Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Sword Art Online Memory Defrag Best Character Tier List https://www.gameskinny.com/gim3d/sword-art-online-memory-defrag-best-character-tier-list https://www.gameskinny.com/gim3d/sword-art-online-memory-defrag-best-character-tier-list Thu, 02 Feb 2017 04:40:01 -0500 Ty Arthur

In the leap from console to mobile gaming, Sword Art Online didn't lose the large cast of characters. In fact Memory Defrag has one of the biggest casts, since it draws from across the game franchise's entire history with alternate versions of characters available to pull randomly by spending currency in the Scout section.

Besides the relatively useless basic Kirito, every player gets a randomized pull for a secondary character during the tutorial missions. I was lucky enough to get a 4 star Philia on my first try, but there are even better characters (and many worse ones) that are possible to acquire in the random shuffle.

Below we cover the ranked tiers of character possibilities to give you an idea of the power level for your specific party. Everybody seems to want Asuna in the nightie, but there are easily characters that pack more of a punch, even if they offer less eye candy. Considering the makeup of the source anime and console games, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the female side of the cast tends to win out on the power level.

When rolling for a new party member either at the beginning of the game or by Scouting, keep in mind that special event versions of characters are typically better than their standard counterparts. For instance, the Christmas version of Asuna (which sadly most English speaking players missed out on the first time around) is an all around better character than the standard Sword Art Online version of Asuna.

Since it's a good bet new characters and alternate versions of existing characters will be released in future special events, always keep that basic rule of thumb in mind.

Xmas Renditions Are The Way To Go!

For those who are totally new to the game - or want to know how to re-roll better Scout picks after the tutorial - check out our Sword Art Online Memory Defrag beginner's guide here.

Sword Art Online Memory Defrag Character Tiers

Memory Defrag characters are ranked in commonly accepted tiers from S (the best you always want) down to AA, A, etc. all the way to C (playable, but not at all maximized for achieving the best rank in any given quest). If you get a C, you should consider re-rolling.

Although stats and special attacks play a role, it's worth noting this list is somewhat subjective -- if you spend a lot of time unlocking a lower tier character's abilities, get a higher star version, or need a character with a specific weapon type to counter a certain breed of monster, even lower-tier characters are worthwhile.

Essentially, these rankings should be used as guidelines for deciding whether you want to go about the annoying re-rolling process, but don't let these tier lists be a deterrent to just diving in and playing. You can potentially get through the game and succeed with any character, and there comes a point where it's time to stop re-rolling and start exploring the Sword Art Online world already!

S Rank Characters
  • Christmas Asuna
  • Windy Asuna
  • Christmas Silica
  • Christmas Yuuki
  • Windy Yuuki
AA Rank Characters
  • Fiery Asuna
  • Christmas Kirito
  • Christmas Philia
  • Earth Yuuki
  • Halloween Yuuki
A Rank Characters
  • Alfheim Asuna
  • Earth Lisbeth
  • Earth Leafa
  • Base Seven
  • Base Silica
  • Earth Silica
  • Fiery Sinon
  • Christmas Strea
  • Base Yuuki
B Rank Characters
  • Base Asuna
  • Fiery Klein
  • Alfheim Online Leafa
  • Christmas Leafa
  • Windy Lisbeth
  • Dual Wield Kirito
  • Alfheim Online Kirito
  • Base Philia
  • Base Rain
  • Alfheim Online Silica
  • Base Sumeragi
  • Base Strea
  • Fiery Strea
C Rank Characters
  • Base Agil
  • Base Lisbeth
  • Alfheim Online Sinon
  • Gun Gale Online Sinon

Got a different take on the SAO Memory Defrag characters and think any of them deserve a higher or lower ranking? Let us know in the comments section below!

 Have fun gaining new Sword Art Online characters!

Sword Art Online Memory Defrag Beginner's Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/fktta/sword-art-online-memory-defrag-beginners-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/fktta/sword-art-online-memory-defrag-beginners-guide Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:16:09 -0500 Ty Arthur

The ever-expanding Sword Art Online franchise got its very own mobile game some time back and -- as usual --  Japanese fans have been playing it for months already. 

But now we poor Westerners can also get in on the killer MMO action as Kirito and crew try to survive a deadly virtual reality. It's worth the download too, as the refreshingly different combat system feels more like a complete game than many other freemium mobile titles, even if there is a lot of frantic tapping involved.

Just getting started and not sure what you need to do? Beyond the obvious stuff like completing daily quests for extra money and experience, below we cover some of the important Sword Art Online Memory Defrag beginner's tips you need to know before you head off on your own.

Parrying and Difficulty

Guarding and parrying for skill combos is probably the most important skill to master early on. It's much better to parry and switch out your character for a skill strike than to hit a bunch of times in a row.

This is all about the timing. Each enemy has a specific "tell" of when they are about to strike letting you know when to guard, and you have to flick up on the screen to initiate the parry just as the creature's eyes turn red.

When you've got the combat basics down, you may notice you need to repeat specific quests repeatedly to level up enough to proceed to later portions of the world map. Before going that route, go back to the main quest screen on the world map and change the difficulty from "normal" to "hard" to get better experience and rewards. This will shave down your level grinding time significantly.

 Changing to hard mode

Claim Your Gifts

This is critical and is an odd design choice clearly meant to screw inattentive players out of free stuff -- don't forget to go to the gift box and claim your rewards! 

For instance, if you get memory diamonds after a mission, they don't actually go in your inventory and they will expire after a set amount of time. You have to manually go to the menu and choose Gift Box, then Claim All to actually receive your awards.  

It's important to note that you still have to do this even after choosing Claim All on the daily mission screen, where it seems like you should have already received your rewards.

 Gift Box

Weapon Damage Types

Having a four-star character with a four-star weapon and fully unlocked abilities is, of course, important, but there's still another element of the combat to consider: some weapons are more efficient against specific enemies. The breakdown goes like this:

  • Fragile Enemies (Slimes, Insects) -- Use Slicing Weapons
  • Thick Carapace Enemies (Lizardmen, Kobolds) -- Use Piercing Weapons
  • Heavy Body Enemies (Skeletons, Elementals) -- Use Blunt Weapons

 Know your damage types

Re-Rolling For Better Options

OK, so yes, this is essentially cheating, but since it does require a decent amount of time and effort, and there's such a randomized nature to what you are going to get at the beginning, everyone should be doing this anyway.

After the tutorial missions, you get a randomized second character through the Scout system who will be between 2 – 4 stars. Normally getting a new Scout costs money, but one is awarded for free near the beginning. If you get a 2-star character, it's better to start over and try again than to forge ahead with sub-par stats.

With a 4-star character's stats and abilities, you will complete missions faster and earn S-rank more consistently in the early missions, resulting in all around better characters and loot. It's such a prevalent practice now that the process is cheekily referred to as the reset marathon.

There are three different ways to go about this re-rolling for a 3 or 4-star character depending on the type of device you have:

  • Quit the app, uninstall, and then re-download and re-install entirely
  • Navigate to the Sword Art Online app in your Settings menu and choose Clear Data
  • Navigate to and delete the specific file /data/data/com.bandainamcoent.saomd/files/memories as well as /data/data/com.bandainamcoent.saomd/shared_prefs and then restart the app.

 4 stars is what you want!

That's all the basics of what you need to know to get started! Got any other Sword Art Online Memory Defrag tips and tricks we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.