Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tier List - Characters Unlock Guide

This is the SSBU Tier List. This Super Smash Bros Ultimate tier list is a combination of assessments from many well-known names in the Super Smash Bros community. The tier list will be a good reference for early stages of the game (the game has just released for under a week!). Therefore, over time, characters ranks & points will likely to be adjusted along with the current meta of the game. Just make sure that you don’t totally rely on the tier list to make the decision. Just enjoy the game!

There will be 2 types of SSBU Tier List for your choice of reference:

  • The short & simple version: this Super Smash Bros Ultimate tier list version is taken from the details tier list table. This list use only the Average point to give you an overall view of where the position of each character is. Details tier list set up will be explained clearer in the full version.
  • The full version: This version will be providing you with as many details about SSBU Tier List as possible.

Update: January 9, 2019

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Short and simple Super Smash Bros Ultimate: SSBU Tier List

S Tier (Point: 5 – 4.5)

  • Pichu, Inkling, Daisy, Peach, Fox, Palutena, Chrom

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A Tier (Point: 4.4 – 3.5)

  • Olimar, Lucina, Young Link, Snake, Marth, Pikachu, Squirtle, Cloud, Roy

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B Tier (Point: 3.4 – 3)

  • Ike, R.O.B., Wolf, Mega Man, Wario, Shulk, Pokemon Trainer, Greninja

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C Tier (Point: 2.9 – 2)

  • Donkey Kong, Mewtwo, Lucario, Ness, Link, Zero Suit Samus, Yoshi, Richter, Simon, Ivysaur, Charizard, Meta Knight, Pit, Dark Pit, Sonic, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Villager, Ken, Falco, Captain Falcon, Mii Swordfighter, Toon Link, Ridley, Zelda, Mario

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D Tier (Point: 1.9 – 0)

  • Ryu, Bowser, Isabelle, Lucas, Dark Samus, Samus, Robin, Corrin, King Dedede, Dr. Mario, Ice Climbers, Rosalina & Luma, PAC-MAN, Wii Fit Trainer, Mii Gunner, Bayonetta, Incineroar, Sheik, Duck Hunt Duo, Jigglypuff, King K. Rool, Ganondorf, Mr. Game & Watch, Bowser Jr., Kirby, Mii Brawler, Little Mac

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Full Super Smash Bros Ultimate: SSBU Tier List


SSBU tier list set up: The Super Smash Bros Ultimate tier list is constructed based on the criteria and calculation below.

  • Gathering the assessments of most well-known players and streamers in Super Smash Bros Ultimate game.
  • Characters that stay on top of any list will have 5 points. The lower their positions are, the lower their points.
  • Characters will be rated in the scale of 0 to 5. 0 point means worst, and 5 points means best.
  • If characters stay in the middle of any list, they will have the points in between depending on the number of the tiers in each list.

Here is the updated date from different assessments:

  • Ryuga: 12/22/2018
  • Rain + Shogun: 12/26/2018
  • dyr: 12/26/2018
  • Blank: 12/30/2018
  • Pandarian: 12/31/2018
  • ANTi: 1/1/2019
  • Sol: 1/2/2019
  • Jtails: 1/3/2019
  • BestNess: 1/4/2019
  • Greward: 1/7/2019
  • IzAw: 1/7/2019

So, by using the average points from different sources. This SSBU tier list might reflect better accuracy. Just make sure to keep visiting this Super Smash Bros Ultimate tier list for regular points update.

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Note to players who use Super Smash Bros Ultimate: SSBU Tier List

  • Use the SEARCH function either on your browser or at the table will help you A LOT!
  • This table of Super Smash Bros Ultimate tier list is optimized to be used on mobile devices. However, for best visibility, it is highly recommended to use this table on desktop.

Also, if you need to unlock all character in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, don’t forget to check after the tier list. 🙂

Details tier list table (with sorting)


PlayerRyugaRain + ShogundyrBlankPandarianANTiSolJtailsBestNessGrewardIzAwAverage
Young Link4.
Mega Man2.
Pokemon Trainer4.
Donkey Kong3.
Zero Suit Samus2.
Meta Knight2.
Dark Pit2.
Diddy Kong3.
Captain Falcon2.
Mii Swordfighter????3.0?
Toon Link1.
Dark Samus1.
King Dedede1.
Dr. Mario1.03.81.0?
Ice Climbers1.
Rosalina & Luma2.
Wii Fit Trainer1.00.01.0?
Mii Gunner????2.0?
Duck Hunt Duo2.
King K. Rool2.
Mr. Game & Watch0.
Bowser Jr.
Mii Brawler????0.0?
Little Mac0.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate: SSBU Characters Unlock


With the Super Smash Bros Ultimate: SSBU Characters Unlock guide here, we have two unlock information that you might find them useful to unlock your favorite character. When using this Super Smash Bros Ultimate Characters Unlock guide, make sure you follow the unlock character tips for fast and better results.

