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.
With offline tournaments taking place again with higher and higher frequency, and top players demonstrating the potential of several characters that were previously seeing less results, the meta of Smash Ultimate has begun to see some large scale changes. Alongside the fact that we have had more time to experiment with the powerful Fighter's Pass 2 characters, we have made some large scale changes to our tier list.
|Steve||A+ → S||・Character's meta has had significant time to develop since release.
・High win results in tournaments even against top players
|Zero Suit Samus||S → A+||・Nerfs from Update 11.0 made approaching and OOS more difficut
・Higher development of counterplay amongst players
|Kazuya||A → A+||・Character's meta has had significant time to develop since release.|
|Palutena||A+ → A||・Several nerfs from the game (including Update 11.0) reduced her kill power and general neutral
Sora, the last character of Fighter's Pass 2, and final DLC addition to Smash Ultimate, was initially added to A tier, thanks to his powerful combo game and strong recovery. After seeing some use in major tournaments, and even seeing good results, we have decided the retain the character's placement for the time being.
Note: Characters are ordered within each tier.
This poll contains all the characters in S and A+ tier. For next month's update, we will use the top 10 characters from this poll, and then work from there. If you believe someone else should be in this poll, please comment below!
Note that this poll will be reset each month!
The tier lists were both made with the following rules in consideration:
|・1 on 1 / 3 Stock
・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.
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.
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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