Granblue Fantasy, or GBF, is a powerhouse game developed by Cygames with music from none other than the legendary Final Fantasy music composer, Nobuo Uematsu himself. It is critically acclaimed because of its endearing plot partnered with an addictive gameplay loop.
On top of all these sits the game’s premiere draw to players: its rich cast of characters. Similar to other gacha games, players can use in-game currency (crystals or tickets in this case) to summon a random character from the base pool of hundreds of units.
These characters are what we’re going to rank below in terms of their usefulness towards the end game content.
Read on to be guided on which units to invest your time in GBF.
Note: Only Super Super Rare (SSR) and a few SR (Super Rare) units are included in the list. The unit’s rarity in Granblue Fantasy is a huge indication of strength in the game, so rarer units will always trump common ones.
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These are must-have units for any playthrough. They are considered overpowered because of their toolkits.
|Fire||Shiva, Anila, Zeta, Siegfried, Metera, Athena|
|Water||Vajra, Cagliostro, Grea, Lily, Vane, Altair, Europa, Katalina, Lecia, Lucio, Narmaya, Sturm|
|Earth||Alexiel, Mahira, Zeta and Vaseraga, Cain, Pengy, Dante and Freiheit, Leona, Vira|
|Wind||Andira, Grimnir, Yurius, Meteon, Monika, Nezahualpilli, Tiamat, Yodarha|
|Light||Jeanne d’Arc, Noa, Hallessena, Halluel and Malluel, Io, Ferry, Ilsa, Kumbhira, Melissabelle, Robomi, Zooey|
|Dark||Rei, Helel ben Shalem, Kolulu, Olivia, Predator, Black Knight, Clarisse, Vikala, Amira, Anthuria, Vania, Wulf and Renie|
These units are great but do not excel in certain areas like their S-tier counterparts.
If you’re lucky enough to summon these characters, then you should take the time to raise them as you’ll get significant rewards from them later on.
|Fire||Mugen, Percival, Rackam, Satyr, Reinhardtzar, Scathacha, Therese, Yuisis, Aoidos, Colossus, Lancelot and Vane, Teena, Tsubasa, Grea, Illnot, Magisa, Tabina, Yuel, Abby, Beatrix, Drang, Ghandagoza, Ilsa, Kallen Kouzuki, Zahlhamelina|
|Water||Kolulu, Milleore and Sahil Lao, Pholia, Sandalphon, Silva, Vania and Malinda, Lancelot, Yuel, Aglovale, Romeo, Shura, Anne, Aqours Second-Years, Arulumaya, Charlotta, Diantha, Izmir, Macula Marius, Yngwie|
|Earth||Eugen, Hallessena, Medusa, Baal, Eustace, Jessica, Ladiva, Sara, Ayer, Aletheia, De La Fille, Rosetta, Soriz, Vaseraga|
|Wind||Albert, Heles, Naoise, Societte, Gawain, Seruel, Kokkoro, Lennah, Levi, Morrigna, Selfira, Stan and Aliza|
|Light||Rosamia, Juliet, Percival, Silva, Danua, Dorothy and Claudia, Levin Sisters, Mary, Sarunan, Shitori, Zeta, Amira, Sandalphon|
|Dark||Lady Grey, Narmaya, Orchid, Vaseraga, Azazel, Tanya, Lunalu, Nicholas, Rosetta, Black Knights and Orchid, Joker, Kou, Seox, Veight|
These are good units to raise and will be good finishing touches to your final roster. Bear in mind that they won’t do much without a handful of higher-tiered units by their side. This is also the tier where you start seeing some Super Rare characters.
|Fire||Agielba, Aquors Third-Years, Charioce XVII|
|Water||Chat Noir, Cucuroux, Lady Katapillar and Vira, Lilele, Owen|
|Earth||Aquors First-Years, Catherine, Herja, Ilsa, Jin, Razia, Yggdrasil, Nezahualpilli, Walder, Yaia|
|Wind||Mirin, Arriet, Carmelina, Christina, Feena, Gachapin, Kaede Takagaki, Korwa, Petra, Sen, Suzaku Kururugi, Yuisis, Juri, Sevilbarra|
|Light||Baotorda, Conan Edogawa, Cure Black and Cure White, Mikazuki Munechika, Pecorine, Sophia|
|Dark||Cerberus, Forte, Freezie, Karyl, Lelouch Lamperouge, Marquiares, Skull|
These are the budget units that you’d hold onto if you have terrible luck at summoning stronger characters. They still have their uses in the early to mid-game, but you’re better off building your roster around stronger units.
|Fire||Danua, Friday, Dante, Ferry, Sutera, Aster, Gemini Sunrise, Izuminokami Kanesada, Lina, Miria Akagi, Naoise|
|Water||Cailana, Leona, Lowain, Mina, Ejaeli, Minami Nitta, Morphe and Phoebe|
|Earth||Melleau, Nemone, Almeida, Galadar, The Lowain Brothers|
|Wind||Helnar, Mikasa, Krugne, Miku Maekawa, Mimlemel and Stumpeye, Sevastien, Shiki Ichinose, Sutera|
|Light||Feather, Nicholas, Vermeil, Arusha, Bridgette and Cordelia, Erica Fontaine, Tear Grants, Tyre|
|Dark||Katalina, Sarunan, Elize Lotus, Meg, Richard, Shao, Will, You, Deliford, Mika Jougasaki, Zaja|
You should swap these units out as soon as possible. Their stat and skill ceilings peak early on so there’s not much sense investing in them for the end game.
|Fire||Nina Drango, Alec, Barawa, Carren, Cassius, Karin, Mio Honda, Rosine, Elmott, Ippatsu, Jessica, Karva, Mary, Milla Maxwell, Ryan, Stahn Aileron|
|Water||Kaoru Sakuraba, Lamretta, Mishra, Pamela, Anastasia, Ange, Camieux, Chun-Li, Erin, Farrah, Mizuki Kawashima, Naga, Rin Shibuya, Sahli Lao, Sig, Suframare, Ulamnuran|
|Earth||Airi Totoki, Anzu Futaba, J.J., La Coiffe, Mimlemel and Pun-Kin, Redluck, Vanzza, Zaja, Augusta, Carmelina, Claudia, Juri, Kanako Mimura, Laguna, Mariah, Skull, Yamanbagiri Kunihiro|
|Wind||Arisa, Arthur, Arthur and Mordred, Chloe, Goblin Mage, Hazen, Karteira, Keehar, Rashid, Toru Amuro, Tsubasa Kashiwagi, Eso, Robertina, Ryu, Sakura Shinjugi|
|Light||Ceylan, Ezecrain, Johann, Philosophia, Uzuki Shimamura, Daetta, Elta, Nakoruru, Novei, Soriz, Sakura Kinomoto|
|Dark||Koume Shirasaka, Randall, Ranko Kanzaki, Luna, Stan, Yuri Lowell, Zehek|
Avoid using these characters. They have glaring flaws and subpar abilities that should be ignored, especially when there several units that can outperform them.
|Fire||Anna, Sarya, Teru Tendo, Dorothy|
|Wind||Aster, Haohmaru, Syr, Joy|
|Dark||Ange, Ludmila, Rita|