Brave Nine Tier List

Before the first half of 2020, there was this game called Brown Dust which was starting to gain a serious following. It was a turn-based, tactical RPG that had gacha elements. In March 2020, developers Neowiz and GAMFS Inc. rebranded the game into Brave Nine to accommodate several tweaks that the player base has long been asking for.

This move breathed new life into the game by overhauling its systems to be more welcoming to a wider player pool. It used to be difficult to make a tier list for the game, but with a rebalanced summoning system now, this becomes easier.

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Brave Nine Gameplay Mechanics

The core mechanics of Brave Nine revolve around party management and combat strategy. To be able to create the optimal party roster, it’s important to learn the game’s mechanics first so you know which units to prioritize.

Units

Characters in Brave Nine are called mercenaries or mercs. Each has a specific class attached to them that determines their use in combat. There are 4 classes roles in total, namely:

  • Warrior – these are your high DPS mercs suited for dealing massive damage to enemies
  • Defenders – commonly referred to as tanks, these mercs have high HP and defense attributes to block enemy attacks and protect allies
  • Magicians – they specialize in AoE attacks so you can easily dispatch of a group of enemies
  • Supporters – they use their turns to buff or heal allies

Each merc is also categorized as a 5-star, 4-star, or 3-star unit depending on how rare they are.

Combat

Combat in Brave Nine is all about positioning your party in a 6×3 grid, opposite of the enemy party. Once you confirm the position of your mercs, the battle moves along automatically. You can’t choose what skills your mercs use – you can only wait for the results.

Because of this position-centric theme of battle, unit classes and their placement are so important. As a rule of thumb: defenders should be in front; attackers like warriors and wizards behind them; and support units at the back.

Now that you have a basic grasp of the game’s flow, you can now check the tier list below to guide you in building the optimal party lineup.

Methodology: Why 3 Tier Lists?

Mercenaries in Brave Nine are categorized into 5, 4, or 3-star units depending on their rarity and overall combat ability. The difference in skills and stat growths between the three categories is so massive, that it makes no sense to lump them all in one list. If we follow that, then surely the 5-star mercs would be at the top.

The way around this is to make a tier list for each of the 3 categories of mercs. This way, each is evaluated with respect to units of the same caliber.

5-Star Mercenaries Tier List

Brave Nine best 5 star mercenaries

Tier Mercenary Class Skill
S Seir Defender Devil’s Revenge
Levia Magician Forbidden Power
Lucius Defender Fallen Angel
Venaka Support Vigorous Dance
Foxy Warrior Combat Manual
Seto Warrior Dominant Force
Beliath Support Skeleton Contract
Valze Warrior Blade of Betrayal
Asmode Support Touch of Desire
Edin Warrior Unholy Power
Christina Warrior Tricolor Bomb
Refithea Support Help, Glutti!
Granhildr Defender Godship’s Shield
A Velfern Magician Pandora’s Box
Lillian Magician Endless Revenge
Alec Warrior Ultimate Power
Siegmund Warrior Paladin’s Will
Jin Warrior Gale Sword
Aaron Defender Light of Reflection
Nartas Magician Release Disaster
Arkan Defender Celestial Blessing
Deomaron Defender Cursed Shield
Angelica Warrior Divine Darkness
Veronia Support Saving Light
B Anubis Magician Forewarning of Doom
Hijin Magician Soul of Fire
Helena Support Let’s Sing Together!
Kaina Warrior Sacred Fury
Themis Support Light of Protection
Elija Warrior Beast Taming
Gunther Warrior Descending Fire Dragon
C Cecilia Defender Abyss Shield
Dwen Warrior Leadership
Michaela Support Maddening Faith
Dalvi Warrior Millennial Wait
Gloria Defender Scales of Judgement
Zenith Defender Hunter Instinct
Glacia Defender Glacial Shield
Mary Support Hero’s Song
Sabrina Support Member Encouragement
Eldora Magician Descending Sun
D Claudia Magician Marionette’s Rondo
Elise Magician Death Ending Love
Ventana Warrior Draw Sword
Floria Support Mother Nature
Barbara Warrior Javelin Throw
Bathory Magician All Mine!
Kaoli Defender Champion Shield
Valtor Magician Mother Nature’s Power
Kaina Warrior Sacred Fury
Vermont Defender Chivalry
Rafina Defender Mechanical Dive
Ymir Defender Titan’s Sword
Astrid Defender Guardian’s Creed
Garinoth Magician Soul Collapse
Rogan Warrior Annihilation

