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How to Choose a Main in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Daisy

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is an easy game to fall in love with. It does its best to deliver everything that fans have ever wanted from the Smash series. There are 74 characters in the roster, with new additions on the way. Old characters have been buffed, new characters have become favorites, and every fighter looks spectacular.

But while the overstuffed roster makes the game a joy to play, it can also make it hard to pick your main fighter. It can be tempting to jump from one character to another instead of sticking with one until you become a master. If you’re sick of switching characters and are ready to settle down, this guide will help you finally choose a main in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Get to Know the Roster

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Parade

If you’re still unlocking characters, you may not want to make your final selection just yet. You’ll be a lot happier with your choice if you take your time and get to know the full roster. Experiment with different characters so that you see what each fighter has to offer.

The Ultimate roster is extremely diverse, and its characters are full of surprises. Pichu may look defenseless, but his small size makes him extremely hard to hit. Ridley is massive but he’s also surprisingly speedy; Isabelle is adorable, but she can be deadly if you understand how to use her fishing rod. 

Don’t knock a Smash character until you’ve tried them. Play on random for a while and test out as many fighters as you can. You might be surprised to see which characters you gravitate towards. 

Don’t Worry About Tier Lists

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Pikachu

Players were crafting tier lists for Ultimate more than a month before the game released. Right now, everyone is desperate to predict who the game’s most powerful fighter will be. Will it be oddball Olimar? Perpetual powerhouse Pikachu? The idiosyncratic Inkling?

In truth, tier lists don’t really matter. Early tier lists are based on limited information, and they don’t do much besides generate discussion. Even when tier lists are eventually solidified, they won’t do much more than tell you the known potential of characters in the Smash roster. 

Smash Bros. Ultimate is a surprisingly well-balanced game. You can find success with any fighter, even if they’re considered to be low-tier. While a tier list can be a helpful source of information, you shouldn’t allow these lists to pick your Smash main for you.

Consider Your Playstyle

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Snake

There isn’t a single best character in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Different fighters have wildly different playstyles, and the best character for you should have a playstyle that complements your own.

If you like to get in your opponent’s face and dish out damage from up close, you might find success with Yoshi or Fox. If you prefer to attack from afar, you may be better off playing as Simon or Richter. If you like to kill your enemies and troll them at the same time, your best bet might be Duck Hunt or Mr. Game & Watch. 

Consider the strategies you use when you Smash your best bros. From there, look for a character that provides the moves and tactics you need. If you’re not sure which characters are a good fit for you, this handy flowchart should help you out.

Think About Your Goals

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Robin

What do you want to accomplish in Smash Bros. Ultimate? If you want to mess around with your friends and you don’t have a lot of time to practice, you might want to pick an easier character to play. If you want to reach Elite Smash status and you’re willing to do what it takes to get there, you could try a more technical character like Robin. 

Smash Bros. can be enjoyed in all kinds of ways. Whether you’re a casual player or a competitive one, you should consider your goals and find a character that will help you to meet them. 

Pick a Character You Really Love

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Stupid Sexy King Dedede

It’s not hard to pick up and play Ultimate, but if you want to get good at the game, you’re going to have to spend a lot of time practicing. You’ll want to challenge the computer, battle amiibo fighters, and test things out in Training Mode. You’ll want to learn combos, master grabs, and find the best ways to fling your opponents off of the map.

All of that practice will be pretty boring if you pick a character you’re not crazy about. If you’re not a fan of swords, then the Fire Emblem fighters probably aren‘t right for you, even though they’re all pretty powerful. If you can’t get enough of King Dedede, then you should play him, even though he’s never been a top-ranked character. 

Take the time to find a character in Smash that you love playing with. Once you discover that, you’ve found your main. Because there are so many characters in Ultimate, you won’t have to settle. You’ll be able to find a fighter that is a fantastic fit for you.

Mandi likes games about existentialism and the power of friendship. She's really into chickens.