'Smash Ultimate' Tier List: 3 New Rankings Confirm the Best Character

The world's top competitive players all seem to agree.

It’s been over a month since Nintendo unleashed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate onto the world, and as more professional players share their early tiers lists, it’s quickly become clear which characters are best and which kind of stink. Now, with three new Smash Bros. Ultimate tier lists from three of the top players around, it’s becoming clear that one character is far and away the top pick in competitive Smash.

The answer, of course, is Peach (along with her echo version Daisy). This shouldn’t come as a much of a surprise to anyone who’s been following along with recent tier lists. Peach typically shows up at the top of most Smash Bros. Ultimate rankings and she’s been a popular pick in early tournaments, but new tier lists from MKLeo, Dabuz, and Jtails only confirm that Peach is the true champion of Nintendo’s fighting game.

MKLeo’s Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List

MKLeo (Leonardo Lopez Perez) was one of the top players in Smash Bros. Wii U (or Smash 4 as most fans call the previous iteration of the game). He was ranked third-best in the world and at one point even dethroned the world champion ZeRo to claim the top spot.


Here’s MKLeo’s full tier list, which includes a ranked top five (with Peach as number one), along with grouped rankings for the following tiers:

Top 5 (Ranked)

  • Daisy/Peach
  • Olimar
  • Lucina
  • Inkling
  • Link

A+ Tier

Chrom, Fox, Pichu, Snake, Palutena, Pokemon Trainer, R.O.B., Roy, Pikachu, Marth, Greninja, Wario, Ike, Cloud, Lucario, Wolf, Mario, Simon, Richter, Yoshi, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Toon Link, Falco

A Tier

Corrin, Bayonetta, Mewtwo, Meta Knight, Zero Suit Samus, King K Rool, Bowser, Diddy Kong, Robin, Ganondorf, Young Link, Pac-Man, Incineroar, Ridley, Mr. Game and Watch, Dr. Mario, Lucas, Mega Man, Zelda, Wii Fit Trainer

B+ Tier

Sheik, Captain Falcon, Jigglypuff, Ice Climbers, Pit, Dark Pit, Samus, Dark Samus, Ryu, Ken, Ness, King Dedede, Isabelle, Sonic, Villager

B Tier

Rosalina & Luma, Kirby, Little Mac, Bowser Jr., Duck Hunt Duo

Dabuz’ Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List

Another highly ranked competitive player, Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby was considered to be the best Rosalina main in the world of Smash 4 and is the top-ranked player in New York. He recently released a tier list of his own, ranking Peach/Daisy as the top pick in Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Here’s his top characters ranked:

  • Daisy/Peach
  • Shulk
  • Link
  • Lucina
  • Inkling
  • Mega Man
  • Olimar
  • Pokémon Trainer
  • Chrom
  • Marth
  • Fox
  • Pichu
  • Greninja
  • Young Link
  • R.O.B.
  • Wolf

Other “great” characters in his tier list include Pikachu, Samus, Mario, and Snake. Meanwhile, newcomers like Ridley, Incineroar, King K. Rool, and Isabelle were all labeled as bad fighters who need to be fixed in future updates to the game.

Jtails’ Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List

Finally, Julian “Jtails” Martinez offered a slightly less organized Smash Bros. Ultimate tier list of his own. Jtails isn’t as highly ranked in the competitive Smash scene, though he did rank as the sixth best player in New York before moving to California.


His unranked top tier includes Peach/Daisy, Pichu, Young Link, and Fox. Jtails also likes Inkling, Snake, Lucina, Marth, and Chrom, though not enough to consider any of them as best. Meanwhile, he’s not particularly fond of Link, King K. Rool, or Incineroar.

So what does it all mean?

Well, for one thing, Peach is still the best, and it looks like that’s unlikely to change — at least not until Nintendo releases an update that either nerfs her character or buffs someone else. Meanwhile, newcomers like King. K Rool, Incineroar, and Isabelle clearly need some tweaks before they can be considered viable picks for tournament play, though you shouldn’t let that keep you from using them in casual competitions against your friends.

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