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15 Best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters To Use

Fans of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are waiting with bated breath to find out who the last DLC character is going to be, and there are already quite a lot of names on that particular wish list that go far beyond the game’s native ground of Nintendo history, from Crash Bandicoot to Master Chief.

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It is important to remember that these characters do differ in skill levels, and in some cases, fighting ability. This is especially the case when playing online, as some players are far more challenging to beat than the CPU. There are a lot of great fighters in the game, but they can’t hold a candle to the best of the best.

Updated on August 30th, 2021 by Derek Draven: Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is loaded to the brim with fighters of every shape, size, and franchise imaginable, but not all are built alike. Some are defensive, some are offensive, and others are capable of straddling the fence and holding their own as middle-ground characters. Whatever the case, the game’s roster of characters has increased since its initial release, with some new contenders offering up a significantly powerful set of moves and abilities. Not all characters are the best for every type of player, but there’s more than enough to choose from, based on personal fighting preference. 

15 Yoshi

Yoshi fighting in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Yoshi is a very underrated fighter, but his attacks are quite effective when delivered correctly. His ground pound can deliver a lot of damage to a tired opponent, while simultaneously knocking them off the stage. When executed correctly, it can end a bout in record time.

His extremely quick speed also allows him to avoid danger quite easily. He jumps higher and farther than most characters, which is great for avoiding hits. It’s also worth mentioning his egg lay move, which is one of the quirkiest and most hilarious in the game, not to mention effective in a scrap.

14 Snake

Snake crouching in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Metal Gear Solid cosplay fans who can’t afford the getup can take solace in the fact that Snake is now available as a playable character in Smash Bros. Not only does he have a plethora of different weapons to utilize in battle, but his attacks and fighting abilities are versatile, and deliver a great deal of damage.

While a bit on the slow side compared to other characters, Snake makes up for it with a durable body that can take a solid degree of punishment. Then again, anyone who can tackle Metal Gear Rex and live to tell the tale can certainly hold their own against the Smash Bros. crew.

13 Toon Link

Toon Link preparing to battle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Toon Link is a fantastic character for those who know how to master him. He is not necessarily the strongest in stature, but his extreme speed and agility allow him to dominate in a fight. Sometimes, a speedier player can overcome a physically stronger one, if their timing is down pat.

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Link’s ability to land a ton of attacks in record time also gives him an incredible advantage over his opponents. This is especially the case when using his boomerang and exciting spin attack. Thus, it is not hard to see him being amongst the best fighters in the game, if played correctly.

12 Joker

A portrait of Joker from Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

This character was first introduced to the game in 2019 as part of the 1st Challenger Pack, and he’s quite an effective fighter. Considered a middleweight, Joker is capable of a few nifty tricks, not the least of which is a wall jump. In addition, he’s light on his feet both on the ground and in the air, with a dash to compliment his move set.

Fast frame data is also one of his biggest strengths, which is great for overwhelming shields, or crossing up opponents in a fight. His Gun neutral special is particularly handy, as he possesses the ability to dash while in mid-move, which is a great ranging tactic.

11 Shulk

Shulk holding his sword over his shoulder in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

This character can be unlocked after completing a Play VS match, clearing the Classic Mode with Pikachu, or getting him to join the World of Light party. Once unlocked, he becomes an especially formidable middleweight fighter with fast dashing and falling speeds. Though his overall mobility might be average, his move set is not.

His Monado Arts beef up his inherent attributes for under ten seconds and can be canceled if need be in order to adapt on the fly. His shield is also quite excellent and prevents an opponent from getting him caught up in a devastating combo scenario. This, combined with Back Slash and Air Slash techniques rounds out his specials quite nicely.

10 Wolf

Wolf in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Wolf is worth using in this game as he does not come with many risks at all. Upon controlling him, the player will notice immediately that he possesses a lot of power. This is especially the case when it comes to his aerial and dash attacks.

Yet, what also helps his case immensely is the fact that he is also is quick and can jump quite well. There is certainly a well-needed balance when it comes to his character, which draws upon the best elements of Fox and Falco, respectively.

9 Inkling

Inkling firing paint in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Inkling makes their debut in this game and it is clear why they have proven to be a memorable asset in it. The primary reason why this character works so well is due to a combination of speed, and some rather unusual attacks. Whether the player opts to use their paintball attacks or ground attacks, this character does perform very well.

Inkling is a combo-heavy character that can string together a decent chain if given the opportunity. All this, plus an ability to close vast distances in very quick fashion, which can catch opponents off guard. The only drawback is Inkling’s relative lack of air control, leaving them susceptible to attacks.

