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Best Servants [★4]: 4 Star Tier List

Fate Grand Order 4 Star Tier List, Best 4 Star Servants, Rating.
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update 17/01/2018

Tier List Rating System

We are applying a new tier list rating system right now. The list is more focused on how a servant performs more in neutral situations rather than advantageous or disadvantageous situations.

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TierCriteria
SCan fill a wide variety of roles, class disadvantage is negligible, has an easy 50-50 chance in 1v1 or better
ACan fill a wide variety of roles, has an easy 50-50 chance in 1v1 or better
BCan fill multiple roles
CHas a specific role
DCannot find a role, can only be good for stats
ENeeds strengthening
EXDoes not fit in any category

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Tier list updates

JP Tier List Updates [Apr 24]

Servant tier list redone with the same criteria as 5-star list.

US Tier List Updates [May 9]

Servantupdate
EMIYA (Assassin)
EMIYA (Assassin)
Added to Rank C
Irisviel (Dress of Heaven)
Irisviel (Dress of Heaven)
Added to Rank C

JP Tier List

A+Heracles
AElisabeth Bathory (Halloween)Chloe Von EinzbernRyougi Shiki (Assassin)RamaMordredNata (Nezha)Elisabeth Bathory (Brave)Jeanne d’Arc (Alter) (Santa Lily)GorgonChachaBBOda Nobunaga (Berserker)Ishtar (Rider Summer 2017)Archer Inferno (Tomoe Gozen)Yagyuu MunenoriKato DanzoNata (Nezha)Asagami FujinoMashu Kyrielight
B+SiegfriedEMIYA
BAltria Pendragon (Alter)Nero ClaudiusElisabeth BathorySaint MarthaCarmillaAnne Bonny & Mary ReadOda NobunagaNursery RhymeArturia Pendragon (Alter)BeowulfHelena BlavatskyLi Shuwen (Lancer)Sakata Kintoki (Rider)Ibaraki DoujiNitocrisLancelot (Saber)TristanMarie Antoinette (Caster)Anne Bonny & Mary Read (Archer)Scathach (Assassin)Kiyohime (Lancer)Vlad III (Extra)Gilgamesh (Caster)EMIYA (Alter)PassionlipSuzuka GozenAssassin of AgarthaBerserker of EldoradoNitocris (Assassin, Summer 2017)Minamoto No Yorimitsu (Lancer Summer 2017)Frankenstein (Saber Summer 2017)Helena Blavatsky (Archer Summer 2017)Parvati Mecha Eli-ChanMecha Eli-Chan Mk IICaster of MidrashAttila the San(ta)Atalante (Alter)
C+Thomas EdisonSaint Martha (Ruler)
CLe Chavelier d’EonAtalanteMarie AntoinetteLancelotTamamo CatMedea (Lily)Arturia Pendragon (Santa Alter)FrankensteinFionn mac CumhaillEMIYA (Assassin)Medusa (Lancer)Avenger of ShinjukuAssassin of ShinjukuAssassin Paraiso (Mochizuki Chiyome)Caster of Okeanos (Circe)
DAstolfoGawain
EArturia Pendragon (Lily)
EXSthenoIrisviel (Dress of Heaven)

US 4 Star Tier List

SSHeracles
SArturia Pendragon (Alter) Arturia Pendragon (Santa Alter) Ryougi Shiki (Assassin)
AOda Nobunaga Carmilla Nursery Rhyme Anne Bonny & Mary Read Altria Pendragon (Alter) Elisabeth Bathory (Halloween) Medea (Lily) Nero Claudius Li Shuwen (Lancer) Rama
BLancelotLe Chavelier d’Eon EMIYA Frankenstein Marie Antoinette Tamamo Cat Saint Martha Beowulf Helena Blavatsky
CThomas Edison Elisabeth Bathory Atalante Arturia Pendragon (Lily) Siegfried Fionn mac Cumhaill AstolfoEMIYA (Assassin)Irisviel (Dress of Heaven)
DStheno

