Best Servants in Fate/Grand Order

As of the writing of this list description, the English release of Fate/Grand Order, an online free-to-play role-playing game based on Fate/stay night visual novel game and franchise by Type-Moon, has been released since June 25 of 2017. I downloaded the game on my smartphone right on its launch day, and from there on, I've been having quite a lot of fun battling enemies in quests by commanding Servants in a mission to save humanity's future.

That said, I feel obligated to make an entire main list detailing the best Servants you can get in Fate/Grand Order. After making several sub lists of the best Servants based on their ranks and classes, this list's ordering of what I believe to be the best Servants in the game will be based on information from wikis and articles, my personal experience with the Servants, and what others have said about the Servants. If you're an FGO player like me, feel free to vote and add more Servants to this list if you would like. Thanks and enjoy viewing this list.

The Top Ten

1 Zhuge Liang (Lord El-Melloi II) Zhuge Liang (Lord El-Melloi II)

Broken support. Only second to merlin than would be the next year here.

Until Merlin becomes available on the NA servers, this is pretty much everyone's ideal Caster-class Servant to go to. Now Waver is well-deserving of that 5-star status when it comes to buffing and debuffing. His skills can help boost his allies' stats while simultaneously helping to build up NP points. And where his skills can buff his team, his Noble Phantasm can seriously debuff enemies by a large margin. If you ever see any friend having him up for support, go for it! It'll benefit you in the long run for as long as possible. Now if I can just roll for him... Hopefully, when the Fate/Zero Accel Order event comes for North America, I can be able to roll for him at a higher rate. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Not necessary second to Merlin

2 Jeanne d'Arc Jeanne d'Arc

Thank God I have a friend who has a completely ascended Jeanne d'Arc (with an increased level cap thanks to the use of a Holy Grail). While she doesn't deal the most damage when it comes to 5-star Servants like herself, she has other viable uses in battle that will inevitably aid in helping your team's survivability. Her three Arts cards are able to help her gain NP points quickly, so once you reach a Fatal or Grand Battle of some sort, her Noble Phantasm will come in handy. While it does stun her for one turn in the process, it will grant your team invincibility, boost their defense, and have them recover HP every turn for a certain amount of time. Not to mention that as a Ruler-class Servant, she resists damage from every Servant class excluding ones like the Berserker class (though, using a Buster Card with her on the third card on a Berserker-class enemy can really deal some massive damage). Overall, Jeanne is a vital Servant you'll want to either roll for yourself or have her ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

3 Gilgamesh Gilgamesh

Man, I really wish I had more luck rolling for Gilgamesh in NA's recently ended 66,666 likes campaign! Anyways, while I saw in an article that he wasn't exactly the best Archer in the game in the Japanese server (most likely being exceeded by Ishtar), there is no denying that the King of Heroes' power is incredible in its own merit. His NP stat is EX-rank and his Noble Phantasm Enuma Elish is without a doubt devastatingly powerful, given it not only deals massive damage, but can also deal bonus damage to Servants especially weak to the Noble Phantasm like Artoria Pendragon herself. Adding on, he can rack up quite a lot of Critical Stars essential for dealing out critical hits on enemies. And for a little note, he can also increase his team's attack as well. Man, it goes without saying that the Gilgamesh's versatility is excellent. However, getting a gem like him is easier said than done. Not only is his drop rate low due to his 5-star status, but he's also a Limited Servant, meaning ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks


4 Artoria Pendragon (Archer) Artoria Pendragon (Archer) Artoria Pendragon (also romanized as Arturia and Altria) is a Saber-class Servant from the Fate series. She is the true identity of Saber in the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon and its prequel, Fate/Zero, by Type-Moon and nitroplus. She is the the Saber-class Servant more.

