Echoes of Mana tier list (July 2023) - All characters ranked

Image of a group of characters in Echoes of Mana.
July 10, 2023: We've updated our Echoes of Mana tier list.

If you're a gacha game fan, then our Echoes of Mana tier list is almost certainly up your street! The latest mobile RPG from Square Enix is out now, with a brand new high fantasy story to dive into. If you want to learn about the best characters and weapons in Echoes of Mana, then this tier list is exactly what you need.

In this Echoes of Mana guide, we'll rank all the characters and their best weapons. It's mostly based on in-game rarity for now, but we'll work to figure out each character's nuances and rank them based on their versatility and effectiveness over time.

Echoes of Mana tier list - best four-star Echoes

Character name
Shiloh (Dark Sword), Popoi (Fire Boomerang)
Angela (Water Staff), Sumo (Light Sword), Kevin (The Beast Within), Angela (Shining Magic Power), Larc (The Conqueror), Honeycomb (Knightly Aspirations), Dark Lord (Ruler of the Realm), Crimson Wizard (Flaming Dark Magic), Elazul (Significant Pursuit), Randi (Friendly Force), Aria (Fallen Angel)
Riesz (Wind Polearm), Duran (Earth Sword), Angela (Magic Power in Bloom), Lady Blackpearl (Jumi's Finest), Julius (Tactical Mage of Manipulation), Mousseline (Que Sera Sera), Duffle (Full Dream Ahead), Tamber (Darting Dancer), Fanha, Elazul (Significant Pursuit), Lady Blackpearl (Darkcore Shatter), Mousseline (Vampire Trickster), Riesz (True Steel), Van (Fallen Demon), Popoi (Bringer of Blessings), Honeycomb (Shyest Santa), Duran (Valiant Dawnbringer), Serafina (Distant Dawn Dreamer)
Serafina (Earth Bow), Ferrik (Earth Sword), Ludgar (Dark Glove), Randi (Light Sword), Charlotte (Light Flail), Amanda (Wind Knife), Lekius (Fire Bow), Sumo (Overcoming Myriad Farewells), Hawkeye (Pride of Thieves), Serafina (A World of Encounters), Popoi (Headed for the Home Village), Sumo (Resolve Renewed), Duran (Trusted Shield), Fuji (Undertaking Fate), Angela (Winter Wishes), Sandra (Jewel Hunter), Primm (New Year Maiden)
Serafina (Water Polearm), Julius (Fire Staff), Popoi (Earth Bow), Primm (Lovely Rowdy Lass), Keldric (Guided by the Great Tree), Elazul (Young Jumi Knight), Charlotte (Whiz & Beauty), Sierra (Unyielding Loyalty), Ebon Knight (Fantasy Slayer), Riesz (Pride on the High Seas), Raxa (Swashbuckler Supreme), Kevin (Fangs of Fury), Duffle (Ruff 'N Tumble), Sumo (Tomorrow Dawns Anew)
Dark Lord (Dark Sword), Primm (Water Glove), Sierra (Light Knife), Angela (Fire Staff), Riesz (Water Polearm), Hawkeye (Dark Knight), Niccolo (Wind Glove), Thanatos (Dark Staff), Sumo (Water Polearm), Wanderer (Earth Polearm), Kevin (Earth Clove), Lekius (Water Bow), Shiloh (Light Axe), Duran (Fire Sword), Escad (Beholder of Justice), Shiloh (Afloat with Hope), Primm (Taking Charge)

With the game now out in the wild, we have what we need to piece together the above Echoes of Mana tier list. It's very much a work in progress at the moment - higher rarity characters automatically appear further up the tier list based on the idea of star scaling - but we'll begin to swap out generic two and three-star characters for a wider select of four-star characters as more release.

Echoes (characters) can ascend to six-star rarity with player input, though, so it's entirely possible that a relatively common two-star unit could scale better than a base four-star unit. It'll take some time to properly gauge the potential of the game's already long list of characters, however, so don't take the above Echoes of Mana tier list as absolute until the game has had some time to mature.

Power creep in a gacha game is one thing, but new boss mechanics can sometimes even cause initially terrible characters to find their niche.

Image of Rabite in Echoes of Mana.
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Who is the best Echoes of Mana character?

Again, there's every chance this could be a completely incorrect take given how new the game is yet. Echoes of Mana is a spawling gacha service game with deep systems that we all need some time to come to grips with.

For now, it's relatively safe to assume that characters like Sumo (Light Sword), Angela (Water Staff), Shiloh (Dark Sword), and Popoi (Fire Boomerang) are worth using if you manage to pull them. They're the hardest echoes to get in terms of draw rate, and there has to be a reason for that.

On the slightly lower end of the scale would be the game's first rate-up characters: Riesz (Wind Polearm) and Duran (Earth Sword). You still have a relatively low chance of obtaining them through the rate-up banner, but it wouldn't make sense for the game to boost the chances of getting the game's best starting units right out of the gate, making these two good, but not the greatest.

How do I get more Echoes of Mana characters?

For the most part, new characters in Echoes of Mana are obtained through a traditional gacha system. You'll see this play out during the initial tutorial, but you'll get to do a couple of ten-pulls yourself as soon as you gain proper menu control.

Performed through the "Harvest" menu, pulling for Echoes of Mana characters requires either 3k Crystals (2.7k for launch) - that gets you a ten-pull summon with a guaranteed three-star unit.

If you have a summon ticket of any sort, this can be used first to the same effect. Summon tickets tend to come from promotional campaigns or event rewards, whereas crystals can come from both those places as well as general story completion and myriad other places.

When is the Echoes of Mana release date?

Echoes of Mana released on April 27, 2022. The game went up for download the day before, with the servers going live in the early hours of the next morning.

And that's about everything you need to know about the Echoes of Mana tier list right now. It's set to change continuously as the game matures, releases new characters, and any little quirks are worked out in regards to team synergy and optimal strategies, so do bookmark the page and check back often.

New characters will likely drop every week or so, which will disrupt the tier list in a major way over time - gacha games are predictable like that. And be sure to check out our best gacha games list if you're ever in the market for a new on-the-go pastime. There's no shortage of them this year.

If you want even more tier lists like this, then you're in the right place. Check out our AFK Arena tier list or Genshin Impact tier list for two of the most popular pocket-sized RPGs on the market. We've also got a Wild Rift tier list for the League of Legends mobile game.

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