Notable Servants

ServantExplanation
Mash Kyrielight
Mash
Mashu's overall defensive capabilities are superb, with taunt and invincibility-granting skill and an NP that provides party-wide buff in both attack and defense, will always overshadow how she's not that effective in offense by herself. Having 0 cost means that she fits in any situation.
Heracles
Heracles
Heracles' stat growth becomes excellent once he hits Level 40 onwards and he's notable for multiple survivability skill for a Berserker, with inherent Evade and Guts, and three consecutive Guts once you have maxed his Bond. He may be a bit unflexible to maximize his survivability with his CE, but with the firepower he brings, it's worth it.
Altria Pendragon (Santa Alter)
Altria (Santa Alter)
At NP5 and with the high base percentage of Excalibur Morgan, her NP is one of the most formidable among AoE Servants. Additionally, she has added utilities via her healing skill, and thanks to the high Rider class star weight, she can make effective use of critical stars.
Oda Nobunaga
Oda Nobunaga
Nobunaga boasts a high-percentage critical buff, as well as two supereffective modifiers (against Riders and Divines, respectively). These make her a formidable damage dealer, even more so thanks to her AoE NP gain buff, which aids the whole party.
Carmilla
Carmilla
Carmilla is a versatile Servant, thanks to her diverse skillset, as well as the heal and her anti-female supereffectives built-in to her Noble Phantasm, which is strengthened further via Strengthening. With her above-average ATK, she is a valuable Assassin to have.
Nursery Rhyme
Nursery Rhyme
Solid in both offense and defense, Nursery Rhyme combines NP spamming with formidable defense buffs as well as debuff removal. Of note is her NP's NP drain chance, which can greatly hinder opponents.
Anne Bonny & Mary Read
Anne & Mary
Although most notable for their unusually high NP damage, Anne Mary's high-percentage critical buff also sets them apart from other Servants.
Altria Pendragon (Alter)
Altria (Alter)
Saber Alter's most defining feature is the above-average modifier of Excalibur Morgan, which allows her to compete in NP damage even against her 5-star original version.
Elisabeth Bathory (Halloween)
Elisabeth (Halloween)
Thanks to her NP5 status, Caster Elizabeth has an above-average NP damage among 4-star Servants, even with her class' 0.9 modifier.
Medea (Lily)
Medea (Lily)
Numbers-wise, Medea Lily is arguably the best burst healer currently in the game; coupled with her poison and debuff removals, she is a highly versatile Servant for many quests.
Nero Claudius
Nero Claudius
Nero's Thrice Setting Sun is an extremely formidable skill on par with Heracles' bond CE. Due to this, she is able to solo quite a lot of stages. Aside from this, she also has good survivability thanks to Migraine and Imperial Privilege.
ServantExplanation
BB
BB
BB is an Arts-based support-attacker hybrid that can heal, stun, remove party member's debuff, sustain the team's NP while generating hers fast enough, remove enemy's invincibility/evade, she's overall versatile and can be used at any moment, and she's also free, provided you go through the SERAPH event.
Lancelot (Saber)
Lancelot (Saber)
Lancelot combines the benefits of stats of a Saber while being a 4-Star Arts-based Servant, meaning that he hits hard, generates NP well for his powerful NP, in addition of buffing his own Critical capabilities, making him both an effective all-rounder Saber and a single-target exterminator.
Sakata Kintoki (Rider)
Sakata Kintoki (Rider)
Kintoki is one of the Quick Servants that remained strong in spite of the Buster Meta, thanks to his quick NP generation combined with how he is capable to increase his own Quick capabilities with his skills. The fact that he's also free (for those who play Onigashima) is also a big bonus.
Yagyuu Munenori
Yagyuu Munenori
Munenori is one of the more powerful 4-Star Sabers in the game. Attack debuffs means that he'll enfeeble his enemies while building his strength to decimate the enemy in one strike, in addition of an evade, making him a great addition for super powerful bosses that has inherently high attack or likes to debuff your party.

