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.
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 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
|Valze||Warrior||Blade of Betrayal|
|Asmode||Support||Touch of Desire|
|Aaron||Defender||Light of Reflection|
|B||Anubis||Magician||Forewarning of Doom|
|Hijin||Magician||Soul of Fire|
|Helena||Support||Let’s Sing Together!|
|Themis||Support||Light of Protection|
|Gunther||Warrior||Descending Fire Dragon|
|Gloria||Defender||Scales of Judgement|
|Elise||Magician||Death Ending Love|
|Valtor||Magician||Mother Nature’s Power|
4-Star Mercenaries Tier List
|S||Hell||Magician||Prayer for Destruction|
|Ceres||Support||Eye of Mana|
|Esther||Magician||Conjuration of Affliction|
|B||Bruno||Magician||Neo Armstrong Jet Cannon|
|Brisa||Warrior||Three Musketeers’ Wisdom|
|Dr. Morgan||Warrior||Time Bomb|
|Mora||Defender||Anger of Tenacity|
|C||Maya||Warrior||Mark of Prey|
|Varion||Warrior||I’ll Copy You!|
|Camilla||Warrior||Three Musketeers’ Fury|
3-Star Mercenaries Tier List
|S||Cordelia||Warrior||Red Flame Sword|
|Hyeon Wol||Support||Light of Reinforcement|
|Claris||Support||Prayer of Protection|
|Beatrice||Warrior||I’ll Beat You!|
|Wiggle||Warrior||Fire in the Hole!|
|Julie||Support Spiritual Recovery|
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.
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.