Characters unlock route (image)

Some notes for character unlock list for classic mode in Super Smash Bros Ultimate:

  • Follow the arrow paths down for each character unlock method.
  • The arrow that points from one character to another represents who you need to play on classic mode to unlock them.
  • Many characters have multiple unlocks. Keep unlocking people down the line to get the character you want.

This tree gives you a better understanding on who unlocks who in classic mode, so you can choose which characters you want to unlock first.


Super Smash Bros Ultimate (SSBU) Tier List - Characters Unlock Guide

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Characters unlock through scenarios


With the table below, you will know where, when and who you can unlock at each point of Super Smash Bros Ultimate game.

Some notes for the in-game play when unlocking characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate:

  • If you play WoL for a few matches, then exit out of WoL, you fight a character. Uses the 10 minute timer and Vs. Mode Unlock order.
  • Everybody is in World of Light, including Cloud.
  • Characters can be unlocked from Tourney Mode.
  • Classic Mode unlocks are not random (please check the unlock tree above).
  • Unlocks outside of classic and WoL are in a 10 minute timer. Timer is removed when you exit out the game.
  • The strategy is to play a 1 stock match, self-destruct, unlock a character, exit out of Ultimate, reopen, rinse and repeat.
  • It takes roughly 1 HOUR AND A HALF to unlock EVERYONE!
  • Timer can still be bypassed, this is more of a 2nd requirement to unlocking characters.

Note to use the Super Smash Bros Ultimate: SSBU characters unlock table:

  • Use the SEARCH function either on your browser or at the table will help you A LOT!
  • This table of Super Smash Bros Ultimate characters unlock is optimized to be used on mobile devices. However, for best visibility, it is highly recommended to use this table on desktop.
  • Characters are unlocked through one of 4+ scenarios. Unlocks are not random. If you fail, you can try again in the challenger approaching menu. The fastest way to unlock everyone is roughly an hour. Yes, you can unlock Cloud in World of Light.


