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Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

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Free Fire has evolved dramatically since we first wrote about it in our blog years ago. From that moment, the developers have added lots of new things, including weapons, vehicles, game modes, and even new maps. However, what sets Free Fire apart from the rest is its character system, which adds lots of variety to the game and allows players to unlock new heroes with different skills and stats.

Currently, there are 30 playable characters in the game, 2 of which are available from the very beginning. In this guide, we’re going to take a look at all the different characters that you can  unlock in Free Fire, as well as give our impressions of each, with a score based on their utility in the current meta.

Free Fire Character Tier List

Before we begin with the list, however, let’s share our Free Fire character tier list:

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

S: The best characters that are good in both solo, as well as in duos or squads.

A: Great characters that are useful mostly for playing solo, or whose utilities don’t benefit the rest of the team.

B: Balanced characters that could be good in the right hands.

C: Bad characters, but you could do worse.

D: Don’t use these.

We know that some of you might want to come and burn down our offices because of this tier list, but we’ll take a few moments to explain the reason behind our choices. In the following section, you will find a brief description of every character, alongside our impressions of each.

Character Overviews

Adam & Eve

Role: N/A

Score: N/A

These are the default characters of the game. They don’t have any special abilities so they don’t have a score.

Clu

Role: Close combat

Score: 4*

Clu has a very useful skill, especially for those who like to play solo. She can track all enemies within a 30-meter radius on the minimap for up to 7 seconds. Once she’s fully-upgraded, she can share these locations with her allies.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Wolfrahh

Role: Balanced

Score: 5*

Wolfrahh has the potential to be one of the strongest and resilient characters in the game. His passive skill increases his defense and attack by 3% for every kill he gets, up to a maximum of 35% and 20%, respectively. However, the defensive bonus applies only to headshots.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Kapella

Role: Support

Score: 5*

Kapella is an excellent alternative for those who enjoy playing a support role. Her skills increase the effect of healing items and abilities, and prolong the time allies can stay in knocked down status before dying.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Steffie

Role: Support

Score: 4*

Steffie’s skill is a very useful defensive tool that, for 5 seconds, reduces damage taken from bullets and explosives to all allies that stay within an area. This is very useful for fights that take place in the final circles, when grenades and bullets start to fly and things become really hectic.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Jota

Role: Close combat

Score: 3*

Don’t let the 3* score fool you; Jota is excellent in the right hands since every SMG or Shotgun kill he gets will heal him for up to 40 HP. However, the fact that his passive is restricted to these weapon types puts him at a disadvantage when fighting distant enemies.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Notora

Role: Balanced

Score: 1*

Her passive skills heal her a bit every 4.5 seconds while she remains inside a vehicle. Notora is a good character for players who like to make a ton of noise and drive around the map in cars. However, more often than not, you’ll want to avoid using vehicles since they draw a lot of attention to you. Furthermore, the healing received is actually quite mediocre, which detracts even more from the skill’s usefulness.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Alvaro

Role: Close combat

Score: 3*

Alvaro is a character that specializes in everything that goes Boom! His passive skill increases the range and damage of all explosives. He’s a circumstantial character that could be really useful in the last circle, which is when most players start blindly throwing grenades everywhere. At the very least, you’ll have a better chance of hitting someone with your explosions by using Alvaro.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Shani

Role: Balanced

Score: 4*

Shani is a tough character whose passive allows her to rebuild her armor every time she gets a kill. Additionally, if her vest is at 100% when she gets a kill, she can use the extra armor to upgrade her current gear up to level 3. Shani is an excellent choice for solo play.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Alok

Role: Support

Score: 5*

It’s not a coincidence that Alok is one of the most used characters in the current meta. His skill, once activated, increases movement speed and heals all nearby allies for 5 seconds. This skill is crucial in any context, so you’ll probably always see him in most teams if you play squads.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

A124

Role: Balanced

Score: 2*

A124’s skill lets her turn EP into HP instantly, healing herself with the press of a button. At max level, she can transform up to 50 EP to HP. It’s not a bad skill by any means, especially if you’re in the middle of an intense fight, but it’s also a lackluster offensive option.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Joseph

Role: Balanced

Score: 4*

Considered by many to be one of the best solo characters. His passive gives him a 20% speed boost every time he takes damage. His blinding speed in combat allows him to easily reposition at any moment, or even to flank his enemies.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Laura

Role: Long-range combat

Score: 5*

The character of choice for snipers. Laura has 30% better aim when using a scope, which makes it much easier for her to shoot distant targets.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Rafael

Role: Long-range combat

Score: 3*

Rafael is a stealthy assassin whose skill allows him to hide his shots from the enemies’ minimaps for up to 8 seconds. This allows him to use any type of weapon, from any distance, without giving away his position. The best way to use this character is with sniper rifles and shooting from a distance with his skill activated. In this manner, his enemies won’t know where the shots are coming from, unless they spot him directly.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Moco

Role: Support

Score: 5*

An excellent option for team players. Moco can tag enemies she shoots for up to 5 seconds, making it much easier for her teammates to spot them and assist.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Hayato

Role: Balanced

Score: 3*

Hayato is similar to Joseph in the sense that his skill activates when he takes damage. The difference here is that, instead of movement speed, he gains armor penetration. It’s not a bad skill, but the bonus is a bit lackluster, even at max level.

