This is the official May 2023 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 talent. 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 channel.
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.
This tier list collection only applies to amiibo v. amiibo singles, not doubles matches or the Amiibo Tag Tournament. It is still a useful resource for trainers looking to compete in those formats.
Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for May 2023 (Vanilla)
The most obvious difference, and probably the most controversial is the vast movement of traditionally S tier amiibo down to A+. Bowser, Ridley, and Byleth were S tier in previous lists (Ridley wasn’t, but he has outperformed most S tier amiibo as of late) but have been moved down to A+. This basically redefines S tier to be more of an “amiibo that have no weaknesses” tier, or at least that’s how it seems to me. I see the logic behind the change, though I’m not sure I’d put King K. Rool in that tier.
Overall this is a large shift – a lot of characters got moved down, dragging down the relative placements with them. It’s important to note that tier lists are relative, not objective, so a movement from, say, A+ to A tier doesn’t mean squat if most of the amiibo in A+ tier moved to A together. The label may have changed, but the power level is still the same. If you’re comparing this tier list to the previous lists, you might consider shifting the placement of the May 2023 version up a “+” tier to compensate for this large change.
I also like the artistic change from the last lists. It feels more amiiboey.
A while back I finally came around to the years-long conclusion that Pokemon Trainer belonged in B+ tier. After writing that post and subsequently training my lethal “The Reset”, who has been a top 3 Pokemon Trainer on Vanilla Amiibots for almost an entire year now, I came to the conclusion that an optimal Pokemon Trainer was at the same power level as the likes of Snake, Hero and Captain Falcon.
I can’t fathom what he’s doing at the top of B tier. I hate to sound like a Youtube commenter, but my own Pokemon Trainer’s performance, and the performances of other Pokemon Trainers that have risen up, seems like a solid indicator that there’s performance above such a low placement. I suspect this is more an artifact of a flawed public perception, not a good solid look at Pokemon Trainer as it stands today.
The Bottom 5
I generally agree that these amiibo (Fox, Jiggs, Sheik, Zero Suit Samus and Bayonetta) are the bottom 5 in the game. One might consider placing Diddy Kong in D tier as well, but he would at least be above these 5. Having taken the time to peruse the best representatives of each bottom 5 character through some form or fashion (typically video footage), I must say that I disagree with the ordering of these.
I don’t have a strong opinion beyond that Jigglypuff simply is the worst amiibo in the game. Each of the other amiibo have KO options that are at least somewhat accessible, if not risky. Jigglypuff’s Rest, his best KO option, is only functional when Jiggs has positioned himself directly in harm’s way and the opponent doesn’t parry or shield the attack and the opponent hasn’t counterattacked already and Jigglypuff doesn’t miss and the opponent’s damage has already been built high enough that it will KO, which is a difficult task for Jiggs. He just doesn’t have the juice to make this work.
The New U Tier
I said back in January 2023 that Kazuya would “give the S tiers a run for their money”. Didn’t I say that? I said that.
I don’t think it can be understated how tremendously important it is that Kazuya is U tier. Incineroar is deservedly the best in the game because a perfectly optimal Incineroar is unbeatable by everything that is otherwise viable in tournament play (there’s a few niche strats, but those get weeded out by decently-trained opponents most of the time). I consider “U” tier to be “Unbeatable” or “Universal Ban” tier.
Kazuya isn’t technically unbeatable… but he’s a hell of a lot better than the S tiers. Any 4-year old gnawing on his controller can train a Kazuya amiibo that will at least stomp most A+ tiers, because the amiibo AI itself is pre-packaged with an ungodly set of combos. Universally banning Kazuya is the obvious and logical choice, and it shows just how far power creep in competitive amiibo has come.
I’ve maintained for a long time that Mega Man is not a B tier amiibo. I pioneered the modern Mega Man strategy, which has thankfully evolved since my initial successes, and feel that I understand his potential better than most trainers. I’ve probably studied Mega Man amiibo more than a healthy person should study an amiibo.
Mega Man, ironically, was one of the few amiibo not moved out of a placement he deserved. He was shoved to the bottom of B from the top, sure, but given the major tier shift such a comparison might as well be null. He still doesn’t deserve B. I can’t see much more room for innovation of the Mega Man amiibo beyond innovating the use of Crash Bomber to mess up the opponent’s AI, but that’s already been put to the test for a few years now and it doesn’t seem to procure the results that a B tier would procure.
