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5 Star Servants Tier List: Best Servants [5/9 updated!]

Fate Grand Order 5 Star Servants Tier List, Best 5 Star Servant, Rating.
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update 09/05/2018

Any of the 5 stars currently avaliable will get you very far into the game, and all of them can be used in some way shape or form. The rate for 5 stars is 1%, please keep this in mind when rerolling / spending money on this game.

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.

If you have any opinions on this, we'd like to hear your feedback so we can continue to improve this list.

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

Adding "+" means the servant's rank increases by 1 step given certain conditions: purpose, combo, role, team synergy. Best applied only to notable servants. Can be applied multiple times

Tier list updates

EN (US) tier list [May 9]

Servantupdate
Iskandar
Iskandar
Added to Rank B
Shuten Douji
Shuten Douji
Added to Rank A

JP tier list update [May 11]

The new tier list rating system is applied now.

Servantupdate
Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
Added to Rank A
Ivan the Terrible
Ivan the Terrible
Added to Rank A

5th Interlude Update

The following servants are under re-evaluation due to strengthening they received from the 5th Interlude Update

Servantupdate
Brynhildr
Brynhildr
Expected result of re-evalution: Rank B --> B+
Brynhildr received a powerful buff to her third skill.
Hero's Bridesmaid C --> C++
-Max Critical Star Absorption increases from 600% to 3000%
-Healing ability remains the same.
-New Critical Damage Up effect added, up to 40%.
The skill is still targetable, making this ability powerful from a flexibility standpoint as well.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci
Expected result of re-evaluation: Rank C+ --> C+
New interlude strengthens Da Vinci's NP.
Uomo Universale EX --> 'EX'
- Improved damage multiplier from 750% Max to 900%
- Introduces Critical Attack Chance debuff from 10% to 30%.
Scheherazade
Scheherazade
Expected result after re-evalution: Rank A --> A
Sceherazade received a strengthening to her third skill after her new interlude.
Counter Hero A --> Counter Hero (Speech) EX
- Same Guts effect and Attack debuff against enemies with King trait.
- Added new effect to grant other party members Guts status for 2 turns, reviving for 500HP.

EN Tier list

SJeanne d’Arc (Alter)
A+Cu Chulainn (Alter)
AZhuge LiangTamamo no MaeJeanne d’ArcOkita SoujiGilgameshJack the RipperAlteraNikola TeslaBrynhildrOrionScathachShuten Douji
BSakata KintokiFrancis DrakeNero Claudius (Bride)Amakusa ShirouVlad IIIKarnaMordredAltria PendragonArjunaIskandar
CEdmond DantesMysterious Heroine X (Assassin)Medb
DRyougi Shiki(Saber)

"+" Servants

ServantCondition
Cu Chulainn (Alter)
Cu Chulainn (Alter)
You can consider him a rank higher when he's fighting alone.

EN Notable Servants

ServantRating Explanation
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
Waver is an amazing support Servant who will be useful even into the later game, as he can provide the most NP charge to other members of the party, in addition to good buffs on attack, defense and crit damage. His own NP has to ability to stall by stunning and decrease the enemy's NP charge while also inflicting a defense down. Keep in mind that he is a support servant, and will do just that. He won't be dealing a huge amount of damage.
Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh
NP deals extra damage against most servants, and he also has an NP gain up skill. His NP gain is further enhanced by his ability to use stars (star absorb skill), and the standard Independant Action allows him to deal huge amonts of crit damage. Keep in mind that he is only avaliable on a limited Gacha, so he isn't the best reroll target.
Jeanne d’Arc
Jeanne d’Arc
Jeanne is an amazing servant in the early to mid game, as she resists damage from all classes except Berserker. She also provides party-wide invincibility for a turn, which can be used to absorb the damage from enemy NPs when the battle goes long. In the later game she starts to fall off because her NP stuns her for two turn and she has low damage potential, combined with the introduction of enemies with invincibility piercing abilities. However when she recieves her interlude, the stun demerit is removed from her NP, which makes her useful once again.
Sakata Kintoki
Sakata Kintoki
Currently, Kintoki's NP Brave chains are able to deplete a significant portion of most enemies' HP, making him a highly effective Servant. His performance, however, will continually decrease as opponents' HP amounts are increased later on in the game.
Altria Pendragon
Altria Pendragon
The Flagship Saber, can provide benefits to the team with her Charisma and has Prana Burst to enhance her Noble Phantasm. She has high HP and her NP has an overcharge effect of gaining NP charge. However as it is not a single target NP it will not burst down bosses quickly.
Vlad III
Vlad III
At launch he likely one of the strongest servants in the game, due to being the only 5 star Berserker (with stats to match). However be will truly shine when Tamamo no Mae is released, who will allow him to repeatedly use his NP to great effect. For now, he can do well just from his stats and class.
Altera
Altera
Altera is a powerful Saber class servant, with selfish skills that enable her as an attacker. Her NP has the capability to obliterate waves, especially when paired with her buffs. An important thing to note is her final skill unlocks with her third ascension which is currently hard to obtain. With the highest attack stat in the current state of the game, and her divinity passive she can and will obliterate targets, even more so with a brave chain and/or crits.
Edmond Dantes
Edmond Dantes
High ATK and a skillset that promotes offense, Dantes is a great offensive servant to have. Wether as the center of your team or as support, he plays a well-rounded role. He plays into quick and critical centered teams as per his command deck and Noble Phantasm. Due to his average star generation and abyssmal NP gain rate, he is not suited to operating alone or expected to carry any battles. The lack of survivability tools enforce this even more.
Jeanne d’Arc (Alter)
Jeanne d’Arc (Alter)
Possessing a very high ATK stat and the most damage-focused skillset among virtually all ingame Servants, Jeanne Alter's offensive capabilities in a critical team is unmatched, though due to her Avenger class, she will deal neutral damage most of the time.

