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!
Note: Characters are unordered within each tier.
The tier list was made with the following rules in consideration:
|・1 on 1 / 3 Stock
・Tournament viable stages only (Battlefield, Final Destination, etc.)
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.
|Ness||・PK Fire (Side B) is very strong (and annoying) online
・Can take stocks through back throw much easier than normal
|Inkling||・Lag makes Roller easier to hit|
|Link||・Excellent at zoning enemies
・Has several laggy and powerful kill moves, which are harder to punish online
|Cloud||・Good reach and high damage dealing
・Can use limit to steal early stocks
|Mii Gunner||・There is no way to tell what specials they will use at first
・Excellent at zoning enemies
|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||・Excellent at zoning enemies
・Fishing Pole is very good online
|Peach||・Lag affects input timing and can interfere with combos|
|Sheik||・Struggles to land combos and confirms due to input delay|
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.
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