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The goal is to rank the units on their own merits, regardless of the player's available roster, while still accounting for the overall metagame, therefore these are the main criteria for our Tier List (not ordered as we're trying to balance them together instead of focusing on specific aspects):
- Team flexibility and versatility
- Compositional strength and relevancy
- Peak performance in an optimal environment
- Role compression and self-sufficiency
Note: All units are considered fully maxed and access to EX is also taken into account (mostly relevant for Supports and Sync Nukers or pairs with some incentives to Sync).
While keeping in mind the criteria above, the in-game content is weighted in the following order:
- Champion Stadium Master Mode
- Legendary Arena / Gauntlet
- Extreme Battles
- Battle Villa & Full-Force Battles
Sync Pairs are split into 3 categories (as opposed to their in-game role) to reflect the potential usage of their kits. Keep in mind the categories do not compare 1:1, everything is ranked within their categories and they are not meant to be compared with other categories. That being said, all Sync Pairs are ranked as whole units and not just regarding their department (ie. all their facets are taken into account when ranking them, regardless of the category they belong in).
Those are essentially “Tiers inside the Tiers”. Although Sync Pairs are already ordered inside of the Tiers individually, some units are close enough to each other so that they can be grouped and even have interchangeable places between themselves. The sub-groups are identified by the background color of their icon (ie. all units with the same background color on the same Tier are on the same sub-group). This is done so that we have an even clearer distinction between the units without being too strict with the individual positions either.
Welcome to the April update for our Tier Lists! This month, we got 4 new Special Costume units as our newcomers, alongside expanded grids for 3 gacha units and two EX unlocks, so let’s get right into it!
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Tier 1 – SS Erika has been moved above Archie, although they keep sharing the sub-group. Meanwhile, the newcomer SC Emmet has been added between the previously mentioned units, having a top tier DPS and Striker nuke with good self-buffs, being mostly limited by not a great damage and the lack of versatility on his top comps.
Tier 2 – With the addition of Bug Zone, Alder has been moved up to below Leon on the green sub-group. SC Sonia has been added to below Raihan as her initial placement, despite not having a great damage cap, as she has good self-buffs on top of good utility with Defense Crush 9, which allows both her teammates and her own damage to ramp-up over time. Marnie also now joined Giovanni’s sub-group.
Tier 4 – Nessa has been moved up inside her sub-group.
Tier 5 – Blue and Hilda have switched positions on their sub-group.
Tier 6 – Burgh now leads the last subgroup, while Morty has joined them at the bottom position of the Tier.
Lower Tiers – he old green sub-group on Tier 7 has been re-ordered and redistributed, with Summer Lyra joining the last sub-group after the division. Guzma has moved up one sub-group with the addition of SC Ingo, while Kahili is now featured on Tier 8 with her Sync Grid expansion giving her a very strong single target Sync Nuke, although her kit is still lacking outside of that.
Tier 0 – Anniversary Raihan has been moved to the last position on the second sub-group with his excellent showing on multiple type of teams that appreciate the extra damage he can provide while still giving even some more niche utility on top of it, like small gauge support and tank-like qualities.
Tier 1 – Bianca has separated herself from The Masked Royal and Classic Elesa to a upper sub-group that she now shares with SC Ingo, who can summon Bug Zone, is a good gauge support, has a strong Sync Nuke, and has a decent DPS, albeit limited, but has some weakness like lack of self-sufficiency to make use of that damage and relative frailty.
Tier 2 – SS Leaf has been moved down and now leads the Tier alongside Serena, while Palentine Serena and Ghetsis were moved to a new sub-group. Champion Iris now also shares the sub-group with Kimono Grimsley.
Tier 3 – The bottom sub-group of Tier 2 now leads this Tier.
Tier 4 – The last part of Tier 3 now composes the top units of Tier 4, and Professor Oak has been moved one sub-group up. Wikstrom also moved one sub-group up and goes above Misty.
Lower Tiers – Brock and Candice have been moved to Tier 5. Caitlin and Grant have also switched positions with her newly added EX.
Tier 0 – Red and SS Dawn are now part of Tier 0, having their own sub-group at the bottom of it.
Tier 1 – SC Lillie has been added to SC Jasmine’s sub-group, having a relatively similar kit to her by being a fast AoE SpA and crit buffer and solid defensively, but being lacking in terms of gauge support.
Tier 2 – Falkner and Sycamore have switched positions.
Tier 3 – Cobalion has been moved up one sub-group after a general re-evaluation of its kit.
Tier 4 – New Year Sabrina has joined the top sub-group of the Tier. NY Lillie and Lillie are also now at the bottom of the Tier after the last three were analyzed again and concluded to offer more to what the game currently offers as a challenge to the players.
Tier 5 – Roxanne and Marley have been both moved up to the top sub-group of the Tier alongside BP Morty due to the former two expanded Sync Grids.
Lower Tiers – Holiday Erika has been moved due to her kit not working very well with the current meta due to her job as a support that can tank, but doesn’t offer much to her partners. Clemont has been moved above Ramos, and Tiers 6 onwards have been generally redistributed to offer more balanced divisions, with Tier 7 now also featuring sub-groups.
So, that was it! While none of the new units have been as meta-defining initially as our previous months got us used to, we still got 4 extremely solid additions to any roster regardless where each offer their own flavor! We're always looking for more thoughts and constructive feedback to improve our analysis and articles so make sure to drop a comment below if you want to help us refine our ever-evolving Tier List!
Updates will often come shortly after each datamine and, if necessary, additional ones will be made mid-month too, such as a unit far surpassing our expectations or performing worse than expected. The Change Logs will also always keep track of the latest updates done so that you can follow all changes easily too, so we hope you stay tuned!