Welcome to the official Amiibo Tier List! This list organizes each amiibo character into separate “tiers” based on its fighting ability and potential to win matches under a tournament setting.
A lot of people like to deny the Amiibo Tier List, saying there’s “no such thing”. But, people say this about all competitive metagames, not just this one. I personally believe that a tier list for the amiibo game is certainly plausible: we’ve seen many, many tournaments, and the results of each one are generally predictable enough that we can determine the placement of each character on a tier list.
So, first things first: this list assumes that each character has equipment, but also assumes that the Critical-hit capability and Explosive perfect shield bonus effects are banned. In case you don’t know, the amiibo metagame encourages equipment and bans those two aforementioned bonuses. Those are the standard rules. Now, that being said, while this list is definitely accurate, it’s not quite fact. For example, Pac-Man’s amiibo is somewhat low on the list, but that didn’t stop me from winning a tournament with him. What I’m trying to say is, use this list as a guideline – don’t let it determine which characters you do and do not train, because there’s success to be found within each one…except for Diddy Kong. He’s horrible. One more thing: the amiibo metagame is wildly different from the competitive Super Smash Bros. metagame. If you’re new to amiibo training, but are well-versed in the lore of Smash tourneys, this list might look strange to you. But hey, the amiibo tier list is based off of amiibo tournament results, and amiibo tournament results don’t lie!
Anyway, here’s the list. You can expect it to be updated semi-regularly as new tournament results come in. You can click the amiibo fighters’ pictures to visit their training guide, by the way. Happy reading!
NEW: Each rank now has “+” sections to further sort the viability and fighting potential of each amiibo character. And yes, the metagame is far enough along to make these determinations. A new F Tier has also been added.
- King Dedede moved down to A Rank
- Pit moved up to A+ Rank
- Dark Pit moved up to A+ Rank
- Lucario moved up to A+ Rank
- Charizard moved up to A+ Rank
- Robin moved down to B Rank
- Luigi moved up to A+ Rank
- Shulk moved up to A+ Rank
- Peach moved up to B+ Rank
- Toon Link moved up to B+ Rank
- Lucas moved up to B+ Rank
- Ike moved up to B+ Rank
- Pikachu moved up to B+ Rank
- Ryu moved up to B+R Rank
- Donkey Kong moved up to B+ Rank
- Captain Falcon moved up to B+ Rank
- Mii Swordfighter moved up to B+ Rank
- Duck Hunt moved up to B Rank
- Roy moved up to B Rank
- Sheik moved up to B Rank
- Wario moved down to C+ Rank
- Wii Fit Trainer moved down to C+ Rank
- Mr. Game & Watch moved down to C Rank
- Greninja moved down to C Rank
- Falco moved up to C+ Rank
- Olimar moved up to C+ Rank
- Pac-Man moved up to C+ Rank
- Zero Suit Samus moved up to C+ Rank
- Sonic moved up to C+ Rank
- Samus moved down to D+ Rank
- Mega Man moved down to D Rank
- Jigglypuff moved down to D Rank
- Diddy Kong moved down to F Rank
- Yoshi moved down to F Rank
- Fox moved down to F Rank
- Meta Knight moved down to F Rank
S Rank (Top Tier): The titans of the amiibo metagame. If you see one of these guys in a tournament, chances are, they’re going to win. They’re true terrors who possess overwhelming strengths, to the point where people have grown bored of seeing them on the competitive field. Sure, your odds of victory with characters in this tier are pretty high, but maybe it’d be a good idea to enter a less-used character? Just a suggestion…
A Rank (High Tier): Commonly-seen tournament picks that every trainer should prepare for. Characters in this rank are consistent winners with strong skill sets and AI that help them do well against most opponents. They might require a bit more attention than their superiors, but they have a real fighting chance in a tournament setting.
B Rank (Mid Tier): Every so often, one of these characters will pop in a tournament. They aren’t as immediately threatening as the fighters ranked above them, but if trained well, they can certainly contend! Once in a blue moon, one of these guys will enter a tournament and completely wreak havoc because no one prepared for them. Amiibo in this rank are not only viable, but have the element of surprise on their side.
C Rank: (Low Tier): I’m not going to lie, these characters start off really slow. Seriously, they’re going to be terrible at first. However, as they play matches and gain battle experience, they’ll slowly but surely start improving. There’s real potential here, don’t get me wrong – it’ll just take some time and patience to unlock it. Quick tip – no one really prepares to fight these characters, so you’ll have the element of surprise on your side with these guys too.
D Rank (Bottom Tier): If you’re going to use one of these characters, be prepared for an uphill battle. They’re notorious for being extremely difficult to train and for acting flat-out stupid in battles at times. It’s not completely impossible to make them great, but it’s certainly going to be very time-consuming. Yes, you’ll have the element of surprise on your side, but that doesn’t matter if your amiibo is getting beaten around like a punching bag.
F Rank (Don’t Even): This rank represents the bottom of the barrel: the characters that nobody has ever succeeded with. In tournaments, these amiibo are almost always eliminated first, and really aren’t worth your time. I mean, if you can somehow find a way to make them viable, go for it, but for the time being, I don’t recommend wasting your effort on any fighters in this tier. (In case you’re wondering, Diddy Kong and Meta Knight are tied for “worst amiibo of all time.)
Unreleased: Characters in this rank are currently hanging in limbo, because they haven’t been released yet. But for the sake of completion, they’ll be right here until the day they come out. Wouldn’t it be cool if the Cloud amiibo was an Amiibo Dojo exclusive? Actually, no, scratch that. We’d run out of stock really fast.
What is the element of surprise?
Real quick, I’ve been talking about the “element of surprise” a bit in this list. If you don’t know exactly what I’m going on about, I’ll explain it for you. When people enter their amiibo into a tournament, they generally prepare their amiibo to fight characters that they expect to face. People expect to be facing characters that rank high on this list, such as Bowser and Ganondorf. They won’t prepare for lesser-used characters like Villager or Pac-Man. So, here’s a quick scenario: let’s say I’m entering my Pac-Man amiibo into a tournament. Prior to tourney day, I made sure he had a lot of experience against Bowser. The first match starts, and my Pac-Man is against a Bowser who hasn’t fought Pac-Man before. Because my Pac-Man has fought Bowser, but the opposing Bowser has not fought Pac-Man, I have a slight advantage because I have the “element of surprise” on my side. That being said, though, the “element of surprise” advantage is not always enough to ensure that you win the match.
Alright, we’re just about done. That’s the list. Now it’s time for me to shoehorn other links to things into this post. Forums, Twitter, and master list of training guides. Boom. Done. If you have a complaint with the list, you can post a question on the forums. I used to have an email account you could send questions to, but honestly, I can’t even keep up with it anymore, so the forums are your best bet. There are other trainers who are just as (if not more) experienced than I, so you’ll definitely get a good answer.