8 Palutena

A shot of Palutena in front of a blue background in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

This Kid Icarus character can be unlocked following the same criteria as Shulk, and she’s a welcome addition to the party. Her air acceleration is one of the best in the entire game, and it’s paired with a very high jump that counters her reduced speed in the air. Both her combo potential and zoning skills are excellent, allowing players to switch between offensive and defensive play styles.

Her grabs are very fast, with solid range, which is another plus. When married to her strong smash attacks and special moves, she’s quite a difficult character to overcome. Her aerials are by far the feather in her cap, capable of juggling opponents and delivering massive damage, even to heavyweights.

7 Chrom

Chrom battling in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Like Inkling, Chrom is definitely a character worth using, especially if the player is a fan of the Fire Emblem series. However, more importantly, his skill is definitely spectacular. For a sword-wielding character, he is very quick, which is a massive bonus. He lifts a lot of his basic move set from Roy, with a few differences.

When it comes to his attacks, they deliver significant damage when timed correctly. This also allows his forward smash and down aerial attacks to help him defeat his enemies. When it comes to KO potential, edge guarding and combo consistency, few fighters are as good.

6 Zero Suit Samus

A shot of Samus in her zero suit in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

With Metroid Dread facts starting to trickle through, there’s plenty for fans to get excited about. In the meantime, they can take Samus out for a spin in Smash Brothers Ultimate. Though she’s a lightweight character, Zero Suit Samas bears quite a lot of strengths. Her endurance is a drawback, but she makes up for it with very fast mobility and a blinding fast dash. She’s also one of the highest jumpers in the entire game, which offsets her weaknesses.

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In the air, Samus is a wrecking ball capable of crafting some punishing combo attacks. Neutrals, forward aerials, up and down aerials, and a grab aerial all contribute to this. On the ground, she makes up for a breachable offense with strong specials including the Paralyzer and the Plasma Whip, which can rack up some serious damage.

5 Fox

A shot of Fox looking through his eyepiece in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

The hero of Starfox is one of the stronger characters in the game, despite his status as a lightweight. His ground mobility is fantastic, with a very fast dash, and the fastest falling speed and gravity in the game. This can make it very difficult for opponents to gauge what move he’s going to pull off next.

He also possesses one of the most devastating combo potentials of any character, capable of launching into one with almost any move in the game. His aerials are powerful, as are his Blaster and Fox Illusion specials, the latter of which can be used to back off from danger, or execute yet another punishing combo.

4 Wario

Wario fighting in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Mario may have Wario beat in just about every aspect of their rivalry, but that certainly is not the case when it comes to this game. Wario is easily among the best characters, which is ironic given his reputation. While he can be a bit slow, he sure does make up for it in terms of his fighting abilities, including the Wario Bike.

He also has a tendency to use farting as a way to damage his opponents, which is an unorthodox, yet altogether fitting tactic for such a character. His final smash is a key asset, with the ability to cause over 50% damage to opponents with a successful hit. That’s sure to leave a mark, no matter which one of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s amazing stages he’s playing in.

3 Daisy

Daisy floating in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Daisy is another character who makes her official debut in this game, and she definitely leaves quite an impact. She is an Echo Fighter of Peach and thankfully possesses her best characteristics, with a few notable differences.

Her floating ability comes in handy in a pinch, which also meshes well with her ability to deliver solid damage to opponents. Daisy’s forward smash items cause different amounts of damage, and players should try out her frying pan as a weapon, as it’s one of the most reliable.

2 Peach

Peach posing in battle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Peach edges out Daisy in terms of combat ability, due to the fact that her attacks are slightly more powerful. Her aerial attacks are extremely difficult to counter, and when used in tandem with her floating umbrella, can skirt her away from danger.

An underrated attack is her side special, as it not only hurts her foe but also allows her to fly away after it lands. This prevents any unsightly retaliation, allowing Peach to set up another attack pattern that will hopefully go the same way.

1 Pikachu

Pikachu standing on map in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Some aspects of Pikachu’s life may be considered quite sad, but there’s no denying that he’s a hot rod in a fight. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pikachu definitely warrants strong consideration for the title due to how amazing he performs in the game.

Every weak point in previous games has been ironed out this time around. Pikachu’s aerial attacks are way more effective, especially his electric screw ability. His speed also allows him to get out of danger and helps set up fresh new attack patterns. He’s small, agile, and hits like a mule when handled right.

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