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Caroline

Role: Close combat

Score: 1* (5* in the right hands)

Caroline gains movement speed when wielding shotguns. This type of weapon is excellent for ambushing or rushing enemies since they can easily eliminate anyone with 1 or 2 shots. However, they are very difficult to use correctly, which makes Caroline suited only for expert players.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Wukong

Role: Balanced

Score: 4*

Wukong has the ability to turn into a bush to trick his enemies. If he stays completely still, he can blend into the environment for a long time. Wukong can freely move while transformed.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Paloma

Role: Balanced

Score: 1*

Paloma is a rifle specialist that can carry up to 180 units of AR ammo without them taking up space in her inventory. There’s not much to say here other than this bonus is really terrible and useless compared to the rest.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Maxim

Role: Balanced

Score: 1*

Just like Paloma, Maxim’s skill is mostly useless; it allows him to eat and heal 12% faster.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Kla

Role: Close combat

Score: 1* (5* in the right hands)

Kla is a powerful melee character. His skill allows him to deal an extra 100% damage with his fists. At a glance, this doesn’t seem very useful, but there are occasions in which it’s more feasible to go for a melee kill than using your guns, especially if you’re rushing an enemy that’s reloading behind cover. This character is recommended only for experts.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Miguel

Role: Balanced

Score: 3*

Miguel’s passive ability guarantees that he’s always in top health as long as he can get a few kills. This character recovers up to 80 EP for every kill, which will help to slowly regenerate his health over time without the need of using a first aid kit.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Antonio

Role: Balanced

Score: 1*

Antonio begins every match with up to 35 HP over the usual max. Once he takes damage, he can’t get this health back. This bonus could mean the difference between winning or losing a fight in the beginning of the match, but it’ll rarely help you get through to the end of the round.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Misha

Role: Balanced

Score: 2*

Like Notora, Misha’s special skill only activates when she’s using vehicles. Vehicles that she drives have 12% more speed, and Misha suffers 30% less damage when she’s behind the wheel. As you may know, any skill that depends on being inside a vehicle will never be very useful, in general. In this case, thanks to the damage resistance, Misha can at least survive for long enough to run over a few players.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Nikita

Role: Close combat

Score: 3*

Nikita is an SMG expert whose skill allows her to recharge this type of weapon up to 24% faster. This bonus is very useful, considering that the MP40, one of the best SMGs in the game, has such a high fire rate, that you’ll be reloading constantly when using it.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Kelly

Role: Balanced

Score: 3*

Agile and quick, Kelly can travel the field faster than others thanks to her passive skill, which gives her up to 6% increased movement speed at all times. Even though the bonus isn’t as significant as Joseph’s, Kelly has this skill active at all times without having to get shot, which makes her into a good all-around choice.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Olivia

Role: Support

Score: 2*

Her only utility is in duos or squads since, thanks to her skill, Olivia can revive allies with a bit more HP than usual. At max level, she can rescue teammates with up to 40 additional HP. It’s not a bad skill to have, but it’s very limited in its utility.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Andrew

Role: Balanced

Score: 2*

Andrew is a defensive character whose skill reduces the damage that his vest suffers. This character is mediocre for 2 important reasons: The first is that, in order for his skill to work, you need to get shot. And the second is that his bonus is not even significant or useful at all. In most cases, it’s likely that you’ll die long before your vest breaks with any character. In this sense, if you use Andrew and someone kills you, all you’ll do is leave behind a level 4 vest in better condition so that the enemy can loot and use it to win the match.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

Ford

Role: Balanced

Score: 4*

Many players ignore Ford because his skill is very circumstantial. In short, Ford takes up to 24% reduced damage while staying outside the safe zone. While it doesn’t sound very good, this skill enables the unique strategy of staying outside the circle for longer than other players and watching, in hiding, as the enemy moves towards the safe zone, and then ambushing from outside the circle when they least expect it. This strategy has allowed us to win more than a few matches with no resistance since no one is really expecting it.

Garena Free Fire – Complete Character Guide (Updated July 2020)

These are all the characters in Garena Free Fire as of July 2020. What did you think about our tier list? Do you agree with our choices? Let us know your thoughts in the section below!

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