see their most noticeable gains from increasing the Mastery (Specialization) of their Skills. Since this process is quite expensive in itself, further investment is required to bring out the best in these Operators. For a discussion on which Skill Specializations/Masteries to focus on, check out the Elite 2 Priorities Guide.
STATS: Beat them with the Stat Stick - These are the Operators you promote primarily for the stats they can gain at the higher levels enabled by E2. These Operators typically do their job fine at E1. Promotion makes them better, of course, but is not critical for their performance.
Specialty: Because Niche is Nice - These are Operators that provide niche utility, have unique roles, or are commonly used in some specific end-game strategies or situations.
Tier Meaning
S A highly effective Operator in their role, one of the best available.
A Extremely proficient Operator in their role.
B The Operator is very good at their role, and can complete the duties of their role competently.
C A sufficient Operator for performing their role, even if not always the best option.
D If other options are unavailable, they will generally satisfy the need for a niche.
X Highly situational but excels when their abilities are a good fit for a stage. X means a tier could not be assigned due to their unique abilities, and does not mean bottom tier.

Latest Additions

  • This is a summary of tier placements for most recently added Operators. Click below for a link to the latest tier list change log.

S Tier

A Tier

A- Tier

B Tier

Tier List

Filter Profession

Caster
Defender
Guard
Medic
Sniper
Specialist
Supporter
Vanguard

Filter Archetypes

Anti-air
AoE
Boomstick (Close Range AoE)
Buff / Debuff
Close Range Sniper
Control
DP-On-Kill
Dualstrike Guard
Enmity Guard
Fast-Redeploy
Healing Defender
Ifrit, The Burninator
Melee Arts Damage
Normal Defender
Pull
Push
Ranged Guard
Skill-DP-Recovery
Slow
ST Arts
ST Physical
Summon
Support Guard
Unique (Special Usage)

Filter Rarity

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Caster - AoE

B
?
?
C
D

Caster - Ifrit, The Burninator

S
?

Caster - ST Arts

S
?
A
?
B
?
C
?
D
?

Defender - Healing Defender

S
?
A
?
B
C
?

Defender - Normal Defender

S
?
A
?
B
?
C
D
X

Guard - AoE

A+
?
A
?
B
D
?

Guard - Dualstrike Guard

S
?

Guard - Melee Arts Damage

B
?

Guard - Ranged Guard

S
?
A+
?
C
?

Guard - ST Physical

S
?
A
?
A-
?
B
?
?

Guard - Support Guard

C
?
C-
X

Medic - AoE

A
?
?
B
?

Medic - ST Arts

A
?
?
?
B
?
?
C
X

Sniper - Anti-air

S
?
A
?
?
B
?
?
?
C
D

Sniper - AoE

A
?
B
C
?

Sniper - Boomstick (Close Range AoE)

A
?

Sniper - Close Range Sniper

A
?

Sniper - Unique (Special Usage)

A
?

Specialist - Control

A
?

Specialist - Fast-Redeploy

A
?
B

Specialist - Pull

A
?
B
?

Specialist - Push

A
?
B

Supporter - Buff / Debuff

A
?
B

Supporter - Slow

S
?
A
?
C
D

Supporter - Summon

S
?
A
?
C

Vanguard -

D
?

Vanguard - DP-On-Kill

A
?
?
C
?

Vanguard - Skill-DP-Recovery

S
?
A
?
?
B
?
?
C
?
?

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