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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. 12.0.0, 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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Kazuya Tier List Ranking

We currently have ranked Kazuya Mishima 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.

With a plethora of powerful moves for taking stocks, Kazuya will be very strong for players who can master his combos

Kazuya’s moves themselves all do heavy damage, and on top of that, he has several moves for closing out stocks. With a huge list of command inputs needed to utilize his full kit, one of the biggest drawbacks to Kazuya is his sheer complexity.

Due to a short first jump and short range on most moves, Kazuya will also struggle against characters with swords, as well as fast characters capable of camping him out.

Kazuya Guide: Matchup Chart and Combos

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Tier List (August 2021)

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Note: Characters are ordered within each tier.

Top Tier.png
Joker Image Pikachu Image Palutena Image Zero Suit Samus Image Peach Image Daisy Image
Almost Top Tier.png
Pyra/Mythra Image Wolf Image Lucina Image Snake Image R.O.B. Image Inkling Image Pokemon Trainer Image Shulk Image Fox Image Wario Image Mario Image Mega Man Image Mr. Game & Watch Image Pac-Man Image Greninja Image Roy Image Olimar Image
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Kazuya Image Chrom Image Sonic Image Cloud Image Pichu Image Young Link Image Diddy Kong Image Link Image Samus Image Dark Samus Image Bowser Image Yoshi Image Ness Image Min Min Image Terry Image Sheik Image Rosalina & Luma Image Ken Image
High Mid Tier.png
Sephiroth Image Falco Image Captain Falcon Image Luigi Image Ryu Image Duck Hunt Image Marth Image Toon Link Image Mii Brawler Image Hero Image Ike Image Wii Fit Trainer Image Lucas Image Robin Image Banjo & Kazooie Image
Mid Tier.png
Steve Image Dark Pit Image Pit Image Corrin Image Richter Image Simon Image Bayonetta Image Meta Knight Image Ice Climbers Image Ridley Image Lucario Image Villager Image Mii Gunner Image
Low Tier.png
Byleth Image Piranha Plant Image Zelda Image Incineroar Image Jigglypuff Image Isabelle Image Mii Swordfighter Image King Dedede Image King K. Rool Image Kirby Image Bowser Jr. Image
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Mewtwo Image Donkey Kong Image Dr. Mario 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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No Items, Fox only... you know the rest.

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.

Online Tier List: The Best Character For Wifi

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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    • >>[7]
      Shulk does have the speed option, so that’s a good choice.
      Or, you can use spirits that increase speed.

    • >>[5]
      Is there any Mario character matchups here?
      Or Yoshi character matchups?
      Thank you so much!

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