The First Descendant Tier List – All Characters and Classes Ranked

Not sure which character does the best shooty bang? Our The First Descendant tier list is here to throw a grenade in the middle of all of that guesswork. In this guide, we rank all of the characters from S tier to …

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Not sure which character does the best shooty bang? Our The First Descendant tier list is here to throw a grenade in the middle of all of that guesswork. In this guide, we rank all of the characters from S tier to D tier, so you can skip the worst in favour of the best. We’ll keep it updated too, as often as new characters drop or Nexon messes with the meta, so we recommend checking back often to see how it’s changed.

The First Descendant is a third-person shooter meets co-op RPG. You pick a character, grab a few friends, and clear missions in the name of loot. Like Diablo, The First Descendant is all about that loot, with a wide variety to collect as you strive to grow in power. There’s a story to play through, a variety of characters to play as, and a dynamic combat system that combines shooting with skills.

You can learn more about The First Descendant on the official site. We also recommend checking out our Overwatch 2 tier list, Gundam Evolution tier list, and Gunfire Reborn tier list.

The First Descendant Tier List

Now, we’ll rank all of the characters from the heights of S tier to the depths of D tier.

Tiers Explained

Before we move onto the tier list though, we thought we’d quickly explain what our tiers mean:

  • S Tier: These are the best characters currently available in the game, and you should definitely aim to add them to your party. They should also be the first choice to level up and gain access to equipment.
  • A Tier: These characters are perfect for filling gaps in a party – particularly when you haven’t unlocked enough S tiers, or there aren’t enough S tiers to fill a party in the first place. You should investigate these characters and see which one will counter your party’s weakness.
  • B Tier: Characters in this tier can really help during the early phases of the game, when you haven’t unlocked many characters, but they fade later on. Definitely use them when you lack S and A characters, but swap them out as much as possible.
  • C Tier: The only real difference between C and D tier is that C tier characters can occasionally have niche uses. They may be great at a particular game mode, or be exceptionally powerful early on. A late-game party shouldn’t have any though.
  • D Tier: We don’t recommend using these characters under any circumstance, unless you absolutely have to because you have nothing else. They underperform at all stages of the game, and in all game modes.

S Tier

The best characters in the game.

  • Ajax
  • Sharen

A Tier

Great characters in their own right that are great with a bit of mastery.

  • Gley
  • Jayber

B Tier

If you’re willing to spend a bunch of time mastering these characters, it can pay off.

  • Bunny

C Tier

These can be useful in niche circumstances, but are ultimately better off avoiding.

  • Blair
  • Freyna
  • Viessa

D Tier

Skip these characters completely.

  • Lepic

What Is A Tier List?

A tier list is a list of characters that you can unlock in a game – particularly a gacha game – ordered from best to worst. We rank from S tier to D tier, with S being best and D being worst.

The purpose of a tier list is to help you, the player, determine who the best characters to unlock are, so you can save time and money. Once you know who the best characters are, you can form a party out of them and ignore the others.

How Did We Pick Our The First Descendant Tier List?

We used a combination of the following factors when deciding on our The First Descendant tier list:

  • Personal experience
  • Community feedback
  • General consensus from other tier lists

However, it’s worth noting that tier lists are subjective by nature. This is based on our experience with the game, but yours may vary. So, we recommend that you take this with a pinch of salt and play The First Descendant for yourself.

How Often Do We Update Our The First Descendant Tier List?

We update this tier list regularly to ensure that it always follows the latest meta. Typically, you can expect an update around the following happenings:

  • A new character releases
  • Balance changes

There may be a small delay between the above two events as we’ll return to the game to check out the new character for ourselves, or to see how the balance patches have affected things.

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Glen has over a decade's worth of experience in gaming journalism, writing for Pocket Gamer, Pocket Tactics, Nintendo Life, and Gfinity. When he's not badgering everyone about the dangers of passive text, you can probably find him playing Wild Rift.