She isn't available in the NA server yet, but since her usefulness in battle is so notable, I just had to include the swimsuit version of everyone's favorite Blue Saber! Instead of the knightly getup, this Artoria comes in swimsuit form, complete with a water gun as her main weapon! Aside from the swimsuit gimmick, this Artoria is most notable for having an incredible NP gain! Combine that with her Noble Phantasm being able to rack up NP based on total damage dealt after using up the NP gauge and utilizing the essential Craft Essences and support Servants to help fill her NP gauge as well and you'll be finding yourself spamming her Noble Phantasm on almost every turn! Everyone in the NA server is definitely going to be saving up for her, myself included. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

5 Heracles Heracles

Almost any beginner tips article will recommend that when rerolling for a good Servant in the Tutorial Summon, Heracles is the best starter Servant to go for. While I didn't exactly reroll since I actually got two 4-star Servants (Marie Antoinette and Carmilla) in the Tutorial Summon, I was wise enough to choose Heracles for free in the Master Recruitment campaign for the NA server. Being a Berserker-class Servant, Heracles will be your ideal damage buster for the first few chapters of the game. While he is a glass cannon thanks to his Berserker class making him deal double damage to all main Servant classes and take double damage from all main Servant classes, the key to utilizing such a glass cannon is to make sure you have the right Craft Essences and support Servants necessary in keeping him alive. Because trust me, his Noble Phantasm can deal tons of damage, so he's pretty handy in boss fights. - ModernSpongeBobSucks


Well, since Gilgamesh is a Limited Servant and hasn't appeared in another summoning campaign since the 66,666 likes campaign in the NA server, aside from Atalanta, if you want an Archer-class Servant in the 4-star or 5-star range, EMIYA is your best bet. While he and Gilgamesh don't compare to Ishtar, EMIYA is basically a versatile all-around Archer. He can apply defense for three turns while evading for one turn, increase Critical Star drop rate, and increase his card performances. Through ascensions, interlude completions, and maxing out skills, EMIYA's power can be used to the fullest. And like Heracles, EMIYA is also considered to be a good starter Servant. Be on the lookout for him when doing a Saint Quartz summon. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

7 Cu Chulainn Cu Chulainn

Think Elizabeth Bathory is the best Lancer-class Servant in the NA server so far? Think again. Until we get Scathach, Cu Chulainn is quite possibly the best Lancer-class Servant out of any Lancer so far. In terms of endurance, he can last the longest more than any other Servant can. For one, he can use his second skill to apply defense for three turns and evade... FOR THREE HITS! That's right. Not three turns. Three HITS. If you can manage to last until the end of the skill's cooldown and/or max out the skill's level, you can essentially be untouchable for the entire battle! And even if you get hit three times, applying Guts to him with his first skill will be insurance that he will revive one time. Not to mention his third skill can remove debuffs and restore HP, further making sure he stays on the battlefield for as long as possible. Don't underestimate a 3-star like Cu Chulainn. Some have even come to question themselves as to why he isn't a 4-star when he's quite on the same power ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

8 Jeanne d'Arc (Alter) Jeanne d'Arc (Alter)

Goes without saying that her and her true vanilla counterpart are exact opposite parallels. While vanilla Jeanne isn't a huge damage-dealer but can be quite a durable tank when it comes to her Ruler class and high HP stat, Jalter is quite the glass cannon with having some of the lowest HP out of any Servant in the game, but having remarkably the highest attack stat to deal the highest damage output against enemies. She'll easily go hand-in-hand with Buster-based support teams like parties with Merlin in them and whatnot. So chances are if you're not saving up for Okita or Scathach right now, better save up for Jalter when she comes around in the NA server. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Best attack

9 Merlin Merlin

Without a doubt a necessity in the meta game when it comes to being a game-breaker. To reiterate from the last time I talked about him, he's Waver Turned Up To Eleven when it comes to being the support for your party. His first skill adds 20% NP charge and a 20% increase in Attack for your team, his second skill grants invincibility to your entire party along with increasing your party's star generation rates and decreasing your enemies' chances of delivering critical attacks with a moderate cooldown, and his third skill gives your team 50% Buster up, 3000 Max HP increase and a 100% Critical Damage bonus for three turns. In addition, one of his passive skills include being able to generate 5% NP per turn and at NP1 for Garden of Avalon, he provides 1000 healing, 5% NP charge and 5 critical stars to the party per turn for five turns. With all the statistics of what is actually a nerfed playable version of the NPC Merlin played in Babylonia, Merlin is truly a game-breaker and worth ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

