Brave Nine Tier List

What are the best mercenaries in the amazing Brave Nine (previously Brown Dust) game? To get an overview, you'll need to see our Brave Nine tier list.

Before the first half of 2020, there was this game called Brown Dust that was starting to gain a substantial 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 had long been asking for.

This move breathed new life into the game by overhauling its systems, making it more welcoming to a wider player pool.

Making a tier list for this game used to be a harder task, but that changed with the rebalanced summoning system, which led us to create this tier list.

So, keep on reading if you want to boost your performance in Brave Nine!

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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 it makes no sense to lump them all in one list. According to this logic, 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 mercenaries. This way, each is evaluated with respect to units of the same caliber.

Not Happy With Your Luck? Try Rerolling!

You’re 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 always opt for a “reroll”.

Rerolling consists in deleting your account and starting over. That way, you get a fresh chance to summon and obtain the mercenaries you want. Rerolls are unlimited, so you can try your luck multiple times, 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 following steps. Once you’ve successfully deleted your account, Brave Nine will restart to a New Game where you’ll have a fresh chance to get the mercenaries you want.

Brave Nine Gameplay Mechanics

The core mechanics of Brave Nine revolve around party management and combat strategy. To be able to create an 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 one has a specific class attached to them that determines their use in combat. There are 4 class roles in total and they are as follows:

  • 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 eliminate 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 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. Here’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind: defenders should be in the front; attackers such as warriors and wizards should remain behind them; and support units should be at the back.

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

5-Star Mercenaries

Brave Nine best 5 star mercenaries

S-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
SeirDefenderDevil’s Revenge
LeviaMagicianForbidden Power
LuciusDefenderFallen Angel
VenakaSupportVigorous Dance
FoxyWarriorCombat Manual
SetoWarriorDominant Force
BeliathSupportSkeleton Contract
ValzeWarriorBlade of Betrayal
AsmodeSupportTouch of Desire
EdinWarriorUnholy Power
ChristinaWarriorTricolor Bomb
RefitheaSupportHelp, Glutti!
GranhildrDefenderGodship’s Shield

A-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
VelfernMagicianPandora’s Box
LillianMagicianEndless Revenge
AlecWarriorUltimate Power
SiegmundWarriorPaladin’s Will
JinWarriorGale Sword
AaronDefenderLight of Reflection
NartasMagicianRelease Disaster
ArkanDefenderCelestial Blessing
DeomaronDefenderCursed Shield
AngelicaWarriorDivine Darkness
VeroniaSupportSaving Light

B-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
AnubisMagicianForewarning of Doom
HijinMagicianSoul of Fire
HelenaSupportLet’s Sing Together!
KainaWarriorSacred Fury
ThemisSupportLight of Protection
ElijaWarriorBeast Taming
GuntherWarriorDescending Fire Dragon

C-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
CeciliaDefenderAbyss Shield
DwenWarriorLeadership
MichaelaSupportMaddening Faith
DalviWarriorMillennial Wait
GloriaDefenderScales of Judgement
ZenithDefenderHunter Instinct
GlaciaDefenderGlacial Shield
MarySupportHero’s Song
SabrinaSupportMember Encouragement

D-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
ClaudiaMagicianMarionette’s Rondo
EliseMagicianDeath Ending Love
VentanaWarriorDraw Sword
FloriaSupportMother Nature
BarbaraWarriorJavelin Throw
BathoryMagicianAll Mine!
KaoliDefenderChampion Shield
ValtorMagicianMother Nature’s Power
KainaWarriorSacred Fury
VermontDefenderChivalry
RafinaDefenderMechanical Dive
YmirDefenderTitan’s Sword
AstridDefenderGuardian’s Creed
GarinothMagicianSoul Collapse
RoganWarriorAnnihilation

4-Star Mercenaries

Brave Nine best 4 star mercenaries

S-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
HellMagicianPrayer for Destruction
ZarkaMagicianBloodthirst
CeresSupportEye of Mana
JosephDefenderPagan Declaration
LetoWarriorShadow Blade
XenonWarriorBloodfest
CoretteWarriorWitness Elimination
IrisDefenderIrresistible Charm
NiyaWarriorCat Punch

A-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
AlcheWarriorDestructive Hammer
JohnSupportLight Barrier
ViolaWarriorShadow Arrow
KrullWarriorPunishment
EunrangWarriorRear Ambush
LeahMagicianDestructive Lightning
EstherMagicianConjuration of Affliction
JacklinDefenderEscort Stance

B-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
BrunoMagicianNeo Armstrong Jet Cannon
BrisaWarriorThree Musketeers’ Wisdom
OrienneWarriorLethal Wounds
Dr. MorganWarriorTime Bomb
MoraDefenderAnger of Tenacity

C-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
MayaWarriorMark of Prey
ReneDefenderPurifying Spear
VarionWarriorI’ll Copy You!
CamillaWarriorThree Musketeers’ Fury
MagnusMagicianMagical Predation

3-Star Mercenaries

Brave Nine best 3 star mercenaries

S-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
CordeliaWarriorRed Flame Sword
Hyeon WolSupportLight of Reinforcement
ClarisSupportPrayer of Protection
VelonaMagicianFlame Explosion
MariaMagicianDestructive Magic
BeatriceWarriorI’ll Beat You!
CarlsonDefenderFirm Will
CordeliaWarriorRed Flame Sword

A-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
CynthiaMagicianBlizzard
MarronWarriorPiercing Shriek
RonWarriorMocking Bash
MarleneMagicianMagic Orb
ArinesSupportBear Up!

B-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
NoelMagicianFireball
MercedesDefenderMirror Shield
WiggleWarriorFire in the Hole!
BranWarriorMusket Fire
JulieSupport Spiritual Recovery 
KozakWarriorBone Crusher

C-Tier

MercenaryClassSkill
SloanDefenderToxic Spurt
LydiaWarriorDrilled Thrust
MelodyMagicianFlash Explosion
AseraSupportWound Explosion
RigenetteWarriorCritical 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, and 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.

Conclusion

Brave Nine has a complex battle system that rewards skilled players. 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 this list 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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