CharactersWorld of LightClassic Mode (may not be accurate)VS Mode Unlock Order
MarioWorld of Light, 1st Character you metOriginal 8Ness
Donkey KongWorld of Light, Marth routeOriginal 8Zelda
LinkWorld of Light, Villager routeOriginal 8Bowser
SamusWorld of LightOriginal 8Pit
Dark SamusThe Final BattleUnlocked by SamusInkling
YoshiWorld of Light, Shiek route (Ribbon Road)Original 8Villager
KirbyStarter CharacterOriginal 8Marth
FoxWorld of LightOriginal 8Young Link
PikachuWorld of LightOriginal 8Wii Fit Trainer
LuigiWorld of Dark (Mysterious Dimension)Unlocked by IkeIce Climbers
NessWorld of Light (Magicant-like area)Unlocked by KirbyCaptain Falcon
Captain FalconWorld of Light, Villager routeUnlocked by FoxPeach
JigglypuffWorld of Light, Shiek's routeUnlocked by Ness (1st time)Ryu
PeachWorld of Light (The Molten Fortress Sub-area)Unlocked by FalcoIke
DaisyWorld of Dark (Defeat Dry Bowser's Spirit at Dracula's Castle before encountering)Unlocked by FalcoJigglypuff
BowserWorld of Light (The Molten Fortress Sub-area)King K Rool
Ice ClimbersWorld of Light, Villager routeUnlocked by King K RoolSonic
ShiekWorld of Light, one of 3 Starter Pokemon (One of the first 3 routes)Unlocked by King Dedede, Pokemon TrainerSimon
ZeldaWorld of Dark (Sacred Land)Zero Suit Samus
Dr. MarioWorld of Light, Marth Route (Near Lumious City)Unlocked by Roy, Bayonetta, King K RoolLittle Mac
PichuWorld of LightUnlocked by IsabelleIsabelle
FalcoWorld of Light (Space)Unlocked by Peach and Captain FalconShulk
MarthWorld of Light, one of 3 Starter Pokemon (One of the first 3 routes)Lucina
LucinaWorld of Dark (Right route, The Dark Realm)Unlocked by Marth, RyuWario
Young LinkWorld of Dark (Sacred Land)Unlocked by SimonRidley
GanondorfWorld of Dark (Sacred Land)Unlocked by RyuPokemon Trainer
MewtwoWorld of Dark (Mysterious Dimension, defeat Wispy Woods’ spirit)Lucario
RoyThe Final BattleUnlocked by Little MacDaisy
ChromWorld of Dark (Sacred Land. Near a treasure chest. Press (A) on an open treasure chest.)Unlocked by Ridley, YoshiRoy
Mr. Game&WatchWorld of LightUnlocked by ROBKing Dedede
Meta KnightWorld of Dark (Mysterious Dimension)R.O.B.
PitWorld of LightFalco
Dark PitWorld of Dark (Defeat Boo's Spirit at Dracula's Castle before encounter)Unlocked by WarioLuigi
Zero Suit SamusWorld of LightUnlocked by Captain FalconPichu
WarioWorld of Dark (Defeat Mummy Spirit's at Dracula's Castle before encounter)Unlocked by CloudRichter
SnakeWorld of Light, Marth route (Base (Metal Gear-Like area)) (Get Otacan's spirit first)Unlocked by Meta KnightDiddy Kong
IkeWorld of Dark (Mysterious Dimension)Unlocked by Little MacMeta Knight
Pokemon TrainerWorld of LightUnlocked by Bowser and Donkey Kong. If already unlocked Sonic, unlocked by MarioSnake
Diddy KongWorld of Light (Near DK Island)Unlocked by Dark PitGanondorf
LucasWorld of LightUnlocked by Corrin, KenCorrin
SonicWorld of Dark (Sacred Land)Unlocked by MarioMega Man
King DededeWorld of Light (Sub-area)Unlocked by Pokemon TrainerBayonetta
OlimarWorld of Light, Marth RouteUnlocked by Little MacToon Link
LucarioWorld of Light, Villager RouteUnlocked by YoshiRosalina and Luma
ROBWorld of Dark (Mysterious Dimension)Unlocked by LuigiIncineroar
Toon LinkWorld of LightUnlocked by RichterShiek
WolfWorld of Dark (Mysterious Dimension)Unlocked by PeachOlimar
VillagerWorld of Light, one of 3 Starter Pokemon (One of the first 3 routes)PacMan
Mega ManWorld of Light, Marth Route (Near Sigma Spirit)Unlocked by WarioDark Samus
Wii Fit TrainerWorld of Light, Marth Route (Lumious City)Unlocked by InklingWolf
RosalinaWorld of Dark (Top middle route, Dark Realm)Unlocked by Pokemon Trainer, Pichu, Donkey KongMr Game & Watch
Little MacWorld of LightUnlocked by BayonettaRobin
GreninjaWorld of Dark (Mysterious Dimension)Unlocked by RosalinaDark Pit
Mii BrawlerWorld of Dark (Sacred Realm. Complete a puzzle involving red and blue torches)Not Playable in ClassicCloud
Mii SwordfighterWorld of Light, Villager route (Town)Not Playable in ClassicDuck Hunt
Mii GunnerWorld of LightNot Playable in ClassicKen
PalutenaThe Final Battle (Near Mythra’s Spirit)Unlocked by Lucas, Ryu, Young LinkGreninja
Pac-ManWorld of Light, Marth routeIf already unlocked Jigglypuff, unlocked by NessChrom
RobinWorld of Dark (Defeat Werewolf’s spirit in Dracula’s Castle before entering)Unlocked by ZeldaMewtwo
ShulkWorld of LightUnlocked by PikachuBowser Jr
Bowser Jr.World of Dark (Sacred Land)Unlocked by Falco, Donkey KongDr Mario
Duck HuntWorld of Light, Marth route (Hidden Forest)Unlocked by PichuPalutena
RyuWorld of Light (World Tour)Unlocked by Marth
KenWorld of Dark (Dracula’s Castle)Unlocked by Duck Hunt, Ryu
CloudWorld of Dark (Sacred Land. Unlock Zelda first, path will upon up to lead to him)Unlocked by Dark Samus
CorrinWorld of Dark (Mysterious Dimension, near Azura’s spirit)
BayonettaThe Final Battle Unlocked By Sonic
InklingWorld of Light (Nintendo Themed City Northwest of Starting Area)Unlocked by Samus
RidleyWorld of Dark (Defeat The Creature & Flea Man spirit in Dracula's Castle before encounter)Unlocked by Lucina
SimonWorld of Light (Near final boss)Unlocked by Ice Climbers and King K Rool
RichterWorld of Dark (Defeat all dark spirits in Dracula's Castle before encounter. Nearby Clock Tower.)Unlocked by Snake and Young Link
King K RoolWorld of Dark (Mysterious Dimension, near Risky Boots’ spirit)Unlocked by Link
IsabelleWorld of Light, Villager routeUnlocked by Samus, Shulk
IncineroarWorld of Dark (Left Route, The Dark Realm)Unlocked by Wii Fit Trainer
Piranha PlantDLCDLC

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Special credit:

  • Tier list combination: u/inktivate
  • Unlock tree: u/Dabomb1246, /u/darksplaze
  • Unlock sheet: /u/mcgustav0, /u/k1ngm3, @zach_min, @ChirozDR


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