Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List - 2020 Edition

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SSBU, the game we all know and love

Super Smash Bros Ultimate has the most notable roster of all Smash games. There are 75 characters on the roster so far, but which characters are the best? We’re going from the D-Tiers all the way up to S-Tier characters. The S-Tiers are the superior picks, while you shouldn’t expect anything special from the D-Tiers. This list unveils which one’s get the most love and shine competitively while others get spiked.

D-Tier: Don’t expect exceptional performances from these characters. These are solid choices for the ultimate casual play.

  • Bowser Jr.
  • Duck Hunt
  • Ice Climbers
  • Kirby
  • Little Mac
  • Robin
  • Dr. Mario
  • King K Rool
  • Lucario
  • Ridley
  • Inceneroar
  • King Dedede
  • Ganondorf
  • Mii Gunner
  • Jigglypuff
  • Piranha Plant
  • Meta Knight
  • Bayonetta
  • Pit
  • Dark Pit
  • Wii Fit Trainer

C-Tier: These characters are for the average play strategy. They aren’t outstanding but can be favorable in various instances.

  • Marth
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Megaman
  • Samus
  • Yoshi
  • Ness
  • Luigi
  • Falco
  • Zelda
  • Byleth
  • Banjo & Kazooie
  • Corrin
  • Mii Brawler
  • Mii Swordfighter
  • Isabelle
  • Richter
  • Simon

B-Tier: Considered above average and can compete with the best. However, there are going to be slight disadvantages against your higher tier opponents.

  • Mario
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Captain Falcon
  • Sonic
  • Hero
  • Terry
  • Donkey Kong
  • Villager
  • Young Link
  • Toon Link
  • Ike
  • Bowser
  • Greninja
  • Rosalina & Luma
  • R.O.B.
  • Mewtwo 
  • Diddy Kong
  • Lucas

A-Tier: High-level characters, but not superior. All of them are solid choices for any fight and don’t necessarily have any bad matchups.

  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Sheik
  • Snake
  • Olimar
  • Wolf
  • Ryu
  • Inkling
  • Roy
  • Shulk
  • Cloud
  • Link
  • Pac Man

Last but not least, the S-Tier level: These characters are superior. They’ve proven to shine and are usually favored by elite gamers. Characters that are considered S-Tier are:

  • Pichu
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Wario
  • Chrom
  • Lucina
  • Fox
  • Shulk

It’s hard to hate on Pikachu, especially since he’s so adorable. What makes Pikachu a difficult opponent is that he’s hard to dodge and can rack up combos in no time. Pikachu is small, but if you’re fast and do damage, it’s easy to see why he’s S-Tier.

Pikachu, the shocking mouse

  • An aerial nightmare for opponents
  • Small frame makes Pikachu  hard to hit
  • Skull bash aids in recovery while dealing damage
  • Strong projectiles
  • Good recovery moves
  • Have you seen the party hat?

Next up is Palutena. The jack-of-all-trades. Not only can she fly, but she can teleport and fire unpredictable projectiles. You might see people hating on her, but that’s only because she’s so good. That’s what’s expected of a goddess, right?

Palutena, goddess of my heart

  • Effortless and persistent early combos
  • Her explosive flame is unpredictable
  • Edgeguards reliably with neutral air
  • Punishes recoveries with low risk
  • Standing grab is one of the fastest in the game
  • Frames allow her to contest opponents in all kinds of situations

Bet you saw the number one spot cooooomin’. Joker has stolen another show. Sure, Joker is considered ‘new’ compared to the other characters, but he’s been making rounds at multiple Smash tournaments. Some elite gamers favor him for a reason, like MkLeo.

Joker, commander of all personas

  • Joker’s recovery is insane
  • Combos and projectiles are hard to dodge
  • Deadly edge guarding
  • Arsene does crazy amounts of damage. If he’s summoned, you better run
  • Joker is mobile while also able to deal decent damage in melee/long range
  • The best thing about Joker isn’t Arsene, it’s the glasses

And there you go. The ultimate list for top-tier characters in SSBU. If you want to play competitively, consider mastering the top characters.

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