10 Medea Medea

Medea may not be the most damage-dealing Caster in the game, but she certainly is powerful on the front lines, especially as a 3-star. Take for instance, her first skill being able to charge your NP gauge at a high amount. While it doesn't look like much at first, take into consideration that even when the skill is at level 1, the skill can fill your NP gauge by 80%! That's more NP generated than even Zhuge Liang's first skill can generate at max level with only 50%! This brings us to her Noble Phantasm. It won't exactly deal a lot of damage, but if your enemy has a ton of buffs, leave it to Rule Breaker to remove all those buffs single-handed! Honorable mentions go to her being able to restore her own HP and help remove debuffs on an ally and increase their NP generation rate. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The Newcomers

? Ryougi Shiki (Saber) Ryougi Shiki (Saber)

While Saber Shiki is arguably not as good as Assassin Shiki when it comes to Instant-Kill chance with their respective Noble Phantasms, Saber Shiki is actually pretty versatile and useful in other areas aside from attack value. Her high HP value makes her an exceptional stone wall, with her Yin Yang skill variation restoring much of her HP for just a little NP loss. She also retains the same Mystic Eyes of Death Perception skill that Assassin Shiki possesses and her second skill, while not as good compared to her first and third one, isn't too bad for increasing attack and mental debuff resistance. But the most important aspect of her reliability is her Noble Phantasm. Yes, it's not as strong as Assassin Shiki's version, but on the bright side, not only does it ignore defense and attacks all enemies on the field, but it also removes ALL party debuffs. To put it into simple words, Saber Shiki has high endurance as a Saber and can last long while keeping the party alive as long as ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

? Ryougi Shiki (Assassin) Ryougi Shiki (Assassin)

With the Kara no Kyoukai Collaboration event ending in just about a few days on the NA server, let's kick up the old analysis machine. So here, we have our welfare Servant of this event, none other than Ryougi Shiki (Assassin). From an F2P perspective, I'd say welfare Shiki is the better Shiki between her and Void Shiki. As an Assassin, her passive skills are useful for both generating Critical stars and increasing Critical attack damage output gradually. In addition, her skill set is incredibly strong and probably the most important thing you'll need when grinding and clearing this event. Her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception allows her to ignore enemy invincibility, increase Arts-card performance, and reduce an enemy's Instant-Death resistance all in one turn. She also has the ever-reliant Eye of the Mind evade skill for a 1-turn evasion along with increasing Critical damage for 3 turns. And for her Yin Yang skill variant, she generates about more or less a quarter of NP in exchange ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The Contenders

11 Okita Souji Okita Souji

F2P players and whales alike, if you're looking to roll for a worthwhile Limited Servant other than the temporarily limited Tamamo no Mae, SAVE UP FOR OKITA! Okita Souji is a god send when it comes to dropping Critical stars. With just a QQABB deck, by utilizing skills like Weak Constitution and Eye of the Mind (False), expect to both drop a high amount of Critical stars AND dish out massive critical attacks with Sakura Saber on a frequent basis. In addition, her Noble Phantasm also ignores enemy defense buffs when used, so it's a pretty useful single-target NP. Just couple it along with some Quick card performance buffs including her Reduced Earth skill and you're guaranteed to make Okita-san have her Great Victory! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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12 Cursed Arm Hassan Cursed Arm Hassan

I would put Jack the Ripper on this list since she's considerably one of the, if not, the best Assassin-class Servants in the game, but since Hassan has lower rarity and therefore a higher chance to drop, I'll put him in this spot in place of Jack for now. While Assassins are probably the weakest class in terms of damage dealt, they certainly come in handy when it comes to generating those Critical Stars needed to dish out critical hits for extra damage. So until Jack the Ripper does come out in the NA server, Cursed Arm Hassan is the best you can get right now for an Assassin-class Servant. He obviously won't deal too much damage, but he's key to getting the most Critical stars possible. In addition, his Noble Phantasm has a high chance of inflicting instant death on a single enemy even when not maxed out! It'll be worth maxing out his Noble Phantasm by summoning enough cards of him if you want to increase the chance further. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

13 Jack the Ripper Jack the Ripper

Has anyone become a mother yet? Kudos to those who still had enough Saint Quartz (or went into Whale Mode) to summon Jack the Ripper after the salt that was the Thanksgiving campaign featuring Scathach. Alright, time for analysis. she's exceptionally the best Assassin-class Servant in the game. At the very least, she's an expert at gaining tons of Critical stars and dealing MASSIVE critical damage against enemies. And that's not all. Her Noble Phantasm pretty much ignores the target's defense buffs and increases damage against female enemies. Trust me, there's going to be a LOT of female bosses in the later parts of the game. If you manage to roll Jack when London is released, expect fighting Medb in E Pluribum Unus to be a cinch. As for her skill set, it's fairly decent as her first skill gives her Evade for 1 turn while simultaneously increasing Quick card effectiveness, her second skill removes enemy buffs and decreases Critical Strength for one enemy, and her third skill restores ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

