Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List – June 2021

This is the official June 2021 tier list for USAC – It was voted on by the most achieved tournament victors and the most knowledgeable researchers from the USAC discord server, the center of competitive amiibo. The SUAL Discord server has its own tier list, which you can find here.

I’ve also added some personal commentaries on the placements of the tier list down below, in addition to periodic commentaries on the Amiibo Doctor Youtube chanenl.

Special thanks to Lady Cucco and the CTL committee for compiling and processing the data! She does an excellent job, and we’re lucky to have her.

Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for June 2021

This June 2021 tier list featured two very controversial elements: the introduction of the U tier for Incineroar, and King K. Rool having S tier all to himself.

U tier

Voting on the tier list is straightforward: participants are given a Google poll with each amiibo in the game, and asked to assign a tier list placement to each amiibo. The tier placements range from S to D.

Suggestions for an “S+”, “SS”, “Uber”, “Cat” tier that was above S had been submitted frequently for most of 2021, but the vote had never been put on the ballot proper. While the addition of Incineroar in U tier was generally met with quiet agreement, the decision was unilateral on the part of the tier list statisticians. Their reasoning for creating a new tier without a vote was that Incineroar was unanimously voted S tier.

King K. Rool, alone at the top

The significantly more controversial element is King K. Rool’s single placement in S tier. S tier has historically been the “banworthy” tier – amiibo that are considered game-breaking enough to be banned from all tournaments are placed in S tier. You’ll notice that in the previous tier lists, Incineroar is always in S tier.

There were close contenders for S tier in addition to King K. Rool. Bowser and Terry have been controversial competitors for the top spot, but due to the mathematical way the tier list is produced, they averaged out to be slightly below S tier. It’s an unusual quirk of the math – most voters feel that either Bowser or Terry were also S tier, but they were cancelled out by the ones who felt that the other amiibo was S tier, and by the few who only voted for King K. Rool in S tier.

Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for April/May 2021

King K. Rool – is he S tier?

I’ve talked about this before, but King K. Rool is definitely not an S tier amiibo. The data’s all there in the previously-linked article, and I did a more recent video on this on the Amiibo Doctor Youtube channel.

This is an eternal issue with competitive amiibo that I’ve discussed in other videos. If, either by chance or by decision, a larger than normal number of people submit an amiibo to a tournament consistently, that amiibo will place better on average. It’s simple reasoning – the more shots you take, the more shots you make.

What’s been happening is that there’s a number of people who, for their own reasons, are upset about King K. Rool and think that entering him is the best way to win amiibo tournaments. Thus, when they try to win tournaments, they enter King K. Rool. Then he gets more wins, and eventually the perception is created that he’s banworthy.

Bayonetta – The Lonely Old Hag

One of the most interesting things to come out of the April/May 2021 amiibo tier list is that, for the first time ever, there is only one amiibo in D tier. This may be the only time we see something like this occur, and it should definitely be studied.

Personally, I would’ve at least placed Jigglypuff in D tier alongside Bayonetta, and I think I voted that way, but that’s a minority opinion for sure.

Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for February 2021

Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for January 2021

60 Comments

  1. Hi I love puff and my friend just got me the amiibo, are they in D tier because of bad AI or because puff isn’t that good to begin with?

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    1. If you allow support spirits, use instadrop and rest. It’s a true combo and along with rollout spam, the best thing puff can do.

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  2. I emailed you this same question but I’m gonna ask again because you didn’t see it. I saw that hard dk from alpharads channel was super powerful but he was trained in a 4 player battle. Is this better than training 1 on 1 or can I do some of the 4 player battle and some of the 1 on 1?

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  3. So since I got both Hero and Link, what spirits shall I put on them to match my Stands theme: Silver Chariot for Link and The Hand for Hero.

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    1. Robin is amazing. It’s only drawback is the stuff about the charge and how you have a limited us of weapons and spells before they have to charge again. Also, though this is between me and my brother’s amiibos , it’s a great incin encounter.

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  4. Know that I think about it, why do people teach some amiibos to run and some to walk, and how does walking make some amiibos function better? Sorry just couldnt figure out wording please ask me of you need me to re word this for anyone who wants to help.

