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An offline tier list of the best characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate (SSBU). Find out which characters are top tier in Smash Ultimate Ver. 13.0.1, and learn the best characters for playing competitively in Smash Ultimate, as well as extensive guides on how to play each character.

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Sora Placed in A Tier

Sora Tier List Ranking

We currently have ranked Sora in the A Tier (High Tier), although this rating may go up or down as this character's meta develops, and depending on the kind of results we see with them in tournaments.

Great Aerial Game as well as Recovery

Sora has excellent aerial abilities, with his 3-hit aerial combos allowing you to easily rack up damage on an opponent. Additionally, his strong recovery gives him tons of potential for edge guarding, while allowing him to safely make it back to the stage. With several safe moves to pressure opponents with, he is a fairly easy character for less advanced players to pick up.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Tier List (January 2022)

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Note: Characters are ordered within each tier.

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

Explanation of tiers

S = Top Tier
A+ = Nearly Top Tier
A = High Tier
B = High Mid Tier
C = Mid Tier
D = Low Tier
E = Bottom Tier

Character Tier List Criteria

Based on Tournament Ruleset (1 on 1, No items, etc)

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The tier lists were both made with the following rules in consideration:

・1 on 1 / 3 Stock
・No items
・Tournament viable stages only (Battlefield, Final Destination, etc.)

Additionally, the tier list shown here is based on Smash Ultimate offline. Since some characters are affected by the online environment more than others, see our Online Tier List to see how we ranked characters there.

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Potential and Matchup Spread

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Through playing the game for hundreds of hours as and against the full roster, we considered strengths and weaknesses when putting together our tier list. Additionally, we thought hard about each character's matchup spread, and characters with a higher number of winning matchups were ranked more favorably.

Offline Results Factored In

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While it was not our top criteria, we did observe statistical data showing the win rates and tournament results of characters in offline competitions. Since this data can be seen as somewhat objective evidence of a character's power, we looked closely at this data and matched it with our own findings.

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