14 Scathach Scathach

I just learned from Not A Whale that Aniplex USA recently announced that Fate/Grand Order is holding a Thanksgiving banner as an NA exclusive event for the NA server. So I was really excited when I heard that not only is the Scathach banner going to be held, but that the New Year Guaranteed SSR Summon was being combined with the Thanksgiving banner as well! I'm so hyped up for this! Anyways, let's go over Scathach. I wouldn't say she's as durable as her pupil Cu Chulainn, but her skill set and class advantage along with her Noble Phantasm's effects truly make her the most useful and versatile Lancer-class Servant to get in the game. She's incredibly useful against Servants with the Divine trait, so expect to be able to curb stomp Archers like Gilgamesh and Arjuna later on in the game. In addition, her Noble Phantasm is quite notably a very powerful Single Target attack, especially against Archers. And even if it may not OHKO an enemy, Gae Bolg Alternative has an almost GUARANTEED stun ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Well, Masters. The day of reckoning is almost upon us. First, it's rolling for the guaranteed SSR paid Saint Quartz Summon gacha. And then from there on out, I'm going full-on whale mode for Shishou. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

15 Tamamo no Mae Tamamo no Mae

(This is a copy-and-paste comment from the same item on Best Caster-class Servants in Fate/Grand Order.) MIKON! So since Tamamo no Mae (or Casko, as Nero refers to her as) is coming out next week for the US Halloween campaign, let's take a good luck at what makes her a fearsome Servant (and waifu). Naturally, as a Caster, her card set is Arts-based, so not only is it easy to build up NP charge, but she's especially vital if you use an Arts-based party of Servants (ex. Tamamo no Mae, Zhuge Liang, and Vlad III). Her skill set is not too bad, as she can drain an enemy's NP gauge by 1 bar, increase her own defense for 3 turns and also increase her defense by 30% for 1 turn only, and increase 1 ally's Arts card performance for 3 turns (and heal ally's HP post-interlude). Now probably what makes her stand out the most is her Noble Phantasm. Using her Noble Phantasm, she can help refill all allies' HP gauges AND reduce all allies' skill cooldowns by 1 turn. It may not sound like much, but ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Well, Masters. It appears that in my guaranteed SSR paid Saint Quartz Summon, I managed to pull Casko from the gacha. To be honest, I'm happy but not all that happy at the same time. On the pro side, I'm just glad I didn't get another Altera copy since Altera already spooked me in my pulls for Okita and the fact that everyone pretty much considers Tamamo to be top-tier waifu material. But on the con side, I'm sad I didn't get the SSR's I wanted like Okita, Jeanne, or Waver. Plus, my party setup is mostly Buster-oriented and Tamamo no Mae is more fit for an Arts-oriented team. Hopefully, I can muster up some good Art-oriented Servants in the future so they'll go well with her in future gameplay. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The strongest Arts support AND one of the best healers in the game is 17th... pathetic.
Tamamo is at the same support level as Waver and Merlin. Her NP not only heals, but also reduces all allies' skill count AND charges two thirds of their NP gauge. Why is she just 17th? And why are the placeholder servants in NA above her? Cu Alter is much stronger than the original Cu. Quetzelcotl is a better damage dealing caster than Medea and Meltilith and Abigail ALSO possess buff removal while dealing MUCH more damage. There should be a separate list for 3*s.
Also, Mordred is only strong against Artoria Lancer and Lancer Alter. Her NP overcharge is otherwise useless.

