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Zenless Zone Zero Tier List: Best Agents (Version 1.0)

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Zenless Zone Zero Tier List

Welcome to our Zenless Zone Zero Tier List where we cover the best characters/agents . If you want to reroll, be sure to check out our ZZZ Reroll Guide for more catered information.

Zenless Zone Zero has been out for a little over a week now, and the “meta”  has settled somewhat. While players are still testing the effectiveness of Anomaly teams, the strongest teams right now largely consist of Attack/Stun teams.

Stun and Support are both very strong Specialties that don’t require too much investment to fulfill their role. The first two Limited banners being Ellen and Zhu Yuan also point the meta toward this team setup.

For a better rundown of the best teams, you can check out our ZZZ Best Teams article.

Let’s jump right into the tier list. You can find more information on the agents and a few disclaimers below.

ZZZ Tier List (Version 1.0)

Note: Tiers are not ordered

ZZZ-AgentsTierList-10July2024

S Ellen, Lycaon, Grace, Rina, Soldier 11
A Koleda, Nekomata, Lucy, Soukaku
B Anby, Anton, Ben, Corin, Nicole, Piper
C Billy

Disclaimers

This tier list attempts to cover every character and their potential value, but be sure to take this article with a grain of salt.

Considering it’s only been a week, the majority of the playerbase isn’t even at endgame yet. Anomaly builds tend to scale better with higher levels, and most players aren’t reaching max level yet. There is also a lack of full support for the Anomaly class, but in time, it might improve.

Secondly, we also try to take into consideration how flexible a character is. If a character only has one strong team, it can be quite difficult to obtain all the pieces. Agents that fit into a variety of teams will generally be higher up on the tier list.

Lastly, these tiers look to evaluate characters in a “meta” sense. You may enjoy a character if they’re easier to play, more difficult to play, or simply for their aesthetic.

This tier list is simply a reference to help guide you in your decisions. Let’s jump into the Agent breakdowns.

S-Tier: Ellen

Ellen Portrait S

[Link to Full Ellen Guide]

S Rank Zenless Zone Zero

S Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Victoria Housekeeping Logo

Victoria

Ice

Zenless Zone Zero Attack Fighting Style

Attack

Ellen will be the first featured Limited Agent, and she has quite a lot going for her. In the early game, having a character to carry the team through damage is very valuable. She can help you breeze through more content stages, or even tackle harder stages.

It also helps that she has a full Mono Ice team with herself, Lycaon, and Soukaku. Lycaon is a Standard S-Rank, while Soukaku is a featured A-Rank on Ellen’s banner. While Lycaon may be hard to get, if you do happen to get him from the Standard Banner, you should really consider pulling for Ellen.

It’s true that DPS characters tend to get powercrept the fastest (just look at Genshin/HSR). However, for the first 3-6 months of the game, Ellen should be a top tier option.

S-Tier: Lycaon

Lycaon Portrait S

[Link to Full Lycaon Guide]

S Rank Zenless Zone Zero

S Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Victoria Housekeeping Logo

Victoria

Ice

Zenless Zone Zero Stun Fighting Style

Stun

Next up, we have Lycaon, an S-Rank Standard Agent. Lycaon stands out as an S-Rank Stun Agent that can synergize with both the Ice Attribute and Victoria Housekeeping Factions.

If you have Ellen and Lycaon, you can easily build the current strongest team in the game. If you want to save your pulls and skip Ellen, you can still run Corin as your Attack Agent.

Lycaon is very noticeable step up from Anby, in terms of both damage and Stun capabilities.

As more Ice/Victoria Agents release, Lycaon will continue to be a strong option unless a better Stun Agent releases. If you pull Rina, you can then pair Lycaon with Electric Attack Agents, which further increases his flexibility.

The only Electric Attack Agent right now is Anton, and he synergizes more with Shock teams. Even still, this provides a little bit of “future proofing.” Any future S-Rank Electric Attack Agent can be paired with Lycaon/Rina for a very strong team.

S-Tier: Grace

Grace Portrait S

[Link to Full Grace Guide]

S Rank Zenless Zone Zero

S Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Belobog Heavy Industries Logo

Belobog

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Electric

Zenless Zone Zero Anomaly Fighting Style

Anomaly

Grace is our next S-Tier Agent, and while she may not be the strongest, she’s very applicable to the current Shiyu Defense levels. The hardest levels in Shiyu Defense are Mech enemies, which are weak to Electric. This makes Grace very solid in the current meta.

As of right now, there are only two Anomaly Agents in the game. Lots of testing needs to be done to see the effectiveness of Anomaly, but it is quite valuable nonetheless.

