Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List
Nintendo wasn’t joking when it said that “everyone is here” in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There are more than 70 fighters in the game, with many more on the way still. That is a massive roster that is unlike any other fighting game to date.
What makes it even crazier is that every single fighter from previous entries into the franchise returned for this “ultimate” game. There are crazy crossovers from Sonic to Pac-Man to Ryu to Cloud Strife to Joker from Persona 5 to Mario to Link and so many more that are fighting together for the very first time.
It’s insane that games and companies that would be competitors otherwise are able to come together and have their fighters in the game. But choosing who you will fight as in the game can be difficult. After all, this game has one of the largest fighting rosters in videogame history.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List
Thankfully, that’s where I come in. I’ve got the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List that you need to check out if you’re remotely interested in getting better at the game. This list compiles all the fighters in the huge roster and ranks them into tiers.
Even if a fighter is in the lowest tier, though, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t viable for matches. If you truly love a fighter and are good at them, you can make anyone work well both offline and online. This list is simply meant to let you know who is the best of the best.
This is useful for several reasons. For one, the sheer number of characters can be overwhelming, so this list can be used to find someone to check out that you might have ignored or missed otherwise. My wish is that this list is able to assist you in finding the fighter that is best for you.
In addition, this list can teach you about the strong fighters that you need to worry about. Even if you aren’t interested in choosing Pichu or a fighter like that, it’s worth noting which are the strongest fighters around so that you are ready for them in matches.
For the basis of this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List, I am using a number of factors to determine which tier each character ends up in. There is, of course, how powerful that specific fighter is but other factors like how viable they are in matches, how well they can recover, their moveset, flexibility, and so on.
There are a lot of reasons that this is the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List I’ve come up with, some of which also has to do with what the community thinks about certain fighters. Without further ado, let’s take a look at each fighter ranked into tiers, starting with the best tier: S tier.
I am going to take the time to explain the top two tiers along with the bottom tier and where I expect the newly announced DLC fighter to end up on the full list when the fighter releases soon.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: S Tier
Let’s kick things off with the top tier, S Tier. This tier is the best of the best. If you see a fighter here, you need to take notice. Whether it’s one of your favorites or not, you need to know about these fighters right here in order to make the most of your matches and be prepared for anything. Here are the best fighters in the game along with a little description of each.
Kicking off the S Tier list is Pikachu, the beloved mascot of the Pokemon franchise.
This cute little pocket monster is nothing to be trifled with, though, as Pikachu can be a devastating fighter in the right hands. While Pikachu is fairly simple compared to its previous incarnations, it has some significant buffs here.
Its speed is faster than ever, and its moves are far less of an issue in terms of how long to take, making this already formidable foe more dangerous than ever before.
Since Pikachu is on this list, it’s no surprise that its pre-evolution Pichu is also here. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Pichu, and it was, thankfully, buffed a whole lot in this latest entry in the Smash franchise. It is now far less volatile to use and has better recoil and attacks.
Though it is one of the characters that falls the fastest, Pichu remains a glass cannon character that is amazing in the right hands. If you are able to minimize the negatives of Pichu while emphasizing the overwhelming positives of it in the right way, you will not be disappointed with what you get.
Inkling boy and girl are some of the newcomers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and arguably, the best totally new fighters.
They are known for fast movement that can be difficult to master at first. If you know how to master their movement and fast attacks, you will be a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.
Lucina is one of my mains and for good reason. One of the many Fire Emblem fighters in the game, she stands out by being a fancy fencer who has swift and elegant attacks.
You don’t want to end up on the other side of one of Lucina’s powerful damage combos that will quickly raise your percentage.
Princess Peach is another complicated character that is challenging to master. She has weak juggling and is below average in other areas, too, but is the master of aerial combinations.
Her air acceleration is almost second to none and will get you floating around like nobody else.
Peach also has a great ranged attack for taking out enemies as well as some solid ground combos. Peach has quickly become a favorite among competitive players as the right player using her can be difficult to understand and counter against.
Daisy is Princess Peach’s Echo Fighter, so it is no surprise that she is also one of the most complicated but powerful fighters around.
Oddly enough, she is exactly the same as Peach in every way, unlike other Echo Fighters, so the only real reason to use her is for cosmetic reasons. Regardless, this makes her also worthy of S Tier.
Chrom is the Echo Fighter of Roy but is arguably better than him, much like his daughter Lucina.
Chrom is another Fire Emblem fighter who is quick with his sword attacks but in a different way than Lucina. Chrom is all about quickly moving in on his opponent.
You have to watch out with Chrom because if you let him get too close to you, he will overwhelm you with his quick combos that will leave you defenseless. Chrom is a swift fighter that should be kept at a distance if possible.
