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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List: All fighters ranked plus the best melee, sword and ranged fighters explained

Fighting your friends in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has become more heated than ever, but with 72 playable characters, it can be tough to choose which character to pick and settle on.

We’ve done the hard work and worked out a Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List in order to help you get to grips with competitive play – including new Smash Bros DLC characters Piranha Plant and Joker.

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One of the first things that you should look out for is the general play style of the character. We’ve segmented these into three categories, Melee, Sword and Ranged. Be aware however, that some characters (Such as Link and all of his variants) do not generally fit into this mould.

When you have settled on which character to play as, you need to get them first – which is where our Super Smash Bros Ultimate character unlock page comes in handy. We also have some Super Smash Bros Ultimate tips if you want to brush up on the essentials, plus everything we know about Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List

We’ve attempted to rank every current fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate into a single list, based on their strengths, weaknesses, options for attack, recovery and general attack power.


Since this game is still in its early days, and we’ve not yet seen how the DLC Fighters will hold up, this list is a guideline of which characters you should consider picking up, and which ones are hot garbage.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List (Fighters ranked by Tier)

Smash Bros Tier Fighters
Best Roy, Marth, Lucina, Olimar, Peach, Daisy, Pikachu, Pichu, R.O.B
Strong Yoshi, Mewtwo, Chrom, Inkling, Fox, Cloud, Bayonetta, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Isabelle, Villager, Ryu, Ken, Link, Young Link, Toon Link, Simon, Richter, Snake, Wii Fit Trainer, Shulk, King K.Rool, Lucario, Joker
Good Ike, Pit, Dark Pit, Corrin, Samus, Dark Samus, Falco, Wolf, Ness, Lucas, Palutena, Jigglypuff, Pokemon Trainer, Robin, Rosalina and Luma, Sonic, Zero Suit Samus, Incineroar, Zelda, Greninja, Mr Game and Watch, Mii Brawler, Mii Gunner, Mii Swordfighter, Phirana Plant, Wario, Ridley
Average Bowser Jr., Diddy Kong, Duck Hunt Duo, Ice Climbers, King Dedede, Mario, Luigi, Dr. Mario, Mega Man, Meta Knight, Pac-Man, Sheik, Captain Falcon
Weak Ganondorf, Little Mac, Kirby

Between new characters and patches, here’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List has changed since launch:

  • Joker (new – Strong)
  • Piranha Plant (new – Good)
  • Mewtwo (dropped from Best to Strong)
  • Chrom (dropped from Best to Strong)
  • Inkling (dropped from Best to Strong)
  • Fox (jumped from Good to Strong)
  • Ike (dropped from Strong to Good)
  • Wario (jumped from Average to Good)
  • Ridley (jumped from Average to Good)

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List (Fighters listed alphabetically)

Smash Bros fighter Tier ranking
Bayonetta Strong
Bowser Strong
Bowser Jr. Average
Captain Falcon Average
Chrom Strong (dropped from Best to Strong)
Cloud Strong
Corrin Good
Daisy Best
Dark Pit Good
Dark Samus Good
Diddy Kong Average
Donkey Kong Strong
Dr Mario Average
Duck Hunt Duo Average
Falco Good
Fox Strong (jumped from Good to Strong)
Ganondorf Weak
Greninja Good
Ice Climbers Average
Ike Good (dropped from Strong to Good)
Incineroar Good
Inkling Strong (dropped from Best to Strong)
Isabelle Strong
Jigglypuff Good
Joker Strong (New)
Ken Strong
King Dedede Average
King K. Rool Strong
Kirby Weak
Link Strong
Little Mac Weak
Lucario Strong
Lucas Good
Lucina Best
Luigi Average
Mario Average
Marth Best
Mega Man Average
Meta Knight Average
Mewtwo Strong (dropped from Best to Strong)
Mii Brawler Good
Mii Gunner Good
Mii Swordfighter Good
Mr Game and Watch Good
Ness Good
Olimar Best
Pac-Man Average
Palutena Good
Peach Best
Phirana Plant Good (New)
Pichu Best
Pikachu Best
Pit Good
Pokemon Trainer Good
R.O.B Best
Richter Strong
Ridley Good (jumped from Average to Good)
Robin Good
Rosalina and Luma Good
Roy Best
Ryu Strong
Samus Good
Sheik Average
Shulk Strong
Simon Strong
Snake Strong
Sonic Good
Toon Link Strong
Villager Strong
Wario Good (jumped from Average to Good)
Wii Fit Trainer Strong
Wolf Good
Yoshi Strong
Young Link Strong
Zelda Good
Zero Suit Samus Good