Anomaly provides a different playstyle, dealing damage through the Attribute Anomaly mechanic as opposed to things like ATK/Crit scaling. If Anomaly is anything like Elemental Mastery/Break from Genshin/HSR, we can expect Anomaly to be very resource efficient.

This means that while Anomaly might not have the highest damage ceiling compared to Crit, it provides strong value for the resources required.

Grace also empowers Mono Electric teams to their highest potential due to Anton’s synergy with Shock.

Lastly, there is potential for Disorder Teams as well. These are teams that use multiple Attributes to apply different types of Attribute Anomaly, triggering Disorder.

These Disorder teams can potentially deal very strong damage without needing the same investment level of other Agents that want Crit/ATK stats. The only other Anomaly Agent is Piper, but as more release, Grace’s flexibility/power will only go up.

S-Tier: Rina

Rina Portrait S

[Link to Full Rina Guide]

S Rank Zenless Zone Zero

S Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Victoria Housekeeping Logo

Victoria

zzz electric

Electric

Zenless Zone Zero Support Fighting Style

Support

Moving on, we have Rina, a Support Agent from Victoria Housekeeping. Rina excels at supporting Electric teams, which there are quite a few Agents for. She is also just a solid unit, providing off-field damage which is not very common in ZZZ.

For Electric Agents, we have Anton, Grace, and Anby in Version 1.0. When it comes to accessible teams, Anton and Anby work, but won’t necessarily impress. Rina will really shine if you have Grace on the same team, but that requires two specific S-Rank Agents.

As such, Rina’s tier greatly depends on your own account. If you have one copy of Anton, the Mono Electric team might not impress. Conversely, if you have Grace with Rina, you can have a very powerful team.

Even outside of Electric teams, Rina can be a strong Support for Corin/Ellen if you have Lycaon to activate her Additional Ability. While Soukaku is a free option over Rina, the flexibility is still there.

S-Tier: Soldier 11

Soldier 11 Portrait S

[Link to Full Soldier 11 Guide]

S Rank Zenless Zone Zero

S Rank

Zenless Zone Zero OBOLS Logo

OBOLS

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Fire

Zenless Zone Zero Attack Fighting Style

Attack

Soldier 11 also has very strong damage and Burn Anomaly Buildup through her Fire Suppression mechanic. This turns her Basic Attacks from Physical to Fire if you time them correctly.

When played well, Soldier 11 has very high damage, and her teams do have some flexibility. While she is the only OBOL Squad Agent, you can build her with Koleda for a traditional Stun team, or Lucy/Piper for a Disorder team.

Even though Soldier 11 isn’t Anomaly, her Fire Suppression lets you easily Burn enemies. This can trigger Disorder after you apply Assault from Piper.

Overall, Soldier 11 is the current key piece for a Fire team, rounding out the top three teams of Mono Ice, Mono Electric, and Fire.

A-Tier: Koleda

Koleda Portrait S

[Link to Full Koleda Guide]

S Rank Zenless Zone Zero

S Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Belobog Heavy Industries Logo

Belobog

zzz fire

Fire

Zenless Zone Zero Stun Fighting Style

Stun

Up next, we have Koleda, a Fire Stun Agent from Belobog. When paired with Ben, her animations become a bit longer, have better invincibility frames, and deal more damage.

Since Ben is a free Agent, you will always be able to pair these two together if you have Koleda. However, this does lead to less flexible team building.

Outside of Soldier 11, Koleda doesn’t pair with other Attack Agents very well. You can omit an Attack Agent and run Lucy, focusing on Koleda’s personal damage, but this doesn’t compete with the other top options.

For this reason, we have Koleda in A-tier. Her ceiling greatly depends on if you have Soldier 11, while Soldier 11 can still be competitive without Koleda.

A-Tier: Nekomata

Nekomata Portrait S

[Link to Full Nekomata Guide]

S Rank Zenless Zone Zero

S Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Cunning Hares Gentle House Logo

Cunning Hares

zzz physical

Physical

Zenless Zone Zero Attack Fighting Style

Attack

Nekomata is another Standard S-Rank with the Attack Fighting Style. When it comes to teams, Nekomata is very accessible. You can run Anby/Nicole for a free Cunning Hares team, or you can pair Nekomata with Piper for an Assault team.

These are all A-Rank options that are either free or not too difficult to obtain (Piper).

The Physical Attribute is also safe because no enemies are resistant to Physical DMG. Overall, Nekomata is a solid and F2P friendly Attack Agent, but her team/damage ceiling isn’t as good as the others in S tier.

