Tier lists have circulated the internet for as long as competitive amiibo training has existed, and now, official ones are finally available. In Super Smash Bros. 4, heavyweight fighters Bowser and Ganondorf ruled the metagame; in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the top-tier fighters are a bit more diverse and cannot be categorized into a single description.
These tier lists are developed by combining tournament results, matchup data, and character and AI strength; several other factors are weighed in as well. Input from top amiibo trainers are taken into account whenever there is a shift in the metagame.
In Super Smash Bros. 4
In the Super Smash Bros. 4 metagame, equipment was both allowed and encouraged; as a result, it was almost always included in the standard ruleset. Little Mac and Cloud were once entirely banned from competitive play, but were later permitted under a strict set of equipment restrictions. The tier list accounts for both of these restrictions: Little Mac and Cloud are still considered top-tier, but are not the best characters in the game. This list was last updated on June 25, 2019.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Spirits are seldom used in tournaments. The standard Ultimate ruleset requires that Figure Players be left vanilla. This list was last updated on January 3, 2020. Please note that, as a member of the S+ tier, Bowser is banned from competitive play. An alternative tier list covering Raid Bosses (amiibo versus human players) can be found on its respective wiki page.
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