SSBU Tier List: Super Smash Bros. (Sept. 2021)

SSBU Tier List

In our SSBU Tier List, we’re showcasing every playable character in the fifth installment of the beloved SuperSmash Bros. Series.

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Last Updated: September 2021

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest title in the popular fighting game. And this time, it’s bigger than ever. With more battle stages and playable characters to choose from, it’s no wonder the game was so well received. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features characters from a whole slew of games, including Nintendo’s best — Mario, Pokemon Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. But it also has characters from other game developers. For example, you can play as Cloud from Final Fantasy, Joker from Persona 5, and even Steve from Minecraft! And this diversity is exactly why Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is perfect for avid gamers.

Although, with so many characters in the roster, it can be difficult to pick the best. Sure, you can go with whoever your favorite character from your favorite series is. But if you really want to get better at this game, you’re going to need to pick the most optimal character in terms of build and personal playstyle. That’s where our SSBU Tier List comes in handy.

Let’s get to it!

SSBU TIER LIST

With 88 characters in the roster (and possibly more incoming), newbie players might find it overwhelming to pick their main. Luckily, our SSBU Tier List features every playable character available. We rank each character based on how useful their moveset is and their overall handling, so this list should give a good idea of who’s most optimal in the current meta.

S-Tier
  • Chrom
  • Daisy
  • Inkling
  • Joker
  • Lucina
  • Olimar
  • Peach
  • Pikachu
  • Pyra & Mythra
  • R.O.B
  • Snake
A-Tier
  • Bowser
  • Cloud
  • Falco
  • Fox
  • Ike
  • Kazuya
  • Ken
  • Link
  • Mario
  • Mega Man
  • Ness
  • Palutena
  • Roy
  • Ryu
  • Sephiroth
  • Shulk
  • Terry
  • Wario
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Wolf
  • Yoshi
  • Young Link
  • Zero Suit Samus
B-Tier
  • Bayonetta
  • Byleth
  • Corrin
  • Dark Pit
  • Dark Samus
  • Greninja
  • Hero
  • Incineroar
  • Isabelle
  • Lucario
  • Lucas
  • Marth
  • Mii Brawler
  • Mii Gunner
  • Mii Swordfighter
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Pac-Man
  • Pichu
  • Pit
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Richter
  • Ridley
  • Robin
  • Rosalina & Luma
  • Samus
  • Simon
  • Sonic
  • Steve
  • Toon Link
  • Villager
  • Zelda
C-Tier
  • Banjo & Kazooie
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Captain Falcon
  • Diddy Kong
  • Donkey Kong
  • Duck Hunt
  • Ice Climbers
  • Jigglypuff
  • King Dedede
  • King K. Rool
  • Kirby
  • Luigi
  • Meta Knight
  • Mewtwo
  • Min Min
  • Piranha Plant
  • Shelk
D-Tier
  • Dr. Mario
  • Ganondorf
  • Little Mac

SSBU TIER LIST: ITEMS

Now that you know our best picks for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we need to discuss the types of items you can utilize in battle. These items spawn randomly on stage, and the player who first gets to it can then use it. There are countless items in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so it’s important to learn what each one does, so you know what to do in case you see one pop up.

NORMAL ITEMS

Normal items come in many different forms and with various uses. For example, food items can recover around 9-12% of the player’s health. On the other hand, weapons, such as swords, bats, and guns, can be used to deal additional damage with an otherwise normal attack.

Additionally, there are items with special capabilities. For instance, Timers can slow down the opponent, the player, or both depending on chance. Meanwhile, Super Mushrooms enlarge the character, while Poison Mushrooms shrink them.

There’s also yet another type of item that summons another character to assist you in the fight. These include the Poké Ball, the Master Ball, and the Assist Trophy.

POKÉMON

When picked up and thrown, Poké Balls and Master Balls release a random Pokémon. The Pokémon then uses a specific move to aid the player who released them. Note that Poké Balls release regular Pokémon, like Abra, Meowth, or Vulpix. But Master Balls call forth rare or Legendary Pokémon, like Arceus, Deoxys, or Kyogre, who are more powerful.

ASSIST TROPHIES

Similar to Poké Balls, Assist Trophies summon a random character from a series featured in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. These are often characters that aren’t present in the roster. And, much like the Pokémon, they have different moves. Some examples of assist characters include Alucard from Castlevania, Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog, and even Rodin from Bayonetta.

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CONCLUSION

While certainly not as realistic (or should we say graphic?) as other fighting games like Mortal Kombat, the Super Smash Bros. series holds a special place in every fan’s heart. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just gives them more reason to fall in love with the franchise. Its improved gameplay, new features, and, of course, new additions to the character roster make it the right mix of new and old. No doubt, there’ll be something for fans of all ages to enjoy. And even outside of the nostalgia, the game is an excellent platform to test your fighting game prowess — from picking the right character for you to practicing their moveset until you’ve committed it to memory. We hope our SSBU Tier List has helped you on that journey!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available on Nintendo Switch, so if you want more details on how to download the game as well as your favorite characters, check out their official website. Best keep an eye on it in case they release teasers for a new playable character!


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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