You make some pretty good points there, my fellow Master. I might have to remix this list to reevaluate who should rank higher over the other. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

16 Mashu Kyrielight Mashu Kyrielight

Ah, Mash. Everyone's starting Shielder Servant. I never go into battle without her. Whether it be the main quests, free quests, interludes, event quests, etc. As a Shielder-Servant, she is not weak nor strong against any main class, including the Berserker-class as well. In addition, the Demi-Servant is able to boost her team's defense and grant invincibility and NP gain to one ally. While she isn't as strong now as she is in the JA server, keep in mind that as the story progresses with each new chapter released, she will definitely grow stronger and become one of the best Servants in the game period. Even to the point of going from 3-star to 4-star status, might I add! Even while Okeanos is awaiting release for the NA server, she will always be of vital use to the team whether it be on the front lines or support. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

17 Karna (Launcher) Karna (Launcher)

One of, if not the best lancer in the game. He has amazing attack power as well as fairly good support capability. The only thing Scathach does better is single target damage.

Ah, it seems a visitor has already submitted quite possibly one of the most popular 5-star Lancer-class Servants next to Scathach. Alright, my fellow Karna fan, how's about I give him a good ol' analysis to see why he's one of the best Servants in FGO? Okay, to start off, his skill set is quite versatile. He can reduce an enemy's debuff resistance for 1 turn AND prevent them from using their NP for 1 turn as well, simultaneously increase his own Buster card performance and NP strength for 1 turn, and gain 25% NP charge while also increasing his critical star generation rate and critical damage for 3 turns. Not bad, to say the least! Plus, his Noble Phantasm Vasavi Shakti is an AoE attack, so he's pretty efficient at dealing with Archer hordes and such when you're farming in a quest filled with them. Add in the fact that the Noble Phantasm can deal extra damage to Divine enemies as well! For those playing, you might want to consider rolling for this guy in case you have no luck getting ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

18 Nero Claudius (Bride) Nero Claudius (Bride)

My heart still longs for Jalter, but for all you diehard Nero fans, GO FOR IT. Her higher rarity and more versatile skill set is arguably a bit superior above the red Nero Claudius. Her first skill increases one ally's NP generation rate for 3 turns, her second skill increases one ally's attack and critical star generation rate for 3 turns, and her third skill heals an ally and increases their defense for 3 turns. Nero Bride may not be as much of a tank as her red counterpart, but her higher attack stats make her a more powerful unit to use if you're taking on tough bosses. Which ties into her single-target Noble Phantasm, dealing not only incredible damage to an enemy with damage output percentage DOUBLE that of red Nero's AoE Noble Phantasm, but also giving them numerous debuffs consisting of burn damage, defense debuff, and critical chance debuff. Overall, Nero Bride is a pretty good SSR Servant and especially a must-have if you're looking to achieve red Nero, Nero Bride, and ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

19 Brynhildr Brynhildr

Ladies and gentlemen (and Mamiko Noto fans), if you don't want to have to wait 2 years until Nero Festival Redux 2019 to summon this Lusamine prototype (get it? Because Brynhildr looks like Lusamine and Brynhildr came from Fate/Prototype? ) and you're willing to sacrifice your gems for her instead of Nero Bride or Jalter (I'm obviously saving up for Jalter and no one else until that point), BE MY GUEST! Admittedly, if you're only looking for the strongest Lancers, either just save up for Scathach on the next Limited Summoning Campaign or better yet, stick to good ol' Cu Chulainn with his unstoppable durability on the field. But if you're really desperate to summon a decent support unit Lancer where it'll be a long time until Karna gets another rate-up and gets permanently added to the gacha or you're up for the challenge to pull arguably the rarest Servant with the longest absence of a rate-up in FGO history. Now Brynhildr's skill set is not too bad, but not too great either. Her ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

20 Mordred Mordred

best girl

It's the moment all you Moedred fans have been waiting for! The Knight of Treachery is finally out! So now for a bit of commentary on her gameplay and skill set. Put simply from my perspective, while she's not the best Saber in terms of gameplay given that she's just essentially a carbon copy of Artoria Pendragon (who's unfortunately considered B-tier by most players at best), Mordred's slightly higher base attack stat and her superior skills make her quite different from her father. Basically, in exchange for the Charisma attack boost, she replaces with her Secret of Pedigree skill. Taking into account that it simultaneously increases defense for 1 turn, removes all debuffs, and charges her NP gauge, I'd say this one skill alone makes her stand above Artoria in terms of versatility. While I'd rather be content with the Altera I own right now, Mordred is still a pretty decent Saber to own. Also, her Noble Phantasm Clarent Blood Arthur deals extra damage to enemies with the ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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