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A tier list of the best online (wifi) characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. See how the best characters are affected by lag and input delay in an online environment, and find the best characters to use on quickplay!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Tier List

Note: Characters are unordered within each tier.

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

Online Tier List Criteria

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

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No Items, Fox only... you know the rest.

The tier list was made with the following rules in consideration:

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

Lag and Input Delay Taken Into Account

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Due to factors such as lag and input delay in online smash, character ratings will fluctuate depending on how much lag either benefits them or hurts them. While no character is truly buffed by online/wifi, some characters tend to do better in an online environment than others do. Therefore, we took our offline tier list and altered the rankings accordingly.

Since it becomes much harder to react to actions when lag and input delay are affecting a match, characters with extremely powerful but slow moves (i.e. Ganondorf) or characters who can spam projectiles (i.e. Ness) are slightly buffed online. On the flip side, characters who mainly rely on precise inputs for combos and kill confirms, as well as light characters who get KO'ed faster, tend to do worse than they would offline.

Reasons a character's ranking might change

Character Reason
Ness Image Ness ・PK Fire (Side B) is very strong (and annoying) online
・Can take stocks through back throw much easier than normal
Inkling Image Inkling ・Lag makes Roller easier to hit
Link Image Link ・Excellent at zoning enemies
・Has several laggy and powerful kill moves, which are harder to punish online
Cloud Image Cloud ・Good reach and high damage dealing
・Can use limit to steal early stocks
Mii Gunner Image Mii Gunner ・There is no way to tell what specials they will use at first
・Excellent at zoning enemies
Little Mac Image Little Mac ・Has several hard hitting attacks
・Very fast movement speed
・Can steal stocks through KO Punch
・Lots of opportunities to play on FD, which is his best stage due to having no platforms
Isabelle Image Isabelle ・Excellent at zoning enemies
・Fishing Pole is very good online
Peach Image Peach ・Lag affects input timing and can interfere with combos
Sheik Image Sheik ・Struggles to land combos and confirms due to input delay

Quickplay Analysis Factored In

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This tier list was constructed by playing as and against a wide variety of characters in an online setting, and then based around our own findings. Additionally, we observed objective data showing the win rate that all characters had in online matches, and factored that into our rankings.

Smash Ultimate Related Guides

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Smash Ultimate Offline Tier List

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    • >>[6]
      Depends on who it is you struggle against. I'd say generally someone like Wolf or Palu is a good secondary for any character. Byleth's largest drawback is mobility and frame data, so a character with faster options and movement is your best bet.

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      Me

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