Been rerolling and playing quite a bit of NieR Re[in]carnation lately. Although I am missing out quite a bit from not understanding the story, the game itself is filled with tons of content that is actually quite comprehensive. Here is my personal Tier List I’ve come up with in preparation for the global release.
Do note that this list is based on the default weapon that comes together with the character. When rerolling, aim to get A2 and another SS tier character. Pull all 3 automata characters and get reward boost for the first event.
Definitely the hardest hitting character at launch. A2 is able to dish out large amount of damage. Furthermore, together with her weapon, she is able to do multiple hits and greatly increase the combo meter. However, A2 is a glass cannon as her defense and HP are low. You’ll need to quickly level up your weapons to boost her survivability in battles. Highly recommended to get her as your starter.
The most popular character in the game. 2B is a decent damage dealer who is able to put out large combo points for the team. She’s easy to build as there are many Swords currently in the game. 2B may be weaker in terms of raw damage when compared to A2 or Frenlyse but she shines when her HP falls below 50%. Her character skill will boost her attack by 26% when HP is below 50%. I recommend getting both A2 and 2B to start your game
9S has one of the highest HP and Defense value in the game at launch. Although he is unable to do much damage, his attacks are mostly multiple hits which can greatly increase the combo meter. In addition, his weapon has a 10% chance to stun a single enemy. This is a bonus for PVP. You’ll want to get 9S for his reward boost for the first Nier Automata event.
The next best damage dealer in the game. In fact, with her high agility, Frenlyse is able to quickly deal tons of damage to the enemy. This is especially useful in PVP as speed is king. Futhermore, Frenlyse is able to boost the attack of your party and also decrease the defense of an enemy. Frenlyse is definitely a good addition to your party especially in Boss fights.
This is the 4* version of the game’s starting character. As a unit herself, Rion is pretty average. However, her exclusive weapon (Black Thirst) is what makes her valuable. The skill one for her weapon has 75% chance to blind a single target. This is pretty useful in boss fights and PVP. Furthermore, the second skill is able to boost the Attack power of all allies.
Dimis is especially good in Boss fights and PVP. His character skill enables him to blind a single target with 75% chance. As a Gunner, he can usually move first in PVP and dish out large amount of damage before your opponent’s turn.
Akeha is good for long boss fights with her high HP and Defense stat. Furthermore, she is able to reduce the Attack Power of the enemy and perform self-healing. However, outside of boss fights, she’s not that great as her skill gauge require some time to charge.
Argo is one of those characters that are good but average. Some of the Japanese wiki sites gave him quite high ratings while others put him at the bottom of the list. As a spear user, he is able to help build the combo meter for the team. Since his weapon skill 2 can boost the Agility of all allies, you can probably consider using him for PVP to give your team more attack turns.
Fio is mixture of 9s and Argo. She has high defensive stats and the ability to boost your team’s Agility. You can use her to quickly build up your team’s combo meter and boost the speed of your party’s attack turn.
The 4* version of F66 came along together with the second event of the game. Basically this is a Healer/Support character. If you just started the game and is at the rerolling stage, I do not recommend pulling for him as a starter unit. However, if you’re already late into the game and in need for more sustainability in your party, I guess you can spend 1 to 2×10 summons for him.
Note: He will be useful on the next event
063y is a new character in the game’s third event. Unlike 2B, he does not possess a lot of burst damage. However, his strength is in his Poison ability which is useful against high HP fights.