JP Tier List

S+Merlin
S-
A+GilgameshJeanne d’ArcCu Chulainn (Alter)Katsushika Hokusai
AAlteraZhuge LiangOrionTamamo no MaeOkita SoujiScathachJack the RipperMordredJeanne d’Arc (Alter)Shuten DoujiRamesses IIIshtarEnkiduQuetzalcoatlMiyamoto MusashiMeltlilithKing HassanCaster of Nightless CityNero Claudius (Caster Summer 2017)Abigail WilliamsEreshkigalAnastasia Nikolaevna RomanovaIvan the Terrible
B+Vlad IIINikola TeslaNightingaleIllyasviel von EinzbernSessyoin Kiara
BAltria PendragonFrancis DrakeArjunaKarnaBrynhildrNero Claudius (Bride)Amakusa ShirouIskandarXuanzangMinamoto no YorimitsuAltriaPendragon(Lancer)Tamamo no Mae(Lancer)Arturia Pendragon(Archer)CleopatraArthur Pendragon(Prototype)Sherlock HolmesSaber Alter (Rider, Summer 2017)OsakabehimeSemiramis
C+Mysterious Heroine X (Assassin)MedbLeonardo Da Vinci
CSakata KintokiEdmond DantesArcher of ShinjukuHijikata Toshizou
DRyougi Shiki(Saber)Mysterious Heroine X (Alter)

"+" Servants

ServantCondition
Merlin
Merlin
An S class servant when standing alone, he can be considered ascending a rank on the condition that he has any ally with him at all.
Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh
Completing the strengthening quest would considerably power him up.
Jeanne d’Arc
Jeanne d’Arc
Completing the strengthening quest would considerably power her up.
Cu Chulainn (Alter)
Cu Chulainn (Alter)
You can consider him a rank higher when he's fighting alone.
Katsushika Hokusai
Katsushika Hokusai
On condition that she fights against enemies with the trait of "man"
Vlad III
Vlad III
Completing the strengthening quest would considerably power him up.
Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla
Completing the strengthening quest would considerably power him up.
Nightingale
Nightingale
Completing the strengthening quest would considerably power her up.
Illyasviel von Einzbern
Illyasviel von Einzbern
Completing the strengthening quest would considerably power her up.
Sessyoin Kiara
Sessyoin Kiara
Completing the strengthening quest would considerably power her up.
Mysterious Heroine X (Assassin)
Mysterious Heroine X (Assassin)
Completing the NP strengthening quest power her up. Fighting saber-faces significantly increases her usefulness.
Medb
Medb
Completing the strengthening quest would considerably power her up.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci
Her effectiveness is tied to her team line-up. She does considerably better in arts based teams.

[JP] Notable Servants

ServantRating Explanation
Merlin
Merlin
Having most of the kit needed for hard quests (damage buffs, healing, star generation, party Invulnerability, and NP charge), Merlin allows players to clear challenges way more easily. His notable weaknesses are that he is unable to provide a defense buff, and that his Invulnerability skill has a rather long cooldown.
Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang
Providing a significant on-demand NP charge as well as performance boost for a certain duration, Zhuge Liang is most suited for fast-paced battles. As he lacks healing and significant defensive skills, however, he is somewhat unsuited for drawn-out fights.
Jeanne d’Arc
Jeanne d’Arc
With her NP's stun no longer in the picture, Jeanne is now a highly consistent defensive Servant, providing a teamwide Invulnerability, healing, and the coveted party debuff removal. These factors place her as one of the most sought after Servants for harder content.
Jeanne d’Arc (Alter)
Jeanne d’Arc (Alter)
Possessing a very high ATK stat and the most damage-focused skillset among virtually all ingame Servants, Jeanne Alter's offensive capabilities in a critical team is unmatched, though due to her Avenger class, she will deal neutral damage most of the time.
Ereshkigal
Ereshkigal
While Ereshkigal possesses notable support capabilities, these are not exactly what we would call 'decisive', especially given Protection from the Underworld's only 50% uptime. While she can also be used offensively, her lower NP damage and lack of critical absorption leaves her in an awkward spot, where her QQABB deck compromises her mainly supportive role.

