Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List

Find out who's the most smashing of all as we rank every fighter in our Tier List for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Update 02/08/19 - We've updated our tier list following Genesis 6.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the new kid on the black in Smash, which means it’ll be some time before we can really establish who’s top of the pack when it comes to characters tiers. That hasn’t stopped many pro players from making early assessments on the state of the game and where they rate each character's success so far or potential for the future.

Ultimate was a huge launch for the Switch and competitive Smash, and that means plenty of tournaments were organized in the first month alone. Since release we've had a few big events like Don't Park on the Grass, Valhalla II and Glitch 6, and now the massive Genesis 6 super major to provide some results to work with, but there's still a long way to go before we see definitive leaders.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List © Nintendo
© Nintendo

If you’ve not heard of a tier list before, it essentially ranks fighters based on their potential for success against the rest of the cast, as well as their recent tournament results. There have only been a few big events so far, which means this list is largely based of the potential seen in most characters. We've based this tier list off those made by pro players like ZeRo and Leffen, as well as current tournament results.

As always, it’s worth saying that you should take this tier list with a hefty chunk of salt. Fighting game metas develop over a long period of time, meaning characters can rise and fall as new tricks and tactics are discovered. We’re still early on in the start of Ultimate’s life, which means you can expect this order to fluctuate greatly over the course of the year. With that in mind, some characters have already seen tournament success, and others certainly show more potential than others so let’s get stuck in with our tier list for Smash Bros. Ultimate!

*NB - There is no ordering within tiers.

S-Tier

Chrom, Cloud, Daisy, Ike, Inkling, Lucina, Marth, Mewtwo, Olimar, Palutena, Peach, Pichu, Pikachu, Wario, Wolf.

A-Tier

Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong, Fox, Ken, Link, Meta Knight, Pokemon Trainer, R.O.B., Richter, Roy, Ryu, Shulk, Simon, Snake, Sonic, Yoshi, Young Link. 

B-Tier

Bayonetta, Bowser, Captain Falcon, Corrin, Dr. Mario, Falco, Greninja, Incineroar, Isabelle, Jigglypuff, King Dedede, Lucario, Luigi, Mario, Mii Brawler, Mii Fighter, Mii Gunner, Mr Game & Watch, Ness, Pac-Man, Ridley, Sheik, Toon Link, Villager, Zero Suit Samus.

C-Tier

Dark Pit, Dark Samus, Duck Hunt Dog, Ice Climbers, King K. Rool, Lucas, Mega Man, Pit, Rosalina & Luma, Robin, Samus, Zelda.

D-Tier

Bowser Jr, Ganondorf, Kirby, Little Mac, Wii Fit Trainer.

What do you think of our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List? If you reckon your character should be moved up or down, let us know in the comments below! Of course, we’ll update this list as top players get more experience with each character and we get a better idea of who’s really good or really bad in Ultimate.

While you’re here, take a look at some of our other Super Smash Bros. Ultimate guides. Over here you can learn all about World of Light, while this guide will help you unlock every character as quickly as possible!

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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