Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List

Find out Smash Bros Ultimate's best characters and worst with our Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest in Nintendo's long-running fighter series, and has already established itself as a delight to watch competitively. Tournaments like Genesis 6 and Frostbite 2019 kicked us off in style, and since then we've had a Smash Ultimate Summit and more. As with any competitive game, Smash players are eager to know who the best characters are in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. To rank all 70+ characters is no mean feat, but as more tournaments are played, certain characters start to come out on top. Let's dive into things with our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List.

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. This means you can expect this order of our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List to fluctuate greatly over the course of the year. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List
How does your favorite character fare in our Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List? © Nintendo

If you’ve not heard of a tier list before, it ranks fighters based on their potential for success against the rest of the cast, as well as their recent tournament results. We've based this tier list off current tournament results from events like Genesis and Prime Saga, but off also those made by pro players like ZeRo and Leffen. We'd like to give credit to Reddit user mu_II for collecting a large number of top players' tier lists. Without furt ado, let's jump into our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List:

*NB - There is no ordering within tiers. We're still getting used to the 3.0 patch for Ultimate, so expect a few positions - including Joker's - to shift around a bit in the coming months

S Tier

Daisy, Lucina, Olimar, Peach, Pichu, Pikachu, Wolf.

A+ Tier

Fox, Inkling, Palutena, Wario. 

A Tier

Ike, Greninja, Chrom, Mario, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Pokemon Trainer, R.O.B., Roy, Shulk, Snake, Young Link, Zero Suit Samus.

B Tier

Bowser, Captain Falcon, Cloud, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Falco, Ganondorf, Joker, King Dedede, Link, Lucario, Luigi, Marth, Meta Knight, Mewtwo, Mii Swordfighter, Richter, Rosalina & Luma, Ryu, Simon, Sonic, Toon Link, Villager, Yoshi.

C Tier

Bayonetta, Corrin, Dark Pit, Dark Samus, Diddy Kong, Duck Hunt Dog, Ice Climbers, Incineroar, Isabelle, Ken, Lucas, Mii Brawler, Mii Gunner, Mr Game & Watch, Ness, Pit, Ridley, Samus, Sheik, Zelda.

D-Tier

Bowser Jr, King K. Rool, Kirby, Jigglypuff, Little Mac, Piranha Plant, Robin, Wii Fit Trainer.

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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 more characters are added and big tournaments occur, so be sure to check back again soon!

The best characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In our tier list, we've rated the following characters as the best in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate:

  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Pichu
  • Lucina
  • Olimar
  • Pikachu
  • Wolf

Peach and Daisy are probably the most technical characters in the game, but when utilized well their damage output from neutral air and down tilt combos is beyond ridiculous. For this reason, we (and many others) rank them as the best characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate right now. Pichu benefits from a tiny body making him hard to hit, with a high damage output from aerial combos. Lucina has easily established herself as the top sword fighter in the game right now, with great aerial mobility and high damage/knockback across the length of her sword.

Olimar is possibly the most terrifying character in the game, capable of zoning with Pikmin and setting up deadly smash and throw powers with the blue and purple variants. Pikachu holds most of the same benefits as Pichu, trading off self-damage for a larger hurtbox and some more damage on attacks. Finally, Wolf is the current top dog of the spacies, with great neutral and powerful kill moves in his down and up smashes. Keep an eye out for Fox though, who's hot on Wolf's tail. Inkling, Palutena and Wario are also great picks, and could well move up to the top spot in future.

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!

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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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