A-Tier: Lucy

Zenless Zone Zero Lucy Portrait S

[Link to Full Lucy Guide]

Zenless Zone Zero A Rank

A Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Sons of Calydon Logo

Sons of Calydon

zzz fire

Fire

Zenless Zone Zero Support Fighting Style

Support

Lucy is a “new” character releasing with 1.0 since she wasn’t part of the CBT. As a Support Agent, she provides a nice ATK buff to your team and her Support Specialty allows her to Quick Assist into other teammates easily.

While she generally works best with Fire Agents, you can pair her with Piper (Physical Anomaly) as they share the same Sons of Calydon Faction. This lets Lucy spread well into Physical teams as well.

You can run something like Nekomata/Piper/Lucy, or Soldier 11/Koleda/Lucy. This makes Lucy a strong option for two S-Rank Attack Agents.

In a general sense, Support characters tend to have a longer shelf-life compared to Attack Agents. That being said, it’s very possible for a future S-Rank Fire Support to powercreep Lucy.

A-Tier: Soukaku

Soukaku Portait S

[Link to Full Soukaku Guide]

Zenless Zone Zero A Rank

A Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Section 6 Logo

Section 6

Ice

Zenless Zone Zero Support Fighting Style

Support

Up next, we have Soukaku, who is a Support Agent for the Ice Attribute. She is also part of Section 6, but she is the only Agent currently available from the Faction.

Soukaku is a free Agent from Shiyu Defense, and if you pull for Ellen, you likely will get more copies, potentially even maxing our her Mindscape Cinema (dupes).

Right now, a big part of Soukaku’s value comes from her pairing with Ellen. In the future, stronger Support characters may come out, leading to Soukaku moving down the tier list. But as it stands, she’s a solid unit assuming you have Ellen.

You can also run her in a more F2P team with Corin/Lycaon/Soukaku (similar to Rina). Outside of these two teams, she doesn’t have amazing flexibility, but her strength on an Ellen team is very high.

One last thing to note. Her Core Passive can potentially buff an ally’s ATK by a flat 1000, but this won’t be easy to reach until you reach max level. This requires Soukaku to have 2500 ATK.

At max level, her Drive Disc stat requirement for this buff is very achievable. A flat 1000 ATK buff is quite massive, but it will start to scale better to the max once you reach higher Inter-Knot Level.

B-Tier: Anby

Anby Portrait S

[Link to Full Anby Guide]

Zenless Zone Zero A Rank

A Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Cunning Hares Gentle House Logo

Cunning Hares

zzz electric

Electric

Zenless Zone Zero Stun Fighting Style

Stun

Up next, we have Anby, another free Agent you get from Cunning Hares. As a Stun Agent, she somewhat has flexibility, but to make the most of her, you want to use her in Electric/Cunning Hares teams.

While not a bad unit, we think that Anby will be one of the quicker units to be powercrept in the game. As more Stun/Support/Anomaly units come out, it will be hard for Anby to compete with new releases.

However, we don’t think you should just ignore her. There are plenty of applications where raising up Anby will be good for your account. If you pull Nekomata/Anton, you can easily build a Cunning Hares/Electric team with Anby. Stun is also extremely powerful, so if you’re misisng Koleda/Lycaon, Anby is your best bet.

Raising up free Agents early can also let you save some currency to pull for Agents you really want in the future. Just expect to replace her sooner rather than later.

B-Tier: Anton

Anton Portrait S

[Link to Full Anton Guide]

Zenless Zone Zero A Rank

A Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Belobog Heavy Industries Logo

Belobog

zzz electric

Electric

Zenless Zone Zero Attack Fighting Style

Attack

Moving on, we have Anton, an A-Rank Electric Attack Agent from Belobog Heavy Industries. As an A Rank Attack Agent, he won’t compete with S Rank Agents, but he can be a valuable addition to your roster.

Anton will be featured on the Ellen banner, meaning you can get a copy or two while pulling for Ellen. While he doesn’t synergize with Ellen, he opens up options for a second team since you already get Anby for free.

This gives you 2/3 team members for a budget Electric team. If you have Grace/Rina, Anton can slot in as a third Agent, but you can also run him alongside Anby/Nicole for a F2P team.

Overall, he’s not a bad character by any means, and he does have application even for strong teams if you have Grace and/or Rina. We just expect his value to not last too long as stronger Agents release.