Comments

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Luccas 14days ago
oy where tf is mama raikou? :(
Ooi
Is there any site that has a JP tier list in english? (detailed, not only a image file)
Since this is outdated.
Anonymous
So can we reach the conclusion that the site died?
<< Anonymous
Nishida Reply
Pretty much. I quit writing on this site a few months back. Radio silence on all my chats since then. It's a shame but oh well.
<< Anonymous(Nishida)
Anonymous Reply
Please come back. You have one of the best FGO rating sites I've ever seen
<< Anonymous
Nishida Reply
I left due to time restraints and disagreements in terms of the content I was producing. I love the team, everyone was really passionate, but I simply wasn't happy with the work I put out. I've started from scratch writing my own content and I'm relatively happy with how it's going. I don't think I'll come back anytime soon.
Jeanneman
Why is scathach on c tier and brynhildr and karna on A tier? That doesn't make any sense.
<< Anonymous(Jeanneman)
EYY EYY Reply
Quick is dead + Multiple health bars on enemies so one time damage burst servants like Scathach aren't thaaaat helpful anymore
<< Anonymous(Jeanneman)
Anonymous Reply
Are you accounting for the Merlin Synergy stat?

I'm not sure about Karna, but Brynhildr was always just barely behind Scathach.

Now Merlin's giving Brynhildr the main benefit of a dodge and buffing her Noble Phantasm with Hero Creation, but not Scathach's.
<< Anonymous(Jeanneman)
Anonymous Reply
Have you been reading the other comments?sorry to disappoint you but quickteams are dead and 1 shot burst servants like scat Isn’t as reliable anymore because of multiple healthbars
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Sorry but quick teams are back. (I understand that they were dead the time you wrote your comment, but I just felt the need to say it xd)
Anonymous
Why is Waver now A tier? I understand that you are now beginning to factor in survivability but in that case why is Gilgamesh, someone with no survival skills ranked A+? The buffs Waver offers vastly boosts the survivability of your whole team along with along with massively buffing their damage. He is a unit second only to Merlin.

Placing him lower on the list due to a slight lack of survivability is like judging a gun to be bad based on its ability to make pizza. He does his job to an undoubtedly "S" tier standard. So why deduct points based on something he's not meant to achieve?
???
Guys this tier list is based on survivability, so just because a servant I low on it doesn’t mean they are trash, like mama raikou, she can tactical nuke like a pro and throw out damage like there ain’t no tomorrow, she’s just not the most durable cause of her class and skills focusing on damage. Honestly, I would look at the rating the website owners gave the servants in their respective pages, not the tier lists.
Hikari
So are we gonna ever See Achilles and Okita Alter anytime soon in the list?
Anonymous
How is mordred so much better in the jp version compared to na? I don’t see any strengthenings
<< Anonymous
God Reply
It's because the jp sv have merlin- one of the best support servants in the game.
Anonymous
I would think that Achilles belongs in somewhere in the A section because he's an absolute beast in Quick attack, and his NP is pretty great when you're wiping out a crowd of enemies (well I guess Casters in particular)
Anonymous
How can raikou be that low? Considering her damage and raw power its impossible that she's only B tier
<< Anonymous
Ur-Thor Reply
Beyond damage cap, we now consider self-sufficiency, survivability, and support ability(team buffs & enemy debuffs) as part of our tier list.

Her high damage and AoE NP put her B minimum. It's a difficult to give her a high score on things like support ability and self-sufficiency. She would be an easy A but judging survivability is hard, having evasion and weakness to all. But we'll re-evaluate.
Anonymous
Why has Waver suddenly been moved from S to A?
<< Ur-Thor
Anonymous Reply
This is like saying a legend-tier shield is not that great because you -might- break all your five weapons. It's not the shield's fault if that happens.

If any player has Waver and just keeps playing and summoning, having other high tier servants is not just a premise but a mathematical inevitability.
<< Anonymous
Ur-Thor Reply
You are correct. It is not the shield's fault. However we must still consider the situation of how effective that shield is when it is the only one left.
<< Ur-Thor
Anonymous Reply
If that's the case then, shouldn't he be B instead of A?

According to the marking criteria, A rank requires good 1v1 ability.

Also, why is Merlin still SS if this is the deciding factor? He's better, but still nowhere near the "Class disadvantage is negligible, has an easy 50/50 in a wide variety of matchups" level.

If you throw him solo into rider bosses, he's going to get destroyed.
<< Anonymous
Ur-Thor Reply
That is true. We still need to look into adjusting how the criteria works.

Waver still has some level of 1v1 or last standing capabilities but that's reliant on his NP stunning his opponents consistently.

Though high DPR and pierce skill bosses can still easily kill him. Merlin still has ridiculous sustain which should cover many fights. Unless his skills are on CD.
Anonymous
Why is Agartha Caster so high up?
<< Anonymous
Ur-Thor Reply
Low damage aside, she has decent debuffing capabilities for delaying enemy NP, and hard defensive option in case things go wrong. She deals good damage to enemies with "king" trait and is greatly improved by her strengthening quest.

She will probably still undergo re-evaluation.

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