4-Star Mercenaries Tier List

Brave Nine best 4 star mercenaries

Tier Mercenary Class Skill
S Hell Magician Prayer for Destruction
Zarka Magician Bloodthirst
Ceres Support Eye of Mana
Joseph Defender Pagan Declaration
Leto Warrior Shadow Blade
Xenon Warrior Bloodfest
Corette Warrior Witness Elimination
Iris Defender Irresistible Charm
Niya Warrior Cat Punch
A Alche Warrior Destructive Hammer
John Support Light Barrier
Viola Warrior Shadow Arrow
Krull Warrior Punishment
Eunrang Warrior Rear Ambush
Leah Magician Destructive Lightning
Esther Magician Conjuration of Affliction
Jacklin Defender Escort Stance
B Bruno Magician Neo Armstrong Jet Cannon
Brisa Warrior Three Musketeers’ Wisdom
Orienne Warrior Lethal Wounds
Dr. Morgan Warrior Time Bomb
Mora Defender Anger of Tenacity
C Maya Warrior Mark of Prey
Rene Defender Purifying Spear
Varion Warrior I’ll Copy You!
Camilla Warrior Three Musketeers’ Fury
Magnus Magician Magical Predation

3-Star Mercenaries Tier List

Brave Nine best 3 star mercenaries

Tier Mercenary Class Skill
S Cordelia Warrior Red Flame Sword
Hyeon Wol Support Light of Reinforcement
Claris Support Prayer of Protection
Velona Magician Flame Explosion
Maria Magician Destructive Magic
Beatrice Warrior I’ll Beat You!
Carlson Defender Firm Will
A Cynthia Magician Blizzard
Marron Warrior Piercing Shriek
Ron Warrior Mocking Bash
Marlene Magician Magic Orb
Arines Support Bear Up!
B Noel Magician Fireball
Mercedes Defender Mirror Shield
Wiggle Warrior Fire in the Hole!
Bran Warrior Musket Fire
Julie Support Spiritual Recovery
Kozak Warrior Bone Crusher
C Sloan Defender Toxic Spurt
Lydia Warrior Drilled Thrust
Melody Magician Flash Explosion
Asera Support Wound Explosion
Rigenette Warrior Critical Arrow

Notice that there are fewer mercs in both the 4 and 3-star lists. That’s because a lot of them in this group are too weak that you likely won’t use them in your playthrough. The 5-star list contains all mercenaries in that category because ALL of them are viable members of your party rotation at any given time.

Not Happy With Your Luck? Try Rerolling!

You are given a certain number of chances to summon mercenaries when you start a new game in Brave Nine. If you’re not happy with the initial units you summoned, you can opt to “reroll”.

Rerolling is a term for deleting your account and starting over. In this way, you get a fresh chance to summon and obtain the mercenaries you want. There is no limit to rerolls, so you can keep doing it, but keep in mind that there is a 3-minute cooldown in between rerolls.

To reroll, go to your game settings, look for Delete Account, and follow the next steps. Once you’ve successfully deleted your account, Brave Nine will restart to a New Game where you have fresh chances to get the mercenaries you want.

Conclusion

Brave Shine has a complex battle system that rewards skilled play. It still has gacha elements, though, so building your team with the right units is also a big factor for success in the end game.

With the lists and a few other helpful tips that were given in this article, you can scout ahead to optimize the best roster you’d like to enjoy the rest of the game with.

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