B-Tier: Ben

Ben Portrait S

[Link to Full Ben Guide]

Zenless Zone Zero A Rank

A Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Belobog Heavy Industries Logo

Belobog

zzz fire

Fire

Zenless Zone Zero Defense Fighting Style

Defense

Next up, we have Ben, the only Defense Agent in the game currently. As it sounds, Defense Agents focus on things that provide defensive utility compared to offensive.

When you’re just starting out, avoiding damage is quite powerful as you can push through content without worrying about dying. There are also no healers currently in the game, which can make Ben valuable.

However, the wall most players face in Shiyu Defense is a lack of damage, not a lack of survivability. This makes puts Ben in an awkward situation for the current meta.

Even still, he does have a Crit buff on his AA, and you can pair him with Koleda for extra damage. He does have a place in the current meta, but he likely will be phased out as time passes.

B-Tier: Corin

Corin Portrait S

[Link to Full Corin Guide]

Zenless Zone Zero A Rank

A Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Victoria Housekeeping Logo

Victoria

zzz physical

Physical

Zenless Zone Zero Attack Fighting Style

Attack

Corin is another Agent you receive for free as part of the pre-registration rewards. Like Billy, she already has fierce competition being a Physical Attack Agent.

With Nekomata being a stronger Physical Attack Agent, Corin has difficult competition. However, if you pull Lycaon from the Standard Banner, you can use Corin/Lycaon/Soukaku for a F2P team.

While Ellen is definitely stronger, you can save your pulls and use Corin instead. This gives Corin a bit of a place in the current meta as an alternative if you want to save your pulls.

There is some potential to run Corin alongside Piper for a Physical team, but this team hasn’t impressed compared to other options.

B-Tier: Nicole

Nicole Portrait S

[Link to Full Nicole Guide]

Zenless Zone Zero A Rank

A Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Cunning Hares Gentle House Logo

Cunning Hares

zzz ether

Ether

Zenless Zone Zero Support Fighting Style

Support

Nicole is one of the free Agents you receive upon starting the game. In the CBT, Chaotic Metal Drive Disc had a support effect, making Nicole very effective and flexible. With release, the Chaotic Metal set now is a damage based set, which unfortunately lowers Nicole’s value.

Even still, Nicole is a flexible support for almost any team. While she may not always be your best option, she can easily fit into any team, giving her great flexibility. She is also the only Ether unit that will activate Zhu Yuan’s Additional Ability when she comes out.

Nicole can also be a very low-field time Agent. You can opt to only level up her Core Passive, and simply use her as a Chain Attack ender. While you generally want to end your Chain Attacks with your Attack Agent, Nicole being Support allows her to Quick Assist into your DPS right after her Chain Attack.

This will also apply her DEF Shred passive, giving your Attack Agent extra damage for a short duration.

Overall, Nicole is not a bad Agent by any means, there are simply better options in the current meta. Things will likely change when Zhu Yuan releases.

B-Tier: Piper

Piper Portrait S

[Link to Full Piper Guide]

Zenless Zone Zero A Rank

A Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Sons of Calydon Logo

Sons of Calydon

zzz physical

Physical

Zenless Zone Zero Anomaly Fighting Style

Anomaly

Like Lucy, Piper is a “new” Agent releasing in 1.0 that wasn’t playable in the beta. She is another connective piece for the Physical Attribute, which is lacking Agents other than Attack Agents.

Since Piper is Anomaly, she helps trigger Assault on enemies, which deals good damage and inflicts Daze. This makes Mono/Dual Physical teams much stronger. As of right now, Nekomata is a great pairing, but you could use Piper with Billy/Corin as well.

You can also pair Piper with Grace for a Disorder team. While these are all great options, they currently don’t compete with the top teams, making Piper a bit of a weaker option.

C-Tier: Billy

Billy Portrait S

[Link to Full Billy Guide]

Zenless Zone Zero A Rank

A Rank

Zenless Zone Zero Cunning Hares Gentle House Logo

Cunning Hares

zzz physical

Physical

Zenless Zone Zero Attack Fighting Style

Attack

Unfortunately, Billy is currently our only C-tier Agent. He is the last Free Agent you get from starting the game, but he is quickly outclassed.

As an A-Rank Attack Agent, he’s already at a disadvantage when trying to compete Nekomata, an S-Rank Physical Attack Agent.. His ranged playstyle can be an advantage, but that is a matter of personal preference instead of meta.

You can use Billy as a Physical Anomaly applier with Anomaly Mastery, but Piper does that role better than Billy. The other Agent that’s often lumped with Billy is Corin, but Corin has more use as an Attack Agent to pair with Lycaon outside of Ellen.

With the current roster, Billy simply doesn’t have a strong home, and there are upgrades in almost every possible team of his.

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