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    1. How’s this: Why do we teach some amiibos to walk instead of run instead of making all of them just run? And does having the amiibo walk or run affect the tier list at all (this sounds so much better)

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        1. Walking will stop the amiibo from acsidently using dash attack. If it becomes a big problem you should consider giving it the breaking ability spiret.

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    1. I feel like you could make rob good is you spam Neutral and side special and down throw to up air (because amiibos are pro mashers). I don’t have one so I wouldn’t know, but I would like to see someone try that.

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      1. King K Rool, and a little Bowser Jr: I feel that k.rool is S teir because of the following: If so Manny people are useing him he must be amazing right? And also a not properly trained one still kicks butt in tournaments. To me Jr. Is at least C+ tier but because no one uses him, he is not. But everyone used king k rool, and so he is higher on the tier list, but that is exactly why I think he is S tier. The way I see this tier list, is not really like a tier list. It is more like a suggestion of who everyone uses in a tournament, and who you should be scared of. I certainly am scared of king k rool because I know I am going to run into one in a bracket, so I have a luigi that beats k rool about 85% of the time with my testing. But I am not scared of little mac because I have so Manny amiibos that are very good at gimping him.

        Toon Link: I think that toon link is a great amiibo outside of tournament. But there has got to be a way to bring him up a tier because he is so good at applying pressure on the opponent.

        Inkling: Inkling is the worst amiibo in the meta. I have tryed multiple times with multiple diferent straights On multiple diferent Inklings, but none work (I ended up giving one great auttoheal and it made them a lot better.) . R.O.B and Puff are better than Inkling with no spirets though.

        Hero: Hero is at an okey spot, but I fell like we need to fix the whole randomness of what training method we make him in order to find the right spot.

        Snake/Pit’s: I just found it funny that snake is in between dark pit and pit. I thought that pit and pi2 would stay together like samus and dark Samus.

        Olimar: I think Olimar has found his spot after all this time. But Alph is better.

        Ice Climbers: I recently trained an Ice climbers and named it Vanilla Ice (If you got that reference I love you and plz tell me if you did get it) and I found how great they can be, and in my opinion they are consistent. I do feel we havent mastered them yet. (Does anyone know if the team stats up spiret makes nana stronger?[Hero’s spiret bored] if it does plz tell me.)

        Mii firefighter/Brawler: last I checked the best way to train a swordie is with chakram. But I trained one that primarily used F tilt and the flippy side B. It did beat my very amazing Mii brawler. (Just to clarify I think that my brawler has SD’d with down B more than any other but has still braught every single match back that it has SD’d unless if he SD’d for his final stock. But getting back on track, if people have been using this and I have been ignorant of it then I do beleive that sowrdie should be where he is, but if I am not ignorant, then I think that swordie should be below brawler.

        Ganondorf: my brothers Gannon (my brother is Bunion L) does not use up tilt anymore, my brother acsidently left his Kern on for a while and then I don’t know exactly what he did after that, but all I know is that there is a way to get up tilt out of gannons system, so I do beleive that he deserves where he is on the list.

        Little mac and shulk are over rated too.

        Doc. PLZ respond with your thoughts.

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  5. You teach some Amiibo to walk instead of run because it provides more defensive options. Other Amiibo don’t need to do this. It’s called the Musket Method. If you want I have a tier list showing which Amiibo should and shouldn’t use it.

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  6. i think bowser jr should be higher like b or a tier i traind a really good bowser jr amibo so please conseter changeing him plz

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    1. Hey, good question.
      So the cape works basically the way you’d expect – it reflects projectiles with it, and can use it as an attack.
      FLUDD, I’d have to check. I know it can use FLUDD to edgeguard but I don’t think it can use FLUDD for any other purposes. (barring an AI update changing how it works, of course)

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  7. So my mario amiibo uses FLUDD more than cape. I would honestly say it uses FLUDD at the best timing since it uses it when the opponent is trying to come back. While the opponent is starting to float upward from FLUDD, my Mario jumps and uses a front air for really and instant KO. Would this method potentially bring Mario up a tier or two?

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        1. Working on a guide for her but unfortunately there’s no qualified information for her out there. Your best bet is smash attacks and see ladder combo, because that’s built-in, but that’s just filler until I can find a qualified trainer

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