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10 Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters that reign supreme, according to the pros

Out of 76 characters, this group has persistently crushed the competition.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has one of the most extensive rosters in the fighting game genre. Nintendo added Min Min from its cartoony boxing series ARMS in June, making for 76 playable characters.

But even though Smashers can choose to fight as nearly every iconic Nintendo character, many of the best players in the world have routinely entered tournaments using one of a select batch of elite fighters.

Not every Smash Ultimate character was created equal. At the top level of play, the following 10 characters have proven to be a cut above the rest.

Here are the best Smash Ultimate fighters and how they've consistently dominated the competitive scene.

10. Lucina

The Fire Emblem protagonist is considered to be one of the most well-rounded fighters in Smash Ultimate. The number-one ranked player Leonardo "MKLeo" López Pérez said, "[She's] everything you want in a character, [but] she's the worst of the best."

9. R.O.B.

This mechanical menace has one of the most diverse movesets in the game. Adam “Armada” Lindgren, one of the best Melee players of all-time said, “[He’s got] great zoning, a lot of amazing projectiles. His recovery is almost 'un-edge-guardable' by most characters.”

8. Zero Suit Samus

She was one of the best characters in Smash 4 and that hasn’t changed in Ultimate. Her Down Special basically gives her a third jump, which pro player Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís says is a get-out-of-jail-free card whenever she's at a disadvantage.

7. Pokémon Trainer

This fighter is three characters in one. That led William “Leffen” Hjelte, a top-ranking Melee player, to call Pokémon Trainer one of the best and most diverse fighter. The only drawback is that pros need to master three distinct fighters to achieve reach their full potential.

6. Wario

Mario’s evil counterpart has one of the best kill moves in the game, Waft, which is a deadly fart that charges over time. Pro player Eric “ESAM” Lew thinks highly of the character and claims that the mere threat of Waft makes Wario's opponents play into his hands.

5. Palutena

The green-haired goddess is another jack of all trades and master of none, but she has such a well-rounded kit that when played optimally, she becomes an unstoppable force. Pro player Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby said, “Her good moves are so good, it doesn’t even matter what her bad moves are.”

4. Snake

Solid Snake has a destructive arsenal of explosives that he can use to overwhelm his opponents when mastered. Notably, his Side Special obliterates any fighter with a weak recovery. Armada said it is “arguably the best edge-guarding tool in the game.”

3. Peach

The princess has the unique ability to float mid-air, which allows her to throw out her quick and powerful aerials inches from the ground. This lets her chain together combos that can rack up to 70 to 90 percent off of one hit, which ESAM called “stupid good.”

2. Joker

The only DLC character that made the top 10 cut. After a certain amount of damage or time, Joker will summon Arsene to drastically increase the power of his moves. MKLeo famously picked Joker up when he was released and has since dominated the competitive scene.

1. Pikachu

When mastered, this Pokémon is the best character in Smash Ultimate. While Pikachu can be KO'd early if he gets hit by a big move, his size and speed make him almost untouchable. Dabuz put it best, “His kit is overloaded ... this character is everything you want. Frame data, speed, great projectile, combo ability, kill setups, edge-guarding.”

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