Maybe I’m just cynical.
Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for January 2023
This tier list was built on the same data as the November 2022 tier list, but has since been sanity-checked and reorganized into the following.
The most important and substantial change on this list is the boost to Bayonetta out of D Tier. Bayonetta has been a pretty notorious D Tier for a long time now, and has been alone in that tier off and on again since February 2021. Significant improvements with Rukasu’s Jigglypuff has changed my mind on Jigglypuff being the rightful owner of “bottom of the pack”, so I can now safely say that placement still belongs to Bayonetta.
I don’t think Bayonetta will stay in D+ Tier, but I do believe this is indicative of “training creep” – a form of power creep where trainers improve their low-tier amiibo and those low-tiers move up on the list. Destroying D Tier is, therefore, a change I can agree with.
Min Min is the Best Legal?
As we saw in the November 2022 tier list below, Min Min is considered the best legal amiibo in the game. In a vacuum, I would be skeptical of this claim, and add the note that I could only see Min Min as the best legal if she were “20XX” – that is, she was near-perfectly walling opponents and keeping them at a distance the way a human would. Now that Min Min has been out for a while, I think it’s safe to say that we can expect 20XX-adjacent playstyles to have emerged. I accept this placement for Min Min.
I do think that when Kazuya comes out, he’ll give many of the S Tiers a run for their money. It’s hard to give specifics because widespread research isn’t available for Kazuya yet, but the early indicators suggest that he’s going to place pretty high up there.
Official Smash Ultimate Spirits Amiibo Tier List for January 2023
Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for November 2022
Please understand that this tier list is a predecessor to the January 2023 tier list. The below list was the most updated list in November 2022, but it was later organized and converted into the January 2023 list using the same base data. The November 2022 list is being kept up to illustrate by comparison the differences between a pre-organized list and a finalized list. The January 2023 list should always be referenced over the November 2022 list.
Well, I didn’t see that coming. For the first time in amiibo history, Incineroar is not the sole proprietor of U Tier, Inc. Min Min’s been promoted to Universal Ban tier (U Tier) alongside Incineroar, but… it’s not really clear to me why that’s the case. Min Min does carry significant advantages over other heavyweights thanks to her character, but Amiibots performance for Min Min has historically been far below Incineroar, and her best representatives are pretty much on par with the other S and A+ tiers on Amiibots.
I’d chalk this up to Min Min being anti-meta against high tiers, and don’t expect a U Tier placement to last for the long run.
In my opinion, an optimal Steve fights at a low A tier level. Unfortunately, Steve’s playstyle is significantly crafted by RNG’s decision on which behaviors to use, so a B+ placement for Steve seems pretty reasonable. That’s a decision that should stick around for the foreseeable future.
Ryu’s movement all the way from C+ to B+ is a bit of a victory lap for me – not because I had anything to do with his success (that accomplishment is in the hands of the people who actually trained him) but because I spotted the importance of his AI patches several months back, and everyone told me I was dumb for thinking he could be A Tier when optimally trained. If you spotted the AI patch and thought the same thing, a pat on the back for you.
It’s a precarious B+ placement, and I’d fully expect the voters to swing a different way on the next tier list due to any number of factors, but as far as I’m concerned, Ryu is B+ now.
Regardless of placement, I do find it interesting how the vanilla meta has pretty much been in agreement as to the top ~10 amiibo for quite some time now. We’ll no doubt see some fluctuation for characters like Link who largely depend on convincing representation to keep tier list voters happy, but there really shouldn’t be much debate going forward about who the toppest of top tiers are in the meta.
Of course, we still have a few amiibo left to release, and it’s looking like two of them will shake things up a bit, so stay tuned.
Official Smash Ultimate Spirits Amiibo Tier List for November 2022
Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for July 2022
Meta Knight and Falco
Of particular note in this tier list is the newer, higher placement of Meta Knight and Falco. These characters have had outsizedly-good placements in the Amiibots tier list as I explained in this video. While they tend to defy the typical middleweight archetypes, Meta Knight and Falco have earned their spot in the middle tiers.
Zero Suit Samus
In the span of one year, Zero Suit Samus went from a low C-tier to back in the bottom of the tier list alongside Bayonetta. That’s quite a jump for a character who hasn’t had much representation.
