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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, though a few are marked that are gacha-only because a more accessible Operator in that role is not available.
  • Since every tier list needs a baseline with which to compare, this tier list compares units at their full potential (their highest promotion stage and maximum Operator and Skill level)

The below tier list is heavily based on the CN tier list, which is created by 兎老师, with some adjustments.

Legend

These Operators can be easily recruited or obtained for free (without having to rely on the gacha) and are good investments. In the case of Perfume and Catapult, the role of AoE Healer and AoE Sniper are useful to have, and these happen to be the lowest rarity Operators in their role, although others in the same sub-class are also good investments.
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.

S Tier

A Tier

B Tier

C Tier

D Tier

Tier List

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Anti-air
AoE
Buff / Debuff
Close Range Sniper
Control
DP-Recovery
DP-Recovery On Kill
Fast-Redeploy
Healing Defender
Normal Defender
Physical Arts Damage
Ranged Guard
Shift
Slow
ST Arts
ST Physical
Summon
Support Guard
Unique (Special Usage)

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Caster - AoE

A
?
B
?
C
D

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
?
C
?

Guard - Physical Arts Damage

B
?

Guard - Ranged Guard

S
?
A
?
C
?

Guard - ST Physical

S
?
A
?
B
?
X

Guard - Support Guard

Medic - AoE

A
?
B
?

Medic - ST Arts

A
?
?
B
?
C
X

Sniper - Anti-air

S
?
A
?
?
B
?
?
C
D

Sniper - AoE

A
B
D
?

Sniper - Close Range Sniper

Sniper - Unique (Special Usage)

X
?

Specialist - Control

X
?

Specialist - Fast-Redeploy

X
?

Specialist - Shift

X
?
?

Supporter - Buff / Debuff

A
?
B

Supporter - Slow

A
?
B
?
C
D

Supporter - Summon

A
?
C

Vanguard - DP-Recovery

S
?
A
?
B
?
C
?
?
D
?

Vanguard - DP-Recovery On Kill

A
?
?
C
?

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