'Smash Bros. Ultimate' Tier List: 4 Characters Who Dominate at Tournaments

It's an interesting mix of new and old favorites.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is just a couple months old, but there’s already a booming tournament scene around the latest game in Nintendo’s fighting game franchise. If you’re wondering which characters in the game’s massive roster have performed best so far, well, you’re not alone. One fan even created a Smash Bros. Ultimate tier list, ranking the best and worst characters based on their performance in tournament play.

Compiled by a Smash fan going by the username CovertGhoul and turned into a video by YouTuber SmashCentralOfficial, the result is a pretty interesting ranking of Smash Bros. Ultimate’s characters. While it’s not a perfect tier list, it does provide some insight into which fighters are best and worst.

For one thing, the data comes from all Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments that took place between January 5 and February 5 (excluding the high-profile Genesis event). It’s worth noting that a major update at the end of January introduced changes to many of the game’s characters, meaning the results from after that update likely differ from those before. Additionally, since this tier list is based ofonf which characters win the most tournaments, it’s possible to view it as a popularity ranking. However, as SmashCentralOfficial notes, the best characters will likely be the most popular by default.

Despite a few nitpicky issues, this may just be the most comprehensive tier list around. At the very least, it should tell you which characters are currently dominating at Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments.

Check out the video breakdown below and read on for the full list.

Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: Top Tier

  • Fox
  • Wolf
  • Snake
  • Palutena

Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: High Tier

  • Inklings
  • Ike
  • Pichu
  • Ness
  • R.O.B.
  • Cloud
  • Link

Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: High Mid Tier

  • Olimar
  • Lucina
  • Pokémon Trainer
  • Peach
  • Yoshi
  • Mega Man
  • Mario
  • Wario
  • Chrom
  • Greninja
  • Toon Link
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Daisy
  • Young Link
  • Roy
  • Sonic

Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: Mid Tier

  • Falco
  • Shulk
  • King Dedede
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Luigi
  • Pac-Man
  • Bowser
  • Donkey Kong
  • Richter
  • Diddy Kong
  • Captain Falcon
  • Robin
  • Meta Knight
  • Pikachu
  • Lucas
  • Ridley
  • Bayonetta

Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: Low Tier

  • Mewtwo
  • Villager
  • Duck Hunt
  • Marth
  • Bowser Jr
  • Incineroar
  • Isabelle
  • Pit
  • Dark Pit
  • Dark Samus
  • Ganondorf
  • King K.Rool
  • Mii Swordfighter
  • Zelda
  • Ryu
  • Jigglypuff
  • Simon
  • Mii Gunner
  • Ken

Smash Bros. Ultimate Tier List: Bottom Tier

  • Lucario
  • Sheik
  • Samus
  • Little Mac
  • Rosalina & Luma
  • Ice Climbers
  • Corrin
  • Dr. Mario
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Mii Brawler
  • Kirby

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch.

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