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One of numerous recent shows themed around a video-game-like world, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka, to use its full name, caught everyone's attention with it's big chested loli Goddess Hestia. With her and her pointless blue ribbon takings up most of the spotlight, it's easy to forget about all the other awesome characters in the series. From the cute, cat earred supporter Lili, to the surprisingly interesting protagonist himself Bell Cranel, DanMachi's adventurers are a pretty interesting bunch, with the series doing a great job of having high levels and low levels fight alongside each other throughout.
But let's say you were going to make a party and head into the dungeon today. Who would you take with you? Or perhaps more importantly, who are flat out the best choices. Not just the strongest, but the most experienced, most useful, and perhaps the most fun to have around, we've put together a list of the Top 10 DanMachi Characters that you need in your party. So read on and check out some of our suggestions.
10. Tione Hiryute
Eldest of the Hiryute sisters, Tione is a member of the Amazoness race and currently part of the Loki familia. Together with her sister the two make quite the fighting duo, though of course they're both capable adventurers in their own right. Tione is the more mature of the twins, speaking in a much calmer manner and not being nearly as excitable as her energetic sister. Though apparently it's wise not to anger her.
Do we really need to justify taking a beautiful, scantily clad amazonian woman along with you on your dungeoning adventurers? Well okay, if you need another reason she's pretty darn strong as we already said. Although not on the level of some of the Loki famila's other members, Tione is a level 6 adventurer none the less and so remains one of the strongest characters in the series, even if we didn't get to see her fight very much!
9. Asfi Al Andromeda
Asfi has the hard job of putting up with many of Hermes's silly and dangerous antics, as well as having to follow his troublesome requests. Though that said, she tends to get pushed around easily by just about anyone despite her patient and mature visage. A high ranking member of the Hermes familia, as Hermes himself has trusted her to guard him it's clear she's a fairly capable adventurer.
Although preferring to "strategically retreat" from fights, being the easy to push around girl that she is Asfi is actually very useful when it comes to battles. As in you can bully her into it. Using an unusual combination of alchemy, throwing knives, and flying magic to fight, along with her obvious experience as an already level 4 adventurer, her strength is not to be sniffed at. If do you have her in your party though, just be sure to keep an eye on her incase she tries to do a runner.
Main girl and Goddess of her own familia, Hestia is DanMachi's relentlessly popular, big boobed loli. Standing at only 4 feet 7 inches tall, and geared out in an unusual white one piece, random blue ribbon included, Hestia is adorable both in appearance, and her obsessive personality. Not only is her obsession with Bell amusing and cute, but she's got the whole tsundere thing going on as well (although she hardly leaves the dere state).
Being a Goddess, Hestia can't actually attack anything in the dungeons of DanMachi. So you might be thinking, "but why would you want her in your party if she can't do anything?". Well you see, Hestia is the perfect party mascot character! She's cute, funny, and surprisingly confident, the perfect addition to take along to boost morale! Just maybe don't take her anywhere too dangerous.
7. Yamato Mikoto
A member of the Takemikazuchi Familia, Mikoto didn't leave a great first impression when her party ran a pass parade of monsters into Bell's. However, being an honourable person, it was not an order she was happy to follow, and was quick to rectify what she had done by going back into the dungeon to save Bell's party afterwards. Although she's only level 2, her desire to uphold her honor and repay her debts has led her into fights way above her level, which makes her worthy of some respect in our books.
Respectful of orders and bound by duty, Mikoto is not one to panic in the midst of battle and listens to the commands of her party leader, even when her level exceeds theirs. As we've seen from the number of less than reputable adventurers throughout the series, this level of dedication is rare, and is what makes her stand out amongst her party. Also her magic is awesome, gravity attack? Hell yeah. Gravity magic is bad ass.
6. Riveria Ljos Alf
Riveria has a fairly backseat role in the anime, with her having a higher, officer ranking position, rather than fighting. Despite this, she is said to be one of the most powerful mages in the series thus far, and has trained a great deal of the Loki familia's members, including the Sword Princess Aiz Wallenstein. Strict and serious, Riveria has seen many things over her time as an adventurer, and so is a lot more sensible and less judgemental than the youngsters that surround her.
Although unseen, her experience and perceived power is enough reason to take her along on your dungeon runs, wrecking the lower level areas much like the rest of the Loki familia members. On top of that, being the vice captain of the familia, she has plenty of experience leading large parties on dungeon raids, something that could certainly come in useful. With her serious attitude, Riveria isn't exactly fun and games, but if its efficiency and reliability you're after, she's the perfect party member.