It’s not clear to me why she’d have such significant movement, especially because she’s been in D+ tier for nearly the entire duration of amiibo tier lists. I chalk this up to a handful of data outliers dragging down what would otherwise be a low-D+ tier placement, and I don’t expect to see Zero Suit Samus with the likes of Bayonetta in the next tier list.
Min Min is the only (officially-released) character to be added since USAC’s previous tier list, and she’s been an absolute wrecking ball to many of the top tiers. I don’t doubt that Min Min is S tier anymore, now that she has the results to back it up.
I do question where in S tier she should be. While the ordering of Bowser, King K. Rool, Byleth and Min Min are largely interchangeable (so long as Bowser is above K. Rool, I’m fine) so long as Terry’s on top, I do think it’s an important distinction to place Min Min above or below the Bowser-K. Rool duo. If Min Min is above them, then she should be banned whenever Terry is banned. If Min Min is below them, then she’ll evade most bans and have a larger impact on the meta. (Ignoring the tournaments that ban based on tier placements, not specific characters, of course).
I think she’s going to end up in second place behind Terry in the long run. She’s not there yet because she’s much newer than the other amiibo, but as she gets incremental improvements she’ll earn it.
Official Smash Ultimate Spirits Amiibo Tier List for July 2022
It’s important to note that while Steve, Alex, Pyra, Mythra, Sephiroth and Kazuya all have bin files in the game, they have not been released as of the creation of this tier list and are thus not legal for use in tournaments. When they release, they’ll be added to the next tier list.
Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for February 2022
It’s no secret that Byleth is quite the contender in amiibo tournaments. Previous tier lists placed him in A and eventually A+. But, as I theorized since the very beginning, Byleth’s special moves and overly powerful Smash attacks could create an impenetrable wall that other amiibo simply wouldn’t be able to break through.
I hate to say it, but… I told you so.
It’s not clear to me that Byleth’s better than Bowser and King K. Rool in the long run, but he’s definitely got the moveset for it, so I see it as a valid and reasonable placement.
While this tier list page is missing a lot of the older lists, long-term trainers remember the oldest official tier lists as having much narrower S-B+ tiers. Characters like Kirby, Mii Brawler, Pokemon Trainer and Mii Swordfighter used to be placed much lower, but each one had major innovations that led them to achieve much greater results.
It’s interesting to then wonder: what other low-tiers could be a secret high-tier? Now that amiibo AI patches are most likely finished, further developments in the amiibo meta can only come from the official releases of amiibo (we’ve had files for every character’s amiibo except Sora for several months now) and from trainer innovation. So… is there anything left to discover?
Official Smash Ultimate Spirits Amiibo Tier List for February 2022
This is the first official Spirits amiibo tier list that USAC has produced. Making a Spirits tier list is usually quite difficult, because every individual placement has to question whether the best representatives of that character used the best possible spirits loadout.
Official Smash Ultimate Amiibo Tier List for November 2021
This tier list page isn’t missing any lists – nay, there have been no lists since June 2021. This is indicative of one of the inevitabilities of competition – over time, as the most optimal strategies are discovered, there are simply fewer changes in the overall metagame to account for. If you compare to the June tier list below, you’ll notice something – the D+ and D tiers are identical, and so are several other orderings of characters. This almost never happens in amiibo, and is solid evidence that the competitive amiibo meta is slowing down significantly.
It’s very tempting to create new tier lists frequently for the people involved, even for minor changes. Other competitive games will update their tier lists if they believe even one character has moved up or down a tier. Fortunately, due partially to the integrity of the USAC tier list system and partially to the somewhat deterministic nature of the meta, these tier lists will continue to depend on the level of innovation in the meta, and not just an arbitrary desire for another tier list.
The most noteworthy mention in this tier list is the acknowledgement of Terry’s dominant position in amiibo. Prior to Terry’s release there was significant disagreement over the placement of King K. Rool and Bowser, with much of the community divided. Now, that argument isn’t so important – Terry can flatten out both of them quite easily.
Terry is a combo-based character, and the only combo-based heavyweight in the game. In addition, his AI provides him with a vast toolkit of small-hit inescapable chains that are difficult for large, slow heavyweights to avoid. While Terry’s physical range is minimal, he only needs a few hits to take a stock.
Of course, Incineroar is still the king of it all.
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.
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.