Yorimitsu
Yorimitsu is an overall great attacking support thanks to being able to support Buster cards and granting Critical bonuses. She does lack survivability skills, though being a Lancer instead of a Berserker only mitigates this a little.
Altria Pendragon (Alter)
Altria (Alter, Lancer)
Altria Alter possesses huge damage potential thanks to having a Critical-boosting skill but she still lags behind in terms of NP generation, which should be covered with her allies
Chloe Von Einzbern
Chloe Von Einzbern
Chloe is an all-around Support while also being able to generate and spam powerful NP on her own thanks to her Arts-set deck. Overall, a solid servant for any situation.
Gilgamesh (Caster)
Gilgamesh (Caster)
A Servant with both offensive and supportive capabilities, Gilgamesh provides defense up, attack increase, as well as critical star gain and Arts performance buffs for the whole team. The last two in particular are notable, as they allow the whole team to generate large amounts of stars even on Arts cards.
Ryougi Shiki (Assassin)
Ryougi Shiki (Assassin)
Shiki's main draw is her NP, which can be buffed to Level 5 easily if you play the Kara no Kyoukai event well. The NP isn't that high, but it can instant-kill almost anyone, meaning that she can remove any unwanted enemies anytime she's got a filled NP bar.
Rama
Rama
Rama's main defining trait is his high-percentage critical buff, which comes with a short cooldown. His NP's supereffective grants him match up flexibility as well. However, it is important to note that critical buffs don't scale as well compared to other buff types, especially with notable supports such as Merlin and Zhuge Liang.
Ibaraki Douji
Ibaraki Douji
Ibaraki's defense buffs enable her to survive enemy NPs with defense-stacking strategies. Coupled with her debuff removal and high-damage NP, this makes her a flexible Servant, especially with a suitable supporting party.
Caster of Midrash (Queen of Sheba)
Caster of Midrash
Queen of Sheba has one of the highest natural NP gain rate, which, coupled with her Arts buffs, means that her NP is highly spammable. Also important to note is the potential of her high-percentage critical buff, although normally, it is hindered by her low critical absorption.

Altria (Alter, Rider)
At NP5 and with the high base percentage of Excalibur Morgan, her NP is one of the most formidable among AoE Servants. Additionally, she has added utilities via her healing skill, and thanks to the high Rider class star weight, she can make effective use of critical stars.
EMIYA
EMIYA
Boasting a huge critical damage buff coupled with Archers' high star weight, EMIYA's critical damage rivals that of even 5-star Servants. His triple Arts deck also allows him to unleash his NP more often.
Mecha Eli-Chan
Mecha Eli-Chan
Being an Alter-Ego, Mecha Eli-chan deals increased damage to all Horsemen classes, and holds a rare advantage against the Foreigner class. With her high-percentage buffs and NP5 status, she is an extremely valuable damage dealer to have.
Vlad III (Extra)
Vlad III (Extra)
Possessing good utility and a single-target NP with an effectiveness on Evil enemies, Vlad III is a solid damage dealer, especially when he is adequately supported.
Lancelot
Lancelot
As a Berserker capable of performing critical hits reliably, Lancelot (Berserker) is a highly valuable asset for certain types of stages. His poor survivability and low NP gain is considered to be his main weakness.
Siegfried
Siegfried
It took several interludes to make Siegfried a much more solid Servant, even moreso on Dragons due to a Buster buff effect on his third skill, and Dragon damage on both his third skill and NP, making him effective on any Pendragons (or anyone hit with Georgios' NP) or those annoying wyverns. Maybe the day will come when people will stop calling him 'Sumanai'

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Where are the others 4* servants from the NA version?

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Update the website please
Uh it's a mistake in the list. The summer version of rider altria alter is a 5 star.
agree but you can use another ce, art of death, all servant have trait humanoid, art of death is ...
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