By: Steve Vegvari
Finding your main in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can seem very overwhelming.
Masahiro Sakurai and his team pulled no punches this time around when it came to the fighter roster. Smash Ultimate includes every fighter that has been included in previous titles. In addition, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate includes brand new characters including Ridley, Simon Belmont, Isabelle, Incineroar, and Piranha Plant to bring the total roster number up to 75.
If you have played previous Smash titles, you may have a fighter you already feel comfortable using as your main. Although, with the new roster of fighters, you now have a lot of new options. If you are brand new, the choice can feel daunting as there are so many fighters and echo fighters.
It’s important to note that there is no definitive list saying which fighter is the strongest of the bunch. The meta will change, and as the recent Version 2.0.0 patch showed, nerfs and buff will continue to occur to balance each fighter.
We have created a guide to help you decide which fighter is for you. We’ll give you a brief list as to how to find your main, who ranks the highest in the current meta as well as give you some ideas as to how to determine which character suits you and your playstyle.
In order to get a feel for which fighter is best for you, the first step is to unlock each fighter. With so many fighters to unlock, this may take some time. The rewards will be well worth the effort though. The three ways to unlock each character are to play enough rounds of Smash Mode to trigger an unlock, or complete a Classic Mode campaign. The third method is by unlocking the fighter’s spirit in The World of Light.
The quickest and most effective way would be to complete a Classic Mode campaign with the difficulty scaled back. A round of Classic Mode will usually take anywhere between 5-10 minutes and upon completion, you will receive the “Challenger Approaching” screen. Simply rinse and repeat until you unlock all characters!
A wide debate amongst the Smash community is whether or not the tier system properly categorizes each fighter. Some players dispute the accuracy, while others swear by the tiers and have begun using fighters that land in the S-Tier as their main.
The following information is very subjective as it is based on the individual’s playstyle. If anything, let the tiered rankings be your starting position when determining which fighter to main. As the tier system is a community endeavour, it takes tournament winning fighters into consideration, in addition to popular mains by pro players.
The current S-Tier ranked fighters are: Chrom, Lucina, Marth, Inkling, Ike, Peach, Pichu, and Richter.
Each fighter on the S-Tier list are included solely for their combination of weight, quickness, power, and ability evade plus their effectiveness in the competitive scene. Since release, fighters have dropped off the list, while others have worked their way into S-Tier. If you are looking into a character to jump into right away and find some success, Marth, Richter, Chrom, and Ike would be great starters. Lucina, Pichu, Peach, and Inkling all have a learning curve that varies between them and can discourage newer players.
As mentioned previously, each fighter has their own hidden stats. Figuring out how each plays is a bit like trial and error. Some fighters are heavier such as Bowser and Ganondorf, while others are light on their feet like Diddy Kong and Sonic.
It’s critical that you spend some time to understand your fighter’s strengths and weaknesses. Are you hoping to main a fighter with a strong hit range? Then a fighter like Link, Cloud, or any sword-wielding fighter may be up your alley.
Some fighters are considered “glass-cannons”. These fighters can pack a punch, but come up short in their defence. Keep that balance of offence vs. defence in mind when choosing your main.
Another key aspect to take into consideration is your fighter’s recovery. A fighter’s recovery can be what makes or break a match so be sure to find you feel comfortable managing.
Last but not least, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Training Mode is an extremely helpful tool. As getting a feel for each fighter is crucial, having a mode where you can freely test combos, track attack launches, and get a feel for your fighter’s special attacks is a great asset.
While you can always jump online and begin learning your fighter’s quirks through trial and error, Training Mode allows you to wrap your head around a character in a controlled environment.
We hope that with these tips you can find your main in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With more fighters on the way this year via the Fighter Pass, there will be no shortage of options.
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About The Author: Steve Vegvari
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.