5. Liliruca Arde
Quite the mischievous and sneaky supporter, Liliruca Arde is someone you can really trust, probably, maybe, you should keep your eyes on her. Just kidding, it's all good now, she's a lovely person really, she just had a bit of a crappy time. Being a supporter isn't the easiest thing, having to trust your party to look after you with little to no way of defending yourself. Even if she can't fight too well, Lili's spirit is certainly stronger than most.
If you wanna rake in that moolah, you better have a supporter with you, how else are you going to carry all that loot? And who's the best supporter we know? Lili of course! With that ridiculously large backpack of hers and constantly positive attitude, Lili is the one you want to have chanting "Fighto!" from the sidelines. Also her mad crossbow skills, seriously how does she fire it that fast?
4. Welf Crozzo
The rebellious son of a renowned blacksmith family, Welf refuses to make the incredible magic weapons his family is known for, opting for more reliable, and permanent, weapons and armor. Despite the loss of fame and fortune, Welf is dedicated to his craft, and is pretty darn good at it, producing the awesome light armor that Bell uses. Besides his blacksmithing skill, Welf is a half decent adventurer too, handy with a blade, and with some pretty nifty magic up his sleeve.
Your own personal blacksmith, sounds pretty great right? Two birds with one stone, you get a great party member, plus constantly up to date weapons and armor! Not only that, but Welf is the kind for person willing to sacrifice himself for is party if necessary, a rare and admirable trait, and a display of how fundamentally good he is as a person. Though of course hopefully the situation never gets that dire.
3. Ryu Lion
Cool and stoic, Ryu is one of the maids at the Hostess of Fertility tavern and a member of the now largely deceased Astraea Familia. Despite her current status as a maid, Ryu is still a level 4 adventurer, with the skill and experience to prove it, constantly helping out Bell and the rest of the Hestia familia. Despite her previously mentioned stoic appearance, Ryu cares deeply for her friends, as will not think twice before risking her life for them.
Ryu is one of the most badass adventurers in the anime so far, largely because we get to see a lot of her awesome fighting, largely using a combination of wind magic and insane speed. Not only can she easily deal with foes solo, but she knows how to work as part of a team, as she demonstrates during the encounter with the Black Goliath on floor 18. Ryu's experience and strategic knowledge alone make her an incredible party member, even before taking her combat prowess into account.
2. Bell Cranel
The young and ambitious main character of DanMachi, Bell Cranel starts as the sole member of Hestia's familia, and as a total newbie. Bell's appearance, with his white hair and red eyes, is fairly unique amongst protagonists, and is a nice offset to how ordinary he seems starting off. On top of that, he's by far the bravest out of the cast, even if it does often get him half killed.
With his Realis Phrase skill providing him with insane stats, Bell is your party's free pass to end game content. He might not seem like it now, but carry this low level around long enough and he'll be the one carrying you in no time. Of course we say carry, but even at level 1 this guy is wrecking silverbacks and taking out floor bosses by level 2. With his pure and valiant heart, Bell is sure to never leave you alone in any dungeon, and protect everyone till the bitter end.
1. Aiz Wallenstein
The beautiful, blonde, and somewhat aired headed Sword Princess Aiz Wallenstein, she's strong enough to solo floor bosses, and generous with lap pillows. One of the top brass in the Loki familia, she's already level 6 and hanging around floor 50, making the rest of the cast look like newbies by comparison, with even her own familia looking up to her. Not that she's full of herself of course, by all means Aiz is happy to help out others, including training young Bell.
Aiz's strength alone is enough of a reason to have her in your party, you'll have no problem blasting your way through the low level monsters. Or the high level ones for that matter. Whether it's fighting, training, or chilling at a festival, Aiz covers all the bases no problem. What's more, you get to have a stunning girl with you whilst you traverse those deep, dark, dungeons. Wait, that sounds weird.
Whilst some of the already strong characters are great to have about, it's important to remember the potential that some of the others have when thinking about the end game, where characters like Bell truly shine. Trust and reliability are also pretty darn important, with a majority of the series' best characters being the ones who can keep it together when things get tough and not just run away screaming.
So who would you have in your party? The strongest, the most fun, or maybe just 100% harem all the way down? No one would blame you. Let us know what you think in the comments below!