Like with Pichu, Ike’s transition to the latest game in the series has benefited him greatly. Yet another Fire Emblem character in the S Tier, Ike has much better mobility than ever before. His combos have improved as well, allowing him to better attack his enemies.
That isn’t to say that Ike doesn’t have his weaknesses, though. There are features like his recovery that can be exploited to not let him recover. However, he is a strong fighter that many competitive players utilize as a back up to Lucina and similar melee characters.
Of the Star Fox characters, Wolf is by far the most flexible.
His stats are the most versatile of the bunch, and he has a moveset that lets him take on just about any fighter and stand his ground well. His blaster is a major part of his moveset, allowing him to pull off some sweet ranged attacks that can keep melee fighters at bay.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: A Tier
Just because a character is in the A Tier doesn’t mean that they’re a pushover by any means. An A Tier character is but one step away from making it into the best of the bunch. Whether it’s their stats, a certain move, or other changes that have held them back, these fighters could win any match with the right player.
- Donkey Kong
Rounding out the A Tier is the newest addition to the game: Joker from Persona 5. This first paid DLC character is not one to be trifled with. He is a rather unique fighter, offering two main movesets: a base one and a Persona variant when he summons Arsene.
You have to build a gauge up similar to Cloud’s Limit Break gauge except there is no way to charge it directly. Upon using your abilities and time to reach the max gauge, Joker will summon his signature Persona Arsene. Your moveset here is powerful, allowing you to get easy kills.
The only thing holding back Joker from S Tier is that it can be hard to get some quality kills in while using your base moves without Arsene. It’s certainly doable, though.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: B Tier
The B Tier fighters below are still some of the most solid fighters you will find in the game. These are characters that are well worth your attention even if they don’t carry the same level of flexibility or strength as some of the other fighters. Again, if you take the time to get to know these characters, you can certainly stand toe to toe with the S Tier warriors.
- Captain Falcon
- Diddy Kong
- Pokemon Trainer
- Meta Knight
- Richter Belmont
- Simon Belmont
- Young Link
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: C Tier
C Tier fighters aren’t bad fighters by any means. If anything, they are the most standard and average fighters around. They can hold their own, and they each have something interesting about them; they just don’t have the same versatility and power that some of the A and S Tier fighters have.
- Toon Link
- Princess Zelda
- Zero Suit Samus
- King K. Rool
- Piranha Plant
- Mii Brawler
- Mii Gunner
- Mii Swordfighter
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: D Tier
D Tier fighters range from average to slightly below average. Again, these aren’t terrible fighters; they just need time and dedication to really make them viable against the other fighters on this list. In the right hands, they can still be strong fighters, much like in the case of Villager.
- Dr. Mario
- Dark Pit
- Rosalina & Luma
- Dark Samus
- Wii Fit Trainer
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: E Tier
E Tier fighters do teeter on the edge of being bad or just fine at best. They each have some inherent problem or change from their previous selves that stop them from reaching their true potential. For many, though, a simple buff or boost from Nintendo in a patch could make them more successful in battle.
- King Dedede
- Mega Man
- Bowser Jr.
- Mr. Game & Watch
- Duck Hunt
- Ice Climbers
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: F Tier
Here in the final level is the F Tier, otherwise known as the tier that you don’t want to find yourself in at all. There is only one character in this tier as it is noteworthy for being one of the worst fighters that you could choose but also strangely one of the best, too.
Oh, Little Mac. There is no denying that Little Mac is one of the strongest fighters around, with a powerful attack that can destroy almost any fighter. But at the same time, that comes at the cost of otherwise mediocre moves and the absolute worst recovery.
Don’t fall off while playing as him or else it’s game over for you. But if you’re careful, there is still something special about him.
Where We Think The Hero and Banjo-Kazooie Will End Up on the Tier List
During the Nintendo E3 2019 Direct, Nintendo announced the second and third paid DLC characters to join the roster alongside Joker and the free (for some) DLC character Piranha Plant. Those characters are The Hero from the Dragon Quest series and Banjo-Kazooie.
The Hero looks super unique compared to other fighters within the game thus far. Like Joker, they seem to have a one-of-a-kind moveset. From the looks of it, you can switch between four different heroes of the Dragon Quest franchise, each with their own ability or magic.
You can put your enemies to sleep, freeze yourself to protect against attacks, and so on. It wouldn’t surprise me if The Hero was one of the most versatile and overpowered fighters around, possibly being part of the A Tier and maybe even the S Tier if done right.
Unfortunately, the other new character, Banjo-Kazooie, has much less gameplay shown for him. Since we don’t know exactly what his moveset that balances him and his bird will be like just yet, it’s hard to pinpoint a specific tier for this fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List.