Continuing Changes to the Game
Nintendo is still patching AI periodically, with the release of every new character or amiibo. You may notice with the previous tier lists that some characters have just dropped significantly for seemingly no reason – while this is occasionally due to the whims of voters who collude to bring down a character, it’s also sometimes caused by a change to the character’s AI that severely hinders their gameplay.
If your amiibo is suddenly not performing in tournaments as well as it used to, it may be that a patch has altered their ability to fight.
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.
Should I get the King K Rool or King Dedede amiibo?
If you’re only concerned with winning, K Rool
How good is the mii brawler amiibo ?
sorry i accidentally posted that, does making my mii gunner sans give it a 110% win rate and S++ tier?
Yes, but that’s the secret S tier that we don’t talk about much
What tier do you think is the Terry amiibo
Because my Terry amiibo beat my joker and hero amiibos
Bowser is boring
sometime i thought that King Dedede was b tier
Doc what do you think what tier will banjo terry and byleth will be in
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?
Both, although just this morning I filmed a video for the YouTube channel theorizing how we could maximize Jigglypuff’s usefulness, and that’ll go up in a few days.
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.
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?
Oh and adding on is it just ai in the amiibo that made the hard dk amiibo so strong?
Hey, I actually did see it! I responded to it in tomorrow’s episode of the amiibo doctor podcast on the YouTube channel. I’d repeat it here but I don’t remember what I said
Oh ok I’ll watch it!
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.
Is there any noticable toon link amiibos in tournaments?
Off the top of my head, no, but he’s been attempted before. Toon Link is generally too light and fast to be useful in amiibo
I think I have a pretty good non spirit Falco and Isabelle but I’ve never played in tournaments or even have a powersave
i just make my own tournaments with my 48 amiibos
Besides chrome and like. Who is the best fire emblem amiibo? @Doc.
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.
Also, would you prefer fenix (Immortals fenix rising) for dlc or among us imposter?
Please tell me you are joking …
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.
Now that I think about it*
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)
Why do some people* (freaking heck I still got it wrong)
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.
ROB can only go up from here!
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.
Side special is the key to ROB, but unfortunately the AI can’t use it properly. If he could, we’d be having a different conversation
I was going to get a wolf amiibo but I don’t know if I should use a certain move or not
I just got smash bros. and i bought the Little Mac amiibo. What’s a good way of training it?
Off the top of my head I’d say down smash at ledge No Matter What. When Mac is at ledge he’s S tier.
Your best bet is the highly qualified guide written by the best Mac trainer here.
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.
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.
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
Why Game Watch amiibo is this bad?
hello Amiibo doctor how does Marios fludd and cape work in the amiibo?
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)
Is there any good spirits for cloud in specific
Whats better a Mario amibo or Dr Mario
isnt this tier list outdated because there isn’t banjo, terry and byleth?
Why can my hero amiibo combo
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?
Why is bayonetta last?
She’s totally unredeemable and has every flaw the character has in addition to the worst AI in the game
How do I train her
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
Hey Why is gunner is so good i dont see her so heavy
Opponents don’t deal with her projectiles or Fsmash, and it’s very potent.
Also she’s pretty heavy but has a good recovery
How good is mii swordfighter and is it weak against the mii gunner?
will the Kazuya Amiibo automatically become U-teir?
Unless the AI is absolute garbage, the super armor command grabs and moving hit hit boxes in the specials would probably destroy most Amiibo?
I doubt it, the super armor doesn’t last long, and the command grabs have point-blank range. swordies will destroy him (post coming on that tomorrow actually)
What does U tier mean is it bettr then s
how is dark pit better then normal pit even tho the only difference is the final smash which isn’t used most of the time in tourements
Side special is great on Dark Pit because of the different launch angle and KO power. It’s useful enough to make them functionally different amiibo
k thank u
What tier is the squirrel amiibo?
pokemon trainer is B+ or A tierish
Doc, Pichu amiibo is underrated so much. That man can kick butt. Pichu is far more powerful and deserves B tier
I think dr mario is a really good amiibo
imo he’s A tier, but he’s super inconsistent and has a few glaring weaknesses that keep him from being A in most people’s eyes
i feel like toon link amiibo should be higher because i had a toon link amiibo that literally almost knew where i go but it slipped out of my pocket and i didnt know and some brat took it
also i forgot to mention he knew where to throw the bombs at ya