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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