Here’s our Vampire Survivors: character tier list. Ranking the best and worst characters to play in the game.
Tier 1 Characters
Tier 1 characters are the best of the best. They will either have fantastic starting weapons that carry them through the early game, great passives that increase their stats and offensive capabilities, or both!
Cavallo is indisputably the best character. He starts with the unique Cherry Bomb, a weapon similar to Mortaccio’s Bone, that ricochets against enemies before exploding for massive damage. His passive increases projectile amount, which synergizes well with every weapon.
Dommario starts with the King Bible, one of the best offensive options in the game, and a passive that boosts his Projectile Speed and Duration but lowers his movement speed. If you can overcome the speed penalty, he is a very strong character.
Imelda’s Magic Wand shoots out a missile towards the closest enemy and always finds its target. Her passive increases experience gained until level 15, allowing her to get upgrades sooner than other characters.
Arca Ladonna starts with the fantastic Fire Wand. While the projectiles are somewhat slow and can be a bot unreliable due to its randomness, they do deal hefty damage.
Mortaccio’s increased projectile number passive is invaluable. He starts with a unique “Bone” weapon which ricochets against enemies dealing damage to several targets at once.
Another great jack-of-all-trades option with a great starting weapon and powerful passive.
Pugnala comes with two great early game weapons which can later be upgraded into Phieraggi, an even better late game option. Her passive grants her a bonus to her movement speed and damage, making her scale well all game.
Tier 2 Characters
Tier 2 characters may have good weapons but terrible passives, or great passives with a bad starting option. Overall, they can work, but there are better options out there.
Zi’Assunta’s passive buffs are great, but her starting weapon, Vento Sacro, is one of the worst in the game, making her early game very weak.
Ladonna has some great stat increases, but one of his passives is Curse, which makes the enemies harder and faster as the game goes along. Good pick-up for a challenge!
Gennaro is by no means a poor choice. Both his starting weapon and passive are good, but he simply pales in comparison to other, A tier, characters.
The Lightning Ring that Porta comes with deals unreliable damage and doesn’t scale well into late game.
Poe starts with Garlic, a fantastic option in the early game that doesn’t scale super well into late game.
Krochi starts with one free revive and increased movement speed, and both are quite useful. His starting weapon, The Cross, is pretty mediocre.
Song of Mana is a very powerful late game weapon due to its infinite scaling.
Giovanna starts with increased movement and projectile speed, which are both useful buffs. Her weapon is highly random, making the character a bit unreliable.
Meeo’s weapon is pretty lackluster, and it doesn’t have an available evolution option, so it doesn’t scale very well into late game.
Tier 3 Characters
Tier 3 characters generally come with some big disadvantages such as a weak passive or a worthless starting weapon. They are playable, but it will be much more difficult to succeed.
Antonio’s passive grants more damage, which is great for any loadout, but his starting weapon, The Whip, is terrible.
Pasqualina’s Runetracer is a strong, but unreliable and slow weapon. Her passive makes it more effective but doesn’t benefit other weapons as much.
Clerici has only defensive stat buffs – increased health and health regen. Ideally, you will not be getting hit, so these passives aren’t very useful.
Christine starts with a free level, granting her an item as soon as the game starts. To compensate, she has -35% damage, which is a very harsh penalty. Further, her Pentagram will destroy experience gems and chests in addition to enemies.
Like Lama Ladonna, Caciotta starts with Curse, which is always risky. Additionally, Caciotta’s weak starting weapon, The Shadow Pinion makes the character a poor choice.
Iguana Gallo Valletto
Iguana has some great buffs – increased duration of weapon effects, lower cooldown, and free rerolls. Unfortunately, he also has -50% Greed to balance it out, meaning he gains fewer coins than other characters. Additionally, his weapon deals no damage and is only situationally useful.
Like Iguana, Divano is doomed by the -50% Greed passive and a terrible starting weapon.
Vampire Survivors: Character Tier List
Here’s the compact version of our Vampire Survivors: character tier list.
Tier 1 Characters
- Yatta Cavallo
- Imelda Belpaese
- Arca Ladonna
- Sir Ambrojoe
- Pugnala Provola
Tier 2 Characters
- Zi’Assunta Belpaese
- Lama Ladonna
- Gennaro Belpaese
- Porta Ladonna
- Poe Ratcho
- Krochi Freetto
- Poppea Pecorina
- Bianca Ramba
- O’Sole Meeo
Tier 3 Characters
- Antonio Belpaese
- Pasqualina Belpaese
- Suor Clerici
- Christine Davain
- Concetta Caciotta
- Iguana Gallo Valletto
- Divano Thelma
Vampire Survivors is available to play on Steam.
Also check out our Vampire Survivors Beginner’s Guide: 5 Tips to Get Started guide.