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Goddess of Victory: Nikke Tier List – Global & JP

Here's our tier list for Goddess of Victory: Nikke.

Goddess of Victory: Nikke is the new mobile gacha game from Shift Up, and it’s finally launched globally for mobile devices. The game has launched with a ridiculous number of SSR units, and it can be difficult to determine who’s actually useful and who isn’t. To help you out, here’s our tier list for Goddess of Victory: Nikke.

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Goddess of Victory: Nikke Tier List

[Nov. 24, 2022 UPDATE]: We’ve added Helm to the A-tier. Helm excels at assisting her team in dealing extra damage to weak spots, and she also provides extra utility in the form of healing and life-steal, which can be crucial if you don’t have a dedicated healer on your team just yet. While Helm certainly doesn’t reach the top ranks in terms of DPS output, she makes up for it with support and healing, and honestly, her damage is pretty respectable as well. She does specialize in single-target damage, however, so you may want to swap her out for stages that are more suited for AoE characters.

[Original Article]: Before we really dive in, we should note that at the time of writing, there are two tier lists for Nikke currently floating around. The ‘global’ tier list from Prydwen (which we’ll be referencing in this article) is largely based on DPS and damage numbers, and also takes into account unit performance at max level.

On the flipside, the JP tier lists emphasize team-building and synergy, and takes into account each unit’s utility and what they bring to the table. Both tier lists are absolutely equally valid, and it’ll come down to your play style. The global tier list is more suited for players who are looking to min-max their Nikke accounts and reroll to get their dream SSRs, while the JP tier list may be more palatable for players who don’t just want a hard carry DPS, and are looking for more well-rounded teams.

SScarlet, Ludmilla, Liter, Harran, Volume, Noah, Privaty
APepper, Novel, Snow White, Signal, Drake, Brid, Admi, Dolla, Guillotine, Julia, Rapunzel, Yuni, Noise, Poli, Helm
BSugar, Crow, Rupee, Miranda, Maiden, Frima, Maxwell, Centi, Alice, Emma, Milk, Diesel, Yan, Exia
CEpinel, Yulha, Mary, Folkwang, Aria, Vesti, Soline, Isabel, Eunhwa
Goddess of Victory: Nikke Global Tier List

There’s little doubt that Scarlet is the best DPS character in Nikke right now. According to the testing done by Prydwen, she out-damages all other DPS units in the game, and it’s not even close. The only drawback to building around Scarlet is that you need good supports and healers to keep her from dying, as she’s essentially a glass cannon.

She’s also a Pilgrim unit, which means that her pull rate is 0.8% and she can’t be added to the Wishlist. If you’re rerolling for her, it may take a long time. With the way she’s severely out-classing other DPS units, however, she may very well get nerfed.

The good news is that there are plenty of other solid DPS units for you to build around. Privaty, Noah, and Harran shouldn’t be underestimated. While Noah and Harran are also Pilgrim units, Privaty is an Elysion Assault Rifle unit who can be wishlisted.

Ludmilla and Liter are also really solid reroll targets even if they aren’t DPS units; the former is one of the strongest defenders/tanks in the game, while Liter is inarguably the best supporter you can get in Nikke right now.

Nikke JP Tier List

If building around a hard carry DPS character isn’t your style, here’s the JP tier list from Kamigame:

SSPrivaty, Poli, Miranda, Liter, Alice
SEmma, Signal, Drake, Pepper, Mary, Milk, Dolla, Volume, Snow White, Rapunzel, Scarlet, Harran, Noah, Helm
ADiesel, Guillotine, Maiden, Maxwell, Julia, Sugar, Exia, Yulha, Yan, Noise, Isabel, Rupee
BBrid, Soline, Eunhwa, Vesti, Yuni, Centi, Crow, Admi, Frima, Ludmilla, Novel, Folkwang, Aria
Goddess of Victory: Nikke JP Tier List

As you can see, Poli and Miranda are prioritized here for their utility; the former helps to mitigate damage for the entire team, while Miranda acts as a buffer to increase overall damage output. Scarlet has been bumped down just a little as she’s really just a pure, selfish DPS unit, but even the JP list has her in the S tier thanks to her raw damage output.

Helm has also recently been added to the S-tier, as she provides great healing/lifesteal capabilities, and also helps to enhance your team’s damage output. Again, she’s held back by the fact that she focuses on single-target damage, and you’ll likely want to replace her with Harran when you get her. But otherwise, Helm is a very respectable DPS unit to have on your team.

At the end of the day, yes, you can likely clear the entire campaign with any combination of these units. However, we’d definitely recommend rerolling for one or two of the better characters from either list to give yourself a headstart, especially with how stingy the game can be with its currency, and aggressive monetization.

That does it for our Goddess of Victory: Nikke tier list. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more tips and information on the game, including a list of all redeemable codes so far.

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Zhiqing Wan
Zhiqing is the Reviews Editor for Twinfinite, and a History graduate from Singapore. She's been in the games media industry for nine years, trawling through showfloors, conferences, and spending a ridiculous amount of time making in-depth spreadsheets for min-max-y RPGs. When she's not singing the praises of Amazon's Kindle as the greatest technological invention of the past two decades, you can probably find her in a FromSoft rabbit hole.